Sister Aisha is a 50-year-old Muslim woman who is homeless, alone, and at the mercy of the streets and shelters of Sacramento and she needs our help.
Where can Muslim women who are homeless perform their salat in peace? The answer is hardly anywhere. Just about every Muslim woman in the United States has a safe space, a place of khalwa (seclusion), the freedom, and the ability to pray in their own space, without hindrance or obstacles, except homeless Muslim women who are mostly converts, mostly African American, mostly victims of trauma, and most are mothers. Sister Aisha is one of them. We are believers, we are grateful, this is the month of Ramadan, and she is our sister in faith, and belief even requires us to help.
We take it for granted that Muslim women can pray at home which is the Sunna, and most have their own spaces where they can take a ghusl, take a bath or shower, make wudu, put on clean clothes and make salat. And even when they're not home, they can pray in the masaajid, pray at Eids and other festive venues like picnics, Muslim gatherings, demonstrations, civic, religious, and political events in public places where Muslims gather, like parks, events at capitol hill, iftaars, or in any one of the safe places that we've helped establish for our Muslim women to pray at airports, universities, and in millions of office building and workplaces around the country.
But where can a homeless Muslim woman pray, How can she pray? Where is her safe place? Along with all the other dangers, struggle an trauma that come with homelessness, Homeless Muslim women often have nowhere to bathe, shower or take a ghusl, no khalwa (privacy), often have no place where they maintain modesty, pray in peace and cleanliness and are free from harassment, indignity, disrespect, and humiliation.
We cannot do nothing, we must not let this happen, and this is why we started this fund for sister Aisha. To help her by the grace of Allah, out of being homeless, and into her own apartment.
Aisha converted to Islam several years ago and used to faithfully attend the Mosque where I was once the Imam. When we found out that she had been the victim of abuse, that she was now homeless, that her health was suffering as a result of living in crowded shelters, and that she was humiliated and turned away by people at a couple of the local mosques, it broke my heart into pieces.
Homelessness is a shock, it traumatic American Muslim women converts, who become divorced, are older women, are victims of crime or abuse, or both, and who are mostly poor and without family, or family support, fall through the cracks all the time and no one hardly notices. Maybe we cannot reach and help all of them, but we can surely help sister Aisha. We really should call this a no-brainer fund because; A Muslim women should not ever have to be homeless in America.
Most of us have never known what it's like to be homeless. Even those of us who go out to feed the homeless, e still have a home to go back to sister Aisha doesn't have a home to go to now. Not yet, this fund was established, to see that gets one.
Homelessness is tough, for a woman it's tougher, and for a Black woman who is a Muslim, it's toughest of all. The Prophet ﷺ said, "The best charity is that [which is] given in Ramadan." Please, let's help sister Aisha. We are believers and this is the blessed month of Ramadan.
I don't have to convince you that this is so right a thing to do . Give what you can so we can reach our goal. Jazaaka Allahu khairan for your support and may Allah, protect her, and protect all from the burden and fitna of homelessness and lighten our burdens. Most of you reading this have homes to go to. Sister Aisha doesn't and this is why you should support this campaign.