Roger Davis became a Muslim in prison. Now he has a burden not only for prisoners, but for all people who need a helping hand. And the way he sees it, who better to lend that helping hand than Muslims? Isn’t that what we’re called to do? After all, charity is one of the Five Pillars of Islam. But it is also much more than paying Zakaat once a year. (See this page in Muslim.org for some helpful teaching about charity.)
After leaving prison, Brother Roger lived for six months in a masjid where he was able to immerse himself in Islam. And this was after he had become an amir, then a teacher of Islam and finally an imam of the prison. So he has a sound foundation in the faith. Yet he insists that he is only a regular person trying to follow Allah.
Brother Roger has had many health problems in his relatively short life (he is now 28). He was seriously ill with cancer and has had two heart attacks but reports that he has been healed. When he was ill he found it very difficult to find anyone to help him. Now he believes strongly that Muslims should become more involved in helping others in similar situations, and not just through the masjid.
Brother Roger is married and the father of a nine-month-old son. He and his wife have three older children as well. His wife became interested in Islam through him and the day she said her Shahada was also the day that they married, all within the space of thirty minutes!
Several months ago, Brother Roger came up with the idea of establishing a charity which he calls Muslims Helping Muslims. He describes it as “an Islamic-based charity founded upon principles of Islamic giving, dedicated to helping those in need, Muslim and non-Muslim alike.” (Check out the Facebook page here.) Some of the things the charity has done is provide reading matter to prisoners and others, Islamic clothing for new sisters and newly-released Muslims, and financial help to those who cannot pay bills or have their prescriptions filled.
If you want to know more about how to donate, either goods or money, go to the charity’s web site here.