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Recycle Drive

Okay, after discussing with a brother who did a tote bag before. The conclusion is with the budget we have we will end up doing one color printing.

So, it boils down to what slogan to print on the bag.
Text will be: Recycle Drive
then a slogan: … so suggest your slogans.
Please choose your three most favorite slogans:

Recycling tote bag slogan

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Allah’s Messenger (peace and prayers be upon him) said: “Removing a litter from the road is charity.” -Sahih AlJamea

“This [student learning about recycling video] makes me feel good! Very good!” -Hadayai, Atlanta, Georgia

“This [recycling drive] is exciting, MAshaa’Allah. May Allah reward you for putting these together, ameeen.” -Umm Zahidah, Anchorage, Alaska

“I am a senior in high school. I recently started a youth group called the Youth Muslim Fortress. My mom showed me your e-mail and this task looked very interesting. Insha’allah my group will take responsibility for this task. Thanks for this opportunity and hope there will be more to come!” -Zuhra, Bloomington, Minnesota

DateDrive of Muhharam 1430/Jan 2009
Type of DateDrive: Non-monetary

What: Benefiting Muslims organizations by recycling unwanted your mobile phone, ink cartridge, etc. while saving the environment from toxic waste!

DateDrive Goals: Have 20 masjids/schools as collecting points

Collection Points:
So far, the following fine organizations are participating in the collection, may Allah reward them. (See comment section for their address and contact, if you don’t find the address, post your question as a comment)

  1. Bait Salaam, Atlanta, GA
  2. Maidah, Atlanta Food Consortium, GA
  3. Ella Johnnaber, Pine Lake, GA
  4. AlMaun Fund, NJ
  5. Muslim Community Bloomington, IN
  6. AlMadinah school, Los Angeles, CA
  7. North Hollywood Islamic center, CA
  8. Masjid Quba, CA
  9. Girl Scout, Raleigh, NC
  10. Millennium Pharmacy, Brooklyn, NY
  11. Life Maker at Foundation for Islamic Education, PA
  12. Life Maker at Devon Mosque, PA
  13. Temple University-MSA, Philadelphia, PA
  14. The Bridge @ Baabun Nasr, PA (address in the comment section)
  15. George Mason University MSA working with the Mustafa Center, VA
  16. AlHuda Masjid, Worcester, MA
  17. Youth Muslim Fortress/BuildingBlocks @ Masjid Ar-Rahman, Bloomington, MN
  18. BuildingBlocks @ Masjid Dar Al-Farooq, Minneapolis, MN
  19. BuildingBlocks @ Islamic University, Robbinsdale, MN
  20. BuildingBlocks @ Mesjid Al-Huda, Minneapolis, MN
  21. BuildingBlocks @ Masjid Abu Bakar al Sadiq, Minneapolis, MN
  22. Dawah Institute, St. Paul, MN
  23. Masjid As Sabr, Portland, OR
  24. Masjid Bilal, Portland, OR
  25. Masjid Beaverton, OR
  26. Halal Market in Tigard, Portland, OR
  27. Muslim community of Anchorage, Alaska
  28. STTAR Consultancy Services, Lewiston, ME
  29. Evelyn Roberson, Atlanta, GA

What’s in it for you:Rewards from Allah, in-sha-Allah for benefiting women shelter and needy Muslims with recycling income. Also, you are protecting the environment and cleaning your house :)

Also, HalfDate is giving away Amazon gift certificates.

  1. $57 for the most collected items (according to Baitul Salaam evaluation)
  2. $57 for the most number of participants (how can we tell? Ask them to post a comment with the masjid/school name, or send activity pictures)
  3. $57 for media coverage by your local media

And the winners are….

  1. Most collected items: Weekend school of Islamic Foundation, 35 phones. 9 ink cartridges, 4 MP3 players and 1 camera.
  2. Most participants: Weekend school of Islamic Foundation, about 40 students
  3. Media Coverage: Temple University
  4. And Extra Category, the most collection points: Building Blocks in Minnesota

Deadline: Jan, 31, 2009 (extended to Feb 10th for reporting purposes)

Action Required:

  • If you are outside the US, simply send the link of this drive to your friends

To give an equal opportunity for HalfDaters outside the US to participate, we will accept their donations to cover part of the costs of the drive. Notice your donation will help promoting HalfDate in various communities, so we can do more in the future, in-sha-Allah.

