Amina is re-united with believed-to-be-dead mother after 45 years!

This is a real story, here in Australia that will truly make you reflect on the Qadr set out for us by Allah.

Meet Amina – married & a mother of 4, living her life in Syria with her family. The area she was living in was bombed with her house among those that were destroyed to rubbles. As many Syrian families now do, they go through the rubble to gather important documents and possessions they may need if they decide to escape the persecution. After this latest attack, Amina and her family had decided to seek refuge in any country that may accept them. With this in mind, they started digging up all their possessions.

They found two things that would change their lives forever

  • An Australian birth certificate (for Amina).
  • Her deceased father’s Australian passport with her details included.

Amina had no idea she was born in Australia. As far as she could remember, her mother had died when she was young, and she was an only child brought up by her single father in Syria. What she just found changed everything. Her friends advised her to get in touch with the Australian embassy who confirmed she was an Australian citizen, and were able to organise for the required paperwork for herself and her children to fly to Australia. Amina’s dream journey had begun.

But it didn’t stop there.

Allah just took away the pain of choosing a country to move to, but Amina still had no idea what to do. She got in touch with Syrian associations in Australia who in turn got in touch with the National Zakat Foundation who were happy to assist in receiving Amina and 3 of her kids and helping them settle down. It is what we do after all!

Our processes were followed and Amina was assigned an NZF caseworker who made appropriate accommodation arrangements and went to receive Amina at the airport. It was pretty routine – Amina was overwhelmed by how easy Allah made it for her to leave Syria and was provided with the immediate support she needed in Australia and she couldn’t have asked for anything more.

But it still didn’t stop there.

As our case worker was making conversation with Amina, asking about her family etc. the topic of Amina’s mother came up. Our case worker was interested in attempting to find out if there were members of her mother’s family here in Australia that would perhaps be able to assist Amina and with the details on Amina’s birth certificate she set about to call a few people & organisations to make some enquiries.
She couldn’t have expected what she found.

Not only did she manage to trace Amina’s mother – but she found that she was in fact not dead and very much alive!

Her mum refused to believe her daughter was alive and here in Australia (and in fact in the same city!) and wanted to meet her straight away! The emotions that followed were a roller coaster. They didn’t speak the same language but the tears and their expressions spoke for each other. Pieces of the story were put together and Amina found out that her father had taken her and moved to Syria shortly after her birth in Australia 45 years ago. That was the last her mother had seen or heard of her. Amina’s father wanted his wife to come with him to Syria, but she had refused and hence he told Amina that her mother had died. Amina’s mother had never forgotten her daughter and in fact had a photo of hers up on the wall to this day! (See below)

At NZF, we are truly humbled by the journey that Allah takes us in helping those who are needy right here in our backyard. We pray that we are able to continue to assist Amina and her family to settle down in Australia and that her husband is re-united with her as soon as possible (He is currently still in Syrian as he is not Australian but is undergoing the required paperwork and will be here soon inshaAllah). NZF have assisted with getting Amina’s kids enrolled in schools, getting her set up through Centrelink, Medicare and other required systems in Australia and by the Will of Allah will also assist with identifying ways in which she can work and earn for her family!

While there are many difficult and unfortunate cases we are involved in, Allah shows us the silver lining every now and then through cases such as Amina’s!

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In adversity is strength – Ayesha’s story

When Ayesha applied for assistance with NZF, her profile was one we sadly see quite often.

A revert, subject to domestic violence and now a divorcee and left to fend for herself often with no employment, housing or friends.

But Ayesha was different. She had a plan, a clear goal of where she wanted to be, and how she wanted NZF to help.

Ayesha inspired us.

Despite having accommodation woes (she was living in a house that is not even built properly), being unable to pay the nominal rent of $700 a month at times, being asked to vacate by the landlord twice and still on a waiting list for housing commission accommodation, Ayesha was not going to sit around doing nothing & being depressed. She wanted to study. She wanted to work. And that’s exactly what she did.

She requested NZF to assist with some of her debt and her rent so she wouldn’t need to worry about it and instead focussed her attention on studying and finding a casual job.

With NZF supporting her, Ayesha has now finished studying and she is off Centrelink with a permanent job.

This is how through NZF YOU help turn lives around.

Feedback from Ayesha

“This is Ayesha. Last time NZF paid for my rent. Alhmadulillah. I (now) have a part time permanent job, I’ve finished school and I am off Centrelink! Jzkh for the support. I really appreciate it!!”

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Sister Samira makes dua for all of you

“May Allah reward you for this. From my whole family thank you.”

A simple dua. Made by one of the sisters we assisted here in Australia, someone who was wronged.
Why is that a big deal to us and why should it be a big deal to you?

The Prophet Muhammad (SAW) Said “There are three whose dua will not be rejected: a just ruler, a fasting person until he breaks the fast, and the prayer of the one who has been wronged.”

Would you not want to assist someone, who will make dua for you? Allahu Akbar what a beautiful religion Islam is.

So who made this dua for us?
Meet Samira. A revert who was a victim of domestic violence prior to becoming Muslim, moved states with her 4 children because she was looking for a religious environment. Worked multiple jobs in restaurants and cafes to try and support her family. Quit her job because she was being verbally abused and was running out of options with no place to live! Forced to live in her car with her kids, she found out about NZF.

Upon reviewing her case, our case workers reached out to her urgently and just in time by the Will of Allah. Alhamdulillah she had just identified a place to rent and she needed help with her bond and rent. We sorted it out within a few hours for her and helped her through the process.

That’s all it took. Your money, our time to listen and assist. And inshaAllah it is written in your good deeds and ours.

