Greetings from the New IDRF Board

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Greetings from the New IDRF Board

Dear members of the community, supporters and friends,

With the arrival of a New Year, comes an opportunity for all of us to reflect on the year that has passed and welcome the possibility of the year that is yet to unfold.

Last year we faced COVID-19, in which many lives were lost, families were thrust into health and financial anxiety and disruption and most importantly the disparity of wealth was exposed with poverty becoming an impending reality for most members of our community, both locally and internationally. The IDRF community and it’s friends and supporters rose to meet these challenges with generosity, comradery and courage. Your support enabled IDRF to respond to the essential needs of hundreds of thousands of people, both here at home and abroad, where many of the most underserved and at-risk communities reside. Despite the mobility restrictions of COVID-19, we were able to continue our delivery of relief and healthcare aid to over 203,000 people, including to our cherished frontline workers, elders, and vulnerable in the community. In addition, through our development programs we were able to continue to feed over 398,000 people, provide water to 215,300 people, establish sustainable income generation for over 1,400 people, and help 6,000 youth across Canada. All of this has been a testament to the commitment and compassion of all our donors, partners, volunteers, and staff.

For the new year, IDRF is committing to increase our efforts to continue to serve as many communities as possible, while upholding our responsibility of transparency and trusted governance in our programs and of your donations. For us, this responsibility is a sacred trust, premised on sincerity, integrity, transparency, accountability, efficiency, and effectiveness. In addition, IDRF will strive to maintain our overall level of excellence, as one of Canada’s Top 100 charities as recognized by Maclean’s, Moneysense and Charity Intelligence. We believe that this honour is a direct result of your continued generosity and support and the transparent relationship with our donors.

It is becoming clear that the pandemic will continue to impact humanitarian, environmental, economic, and social needs around the world in the coming months. With your ongoing support, we will continue to work hard to provide much needed support for vulnerable populations. To enable IDRF to meet these growing challenges, we have expanded the scope of the board of director’s executive function. IDRF has appointed two Co-Chairs, Reza Rizvi and Yasmeena Mohamed and two Vice-Chairs, Marzia Habib-Hassan and Muhammad Munshi. The expansion of the Board’s executive membership will further strengthen IDRF’s ability to expeditiously respond to the challenges ahead, save lives, build communities, and strengthen our relationship with our donors and donees.

Please contact us with any questions you may have. We always welcome the opportunity to connect with you personally. Please continue to stay safe and take care of your health and each other.

Thank you for all your support and giving us an opportunity to serve. Together, we can make a difference.

Wishing you and your loved ones a blessed and prosperous year ahead.

Yours in service,

 

Yasmeena Mohamed Co Chair signature and photo  Reza Rizvi Co Chair signature and photo

 

 

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Laura Buckley’s Perseverence

Laura Buckley’s Perseverence

Laura Buckley has faced hardships: After six years as a senior clerk at a digital media firm, her employer eliminated her position in a round of cutbacks. Around the same time, she discovered she was pregnant. Soon Laura became a single mother who needed to earn an income for herself and her new baby boy. During maternity leave, she drove a school bus and later worked at a convenience store. However, Laura wanted a chance to rebuild her professional career and achieve new heights.

In fall of 2019, Laura learned of an opportunity to take Salesforce’s ADM 201 Certification course without any cost through IDRF and The Rainbow Cloud Initiative. The program that helps Canadians struggling with unemployment. The week-long course teaches people Customer Relationship Management (CRM) skills and prepares them to work at one of the 150,000 businesses that use Salesforce’s cloud-based software. Laura successfully applied to the program with hopes to rejuvenate her career. While she attended classes and practiced her digital skills her mother took care of her son.

Career success comprises of many factors. One of them is resilience. Laura learned a lot in the course and made strong connections with others in her position. However, she failed the mandatory certification exam twice. Failure is a part of life that many struggles to accept, especially Laura, who is ambitious and hard-working. When she wrote the Salesforce certification exam a third time, she passed.

“On the third try, when I pressed submit and I had seen passed my whole world just changed because FINALLY, after all this hard work, I was successful!”

Laura’s journey did not end there; her next goal was to secure a full-time position. The Salesforce training program invites guest speakers in leadership positions to motivate and educate participants and one of them connected Laura to a consulting firm that hired her as a Salesforce Administrator in March 2020. Eight months later TD Bank offered Laura a role as a Salesforce CRM Manager and she accepted the position. It came with a significant salary increase, opportunities to develop her career and perhaps most importantly, prosperity for her and her son.

 

 

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The 10 best days of the year

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“There are no days during which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allah than these days (first ten days of Dhul- Hijjah).” [Ibn Majah]

Even better than Ramadan?

Yes. The first ten days of Dhul Hijjah are even better than the days of Ramadan. Just as we make sure to take full advantage of Ramadan, here’s another opportunity to maximize rewards.

