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The Messenger of Allah, (pbuh) said, “Cleanliness is half of faith and Alhamdulillah fills the scale, and SubhanaAllah and Alhamdulillah fill up what is between the heavens and the earth. Salah is a light, and charity is proof (of one’s faith) …” [Muslim]

Islam is a comprehensive religion that encourages worship through practice. The Muslim American Society (MAS) Youth of DC believe that, through cleaning up the masjid, Allah’s house, they are serving the Creator by serving His creation.

Early   morning    on   Sunday,   March    9th,   MAS    Youth    Give   (MYG) volunteers gathered at the footsteps of Dar-Al-Hijrah Islamic Center in Falls Church, Virginia to launch a second masjid clean-up. Encouraged by the success of last year’s efforts, the eager volunteers got to work. They were reminded to continue to renew their intentions at all times. At the start of the clean-up, it became apparent that the participants were familiar faces, but as the day progressed, new faces joined the efforts. Blessings framed the area as the studious volunteers praised and thanked Allah by reciting, “Subhana Allah, Wa Al Hamdulilla, Wa Allahu Akbar” in hopes of maximizing their  good deeds.

Wiping, dusting, and sweeping with liveliness, the volunteers began in the women’s section and made their way through to the courtyard, leaving behind sparkling glass and a fresh lemon scent. Upon completion of the clean-up, bodies were sore and energies drained yet the smiles never wore out. The event was one of the best, so far, for MYG with the largest turn out of 70 participants. Together, volunteers, young and old, shouldered the responsibility of cleaning up the masjid. Towards the end of the mission, the feeling of accomplishing this task, a task which is considered half the faith, filled our hearts with joy and exhilaration. MYDC would like to thank all of those who showed up with the high spirits and warm smiles.

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.

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.

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

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With little or no experience in planting or gardening, 15 youth volunteered to plant trees with MAS Youth Give and Fairfax ReLeaf, a nonprofit organization with a mission to plant and preserve trees in Fairfax County. Volunteers met on Saturday, November 3rd with their gardening gloves and gallons of water, ready to add life to Idylwood Park in Falls Church, VA.

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On October 20, 2007 the MAS Youth of DC* (MYDC) joined other people of good will in the to march for autism on the DC Mall. Some pictures are below. More pictures of MYDC events can be seen at MYDC’s facebook page

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MAS Youth of DC (MYDC) put on a puppet show for children in the iNOVA Hospital called ‘Puppetpalooza’. Some pictures are below. More pictures of this event and others by MYDC are at the MYDC facebook group Read the rest of this entry »

 

MYDC Youth talk about feeding the homeless in DC on July 14, 2007 in this post reproduced below (with pictures). They did this project in conjuntion with Project Downtown: Read the rest of this entry »