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On March 5, 2017, Muslim Family Services (MFS), a division of ICNA Relief USA Programs, hosted its 10th Annual Fundraising Banquet at Burton Manor in Livonia, MI. The event began at 4:45 pm and over 350 guests had attended to celebrate the organization’s previous year’s accomplishments.
The keynote speaker was Dr Jawad Shah, a neurosurgeon and the Co-Director of the Center for Cognition and Neuroethics, and the fundraiser was Sheikh Abdullah Waheed, the Islamic Director of Flint Islamic Center. The emcee for the evening was Br Naveed Khan.
Abdul Rauf Khan Dr Jawad Shah Sheikh Abdullah Waheed
The event began with a beautiful Qur’an recitation by Br Hanzala Hafiz, followed by Sheikh Ali Suleiman Ali, the Director of MFS, welcoming the guests. Afterwards there was a short video that highlighted the programs of MFS and expressing gratitude for our donors who lent a helping hand to help those in need.
Then, Br Khalid Iqbal, the Administrative Director of MFS, led a powerpoint presentation, showing guests what the organization had accomplished in the 2016. It touched on the work achieved by the hunger prevention program that contained three food pantries, Pantry on Wheels, and the hot meal distribution, as well as the distribution of backpacks in schools and religious organizations. Additionally, guests learned about the financial support MFS provided to our clients who requested assistance from different programs such as with rent, utilities bill, janaza (funeral) services for our Muslim brothers and sisters, and others. Br Khalid also talked about the progress of the counseling program, workshops, foster parenting program, refugee resettlement program, and the Sakinah House - women’s transitional home. The guests were informed about the seasonal programs MFS held in the past year such as the Sponsor a Family Ramadan Project, Back 2 School Giveaway, Fun Day, Health Fair, and the zakat distribution during Ramadan.
The evening was about showing appreciation to those who has helped MFS and the community tremendously. Six individuals and community groups were recognized for their hard work and the services they provided the community.
Muslim Family Services raised over $110,000 in one night. This amount will be distributed to assist the people come to MFS with the programs and initiatives mentioned above. By the grace of the Almighty. Dr Jawad Shah and Sheikh Abdullah Waheed were huge contributors to the success of this fundraiser. Their sincere appreciation for the initiatives that MFS facilities allowed them to develop a keen understanding of the organization’s goals. Their charisma and eloquence encouraged guests to show their support and contribute as much they could. A huge thank you to all of the volunteers who helped make this event a success!
The event was a joyous occasion for all who attended! Guests dined on delicious cuisine as they enjoyed the success of MFS’ programs. MFS understands that the organization simply cannot continue to service those in need without your help. They are forever grateful to all of their supporter broth near and far. Without you and your contributions, the programs would be incomplete. In addition, MFS would like to extend a special thanks to Dr Jawad Shah, Sheikh Abdullah Waheed, and Br Naveed Khan for helping inform the masses about their works. May God reward you all immensely in this world and the next.
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On Tuesday, January 24, 2017, Muslim Family Services, a division of ICNA Relief USA Programs, had the opportunity to provide hot meals to the Landmark Community Church in Hazel Park, MI. MFS Staff and Board Members had taken food boxes containing rice, chicken, and salad, and pizza for the attendees. Alhamdulillah, Praise Be To God, we were able to provide meals for 40 people. A huge thanks to the Landmark Community Church for giving us the opportunity.
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On Friday, January 20, 2017, MFS had taken its Pantry on Wheels to Masjid Al-Salam in Dearborn, where we helped 35 refugee families. Insha’Allah, God Willing, with the support of our donors and volunteers, we will continue our journey to help the community.
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A huge thanks to the students of Al Ikhlas Academy for spending their Wednesday afternoon helping MFS organize its Detroit food pantry. We pray that Allah (swt) reward the young brothers for their efforts.