Contributors to the costs of this dateDrive:

  1. Fatimah, Singapore (new HalfDater, gave trice :p)
  2. Clothing Store, Florida, USA (new HalfDater)
  3. Ifrah, Ontario, Canada
  4. Jamie, Massachusetts, USA
  5. Rached, California, USA
  6. Hannah, Cardiff, UK
  7. Mohima, Essex, UK
  8. Caynan, Oregon, USA (gave twice)
  9. Abdalfattah, North Dakota, USA (new HalfDater)
  10. Qamar, West Yorkshire, UK (gave twice)
  11. Lina, Ontario, Canada (new HalfDater, gave twice)
  12. Shazia, Ontario, Canada (new HalfDater)
  13. Zabeen, London, UK
  14. Nadia, Illinois, USA (new HalfDater)
  15. Anisa, California, USA
  16. Saira, Tuscany, Italy
  17. Rahmah, Quebec, Canada
  18. Hoda, Ontario, Canada
  19. Cynthia, Romania
  20. Aishah, Maryland, USA
  21. Mustaque, Illinois, USA
  22. Arif, Ohio, USA
  23. Mohammed, Texas, USA
  24. Latoya, Florida, USA
  25. Tanweer, California, USA
  26. A sister who wanted to donate, but the drive is closed

Total collected for the drive cost (gifts, printing, and tote bags): $469 – Paypal fees $23.21 – gifts $171 (3x$57) – $50 (pizza party for BuildingBlock for having the most number of collection points) = 224.79 left for designing tote bags.

  • If you are in the US, talk to your masjid/school to be a collecting point (it’s a good way of developing relationship between organizations). Click here for instruction.
  • If you have participated in the drive (volunteered or recycled), please enter your name and email.


Beneficiary Organizations (why only two? Because only two applied on time):

  • Al Maun Fund (sadaqah fund for Muslim families)
  • Baitul Salaam (women shelter)

More About Recycling/Fundraising

Your donation may be tax deductible. (ask your tax specialist).

Did you know that one cell phone can pollute up to 132,000 liters of drinking water. Your unwanted Cell phones and inkjet cartridges will be recycled in accordance with EPA regulations or Refurbished and reused.

Every time we throw electronic gadgets in the trash we hurt our environment. The casings do not biodegrade and the metals (lead, gold, lithium and others) eventually find their way into our ground water. Heavy metals in our rivers and creeks kill fish, plants and other forms of life causing an imbalance in nature. We can stop this from happening and support a worth cause at the same time.

This project is perfect for students and others who need to earn Community Service hours. It is also a good project for Girl/Boy Scout Troops, service organizations, masjid/Islamic centers and other places of worship. Each item donated is like cash to us. Please do not alter the shipping label. All the information is there for it to go directly where it needs to go and we (e.g. Baitul Salaam) get the credit for the shipment, insh’Allah.

If your employer has not contracted with someone to dispose of toner packs from copiers let us know right away, insh’Allah. We will contact them to show them how they can properly dispose of the toner packs.

How To Be A Collection Point?

As Salaamu Alaikum,

We recycle in Atlanta all the time.  Let’s keep it easy.  I am going
to lay out the steps for an easy recycling drive.

Step 1

Secure permission from the leadership in your community to collect
items listed:  old cell phones (can work as well as non-working),
empty ink jet cartridges and toner packs from copy machines, iPods,
mp3 players, game consoles, digital cameras, digital video recorders
and laptops. Get a large box and get some children to decorate it.
Give them some paper, scissors, bright color paper and let the have
fun.  Someone older can go over the box to make sure everything is
pasted on it is secure.

