Muslim Charities & Social Service Council meets to discuss grants and a ground-breaking new project, American Muslim Social Services Center & Free Medical Clinic
On February 27th the South Florida Muslim Federation’s Muslim Charities & Social Service Council met at the Islamic Center of Boca Raton. Representatives from Islamic Relief (IR), American Muslim Association of North America (AMANA), Bangladesh American Society of Muslim Aid for Humanity (BASMAH), Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA Relief), Muslim Women Organization (MWO), Friends of Humanity International Inc (FHII) and the Islamic Foundation of South Florida (IFSF) came together to discuss working together on several important initiatives.
MWO President Shahnaaz Yasin said, “As an organization focused on the needs of women and their families, we are happy to have a seat at the table and to represent those specific needs and issues. The opportunity to come together with such a diverse group of peers and hopefully work on building sustainable projects for our health and wellbeing is essential for our community. Compared to our Jewish and other faith faith-based peers, it may look like we are the last to get on this bus in term of social services. But with the right intention, proactive partners and support from the community, we will get there. As the African proverb says, “If you want to go far, go together”. I definitely believe we are moving in the right direction”.
Meer Hossain from BASMAH said, “We are 100% on board and agree that working together is very important for our community. We are excited to be part of this initiative and we humbly request all members of the Muslim community join us”.
During this meeting Yunus Ismail of FHII presented to the federation members a ground breaking and first of its kind new project called the American Muslim Social Services Center & Free Medical Clinic. This project encompasses services from many disciplines to assist with family structure, healthcare, youth services, elderly care, professional development, and economic strength of the community.
Nezar Hamze the Executive Director of the South Florida Muslim Federation says, “When we come together there is nothing we cannot accomplish. I am thoroughly impressed by the passion and commitment that the federation members have on working together. This Social Service Center & Free Medical Clinic is the first of its kind in Florida and by having so many federation members participating, it truly is a South Florida Muslim community project. We are very excited about our future!”