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03 31 20

ICNA Webinars

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03 30 20

CSJ co-hosts online solidarity vigil for Kabul Sikhs

(3/30/2020) ICNA Council for Social Justice today co-hosted an online Interfaith Solidarity Vigil for Kabul Sikhs. The vigil was joined by many community leaders, activists, social workers and well-known Afghan personalities from USA, Canada, Afghanistan and other parts of the world.
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03 30 20

USCMO Holds Coronavirus Crisis Teleconf. for Leaders

(Washington, D.C., 3/26/2020) — The U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations convened its first National Muslim Leadership Teleconference on the Coronavirus Covid-19 contagion’s impact on the Muslim community on March 21. Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Andre Carson (D-IN) participated along with 113 organizational leaders.
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03 29 20

What Does Islam Say About the COVID-19 Pandemic

Divine Guidance About Pandemics. Contemporary Fiqhi Issues Regarding Coronavirus.
As COVID-19 has become a global pandemic, the Muslim community faces new, unprecedented Juristic (Fiqhi) and spiritual issues. This paper seeks to clarify these issues, as there is rampant misinformation and confusion among the global Muslim community.
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03 28 20

COVID-19 Resources

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03 28 20

How to volunteer and donate in New Jersey during COVID-19

As the coronavirus causes real disruption to the lives of New Jerseyans, some residents will be disproportionately affected and many service agencies will be critically impacted.

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03 27 20

ICNA Relief Canada donates $150K to help Trillium Health Partners battle COVID-19

A Canadian Muslim relief agency is chipping in $150,000 to help Trillium Health Partners (THP) battle COVID-19.

THP is comprised of Credit Valley Hospital, Mississauga Hospital and Queensway Health Centre in Etobicoke.

ICNA (Islamic Circle of North America) Relief Canada is dedicated to helping those in need both at home and abroad.

“When we saw the strain on our health care system, we knew we had to act decisively,” said Ijaz Tahir, chair of ICNA Relief Canada, in a news release this week. “This gift is part of a larger campaign where we as a Muslim community are stepping up to help our neighbours in need.”

The hospital system said the donation will support the highest-priority equipment needs to care for COVID-19 patients.

“It is inspiring to see organizations like ICNA Relief Canada come forward during a time of unprecedented need,” said Caroline Riseboro, president and CEO of Trillium Health Partners Foundation, in the news release. “Thank you for stepping up to help Trillium Health Partners respond to COVID-19 by donating funds that will match the crucial gifts that others in the community make, doubling their impact!”

During this unprecedented time, the THP is asking supporters to “please consider giving a gift to Trillium Health Partners” to support the pressing needs of the hospital and staff as they respond to the COVID-19 outbreak. Every dollar donated, said the THP news release, “will be doubled, thanks to community leaders like ICNA Relief Canada.”

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03 27 20

Maya Cosmetics to donate 400 kits of personal care products to ICNA Relief

COVID-19 has brought life as we knew it to a stand still. It has also provided companies committed to corporate social responsibility impetus to ramp up their efforts. Bridgeview, Ill., based Maya Cosmetics ( reached out to Chicago-based ICNA Relief, a local nonprofit, to ask how they could help.

The result is a donation valued at $3,500 comprising personal care products for families in need, including Vaseline, body wash/shampoo, deodorant, mouthwash, nail clippers, tweezers, nail file, a comb, and toothbrush.

Volunteers will assemble 400 kits on Friday, March 27, at Maya Cosmetics headquarters, 7633 W. 100th Pl. Bridgeview, IL 60455 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The items will be delivered on Tuesday morning, March 31, to ICNA Relief Food Pantry, 1781 Bloomingdale Road, Glendale Heights, IL 60139.

“As more and more of our neighbors lose jobs or see their businesses being impacted, the need to be our brother’s keepers is more urgent than ever before,” says Javed Younis, president, Maya Cosmetics. “At Maya Cosmetics, we do our best to incorporate these values into our day-to-day business dealings. Corporate Social Responsibility is not about distinguishing ourselves from the competition but rather just being a responsible organization that gives back to the community consistently. It’s about being human and living our Islamic faith. These are all matters we have to answer to (God) about,” he says.

“Toiletries are necessities and rarely offered by food pantries, making Maya Cosmetics’ kits even more valuable, especially in this crisis,” said Dr. Saima Azfar, Director, Islamic Circle of North America Relief (ICNA Relief) Chicago. “We are so grateful to organizations like Maya Cosmetics. We need all the donations possible.”

ICNA Relief ( serves thousands at its pantries in Chicago and Glendale Heights.

Giving back — a muscle that grows the more you use it

Maya Cosmetics (, makers of halal nail polishes and beard care products, is America’s leading halal cosmetics company with distribution in 43 countries. “These efforts were part of our Islamic upbringing originally rather than just a part of our corporate mission. My late father was one of the most-selfless people and always taught me that if I was able to help someone in need, I should just do it,” says Younis.

