Most refugees are forced to leave with little more than what they can carry, and too often the choice comes down between carrying possessions essential for their own survival, or carrying dependents who cannot flee by themselves.

An adult will struggle to get a few years out of durable clothes that are lived in continuously, but a child will inevitably outgrow her clothes, before they year is out. For this reason Al Fatiha Global runs an annual winter clothing campaign, in addition to sending regular supplies of clothing with our aid deliveries.

Thousands of children have received high-quality, custom-made clothing packs from us, thanks to your generous donations. Their gratitude and appreciation for the new and warm clothing really humbled us to the core and brought us all so much happiness.

These Syrian Children Were Eager To Try Out Their New Clothes.

They were so happy, at receiving something we all take for granted, you can see the smiles of joy on their faces. Most have known little else, except being told by their elders they can't have this, or that, for as long as they can remember. Even before children received the clothing packs, you could feel the excitement in the air, the happy chatter, the plans for when they would wear them, wondering what colour they would get.

Then each one went silent in anticipation, when they knew their name was going to be called soon. They all said thank you, but it was the expressions on their faces, that made us understand how something costing so little could be worth so much. Watching them run to their loved ones, their friends, their siblings or parents and eagerly telling them the obvious, that they had got some new clothes, packed in a present bag.

The bag was also a present

We carried on watching, as one by one the children realised that the bag was also a present, sturdy enough to put their old coats and books inside. They behaved like the toddlers in the UK, who can't decide if the brightly coloured, exciting packaging was the better present that the toy inside.

The difference on this occasion was that Al Fatiha Global stipulated that the pack should be sturdy enough to double as a bag for the children. We watched as tears of rolled down the cheeks of some of the mothers that had turned up at the school, because they had all but given up, ever seeing their children wearing something new.

Rewarded for Studying

Before we left, we reminded them, what we said at the beginning, that their teachers were really pleased they they had carried on attending school, that they had been trying so hard with their studies, that the older kids would help the younger ones learn, that we decided to give the whole school a present.

We told the kids, that because of their hard work, we were going to check other schools and give other kids that work hard similar presents. We told them other kids would make pray for them when they got their clothes. We wanted to establish a link in the childrens' minds between them studying hard and other benefiting from their efforts.

Winter Clothes

The simplicity of making a Sincere Prayer

'A rich man was going on Hajj (Pilgrimage). He had prepared for the journey and was ready to go when a poor man asked him if he could go with him and serve him. The rich man agreed and they started traveling. On the way, the two stopped at a Bedouin’s tent.

The Bedouin was a generous host, serving his guests and making them comfortable. The two travelers stayed overnight at the Bedouin’s tent. In the morning, the rich man awoke to find that the poor man had passed away in the evening. 

He asked the Bedouin to help him wash and bury the poor man. Before they buried the poor man, the rich man asked the Bedouin to lead him in the funeral prayer. The Bedouin declined, saying that he didn’t know how to make du’a for the poor man. 

So the rich man led the prayer. They buried the poor man and then the rich man continued on his way. After he had left the Bedouin’s tent, the rich man had a dream in which he was told that Allah had forgiven the poor man’s sins because of the du’a of the Bedouin

The rich man was so curious that he went back to the Bedouin’s tent to ask him what his du’a was. The Bedouin insisted that he didn’t say anything special. The rich man described his dream to the Bedouin and asked him again to tell him the du’a. The Bedouin told him he just said, “Oh Allah, this man was my guest and I was generous to him. Now he is Your guest, so please be generous to him.”

It wasn’t an extravagant du’a but it was the sincerity of the du’a that caused it to be accepted.

A lot of times, we hesitate to make du'a because we're not sure exactly what to say. We ask around for a du'a in Arabic that we can memorize and recite, thinking that the Arabic wording is the key to the du'as acceptance. The thing is, It's not about the Arabic.

Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala understands every language and understands you even when you don't say a thing. It's all about turning your heart to Him with sincerity and conviction.'

Why do we Help

We spend a little of our money and a little of our time, but the return we get for our investment, is the sincere supplications of those who are in need. So ask yourselves the simple question, who is could be gaining more from a transaction, than the one donating a little money and getting the sincere supplication of the one in need?

Before us these children's perception of the UK, was that we make bombs and rain death from the sky over their homes and now they see first hand the generosity of the British public and it touches their lives and restores their faith in humanity. Al Fatiha Global has never been shy about letting recipient know the names of the donors.