We hope the past month has strengthened your piety and resolve, while enjoying and sharing the time with friends, family and community.
Part of that resolve is for each of us to pay our fair share in helping those less fortunate and fund those organizations that tirelessly work to alleviate suffering both from physical challenges such as war and hunger and less tangible ones like legal profiling, school bullying and injustice under the law.
As you celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr please remember CAIR-Philadelphia and the work it has done for you and needs to continue doing for the community. Legal staff and media professionals require funds to do their work at the level needed to combat the well-funded and organized campaigns against the American Muslim community.
CAIR-Philadelphia is in the midst of a search process for hiring an Executive Director for the organization. An Executive Director is the face, voice, leader and commander for non-profit organizations. The level of fundraising this month will dictate the salary, experience and quality of Executive Director that can be brought on board to lead CAIR-Philadelphia into the future.
Many scholars and jurists of Islam, of the past and present, have confirmed that Zakat is payable to organizations that exist to serve the Muslim community by protecting their rights. This is because the work done by CAIR can be classified as fi-sabilillah, which is one of the eight categories of zakat recipients detailed in the Quran 9:60. It is permissible and vital that we give our zakat to CAIR, since it provides an essential service for the security and growth of the community.
This Ramadan, we are still very much behind our goal. You need to help CAIR-Philadelphia be fully prepared to advocate and defend current discriminations and future challenges. Rush a donation now, to help us make up for this year’s fundraising shortage and ensure that our projects and advocacy do not wither from lack of resources.
Also, please consider signing up for the Dollar-A-Day program. It takes just 800 memberships to cover our full budget so that we would never need to fundraise again. Please be among the team of supporters that will help give us reliable resources to do what we do best: defend your rights in the media, in the legal arena and in society at large.
Thank you in advance for your support. Remember that CAIR-Philadelphia donations are zakat-eligible and tax-deductible. As always, thank you for your support. We wish you and your family an early Eid Mubarak!