Nasar Haq, Head of Marketing & Communications

I had gone to my local mosque for my evening prayers following which, as I was walking back to my car, I was approached by a middle-aged man who greeted me and then asked me for help.

He said that he and his family were homeless and were struggling. I asked whether he had gone to the mosque to ask for assistance, because they would always try to help. He hadn’t, but seemed reluctant to do that. I asked about where his family was right now, and he said they were waiting not far away. So I decided to give him a couple of blankets that I kept in the car (for emergency purposes). I then offered to drive him to his family – as I wanted to see what state they were in to gauge what other assistance could be given. He didn’t ask for any money.

He got in the car with me (yes, I know, risky) and I followed his instructions to guide me to where his family was. After driving a couple of miles, we arrived at the location – but his family wasn’t there. So he just thanked me and said he’s going to go look for his family; he got out of the car and waved goodbye. I then drove back home.

I don’t know if he was telling me the truth about his family or not. I don’t know how genuine he was. But I did at least feel that I did something to alleviate whatever troubles he was facing.