Ibn Umar reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, "The most beloved people to Allah are those who are most beneficial to people.
When reflecting on this Hadith, for those that have had the honour and privilege of meeting three names immediately come to mind. Tariq, Lina & Malik Shafei.
It is not a coincidence that three siblings share similar qualities. Instead, it is a marker the rank of righteous and pious parents who instilled these values in their family.
Their names were Hajj Toufic, and Hajji Laila Shafei May Allah have mercy on them both. The Shafei family lost Hajj Toufic in October 2015 and Hajji Laila in July 2020 The Arabic word Shafei translates to mean an advocate, which is an apt description for what Tariq, Lina & Malik have made their life's purpose. These individuals lead by example, offer guidance, support and to benefit the lives of each individual they meet and the Muslim community as a whole. You likely have friends they have been mentors to or have attended an event, lecture or found benefit from their efforts in one-way shape or form.
As individuals and a community, we are thankful for the Shafei families investment in us. We would like to take this opportunity to give back and invest in the Akhira of Brother Toufic and Sister Laila. May this Sadaqa Jariyah be a light for them both on the day of judgement In Sha Allah.
Please contribute generously to this ongoing project to benefit others and earn a reward for yourself as well as Brother Toufic and Sister Laila.