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Aya Hachem: Uproar as some plan to withdraw fundraisers based on sectarian differences

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Aya Hachem: Uproar as some plan to withdraw fundraisers based on sectarian differences

Muslims on social media have been outraged as some people withdrew donations for Aya Hachem who was shot dead, after discovering her family were Shia Muslims.

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Muslims on social media have been outraged as some people withdrew donations for Aya Hachem who was shot dead, after discovering her family were Shia Muslims.

On the 18th May 2020, 19-year-old Aya Hachem was tragically shot dead on her way to get groceries from her local Lidl supermarket in Blackburn. The Muslim community has been mourning the death of Aya, a law student, who has been described as “truly remarkable”.

Three suspects have been arrested in the murder and currently, it is believed that she was not the intended target of the attack, nor was there any racial or Islamophobic agenda behind the murder.

Across social media, there has been an outpouring of shock and sympathy for the family, from the Muslim community, since her death and several fundraisers had been set up in her memory.

It is alleged that upon realising her family are from a Shia Muslim background, one individual who had set up a fundraiser in Aya’s name had a change of heart. Many have taken issue with his series of now-deleted tweets, which can be seen below:

The Twitter user has since deleted these tweets.

Another fundraising page for Aya started by Hannan Qazi on Justgiving has been frozen by the platform after raising over £30,000 for the building of a mosque in Niger. An exchange between Hannan and another Twitter user alleges that he “liked” a Tweet which suggested that they should avoid giving funds directly to the family “in case it’s a Rafidi/Shia place of worship”:

Hannan clarified his stance in subsequent tweets:

Aya came to the UK with her family as refugees from Lebanon when she was a girl, but the interactions today over Twitter have shocked many. Muslims, both Shia and Sunni have spoken out against the sectarian mindset that is sadly still rife in some small parts of the community.

Three have been arrested in suspicion of Aya’s murder. Our thoughts are with her family during this difficult time. We pray that Allah guides our community and that we can stand united against sectarianism.

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  • I do believe the issue was less her religious beliefs and more her families support for Bashar al Assad, and the fundraiser felt it would be haram to donate to those who support oppression of Muslims. It’s easy to cry secretarianism, but a lesson can be learned from this for everyone involved.

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  • I think we have not understood Islam and not understood the month of Ramadan. When you give a charity you give to Allah and to a person what ever your religion. It is important to feed a hungry man even though he rejects Allah. Allah feeds everybody even you don’t believe in him. Whatever you do in this world, you will be paid in this world and the next, depend your nyia. The people who starts charity does not start in the name of Allah but for Shaitan. When you start charity you give to Allah and not look who will receive the benefit . May be non Muslims are more deserving than Muslims. My brother should think why is is staying in a non Muslim country, he should go to Muslim country than to have a bird’s brain

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  • History repeating itself. The civil war in islam is still alive and well unfortunately.

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  • The issue was not her being Shia, rather that her family were not only Raafidis but also assadists, who labelled opponents to the Alawi regime as traitors.

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    • you do realise this is a rafida site. they are undercover trying to promote unity but they have team members on here that curse the sahib, and also promote ‘sheikhs’ that slander abu bakr and umar radiAllahuanhum

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    • Shahida Hasan
      May 27, 2020 11:56 pm

      What’s your proof that her family are “Assadists?” Is it right to make that assumption just because she’s a Shia? Should Shi’as start assuming, “oh he’s a Sunni – so he must support ISIS, Al Qaeda, Al Nusra, Taliban” and so many other groups?

      Secondly, as someone mentioned in the post above charity is given in the name of ALLAH. You do it for His pleasure. The beliefs a person might/might not have, is between them and Allah. Can you imagine how painful such discussions may have been for her family who had just lost their daughter and the Ummah was busy fighting over what they MIGHT have believed and to take back DONATIONS?

      And people wonder why the Muslim Ummah is in the state it is in! May Allah guide us all.

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