Besides financial donations to charities and nonprofits, the company sponsors Iftar, the meal at sunset during the Islamic month of Ramadan, for several hundred people each year. Maya Cosmetics also makes a conscious effort to source ingredients from fair-trade suppliers around the world. Approximately 20% of ingredients in nail polish remover and 40% in beard grooming products are sourced under fair trade. For instance, one of their ingredients, almond oil, is purchased from Palestinian farmers at fair trade prices, giving suppliers and independent farmers a sustainable livelihood. Further, Maya Cosmetics has created custom products at wholesale prices for fundraising efforts for organizations like KBK Relief Foundation that supports indigent women around the world.

Donations were made to Susan G. Komen and HugABaby Campaign in South Africa based on sales of particular products in particular countries.

“These were requests our customers brought to us,” Younis said. “Corporate social responsibility, business ethics and philanthropy are crucial in running Maya Cosmetics as a business.”

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03 26 20

ICNA Relief Canada donates $70K toward Osler Health System’s COVID-19 response

A Canadian Muslim relief agency is helping William Osler Health System respond to the novel coronavirus pandemic by donating $70,000 to help purchase equipment like ventilators and intensive care unit beds.

The Osler hospital system includes Brampton Civic Hospital, Peel Memorial Centre for Integrated Health and Wellness, and Etobicoke General Hospital.

ICNA (Islamic Circle of North America) Relief Canada is dedicated to helping those in need both at home and abroad.

“We are grateful for the support of ICNA Relief Canada,” said Ken Mayhew, president and CEO of the Osler Foundation. “Now more than ever, our community must rally together behind our health-care workers and our hospitals. Donations, such as the one made today, help give our front-line workers the tools they will need to save lives.”

ICNA Relief Canada has started a campaign to support those impacted by COVID-19. They are supporting hospitals with monetary donations to help purchase lifesaving equipment, providing food baskets to people who are vulnerable and isolated, and offering counselling services via phone or online.

“ICNA Relief Canada is pleased to support Osler as they mobilize for the challenges ahead,” said Ijaz Tahir, chair of ICNA Relief. “Through this donation, we are helping to realize our mission to provide an immediate response during times of disaster and to implement programs that alleviate human suffering.”

Donations made now to Osler Foundation will be matched dollar for dollar up to $250,000 by Steve Robinson, wealth advisor with RBC Dominion Securities, as part of Osler Foundation’s #HealthcareHeroes Campaign. To donate, or to learn more about how you can show your support to the community’s #HealthcareHeroes, visit

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03 24 20

One Organization’s Response to Assist Neighbors in Need

As COVID-19 spreads like wildfire in our communities, low-income families are struggling the most. The elderly are at risk. Self-employed workers see their businesses dry up. This trial is unlike any other of our time for many reasons, most of all, because it affects everyone.

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03 19 20

The Coronavirus and End Times

By Shaykh Abdool Rahman Khan
The world is witnessing some tough times these days, with the appearance of the Coronavirus. Life situations are changing rapidly. How should one process all this information that is changing every hour?
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03 19 20

Houses of worship help those effected by virus outbreak

(RNS) — The United Methodist Church has long promoted abstinence from alcohol.

But that didn’t stop City Road Chapel in the suburbs of Nashville, Tennessee, from announcing a Bar and Restaurant Workers Help Fund this week to assist locals whose food-service jobs have been impacted by the coronavirus outbreak.

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03 19 20

ICNA-MAS Convention 2020 Cancelled

(March 18, 2020, Washington D.C.) – The annual 45th ICNA-MAS Convention scheduled for April 10-12 this year, in Washington D.C. has been cancelled.
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03 18 20

Helping to deflect outbreak hardship in Inwood

To aid in defraying the financial hardships people are facing amid the coronavirus pandemic, County Legislator Carrié Solages, who represents Inwood, partnered with Islamic Council of North American Relief and provided 100 families with food supplies on March 16.

At 385 Bayview Ave. in Inwood, Solages and ICNA Relief representatives distributed the items.

According to the United States Department of Agriculture, 49 million Americans live in “food insecure” households and do not know where their next meal is coming from. The food distribution was part of ICNA Relief hunger prevention program to help both individuals and families from going hungry, especially while children are home from school.

“Many families already have a difficult time feeding their families and now that children are home from school and seniors, especially, are asked to stay home, I am proud to know that there are organizations such as ICNA Relief to help alleviate food insecurities,” Solages stated in a news release. “We are our brother’s keeper and must do what we can to help in any way possible.”

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03 18 20

Local volunteers served up hot meals to homeless

ATLANTA (CBS46) – A local religious group reached out to help feed Metro Atlanta residents who could be vulnerable by the rush on grocery stores recently due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Volunteers with ICNA Relief served hot meals to the homeless Sunday on Joseph E. Lowery Boulevard N.W. in Atlanta between 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Additional volunteers held a non-perishable food distribution in Clarkston and Stone Mountain from Noon to 3 p.m.

