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School Textbook Drive

This HalfDate drive has ended.

 

Assalamu alaikum,
We are overwhelmed by the kindness and support all of you have shown with
not only your money, but kind words of support. Thanks to Allah and with
your help our textbook drive was a big success.

Thank you,

Eric Ali

Al-Madinah School, Los Angeles

HalfDate’s next drive will be “Care For Convert Sisters” in collaboration with Islamicity and LivingHalal, if you have any suggestions please contact us.


“I have been thinking where to donate the little amount of money that I made the past fortnight and was SO overwhelmed when charity is knocking at my door. (allah makes ease the path to good)… ” -UmmSaarah

SubhanAllah, the school’s principal never imagined that strangers from Singapore, Canada, the UK, Australia, the US, Denmark, and Belgium would care for his students.

Indeed, it’s the blessing of Allah, may Allah reward you all.

So, get your half date in before then

You are needed again! So, say, “Alhamdulillah.”

Your little brothers and sisters are waiting for you to pay for their books!

So, READ on and ACT upon their appeal.

Too busy to read? Listen, Allah can clear away all your problems and send you tons of provisions IF you follow this Hadith:

هل تنصرون وترزقون إلا بضعفائكم

“You are supported and provided for no reasons EXCEPT because of the weak amongst you.” -Collected by Al-Bukhari

So, now if you turn away, you are giving your back to Allah’s support and provision.

Still reading? Ma-sha-Allah, Yousuf (4th grade student) must be glad to know that. He left you a message here:

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“Assalam alaikum, my name is Yousuf, I’m a student at Al-Madinah School. Friday we are selling food for our textbook drive, please help my school. May Allah reward you.”


Al-Madinah School, one of the oldest Islamic schools on the west coast of America, just suffered from a water pipe burst, now they are in debt to pay for student textbooks.

So… how about YOU chipping in with half a date?

Is shaitan calling you to hold back again?

Well, it’s natural to feel stingy even to give $5. But, do you know the best charity is the one you give when you are stingy and not well off?

جاء رجل إلى النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم فقال : يا رسول الله ، أي الصدقة أعظم أجرا ؟ قال : أن تصدق وأنت صحيح شحيح ، تخشى الفقر وتأمل الغنى ، ولا تمهل حتى إذا بلغت الحلقوم ، قلت : لفلان كذا ، ولفلان كذا ، وقد كان لفلان

A man came to the Prophet (SAW) asking him which Sadaqa gets the greatest of rewards. The Prophet said, “The one you give and you are healthy, stingy, worrying about poverty, and hoping for richness. And don’t delay until your soul is about to get out (death) when you say, ‘Give such and such to such and such.'” -Collected by Al-Bukhari/Al-Jamia’

See what other donors say

 

“Alhamdolilah I’m a student and I’m broke, but I still managed to donate . Many times we hesitate to donate even a couple of bucks, but don’t mind getting our twice-a-day-$3 fix at Starbucks.” -mt

 

“Asalaamu’alaykum, I’m from the UK, and glad my pound can help some Muslim students on the other side of the Atlantic. Alhamdulillah, may Allah accept our efforts and forgive us our sins.ameen” -alqamardesigns

 

“Assalaamu alaikum. I made a donation in the same amount that I might spend on a trip to a store in the mall. I believe we can all think of an amount that is easy for us to spend and apply that to this worthy cause! May Allah bless our little brothers and sisters.” -UmmAbdurrahman

Here are three simple ways to donate:

(1) Pay by check or bank transfer/deposit to: Al-Madinah School

3510 Exposition Place
Los Angeles, CA 90018
(323) 296-5961

For Bank info: Call the school at (323) 296-5961

(2) Send directly to the publisher. Call the school at (323) 296-5961 or email madina <at> pacbell <dot> net

Here is the message of Al-Madinah School Principal

“I know that sometimes donors are reluctant to write checks directly to Islamic organizations, so we do have an open and past due textbook invoice that we are unable to pay. If someone would like to write a check directly to the McGraw-Hill Company sponsoring our school textbooks, I have attached the invoice ($5,127.54). I just need to be advised that its been paid or have the check mailed to our school and I will forward payment.

Salaams,

Eric”

(3) Pay online via PayPal

 


Al-Manidah School is a registered not-for-profit organization, Tax ID 51-0179919.

