Dar Al Hijrah Islamic Center Community Outreach

MYDC Prepare Meals with DC Central Kitchen

Posted on: January 16, 2008

In His description of the Abrar (the pious and righteous) and their rewards in Paradise, Allah swt states in the Holy Quran that one of the reasons the Abrar deserved Paradise was because they feed, for the love of Allah, the indigent, the orphan, and the captive. Saying, “We feed you for the Sake of Allah alone: no reward do we desire from you, nor thanks” (76:8-9). In hopes of achieving the high status of the Abrar, MAS Youth of DC volunteers arrived at DC Central Kitchen on December 30, 2007 to help prepare some of the four thousand meals the Kitchen cooks on a daily basis.

The event began with a short khatira (reminder) that emphasized the importance of giving back to the community in a continual and consistent manner and the responsibility Muslims should assume in ridding society of the hunger and poverty that exists within it. Abdel-Rahman Hamed, the MAS Youth of DC Director commented on this stating: “Islam is a realistic way of life that is relevant to our social problems today and I call on our youth throughout the DC metropolitan area to seek these opportunities and commit themselves to the mission and vision of MAS Youth of DC in order to double our efforts and create an Islamic momentum for change in our home, with our neighbors and the society at large.” 

Before heading out to their workstations in the kitchen, MYDC volunteer s renewed their intentions and then were given a short briefing about DC Central Kitchen by one of its volunteer chefs. The 37 participants wore gloves and aprons and put their cooking skills to work as they chopped onions, potatoes, celery, broccoli, chicken, and various other ingredients that were to be used for the chicken-pot-pies and broccoli cheddar soup the kitchen was cooking up.  

It was a tiring but rewarding three hour event that ended when MYDC volunteers packed for distribution the chicken-pot-pies and other meals they cooked. As Hamed notes, “the satisfaction felt after serving our Creator by serving His creation cannot be described in words and one gets a sincere understanding and appreciation of the justice in Islam’s social context, one which cannot be attained by just attending study circles and seminars.”  

The DC Central Kitchen staff was thankful for the time MYDC volunteers put into volunteering at the Kitchen as well as the positive energy that was clearly displayed by all of them. Indeed, “He who eats his fill while his neighbor goes without food is not a [complete] believer.” May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon the source of our guidance and upon all those who follow the path of righteousness. 

To read what MYDC participants have said about this and other events, visit our blog at mydc.wordpress.com !  

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.


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