A drug mule at 13 and a sex slave for eight years - Help her free other slaves this Ramadan
Help Anna start services for the survivors of sex trafficking
"I ran away from home because of years of sexual assaults. From the age of 13- 15, I was a drug mule for my much older boyfriend. After being arrested for smuggling drugs into Florida from Jamaica and doing my time. My boyfriend could no longer use me to transport his drug. I was no use so was sold to a pimp in Cleveland at 16 years old. I was sold daily until I was 23-24 when I finally escaped"
This is the story of our respected sister, Anna Borsick. Anna has now become a fearless advocate against human trafficking and for youth protection. She is now working with MY Project USA to start a shelter and provide various services to help the poor survivors of trafficking in re-establishing their lives. She also helps her church and several other organizations to address this epidemic that is ruining the lives thousands of our youth and families.
Shaykh Yasir Qadhi Asks the Community to Suport MYProject USA
Sharing Eid Blessings At MY Deah's
Eid Gifts, Clothes, Cookies, Henna, Face Painting for All Kids
Eid at My Deah's is super exciting this year. Since yesterday, dozens of families have collected their Eid gifts and supplies from the store. Girls are getting their hands painted with henna and all kids have got their goody bags.
We have invited about 500 families with children from the neighborhood this weekend to get their Eid outfits, gifts, toys, cookies & more. Each of the kid will get their Eid toy, clothes, a goody bag, henna and Face paint per their desire.
MY Project USA is Zakat eligible since it falls in to six of the eight categories of Zakat as commanded by Allah SWT 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)"
The first and second category of “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 captive” 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 re-establishing 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.
Of course people can also donate from any Sadaqa funds for this cause as well.