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...
On the Excellent Qualities of the Sacred Month of Rajab
Al-Ghunya li-Talibi Tariq al-Haqq
Sufficient Provision for Seekers of the Path of Truth]
Sultan Muhyuddin Ghawthul Adhim Sayyidinaa Shaykh Abdul-Qadir Al Jilani, Radhi Allahu anhu
Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim
Allah (Almighty and Glorious is He) has told us:
إِنَّعِدَّةَالشُّهُورِعِندَاللَّهِ اثْنَاعَشَرَشَهْرًا فِي كِتَابِاللَّهِ يَوْمَ خَلَقَ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضَ مِنْهَاأَرْبَعَةٌحُرُمٌۚ
ذَٰلِكَ الدِّينُ الْقَيِّمُۚ فَلَاتَظْلِمُوا فِيهِنَّ أَنفُسَكُمْۚ
"The number of the months in the sight of Allah is twelve months. [They were already inscribed] in the Book of Allah on the day when He created the heavens and the earth; four of them are sacred. That is the right religion. So do not wrong yourselves in them...." ()
Rasoolulah ﷺ said "that it is mustahab (preferable) to fast during the sacred months (and Rajab is one of the sacred months). The Holy Prophet ﷺ said: “Fast some days of the sacred months and not others.” Narrated by Abu Dawood
Rasoolulah ﷺ said that 'Rajab is Allah's month, Sha’ban is my month, and Ramadhan is the month of my ummah/nation.' Someone then asked him: “O Messenger of Allah ﷺ, what do you mean exactly, when you say that Rajab is Allah’s month?” So he ﷺ explained:
[I call it Allah's month] because it is specifically associated with forgiveness, because in it the shedding of blood is brought to a halt, because in it Allah (Exalted is He) relents toward His ambiya/prophets, because in it He rescues His awliya/saints from the hands of their enemies, and because anyone who fasts during this month becomes entitled to receive three things from Allah (Exalted is He). The first and second of these are forgiveness for all the sins he has previously committed, and impregnable virtue for the remainder of his life. As for the third, he will be safe from thirst on the Day of the Greatest Review/Yawm al-Ard al-Akbar."
At this point a feeble old man stood up and said: "Ya Rasoolulah ,ﷺ I am physically incapable of fasting through the whole of the month," so Rasoolulah ﷺ went on to say:
Fast during the first day of the month and during the day that comes in the middle of it, and also during the very last day of the month, for then you will be given the same reward as someone who has fasted through the whole of the month, since one good deed is equal in value to ten of the same kind.
Madinah Food Pantry & Family Services Pre-Ramadhan Food Drive 2015
Insha’Allah, in preparation for the blessed month of Ramadhan we are starting our food drive early so our pantry will be filled and better able to assist families in need. Alhamdullilah, Madinah Food Pantry delivers food year around to Muslim families in need and some items are very quickly depleted once they are donated. Please see our list of items most needed and if you are able to donate, please contact us at the link provided below. Insha’Allah, we can also accept cash donations that will go towards food purchases through PayPal on our website.
Canned food: Soups (vegetable, tomato or mushroom), tuna fish, salmon, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, spaghetti sauce.
Proteins: Peanut butter, beans (pinto, kidney, split peas, black, lima or garbanzo).
Grains: Basmati rice, pasta (spaghetti, elbow macaroni), flour (all purpose or self-rising).
Frozen foods: Vegetables, halal meats (we can only accept Hand Cut Chicken if donated), fish.
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.