Message from the Founder
As Salamu Alaikum
On behalf of the Dr. Shabaz Charity Group, we would like to wish you a very blessed belated Eid. I hope you had a wonderful Eid with your families and are staying safe during these unprecedented times.
Ramadan in the midst of a pandemic brought unique challenges but also provided opportunities to learn, reflect, and focus on a deeper connection with Allah SWT.
We are humbled by the strength, kindness and generosity so many of you have shown and that through Allah SWT, allowed us to deliver 3,700 Iftar Box meals to sisters and brothers throughout the entire month of Ramadan.
The Iftar Box project is just a first step as we embark on our mission to meet the evolving needs of our community. Stay tuned for upcoming projects!
May Allah (SWT) guide us and bless us to be the beacon of light for humanity, strive to impact the lives of others around us and stand together as one ummah. We hope you will join us on this journey!
Iftar Box Journey
See how the team served the community during the month of Ramadan under these unprecedented times
Iftar Box Report
This Ramadan, Allah (SWT) blessed us with the opportunity to launch the Iftar Box Project. We were able to pack 3,700 Iftar Boxes and serve 1,850 families throughout the month of Ramadan. This was not an easy task, but with our amazing team of volunteers and their dedication we were able to complete this project successfully.
Iftar Box Featured in the Star Tribune
Muslim charities step up with Iftar meals, food boxes this Ramadan season
Every night around 6:30, the cars begin pulling into the parking lot of a Columbia Heights nonprofit. The folks inside are Muslims checking out a new Ramadan charity project spurred by the coronavirus: Iftar boxes to-go. Click the button below to read the story.
Spoken Word by Our Iftar Box Volunteer
By Hibah Hassan
Do you have any change to spare?
in cash or coins or compounded care
in choices and actions and hardened eyes
For our dying earth and our violent crimes
and injustices by which we live and breathe
even within our communities
to seek ease and comfort before the needs of the many
which are outweighed by the wants of any
one person, one man
with selfish demands
for whom we break and bleed our land
and silence our women and steal from our poor
and tidy our treasures behind locks on steel doors
as if worldly belongings should matter more
than the change that we carry in our pockets at the store
and the change kept unspent, that connects us heart to heart
like the universe itself, we are transforming in parts
to be better and stronger and let love guide our ways
to seek light in the dark, to find brighter days
to make sense of the world when we feel most alone
and build families from strangers in separate homes
because we carry the secrets of change in our bones
Despite our uncertainty, for things still unknown
let our fury push us farther than ever before
and our pain be a guide that we use to find more
let’s be good tomorrow, to our earth and our friends
to the people we have yet to know and the loves that are at their ends
from promise to promise, by oaths we can swear
tell me, do you have any change to spare?