MYDC Share the Joy of Eid with Children @ INOVA Fairfax Hospital
Posted December 24, 2007on:
In its second annual Eid Al-Adha gift giving event, the Muslim American Society Youth of DC wrapped and distributed 100 gifts to young patients at the INOVA Fairfax Hospital the weekend of December 14th, 2007. Drawing on the Hadith of the Prophet Muhammad (saw) in which he states: “A visitor walking to visit a sick person will be wading in the mercy of God. When the visitor sits with the sick one, they will be immersed in mercy until his or her return” (Ahmed & Ibn Hibban),
MYDC members embarked on this yearly project to visit the young patients in local hospitals in order to bring happiness to their lives, smiles to their faces, and gain the mercy of Allah (swt).
Participants young and old, male and female gathered at the Muslim American Society DC (MASDC) Community Center on Friday, December 14th, to wrap the 100 gifts that were to be distributed to the young patients at INOVA Fairfax. The twenty participants who arrived on Friday got to work wrapping the coloring books, Play Doh, Uno cards, and stuffed animals with the brightly-colored wrapping paper and ribbon. Despite the fact that the brothers initially laughed at their inability to cut the wrapping paper correctly, wrap neatly, use the tape minimally, or curl the ribbon beautifully, they quickly caught on to the tricks of wrapping and, with the help of Allah (swt) and a few pointers from the sisters, were able to finish wrapping their pile of over 30 gifts! The energetic crowd wrapped the gifts in less than two hours and packed them for their distribution on Sunday.
On December 16th, MYDC volunteers arrived at INOVA Fairfax Hospital to distribute the gifts to the young patients. Going from room to room, participants greeted the patients, ranging in age from a few months to 21 years, and then briefly explained the Islamic holiday of Eid Al-Adha, its significance, and their desire to celebrate it with them. The response from the youngsters and their parents was overwhelming as many became emotional when they thanked the members of MYDC for their thoughtfulness and generosity. MYDC wants to thank all the volunteers who made this event possible by wrapping and distributing the gifts and the Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center who has proudly supported this project since its inception.
MAS Youth of DC carries out various projects and activities that aim to give youth an opportunity to show their appreciation and dedication to their faith through comprehensive approaches by developing their spirituality, understanding, and overall character to become a beacon of light in our American society.
MAS Youth is the youth division of the Muslim American Society