In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life and legacy, I strongly encourage all Islamic Relief USA staff, volunteers, donors and everyone across the country to participate in the MLK Day of Service on Monday, January 15. By dedicating your time towards making a meaningful impact and contribution in your own community, you are helping to uphold Dr. King’s legacy, which represented the best of our nation’s principles and values.
Through his lifelong civil rights advocacy, Dr. King worked to ensure that arbitrary social, political and legal barriers are removed to ensure that all individuals are provided a fair and equal opportunity to a dignified life, regardless of their immutable characteristics. At a time of heightened tension and divisiveness, it is now more important than ever to take an active role in our local communities and work towards bettering the lives of people around us.
I am proud to be a part of the IRUSA family, where we work tirelessly every day in our professional capacities to deliver high impact and essential humanitarian assistance to those who have suffered both at home and abroad. MLK Day of Service provides us with the unique opportunity to further expand on our shared commitment to social justice and compassion for others in our personal capacities, by offering our time to serve our neighbors.
Allah, the Most High and Exalted, tells us in the Quran what is translated as,
“Righteousness is not that you turn your faces toward the east or the west, but [true] righteousness is [in] one who believes in Allah, the Last Day, the angels, the Book, and the prophets and gives wealth, in spite of love for it, to relatives, orphans, the needy, the traveler, those who ask [for help], and for freeing those in bondage; [and who] establishes prayer and gives zakah; [those who] fulfill their promise when they promise; and [those who] are patient in poverty and hardship and during battle. Those are the ones who have been true, and it is those who are the righteous.” (Surat Baqarah, Ayah 177).
So I ask that you join us on January 15 as we continue to uphold our faith-inspired humanitarian values and social responsibility at IRUSA and honor the life and work of Dr. King and others committed to service by giving back to our communities.
Jazakum Allahu Kheiran.