—FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—
JAMAICA, New York (August 13, 2012) – ICNA Relief USA, the domestic-relief division of the Islamic Circle North America (ICNA) is excited to announce its 2nd annual Back to School Giveaway program.
In 2011, ICNA Relief USA distributed 15,000 school bags filled with supplies in 49 cities throughout the country, covering 16 states. This year ICNA Relief USA is planning to expand the campaign to more localities in 21 states and has already purchased 25,000 school bags. Distribution centers are being set up with the help of local ICNA units. Giveaways will also be held in some new states like Arizona, Indiana, Michigan, New Hampshire and Wisconsin.
More details on the Back to School Giveaway program can be found at www.back2schoolgiveaway.com
In his message to the Back to School Giveaway program volunteers, ICNA President Dr. Zahid Bukhari lauded their relentless hard work and encouraged the community to support this program and other programs of ICNA Relief USA with their financial contributions during this sacred month of Ramadan.
ICNA Relief USA is a multicultural community building organization that provides social services and disaster relief services to the underserved regardless of their religious, social, or economic backgrounds within United States. ICNA Relief USA promotes justice by creating the opportunities for the less fortunate to lead healthy and productive lives.
The inclusion of poor in our festivity must be done without which we cannot complete our service to Allah SWT. How many societies the poor is left out of the pie and the rich eats the entire pie. A few weeks ago, we celebrated Eid-ul Fitr. And on that Eid, we enjoy its virtues by giving the Zakaat-ul Fitr to the poor before we begin the Eid prayer. This Eid we have to complete its celebration by giving 1/3 of the meat to the poor and needy. As Allah SWT says: Then eat thereof and feed therewith the poor who have a very hard time. (22:28) EID MUBAARAK!