Following a hate crime that killed his family, nearly $800,000 was raised for an orphaned boy.
A GoFundMe campaign for a 9-year-old orphaned child, the sole survivor of a hate crime that killed four other members of his family and drew national attention in Canada, has generated $787,356 in donations.
After a vehicle crashed into his family on an evening walk on Sunday night, Fayez Afzaal is in stable condition at a hospital in London, Ontario. His parents, 46-year-old Salman Afzaal and 44-year-old Madiha Afzaal, his sister, 15-year-old Yumnah, and his 74-year-old grandmother were all killed in the attack.
“There is proof that this was a calculated, planned crime driven by hatred. On Monday, London Police Deputy Superintendent Paul Waight told reporters that the victims were targeted because of their Islamic faith.
Sana Yasir, who has been a “very close family friend” of the victims for the past 12 years, started the fundraising four days ago as a form of sadaqa jariya, an important Islamic concept in which Muslims donate to charity in remembrance of the deceased.
Yasir told Washington Newsday that the number of people who have donated to the GoFundMe has surprised her. She claimed that though she started the campaign locally for those in the London region who wanted to help, it has since spread around the world and got donations from people in the United Kingdom, the United States, and Pakistan, among other locations.
“It’s unbelievable to think how many people are supporting this,” she added on Friday. “Even people who don’t know the family or aren’t even from London didn’t hesitate to donate.” “It really means a lot to me.”
“Seeing that non-Muslims are donating and giving messages of love and support that they’re there for us, that implies people who aren’t Muslim perceive this as a hate crime,” Yasir continued. “Every community in London, and every community throughout the world, is with us. They’re fighting Islamophobia alongside us.”
The Afzaal family has stated that they do not require financial assistance for funeral costs, but that donations will be used to support Fayez in the future, as well as other charities that close family members will select at a later date. There will be an announcement once the decision is made.
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