It was a day to think of others and to help those who lack the means to provide healthy food for their families. It also was a day to spend time working with neighbors as hundreds of volunteers gathered Saturday in Addison for the annual Ramadan Food Pack-Out sponsored by Islamic Relief USA.
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In reality, religious freedom has been part of Islam since the earliest days of the faith, said Eftakhar Alam, strategic relationship specialist for Islamic Relief USA.
"The essence of Islam is to speak up and protect others," he said, citing stories about the life of the Prophet Muhammad. When the Prophet Muhammad fled from Mecca to Medina to escape religious persecution, he made a pact with his new neighbors to live in peace.
"He didn't ask for people to convert to Islam. He didn't want them to confirm he was the prophet. He wanted everyone to have the same freedom level and protect one another...
A volunteer piles up boxes that are filled with many non-perishable foods that will be given to people in need in their local communities through food pantries, houses of worship, among other locations. The goal is to create some 5,000 packaged meals at each location.
The following is an excerpt from an article posted in the dailyherald.com in April 2018:
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IRUSA Volunteers packing boxes with foods that will be given to people in need in their local communities. They are helping families living with food insecurity during Ramadan,at the Islamic Center of Passaic in Paterson on April 22nd 2018. The goal is to create some 5,000 packaged meals.
“That the need for humanitarian assistance is far from over. It's even more acute than ever before,” said Minhaj Hassan, a spokesperson for Islamic Relief USA, which has helped over 4 million Syrians so far.
ACT welcomed the opportunity to engage in CPD51 and to deepen the discussion around religion and SRHR in general, and in particular, in the context of human mobility and migration. ACT Alliance and partners including the World Council of Churches, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), German Justice Commission, and Islamic Relief USA hosted a public side event at CPD51.
Islamic Relief USA will hold its annual Ramadan Food Box Pack-Out sessions in four states this year.
The events will take place in Texas, New Jersey, Illinois, and Virginia.
The sessions consist of volunteers packing boxes with many nonperishable foods. The packages will be given to people in need in their local communities through food pantries, houses of worship, among other locations. The goal is to create some 5,000 packaged meals at each location. All food will go to residents in the United States.
Montclair Fundraisers 'Skate For Syria' - Montclair, NJ - Participants in the Islamic Relief USA's annual "Skate for Syria event" in Montclair helped to fundraise for "displaced" people in Syria.
Islamic Relief USA — a humanitarian organization based in Alexandria, Virginia, that has worked closely with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints over the years — recently participated in a panel discussion at the 62nd United Nations Commission on the Status of Women to call attention on the causes of early and forced marriages.