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Muslim Women’s Help Network

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Muslim Women’s Help Network
a sub-division of United Muslim Movement Against Homelessness(U.M.M.A.H.)/ICNA Relief USA

Mission Statement

The mission of the Muslim Women’s Help Network is to promote family life in accordance with the Qur’an and Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad Peace and Blessings be upon him, emphasizing the protection and maintenance of women and children as the foundation for a productive community life.

Efforts to establish temporary housing and services will encompass a broad approach that supports and enhances the educational and health related interests of individuals and families.

Assessing the Need
Prophet Muhammad Peace and Blessings be upon him has shown us the example of one in need by pointing us in the direction of examining his or her condition. In our everyday condition, we become aware of others who lack food, housing and emotional comfort for a variety of reasons. When there are no family members to turn to for help, there is a need for the community to respond.

United Muslim Movement Against Homelessness (U.M.M.A.H.)/ICNA Relief,
has served the needs of the homeless and hungry for many years. It now includes and supports a major effort in the establishment of the Muslim Women’s Help Network. The collaboration, through improved awareness and outreach within the Muslim community, seeks to respond to the needs of sisters and children whose homeless (displaced) experience, or the threat thereof, deserves critical attention, support and relief.

Help For The Homeless & The Needy
The Muslim Women’s Help Network seeks to coordinate resources that will enable families to overcome hardship when faced with homelessness, financial crisis, health related issues and feelings of isolation. Insha’Allah, the network plans to develop efforts and actions that will build bridges of understanding and increased delivery of services that support wholesome family and community life.
"None of you truly believe until you want for your brother what you want for yourself."
                                                            Reported in Sahih Bukhari & Muslim

Actual & Anticipated Services

-Volunteer training opportunities in support and human service delivery;

-A part-time staffed office for assessment and referral services;

-Sponsored educational forums, seminars and literature concerning family values and
          social development;

-Maintenance of a Food Pantry;

-Referral listings for Islamic family and marital counseling;

-Temporary Housing assistance;

-Transitional Housing referrals;

-Advocacy to network with housing and other organizations/agencies in systemic areas that          impact the circumstance of poverty, unemployment and declining economic resources;

-Halal provisions to be supplied as needed e.g. toiletry items, foodstuff, Islamic books for            reading (when visiting existent shelters in which women, Muslim and non-Muslim are residing            until such time as their conditions change);

-Long-term planning to develop advocacy efforts and deliver non-residential transitional             services that will assist families return to stability within the community

Building Bridges of Understanding

The Muslim Women’s Help Network welcomes and encourages the support and participation of all segments of the community in its efforts.

If you can provide temporary or affordable housing for a needy individual or family —  please call.

We will appreciate your financial assistance, non-perishable foodstuff, gently used clothing and toiletry items as donations for charitable distribution to those in need. We will also accept donation sof furniture and household items (in good condition).

If you can assist this effort with a commitment of your time and/or expertise —   please call. We need the support of Physicians, Psychiatrists, Lawyers, Dentists, Social Workers, Counselors, Child Care providers, etc.

If you are capable to assist someone with direct support e.g. du’a, financial assistance, employment, a note of well-wishes, etc., please visit our NEIGHBORLY NEEDS  page.

Please provide a link to this site for others in the internet community of Believers. If you or your organization provide services to the Islamic community or you are aware of other organizations/ resources that do, please submit their link so we may include them on the LINKS page.

Contact us:

Muslim Women’s Help Network
87-91 144th Street
Jamaica, NY 11435
Tel.: (718) 523-5100
Fax: (718) 658-3434

Press Contact: Naeem Baig
Vice President for Public Affairs
Islamic Circle of North America
E-mail: ICNA PR Email
Office: (718) 658-1199 Extension: 102
Cell: (917) 202-2118