I thought this was crazy.
On the last Sunday night of Ramadan the local masjid was doing its fundraiser between the Isha and Taraweeh prayers. The Imam speaking to the crowd went row by row from the front to the end of the prayer asking for donations of $1000. The line after mine, a man stood up next to the Imam and spoke into the microphone:
“My mother is very sick and my son is very sick also. I really need this $1000 but I am going to give it to the masjid for the cause of Allah.”
The Imam backed up the man’s plea saying that we can take this also as an encouragement to give. And the Imam continued down the rows.
As the man began filling out the form, another man came and sat next to him and said, “I will pay the $1000 in your name.”