Ali Banat A young Sydney Muslim businessman turned humanitarian after being diagnosed with cancer is being remembered for helping thousands of people across many countries through his charity Muslims Around the World !
Ali Banat was a young wealthy businessman from the Sydney suburb of Greenacre, and reportedly renowned for living a lavish lifestyle, earned from owning a security and electrical company.
But after being diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer three years ago he said he decided to distribute his wealth.
He was told he had seven months to live but instead lived for another three years. In that time he says he got rid of his cars, watches even my clothes, I took them overseas with me and gave them to a lot of people, he said.
He went on to set up Muslims Around The World, a charity aimed at providing financial assistance and outreach to those in need. His projects were aimed at helping people in a number of countries including Togo, Ghana, and Burkina Faso.
In a video recorded shortly before his death, the 32-year-old asked people to continue his work. As you can see in this life we had the cars, we had the money, we had everything.
So during your life brothers and sisters just try to have a goal, try to have a plan that you work towards. Even if it’s not you personally funding it, and you are funding someone else’s projects just do something because Wallach you are going to need it on the Day of Judgement, he said.
And for the brothers and sisters that are chasing this life ! my advice to you guys 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. Wallach, we are following our desires more than we are following Islam these days.
His video Gifted With Cancer in which he described his wealth and reasons for giving it up for charity went viral.
Ali Banat was fare welled at Alkema mosque on 30th May 2018.
Hafiz Jived Usman Rabbani in this video says that the life of Ali Banat is a lesson and inspiration for us. Ali Banat was an Australian Muslim millionaire. At 29 years of age, he was already the owner of two very successful businesses and was earning endless riches. He was the sort of guy who showed off his wealth and riches on social media. His endless range of expensive watches, branded perfumes, fleet of sport cars and luxury lifestyle was no secret.
However, events took an unexpected and life changing turn for Ali Banat when he was diagnosed with stage 4 of a terminally spreading mouth cancer. He treated cancer as a gift and a blessing. Perhaps he was the first person on earth to say that cancer is a God’s gift for me. He had said the wealth has deviated him from God but the cancer brought him closer to Allah. He said Allah has given a chance to change. And he dedicated the last few years of his life for charitable causes and helping thousands of needy people around the world in many countries like Ghana, Africa, Togo and Ethiopia. He founded an organization Muslims Around The World, also known as MATW.
Though he was diagnosed with cancer nearly 3 years ago, Ali Banat was told at the time he only had 7 months to live, Allah made him survive 3 years after diagnosis only so that he could make his life an example for others. Ali Banat died on May 29, 2018. He made his last 3 years of suffering turn into a life lesson for everyone to learn from.
We should all try to take inspiration from Ali Banat and try to please Allah and prepare for the life after death.