Once you’ve donated your half date, please post a testimonial on how you are feeling now so others get encouraged to donate too.

SPREAD THE WORD & SHARE THE REWARDS

One brother told his friends about this drive and within hours, he collected $630 dollars, ma-sha-Allah.

Interesting Facts:

  • There are more donors than comments
  • The smallest donation is $2 and the largest is $555 (both from Canada)
  • The second smallest donation is $3 and the second largest is $500 (both from the US)
  • First PayPal donation came in from New Jersey, at 12:10:27 PST on Feb 25, 2008
  • Last PayPal donation came in from Texas, at 09:28:32 PST on Mar 04, 2008
  • First mail-in donation is $75, recieved on Mar 3, 2008
  • School food sales has collected $638
  • Three donors donated two times

None “Date” type of help:

  • Most comments came from Canada
  • HalfDate is being StumbledUpon, Facebooked, and blogged
  • Zamzam design did some graphics work
  • SISTERS Magazine offered a free issue for donors
  • RUSHMagazine offered a free issue for donors, and free graphics design work for HalfDate
  • One sister sent to her local newspaper
  • One brother gave a khutbah about HalfDate
  • Several brothers and sisters forwarded to their mailing lists
  • Two brothers emailed McGraw-Hill corporate responsibility
  • A blackseed supplement manufacturer offered fund raiser bottles for future drives.

May Allah accept from all of us.

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  • http://www.livinghalal.com/blog LivingHalal

    Chipin has some problems that’s why you don’t see the indicator changing.

    But the donations are pouring in, ma sha-Allah.

    May Allah reward the forerunners :) and those who forwarded the link to others.

  • Al-Madinah School

    On behalf of our students, staff and administration we sincerely ask that Allah, Most High, rewards all who support our effort.

  • ibn Salim

    JazakAllah khair for this amazing site. May Allah reward you for your efforts and those brothers/sisters who can donate.

    I have informed all my friends who can help out.

  • http://www.n-ti.com Umm Youssef

    Macha’Allah, what a wonderful idea. I’ll pass the word! It’s a great way to raise money quickly, the Paypal option is very convenient… Jazakum Allahu khair!

  • http://www.rushmagazine.NET RUSH Magazine

    TabarakAllah!

    This is a great initiative! and $1 can go a long way, imagine if everyone gave just $1!

    I pray that Allah subhnahu wa ta’ala grants this project barakah and success. To the brothers/sisters who started this, tabarakAllah, may Allah reward you.

    wassalamu’alaykom wa rahmatAllah wa barakatoh

  • anonymous

    MashaAllah!!

    So whosoever does good equal to the weight of an atom shall see it.

  • http://UmmahFilms Baba Ali

    May Allah (swt) reward you for those who started this effort InshAllah. I’ve donated my $50 to help this cause so please try help if you can too

    Baba Ali
    Ummah Films

  • http://imuslim.wordpress.com/projects/ iMuslim

    Masha’Allah, a great project. It’s a wonderful idea to select one charity a month, and see how much good you can do for it, with Allah’s help. I pray for its success! :)

  • http://muslimology.wordpress.com Dawud Israel

    I guess someone beat me to this idea hmm? :)

    Regardless, this is so awesome that I bet someone is going to call it Haram LOL!

  • http://www.nbytes.net Naheed Vora

    May Allah swt help you with this noble effort and help those who are in need.

    Jazakallahu khairan,
    Naheed

  • desimunda

    AsalamoAlikum

    I urge everyone to contribute as much as they can. May Allah give us more chances to contribute.

  • May Allah Accept

    I donated yesterday, and I’m donating again, what the heck… Allah is giving me every day. So why not?

    Beside, I want the angel to supplicate for me every day.

    Narrated Abu Huraira in Al-Bukhari :

    The Prophet said, “Every day two angels come down from Heaven and one of them says, ‘O Allah! Compensate every person who spends in Your Cause,’ and the other (angel) says, ‘O Allah! Destroy every miser.’ “

  • http://jingocheetah.blogspot.com T1

    Mashaallah!! Great Effort!

    I pray that Allah makes it easy for all such noble causes. May Allah also open the hearts of everyone to make their contributions go the distance.

    Hoping that this site gets more traffic.

