Visit to Bangladesh was between 29th January and 4th February 2019. This year, joining the official of ORISON CHARITABLE TRUST (OCT) – Shaykh Mujahidali Sheriff were: –
- Shaykh Nadir Amirally Jaffer – Qum – on behalf of the IE Desk of the World Federation of KSIMC
- Dr Gulam Mehdi Sumar – London, U.K.
- Sister Zaynab Merziyah Sumar – London, U.K.
MEETING THE STUDENTS SPONSORED BY OCT IN KHULNA
OCT sponsors 74 students in higher education through the Islamic Centre in Khulna. It pays 50% of their tuition fees, gives monthly stipends to the students and supports their hostel meals. The students are from the rural areas of different districts and together with their secular pursuit, a special Islamic Studies and Discipline program has been structured for them for their Tarbiyah.
Meeting the students and visiting the Hostel
The annual expense of supporting these children in their education is £13,140 which includes 50% of tuition fees, meals and monthly stipends.
Dr Gulam Mehdi Sumar carrying out dental check-up for all the students at the Islamic Centre in Khulna.
PHULTALA CENTRE CONSTRUCTION
There are about 22 Shi’a families in this area. For many years, they have been conducting their religious program in homes. During OCT’s visit in 2018, a family in the area donated a small piece of land adjacent to their home to build a Shi’a centre. Alhamdulillah OCT has embarked on this project. 80% of the construction is complete and the remaining work will be completed in the next three to six months INShaAllah. Meanwhile, all religious programs have already begun at this centre Alhamdulillah.
The centre is dedicated for the Isaal-e-Thawaab of Marhum Mohamedraza Bhai Nensi of Wessex. May Allah (SWT) elevate his status and position his noble soul among the choicest of His servants – the Chaharda Ma’soomeen (as) – ilaahi aamin.
Official opening of Phultala Masjid
MASJID IN KASHIARA
Last year, Orison Charitable Trust constructed a Masjid in Kashiara with the help from a single donor. Alhamdulillah the Masjid is now being fully utilised with various religious activities including Muharram, Safar and Mahe-Ramadhan programs. There are approximately 150 Shi’as within the vicinity benefitting from this Centre. OCT officials and guests visited this Masjid during the trip.
Kashiara Masjid built by OCT
FLAG OF IMAM HUSAYN (AS)
This year Shaykh Nadir Jaffer brought along the flag from the dome of Imam Husayn (as) in Karbala that has been gifted to the World Federation of KSIMC to Philippines and Bangladesh. The flag was taken to all the places we visited and the response from the Shi’as was overwhelming. Due to poverty, this flag was the nearest these Shi’as of Ahlulbayt (as) could come to and benefit from its Blessings. In Bangladesh, people resorted to recitation of Marathiya and lamentations while holding firm to the flag. Indeed, a very touching moment and experience for us all.
SUPPORT OUR ONGOING PROJECTS IN BANGLADESH FOR THE YEAR 2020
TABLIGH: £13,800 EDUCATION: £13,140 POVERTY RELIEF: £10,000
MEDICAL: £5,000 MARRIAGE GIFTS FOR POOR GIRLS: £5,000
Purchase of a 1600 sq. metres land for a cemetery to be used by Shi’as residing in Khulna and adjacent two villages 3: £65,000
Purchase of a 490 sq. metres land in Phultala, adjacent to the cemetery land for housing project for 6 extremely needy families: £20,000
Help us to help others!!
وَأَنفِقُواْ مِن مَّا رَزَقۡنَـٰكُم مِّن قَبۡلِ أَن يَأۡتِىَ أَحَدَكُمُ ٱلۡمَوۡتُ
فَيَقُولَ رَبِّ لَوۡلَآ أَخَّرۡتَنِىٓ إِلَىٰٓ أَجَلٍ۬ قَرِيبٍ۬ فَأَصَّدَّقَ وَأَكُن مِّنَ ٱلصَّـٰلِحِينَ
“Spend from what We have provided you before death comes to any of you, whereat he will say: My Lord! If only you had respited me for a short time so that I could give charity and become one of the righteous”. (63:10)
The Holy Prophet (saww) has said, “The ground on the Day of Judgement will be fire except for the shadow of the believer, for his charity will shade him”. [Meezan al-Hikmah, Chapter on al-Infaaq]