Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Al Kawthar Academy (Leicester, U.K.) in Need of Your Donations

Assalamu Alaikum Warahmatullah,

The following was posted on regarding Shaykh Riyadh ul Haq's project/Institute and the financial problems facing Al Kawthar Academy (Leicester, U.K.)


Assalaamu 'Alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakaatuhu

I pray everyone is in the best of health and emaan and their exams are going well.

Sheikh Riyadh ul Haq set up the Al Kawthar Academy in Leicester a few years ago to serve as a place to hold gatherings and organise the da'wah and talks which take place. The building in Leicester is literally an old factory and is very simple but Alhamdulillah has served its purpose. It was purchased through qardha hasana and most of these were for 2 years. 2 years is now up an the Academy is in serious financial difficulties.

Every Friday night, Sheikh does a dars of the summarised Sahih al-Bukhari in English, something which has never been done before, all of which are broadcasted on the PalTalk. However, the situation has got so bad that the dars has not taken place for 2 weeks now. The amount of material Sheikh has produced is just phenomenal. Each dars of Bukhari is available on the website; to buy as a cassette or download as an mp3, in addition to the the other lectures. This totals a number in the region of 350!! It is so sad and so unbelievable that the situation has to come to this, that world renown and respected 'ulema are not able to hold duroos due to people's neglect.

Alhamdulillah we as Muslims never suffer from donor fatigue, but however we sometimes neglect the projects and services, for want of a better word, that we use. And I'm not suggesting for a second that we ignore our Ummah around the world. Subhanallah give to both! Shaytaan threatens us with poverty by making us believe charity decreases wealth. I'm sure many ppl can vouch when I say that you can feel the barakah in your money afterwards when you donate to charities.

We all know the benefits of giving in charity but a reminder never goes amiss, my dear brothers and sisters:

"The parable of those who spend their property in the way of Allah is as the parable of a grain growing seven ears (with) a hundred grains in every ear; and Allah multiplies for whom He chooses; and Allah is Ample-giving, Knowing." (Surah Baqarah 261)

As we all know well, Allah 'azza wa jall tests us in many different ways, but these tests can be opportunities to gain ajr. Inshallah this is one such opportunity. Allah swt does not tire of rewarding us nor are His rewards to us limited, we would sooner tire of asking and performing good deeds.

I'm willing to bet (figure of speech) that most ppl here have benefitted in some way from Sheikh Riyadh, if you were at the talk last year then you will have Inshallah! Subhanallah the least we owe to our 'ulema is to allow them to be able to disseminate their 'ilm, which in this case is through financial assistance.

One practical way we can all help is by setting up a standing order for £10 a month, which even for us students won't break the bank. Think of how quickly we spend £10 normally, subhanallah. Allah 'azza wa jall prefers the small but consistent good deeds to the bigger, infrequent ones. And if you can afford more then please do so, and if you can't afford £10 then Alhamdulillah please give what you can. You can donate online using PayPal here:

I apologise my brothers and sisters for this lengthy e-mail but the situation is urgent.

May Allah reward you for your intentions and strengthen you in emaan and grant you success in the akhirah and this dunya. I humbly request you make du'a for the maghfirah of the whole ummah including myself and of course the Al Kawthar Academy.

Wassalaamu 'Alaikum, wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakaatuhu

Your brother in Islam,