Las Vegas Muslims will distribute food and supplies to the local homeless community on Sunday, Oct. 18th, during the annual Day of Dignity campaign sponsored by Islamic Relief USA. The partners of this year’s event are: Masjid As-Sabur’s Al-Maun Neighborly Needs program – the primary coordinator; Omar Haikal Islamic Academy; Islamic Society of Nevada; Masjid Al Noor; Masjid Ibrahim and the Muslim Students’ Association at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Islamic Relief USA has partnered with local organizations across the United States for over a decade to host the annual Day of Dignity event. Day of Dignity creates an opportunity for caring individuals from diverse communities to provide services to their neighbors in need. Food, clothing, blankets, and hygiene kits are just some of the items distributed during Day of Dignity events. And, often, free medical care, screenings and even barber services are provided. It’s a day to come together and work together for a better world. The food and services are available to anyone in need, regardless of faith.
When: Sunday, Oct. 18
Location: Masjid As-Sabur, 711 Morgan Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89106, 702-439-6242
Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Media, most of the activity will begin at 10 a.m. as many people line up early in the morning for the services).
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Services offered through Masjid As-Sabur’s Al-Maun Neighborly Needs Program: For the last 10 years, Masjid As-Sabur’s staff and local Muslims have organized the Day of Dignity event with Islamic Relief USA. Masjid As-Sabur is a local mosque for the Muslim community, which serves the needs of all citizens, regardless of faith. Throughout the year, the mosque’s staff and volunteers run Masjid As-Sabur’s Al-Maun Neighborly Needs Program to help underserved local communities. The program offers groceries, lunch bags, hot meals, financial assistance, clothing, household items, temporary shelter for women and children, and healthcare check-ups.
“Islam teaches that we should not eat while our neighbor is hungry,” according to Islamic Relief USA. “Our annual Day of Dignity brings communities together to care for our neighbors. We are issuing a call to organizations around the country to find new, long-lasting ways to give back to our communities.”
“We’ve been organizing Day of Dignity because people are need. People are still suffering,” said Fateen Seifullah, an imam and director of Masjid As-Sabur and Al-Maun. “We have to live our faith. This is one of the ways we are able to demonstrate what it means to be a Muslim – that is to be in complete submission to God in serving and providing for the rest of humanity.”
Islamic Relief USA, based in Alexandria, Va., is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) humanitarian organization. Its mission is to alleviate suffering, hunger, illiteracy and disease regardless of color, race, gender or creed, and to provide aid in a compassionate and dignified manner. Islamic Relief USA aims to provide rapid relief in the event of human and natural disasters and to establish sustainable local development projects, allowing communities to better help themselves. Its programs benefit millions of people each year around the world, including in the United States.
Islamic Relief USA meets all of the Standards for Charity Accountability of the BBB Wise Giving Alliance, a national charity monitoring group affiliated with the Better Business Bureau system. Islamic Relief USA is on the U.S. government’s Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) charity list, and it is also a signatory to the code of conduct of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.