Update on the Ummah Relief Project
With the donations collected so far on the Ummah Relief Project Launch Good page we were able to create 48 hygiene kits and 15 essential pantry bags. Volunteers assembled and delivered the kits and the bags to the people in need on Saturday April 4, 2020.
Thank you to all the people that have donated to this cause. Please continue to donate so we can provide support to the people that have been affected economically by the pandemic.
Individuals and families have been economically impacted by COVID-19 across the globe. Let's provide a helping hand to those in our community in Minnesota
According to credible sources and the Health Department the epidemic may not be ending soon and could continue through the next few months. COVID-19 has had an impact globally and is continuing to spread throughout the United States. There have been over 200,000 cases confirmed of the COVID-19 virus in the world, over 9,000 cases in the United States, and over 80 cases in the state of Minnesota.
The World Health Organization is recommending taking the following measures and steps to prevent catching the virus and spreading it.
Wash your hands frequently
Maintain social distancing
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
Practice Respiratory Hygiene
Stay at home if you feel unwell
Stay informed on COVID-19
Despite the social distancing, working from home, school closures, and many other preventative measures that are being taken to avoid the virus people are still being affected by this in many other ways. Especially, individuals that are restaurant workers, hourly workers, bus drivers, janitors and or families with low income jobs that don't have the luxury of working from. This campaign has been organized in the loving memory of Dr. Shabaz Hussain to provide relief to the people with lost wages, in need of essentials, assistance for rent, and anyone battling the current state of the pandemic in Minnesota.
We would like to provide a helping hand to those who are in need. It is one of the principles of our faith to help our fellow human beings. Every one of us will at some point in our lives experience some type of hardship or pain that hurts us. It is therefore, important to explore the importance of helping others from an Islamic context. Helping each other is a way to overcome grief that we may experience, and it can empower us in our worship to Allah. One of the greatest human beings to walk the earth and who was also the best example of compassion and kindness in human form, was the Prophet Muhammad (sallalahu alayhi wa sallam). He said:
“Whoever relieves a believer’s distress of the distressful aspects of this world, Allah will rescue him from a difficulty of the difficulties of the Hereafter. Whoever alleviates [the situation of] one in dire straits who cannot repay his debt, Allah will alleviate his lot in both this world and in the Hereafter. Whoever conceals [the faults of] a Muslim, Allah will conceal [his faults] in this life and the Hereafter." (Muslim)
Dr. Shabaz Charities Group
This charity was created in the loving memory of Dr. Shabaz Hussain
Shabaz Hussain was a beautiful soul who put others before himself. A compassionate son, brother, and friend who brightened every room he entered. If you ask anyone they'll refer to him as a sweet, kind, and caring person who had a unique ability to make anybody laugh. If you walked into a room with Shabaz you would see the room light up with smiles and laughter.
After his tragic and sudden death, many people remembered him by the constant smile he wore and spread, which got people through this hardship and time of grief.
He had the dream of becoming a doctor and did everything he could to accomplish it. He valued and aspired to always help others before he helped himself, and being a doctor was the path to the value.