India and Muslims in a time of Pandemic
Join us for a discussion on the impact of Covid19 for India’s Muslims and minorities.
Guest Speaker – Mehdi Hasan
Senior columnist at The Intercept and host of the podcast Deconstructed. An award-winning presenter of ‘UpFront’ and ‘Head to Head’ on Al Jazeera English. Mehdi has been included in the annual list of the 500 ‘most influential’ Muslims in the world. He has interviewed, among others, BJP leader Ram Madhav.
Guest Speaker – Azhar Azeez
Former Director of Fund Division of Islamic Relief USA. He has been a member of ISNA Executive Council since 2002, and served as the Vice President and President of ISNA. He currently serves as the Vice President at Islamic Relief USA.
IMRC’s first Virtual Mehfil with Salar Nader featuring Raaginder
Classically trained artists Salar Nader (student of Ustad Zakir Hussain) will perform on tabla with Raaginder Singh Momi on violin.
They will perform a variety of compositions from traditional/classical to fusion and modern. Proceeds from this program will benefit IMRC’s Corona Feeding Program. Nearly 10,000 meals are provided daily through IMRC across India.
Free Event, $25 donation suggested.
$25 helps a family have a food package good for one month
Help us reach our goal of assisting 1,000 families!
Donate at: imrcusa.org
Delhi burns. 35 killed. 800 families lose their homes and businesses
Help the victims now by donating today. Call your Congressman, State Senators, the State Dept and White House
InshaAllah this reaches you in the best of health and Imaan. It is with a heavy heart and grief I write to you. I returned from India and Kashmir about two weeks ago. Each day there are more reports of the continued and escalated violence, riots and anger that has erupted due to the Citizenship Amendment Act passed by Parliament of India. With each passing day, anti-Muslim violence in India is attaining new heights.
AS OF TODAY:
• 27 people have been killed
• More than 250 injured, mostly Muslims.
• The Muslim localities were attacked after BJP leader Kapil Mishra warned anti-CAA protesters to end their peaceful sit-ins in the northeastern Jafrabad and Maujpur areas of the Indian capital.
• Hundreds of Hindutva radicals belonging to RSS and BJP set fire to mosques, madrasas, businesses and invaded Muslim homes in North East Delhi, sometimes with the Delhi police present.
• Hindu mobs forced wounded Muslim men to recite the national anthem and mercilessly beat them.
Areas worst affected by violence: Sonia Vihar, Karawal Nagar, Gokulpuri, Ashok Nagar, Chand Bagh, Mustafabad, Shiv Vihar, Seelampur, Karadampuri, Kabeer Nagar, Ghonda, Noor-e-Ilahi, Jafarabad, Babarpur, and Maujpur.
Initial estimates by IMRC volunteers on the ground suggest that nearly 800 families have been directly affected by the violence. IMRC is working with partners on the ground to deliver critical aid of food, medicine, bedding and blankets.
WHAT CAN YOU DO:
Help the victims now by donating!
Call State Department India Desk at (202) 647-1450 and the White House (202) 456-1111 to condemn the attacks.
Our struggle is in India. We must help people in need now.
May Allah (SWT) bless you immensely. Please keep the victims in your duas. Jazak Allah khair for your support and efforts.
IMRC Executive Director
Time escapes us, doesn’t it? We’re now only 8 short days away from Ramadan coming to a close. With these incredibly blessed last days/nights upon us, many of us are likely reflecting on our Ramadan, our past year, our future needs & duas. As you spend the next week seeing friends/family at upcoming iftars and at the masjid, you’re probably thinking you need some conversation starters beyond the old “what have you been have for suhoor” line, right? Well, we’ve got that for you, read on…
How many of us over the course of the past few months, have spend money dining out, going to the movies, buying a coffee, pampering ourselves, etc.? Alhamdullilah, we’re blessed with the means to do so & we should absolutely take care of ourselves and our loved ones. At the same time, you’d be surprised how impactful a mere dollar can be in another part of the world.
For us, $10-15 means a nice warm lunch or dinner. For so many in India, $1 means a warm meal. For us, $5 means a nice coffee on your way to work. For someone else, $5 means being able to finally see a doctor. For us, groceries to stock the house can rack us up a receipt of $100. For families in underprivileged parts of India, $25 means being fed for the entire month.
We challenge you to do something this Ramadan: if you’re able to put away $1 per day, for 7 months, you will have enough stashed away to feed an entire village. How crazy is that? You can start this challenge now & donate later or you can donate now and save your $1 a day to recuperate your donation. Either way, your $1/day will stretch incredibly far for people who need it, for people who will thank you even though they don’t know you. Their duas and their gratitude towards you will reach where it matters most.
In 2018, IMRC was able to provide:
– 92,463 warm meals to people who needed them most
– Perform 5,000 cataract surgeries
– Place 693 water wells in areas where it was essential
These numbers are just the tip of the iceberg. As you can see below, our dollars make huge impacts for our Muslim brothers and sisters in india. Let this be motivation to be a conversation starter at your upcoming iftars; get a group of friends or family members together to pledge towards an impactful, tangible action. You can grab 10 friends, each pledge $250, and have a water well built in your name. Imagine being able to tell the little ones in your family that you’ve built a school in India.