“Because of the food shortage and what’s happening, the stores are getting empty. People are not having enough money because some people might be out of jobs, so we took this initiative to give back to society and that’s who we are,” said Shamikh Sahadat, Director of ICNA Relief U.S. South-East Region.

ICNA Relief is a Muslim based volunteer organization which offers several programs to help local community members. It has free clinics, a refugee center and food pantries among other services.

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03 18 20

Volunteers, faith groups, nonprofits expand efforts to reach seniors

Derek Stevenson thought about his 89-year-old grandmother when he heard about older people who were stuck at home because of the coronavirus and the potential risks to those over age 60.

Although his grandmother lives with an aunt in metro Atlanta, he said he would want someone to step in and help her during this crisis if she lived alone.

So Stevenson, a Navy veteran and an umpire and referee for high school and college sports, started knocking on doors at his Atlanta apartment complex, emailing and posting notices that he could go to the grocery store and run other errands for senior residents.

A few took him up on the offer.

“People are too scared to go out, and some of the older people can’t stand in line for a long period of time,” he said. “I told them, ‘I got you, no problem. We’re going to get through this together as a community.’”

As the coronavirus spreads across Georgia, more nonprofits, faith communities and individuals are stepping up to help those at greatest risk — older residents and those with compromised immune systems or underlying illnesses.

As a double whammy, often those people older than 60 have other health issues that make them vulnerable, such as diabetes, high blood pressure and heart and lung disease.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends older Americans stock up on supplies and avoid crowds as much as possible, keep extra medication on hand or consider mail order. Mostly, be prepared to stay home for a prolonged period of time.

Senior citizens centers have temporarily closed. Others are open for Meals on Wheels programs. Residential facilities have asked seniors to self-isolate and have severely limited or eliminated outside visits, except from staff and some vendors. Habitat for Humanity DeKalb indefinitely suspended its home repair projects for senior citizens so older residents would not be put at risk.

AARP announced Tuesday a $250,000 donation to Meals on Wheels America to support urgently needed outreach to isolated seniors.

Meals on Wheels Atlanta CEO Charlene Crusoe-Ingram said in response to the coronavirus, the nonprofit has started delivering two weeks of meals at a time, rather than one meal several times a week.

Hands on Atlanta, which serves about 5,000 people annually through its meals program, issued an urgent call for volunteers as it ramps up meal production over the next few days.

The plan is to deliver a week’s worth of medically tailored meals to senior citizens, shut-ins and those with chronic illnesses.

“A lot of seniors are fearful,” said Matthew Pieper, executive director. “They want to stay indoors more so than usual in order to protect themselves. Some are even leery of connecting with our delivery drivers, staff and volunteers.”

He said drivers are leaving meals at the door and then calling to say the meals are there. That “safe distance” protects both the client and the driver.

He worries, though, about social isolation. Older residents’ only interaction could be with the person who delivers their meals.

He said staffers are calling clients more often than usual just to see how they are doing.

The Islamic Circle of North America, a relief organization, is rolling out a food program for older people and those with compromised immune systems.

The organization has partnered with more than 15 mosques in the metro area to collect and distribute nonperishable food to people who cannot safely leave their homes.

“In times like these, food is scarce,” said Sheikh Shamikh Sahadat, Southeast director for ICNA. “A lot of the shelves are empty, and that’s where we step in.”

Additionally, several mosques have Care Clubs that are being used to reach out to senior citizens and students in the community to determine and fulfill their needs, including packed lunches.

“The beautiful thing about the faith community is that we are grounded in community work and social work,” said Imam Arshad Anwar of the Roswell Community Masjid. “When you have a crisis and are feeling anxious and scared, there’s something about human-to-human interaction that is very powerful.”

Other religious organizations are getting creative to maintain that interaction.

Stone Mountain First United Methodist Church went virtual with its worship service, Sunday school and Bible study.

Probably 75% of its 350-member congregation is over the age of 60.

As part of the new normal, every night at 7 p.m., there will be a conference call where church leaders and members can pray, share prayer requests and concerns and offer a brief devotional. The church also sends an email blast asking members if they need errands run or need other items.

More than anything, said the Rev. Ellen Shepard, senior pastor, the nightly call keeps a connection going. “We’re really a tight-knit community,” she said. “It’s nice that before you go to sleep, you can reach out and hear other voices. It gets them out in the world.”

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03 17 20

Washing (Ghusl) of Coronavirus victim

Sh. Abdur Rahman Khan

It should be noted that washing the deceased is among the Fardh-Kifaayah (communal obligation) for Muslims. It is for the Ghaasil (one washing the body) to use every protective means to make sure he is not affected by the washing the deceased.
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03 17 20

How are you going to respond to Coronavirus?

A Reminder by ICNA President, Javaid Siddiqi
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03 16 20

The Coronavirus beyond the Fiqhi Discourse

By Shaykh Abdur Rahman Khan
All praises are for Allah, The Almighty, and may His peace and blessing be upon His true servant and final Messenger Muhammad, on his Companions and his household.
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03 16 20