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The AMFHR (American Muslims for Hunger Relief) is grassroots organization to serve the hungry and homeless with compassion, dignity,and respect without any discrimination of color, race, gender or religion.

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Insha ALLAH with your support American Muslims for Hunger Relief (AMFHR) is able to do soup kitchens in the East Coast. Please feel free to join us at this month's soup kitchen events!

OCTOBER 2016 

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You can help us fulfill our Islamic obligations, as well as your own, by donating money or by volunteering your services to help feed your community’s hungry and homeless. In this time of growing ecomonic hardship, there is an even greater and more pressing need to help families who are having a difficult time gettting back on their feet.


It is narrated on the authority of 'Abdullah b. 'Amr that a man asked the Messenger of Allah (may peace and blessings be upon him) which of the merits (is superior) in Islam. He (PBUH) remarked: That you provide food and extend greetings to one whom you know or do not know.(Muslim)

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This article by  Mohammed Yusuf Dadani

Sandy - A trial for those were affected and a trial for the rest of us
"We have made some of you a trial and a means for testing others ......" (Al-Qur'an 25:20)

Most of us who believe in a deity and consider themselves as ultimately answerable to him for their deeds, acknowledge that trials and tribulations are part of worldly existence.

As Muslims, we understand that nothing happens in this world without the express will and permission of the Almighty and that natural calamities are not the actions of a blind 'mother nature' but rather happen because Almight Allah wills them to happen.
Hoewever, at the same time it is human tendency to think that those who are affected by natural disasters are the ones who have been put into trial and tribulations by their creator.

Whereas, those who escaped a calamity or were only mildly affected by it, are somehow not being tried and tested.

Not so, says the Qur'an. Rather we are informed by Allah Ta'ala through his Majestic book that each one of us is being tried and tested at all times. Sometimes the test is through tribulation and calamity and destruction of wealth, property and life of  near and dear ones, or sickness - and most people recognize these as such, but the more difficult test and the one that normally escapes most people, is the test through ease and comfort while there is misery all around.
This is indeed the more difficult test and this is the test that those who survived the hurricane that affected so many people, are now being put to.

Yes, brothers and sisters those of us who were lucky to have not suffered any or very little damage due to the hurricane are being tested by Allah Ta'ala through those who weren't so lucky.
While Allah Ta'ala is testing those who lost a lot, he is testing us too who didn't loose much except a few days of electricity.

So let us be aware of this trial and not just forget about last week as just a bad nightmare. Let's do something for our neighbors and for our brothers and sisters in humanity - many of whom have no roof over their heads or no home to go back to, or whose belongings are destroyed or who still do not have power in their homes and are huddling in evacuation shelters.

Please join hands with AMFHR to provide relief to those affected by the storm and present the best of what Islam and Muslims have to offer to this country and our fellow citizens.

Here is what you can do:

1. Hold a canned food and toiletries drive at your Masjid and deliver the items to your local or nearby evacuation center. The best canned food are those that can be eaten directly from the can and don't need to be cooked  e.g. tuna, chick peas, kidney beans, canned fruits, beets, artichoke hearts. Don't forget baby items such as diapers, wipes, lotions, toilet paper, paper towels, soaps, shampoos, feminine hygiene, dental care and so on.

2. Ask your local shelter if they will accept clothing and what kind of clothing, and then do a collection specifically for the items that they have asked for.

3. Collect portable lights, batteries, power cords and other items that will be needed for people to clean out their homes that have suffered water damage.

4. Collect monetary donations and use them to buy supplies requested by your local shelters or send the money to AMFHR for use in the relief effort.

If you know of any shelters in your vicinity that are looking for in-kind donations, please let us know and we will be glad to help.

Sincerely.
Mohammad Yusuf Dadani

By Mohammed Yusuf Dadani

While hunger in the land of plenty is not a new phenomenon, the last few years of economic turmoil have worsened matters for the poor in this country.  As unemployment has soared and bankruptcies and foreclosures have increased, the ranks of the poor have swelled in alarming proportions. So we find ourselves in the anomalous situation that one out of every six people in the richest nation on earth, is today living below the poverty line.

In New Jersey alone, four hundred thousand children are at risk of going hungry each day. As Muslims living in this country, it is our duty to ponder over and think of what we can do to solve this problem. As Muslims we are supposed to be the guardians of this earth and all its creatures. As the Prophet Mohammad Sallalalahu Alayhi wa Sallam is reported to have said, “He is not a Muslim who goes to bed satiated while his neighbor goes hungry”.

So how can we as Muslims sleep contentedly while in our own neighborhoods and in our own backyards, in our own towns and counties and state and country, our neighbors go hungry ? And if we do so, then in light of the above Hadith, can we call ourselves Muslim ?

In fact, no other religion puts greater emphasis on feeding the hungry as Islam does. And this is no  hollow claim. All one has to do is to compare the holy books of other faiths to the holy books of the Muslims i.e. the Holy Qur’an and Hadith and just count the number of times each one of them contains exhortations to feed the hungry and the indigent. Not only does Islam exhort its followers to feed the hungry and indigent but further in some instances it even legislates feeding the hungry as expiation for some sinful acts or in exchange for exempting one from the compulsory acts of worship.

Let me just give you some examples from the Qur’an to prove my point.

From the very early revelations, the Qur’an exhorts the faithful to feed the orphans, the indigent and even the prisoners ( a clear example of how the Qur’an even gives rights to prisoners).

So we find in Surah Al-Balad, while describing the virtuous path (which often appears as a steep or difficult path), it says:

“And what would make you conceive what is that steep uphill road ? [It is], the freeing of a slave or the feeding on a day of hunger an orphan relative or a needy person lying in the dust … “ (90:12-16)

Similarly while describing the virtuous people in Surah Al-Insan, it says:

“And they are those who give food – in spite of their own need , to the needy, and the orphan,  and the captive, [saying in their hearts],’We only feed you for the sake of God, and we desire nothing in return from you, not even a word of thanks’’”  (76:8-9).

As an example of legislating the feeding of the people, the Qur’an requires those who cannot fast themselves, to compensate for this, by feeding a hungry person for each of the missed fasts.  

Similarly if a person takes an oath to do something and then has to break his oath, Islam prescribes that this person feed ten poor people as expiation for the sin of breaking an oath.

On the other hand the Qur’an warns those who do not bring themselves to feed the poor and neither do they exhort others to do the same, that they will suffer a grievous punishment in the hereafter.

So we find in the Surah Al-Muddaththir a dialogue between the denizens of Hell fire and the dwellers of paradise who are asking them, what was it that led them to hell ?

“What has brought you to this burning abode? They will answer, ‘We were not amongst those who worshipped God (out of arrogance) and nor did we feed the needy….’” (74:42-44)

And again in Surah Al-Ma’oon, “Have you seen the one who denies the [Day of ] Judgement ? Then such is he who repulses the orphan and encourages not the feeding of the needy …….” (107:1-3)

These are but a few brief examples showing how closely Islam ties faith to actions that show concern for ones fellow human beings and how it disowns those who do not care about the suffering and hunger of others.

I hope these words will give us some food for thought and make us ponder over what we are doing to address the problem of hunger in our society.

In conclusion, let me draw your attention to another saying of the Prophet Sallalahu Alayhi wa Sallam, in which he has reported to have responded to someone who asked him about the best of deeds in Islam, as, “Spread the peace and feed the people …… “

Let us all become people who follow the above advice of the last and final Messenger of God Almighty.

 

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