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Archive for August, 2010

Sadaqah Buffet Voting Result 1

So over on Sadaqah Buffet DateDrive, we have a weekly poll and this is the result for week 1.

Top 3 winners:
1- Al-Amaanah $500
2- Al-Maun Fund $500
3- Baitul Salaam $500

HalfDate Follow-up: Last Ramadan Drive

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful

Asalaamu Alaaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatu

This is a follow-up of one of our date drives in Ramadan 1430/Sept. 2009

Email we received from Sister H:

As Salaamu Alaikum,

This truck helps us pick up recycle items and haul large donations. We
can go and get items that we can turn into the recycling center and
earn our way.  It comes in handy for picking large donations of food,
etc. from other agencies. We would not have been able to keep the
doors open to our office if we did not have this truck to use. We have
existed off of huge donations from agencies like the United Way.  Fund
raising is not easy these days and many of our supporters are coming
to us for some type of assistance.

Here it is parked on the lot at our office:

Thanks for helping us get this truck.

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful

Asalaamu Alaaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatu

This is a HalfDate follow up of one of our past drives.

Email we received from Sister Nadia:

As salaamu alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu. JazakAllahu Khayr for the information sent about the Zakat foundation of America.  AlhamdulliAllah they came and visit the site and  they did approve us for a grant for the month of ramadhan to feed us for iftar and gave us a grant to assist us with what ever else we need for the home this particular grant will help us with our rent for the Phase II Home insha’Allah.

again JazakAllahu Khayr for looking out for us.  May Allah reward you.  Ameen

Women Affairs of AMH Inc
Nadia A.McIntosh
P.O.Box 1462
Baltimore, MD 21203
www.almumtahinahhome.org / http://muslimmah2.chipin.com/phase-ii-shelter-home

Fruits of your help


Thank you for all HalfDaters who helped.

I spoke with the reviewer for our 501c application earlier this afternoon, and she informed me that we were approved for our tax-exempt status, Allahu Akbar! We should receive our official letter in less then (2) weeks… I wanted to share the good news with you since you have helped us so much (Barakallahu feekum)

Islamic Awareness Campaign – Gone LIVE

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful

Asalaamu Alaiakum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatu

This is a follow-up for our recent drive. This is a message from Just Go Party AU Team:

All praise is due to Allah (subhanahu wata’ala), the Lord of the Worlds and may Allah’s peace and blessings be on our beloved Prophet Mohammed (sallallahu alaihi wassalam).


Look out for the following advertisements




– at South Yarra and North Melbourne Train stations
– on 7 Trams that will circulate Melbourne’s CBD & inner city suburbs
– at 310 Sydney Road, Coburg; and
– at Rawson Street, Auburn


This year’s campaign comes courtesy of the WORLD HOUSE PARTY campaign that ran earlier in the year.

We hope that you can join us next year.

World House Party Team – AU


HalalTrip.com’s Reviews for Charity Campaign

halal trip review site

HalalTrip.com is a travel review site that can come handy for Muslim travelers because they rate hotels in aspects that Muslim consumers care about such as halal food, segregated swimming pools, etc. Recently, they have purchased an advertisement with our Sister service HalalBuzz.com and we ran it for them on Facebook and 1/3 of the donations (as always for HalalBuzz) went to Sadaqah.

This Ramadan, HalalTrip is having a Review for a Charity Campaign where they donate $1 for each review you submit. Again they approached HalalBuzz, Alhamdulilah, and  hopefully they will give the donation to some projects listed on a HalfDate drive.

So if you’d like to help, please submit a review.  As well as helping other Muslim travelers, because of your review $1will be given as Sadaqah, inshaAllah.

Read Halal Trips’ media release below:

Ramadan campaign: Reviews for charity
Vienna – For Muslims around the world Ramadan is the most notable time of the year. Beside fasting and praying during the night giving “sadaqqa” to people in need is a major part of this month.
Hence, halaltrip (http://www.halaltrip.com), a Muslim-friendly & halal hotel review site, contributes something special to the most wonderful time of the year: “Reviews for charity”. For each published hotel review on halaltrip in the month of Ramadan the hotel review site will donate 1$ USD for charity.

“We hopefully can reach 500 reviews and will then decide whether to continue or not. Giving ‘sadaqqa’ in such a blessed time is not only a great opportunity for us but for each and everyone writing a hotel review”, says Karim Saad, founder of halaltrip.

halaltrip is a hotel review site available in English, Turkish, German and French listing hotels around the world with special services for Muslims. Users can search and rate their favorite hotels and check out the huge amount of travel stuff. halaltrip was founded in late summer 2009 and went online in March 2010.

Almaun Requests

HalfDate has already advanced $1000 loans to Almaun. They are still in need, click to give.


UPDATED August 3, 2010

Mother of (6) has water bill she needs help with. She was receiving child support, but that has stopped, and her she also lost her job. $162.00

Widowed grandmother, has custody of (2) young grandchildren. She is seeking help to get a house phone and for electric bill. $319.00
UPDATE Her electric bill has been resolved, but family still needs help with phone $100.00

New muslimah requests book packet $35.00

Mother of (2), maintains family from child support, have not received payment. She is asking for help with rent $46.00 and electric bill $83.67 ($129.87)

Employed mother struggling to make ends. Her family of (3) needs food. $100.00

Mother w/one child has secured her own apartment, but needs help with rent deposit ($125) and electric deposit $(188). $313.00

Expectant mother seeks aid with security deposit. $500.00

Mother of (5) asks for assistance with house payment $300.00

Mother w/4 children was (are) living in house that was condemned. She has secured another house, and gave a deposit, but needs additional funds to move in. $500.00

Couple embraced Islaam, in need of books on Islaam, prayer and purification. $50.00

Need to locate a decent room or efficiency in Brooklyn, NY, with preferably a muslim landlord. Please email maunfundorg@gmail.com with details.

Al Maun Fund

Struck by a truck

The brother of http://charityReplay.org/ survived a highway accident with a truck today. “Alhamdulillah that Allah saved me; I should have died. Car is a write-off. Hospital people released me saying I’m ok, minus concussion.” Please make dua for him.

Getting things done: Joi Ito

Getting things done is a type of influence. Read about Joichi ‘Joi’ Ito’s view of non-profit work and getting things done.

Billionaires Pledge Half Of Wealth To Charity

Forty U.S. billionaires pledged Wednesday to give at least half of their wealth to charity — either during their lifetimes or after death.

Listen/read this NPR story.

Of course in Islam, you can only give 1/3 of your wealth after you die, but you can give more if you are still alive.