29 Jul Service to Humanity – Feeding the Needy
by: Madeel Abdullah
بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمٰنِ الرَّحِيْمِ
By the Grace of Allah, 8 months into the year, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (AMYA) USA has been able to feed 86,410 people on our way to reaching 100,000 people by the end of the year, Insha’Allah. This comes with 92% of chapters across the country participating in this noble cause.
During the Holy month of Ramadhan, our food drives actually increased. Food drives from New York to Los Angeles and from Chicago to Houston were held during this period. Food was prepared at homeless shelters, canned goods were collected at the Mosques and community centers, and thousands of meals were packaged. Our youth fed the nation’s hungry as they themselves fasted from any food or water.
Why feed the hungry? Simply, it is for the sake of God as Allah says in the Quran:
“And they are those who give food – in spite of their own need, to the needy, and the orphan, and the captive, [saying in their hearts], ’We only feed you for the sake of God, and we desire nothing in return from you, not even a word of thanks’’” (76:9-10).
This is one of the many initiatives of Khidmat-e-Khalq (Humanitarian Affairs) USA. In addition to feeding the needy and working with other food programs, we raise funds for nonprofit relief organizations, visit the elderly, help the refugees, support the orphans, provide for victims of abuse, and plan on collecting 5000 units of blood, saving 15,000 lives by the end of the year, Insha’Allah.