  • http://tuhfa.blogspot.com Tuhfa

    assalam alaikum

    I just came back from a funeral.

    I decided, in-sha-Allah, as long as I’m living, I better be giving.

  • http://IslamicTube.net IslamicTube.net

    “The hadith said, if you can’t give half a date, then give a good word.” Please support this noble cause inshaAllah by digging deep, if you are unable then spread the word!!!

    May Allah accept from us all, ameen.

  • care4converts

    Assalamu alaikum, may Allah reward all those who are helping in the cause. I’m a convert sister and I’m happy to be a member of this ummah where one gives without expecting anything in return except from Allah.

  • mt

    Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakato,

    Alhamdolilah I’m a student and I’m broke, but I still managed to donate . Many times we hesitate to donate even a couple of bucks, but don’t mind getting our twice-a-day-$3 fix at Starbucks.

    May Allah swt accept this from all of us, may He protect us from stinginess, and may He help Al-Madinah School achieve its goal, Ameen!

    Wassalamu Alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakato

  • http://shariffaizullah.com Sharif Faizullah

    subHaan Allaah! A truly worthy cause. Inshaa’Allaah, I’ll be spreading the word. Keep digging :) A simple halfdate could very well be your ticket to jannah.

  • http://alqamardesigns.com alqamardesigns

    Asalaamu’alaykum, I’m from the UK, and glad my pound can help some Muslim students on the other side of the Atlantic. Alhamdulillah, may Allah accept our efforts and forgive us our sins.ameen

  • http://JustQuran.com JustQuran.com

    A’Salaamualaikum, please support this noble cause, halfdate.com, and help Al-Madinah pay off their debt for student textbooks. Reminds me of the hadith:

    “A Muslim is a brother of (another) Muslim, … if one relieves a Muslim of his troubles, Allah will relieve his troubles on the Day of Resurrection…” [Bukhari and Muslim].

    may Allah accept

  • Sister Maryam

    Jizakallh Kheir sister Sakinah for contacting me with this opportunity to donate to AlMadinah school. Please keep in touch.
    with Love
    Sister Maryam
    Umm Muhammad, Ibrahim, Jawdat and Hani

  • bilalbuz

    Masha’Allah! Great Effort! May we be empowered to work within our local community, for ourselves, our families and our future. Jazak’um Allah Khair.

  • Ashiq

    Masha’Allah this is an amazing project! Subhanallah, enough half dates put together make a mountain of dates! May Allah, Ar-Razaaq put barakah in your efforts (ameen) and accept this from you (ameen), here’s my donation! 😀

  • http://www.ilmfruits.com/ Ilm Seeker

    Subhanallah, it is amazing to see brothers and sisters with such innovative projects! It always amazes me subhanallah how when a few Muslims get together, big things can happen … such is the help of Allah!

  • http://www.angelfire.com/ar2/ladybuggin UmmAbdurrahman

    Assalaamu alaikum. I made a donation in the same amount that I might spend on a trip to a store in the mall. I believe we can all think of an amount that is easy for us to spend and apply that to this worthy cause! May Allah bless our little brothers and sisters.

  • http://Lh mfu_sc

    aswr,

    Good stuff…IA they raise the amount needed and may Allah reward those he wills.

    JAK

  • bushra

    I pray that they are successful in their effort.

  • Anonymous

    As-salaamu ‘alikum, yo, you guys (HalfDate) should become a registered charity … and offer donation receipts. That’s a great incentive to donate! (Even for non-Muslims.)

  • Muslima

    this is a very nice idea .. God bless u. Can be used in charity works in egypt, guess i can give it a try.

  • http://halfDate.com HalfDate

    RE: A registered charity.

    The school is a registered non-profit in the US with a tax ID. They will be sending receipts to donors, in-sha-Allah.

    HalfDate does not handle the money part, we only post the link, the paypal account is for the school

    Replay for Anonymous:

    As-salaamu ‘alikum, yo, you guys (HalfDate) should become a registered charity … and offer donation receipts. That’s a great incentive to donate! (Even for non-Muslims.)

  • http://www.eeqaz.com ForTheSakeOfHisCountenance

    Bismillah walHamdulillah, wa nussallee..

    Donating for a deeni school is essentially your sadaqa-e-Jariah (continued charity) and Allah’s mercy is beyhisaab!

