Yesterday we attended an event about the Syrian Revolution. Mashallah it was a good event with four different speakers raising awareness of what is happening there. Both my husband and I went so that we could rotate taking turns watching the boys. It took place at a university lecture hall and we were unsure how graphic the content would be and were prepared to take the boys out of the hall to walk around if needed. For the most part the content was not too disturbing (no videos or pictures were shown), however there was one man there who gave a detailed account of his imprisonment in Syria, but the boys were outside playing with toy cars at that point. Human Concern International helped organize the event and alhamdulillah Yusuf had the opportunity to hand over the money which he has worked so hard to collect. I counted it yesterday and it was over $750 mashaAllah! We took his jar and at the end of the lecture, there was a booth outside collecting donations and Yusuf gave it in. Mashallah we were very proud of him that he gave it in so eagerly. There were moments during the time period he had been collecting money where he asked us if he could keep some of the money for himself but we explained to him that the people had given money speifically for Syria and it wasnt right for him to keep even a penny of it and alhamdulilah he accepted it.
I pray that this is the beginning of Yusuf's journey of helping others and that Allah swt keep his heart and intentions pure and accept his hard work. Also that we as adults take a lesson from his courage and compassion, Ameen.
[I was tempted to take a picture of Yusuf handing his money over, but I just allowed myself to enjoy the moment instead of looking through a lense and have the moment imprinted in my heart <3]