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That sister you saw on the train! She could be Amina ..

This is the story of Amina. Just another sister, here in Australia.

Amina looked at her daughter, cheerful, playing with a little toy on the floor. She gazed out the window. Clear blue skies. Fresh clean air. Alhamdulillah. They had made it to Australia and were now free. She shuddered thinking about the past couple of years, the tears beginning to well up. Her husband murdered. She being tortured by the Burmese government. Destruction all around her. Her family killed. There were days when she would have rather died than put up with what the oppressive regime was putting her and her family through.

But Allah had better plans for Amina. She sought asylum in Australia with her young daughter. The process through detention, while inhumane by many standards, made Amina stronger and more humble and if anything, brought her closer to Allah. Her refugee claim was subsequently approved and she was finally released into the community here in Australia.

She should be celebrating. She smiled to herself. It seemed the worst was over, in spite of just being notified that she would be homeless within days because she now has work rights and is expected to find a job and accommodation for herself and her daughter! She was grateful. But she had no idea how she was going to find a job. She felt the stigma of being a refugee, and was not sure if people would want to talk to her. Australia was certainly a strange place, but in it’s strangeness Amina found NZF. She found hope.

Within days, NZF identified a community where she would be comfortable and is now assisting with finding her permanent accommodation. We are also providing food vouchers and parcels so she can look after herself and her daughter during Ramadan. We also helping them out with material goods in the winter and providing the much needed emotional support they need Alhamdulillah!

Helping our brothers and sisters such as Amina is not an option. It is our collective obligation. Support us at

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Sister Iman – Domestic Violence & Struggling Refugee

Sister Iman had been in a abusive relationship with her husband who also had a drug problem. For her own welfare and that of her children, Iman came to Australia to seek asylum.

As Iman and her children were in Australia as asylum seekers they did not have a recognized legal right to receive assistance from the government or to work. An asylum seeker advocacy group had provided the family with a small income and weekly food parcels, however this wasn’t enough to sustain the needs of a family. Iman had practically been forced to resort to beg for food.

Due to her limited income sister Iman had no choice but to move into a share house, which is not the best environment to raise children in because of the high level of exposure to alcohol, drugs and smoking.

Not only was Sister Iman struggling to maintain the basic necessities her family required but she also had the burden of the children’s schooling in particular with the purchasing of books and uniforms.

The families application for asylum to Australia was eventually rejected despite putting in numerous appeals with a lawyer. She was formally asked to leave Australia. Because of this the little financial support she was receiving from the asylum seeker advocacy group was cancelled. This is when sister Iman contacted the National Zakat Foundation for assistance.

How NZF helped Sister Iman:

The National Zakat Foundation was able to provide immediate emergency relief for sister Iman and her family. NZF aimed to make their last few months in Australia as stress free as possible. The family was given food and school supplies. In particular NZF was able to help the client sort out her bills and remaining few weeks of rent.

Without the assistance that NZF was able to provide through the Australian publics Zakat donations the family were most likely going to starve- with having no money to even buy basic items, the children would have not been able to attend school during this period and sister Iman would have accumulated debt because of not having any source of income to pay her bills and rent.

Unfortunately it was not ideal for sister Iman and her children to return to their home country however she has accepted that this inshallah was best option for her and her children. Sister Iman has expressed immense gratitude for the assistance NZF was able to provide in her final months in Australia.

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Family – Struggling Refugees

NZF came across a refugee family of five; currently supported by Red Cross.

Their current support from Red Cross however is not enough to cover weekly expenses.

The parents also holds a Temporary protection visa does not allow them to work.

How NZF helped the family:

NZF provided the family with emergency food packs. We also provided clothing for the whole family. We are now looking at connecting them up with local community.

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Sister Zainab – Widowed Young Mother with Illness

Within a year sister Zainab’s life was turned upside down. A young mother in her late twenties, Zainab was left widowed after loosing her husband to cancer.

Left to raise the children on her own she faced the burden of being the main sole provider for the family. Still grieving her late husbands death, all the stress and pressure of maintaining the needs of her children and not having a supportive family network Zainab was diagnosed with depression.

If this hardship that sister Zainab faced wasn’t enough, after having a routine medical checkup it was found that she had a pre-cancerous lesion. Due to her worsening depression, stress and now the possibility of having cancer- a disease which she had just lost her husband too, she was placed in a tough situation. Sister Zainab was forced to leave her job which meant her and the children were living only on government benefits.

Due to many factors and not being able to afford private surgery Zainab was thinking of getting a credit card to pay for the surgical expenses, as medicare did not deem it as critical. However by the will of Allah she was referred to the National Zakat Foundation for assistance.

How NZF helped sister Zainab:

The National Zakat Foundation through its network was able to assist and expedite Zainabs urgent surgery- which helped her to receive early treatment and subsequently prevented her from going down the route of getting a credit card which would incur interest.

In addition Zainab was given emergency relief food vouchers, groceries and meat supplies from the local halal butcher to feed her family.

In Zainabs own words: “Jazakallah Khairan NZF and the team for all your help and assistance.”

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Single Mother – Daughter with Severe ADHD

Single mum with a 6 year old daughter. The daughter has severe ADHD with no family support.

She was forced to move to a private rental house to avoid disturbing neighbors due to daughter’s ADHD.

Unfortunately, the carers benefit she receives from Centrelink does not cover all the bills. Rent, electricity and car rego were all due or already overdue.

How NZF helped the sister:

Within less than 12 hours she was able to drive her car and take her daughter to the required doctors appointments, as well as immediate relief on rental commitments.

NZF assisted in paying necessary bills.

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