Sur­rey do­nates al­most $30K in ICNA Relief

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ICNA Relief Canada (IRC) or­ga­nized Fundrais­ing If­tar & din­ner to raise funds for the in­ter­na­tional and do­mes­tic relief pro­grams par­tic­u­larly Ro­hingya and Syria Relief. The au­gust event was held at the Grand Taj Ban­quet Hall in Sur­rey on May 20, 2018. Sr. Yvonne Ri­d­ley and Imam Tariq were key­note speak­ers at the event. The for­mal pro­ceed­ings of the pro­gram started with a beau­ti­ful recita­tion, by Br Fa­rooq Azam Khan, of the holy verses of Su­rah Al-Baqara (2:261-274) from the divine book, Holy Qur’an fol­lowed by a heart touch­ing nasheed “Al­lah is Call­ing you”, pre­pared by fe­male chil­dren vol­un­teers led by Mis­bah Me­mon. To­wards the end, the youngest vol­un­teer, Furqan Me­mon’s call for prayer moved the par­tic­i­pants who were al­ready feel­ing the aura of ho­li­ness and com­pas­sion en­su­ing from the speeches of the guest speak­ers. Around three hun­dred and twenty con­cerned com­mu­nity mem­bers, brothers and sis­ters, at­tended the ICNA Relief Sur­rey’s fundraiser and showed their con­cern, care and com­mit­ment to help their brothers and sis­ters in need across the globe by their do­na­tions and prayers. Renowned Bri­tish jour­nal­ist and au­thor, Sis­ter Yvonne Ri­d­ley while ad­dress­ing the par­tic­i­pants shared some high­lights about her con­ver­sion to Is­lam and what caused it. She re­ferred to her book From Cap­tive to Con­vert’ and also ap­prised that her new book about the life of the Prophet PBUH is also un­der­way. Later, she talked about the plight and suf­fer­ing of the Mus­lims in Syria, Ro­hingya and Pales­tine and shared the sto­ries she wit­nessed while visiting the vic­tims in the Ro­hingya camps. She urged the par­tic­i­pants to earn the plea­sure of Al­lah swt in the holy month of Ra­madan Ka­reem and gen­er­ously do­nate to help the brothers and sis­ters in need. She ad­mired ICNA Relief Canada who was ex­tend­ing the much needed sup­port to the suf­fer­ing com­mu­ni­ties across the globe. After two video pre­sen­ta­tions re­flect­ing the dev­as­tat­ing plight that badly hit Ro­hingya and Syr­ian Mus­lim com­mu­ni­ties, guest speaker Imam Tarek high­lighted the im­por­tance of help­ing these brothers and sis­ters in need. He quoted that we should put our­selves in the shoes of those brothers and sis­ters who are go­ing through hard­ship to get the feel­ing and mo­ti­va­tion to help them. He urged the par­tic­i­pants to show com­pas­sion and em­pa­thy, in­stead of mere sym­pa­thy. He also em­pha­sized the Or­phan Spon­sor­ship pro­gram and said that by spend­ing $600 per an­num, or $50 per month you can take care of an or­phan. Imam Tarek ex­plains that Prophet Muham­mad PBUH said that whoso­ever will take care of an or­phan will be with me in the par­adise, like two fin­gers are to­gether. He fur­ther added that help­ing these brothers and sis­ters is ac­tu­ally help­ing our selves in the here­after, in­shaAl­lah, as this will please Al­lah swt who prom­ises to mul­ti­ply the re­wards of good deeds in Ra­madan Ka­reem. While you’ll get the tax-de­ductible re­ceipts from ICNA Relief here, the real re­wards and bless­ings Al­lah swt will be­stow upon you in this holy month of Ra­madan Ka­reem will be in­nu­mer­able and match­less. Ear­lier, Br. Ghu­lam Mustafa Sa­jid, pi­o­neer of the ICNA Relief Canada Re­source Cen­ter/ Food Bank in Sur­rey BC, briefed about the do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional pro­grams of ICNA Relief Canada and the ser­vices it is ren­der­ing in 22 coun­tries since 1997 to serve the cause of hu­man­ity. Ghu­lam Mustafa Sa­jid pre­sented ICNA Relief Canada an­nual re­port 2017 and briefed about the relief ac­tiv­i­ties do­mes­ti­cally