Muslim Family Services Detroit

On Saturday, May 13th, Muslim Family Services, a division of ICNA Relief, helped lead a community wide effort to clean the streets of Detroit. MFS partnered with the City of Detroit, Motor City Makeover, POPPS Packing, Hope Center, and Global Detroit to join efforts in beautifying the neighborhood. . The turnout was excellent with about 75 volunteers taking time out of their days to join us.

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                Volunteers arrived to the meet up location at POPPS Packing at 8:30 am and were welcomed with a hearty breakfast of waffles with fresh fruit, maple syrup and whipped cream, bagels and cream cheese, cereal, and Eggs-in-a-Hole toast.

                After enjoying their meal and meeting other volunteers, MFS’ Administrative Director, Khalid Iqbal, and Global Detroit’s representative, Jenaba Kamara, welcomed and thanked the volunteers for dedicating their time to the betterment of the city. With the reminder of being safe, the volunteers were ready to head out and start cleaning! The team leaders had divided the volunteers into groups of 4-5 and were assigned a specific location/street to clean. Each group received a map, gloves, trash bags, water bottles, and phone numbers of the team leaders who would be readily available for assistance.

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                Volunteers spent about three hours cleaning the streets, alleys, and digging out the weeds. The volunteers realized there are an immense amount of trash in the community that we do not notice on a daily basis. Once they were done with their tasks, the volunteers walked back to POPPS Packing to enjoy a hearty lunch sponsored by Global Detroit and Royal Kabob while interacting with other volunteers.

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This center is designed to help permanently break the cycle of impoverishment for the individuals and families we serve.

We see that their is a need to help our clients not only to obtain and maintain jobs, but also to create new opportunities for them. This center encourages immigrants, refugees, and other community members to enhance their skills to become employable and add new skills to their growing resumes through the programs that we provide. 

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Our programs include;

  • Adult Education Program (ESL)
  • Computer Literacy Program 
  • Nailed It!: Home Repair Courses
  • It's Sew Time!
  • Career/Resume Building Program
  • Financial Literacy Program

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             Adult Education Program                          Nailed It!: Home Repair Courses

Health is a relationship between you and your body. Muslim Family Services, a division of ICNA Relief, understands just that. On Saturday, May 6th, MFS/ICNA Relief team hosted a free health fair for the community at Masjid Ibrahim in Ypsilanti. MFS had collaborated with local doctors and the University of Detroit Mercy to help make this event a success.

Doctors and volunteers who participated reminded the community that good health is important. The fair offered a general check-up of blood sugar and glucose levels, blood pressure, height and weight to assess the Body Mass Index (BMI). In addition, MFS had nephrologists, neurologists, internal doctors, endodontists, pediatricians, and ophthalmologists give consultations and referrals to the attendees.

The fair was held from 9:30am to 12:30pm and the patients were asked to come in fasting for accurate test results. A wide variety of breakfast items were served by our volunteers for the patients after their tests.

Approximately, 20-30 people had attended the fair from the Ypsilanti community. Most of the patients were not able to afford the services required to answer their health related concerns. Our doctors had offered advice to the patients that would help resolve their issues. They were also given referrals and follow up appointments. We would like to thank all of the doctors and volunteers who helped make this event possible.

MFS intends to host more health fairs to other low income cities of Michigan. If you are a Healthcare Professional or part of an organization of Health Care Professionals and are interested in volunteering in the Health Fair, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (313) 366-6800 for more information.

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Our annual Ramadan Zakat Program has begun! We are accepting Muslim refugees, immigrants and other community members who are in need. Please donate today so we can help the community better! 

Donate here! http://muslimfamilyservices.org/site2/index.php/donation-form  

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Our trials are not the reason to give up, but a challenge to improve ourselves. The pain is not an excuse to back out, but should be a motivation to continue on.

On Saturday, April 29th, Sheikh Ali Suleiman Ali, the Director of Muslim Family Services, Imam of MCWS, Co-Founder of the ALIM program, scholar, and counselor hosted a virtual workshop to highlight the importance of gaining positivity from the trails you experience.In this webinar, the Wisdom Behind Trials, Sheikh Ali reminded us that this Dunya consists of trials and everlasting challenges. It is necessary to remember that Allah's scripture, the Quran, and His Messenger (PBUH), have provided guidance for our trials and the numerous questions we may have. Sheikh Ali has provided many verses from the Quran that explain the purpose of the trials.

By what does Allah test His Servants? Sheikh Ali touched based on five areas on which we may be tested.

1. To know the reality of our Iman.

2. Challenging our patience.

3. To learn humbleness.

4. To know who are really Mujahideen and raise their status with Allah.

5. As a wake up call.

This webinar is a part of our new Webinar series presented by Muslim Family Services, a division of ICNA Relief. If you would like to suggest a topic for our scholars to talk about, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call us at 313.366.6800.