** Please use this flyer

Step 2

Check the box once or twice a week to make sure only electronic items
are going into he box.  When it fills, or close to filling or at the
end of the month (January 31) whatever happens first email (me) for simple directions on how to ship.  You will
receive postage paid labels from me to use (no cost to you).  Collect
some old boxes to ship (do not buy new ones).

Now if you are going to support both Al Maun and Baitul Salaam
organizations at the end of the drive check with Al Maun and see what
items they are collecting, insh’Allah.  Donate some or all of those
items to them.  We will take the balance, insh’Allah. Baitul Salaam is
collecting more items than Al Maun.

The main thing is to not over think it.  Keep it simple.  If you need
me to send you an annoncement that can be made to your community after
Salatul Jumuah, etc., will be glad to do so, insh’ Allah. Also if
people in your community need to talk to me directly fine they can
email me at or call me at (404) 608-8649.

Thank you for wanting to assist.

May Allah continue to bless you.

ma salaam
Hadayai Majeed
Baitul Salaam Network, Inc.

You can earn the rewards of this hadith without having to do like this man!

Special Thanks

All praises and thanks are due to Allah, Alhamduillah. Having said that, we would like to follow the teaching of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and prayer be upon him) when he said, “Whoever did not thank the people, he did not thank Allah.”

So, on behalf of HalfDate family from New Zealand to Hawaii and from Alaska to Australia, we would like to thank all of you who participated as collection points, turned your unwanted eWaste into charity, chipped in for the expenses, posted pleasant words, spread out the words, created lesson plans to teach about recycling, uploaded pictures, involved your children or students, designed posters, created videos, or made Duas.

As always, we pray that Allah reward you all with the sweetest date in Jannah.

Drive Fruits:

  • 27 entities including Masjids, schools and businesses are joining the drive.
  • Over 107 students, teachers, parents, imams, business owners, and children are either recycling, learning about it, or teaching it.
  • 15,478 people have noticed that we Muslims DO CARE about the environment (this number is an estimate based on YouTube, Facebook, comments, and email responses). This estimate does not include the free Facebook ad that was displayed over 24,000 times (thanks to br. Ahmed from Silicon Valley for free ads coupons).
  • Temple University Radio covered the drive:

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  • A teleseminar to show how individuals and organizations can cover its utility bills by recycling.
  • A lesson plan for teachers to teach recycling, with a sample video.

How to Turn eWaste into Charity: A Guide for Organizations and Individuals

Reporting Your Numbers:

To enter the contests, please submit a list of the items collected and a list of the volunteers (so we can send you certificates), if you have any pictures of the items collected or picture of collection activities please include them too. For contest number 3, you can send us the contact and the name of your local Muslim newspaper.

Email all your submissions by Feb 1st, 2009

As for shipping your items to AlMaun and Baitul Salaam, please email them (scroll down for their contact).

Al Maun is only collecting cell phones and empty ink jet cartridges. Baitul Salaam is collecting cell phones, empty ink jet cartridges, iPods, mp3 players, empty toner packs, laptops,digital cameras, digital video recorders and game consoles. Do an inventory of your collection: total number of each item. Decide how you want to split your collection. Then contact each group to receive further instructions. Warning: When you pack your items do not use air pillows, peanuts or other fancy packing materials just use newspaper. Please do not buy shipping boxes use old ones remember we are recycling. You will receive easy to follow detail instructions from the organizations. If you need a tax letter let them know in advance of them shipping you the postage paid labels. When the labels arrive use as instructed please do not alter (unless instructed).

If groups want to continue to collect on their own contact each group separately. Baitul Salaam recycles all the time and can give you tips on how to sustain a collection drive in your community. If a masjid wants to start recycling Sr. Hadayai will be glad to act as a consultant. She only ask that your community makes a donation to the Baitul Salaam Network, Inc. at least once a year, in-sha-llah.

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  • bint rehana

    Assalamoalaikum warahmatullahe wabarakatahu.