10 ways to make the most of these 10 days

1. Intention

There’s nothing more powerful than intention to elevate your worship and rewards. 

“Indeed actions are by their intentions.” [Bukhari/Muslim] 

To supercharge your intentions, stack them. Have multiple intentions for the same deed. For example: to follow the sunnah of the prophet (saw); to get closer to Allah (swt); to set a good example for your family; etc.

2. Dhikr

Dhikr is like a secret weapon in your box of deeds. A little goes a long way and it’s easy. You can do it anywhere and there’s so much variety. Here’s a super simple one to add.

“There are two statements that are light on the tongue and heavy on the scales: SubhanAllahi wa bihamdihi subhanAllahil adheem.” [Bukhari/Muslim]

سُبْحَانَ اللَّهِ وَبِحَمْدِهِ، سُبْحَانَ اللَّهِ العَظِيم

So while you’re waiting, sitting around, cooking or doing something else that doesn’t require your complete focus: add some dhikr. 

3. Start a good habit

Habits are super important in our daily lives. The right habit can really boost our productivity in the long run. Pick one habit that you want to add to your daily routine and commit to it in these ten days. In sha Allah it’ll become a part of your day going forward too!

4. Get rid of a bad habit

Just as important as starting good habits, is getting rid of some bad ones. Identify and commit to phasing out one habit that you find unproductive in your life.

5. Charity/Sadaqah

Charity is one of the most beneficial acts of worship you can do for others. This year, try picking a cause that you haven’t considered giving to before.

You can donate to provide quality education to schools in Pakistan, or give Sadaqah to where most needed.

6. Fasting especially on Arafah

Fasting is an act of great reward, especially fasting on the day of arafah. 

“Fasting on this day is a forgiveness for two years. The sins of the previous year and of the coming year.” [Hadith]

7. Qurbani/Udhiyah

Of course, this is the time to take care of your Qurbani / Udhiya. Whether you’re going to a farm to make your own sacrifice or paying someone to do it for you, make sure you’ve made all the arrangements. 

8. Get kids/family involved by doing 10 charitable acts for each of the ten days

Make a list of 10 good deeds to do together as a family and do one each day. These can include things like cleaning up a local park, or even calling up relatives to see how they’re doing.

9. Reach out to neighbours

Eid is a great time to spread the cheer and share food and treats with your neighbours. Bake some cookies or buy some treats, keep it simple so you don’t feel overwhelmed.

10. Dua

Dua is the essence of worship. When we turn to Allah (swt) with our needs and desires, we recognize that He is indeed the One who is in control, the One who is the source of everything. Make a list of your top duas and make them daily. 

These are just some of the many ways you can make the most of these ten best days. No matter how much or how little you do, the most important part is to seek Allah through your actions. 

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What is Qurbani/Udhiya?

The word “qurbani” means sacrifice in many languages, and the word “udhiya,” in Arabic, refers to the specific animal that is sacrificed on Eid ul-Adha. This sacrifice is made by the head of the household on behalf of the family. It can either be a sheep, goat, a portion of a camel or a portion of a cow. The animal must be healthy (young, not sick or disabled) and must be taken care of properly before Eid.

“Therefore turn in prayer to your Lord and sacrifice (to Him only).” [al-Kawthar 108:2]

Is there anything else I should do as part of the rites of Qurbani?
(Can I cut my nails? My hair?)

This sacrifice is closely linked to Hajj. Those performing Hajj will also be making this sacrifice. So the person who intends to sacrifice an animal takes on some of the practices and prohibitions that come with performing Hajj. One such recommended act is to avoid cutting your hair and nails in Dhul’Hijjah, during the days leading up to Eid, until after the sacrifice is made. There’s no problem with washing or bathing, and if a nail breaks there’s no issue with removing it. If one does want to cut their hair or nails, they would not be sinful and there is no effect on their udhiya offering. They would, however, miss out on the rewards of drawing near to participating in the Hajj and honouring its rites. Keep in mind, these restrictions don’t apply to everyone, only the person offering the sacrifice (ie. the head of the household.)

“When you see the new moon of Dhul-Hijjah, if any one of you wants to offer a sacrifice, let him not take anything from his hair or nails until he has offered the sacrifice.” [Sahih Muslim]

What’s the purpose?

As is the case with many acts of worship, this act of sacrifice serves a greater purpose. A communal purpose. This sacrifice is intended to be shared with those less fortunate as an act of charity. Just as Zakat ul-Fitr ensures that people have food to eat on Eid ul-Fitr, the sacrifice and distribution of meat on Eid ul-Adha ensures the same for this holiday and time of celebration.

For most families facing food insecurity and malnutrition, meat is a luxury. The important proteins and nutrients that come from meat are something they’re deprived of until this one special occasion. This is especially important for children who may face multiple nutrient deficiencies. With your help we can provide these families with the vital nutrients needed for improved health and growing children.

So, spread the joy of Eid. Share your Qurbani today.

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