“Try to have a goal, try to have a plan, try to have a project that you work towards. Even if it’s not you personally doing it and you’re funding someone else’s projects. Just do something cause wallah you’ re going to be needing it on the day of judgement” – ALI BANAT
These words are by Ali Banat, an Australian millionaire, who recently passed on May 29th, 2018 after battling cancer for three years. Who upon knowing that he had very few months to live, spent the rest of the life he had donating all his wealth to charity before passing away.
The man who had every comfort of life, from flip flops that cost $700 to luxurious cars such as Ferrari spider that cost $600,000, said in an interview with Muhammad Hoblos “This is the last thing you want to chase when someone tells you that you have not got much time in this life,” while showing the lavish lifestyle he was living at the time, a dream of most people with no financial worries.
After the diagnose, Banat, started a project called “Muslims Around the World” or “MATW Project” that provided food, aid as well as education in Africa and helped thousands of people.
Cancer, a deadly disease, but for Ali, it was not a disease rather a “Gift” from Allah as it gave him a chance to change, said Banat in an interview.
After his death in the Holy month of Ramadan, a video was released in which he prerecorded a message thanking the people who donated to his project and gave a little of piece of advice that all the work that he did during his last three years of heling the community “is not worth just a simple blessing of Allah has given us like waking up in the morning, being able to walk to the bathroom by yourself. So, these things slowly got stripped away from me. Some of us don’t get that chance from Allah, to know when we are going to pass away and a lot of us just pass away suddenly”.
Also giving another advice to people, Ali said, “if you can inspire one, two or three people to do something, remember when you are in that grave you would be getting rewarded for everything they have done, for all the people they have brought to Islam”.
Indeed, this life is nothing but a test, yet we forget the truth again and again. Despite of not knowing the exact time of our death, we continue to indulge in feeding our worldly desires and dreams. But stories like of Ali Banat remind and warn us continuously that we still have time to change our lives, we still have time to repent, we still have time to erase our bad deeds, we still have time to gather the most essential thing that we would need after death which are good deeds. May Allah give forgive us all.
Written By: Kalsoom Syed (Team PS)