On June 17th 2020, Omari Grey, a father of nine, was involved in a vicious head-on road collision. He suffered extensive trauma including fractures of the skull, ribs, hips, and leg, a punctured lung, and bleeding in his brain. Omari’s family was told to prepare for the worst.
Thousands of people lose their lives on the road each day. What made Omari Grey’s accident so special?
I live in Singapore, part of the 15% Muslim minority in the country. Omari Grey lives in Virginia, in the United States, thousands of kilometers away. I’d never heard of him. And yet, on…
LaunchGood is where Muslims raise money. It is a network that insists the ummah is still alive in our hearts, that we are connected no matter where we are. It is our story book to the world of all the great things Muslims are capable of. And with every passing year, you add more chapters to our storybook.
With the Hijri year 1442H coming to an end, here are three campaigns from the past year that showcase the impact of what we can achieve when the ummah comes together.
Palestine, home of Masjid Al-Aqsa, the third holiest site in Islam…
Dhul Hijjah is a truly blessed month in the Islamic calendar.
(For Ain & Sarah. And Kak Lina, the best neighbour ever.)
Are you sick of me writing about Home yet? Hehe because clearly I’m not. This Home-shaped grief keeps evolving, shape-shifting, shrinking and unfolding.
This latest poem is a long time coming. I moved to KL in March 2019, with all my possessions, all my broken dreams and all my new hopes. I always referred to my KL apartment as a sanctuary because that was exactly what it was, not just for me as I lived alone for 6 months, but also when I had a housemate, and then another.
by Subhaan Ashrafi
Motivation has always been a large portion of my life. For the past several years, starting as a High-School senior, I’ve had the humbling opportunity to run a YouTube channel, making content for thousands of people around the globe. Throughout my career making content for a much younger audience, I’ve always tried to play that mentor and ‘big brother’ role. I’ve seen first hand the impact positivity and motivation can have on our youth.
As I graduated college — I had the humbling opportunity to briefly study, then work at a Seminary / Mosque (Masjid DS), and…
By Shahirah Ansari
For many women, the transition from daughter to wife to mother involves steep learning curves that call for lots of strength, patience and open-mindedness. In Ramadan, the differences in these roles are thrown into sharp relief. As wives and mothers, our duties and responsibilities can sometimes get in the way of doing all the ibadah that we want to do, and that can cause sadness, disappointment and frustration.
But there are many ways to still reap all the rewards and benefits of Ramadan, even if fasting, tarawih, and reading the whole Quran are not possible for you…
By: Shaykh Navaid Aziz
One of the worst mistakes that we can make when it comes to Zakat is to treat it as a mere business transaction where one gives and the needy receives. In reality, it is an act of purification; physical, spiritual, and so much more.
Think of the moment when you last felt fulfilled. For me, that moment has reoccurred almost every month since the launch of “Helping Hands”, my masjid’s monthly food hamper program. To be able to interact with people, and hear them say: “Jazakum Allah khairan, you have been the answer to my Dua’…
By Arzoo Ahmed
As we celebrate their achievements and recognise the struggles of women this International Women’s Day, women’s history month this March calls on us to remember the contributions of women throughout history.
We know that the past can inspire the present, but what if the past is not known, or is distorted, and known differently to what it was? History is mostly written and overshadowed by men, with women recorded as their intellectually inferior counterparts, having played little role in producing knowledge and ideas. …
Written by Ismael Lea South
Director of The Salam Project
Black History Month is a great celebration pioneered by Carter G. Woodson in the 1920s to educate Black communities about the important accomplishments, achievements and discoveries of Black people in history that are not celebrated in mainstream society. We also utilise BHM to celebrate trailblazers, innovators, freedom fighters and activists who served various Black communities around the world.
Due to eugenics, the transatlantic slave trade and colonialism, many important Black community contributions have been whitewashed. This set the foundation for consistent demonisation, dehumanisation and deprecation of Black communities.
by Mohammed Faris
The past couple of days have been a beautiful Barakah-ride with the launch of The Productive Muslim Company Barakah Journal.
We expected the campaign to last 30-days, but alhamdulillah — we raised $50K in less than two days!
In this article, instead of sharing some of the practical campaign preparation tips (which you can find many online), I wanted to capture the top 7 Barakah tips learned preparing and running this campaign while the experience is still raw in my mind (and heart).
I hope it helps future LaunchGood product campaigners tap into the power of…