Our Interfaith Iftar dinner is just two weeks away. We are super excited to announce that several interfaith & social justice champions in Columbus will be joining us at our interfaith iftar.
Our Chosen Guests of Honors include: Interfaith - Rev. Tim Ahrens, First Congregational Church
Interfaith - Rabbi Sharon Mars, Temple Israel
Interfaith - Dan Clark, Faith in Public Life
Interfaith - Jason Ridley, Allegheny West Conference of Seventh-day Adventists
Politics - US Senator Sherrod Brown Social Services - Angie Plummer, Executive Director, Crisis and Refugee Immigration Services (CRIS)
Social Justice - Rubén Castilla Herrera, Central Ohio Workers Center
Social Justice - Author Tammy Fournier Alsaada, Juvenile Justice Coalition
Seats are limited. Please make sure to register your seats now and share with your families and friends as well. We are looking forward to seeing you at the dinner.
In Solidarity with Youth & Families,
Board of Directors of MY Project USA,
Zerqa Abid, Naser Saadeh, Morgen Morrissette, Dr. Sarah Hussain, and Rep. Adam Miller
Here is How We Fit Six out of Eight Criteria of Being Eligible to Receive Your Zakat Donations
As many of you know, offering zakat (certain amount of charity) once a year is a religious obligation for Muslims that might have accumulated wealth for more than a year. It is the third of the five pillars of Islam (right after prayer). In Arabic, zakat means purification, growth and blessing. Paying zakat is meant to remind Muslims to be appreciative of the blessings that Allah Almighty has bestowed upon them, and to help empower those who have less.
Allah SWT explains who could be the beneficiary of this charity in the following verse of Quran:
"Zakat expenditures are only for the poor and for the needy and for those employed to collect [zakah] and for bringing hearts together [for Islam] and for freeing captives [or slaves] and for those in debt and for the cause of Allah and for the [stranded] traveler - an obligation [imposed] by Allah . And Allah is Knowing and Wise. (Quran 9:60)"
As an organization, we are fit 6 out 8 criteria listed in the verse of Quran.
The first and second category of “for poor and for the needy” applies since we are helping poor local and refugee Muslim families.
The fourth category of"bringing hearts together" applies since we serve all needy people regardless of their faith, ethnicity or race. We also work with individuals that are attracted to Islam and Muslims and prefer working with us to learn more.
The fifth category “freeing captives” applies since we are addressing human trafficking, the modern day slavery, prevention and intervention. We are specially focusing on freeing sex-slaves from their masters and then helping them in reestablishing their lives.
The sixth category of "paying the debt" applies since we take care of families, single moms and family violence victims dealing with debts and financial instability.
The seventh category “the cause of Allah”applies because we are protecting and empowering Muslim youth and families in America. Through our work we are addressing drugs, gangs, violence, suicides, radicalization, homelessness, and hunger through capacity building of the individuals and the community. Through the documentation and publicity of our work we seek to address Islamophobia as well. Our goal is to preserve Islam and Muslim community in America at its best.
According to the majority scholars, Zakat can be given to those who volunteer to fight in the cause of Allah (SWT) and do not receive a fixed salary from the government. This also applies to the operational cost/salaries of a non-profit organization like ours that fits the other categories of zakat eligibility.
People can also donate their sadaqa (other charity) or general donations for this cause as well.
Columbus Fasting 5k 2018 To Support Wedgewood Youth & Families
Sunday | June 2nd, 2018 | 7:30 pm
Noor Islamic Cultural Center | 5001 Wilcox Rd. Dublin, OH 43016
Get excited for the Ramadan event of the year! Ten cities and hundreds of athletes will embrace the spirit of the month by fasting, fundraising and building community for good through our annual 5K event. This year, Fasting5k is working with organizations providing resources for youth safety against violence. This year's fundraising beneficiary is My Project USA.
We're going to be collecting personal hygiene items during the holy month of Ramadan to then distribute to families in need on Eid. What might seem like an everyday item to you, might be a luxury product for someone else.
Please share with your friends and family and help us reach our goal. Feel free to contact us with any questions!