Manchester; Ali Banat His Life & Legacy: Although the Modern Islamic world is stereotyped by negative factors such as terrorism and extremism, but time after time, we see that influential Muslims do come into the limelight who spread the true essence of Islam in times of oppression and negativity. Today’s story revolves around an Australian Muslim millionaire who gave it all up for charity. His story is an inspiration for Muslims all over the world and those who don’t know about him will certainly get inspired by his life. His life also tells us about how much importance Islam gives to charity, there are a lot of Islamic references that can be put forward in the support of charity. The Prophet of Islam once said:
“A charity is due for every joint in each person on every day the sun comes up: to act justly between two people is a charity; to help a man with his mount, lifting him onto it or hoisting up his belongings onto it, is a charity; a good word is a charity; and removing a harmful thing from the road is a charity.” (Al-Bukhari, Muslim)
Ali Banat is considered to be one of the most celebrated humanitarian, philanthropist and social workers in modern society. He was the founder of the charitable project titled ‘Muslims Around The World’, also known as MATW. Ali Banat died in May 2018 and the world mourned his death. But everyone knew he would die soon; even he did because he was suffering from stage 4 of mouth cancer that had spread throughout his body.
Upon diagnosis 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, for this sole reason alone, celebrated his cancer as a gift rather than grief. This blog is dedicated to the life story of an Australian Muslim multi-millionaire who has left his mark on this world for time immemorial because he is the one who gave it all up for charitable causes.
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Who was Ali Banat?
There are many people who haven’t even heard of Ali Banat altogether whilst at the same time he is a celebrated philanthropist around the world. Who is Ali Banat? Where was he born? What kind of life did he lead? What did he do for a living? How did he die? What charitable causes was he involved in the last few years of his life? What made him change his lifestyle choices? There are hundreds of lessons in the short life span of Ali Banat for all of us to learn. Read ahead to find out all about Ali Banat and we hope that many of your questions get answered.
Where was he born?
Ali Banat was born in Australia in February, 1982 to a Muslim family. He lived all his life in Australia until his death in May 2018.
Life of Ali Banat until diagnosis of cancer
Ali Banat was a blessed man at a young age. 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. He earned a lot of money and spent equally as much but only in indulging in luxuries of life. This was until one day he was diagnosed with mouth cancer at stage 4 and his life changed in every possible meaning of the word.
Stage 4 cancer diagnosis
Almost 3 years ago, events took an unexpected and life changing turn for Ali Banat when he was diagnosed with stage 4 of a terminally spreading mouth cancer. The cancer had reached a point where it was beyond cure. The doctors informed Ali that he only had 6 or 7 months to live.
There is nothing worse than being told that your life is coming to an end. We all know that death is indeed the ultimate reality but we tend to take it for granted. The reality only hits us hard on the head when we are told that we don’t have time to live any longer. This is the moment when your past life flashes in front of your eyes and you realize you did nothing worthy enough to take you ahead in the world & hereafter or stand in front of Allah on the Day of Judgment.
Ali Banat experienced the same. He sat multiple interviews after his diagnosis in which he revealed how he saw his world flip upside down in a matter of seconds after being told that he is dying. By the grace of God, he was spared 3 years to live which was no less than a miracle in itself. But what matters most is that he made his last 3 years of suffering turn into a life lesson for everyone to learn from!
Life of Ali Banat in the last 3 years
Ali Banat titled his stage 4 cancer ‘A gift from Allah’. Ali Banat celebrated his cancer rather than mourning the early arrival of his death. He knew he was going to die but he felt blessed throughout the last 3 years because he felt that Allah had given him this time to re-evaluate and understand the real meaning of human life.
He was a blessed with a lot of wealth at a young age but hadn’t it been for cancer, he would never have realized that the wealth Allah blesses you with is meant to be spending in HIS way by helping his needy beings rather than spending it on expensive watches and sports cars. Allah could have made him die that very instant and he would never be able to realize or do any good.
Hence, he treated cancer as a gift and a blessing and 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 died on May 29, 2018 after his mouth cancer had painfully spread through his body in all parts of his bones and organs.
What should you learn from the life of Ali Banat?
Ali Banat is one of those people’s whose life has become an example for everyone. He died earlier this year but has left his mark on the world forever. It isn’t that he was great or exemplary from the day he was born. But his life took such a turn of events that made him change as a person and his world shift completely too. There are many beautiful things that can be learnt from the painful life of Ali Banat.
Life is a precious gift from Allah
One of the primary things that you need to learn from the life of Ali Banat is that life is a precious gift from Allah. You need to celebrate and be thankful every moment of life. There are many people out there who would give up everything to have what you have right now. So celebrate life and be thankful for all the blessings that come your way.
Spend your life in a way that prepares you for the world hereafter
You might be blessed with immense wealth and riches in this world but remember the one who gave you all that. Remember Allah. Remember that he has the power to give and take at any moment. So instead of spending your money on material things, spend it on earning a better life in the world hereafter. Never run after the worldly goods because they will not last.
See good over everything bad
Life will always give you good and bad. There is always black and white. It depends on your perspective only on what you choose to see. You can choose to see the good in everything and it will only depict your positive perspective in life. Negativity will never bring you any good.
Always prepare yourself for death
Ali Banat’s life teaches you the biggest lesson to always be prepared for death. Death is unpredictable and unstoppable. It can come at any time, any age and is most likely to happen when you least expect it.
The uncertain path of death is always lurking behind us, even though we don’t realize it. It is important to put all our efforts and give back to the world as much as possible. It is for us to make the decision to live a life that is a true reflection of Islam. Like Ali Banat, whose dedication was always to serve people regardless of their differences. We should all try to take inspiration from Ali Banat and work together for the peace of the world.