Note:There are several donors who offered to donate but their payment methods didn’t work or the transaction fee is higher than the donation, so we would like to acknowledge their effort and may Allah reward them for their intentions, they are from Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, UAE, UK, and USA.
“Alhamdulilah when Muslims visit, I forget all my worries,”
-A father of a 3-yr-old son
DateDrive of Rabie A-thani 1430/April 2009 Type of DateDrive: Monetary & Awareness
“I donated $7.29 because that’s all I could afford without making my bank account empty.” -Sister T
Collecting $4,977 USD (rent about $750 + educational programs for $500)
Getting 70 support comments and dua, click here to post a pleasant word (Put, your city/state/country, so we feel the sense of one global family)
Getting 12 groups/individuals to write support letters/cards to these 50 families in Houston, mail them to this address
“I’ve been planning on donating for the past 10 days but this Hadith really encouraged me to do it now!” -A student
مَا نَقَصَتْ صَدَقَةٌ مِنْ مَالٍ
Sadaqah never decreases wealth
Combined total of Paypal, Authorize.net, and offline
The above total includes Al-Amaanah locally raised $2141
“I’m currently an unemployed student! ALhamdulilah I gave $40 to this great cause. I hope HalfDate can match 😀 I remember when our family were refugees, how many generous people helped us with everything: clothing, food, education, etc.” -Sister A
Grow HalfDate: For every mailing list signup, HalfDate will donate $1 up to $200. Just join the mailing list and post a comment that you are participating in Alamaanah drive
Blog for a cause: For every blog post about helping refugees/Alamaanah, $5 will be donated up to $250
A pleasant word! For every comment or Dua about Sadaqah or refugees posted about helping refugees, $1 Canadian Dollar will be donated up to $100.
Matching Challenge: If 100 people each donates $5, I’ll match their donations ($500) – post in the comment
Unemployed & Broke Challenge: If an unemployed Muslim donates $20 or more, we’ll double it up to $500 – post in the comment
Baitul Salaam supports Al-Amaanah: Everyone (maximum 100 donors) who gives $5.00 Baitul Salaam (women shelter in GA) will give $5.00. We challenge you to challenge us. Give at least $5.00 to be matched by us
Write to these families
We are looking for 12 groups/individuals to write to these 50 families in Houston.
So far, the following brothers/sisters/groups have promised to write:
Sunday school, TX, USA made 50 cards 😀 Allahu Akbar!
BuildingBlocks, MN, USA
Sydney youth, NSW, Australia
Bengali tigers, CA, USA
Ladiedee, MI, USA
Poetry Sisters, CA, USA
Coach Zohra, IN, USA will collect from her community and send in Hijab and other gifts
Baitul Salaam, GA, USA will collect and send gifts, giftcards, and cards
Calgary Sisters, AB, Canada
Northside College Prep Jamaah Club, IL, USA
Miriam, NY, USA will send a Hijab and a note
Bebo’s parents, NJ, USA
Abu & Umm Omar, CA, USA
Dulles High School Muslims, TX, USA
Al Amaanah, Inc.
8181 Fannin, Suite 337
Houston, TX, 77054
Or email tamra at halfdate and we will print/convey your email to Alamaanah volunteers.
“Hey, lets do the card thing… it would be awesome for our kids to make cards for refugees” -Teacher N
There are about 50 families, lots of kids, about 10 widows, and a few sisters living on their own. If your school/masjid want to ask your kids to make cards for these families, please try to make 50 cards and let the kids write their names and their city. Sample Letters & Cards
“We are from a class in an Islamic After School program in California, ages 4-7, and we heard about a refugee family whose daughter can no longer walk and talk. The kids wanted to make cards and drawings for their sister in Islam. May Allah reward you all for your efforts inshaa-Allah.”
All the info they gave was that it was from Sister Yafa and her class (Imam, Yusuf, Ahmed, Muhammad, Iman, Amal, Yasmine, and Hosna). May Allah reward the teacher, students, parents, school admin, and all those who helped with the sweetest date in Jannah 😀
If you want to write to a specific person, you can write to the following:
you can ask them to write to Hassan and Ibrahim, asking them to take good care of their mother, of each other, and their younger brother.
A father of 7 kids, eldest is 14 yrs old. He takes his kids to and from school everyday, runs all the errands during the day and then works at night as a security guard.
A Burmese girl, mashallah very very smart, she serves as our guide every time we go to the Burmese complex because she is the only one that can speak English there. She is still in school, learning fast and likes school.
Some of you asked about giving these families some gifts. Here are some suggestions:
Prayer rugs, Qurans (especially, in Burmese language) and scarfs/Abayas, school supplies, household items and appliance, and clothes.
The following are some example of these families (Al-Amaanah sponsors about 50 families):
Family #1 (Iraqi)
Single woman, lives on her own, doesn’t speak English. Wallahy she has been waiting all week for our visit, she hasn’t been here for long and doesn’t know that many ppl. Has no one to talk to, and thats her main problem, she wants to learn English so bad. I suggest some sisters make it a habit to visit her twice a week. Maybe get some dessert or something and just go spend some quality time with her. She will be having surgery in April so won’t be able to work this month until she gets the surgery and recovers. She also needs pocket money during this period until she starts working again. Please visit her, call her on the phone, make her know that she is not forgotten!
Family #2 (Iraqi)
Single woman living with her mom and she is the one that has to pay the bills, her mom is too old to work. She was in dire need of finding a job last week and alhamdulillah she just got one a couple of days ago. She hasn’t been working for a month though and her rent has to be paid before the end of the month!!! She also is planning to move closer to work because she takes 3 buses just to get there from where they live. So we promised to help her move, but rent still has to be paid for this month!!!
Family #3 (Iraqi) A man in his mid 30s, can’t work because he has a lot of medical problems, needs help paying his electric bill (inshalla is in the process of being taken care of). He doesn’t speak English and therefore is isolated in this big world! We should start making it a habit to visit him every week too. He says he could use some furniture around the house so we need to go visit him and find out how can we help him more.
Family #4 (Iraqi) *update 4/19 He found a job, Alhamduilllah*
The father used to work as a barber in Iraq, he had another job here but got laid off because of the economy. He said he is waiting on his papers to come from Iraq this week so that he can start working his normal job (cutting hair). He is having trouble paying the bills and rent till he starts working again.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Can I give Zakah?
Yes, you can click here to give Zakah
Do you spend my Zakah in administrative or operational cost?
No, Zakah is strictly and totally giving to end beneficiaries.
Can these brothers and sisters work?
Yes, they are looking for jobs and a few do have part-time jobs, but that’s only enough to pay for food, utilities, etc.
What about government assistance?
Government rent assistance to refugee families cover only the first four months.
I saw on TV that non-Muslims organizations (e.g. churches) are helping them?
Yes, there are other refugee service organizations. However, Al Amaanah provides unique services that Muslim families need, e.g. educational programs for their children.
What is Al Amaanah? Al Amaanah is refugee service organization based in Houston, Texas, USA. The word Amaanah means trust or duty, because Muslims believe that taking care of our brothers and sisters who happened to be refugees is an amaanah on everyone’s shoulders.
What other services does Al Amaanah provide?
Other than financial support, our services include English classes, homework help for children, and physical and emotional support for many widows, injured, and disabled refugees.