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Alhamdulilah, MFS received a generous donation from Robert Bassam at Eastern Motors: a 14-passenger van primarily to serve the needs of refugees in Michigan. The van will also be used for MFS's future senior citizens' day center (Majma Tarweeh), the Sakinah House, and our food pantries from Detroit to Ypsilanti. Other miscellaneous and emergency financial assistance will also be catered to, on an as-need basis.
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Abbas related that a man asked the Prophet, Tell me what should I do to be admitted to Paradise and he (the Prophet) answered: Worship Allah associating nothing with Him, observe Salat, pay Zakat and strengthen the ties of kinship. (Bukhari, Muslim)
Ramadan tends to be the busiest month of the year for Muslim Family Services. With several projects underway, such as SAFRP, Zakat Distribution, the Eid Food Box Distribution, or fundraising - there is never a moment to spare, Alhamdulilah.
Each Ramadan, MFS staff take zakat applications from hundreds of individuals who fall under the poverty line. This year, we were able to give zakat to 240 individuals, distributing approximately $97,000 to low-income Muslim families in Southeast Michigan. We are grateful for the opportunity to distribute zakat from Muslims to those who are most deserving of finanical assistance and further fulfil our own right as humanitarians.
Other Ramadan Programs:
Muslim Family Services makes it a goal to partner with local organizations each Ramadan, to offer Eid food boxes to deserving families. These organizations include the Hanini Outreach Center, Muslim Community of Western Suburbs, Porch-Front Pick Up Food Drive, Tawheed Center-Farmington Hills, and MAS Detroit. This year, during the month of Ramadan, we received $22,100 worth of in-kind donations from a few of these organizations combined.
Child-friendly Eid food boxes were also distributed to various communities. This initiative was a collaborative effort with the Tawheed Center of Farmington Hills, as a gift for low-income Muslim families with children. Each box contained items that children in particular would enjoy, such as chocolate chip cookies, cereal, and candy. Each box cost $150 to assemble, and weighed about 80 Ibs. Approximately 100 boxes were distributed.
Alhamdulilah, all recipients were pleased and grateful for the gifts from the community. As for us at MFS, we will continue to assist the community at large, and ask that you keep us in your prayers while we do so.
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Safwan ibn Salim related that the Prophet said: Anyone who looks after and works for a widow and a poor person is like a warrior fighting for Allah's cause, or like a person who fasts during the day and prays all night. (Bukhari)
In light of this hadith, MFS donated both perishable and non-perishable food items to a family of 10 individuals during this month of Ramadan. The items (chicken, lamb, beef, rice, lentils, spices, and more) were enough in amount to assure a nutritious suhoor and iftar for the remainder of the month. MFS also donated $300 to the family to fulfil any additional needs they may have.