Al Mahdi Center Contributes to Community Development through Charity

By A Correspondent
Community members came together to assemble donation packages for the less fortunate last week.
The Al Mahdi Community Center in Hicksville continues to shine as a beacon of excellence, particularly during the holy month of Ramadan. As Muslims observe this sacred time of fasting from dawn to sunset, the center becomes a hub of communal gathering and charitable activities.

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar and is considered the holiest month for Muslims worldwide. It is observed by Muslims as a month of fasting, prayer, reflection, and community. Beyond personal reflection, Ramadan also serves as an opportunity to instill values of compassion and generosity in the younger generation.

At the Al Mahdi Center, this principle is manifested on the 21st night of Ramadan, when community members unite to prepare donation packages for those in need. This year, an impressive 1000 bags filled with personal hygiene items and non-perishable food were assembled for distribution. The impact of these efforts transcends the center’s boundaries, as evidenced by the recent donation handover to the office of New York State Senator Steve Rhoads (R) in District 5.

Saeed Hassan, Director of Interfaith Outreach, represented the Al Mahdi Center at the event, highlighting the center’s dedication to community involvement and cooperation.

“Undoubtedly, the Al Mahdi Community Center plays a crucial role in fostering the growth of the local community, especially in guiding Muslim youth to become proactive and constructive contributors to Nassau County. Through acts of kindness and service, the center epitomizes the authentic essence of Ramadan and serves as a source of inspiration for all,” said Hasan.

“As we applaud the accomplishments of the Al Mahdi Community Center, let us also acknowledge the significance of nurturing a culture of empathy and generosity throughout the year, ensuring that the spirit of charity continues to flourish within our communities,” he added.

Al Mahdi Islamic Center is a member based religious organization servicing Shia Muslims in Long Island. The organization comprises mainly of Shia Muslims from the Indian Subcontinent and East Africa – known as Khojas. The term Khoja derives from Khwāja (New Persian Khājé), a Persian honorific title (خواجھ) of pious individuals used in Turco-Persian influenced regions of the Muslim world.

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