A Birmingham Mosque raised over £100,000 throughout Ramadan from donations made during prayer for a new roof in the women’s section.
Amanah Masjid didn’t fundraise through events or posters, but instead asked members of the mosque praying to donate any small change they may have to fix the roof in the women’s section.
Ramadan is the month of fasting for Muslims, but is also the month where Muslims are most encouraged to donate to charity. The Quran mentions:
“And be steadfast in prayer and regular in charity: And whatever good ye send forth for your souls before you, ye shall find it with Allah: for Allah sees Well all that ye do. ” (3) 002.110
It is not only advised, but obligatory is a Muslim has sufficient funds to give in charity, as Islam teaches you will always be returned it.
Last year the mosque raised money to rebuild the women’s prayer and wudu facilities in the mosque. But after severe weather conditions, the roof in the new section became damp and fell through this summer.
The Imam of the mosque appealed for people praying during Taraweeh prayer (nightly prayers followed after Isha prayer performed in Ramadan) to donate anything they can give to help restore the roof. The target was £90k, but the mosque was able to raise over £100k within the 30 days of Ramadan.
A very large percentage of mosques don’t cater to female worshippers, with many only having prayer facilities for men, so maintaining the women’s section was important for the masjid, says Umm Esam, a worshipper at Amanah mosque.
The mosque hopes to start repairs as soon as possible.