In October 2017, ‘The Revert Hub’ launched an appeal and fundraising campaign which will allow them to operate and offer the services they have for the Muslim community. I have decided to write this article to raise awareness of The Revert Hub and to help contribute in helping with their fundraising.
Why The Revert Hub Was Launched
The Revert Hub was primarily set up with the intention of helping those that have converted to the faith of Islam and to offer them assistance, both socially and spiritually, to help them with their journey in the faith.
From our research, observation and interaction with these individuals and others within the Muslim community, we found that there is a lot of focus on Dawah in calling others to embrace the faith of Islam and that as a community we are also very good at welcoming new Muslims to the faith when they take the Shahadah (declaration of faith) and it is something we celebrate. However, we seem to lack in what comes after this period, which are often the difficult first few months and in some cases years.
It can often be the case that upon embracing Islam, that these brothers and sisters are the only Muslim in their family, friendship group or community. This can be a daunting and difficult experience. It can lead to feelings of isolation and confusion. For some, they end up being rejected by their friends or family and we have heard stories of people being asked to leave the family home.
We are also aware of many situations where those who were brought up as Muslim are also in difficult situations and often on their own. This could be down to reasons including relocation due to work or family circumstances.
These difficulties can have consequences. Whether it is Muslims spending occasions such as Ramadhan and Eid alone, or people having to leave their jobs because they find the line of work or environment incompatible with the faith and they have no other means of financial support. People end up with feelings of anxiety, loneliness or depression. Spiritually, there can be a real lack of direction or guidance. There are some individuals who end up abandoning aspects of the faith and in some extreme cases, they turn their back on Islam altogether.
Some common messages we come across around Ramadhan and Eid
We therefore launched The Revert Hub website which offers the following services:
- Free Quran: Request a copy of the Quran with an English translation for either yourself or to give to someone as a gift.
- Hardship Fund: Get some financial assistance through us to help alleviate some short to medium term difficulties.
- Ramadhan Project: Join us for Iftar, events and other activities during Ramadhan.
- Eid Project: Meet some of The Revert Hub volunteers for Eid prayer and lunch.
- Advice Centre: Ask a question on Islam or get some advice. We’ll get the right person to help you.
- Workshops: We will run workshops throughout the year on everything from prayer, developing your faith and becoming an active and productive Muslim.
Since launching, the Muslim community has been very kind with their words of support. Below is a sample of just a few we have received:
“This is an amazing idea, I know the difficulties I faced”
“Great project. Well done. May it be a success”
“This is awesome MashAllah”
“Please support and share with others, this much needed initiative”
“This is a brilliant idea”
How You Can Help
We are asking each and every one of you to help support us so we can offer these services and a whole lot more. Whether it’s £1 or £1,000, it will go a long way to ensuring we can operate and offer assistance for our brothers and sisters. Just £10 will pay for a copy of the Quran to enter the home of a new Muslim or someone who perhaps is interested in becoming a Muslim. The copy of the Quran that you paid for and put in someone’s home, might be the reason someone embraces Islam or it may inspire a new Muslim to go on and become a great ambassador for this religion.
A donation of £100 will pay for a Workshop where a group of Muslims are given instructions and guidance in the faith and where the name of Allah will be mentioned. Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) said, “When a group of people assemble for the remembrance of Allah, the angels surround them (with their wings), (Allah’s) mercy envelopes them, Sakinah, or tranquility descends upon them and Allah makes a mention of them before those who are near Him.” (Hadith, Muslim)
How To Donate
Alhamdulilah, we have already been asked for assistance from new Muslims and had people request copies of the Quran to give as gifts. We have also been inundated with messages of support, praise and people offering to volunteer for us. This has all been overwhelming and has given us further motivation for what we believe is a great project and initiative. However, what we really need at this stage is for the community, this Ummah, the one Allah (swt) calls in the Quran: “…the best nation…”, to support us financially. Please donate whatever you can. I have set up a JustGiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/thereverthub where you can make a one-off donation.
If you prefer to make a regular contribution, you can set up a standing order and the details are on our website: https://www.thereverthub.org/donate-now
For more information on The Revert Hub or to get in contact with us, please visit our website: https://www.thereverthub.org/
“Those who spend their wealth (in Allah’s way) by night and by day, secretly and publicly – they will have their reward with their Lord. And no fear will there be concerning them, nor will they grieve.” (Quran 2:274)