US$345.00Donated So Far
Help me Get to Madina
Pearls of Fatima Book Launch and Signing
25-year-old poet and author Saqibi Seif began life with hope, aspirations and big dreams like any child. Entering into his teens, SMA, a rare, genetic and progressive neuromuscular disease, landed into the handsome youth's lap. Social life and relationships, his world view and education were drastically impacted as the years passed. The physical struggle to get to college became increasingly difficult by the day, despite his growing thirst for wisdom and insight. As isolation became his new reality, who would believe in this young lad who neither had the chance to be seen or heard by the public nor his peers?
Finding his Passion
In an aim to make sense of the day to day challenges of this new life, Saqibi made his gracious appearance on social media where many highly evolved spiritual seekers were drawn to his profound outpourings. Finding a publisher who paid close attention to his writings, the young writer was offered a publishing gateway for three of his works to day.
Pain a Daily Reality
His physical pain remained, and his spiritual pain increased as he was reminded daily of his involuntary confinement. His life would oscillate between gloom one day and anticipating a miracle the next day. Emotions rollercoasting, the young author had no choice but to express his desperation, suffering and hope in writing. His ecstatic and raw expressions a reflection of his genuine and innocent state of mind, he challenged many views of spirituality as a neat and neutral transactional affair. His soul ablaze and ready to serve - why would he not be provided the physical means to do so?
"I am fully dependent on others"
"I am unable to walk, yet my heart wants to run"
"I have big dreams, just like you do"
"I don't have any friends or a community to turn to"
"My only social life is a handful of folks on social media I have never met before"
"I believe in Allah but feel hopeless instantly as I face my reality every day, every moment. Hope and fear are my constant states"
"I don't know if I should believe anyone should help me, why, what is my worth any ways"
"Life isn't easy in a wheelchair"
"I really do wish to visit the Prophet. (S) in Madina, is this asking for too much or am I delusional for desiring such a desire?"
"I've lost a sibling to SMA, and have another sibling with my condition. My parents are doing all that they can for us, yet I don't wan't to while my life without hope, without trying, without sharing my story."
"I don't feel safe, heard or understood, except by those few handful of hearts I have never met"
"I've resorted to seeking a cure to my ailment as the mystics of the past by composing couplets on my master Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him and his family) and Sayyeda Fatima (as). I hope my words will gain Divine attention and acceptance"
Pearls of Fatima Al Zahra
Pearls of Fatima, his most recent publication, caught the attention of a sponsor in Medina; a widow with a generous heart. After hearing his story she vowed to keep him as her guest in her home for as long as he desired to stay.
His close virtual confidants decided to pursue the opening and raise the necessary funds to facilitate the following:
How You Can Help
book signing and launch for Pearls of Fatima al Zahra
visa application fee
round trip travel fare
round trip chaperon's travel fare
1 week hotel accommodation for chaperon
special needs equipment in his temporary residence
24/7 personal assistant hired locally to care for him
miscellaneous overhead costs
Call to Action | | HELP ME GET TO MADINA
Interview With Saqibi
what use was empathy
lifting a finger
what use these words
that lead to no action
what use are those
hands lifted high
to act upon
what pains your heart
7, 000 -10,000
This would cover:
2 round trip tickets
1 week accommodation for chaperone
full time male nurse (locally hired)
Transport and food
think of this as your trip to MADINA
think of this as your gift to the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him and his family)
our intention is to raise the funds so to arrange his travel to Madina by Ramadan
No updates for this campaign just yet