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Muslim Students' Association joins Charity Week 2020

Charity is not just about monetary help or donations or raising funds, but the ultimate goal and emotion behind such an act are to make a difference in someone else's life. The Muslim Students' Association participated in Charity Week 2020, an annual program organized by the Islamic Relief Foundation, for the first time last month. Since 2000, this initiative has focused on poor and orphaned children worldwide. According to Islamic traditions, noble actions of God's prophets and many Divine verses inspire such a campaign, such as: "The example of those who spend their wealth in the way of God is like a seed [of grain] which grows seven spikes; in each spike is a hundred grains. And God multiplies [His reward] for whom He wills." (Qur'an, 2:261)

Students who participated in the campaign said that it was not just an act of kindness, but also their responsibility to make a defining contribution, as they feel fortunate and privileged compared to many worldwide. MSA students also expressed that a campaign like this helps them create a feeling of love and affection that Islam, a religion of peace and harmony, projects onto the world. They said that Islam teaches them the values of humility and generosity, and that one needs to strive selflessly to make sure that there is food for everyone on the table – in every inch of the world. Participating in Charity Week made them feel like they were striving for that goal. MSA is grateful to everyone for their support, and they extend a special thanks to People's Place, Hendricks Chapel, and Syracuse University for unconditional support and motivation.