Islamic Relief Celebrates Diversity and Inclusivity at US Capitol Iftar
Back In Person By Minhaj Hassan Islamic Relief USA held an in-person iftar on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, April 26, as Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting, wound down to its final week. While staffers from several offices of Congress were treated to delectable finger foods and an opportunity to network with peers, the event inadvertently showed the progress made in getting more young people from minority populations to work in the Nation’s Capitol, which over the years hasn’t exactly served as a hallmark of diversity. Jihad Saleh Williams, IRUSA’s longtime Senior Government Relations Adviser, said from his own time in and around the Capitol, he has seen the number of…
Dignity on the Streets of Philadelphia
Lina Hashem is a Writer at Islamic Relief USA. She recently attended Day of Dignity in Philadelphia and wrote about her experience. Lamarr could be anything. He’s smart as a whip. He loves to read, and he researched Islamic Relief USA before spreading the word about Day of Dignity. He loves his bike like richer men love their sports cars, and he prides himself on his clean, neat clothes. He also sleeps on a bench in a Philadelphia park and knows where to turn up for food and clothes. On Oct. 8, at Day of Dignity in Philadelphia, he had ticket number 199. I don’t know why Lamarr is homeless.…
Open Arms at The Muslim Center in Detroit
Salman Aznan is a Marketing Specialist at IRUSA. He recently attended the Detroit Day of Dignity and wrote a reflection about the experience. “The buses won’t move” said Mika’il Saadiq. “That’s not good.” I thought to myself. “The buses with the beneficiaries?” Maab replied. “Yes.” answered Mika’il. “That is definitely not good!” I screamed in my head. It was a cold, bitter Detroit morning and we arrived at the Muslim center with banners and notebooks in hand ready to document the event. We entered the masjid and walked into the auditorium and the place was bustling with energy. Men and women were unpacking boxes, categorizing coats, socks, and other articles…
Ibtihaj Muhammad: We’re Rooting for You!
Christy Bectel reflects on Ibtihaj Muhammad’s visit to Islamic Relief USA. Christy was a Public Affairs Intern this summer at Islamic Relief USA. She is originally from Michigan and is a senior at Grand Valley State University majoring in International Relations and minoring in Middle East Studies and German. The morning of July 21 was a bit more exciting than usual at IRUSA as news got around that Ibtihaj Muhammad would be stopping by for a quick visit. Most of the staff was already familiar with the 30-year-old athlete who will be the first U.S. woman to wear a hijab when she competes at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro this…
How to Bring Faiths Together, Peacefully
Want to know how to unite people of different faiths for a good cause? The Walk DC is an annual interfaith event that makes this happen every single year. This year, ten different faith communities opened their doors as open houses to walkers of all backgrounds, cultures and beliefs. This is a step-by-step of how to bring people of different faiths together, peacefully (for real).
What do Muslims at Islamic Relief USA Really Do?
Nada Shawish is communications specialist at Islamic Relief USA. What happens when a radio show host meets with the Islamic Relief USA marketing team? Well, Success Freaks co-Host Mordant Mahon found out when he came to Islamic Relief USA headquarters to record the episode: “My Favorite Muslim”. Yup, we’re a rambunctious bunch of humanitarians here at Islamic Relief USA marketing, and many of us also happen to identify as Muslims. With media trends and current politics we sometimes get a bad rep. Especially with “Islamic” in the organization’s name, our charitable tagline “working together for a better world” gets lost in the great abyss of bias. So, here we are, in all of…
Why You Should Eat Out Today (And Other Tasty To-Do’s on WFD)
Nada Shawish is Communications Specialist at Islamic Relief USA. Hunger is a pretty obvious global problem that most of us are well aware of. But how often do you do something about it? Maybe because such a big problem, we assume, only calls for even bigger solutions—solutions, we also assume, that are just too big for any one person to tackle. Initiatives only work if you get involved in them—and Oct. 16 is World Food Day. And this World Food Day, I’ve put together some doable to-dos that not only combat hunger, but that will also improve your world—and your day. Do these with me, and stay full today, my…
What I Learned About the Impact of Good Works in Minneapolis
Fareeha Amir is a video and motion graphics designer at Islamic Relief USA. In Islam, taking care of our neighbors is a super priority. But do we actually take care of our neighbors enough? With how busy we get with our own lives, we forget the responsibility we have to those around us. Sometimes, we don’t even know who our neighbors are. But there are people working hard in the world to make neighbors a priority. I got to see this first hand, in Minneapolis, where individuals from the local community constantly come together to serve their neighbors in need. At Masjid An-Nur hosted Islamic Relief USA’s annual Day of…
Floods Hurt More Than You Can See in South Carolina
Fareeha Amir is a Video and Motion Graphics Designer at Islamic Relief USA. She reports from neighborhoods flooded in South Carolina, where IRUSA disaster response teams are servicing fellow Americans in need of emergency help. I look out of the window and try to see where the flooding has hurt the most. From up above, you can’t really see much—I’m not sure what I should be looking for. The lakes look filled and fields look wet, but most of the water the news had broadcast is gone. I’m taxing over South Carolina, getting ready to land and cover Islamic Relief USA’s efforts in flood recovery there. On the news I…
From Serving to Solving in the Faith Community
Christina Tobias-Nahi is Director of Public Affairs at Islamic Relief USA. The spiritual week of Eid Al-Adha was an action-oriented week for Muslims and other members of the Washington, D.C.-area faith community who work to combat hunger and poverty. Islamic Relief USA was honored to take part in numerous high-level engagements before the well-anticipated arrival of Pope Francis, to work with our counterparts to eradicate hunger and poverty. The goal: to move from merely serving the vulnerable to finding systemic solutions. On the afternoon and evening of Sept. 21, Bread for the World Institute convened an Interfaith Religious Leaders Summit on Ending Hunger by 2030. More than 100 Christian faith…