MUSLIM FOSTERING MONTH WITH FATE

ICNA Relief’s FATE Program Spreads Awareness

During January, ICNA Relief’s Fostering, Advocacy, Training and Education (FATE) program partnered with Qalam Institute to raise awareness about the issue of fostering in Islam and to motivate the Muslim community to recognize the seriousness of the need for Muslim foster parents in DFW.
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The objective of FATE is to aid Muslim children currently in the foster care system. We advocate, counsel, train, and educate Muslim families in the DFW Metroplex. Our quest is to help them come forward and revive the beautiful Sunnah (Prophetic tradition) of Kafala (fostering). We create and manage a platform where Muslim families can connect with subject matter experts. In this way, we aim to have their questions answered about the many different aspects of Kafala – legal, spiritual, psychological, etc.
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FATE lays the groundwork to provide peace of mind to Muslim families who are providing foster care services to the community. We are diligently working to increase the number of licensed Muslim foster families by helping to create the personal connections that will provide a dependable support network.
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In recognition of Muslim Fostering Awareness Month, Sheikh Abdul Nasir Jangda delivered Friday Khutbahs on the topic of ‘Fostering in Islam’ in the Center Masjid in Arlington and the Islamic Center of Southlake. Alhamdulillah, we received a positive response from both communities and we were able to reach out to approximately 700 Masjid attendees. We sincerely appreciate Qalam Institute’s support of our mission!


JANUARY HIGHLIGHTS

Friday Khutbahs Spread Awareness

In honor of Muslim Fostering Awareness Month, Sheikh Abdul Nasir Jangda delivered Friday Khutbahs on the topic of ‘Fostering in Islam’ at the Center Masjid in Arlington and the Islamic Center of Southlake. The Sheikh reminded us that:

The Prophet Muhammad (s) said,
“Myself and the caretaker of an orphan will be in Paradise like this,” and he held his two fingers together.

He discussed the many virtues of caring for orphans and the importance of the Muslim community stepping up to protect the children who become part of the foster care system. Alhamdulillah, we received a positive response from both communities and we were able to reach out to approximately 700 Masjid attendees.

Interested in hosting an information session?
Contact: Afshan Zakaria (469) 231-8442 to learn more.

 

Marching for Equality in Foster Care

On Sunday, January 20th, ICNA Relief’s FATE Program marched in the 38th Annual MLK Day Parade, led by FATE’s Outreach Coordinator, Sister Afshan Zakaria. FATE joined the march to bring awareness to the issue of inequality in the foster care system.

While Foster Care can be a safe haven for some, unfortunately, it can be a very painful and confusing experience for many Muslim children, as their religious and cultural needs are often overlooked by non-Muslim Foster Parents. Dietary needs, cultural values, manners of dress, privacy and modesty, maintenance of family ties, religious guidance and obligations… every element of these childrens’ lives is put at risk when they are removed from their homes and placed in the care of non-Muslim foster parents.

We, as a community, have an obligation to step up and provide a safe place for our children when their lives are so drastically disrupted for reasons that are beyond their control. As Muslims, we can help protect them from further abuse – be it psychological, emotional, social, religious, or even physical abuse – by fulfilling the beautiful Sunnah of Kafalah.

Every child deserves an equal opportunity to thrive.
Learn more about the FATE program today!

 

One Step at a Time: Reuniting Families

Once children become a part of the foster care system, it can be a harrowing experience for the parents and children, alike. When Muslim children are placed in non-Muslim homes, it becomes especially difficult. Oftentimes, when removing children from their home, the first step is to search for family members whom the children could temporarily be placed with.

Unfortunately, this is not always possible and the children often suffer as their lives are disrupted and they are placed into strangers homes. Al hamdulillah, in the month of January, FATE was able to help alleviate some of the suffering.

Four Muslim foster children were placed with their relatives under kinship care, while the parents continue to work on their court order! This is a great mercy from Allah and the ICNA Relief FATE team is so grateful to have had the opportunity to facilitate it, mashaAllah!

There are many Muslim children who do not have relatives nearby that can take them in with kinship care. These children need your help! Please consider getting involved with the FATE program to help keep these children safe and secure, insha’Allah. 

 

MASJIDS, IMAMS & ISLAMIC ORGANIZATIONS

We Need Your Help!

Children in foster care, Muslims and non-Muslims, need our help. Please help us revive the treasured Sunnah of fostering by any of the following avenues offered at your organization:
  • Coordinate/ Organize Friday Khutbah on the topic of Fostering.
  • Discuss the topic of Fostering at Family Nights at your respective masjid.
  • Coordinate and facilitate endorsement video message on Fostering in Islam from Imams and scholars At your respective institute/masjid.
  • Coordinate and host information sessions with ICNA Relief FATE Team for your community on the Foster.
For more information, please visit www.icnarelief.org/fate
To donate to our cause, please visit www.icnarelief.org/donatetofate
Contact: Afshan Zakaria (469) 231-8442 to learn more.
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