Ali Banat, a young Muslim resident of Sydney, Australia was a millionaire turned humanitarian who passed away on Tuesday 29 May 2018. His funeral prayer was offered at Lakemba mosque attended by thousands of people on Wednesday 30 May and he was buried at Rookwood cemetery.
He was diagnosed with cancer three years ago and immediately, since then he changed his lifestyle devoting his life in helping people all over the globe on philanthropic projects.
Before his death shook the Muslim world, Ali Banat recorded a final message he wished to be released following his death.
“As you all know, Alhamdollilah I’ve passed away. I just wanted to make a little video clip for all of the followers that have supported me from day one and come on this journey with me since day one.
May Allah reward all you guys and Inshallah you continue to support me and MATW Inshallah.
One of the first thing is a little piece of advice to the brothers and sisters. As you see in this life we had the cars, we had the money, we had everything Alhamdollilah.
But Subhanallah, a lot of people during the period of when I was sick, they would send me messages “Brother you’re guaranteed paradise”.
*Ali pauses to shed a tear*
“Brother you’ve done so much for the community, for the ummah.”
But Subhanallah this, this is not worth just a simple blessing that Allah (SWT) has given us. Like, waking up in the morning and being able to walk to the bathroom by yourself.
So these things slowly got stripped away from me during the last of my life Alhamdolillah.
Wallahi some of us don’t get that chance from Allah, to know when we are going to pass away. Some of us and a lot of us just pass away suddenly.
You’ve heard many stories where brothers and sisters have died in clubs or with overdose. Subhanallah.
So during your life, brothers and sisters, just 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 because Wallahi you’re going to need it on the day of Judgement.
And for the brothers and sisters that are chasing this life, Wallah my advice to you is, this life is becoming … before we used to say “five years ago/ten years ago” certain things were happening, now it’s every month things are changing.
Wallah we are following our desires more than we are following Islam these days. We just gotta be careful, Wallah its not a joke anymore. Our kids are getting affected, everyone is getting affected.
Wallah sometimes I used to just sit on my bed and cry, I just wanted that support from people and then Subhanallah, Allah (SWT) brings you people that you have never thought, they’ll be a part of your life or friends that you didn’t even know they existed.
When I used to travel, I used to meet certain people, a lot of them actually went out of their way to come all the way from Dubai or the UK or wherever it was to actually visit me when I was sick or in hospital, thats love for the sake of Allah (SWT). No photos, no nothing like that. Just come to visit, 14 hour flight just to see if I’m okay, Subhanallah.
For the people that are out there that are sick or worried or stressed. I also say to you people, don’t worry, Allah (SWT) will send you people you never expected. If you really need someone. You just have to have trust and Tawakkul in Allah.
So a little advice for anyone out there, Inshallah, if you can inspire one, two, three people to do something. Remember, when you’re in that grave, Inshallah, you would be getting rewarded for everything they’ve done, for all the people they have brought to Islam. Inshallah that will help on the day of Judgement.
So always try to have a project or a plan that you’re working towards in this life, Inshallah, that will help us in our grave and the Hereafter.”
May Allah have mercey on Ali Banat and grant him the highest level in Paradise.