Historic Events During Ramadhan
Qaala Rasulullahi Sall Allahu 'alaihi wa Aalihi wa Sallim;
" Khayrun naasi anfa'ahum lin naas".
Rasulullah Sall Allahu 'alaihi wa Aalihi wa Sallim is reported to have said;
"The best of Mankind are those who are of the most benefit to Mankind".
Many thanks to East Cobb Islamic Center in Marietta for all of the wonderful donations that were donated on July 4th that will help so many families in need. There was so much food and personal care items donated, a U-Haul truck was needed.
This is the third food drive sponsored by our dear brothers and sisters at ECIC. We are humbled beyond words at the overwhelming outpouring of love as witnessed by such generosity. Can we even imagine the immense barakah received from the ibaadah of those families whose bodies are nourished with food donated through your generosity? May Allah Subhanahu wa ta 'Ala bless everyone who donated, helped to pack and unpack the truck, and coordinated this tremendous effort both in the ECIC community [1111 Braswell Rd., Marietta GA 30062] and Madinah Food Pantry staff and volunteers.
May Allah Subhanahu wa ta 'Ala accept all of our fasts, our good deeds and forgive our sins.
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.
Ramadan 2014 Wish List
75 10 lb. or 20 lb. bags of basmati rice, 25 cases of oatmeal, 25 cases of evaporated milk, 25 cases of diced tomatoes, 10 cases of tomato paste, 25 packs of Parle-G crackers, 50 cases of juice (100%), 50 cases of cereal (assorted), 50 10 lb. bags of sugar, 25 cases of jam or jelly (strawberry or grape) --some sugar free, 25 cases of peanut butter, 25 boxes of dates,20 cases of fruit (cups), 30 cases of cooking oil (4 per case), 25 cases vegetables (assorted types) --some low sodium, 25 cases of tea (green, or herb), 25 cases of spaghetti sauce, 25 cases of tuna fish or salmon, 10 large boxes of raisins, 25 cases of snacks (salt free crackers, graham crackers, fruit bars or granola bars),20 cases of syrup ,30 bags of all purpose or self- rising flour (5 to 10 lb. bags), 25 cases of mayonnaise, 25 cases of pancake mix,25 cases of ketchup, 10 cases of honey, 25 cases of spaghetti or elbow macaronim ,25 cases of spring water, 10 cases of apple sauce,
Personal care items:
Shampoo,Toilet tissue, Laundry detergent, Dish detergent, Diapers (infants through size 5), Soap, Baby powder, Baby wipes, Toothpaste, Deodorant,
Volunteer Opportunities with Madinah Food Pantry & Family Services
For anyone who would like to volunteer their time for Madinah Food Pantry & Family Services we have provided opportunities listed below:
- Cook for the mobile food pantry “Meals on Wheels” program on any Friday during the month (we will need a few days’ notice for anyone wishing to cook so we can put it in our schedule);
- Make personal care kits for families (soap, shampoo, toilet tissue, safety pins, deodorant, toothpaste, combs and brushes, toothbrushes, dental floss, powder or lotion);
- Hold a food drive in your community, masjid, or school (we will assist with any boxes, brochures, flyers, posters, etc….)
- Host a bake sale or dinner to raise funds for Madinah Food Pantry & Family Services at your local masjid, school or community center;
- Sponsor a family by donating monthly through our sponsorship program ($10.00-$50.00) per month which will enable us to help families in need with bills, food, or emergency situations;
- Help to prepare food packages that can be given to families in need.
Jazak Allah Khairan.
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."
Ramadan is fast approaching and we have several projects that anyone can volunteer for, In sha' Allah:
(1) We still need help with making Ramadan baskets which we plan to distribute the first few days of Ramadan, In sha' Allah. Alhamdullilah, we have had people come forth to help with this but we are still short of our goal of 50 baskets (we have that many families who can use them);
In sha’ Allah, our next scheduled “Feed the Homeless Program” is scheduled for the third or last weekend of August. Due to our Ramadan schedule, we will not be hosting a feeding program for the homeless in Athens during the months of June and July. Alhamdullilah, since 2012 our staff and volunteers have served the homeless community through monthly feeding events in both Gainesville and Athens. Different sisters and groups a variety of food items for residents at different shelters. In January 2014 the Zakat Foundation sponsored the dinner and one of their volunteers came out to assist us. Anyone wishing to cook for the event in August please let us know by the first week of August.
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.