The ICNA-MAS Convention Starts This Saturday -- How Will You Join In On the Fun?
The ICNA-MAS National Convention team along with ICNA Relief USA invites our Muslim Youth to showcase its talent at the ICNA Spoken Word Competition. We’ve organized an event based on The Greatest Man on Earth ever, our beloved Prophet (SAW) and his life and trials. We wish you the best of luck!
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Restoring Hope in Baltimore
Baltimore: Reflections from the Field
By: Sr. Malika MacDonald
When I reached my destination Masjid ul-Saffat in Baltimore headed by Imam Hassan Amin (established in 1971), I could see this was an organization central to the community. Masjid ul-Saffat is home to the Muslim Social Service Agency (MSSA), who have boots on the ground in serving the most vulnerable in the community. It was the perfect relationship for ICNA Relief USA to forge. This is an organization which has been serving their community since 2008 based on the teachings of Islam.
ICNA Relief USA and MSSA teamed up to serve those hardest hit by the recent uprisings: senior citizens who are now been cut off from being able to access basic needs. The CVS which was destroyed during the uprisings sits across the street from a nursing home. There is another senior center directly across the street from a Save-a-Lot grocery store which is now boarded up with another third senior home within close proximity. These seniors, many of whom use wheelchairs or walkers, are unable to travel far or shop for themselves and have no access to basic necessities. While ICNA Relief USA and MSSA were able to provide short term relief by providing basic food staples and personal hygiene products, the need will remain for some time.
The Muslim response in Baltimore has been extraordinary, but unfortunately has not been covered by mainstream media. There are numerous indigenous Muslim Islamic Centers and organizations who are taking a leading role in their community but lack the resources to bring about a greater systemic change. ICNA Relief USA is committed to supporting these organization through soliciting resources, providing training workshops and consultation for long term development projects needed to better serve the Baltimore community.