Helping cover urgent needs for families going through hard times
The premise for the family assistance program can be illustrated very easily: Its the middle of the month, you need to do groceries, and you’ve already used up all your funds for the rent. Unfortunately, this (and many situations like this) is an increasingly common dilemma faced by many families in our community. If not checked early, this can lead to huge credit card bills, loss of vehicles and homes, and even lead to the breaking up of families.
We provide families with no strings attached charity to cover emergency situations like the one described above. We use zakah funds for muslim families, and sadaqah for non-muslims. Some common situations we have covered in the past include:
- Car repair
- Funeral assistance
ICNA has a thorough application process to quantify a family’s needs, along with how much we can commit to help them out. The general process is:
- The applicant fills out an application documenting their situation, needs, income, expense, and so on.
- Applicants are called for an interview process where all provided information is verified, and references are requested who can vouch for the need.
- After all due diligence is completed, funding is authorized to cover the family’s needs
Whoever relieves the hardship of a believer in this world, Allah will relieve his hardship on the Day of Resurrection. Whoever helps ease someone in difficulty, Allah will make it easy for him in this world and in the Hereafter.
Muhammad (PBUH), the messenger of God
The number of applicants and need in our community is always greater than the funds available. Your charity will go a long way in bringing some measure of normality and tranquility in a family’s life. May God bless you immensely for your generosity.