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...
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.
Madinah Food Pantry & Family Services delivers food packages to families in need in metro Atlanta and Northeast Georgia. We now serve at least 10 counties (Jackson, Clarke, Franklin, DeKalb, Fulton, Cobb, Hall, Gwinnett, Douglas and Clayton). Many of the families are living on limited incomes (SSI or child support) and some are unemployed. Some get very little food stamps and some do not receive any at all. Each package is made for each individual family based on their dietary needs. With an increase in families requesting food we are always in need of food and personal care items.
We cannot reveal the identities of any of the families, but we can share some of their comments that we receive so you know how much your donations are appreciated by others. The following email was received this past week from a senior aged sister when she received her food package:
As-Salaamu Alaikum Dr. Salimah,
I want to thank you and your organization for helping me in a time of need. After the food was delivered, I made 2 Rakaats of salat. I went to put the groceries up and I burst out crying. I said Allah (swt) showed them just what I needed. As I said before, I am not used to asking for help. I am always helping. Inshallah, I am going to get on my feet and give back to your organization and to other Islamic organizations that help others. Please make Duaa that I do good though my surgery. I have to have 2 this year. Again, thank you so very much.
This is a senior aged sister who has been suffering with cancer. Many of the families who receive food are seniors suffering from health problems, and/or families in crisis types of situations.
Please review the list below and if you wish to donate any of these items, please contact us
In sha’Allah, anyone who would like to volunteer for Madinah Food Pantry & Family Services, LLC please contact us thru the contact link above and let us know what you would like to do. Currently, we need help with:
- Food drives (help with collecting food items);
- Cooking for the meals on wheels program;
- People to write articles and recipes for the website and newsletter;
- People to coordinate clothes collection (summer and fall only);
- People to help with bake sales and dinners to raise funds for Madinah Food Pantry & Family Services;
- People with health backgrounds to assist with health seminars;
- People to teach cooking classes to help sisters learn to cook from scratch more/save money, etc….
Jazak Allah Khairan.
وَمَا تُقَدِّمُوا لِأَنفُسِكُم مِّنْ خَيْرٍ تَجِدُوهُ عِندَ اللَّهِ هُوَ خَيْرًا وَأَعْظَمَ أَجْرًا ۚ وَاسْتَغْفِرُوا اللَّهَ ۖ إِنَّ اللَّهَ غَفُورٌ رَّحِيمٌ
And Whatever good you send forth for yourself, you will find it with Allah, it will be better
[than what you actually sent] and a great reward! And seek the Forgiveness of Allah.
indeed Allah is Most Forgiving, Most Merciful.
Where do your food donations go?
A food package was recently delivered to a women's shelter. Alhamdullilah, the sister who received the package took pictures of the food and displayed them and sent them to us with a thank you note. Alhamdullilah, the food was a great blessing to the sisters in the shelter. Since we cannot share any confidential information, from time to time, we can share photos and also comments made from families so everyone can get an idea of how important and very much needed the mobile food pantry is in serving the needs of our Muslim brothers and sisters (and others who call in need as well). This is an email from this particular sister received this week:
"Thank You again for your assistance. The food package was more than enough for me and I was able to share with the other sister in the shelter. I'm very grateful for your assistance and once I'm stable look forward to repaying Madinah Food Pantry by volunteering in some capacity."
Alhamdullilah, our most recent “Feed the Homeless” event on Saturday, August 23rd was very successful. We had plenty of food and were able to serve people seconds as well. Everyone enjoyed the food!!!
We would like to thank all the volunteers who cooked the delicious food and everyone who came to help serve the food. In sha’ Allah, we will schedule an event for September, either the third of fourth Saturday of the month and let everyone know in advance who wishes to cook for this event.
In the past few months, we have seen the dire need to establish a janaza fund for Muslim families who lose their loved ones and are unable to pay the expenses of funeral homes, burial costs, etc….. Since we serve Muslim families, many of whom are aging, the establishment of a janaza fund is essential particularly since so many families are struggling and unable to pay for these expenses. Even though most masjids do have janaza funds they too become quickly depleted, and we have had families call us for assistance because their local masjid could not cover the entire costs for the janaza.
Anyone who would like to donate towards this fund can do so through PayPal on our website or through personal check made payable to: Madinah Food Pantry & Family Services, LLC 101 Pine Ridge Place, Nicholson, GA. 30565. If you are donating towards the janaza fund please note that on the check or in an email, so we know where to direct the funds.
Jazak Allah Khairan.