The Seekers’ Quest is a unique initiative started by volunteers of Islamic Help and students of Ebrahim College. After successfully organising and completing many fundraising events and challenges for a number of humanitarian disasters with Islamic Help, a group of volunteers were reminded about the ayah:
“Indeed, Allah will not change the condition of a people until they change what is in themselves.” [Ar-Rad:11]
Despite all the generous donations raised over a period of time, it had become clear that humanitarian aid alone, although massively important, would not alleviate the man-made and natural disasters afflicting places like Gaza, Pakistan, Iraq and so forth. If we wanted lasting change we needed to change the condition of our hearts, to clean them, and increase our reliance upon Allah and beg Him to bestow His mercy upon the Ummah. To do this we’d need to learn more about our religion, to study the Quran and Sunnah.
“The seeking of knowledge is an obligation upon every Muslim.” [Bayhaqi, ibn Majah]
By doing so we hoped to transform our lives the way our pious predecessors did and, insha-Allah, take on the humbling task of serving Allah and His creation.
“The best of people are those that bring most benefit to the rest of mankind.” [Daraqutni, Hasan]
Thus, we enrolled at Ebrahim College and gradually began to learn more about this beautiful, compassionate and inspirational way of life that is Islam. The more we learned the more we realised that perpetuating sacred knowledge is fundamental to the success of the Muslim Ummah, bi iznillah. We want to continue our fundraising to deal with immediate issues in developing countries, whilst simultaneously supporting long-term intellectual and spiritual development of Muslims in the UK too. We believe the two go hand in hand because of the hadith,
“The similitude of believers in regard to mutual love, affection, fellow-feeling is that of one body; when any limb of it aches, the whole body aches, because of sleeplessness and fever.” [Muslim]
We chose to set up a series of challenges to fundraise for Islamic Help’s Orphan Huffaaz Program in Gaza and Ebrahim College’s Usab ibn Umair Scholarship Fund. With just one straight-forward donation, donors will be able to give equal sadaqah to orphans in Gaza and the memorisation and teaching of Quran, to teaching the next generation of scholars in the UK so as to tackle the many social, political, cultural, emotional and spiritual challenges in the years to come (think burqa ban, segregation issues, religious profiling, ban on Islamic scholars, etc). In return we ask Allah to give them and us the vast rewards of sadaqah jariya that come with all this.
“The best of which man can leave behind for himself are three: a righteous child who supplicates for him, an ongoing charity whose reward continues to reach him and knowledge which others benefit from after him.” [Ibn Hibban, Hasan]
The Seekers’ Quest brings so many benefits to donors and beneficiaries alike. Please ponder on these ayaat and ahadith and share with others.
“Those who (in charity) spend of their goods by night and by day, in secret and in public, have their reward with their Lord: on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve.”[Al-Baqarah:274]
Those who believe, and do deeds of righteousness, and establish regular prayers and regular charity, will have their reward with their Lord: on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve. [Al-Baqarah: 277]
“The best of you are those who learn the Qur’an and teach it.” [Al-Bukhari]
“I and the person who looks after an orphan be in Paradise like this…” – then he raised his forefinger and middle finger together.” [Al-Bukhari]