Bismillah. I received this from UMA (United Muslims of America). The statistics are shocking, and the charitable effort described below is inspiring. May Allah bless their efforts and be with orphans everywhere.
Here are some Islamic teachings about orphans:
Nay! But it is you who do not honour the orphan. (Qur’an: Surah al-Fajr or Chapter, Dawn)
Did He not find you an orphan, and provide shelter? … So, as for the orphan, do not oppress him or her. (Q., al-Duha: Forenoon, nos 6,9)
Have you seen the one who denies the (Day of) Judgment? Such is the one who repels the orphan. (Q., al-Ma’un or Neighbourly Needs, 107:1-2)
The Messenger of God (himself an orphan once, peace and blessings be upon him) said, “The one who takes care of an orphan and I will be like this in the Garden,” and he indicated by putting his forefinger and middle finger together.
For a UK context, our population is about twice that of Iraq. The Iraqi orphan population is already over half of that of London in number. Imagine the proportional situation: a city just bigger than London, composed entirely of orphans!
The Orphans of Iraq
War and ensuing violence in Iraq have taken over a million lives, and left behind an enormous number of orphans. The need is immediate & the numbers are high.
Sunday, 22 August, 2010, 6:00 p.m.
Chandni Restaurant, 5748 Mowry School Rd., Newark, CA 94560
* Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, Zaytuna College * Imam Zaid Shakir, Zaytuna College * Dian Alyan, GiveLight Foundation
* Dr. Mohammad Rajabally, NISA
Individual: $20; Couples, $30; Family, $40(No one will be turned away for lack of funds – Come for the iftar.)
There are 5,000,000 orphans in Iraq (Iraqi Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs Report: February 2, 2010)
16% of the total Iraqi population of about 30 million are orphans.
70% of these 5 million were orphaned since the U.S. invasion in March, 2003.
(i.e. There were about 1.5 million orphans before the invasion. The total now is more than triple that number.)
At least 600,000 children in Iraq are presently homeless, living on the streets.(Iraqi Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs Report: February 2, 2010)
Consider the numbers in proportion to the US population of 308 million: 5 million orphans would be the equivalent of 49.3 million US orphans. That’s the size of the combined populations, all ages, of our six biggest US cities. Imagine New York, LA, Chicago, Houston, Phoenix, and Philadelphia, all comprising of orphans. 600,000 homeless Iraqi children would be like 7.6 million homeless children in the U.S.
If you are concerned and willing to help, please contact:
Alalusi Foundation Iraq Orphans Project, 1975 National Ave., Hayward CA 94545 510-887-2374
Alalusi Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. Tax ID # 91-2158518