    This is exciting. I just wanna say to my brothers and sisters in the US, who are a part of this drive, GO CRAZY and show the world that yes WE (Muslims) CAN 😀

  • Ruqoyyah Bello

    Alhamdulillah khatheeran. I thank Allah for coming across this website.For now, I can only contribute to this worthy cause by posting my comments to you. Continue the good work please. More power to your elbow. Jazakumullahu khairan jaza fih dunya wal akhiro; Aameen thumma Aameen.

  • abdifatah

    Assalamu Alaykum,

    My masjid is already listed and so i couldn’t take part in the recycle drive so i donated money that i could, and inshallah am gonna make this a habit. If i can’t make a drive donate.


  • Sister from Egypt

    Assalam Alaikum

    May Allah bless and reward you for all your efforts. Please note that I’m keen to sponsor any sister or brother paying $25 on monthly basis but not through paypal as it is not used in my country Egypt. I can pay from my online MasterCard, can I do it. Advice me, may Allah (SW) bless we all in the other day.

    Your sister in Islam

  • Hadayai5

    As Salaamu Alaikum,

    Anyone who wants to give to us can go to our web site and use a credit card or mail it to us at Baitul Salaam Network, Inc., PO Box 11041, Atlanta, GA 30310. If you mail us a contribution from out of the country please send us in the form of a cashiers check and we will take it to the International Cash Exchange (two locations) in the city. We have done this before and it worked out just fine.

    ma salaam

  • admin

    [Admin: A message from Sydney, Australia, WOW, subhana Allah]

    Walekum Assalm Rahmatullah-e-o’ Barkathaho.

    I would like to donate one Mobile Phone(Sony) for the purpose of re-cycling. I am living in Sydney, Australia and I don’t know how to send it to you. Pl. let me know the way to do the needful.

    thanks & regards,

  • Hadayai

    As Salaamu Alaikum,

    I can’t ask for items from overseas. All I can say to anyne overseas who wants to donate is to send money (no matter how small). The postage labels I have are for use in the US only.

    ma salaam

  • Hadayai

    As Salaamu Alaikum,

    Everyone who lives outside the US find out about recycling in your community and do what we are doing in the US and copy it. Decide what charities in your area need help and donate the money to them, insh’Allah.

    ma salaam

  • LifeMakers

    Allahu Akbar!

    Check out children from the Pennsylvania Muslim Community. They rock!

  • bintelmay

    Ive got cell phones to donate! 😉 I will drop them off today, enchAllah, before the benefit concert for Gaza out here in LA.

  • sister from the UK


    Can someone explain what this drive is about please?

  • Mama

    Assalaam walaykum,
    Jazzakallahum khair

  • Hadayai

    As Salaamu Alaikum,

    Please try to attend the teleseminar today. See information at the top of this page. We are recycling items that would normally go into the trash. These items eventually find their way into our streams and pollute the water. We are collecting these items turning them into companies that have proven to be responsible in refurbishing usable parts and properly disposing of those items that can’t be resused.

    ma salaam

  • Hadayai

    As Salaamu Alaikum,

    Starting January 31 you can call me at (404) 608-8649 for shipping instructions. It is easy to ship the items you have collected. Get boxes (used not new), newspaper (no styrofoam or air pillows). You can email me at

    Some of you are supporting Al Maun only so contact them for directions on how to ship. The groups that are supporting both I suggest you split your collection of cell phones and empty ink jet cartridges in half and then send all the other items to us (digital cameras, digital video recorders, iPods, mp3 players, empty toner packs). Put the empty toner packs in a separate box (these are ink containers that are larger than your hand that go into copiers and fax machines).

    Send your mailing address to us at Baitul Salaam Network, Inc. and total number of boxes so we can get the free shipping labels to you.

    Talk to you later this week, insh’Allah.

    May Allah continue to bless you.

    ma salaam
    Hadayai Majeed
    Baitul Salaam Network, Inc.

  • LifeMakers
  • Mina

    May Allah reward us abundantly for every good we do or try to do. Amin.

  • Jameela

    Assalam Aleikum:
    May Allah reward you us all with that which is best in his sight inshallah….for all our good deeds.

