Historic Events During Ramadhan
By Ustadh Sa'id HunafaaMore...
An exceptional effort all around!!!
By Ustadh Sa'id Hunafaa
Alhamdullilah, Ramadan 2014 was truly a blessed month where many individuals, families, masjids and communities came forth to serve the Muslim community and volunteer for different projects throughout Ramadan. Different…More...
Madinah Food Pantry and Family Services will again be collecting and distributing Zakat and Sadaqah Fitr this year. Sadaqah al Fitr should be given for distribution before going to the Eidgah or the Masjid for Salaatul 'Eid. Arrangements can be made to have your Zakat or Sadaqah al Fitr (Fitrana) collected from your home. Sadaqa al Fitr can be donated by way of dates, raisins, grain such as rice, wheat etc. It may also be donated in the form of cash. Please contact us as soon as possible.
What is Sadaqah al Fitr?
Sadaqah al Fitr is what is donated to those eligible to receive it, in the form of dates raisins, barley, wheat etc.. or its' equivalent in cash before the "Eid al Fitr Salat on the first of day of the month of Shawwal. This is Wajib (compulsory) on anyone who one is in posession of personal items equal to the value (Nisaab) requiring one to pay Zakat. The current valuation for Nisaab asof July 9th 2015 is $3461.55 Unlike Zakat these items do not have to be in ones's posession for one year but are in ones' posession at the time the Eid salaah approaches.
The great Hanafi jurist Ibn al-Humaam Rahmatullahi 'alaihi mentions,
Thinking Healthy This Ramadhan
by Hakimah Raziya A. Mumin
May Allah be Praised we have made it to another Blessed Ramadan. We should make our intentions to have a spiritually, rewarding and uplifting month. Because we are fasting during the long and hot days of summer this can be challenging. Planning ahead is a good way to start. There are many factors to consider when fasting. Dehydration, lack of energy, queasiness, and even being lethargic. These are often symptoms that are experienced during the first few days. However if our diet isn’t adequate these symptoms could last the entire month. It is important to make good food choices, because it spares us discomfort and allows us to reap the full Baraka and spirit of Ramadan. Dehydration is something that we all want to avoid. When we lose more body fluids than we take in this cause’s dehydration. When you are fasting you cannot replace the lost water. There are many foods that are dehydrating a few are; coffee, black tea, soy sauce, fried foods, cold cuts, processed foods, soda and sugary drinks. There are also foods that zap your energy levels. Some of the best foods that do that are; bagels, white bread, energy drinks, potato chips, cereal (which many hidden sugars and salts), soda diet or regular, also not drinking water, not exercising, and low iron levels. So what is the best solution to a healthy Ramadan? Staying hydrated is number ONE, and eating easy to digest foods is very important also. When you think about it, fasting is not about the food. It is about the sacrifice and the control we acquire over ourselves.
Qaala Rasulullahi Sall Allahu ‘alaihi wa Aalihi wa Sallim
: “Khayrun Naasi anfahum lin naas:
The Holy Last Messenger of Allah, Sall Allahu 'alaihi wa Aalihi wa Sallim (the Blessings and Peace of Allah be upon him and his Noble Family) said;
“The best of Mankind are those who are of the most benefit to mankind”.
Alhamdullilah, each month we serve homeless groups in various locations. This month we served a group in SE Atlanta (mainly women and children). Alhamdullilah, the meal was very much appreciated by all the residents.
Our next homeless event is scheduled for Saturday, March 28th Insha Allahu ta ‘ala. In the midst of all the negative anti-Islamic propaganda, with Allah’s permission we will continue to share the true positive message of Islam by serving our needy homeless neignbors.
One of the best methods of giving dawah, in these trying times we think, is sharing the message of compassion and mercy with our Muslim and non-Muslims neighbors in their time of need. Anyone wishing further information, Please contact us.
Madinah Food Pantry & Family Services Wish List Winter 2015
Anyone willing to donate any of the following, please contact us and we can arrange a pickup.
$20-$30 gift cards Wal-Mart
$20-$30 gift cards Target
$10-$20 gas cards QuikTrip
$20-$30 gift cards Payless Shoes or Rack Room shoes
Personal care bags/packages for families in need that can include any of the following items:
First Aid Cream
Baby wipes/diapers sizes 2-5
***We also have families who are in need of sadaqah. We can accept donations thru PayPal on our website: www.madinahfoodpantry.org.
Jazak Allah Khairan.
Alhamdullilah, we appreciate all the donations received from families and businesses during the 2014 year. Many families have received furniture, appliances, food and clothes as a result of everyone who donated items needed for families.
We are revising our list of acceptable items and ask that anyone wishing to donate furniture, household items, or clothes review this list before contacting us. Our needs are based on requests from families, so at different times we may need some items more than others and some items we do not accept at all. We recommend in these cases, that you contact your local charitable organizations (Goodwill, Salvation Army or local thrift stores) to donate items we cannot accept.
We do not accept the following items:
Furniture or appliances that are broken, damaged or in substandard condition;
Used underclothes (any underclothes that are donated need to be new);
Clothes that are not clean, have holes or stains (anything in poor condition that cannot be given to families in need);
Old, worn out shoes or sneakers;
TV’s or any older appliances (older computers, printers and/or electronics equipment);
Expired food items, or food cans with dents and any food that has been used or opened cannot be accepted for donation.
We request photos of any items anyone might wish to donate (in particular furniture and appliances)and we reserve the right NOT to pick up any items scheduled for pickup that are in poor condition or that we cannot give to families in need. Our objective is to help families in need by giving them donations that they can use. If we pick up items that are in substandard or poor condition we cannot give them to families and are left to have to dispose of them. We will no longer pick up any substandard items or items in poor condition, so please carefully look over any items that you may wish to donate.
Anyone having further questions about donations, please contact us.
Jazak Allah Khairan.
Alhamdullilah, through Madinah Food Pantry & Family Services monthly programs which include feeding the homeless, taking cooked food donations to families every week, and clothes and furniture as needed the youth are coming forth to volunteer in their local communities. I also have the opportunity to teach high school level students online through Vision Academy this year and each quarter there are community service projects assigned. This quarter we have been studying homelessness in the United States, so all the students were given assignments to become more aware of homelessness in their local communities by donating food or clothes to any organizations that served homeless populations. We are currently sponsoring monthly homeless feeding events located in Athens, Georgia and food packages that are distributed throughout Northeast Georgia and metro Atlanta. Anyone wishing further information about our programs please contact us.