and in­ter­na­tion­ally taken up the ICNA Relief Sur­rey Re­source Cen­tre / Food Bank and urged the par­tic­i­pants to join hands for the noble cause to serve hu­man­ity and sup­port these ini­tia­tives which in­volve lo­cal com­mu­nity. ICNA Relief’s vi­sion is to build an ex­em­plary Mus­lim com­mu­nity fo­cused on achiev­ing per­sonal ex­cel­lence and con­tribut­ing to the moral, so­cial, and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment of Canadian so­ci­ety. ICNA Relief Canada works to em­power peo­ple in need, both lo­cally and glob­ally par­tic­u­larly at a time when many com­mu­ni­ties like Syr­i­ans and Ro­hingya Mus­lims are fac­ing un­prece­dented so­cial, po­lit­i­cal, and eco­nomic chal­lenges. ICNA Relief has also spon­sored 3,237 or­phans across the globe spend­ing ap­prox­i­mately $1.0 mil­lion per year. Through its ten food banks, it pro­vided $1.9 mil­lion worth of food sup­plies to 57000 Cana­di­ans to ease their suf­fer­ing. ICNA Relief also es­tab­lished and op­er­ated lo­cal Canadian projects in­clud­ing but not limited to fam­ily coun­selling, se­niors’ sup­port, fu­neral sup­port, free mat­ri­mo­nial ser­vices, and Syr­ian Refugee Spon­sor­ship (SRS). ICNA has also in­tro­duced newly launched youth cen­tre in Mis­sis­sauga, and Youth Lead­er­ship De­vel­op­ment Pro­gram (YLDP) across Canada. These are only a few ex­am­ples of the nu­mer­ous ways in which ICNA Relief Canada en­deav­ours to al­le­vi­ate hu­man suf­fer­ing and em­power peo­ple and com­mu­ni­ties. These ef­forts would not have been pos­si­ble with­out the gen­er­ous and con­sis­tent sup­port of donors. ICNA Relief worked tire­lessly to fur­ther im­prove pro­ject mon­i­tor­ing and au­dit pro­cesses en­sur­ing ac­count­abil­ity, trans­parency, and ef­fi­ciency of do­na­tions spent. For this pur­pose, ICNA is us­ing so­cial me­dia pres­ence to en­sure that donors and the pub­lic re­ceives reg­u­lar up­dates about how and where ICNA Relief Canada spends their do­na­tions. As part of ac­count- abil­ity, key fea­ture of ICNA Relief is keep­ing man­age­ment ex­penses to the min­i­mum level com­pared with other sim­i­lar or­ga­ni­za­tions. Dur­ing 2017, man­age­ment ex­penses were only 3.77% of to­tal ex­penses while fundrais­ing ex­penses were only 4.0 %. More than 92.23% of do­na­tions were di­rectly spent on pro­grams and de­serv­ing peo­ple. Fol­low­ing is a sum­mary of ICNA Relief 2017 ac­tiv­i­ties and ex­penses: •To­tal do­mes­tic dis­burse­ments: $2.3 mil­lion •To­tal in­ter­na­tional dis­burse­ments: $4.6 mil­lion •To­tal dis­burse­ments: $6.9 mil­lion In­ter­na­tional dis­burse­ments in­clude ex­penses on dis­as­ter and emer­gency, ed­u­ca­tional relief, wa­ter for life, or­phan spon­sor­ship, zabiha, and micro fi­nanc­ing. As a part of ac­count­abil­ity and to keep donors up­dated about op­er­a­tions and ex­penses, ICNA Relief Canada’s sev­eral years’ an­nual re­ports are pub­licly avail­able and can be ac­cessed on­line: https://ic­nare­lief­canada.ca/pro­gress­re­ports. ICNA Relief Canada Sur­rey Chap­ter wants to thank all brothers and sis­ters who at­tended the event and those who had in­ten­tion but couldn’t at­tend for any rea­son. We have raised about $30,000 in the event on spot and do­na­tions are still pour­ing in, lots of brothers and sis­ters who could not come to the event and wanted to do­nate have called after the event. Do­na­tion for any of these causes can be made on­line at ic­nare­lief­canad.ca/do­nate OR by call­ing the ICNA Relief Canada Re­source Cen­ter/ Food Bank Sur­rey BC at 1 (778) 578-3080, OR can write to sur­[email protected]­nare­lief­canada.ca. We are also thank all the vol­un­teers for their ef­forts. May Al­lah swt give you all the best of re­ward….aameen.

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