    On the authority of Abu Hurairah, who said: The messenger of Allah said
    “Each person’s every joint must perform a charity every day the sun comes up : to act justly between two people is a charity; to help a man with his mount, lifting him onto it or hoistingd up his belongings onto it is a charity: a good word is a charity, every step you take to prayers is a charity and removing a harmful thing from the road is a charity.”

    It was related by Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim (Hadith 25 in An-Nawawi’s Forty Hadith)

  • SisterP

    Waalaikum assalam wa rahnatullah,

    May ALLAH bless & accept your efforts and multiply the rewards.


    Wa salam.

  • Sajjaad

    Masha Allaah thats a great drive. May Alllaah accept all these efforts from you all. Jazaak Allaah khayran

  • Hadayai

    I just went to the web site…wow!
    The video of the students in class.
    This makes me feel good! Very good!

    ma salaam


    Assalamu a3laikum,

    Jazakum Allahu Khairan for everything.

    Half-date Admin, please send an info-email when you launch a new date-drive…I usually come to know about the new/ongoing drives only via other people’s blog or sometimes just miss them altogether :(

    Barak Allahu fikum.


  • Maldives

    Assalam Alaykum to all the Brothers n Sisters ,
    I want to thank all of you at HalfDate and all who is contributing to these wonderful causes. I am so happy to see the happy faces after i visited the flikr link. May Allah Subhaanahoo Wata’ ‘Aalaa Bless your work and give you much effort in everything you do and guide us and and make us dwellers of Jannatul-firdous. Aameen.


    may allah reward for all efforts

  • Hadayai

    As Salaama Alaiki,

    Please put on list of collections points. This woman is collecting at her office she works for Ted Turner the billionaire who founded CNN.

    Hello Hadayai;
    I work with Barbara Birt, you two worked together during the campaign.
    She told me you were interested in used cartridges and cell phones for
    the women’s shelter. Please call me at [——-].

    Evelyn Roberson
    Turner Associates, Inc.

    We talked and she is collecting at her office.

    Allahu Akbar!

  • Al Maun Fund

    As salaamu alaykum wa rahmatulah

    You all are doing such a wonderful job! See it easy to do good works.

    I thank everyone so much for the response and support.

    Go Hadayai! I love hard workers, you are lady after my own heart!

    Barakallahu feekum ya muslimoon!


  • Hadayai

    As Salaamu Alaikum,

    Allahu Akbar! We have been successul. Thank you to all who donated money to help with the prizes. May Allah continue to bless all of you.

    Now let’s get packed up and get the items shipped. All who are supporting Baitul Salaam email to get step by step instructions on how to pack the items you collected and be sure to send us a mailing address so we can send you your postage paid mailing labels to ship the items to the centers who collect from us, insh’Allah. Packing is easy. The instructions are on the web site. You can also call Sr.Hadayai at (404) 608-8649 between 7 am-10 am and 7 pm-11 pm most days. If you have any questions.

    I am available to assist any community in starting a recycling program. Instea of charging a consulting fee I ask that people donate to Baitul Salaam, insh’Allah.

    ma salaam

  • Al Maun Fund

    As salaamu alaykum

    If you are collecting for Al Maun Fund us @ with your full name and address so we can send out the prepaid FEdEx label insha’allah


  • LifeMakers

    We are throwing the children a pizza party per Sister Hadayai’s suggestion :)

  • Hadayai

    As Salaamu Alaikum,

    Thanks to all of you for pariticipating in this Date Drive. May Allah continue to bless you and reward your efforts.

    All the metro Atlanta groups have checked in, one group from PA and one from MN. Please inventory what you have collected through Sunday, February 1 and send an email to me (if you are supporting Baitul Salaam or both Al Maun and Baitul Salaam) with your mailing address so we can get the shipping labels to you, insh’Allah.

    If you want to continue to collect. Take a break (a week or two) contact me by email so you can be trained to sustain an ongoing effort, insh’Allah. Also email me if you want to do a drive or continually collect for your club, masjid, school, etc. It is easy. It does take some organization and some consistency.

