It’s been almost three years since Samy Adamou and like-minded people had the idea for commonsplace: a digital crowdfunding platform for – but not exclusively – Muslim projects.
For the German Muslim community, Commonsplace is like a kind of stage that reflects social life, says Abdul-Aleem Malik. The 31-year-old is collecting donations for the “South Hesse Children’s Palliative Care Unit” under the title “Abraham’s Children”: “Our son Ibrahim Khalil was born in June 2021. He has been since birth under medical care in the intensive care unit. It was diagnosed relatively early that he had an incurable metabolic disease, which is extremely rare. From that point on he was in palliative care.”
The name of the project, “Abraham’s Children”, is derived from a hadith, a tradition of the prophet. Abraham is said to have appeared to the prophet in a dream. The prophet is said to have seen Abraham caring for children who died early, regardless of religious affiliation.
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5,000 kilometers to raise 70,000 euros on Commonsplace
Abdul-Aleem Malik wants to collect 70,000 euros for the children’s palliative care unit – by riding his bike: “That will start in April 2024. I will start in Darmstadt at the Waldfriedhof, where my son is buried, and from there the all- Visit the Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, also the tomb of Abraham in Khalil, and then start the pilgrimage from there.”
The route that the passionate cyclist wants to cover is 5,000 kilometers long. Even if the body will weaken from time to time, its will is even stronger: “Palliative care alone is covered by health insurance companies. The projects for which I am currently collecting for the children’s palliative care team are, for example, prenatal palliative care. So if the Children have not yet been born and are already classified as palliative. This is about medical and psychosocial advice for the parents. As someone who is affected by this, I know how important this is, even if it is not medical. Because they are not “Only the children who are affected, but also the parents and the surrounding family such as siblings, grandparents, etc., who also need support in the same way.”
Important projects on commonsplace for the Muslim community
At commonsplace there are also less spectacular projects that are just as important for the Muslim community, says Samy Adamou. Such as the book project “What is Islam?” by the Hamburg Islamic scholar Doctor Ali Özdil: “I started giving mosque tours in Hamburg in 1992, when I started studying Islamic studies – mainly for school classes,” says Özdil. “Then the deputy head of the Center Mosque, where we had almost two or three school classes visiting every day, said: ‘We have to give people something, something small, a kind of brochure. You can’t even do that Write a book with basics: What is Islam?” I then sat down and wrote this book in three weeks, which has now been printed in its fourth edition. Now it’s time for a fifth edition.”
There are many stories, many people – even outside of Germany – who met through commonsplace. For example, a water project in Indonesia or an orphanage in Kenya were financed. In a podcast, commonsplace wants to make these people and their stories known to a larger audience. “It’s a great blessing that we can get to know so many people and somehow be a tool for them,” said Samy Adamou happily.
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