The Power of Our Blueshirts
By Nabeeha Shah
Our vision at Islamic Relief USA is a world free of poverty. We work to provide relief and development to help empower communities in need. And our volunteers help make it possible. Our Blueshirts are the lifeblood of our organization. They come from all walks of life, dedicating their time and energy to help their brothers and sisters both around the world and here at home.
Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said, “Be merciful to those on the earth, so the One above the heavens will be merciful to you.” Across the US, our team has helped contribute to Afghan refugee resettlement, meal packs, food box assemblies, and disaster response. They’ve also helped fundraise for our efforts across the globe such as health care for vulnerable communities in Jordan, livelihood support for women in Palestine, access to clean and safe water in Yemen, and so much more. May Allah (SWT) continue to guide and protect them.
“Be merciful to those on the earth, so the One above the heavens will be merciful to you.”Prophet Muhammad (SAW)
This month, we’re honored to highlight one of our star volunteers, Toufiq. During his time with us, he assisted our Finance department with their day-to-day tasks including physical and electronic filing of sensitive paperwork. Toufiq showed excellence, sincerity, compassion, custodianship, and a disposition towards social justice. All the values that make up a true Blueshirt.
Volunteer Spotlight: Toufiq
1. What inspired you to volunteer with IRUSA?
“The reputation and credibility of IRUSA, [and] that it helps communities across the globe [with] issues of poverty and disaster relief.”
2. What made you decide to volunteer for this particular work?
“To be part of the mission in whatever small way possible.”
3. What motivated you to stay involved?
“Knowing that my effort has been [appreciated], and I will [ultimately] be rewarded by Allah (SWT).”
4. Our vision at IRUSA is a world free of poverty. How do you feel knowing your work has contributed to that?
“It’s hard to fathom that my work has been contributing to that end in a significant way, but I realize nothing is trivial in [the grand scheme] of things and little things count. It certainly motivates me to keep going back.”
5. What advice would you give someone who is thinking about volunteering with IRUSA?
“Don’t worry about the scale and significance of your efforts and the impact it might have; just know that every ocean started with a tiny drop and the uncountable drops of water are, together, the ocean itself.”
6. Do you have a final message you would like to share?
“Do everything for the sake of Allah alone and He will reward you in many folds.”