    Also send a note to Tamra so she can see if you have earned a prize or not, insh’Allah.

    If you have collected any toner packs email me due to those will be shipped separately.

    Thanks for supporting let’s rap this up by Friday,insh’Allah.

    ma salaam
    Hadayai Majeed
    Baitul Salaam Network, Inc.

  • Anisa

    May Allah bless you all with jannah, ameen!

  • Experience of a collection point in PA

    [Admin: HalfDate received this nice report of lesson learned. We removed the masjid name]

    I notice how technology changes and is replaced, all the while the older technology is still able to be used but gets thrown away improperly. I started with [—-] Mosque, announcing at Jummah and weekly halaqas as well as during the weekend school about how I am doing a recycling drive. The mosque board was hesitant to have me do this as previous volunteers never picked up their items from the drive and the mosque became a ‘dumping ground’ but I was able to change that in the end. Also to ease their minds at first that I wasn’t going to sell this stuff and make money on my own I urged people to give stuff that wasn’t even working since it was a recycling drive. The younger kids had fun learning that they were doing something “for Allah” in other ways than just reading the Quran and offering Salah, and that inside the mosque they were learning about something they could actually relate to. Everyone else liked the idea that it was helping the environment and going to a real cause- a woman’s shelter and a financial fund.

    Next I got Temple University’s MSA involved. I set up a box outside the MSA office for collections. I even had it listed on and the MSA’s Facebook page, and had it sent out during in the weekly emails. This was the first time I ran an ongoing event on my own and thought it was pretty successful. I advertised this event in the school’s newspaper for two weeks as well where I got the school’s radio and communication team interested in interviewing me about what I was doing and I got Cindy to speak as well. While it was early in the year and people had already replaced their ink cartridges and gotten their new gadgets in order before returning to school, I was still able to raise some phones and cartridges and raise awareness about how Islam supports an environmental inititave as well as how there are Muslim based women shelters even in America.

    I donate my ink cartridges all the time and it felt good to be able to donate it to an Islamic organization for once, which I feel don’t get much response very often. The people at my mosque were glad that I started this and acted as a model to the younger children who can see how what they do even outside of reading Quran and doing Salah can help others in need, both Muslim and non-Muslim. Looking back there are things I could have done to make this drive run “better” such as setting a box in the main student center instead of by the MSA office, but as a start and with strict deadlines I feel like it was very successful.

    I have photos that I can send tomorrow.

  • UmmIdris

    As salaamu alaykum

    That is a very nice report, masha’allah tabarakallah!

    Again if anyone needs a prepaid label for Al Maun Fund please send your mailing address to or mail directly to us @

    Al Maun Fund
    POB 7691
    Atlantic City, New Jersey 08404-7691

    Jazakallahu khairun!

  • LifeMakers-PA

    MashAllah the mosque and MSA at Temple did a wonderful job. I think the sister should receive the prize 😉

  • dove

    alhamdoulila islam teaches us to think of others before ourselvesssss.insha allah we will succeed!!!

  • Ruqoyyah Bello

    Assalamu alaikum warahmatullah. I feel great being a halfdater. Jazakumullah khairan to you for a job well done.

  • admin

    These are some chip-in comments we received, please pray for them: May Allah reward them with the sweetest date in Jannah and success in Dunyah.

    This is a very good cause, keep up the good work, it will be even better if you can do something for the food that we waste instead of throwing it out if we can get to the people before it gets rotten. May Allah reward you with the sweetest date in Jannah * January 29 8:00am * MOHAMMED

    Salamou alakom pls remember me in your Duaa * January 28 1:31pm * Rahma

    Keep up the good work. May Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala bless all the brothers and sisters working for His pleasure. * January 28 7:37am * Mustaque

    Jazakum Allahu Khairan. * January 27 11:34pm * Saira

    I hope this helps!! * January 27 8:29pm * Nadia

    BarakAllahu Feek * January 27 8:04pm * Ali

    May Allah give your dawah effort a great success; ameen! * January 16 5:30am * Ifrah

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