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Palm Tree

First of all, date is the fruit, okay? 😉

HalfDate is inspired by the teaching of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and prayer be upon him) where he called us to be part of the solution even if our contribution is as small as half a date, or a pleasant word.
اتقوا النار ولو بشق تمرة ، فمن لم يجد فبكلمة طيبة
“Save yourself from the (Hell) Fire even with half a date (to be given in charity). And if you do not find a half date, then with a good pleasant word.” – Collected by Al-Bukhari

Our goal is to utilize the means that Allah (swt) has given us (you + the Internet) to do something good for this life and the hereafter, in-sha-Allah.

Each Hijri month, you will suggest a specific cause (specific goal and due date) and will feature it as a DateDrive. For example, through HalfDate, Muslims around the globe (from Trinidad to California) have:

  • Donated over $5,127.54 for textbook
  • Showed their care for convert Muslims
  • Expressed their appreciations to halal businesses, and
  • Donated to publish five teacher study guides for children books

As you can see, HalfDate is not only about monetary donation drives, because in Islam, the concept of Sadaqa (charity) is much broader than that.

Narrated by Abu Huraira: Allah’s Apostle said, “To judge justly between two persons is regarded as Sadaqa, and to help a man concerning his riding animal by helping him to ride it or by lifting his luggage on to it, is also regarded as Sadaqa, and (saying) a good word is also Sadaqa, and every step taken on one’s way to offer the compulsory prayer (in the mosque) is also Sadaqa and to remove a harmful thing from the way is also Sadaqa.” -collected by Al-Bukhari

Our DateDream:

  • Working together to get a specific task done even with our differences
  • Reviving the broad concept of Sadaqa
  • Putting the neglected (non-sizzling/boring) causes to the center stage
  • Incorporating fun, creativity, and ingenuity into philanthropy
  • Nourishing both the contributors and the beneficiaries
  • Leading the research and development efforts of Islamic philanthropy

O ye who believe!
Enough day-dreaming, it’s time for Date Dreaming!

Let’s show Allah some real work. Help with your supplications, money, expertise, word of mouth and influence.

May Allah (swt) grant you the sweetest date in Jannah

Frequently Asked Questions

For Supporters

  • I love HalfDate, how can I help?
  • Pray for us and spread the word! If you want to volunteer, read the instructions at the contact page

  • I want to join the donor club, how?
  • May Allah reward you. Click here to join the mailing list (but you will be taken out of the general list)

For requesters

  • I want to suggest a DateDrive, how?
  • Read the instructions at the contact page

For keek/peek surfers

  • Are you a registered not-for-profit organization?
  • No, we are NOT a charity organization. We promote Sadaqa in its broad concept ($$, a pleasant word, awareness, smile, dua, …). We promote worthy projects of other not-for-profit organizations, businesses, or individuals. (For businesses, the project has to be not-for-profit in nature)

  • Why donate through HalfDate when I can donate directly to the cause?
  • First of all, your donation goes directly to the featured beneficiaries anyway; HalfDate simply list their account information. So why donate through HalfDate Web site? Because we provide added values to your donations, namely: 1- We can find matching donors, 2- We can setup challenges and games to get the youths involved. So, basically, your $1 donation can get higher impact through HalfDate, in-sha-Allah.

  • Are you a registered 501c3?
  • NO, WE ARE NOT. We may register in the future, in-sha-Allah. However, we want to see how many Muslims would keep asking this question.

  • How is HalfDate different than XYZ charity organization?
  • First of all, we are not a charity org :) Secondly, it depends which XYZ you are talking about. But in general, we put fun in our style, we put innovation in our method, and every month you get a different dish!

  • Why should I join the mailing list?
  • So you get the updates, we don’t post all updates on the site. When you join, you save us a lot of time and money to find you or buy ads to get you.

  • Are there any commitments for joining the mailing list?
  • We realize you get busy sometimes. So, do as much as you can. After all, it’s only once a month DateDrive. Simply post a comment once a month. Also, there is absolutely NO commitment to donate (only our forerunner donors club pledged to donate).

  • I don’t check emails, how can I keep in touch?
  • Sure, go to stay connected

  • Who are you?
  • Average Abdullah (i.e. Joe)… who one day decided to stop day-dreaming and start DateDreaming.

  • But seriously, who are you?
  • If we both make it to the Jannah, in-sha-Allah, we’ll know each other.

    But seriously, we’d rather remain anonymous, because we have our day jobs, as boring nerds or busy house wives. Alhamdulillah, the community knows us, and we have professional experience with non-profit and philanthropy.

  • How can I trust you?
  • Don’t trust us! [I don’t trust myself :) ]
    But, please don’t accuse us for anything we are not :) The least Islamic right we get is the benefit of trust (or as others call it, “the benefit of doubt.”)

  • Nonsense, you want me to give you money and I don’t know who you are and if I can trust you?
  • You are not giving us money… you are giving to the end beneficiaries. In each DateDrive, we list their information and details. So, do all your research until you feel comfortable, cool?

  • Okay, what kind of projects do you promote?
  • As mentioned above in the DateDream section, we prefer neglected projects that can engage a large number of Muslims. Also, the project has to be self-contained with a specific goal and achievable within one Hijri month (max 30 days).

  • What’s your secret of success?
  • Relying on Allah. Learning from the Quran and the Sunnah and acting upon them. After all, what kind of belief do we have if we trust Allah less than the birds? [check the bird trust hadith]

  • How come sometimes I see a sudden jump in your donation tracker?
  • Because we have a club of donors: ourselves, friends, and families. To join this club once click here.

  • I’m sick and tired of you and your site, can you get lost?
  • May Allah cure your sickness and relieve your tiredness. We were actually lost until you found us.

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