Since the attack that murdered his entire family, Fayez Afzaal has to face his new reality as an orphan.
Afzaal went on an evening stroll with his parents, grandmother and sister when they became victims of a fatal attack. The attack, which is being widely described as terrorism, has left him as the only surviving member of his family and still in critical condition.
The attacks have sent waves of shock, anger and immense sadness across communities in Canada. Canadians have come together in support of the nine-year-old orphaned boy and are trying to provide him with the financial care he will need.
A LaunchGood fundraiser was started to gather funds to support the boy and help him navigate life after the tragedy. Since being set up, it has exceeded its goal and has already raised over $1,080,000.
The attack has since been described as Islamaphobic in nature and was a pre-meditated act. The perpetrator, who could face terrorism charges, is a 20-year-old white man from London, Ontario. He is scheduled to appear in court on Monday.
The campaign is supported by organizations like the London Muslim Community, Islamic Relief Canada and the National Council of Canadian Muslims. The organizations will ensure that the funds are allocated to fulfil Afzaals’ needs while also dedicating a portion to a Sadaqah Jaariya project for the victims.
Sadaqah Jaariya is the Islamic term for ongoing or perpetual charity, which earns the giver rewards even after their deaths. Sadaqah Jaariya usually goes towards something with lasting benefits such as building a school or developing a clean water system. In this case, Sadaqah Jaariya will be in the name of the four victims to honour their Islamic faith.