Frequently Asked Questions
Our name “Feesabililla” comes from the Arabic phrase meaning “For the sake of God”. It really embodies all the work that we do and is both an ethos of our Trustees and our Donors. We were founded in 2008 to both combat and raise awareness of the plight faced by our brothers and sisters in Senegal. From many poverty-stricken communities, children are sent away from their families to learn the Qur’an and gain an education. Unfortunately, in many cases these children are then drafted into a lifetime of begging – abused and forced to live in squalor, often growing up without the necessary skills to earn a legitimate living.
They are being exploited under the guise of Islam and the pretext of earning an education, all in order to fill the pockets of their captors.
We aim to change that, through the construction of a legitimate Quran school that will provide students free access to both religious and academic education. We raise funds to sponsor kids from poorer communities thereby giving them free access to education without the risk of exploitation. They currently attend a small existing school but we’re also fundraising to complete the construction of a larger modern facility that will be able to house more classrooms and workshops. This will enable so many more students to get a free education and learn a trade that they can use later on in life.
Something we feel is really important is the construction of our workshop facilities that we hope to build alongside the school. They will supplement the existing curriculum and will become an essential part of training apprentices as mechanics and tailors. Thereby providing them with a way to lift themselves and their communities out of poverty.
You may donate to the charity via Paypal by clicking the “Donate Now” button located at the top of every page. You can also find “Donate Now” buttons accompanying the descriptions of each one of our causes.
If you would prefer to make a donation manually or set up a standing order through your bank please use the following details:
We’re charged approximately 30p on all donations sent directly to our bank account, as well as a charge of 20p + 1.4% for donations through our Paypal. Please bear this in mind when donating.
Feesabililla is both a registered charity and a non-profit organisation. All of our trustees are volunteers and contribute feesabililla (for the sake of Allah). As such, they do not take home a salary.
This means that as much as 100% of your donation is sent directly to Senegal and used to facilitate the delivery of free education and the construction of a school on the ground.
There are unfortunately some costs incurred by the charity through it’s day to day running, though we do try our best to keep them to a minimum. These mainly include PayPal fees and fees incurred through money transfers. However, we also have to pay for website hosting, travel reimbursements and occasional advertising. So far these have been paid for specifically by generous donors and those associated with the charity. So to date (24/06/2017), 0% of your donations have been used on fees and admin.
Though the official Feesabililla school is currently being built, children can be sponsored for the entire month at an existing Qur’an school in Senegal from:
£39 to sponsor a child who is a boarder at the school for 1 Month
£28 to sponsor a child who does not board (day pupil) for 1 Month
These costs cover utility bills, supplies, food and accommodation for the school.
There are currently around 97 students memorising the Qur’an as well as a waiting list of students ready to join the new school.
Unfortunately, we don’t currently have enough sponsors to support all of these children and anything you can afford to donate on a regular basis will help us greatly.
The short answer is; Yes, of course!
We’re often contacted by individuals looking for other ways to help out, whether by donating school supplies, old possessions or even just their time.
Though we would like to make use of all means available, unfortunately at this time we simply don’t have the space to house physical donations. In the future, we hope to have a much larger dedicated premises to both ship and sell from. We’ve already begun looking into the logistics of shipping containers and also which things it would be more economical to source locally.
As we can only take monetary donations at the moment, if you do have an item you’d like to go towards helping the cause please contact us as we would hope that you may be able to sell the item through one of our groups.
Right now, alongside monthly donations, the biggest way you can help would be to share our cause across social media. If you have friends, family or anyone who you feel may be inspired to help out it could make all the difference.
Exposure really is key in generating enough income to deliver our construction and sponsorship programs. Even if you can’t afford to donate, please do share the charity with others who might.
In the political turmoil of today’s world, it can often be quite difficult to separate fact from fiction. With so many radically different groups claiming to be Muslim, it has become extremely important to make clear what Islam is, and what it isn’t. It should be noted that Feesabililla is a children’s charity that promotes peace and understanding at all times. We do not condone extremism in any shape or form and we have strong resolve in denouncing corruption and deviation of any kind.
It is because of this that we promote a truthful understanding of Islam as it was revealed, and follow the example of our Prophet (SAW) and his Companions. We believe that good education and discussion is the best way to tackle extremist ideologies and that’s why we give our utmost efforts to ensure we set the correct example for our students.
Please explore the link below which gives clear textual proofs as to why recent events do not form any part of the religion of Islam:
Islam is a monotheistic religion and it’s followers worship one God (Allah). It’s built upon a foundation which consists of the Five Pillars of Islam and the Six Pillars of Faith. Muslims must adhere to these principles in their day to day lives and also follow the example of the Prophet (SAW) and the Sahabah (The Companions).
The Five Pillars of Islam are as follows:
- The Testimony of Faith
The Six Pillars of Faith are as follows:
- Belief in Allah
- Belief in the Messengers
- Belief in the Angels
- Belief in the Scriptures
- Belief in ‘Al-Qadr’ or Pre-Destination
Islam like many of the other Abrahamic religions teaches its followers to be of good character and there are many qualities and other behaviours that Muslims are instructed to observe. Among the characteristics of a true believer are being truthful, humble, sincere, patient, respectful and kind.
“O you who believe! Keep your duty to Allah and speak straight true words.” (Holy Quran 33:70)
“Do not ascribe purity to yourselves. Allah knows best who is righteous.” (53:32)
“It is most hateful in the sight of Allah that you say things which you do not do.” (61:3)
“Allah loves those who are patient.” (3:145)
“O you who believe! avoid most of suspicion (against others), for surely suspicion in some cases is sin; and do not spy (into other people’s affairs), nor let some of you backbite others.” (49:12)
“Allah commands you to uphold justice and to do good to others and to give to the relatives.” (16:90)
To learn about Islam and its teachings in more detail, please check out the following links:
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