Apex (NC) Muslim donates for Hurricance Matthew

Wifaqul Ula­ma: As-salā­mu ‘alaykum wa-rah­mat­ul­lāhi wa-barakā­tuh, Broth­er Ali…I am call­ing from Eng­land.

Ali Akhtar Khan: Wa-Alaiku­mus salām wa-rah­mat­ul­lāhi wa-barakā­tuh, From Eng­land? Where did you get my num­ber, man?

Wifaq: Your moth­er gave it to me. She is proud of you man so just want a quick chat. I know you don’t live in Eng­land but its a good sto­ry about Hur­ri­cane Matthew.

Ali : My moth­er has con­nec­tions in Lon­don? Man! I didn’t know that (laughs), what can I do for you?

Wifaq: She told some­one about your dona­tion for Hur­ri­cane Matthew.  We found out so just want­ed to chat with you.

Ali : I tell you what (laugh­ing), tell your moth­er and it becomes an Inter­na­tion­al sto­ry. I just want­ed to do my lit­tle bit, that’s all. I didn’t tell any­body about it.

Wifaq: Where do you live, what do you do? Tell us a lit­tle about your­self?

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Ali : I live in Apex (NC), been here for a long time and kids are born and grow­ing up here. I also run my own busi­ness (iFixedQuick). I have been watch­ing all the destruc­tion caused by Hur­ri­cane Matthew, so I just want­ed to do some­thing for my neigh­bours and peo­ple of my state. I thought about it and decid­ed to donate 2000 water bot­tles to Hur­ri­cane Shel­ter (Lum­ber­ton). Just dropped it off to with the Nation­al Guard.

Wifaq: What was your think­ing behind this deci­sion?

Ali : You know we are humans and that’s what binds us. Our moments of hap­pi­ness, sad­ness and tragedy are the ones which bring us alto­geth­er.  Its just some­thing inside of me which told me that I need to give some­thing back to my state and its peo­ple at their time of suf­fer­ing.

Wifaq: How come you didn’t want to tell any­one about this?

Ali : Well my moth­er told you but I think that we should do our acts of kind­ness for God, alone. He is the one who is going to judge us and he knows what we do.

Wifaq: But don’t you think that in the light of these inci­dents like the 7 year old get­ting beat up, Mus­lims should high­light actions like these?

Ali : Well my moth­er told you but I think that we should do our acts of kind­ness for God, alone. He is the one who is going to judge us and he knows what we do. Look man, times are tough for us and they are chal­leng­ing. But our actions should be based upon the exam­ple of our Prophet (Peace be upon Him), he was mis­treat­ed and he was abused but he answered abuse with kind­ness. You know our first Lady Michelle Oba­ma is say­ing “When they go low, we go high”, our Prophet demon­strat­ed this all his life. He went high and high­er and high­er, he nev­er went low!

Wifaq: Masha’Allah, good to speak to you Broth­er! May Allah Ta’ala bless you, your moth­er and your Busi­ness (Ameen). Keep up the good work.