    Do it for the sake of AllahSWT, take out your check-card/ checkbook whatever, decide an amount according to your liking and DOUBLE it before you decide to donate!

    None of us here is such who doesnot need money, but Tawakkal is a teasure! Put your trust in AllahSWT share your money with those who are more needing of it! AllahSWT will take care of your need if you take care of the need of others!

    Remember, this wealth was given to you for those among you, who are needy and poor.

    I cannot emphasize more on donating for the Islamic school! This is a sincere adivce from your sister in Islam, as this is how I am going to develop my ‘account’ for aakhirah! you do the same!

    BarakAllahu feekum katheera wa JazakumuAllahu kheran

    assalamoalaikom wr wb,

    sister in Islam

  • http://www.rushmagazine.NET RUSH Magazine

    I just finished reading
    “…Help ye one another in righteousness and piety, but help ye not one another in sin and rancour: Fear Allah: for Allah is strict in punishment” [5:2]

    I thought of AlMadina school, and asked myself “I donated, but can I donate more?” The answer was yes. And so how can I meet my Lord, knowing that I could, and didn’t!”

    So this is my second donation with my second comment :)

  • http://www.lightuponlight.com/ Light Upon Light

    excellent initiative. ps i like the name halfadate.com. halfdate seems like a dating site!

  • Noorulain Khurshid

    Mash’Allah.. Nice work! Keep it Up!!

  • Noorulain Khurshid

    Amazing really.. :)

  • Someone Conserned of the future

    Salam,
    It was nice to see many people reacting to this poll and answering the needs of the school. May Allah reward those who gave the money and in the Day of Judgment may Allah have mercy on everyone of them. The posts I read were quite interesting however when I read the blogs, I immediately had some questions. If this is a school, then why only Muslims are donating for it? Why didn’t the campaign include others? Why the schools association of California did not help and was this problem even raised to them? Think for a minute of the physiological affect on the children who attend this school and the great begging example set in front of them. I sincerely hope that we change our way of thinking and start a to donate to constructive things like giving scholarships for university studies, donating for a research organization, making people learn the way of life as well as the way of our religion and help organizations such as this school to make money instead of donating money to hopeless situations like this.

  • Manas Shaikh

    Salaam

    Alhamdulillah people are doing such stuff! May your efforts succeed.

  • Aicha

    Assalamu Alaykum,

    May Allah SWT help you suceed in saving this school Ameen

    waSalam

    Aicha

  • Mohammad

    Alhamdulillah, this is a sadaqah jariyah. May ALlah (swt) give you all the best in this dunya and in the akhirah as well.

    Jazakum ALlahu khayr al-Jazaa’.
    wassalamu `alaykum,
    akhukum fillah,
    mohammad

  • Khalid Shaukat

    This is a great idea. I pray to Allah (SWT) that you are successful in your efforts for the benefit of mankind. This is a great incentive to donate (even for non-Muslims.)

  • abdullah

    i came across it on random page and decided to donate and posted the link on a Muslim Students Association forum at school, so inshallah more ppl will donate.

    salaam

  • http://www.pearlsofamuslim.wordpress.com Ukhti

    Masha’Allah!
    May Allah accept it from us..

  • maaz

    Mashallah!!..nice effort guys!!..keep it up

  • Muslim

    May Allah make us all successful in this life and in the hereafter. Ameen!

  • sublimeIslam

    Mashaa Allah tabarak Allah Keep up the good work in the service of Allah and the spreading of knowledge

  • UmmSaarah

    I have been thinking where to donate the little amount of money that I made the past fortnight and was SO overwhelmed when charity is knocking at my door. (allah makes ease the path to good)…

  • Muslim

    May Allah Reward everyone who has participated in this program and any other program which is benificery to ummah,
    Aamin

  • Fatouma

    May Allah(swt) bless you in ur efforts, and may the money you raised become as benefeciary as possible inshallah. May Allah(swt) reward you all.

  • jannahisbetter

    Imagine the reward, day after day, every time a child reads a book that you helped them to receive with your donation! This is an excellent opportunity for sadaqa jaria (continuous charity). May Allah accept it. Ameen

  • Farooq

    May Allah reward all those who have supported or have decided to support this cause in the ways they could/can. Aamin.