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KARACHI, PAKISTAN, May 10, 2021 — Baitulmaal, a Dallas-based international humanitarian relief agency, recently completed the construction of three masajid and wells for impoverished communities in the Sujawal district of Pakistan, which are the inaugural projects of its new Build a Masjid program.
Due to donor demand, Baitulmaal started the new Build a Masjid program to provide communal spaces for impoverished communities that lack a place to gather for worship, discussions, and other socialization. The projects are usually paired with a new water well to provide the community with a safe, clean source of fresh water.
The first three projects were initiated and funded by donors as a sadaqa jaariyah, or continuous charity, in loving memory of family members who have recently passed.
Younis Khan, former captain of the Pakistan national cricket team and their current batting coach, helped raise funds for infrastructure development in Pakistan with a portion of these funds dedicated to Build a Masjid projects. A new community center and water source, the first resulting from this effort, are serving a population of 309 people in Sawan Tharani village who did not have access to clean drinking water or communal space in their remote area of Pakistan. In appreciation of Younis Khan’s efforts, the project was dedicated in honor of his mother, Khursheed Begum, who passed in 2019.
The Riaz family lost their brother, Shaykh Azam Riaz, imam of Jesus, Son of Mary Mosque in New York, and father Dr. Mohammad Riaz within days of each other after long battles with COVID-19 last year. They raised funds through a crowdfunding campaign to build a masjid and well in each of their names. The masjid and well in Khameeso Mallah village, which was built in memory of their brother, serves a population of 238 people. The masjid and well in Meer Jat village, which was built in memory of their father, serves a population of 205 people.
As a faith-based humanitarian charity that provides aid to people in need regardless of faith or nationality, Baitulmaal coordinates masjid construction projects at the request of donors who fully fund them, but donors can also contribute to the Build a Masjid fund to support initiated projects. Baitulmaal does not use general funds for its Build a Masjid program.
Those interested in contributing to or fully funding a Build a Masjid project can visit baitulmaal.org/build-a-masjid to learn more.
Baitulmaal is an international humanitarian aid organization that provides life-saving, life-sustaining and life-enriching aid to people in need around the world. With headquarters in Dallas, Texas, the charity has offices in: Los Angeles, California; Chicago, Illinois; Detroit, Michigan; Nairobi, Kenya; Mogadishu, Somalia; Amman and Al Ramtha, Jordan; and Karachi, Pakistan.
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