Saturday, April 18, 2009

Half Date Drive

**Please donate anything you can, each dollar counts!**
DateDrive of Rabie A-thani 1430/April 2009
Type of DateDrive: Monetary & Awareness
Thanks to all who donated from Australia, Canada, India, Italy, UK, and US (CA, FL, IL, LA, MD, MI, OK, OR, PA, TX, VA) and thank you for all your duas from Bosnia to Indonesia
“Hey, lets do the card thing… i think it would be awesome for the kids to make cards for refugees” -Sister N.S

Drive Target:

1. Collecting $4,977 USD (rent about $750 + educational programs for $500)
2. Getting 70 support comments and dua, click here to post a pleasant word (Put, your city/state/country, so we feel the sense of one global family)
3. Getting 6 support letters/cards for kids and parents mail them to this address

Give generously like the Ansar in Madinah

O Allah, for you I give

Combined total of Paypal,, and offline

والذين تبوءوا الدار والإيمان من قبلهم يحبون من هاجر إليهم ولا يجدون في صدورهم حاجة مما أوتوا ويؤثرون على أنفسهم ولو كان بهم خصاصة ومن يوق شح نفسه فأولئك هم المفلحون

And those who, before them, had homes (in Al-Madinah) and had adopted the Faith, love those who emigrate to them, and have no jealousy in their breasts for that which they have been given (from the booty of Banî An-Nadîr), and give them (emigrants) preference over themselves, even though they were in need of that. And whosoever is saved from his own covetousness, such are they who will be the successful. (Al-Hashr 59:9)

To donate (online or by mail) click on “Donate Now”

Matching & Challenges:

1. Grow HalfDate: For every mailing list signup, HalfDate will donate $1 up to $200. Just join the mailing list and post a comment that you are participating in Alamaanah drive
2. Blog for a cause: For every blog post about helping refugees/Alamaanah, $5 will be donated up to $250
3. A pleasant word! For every comment or Dua about Sadaqah or refugees posted about helping refugees, $1 Canadian Dollar will be donated up to $100.
4. Matching Challenge: If 100 people each donates $5, I’ll match their donations ($500) - post in the comment
5. Unemployed & Broke Challenge: If an unemployed Muslim donates $20, we’ll double it up to ($500) - post in the comment

Write to these families

Al Amaanah, Inc.
8181 Fannin, Suite 337
Houston, TX, 77054

Or email tamra at halfdate and we will print/convey your email to Alamaanah volunteers.

Family #1 (Iraqi)
Single woman, lives on her own, doesn’t speak English. Wallahy she has been waiting all week for our visit, she hasn’t been here for long and doesn’t know that many ppl. Has no one to talk to, and thats her main problem, she wants to learn English so bad. I suggest some sisters make it a habit to visit her twice a week. Maybe get some dessert or something and just go spend some quality time with her. She will be having surgery in April so won’t be able to work this month until she gets the surgery and recovers. She also needs pocket money during this period until she starts working again. Please visit her, call her on the phone, make her know that she is not forgotten!

Family #2 (Iraqi)
Single woman living with her mom and she is the one that has to pay the bills, her mom is too old to work. She was in dire need of finding a job last week and alhamdulillah she just got one a couple of days ago. She hasn’t been working for a month though and her rent has to be paid before the end of the month!!! She also is planning to move closer to work because she takes 3 buses just to get there from where they live. So we promised to help her move, but rent still has to be paid for this month!!!

Family #3 (Iraqi)
A man in his mid 30s, can’t work because he has a lot of medical problems, needs help paying his electric bill (inshalla is in the process of being taken care of). He doesn’t speak English and therefore is isolated in this big world! We should start making it a habit to visit him every week too. He says he could use some furniture around the house so we need to go visit him and find out how can we help him more.

Family #4 (Iraqi)
The father used to work as a barber in Iraq, he had another job here but got laid off because of the economy. He said he is waiting on his papers to come from Iraq this week so that he can start working his normal job (cutting hair). He is having trouble paying the bills and rent till he starts working again.

Frequently Asked Questions:

* Can I give Zakah?
Yes, you can click here to give Zakah
* Can these brothers and sisters work?
Yes, they are looking for jobs and a few do have part-time jobs, but that’s only enough to pay for food, utilities, etc.
* What about government assistance?
Government rent assistance to refugee families cover only the first four months.
* I saw on TV that non-Muslims organizations (e.g. churches) are helping them?
Yes, there are other refugee service organizations. However, Al Amaanah provides unique services that Muslim families need, e.g. educational programs for their children.
* What is Al Amaanah?
Al Amaanah is refugee service organization based in Houston, Texas, USA. The word Amaanah means trust or duty, because Muslims believe that taking care of our brothers and sisters who happened to be refugees is an amaanah on everyone’s shoulders.
* What other services does Al Amaanah provide?
Other than financial support, our services include English classes, homework help for children, and physical and emotional support for many widows, injured, and disabled refugees.

For more information, visit

Interesting Facts

* All early donors are from Australia (Sun does rise from there :) )
* Smallest contribution is $1 (half a date :) )
* Biggest contribution so far is $250

Read more: HalfDate - Promoting Sadaqah with half a date or a pleasant word -


LivingHalal said...

assalam alaikum

Baraka Allahu feekum sister for this post.

Can you make the links clickable?

Blogger let you do that.

Ammoorraah said...

wallah, a girl on facebook posted this as if she were proud of it, and me and my cousin found our selves a little upset because its WRONG to judge some one because of how they wear hijab, the best u can do is lead them to whats correct, and if they chose to accept it its between them and their raab. but u took the words out my mouth looking at that post puts a heavy feeling of irritation on my chest because i hate to see sisters judge other sisters based on what they THINK they know. jazakaallahu khair sis!!