Ali Banat a 31 year old brother who had it all. Two successful self developed businesses and lead a luxurious life, nothing was slowing him down and had a bright future ahead of him. Then in July 2015 brother Ali Banat received news that would never have crossed his mind. Ali Banat was diagnosed with stage 4 Cancer Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma from this moment he knew his life would never be the same. Then the bad news kept coming; it had spread throughout his body to his lungs and bones. At first this came as a shock to Ali as it would to anyone in his situation but quickly Ali took the news in the most positive way and took it as a “gift” from God, a means to turn his life around in the eyes of his creator. He came to the realisation of what is most important in his life at this point.
It is then he stumbled across a YouTube video of a fellow brother doing charity work in Africa for orphans, widows and poor Islamic communities. This trip was life changing for him. His initial purpose of his travel was to build one school but Ali gained a sense of purpose and went on a mission to continue to help his brothers and sisters in need. Upon arriving home to his family he decided to start a small charity organisation he hoped would bring his community together. Through this idea he established MATW-Project (Muslims Around the World Project) in October 2016. He decided to make widows and orphans his main focus of this project.
After establishing the organisation and in the process ridding himself of all his material luxurious possessions to start this project. Ali decided to courageously put his story out there for the world to see. In doing this he hoped to teach people what really matters in this life and how much we take life for granted. Ali could never have predicted just how much his project would thrive. Within months Ali established a major project in Africa that housed 200 widows and 600 orphans and schooled over 600 children. After Ali revealed this project to the public the organisation continued to grow and so did Ali’s passion and determination toward the project.
Today Ali has managed to bring about 2 large additional projects to help the brothers and sisters of Africa, another village to house widows and children with schools and the first ever Islamic cemetery and wash area in Togo Africa. But Ali didn’t stop there, he began water well projects and taking MATW to other parts of Africa and the world. Despite Ali’s condition it has not stopped him in wanting MATW to strive. He continues to put all his time despite not having much of it and all his effort into making this project a success.
Ali Banat is a true inspiration and his faith is astounding. He truly gives meaning to the words courage, determination and sacrifice.