Nothing we do is possible without your help & contributions. While we’ve made strides in education, healthcare and feeding over the past few years, we have lots more to achieve and thousands more people to tend to. To do that, we need your help in spreading the word about what $1 can do.
As of tonight, we will be entering the blessed and very special month of Ramadan. During this time, over 1 billion Muslims around the world observe in daily fasting, attaining a sense of purification of body, heart, and mind.
This is a time of spiritual discipline, a time to reconnect with one’s faith and stand before Allah with an increased desire to strengthen one’s relationship with him. At the same time, we remember that this blessed month also gives us a different type of joyous, centered opportunity to be with loved ones, dissimilar from our regular social settings and family parties. It’s a time we are able to learn more from one another, encourage each to increase our knowledge of Islam, break fast with one another.
While so many of us will be beginning and ending our fasts with an abundance of food and water, it’s important to remember how many millions of Muslims around the world will have a bit of a difference experience, all with the same goal of becoming closer to Allah during this time. As we go about this blessed month, it’s important to remember our dependance on Allah for sustenance and simultaneously be socially conscious and compassionate towards those who don’t have infinite amounts of chicken patties to run the course of the month.
In 2018, IMRC’s Ramadan program aimed to alleviate some of the struggles our Muslim brothers & sisters face during this month by providing food for Iftar. We were able to provide 7 million meals in grains and give 90,000 families full iftar meals.
As we move into Ramadan 2019, we want to do even more:
– Provide 7.1 million meals in grains
– Benefit 250,000 families with Ramadan program
– Sponsor 600 village Iftars
No donation is too small and everything makes a difference. As you start your preparations for Ramadan, planning Iftars, putting up decorations, add this one to your list. It’s a small act that has such an incredibly impactful effect.
Though it may surprise you, $1 provides a full, warm meal. $25 (which is usually less than what we find ourselves spending when eating out) will feed a family for a month. $200 can feed a village and $300 can sponsor an interfaith iftar. Sponsoring a Qurbani is $125. With so many options to donate, we encourage you to spread the word and motivate your friends and family to also partake.
WIshing you a blessed & fulfilling Ramadan this year, iA we can work together to help others have a blessed & fulfilling month as well.
IMRC’s free health camp concludes at Dehradun; 4,380 patients treated in three states
Dehradun: The eighth annual India Health Initiative-2017, a program created by US-based NGO, India Muslim Relief and Charities (IMRC) to provide medical services to poorest of poor in India, concluded with a note of ‘religious harmony’ at Dehradun on February 12th.
The three-day free health camp, which treated 886 patients in Dehradun was organised at Kagyu College, an institute of traditional higher Buddhist philosophical and scriptural study.
On Day 1 of the camp, 377 patients were treated, while 328 and 181 patients were treated respectively on Day 2 and 3. Buddhists from Ladakh and Tibet along with the local Muslim populace were treated for different health-related issues.
As a part of 8th IHI, free health camps were organised for 11 days in three Indian States: Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, and Uttarakhand from January 28 to February 12, 2017, where 4,380 poor patients were treated by volunteer US-based doctors.
At Dehradun, free health camps were coordinated by IMRC with International Drikung Kagyu Council (IDKC.)
“It was the very first time that such a health camp was organised in our monastery and it was a real wonderful experience working with IMRC. People who got treated in the camps were all praise for the doctors. More than a free health camp, it was also symbol of religious harmony, since a Muslim NGO organised health camps for Buddhist people,” said Khenpo Rangdol, the local coordinator of health camps.
In the camps, patients are treated after a free check-up of vital health signs , besides free pathological tests and X-ray was also provided along with the free medicines.The cases which needed follow-up were compiled into a list and referred to the local doctors whose expenses will be paid by IMRC.
Dr. John Rosenberg, a California-based doctor who has been volunteering for India Health Initative since last six years, termed working in the health camps as an experience to remember.
“This year was quite different from the camps held since last seven years. At Dehradun, we saw whole different population. People were great and appreciated the medical help,” he said.
“But at health camps held in Jahangirabad Institute of Technology, Barabanki, we saw many cases of active Tuberculosis, leprosy, anemia and cases of other water-borne diseases,” he added.
Earlier, free health camps were organised at Hyderabad and Barabanki, where 2,474 and 1,020 patients were treated respectively.
The India Health Initiative was started by IMRC in 2010. Since its inception, IMRC has successfully conducted seven ‘India Health Initiatives’ comprising of medical camps across different rural areas, poor localities and slums in India.
Every year, IMRC assembles a team of doctors from the United States of America to volunteer for the health camps. The medical camps are organized for three weeks in semi-slums and rural areas of different states to target poor patients. This year, nine US-based doctors with different specialties provided free medical services.
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