Mohammed Zabair signed up to sponsor a child after hearing about our Rainbow Family Programme through the Islam Channel, in 2011. Now, almost a year on, as the lucky winner of Muslim Aid’s Golden Ticket, he has been given the opportunity to visit his sponsored child In Banda Aceh, Indonesia.
In June this year, Mohammed met with Masron, a young timid boy who likes to play football. Living with his mother, brother and two sisters in very poor conditions, Masron had lost his father at a very young age and his mother had struggled to provide - she was earning the equivalent of just two British Pounds a day.
After taking to him very quickly, Masron began to call Mohammed Abang (older brother) and on his first day in the village, took him to visit his father’s grave. Here, they made dua and Mohammed was able to hear Masron recite some scriptures from the Qur’an.
Though separated by two very different cultures, they grew very close and together they visited the Tsunami memorial, Muslim Aid’s Dig a well projects in Aceh Besar and the Baiturrahman grand mosque in Banda Aceh where they were able to stop and make salaat. Mohammed met with Masron’s friends and, as avid football fans, they were able to show off their skills with the new ball that Mohammed had given them.
Nurjani, Masron’s mother, told Mohammed how the Rainbow Family Child Sponsorship Programme had made a difference to Masron’s life:
“I am really thankful for the support,” she said. “Masron has been able to continue his studies and hopefully Allah will shower his blessings on Mohammed.”
To see more of Mohammed's journey, watch the video here.