Health Workshop by McMaster Students

On Friday, October 25th, 2013, Al Huda Institute Canada hosted an open workshop for staff and students to gain knowledge about their health. Students completing their masters at McMaster University were invited to host a workshop in which they presented the most up-to-date research related to health sciences.

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The presenters tackled many issues around health and provided research base solutions to such concerns. A few of the workshop topics included:

  • Healthy eating
  • Portion control
  • Canadian Food guide
  • Exercising
  • Importance of keeping active
  • Issues around obesity
  • Referenced the importance of milk, grain, meats, fruits and vegetables from the Quran

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This workshop took place in the main hall at Al Huda Institute Canada, it was conducted for an hour.

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Staff and students listen attentively to learn information on improving their health. Overall, it was an informative and beneficial session.

Winter Coat Drive!

Winter Coat Drive!

We are pleased to announce our latest campaign, our first Winter Coat Drive.

“None of you truly believes until he loves for his brother what he loves for himself.”
-Bukhari

We are looking to collect ‘used’ or ‘new’ winter coats for the month of December.

Please place your donation in a plastic or reusable bag and label as ‘new’ or ‘used’.

We have partnered up with Mercy Mission for this project. The donated coats will be helping local families, inshaAllah.

Collection Date: Dec 2 – Dec 8 2013

Achievements of the Dhul Hijjah Food Drive Challenge

The prophet saw said:

“There are no days in which good deeds are better than these days—meaning the ten first days of the month of Dhul-Hijjah”. -Bukhari

In the month of October, the spirit of Dhul Hijjah could be felt by the Al Huda Institute staff and students. Al Huda took an amazing initiative of spreading the message of virtues of the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah.

As people all around the world prepared for Hajj this year, we at Serving Humanity thought of making the first ten days of Dhull Hijjah a time to do good deeds. A time to give and a time to reflect.

Serving Humanity for the first time launched an inter-class challenge that encouraged students to collect the most food items. The class that would collect the most food items would win the challenge. The process of collection was documented on our notice board which showed how much food was being collected each day.

Collectively, with the help of Allah, all the weekday classes collected a total of 1038 items.

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The notice board on the Women’s side.

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The notice board on the men’s side.

Young girls and boys rushed to the boards to check for updated scores on which class was winning. The zeal and enthusiasm with which the classes contributed the food items was truly inspirational for all the students and staff members.

We saw little girls carrying heavy bags with great excitement and big smiles. The children helped to uplift everyone’s spirit in the month of Dhul Hijjah as they walked through the entrance of the building. One teacher came to us and asked out of curiosity, “why are the children so excited?” Alhamdullilah, all success comes from Allah (swt), we were overwhelmed with the contribution of food from all classes.

We would like to thank all, staff, students, and visitors for their contribution in the great success of the project!

Our donations helped families at the Muslim Welfare Centre and the Muslim Food Assistance Program.

Here are some pictures that captures the excitement of the project:

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Our young contributors from the Al Huda Elementary School are dropping off the collected items

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Children are carefully stacking the items.

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Heavy items such as oils, rice and flour were brought in by young girls.

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Our cafeteria is quickly filling up from all the food items!

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Even the teachers helped in bringing the food items.

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Lots and lots of cans.

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All our items are packed and ready to be delivered! Alhamdullilah!

New toys and clothes for children on Eid!

As the month of Ramadan ends, Muslim families start preparing for Eid (Muslim festival). Many families celebrate Eid by wearing new clothes and exchanging gifts.

This Ramadan we asked our community to share their blessings with others. For the first time we wanted people to give brand new clothes and toys to families. These families are not able to afford new clothing and toys for their children.

Our Toy Drive campaign ran for one week. The response from our community was overwhelming. We collected over 770 items for local families.

Organisations we donated to:

1. Muslim Food Assistance Programme

2. Ernestine’s Women’s Shelter

3. Muslim Welfare Centre

The list of items and pictures of the donations made can be seen below:

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People donated different items for the Toy Drive

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Our clothes and toy drive sign at the back of the cafeteria

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All toys and clothes were donated in beautiful gift bags

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Sr. Salma helping us sort through the donated items

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Items for the Muslim Welfare Centre

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       The boxes are all packed and ready to be taken to deserving families

Local Ramadan Food Packages Accomplishment

As the month of Ramadan approached near, we launched a new and exciting campaign. We wanted to sponsor Ramadan food packages for local families in the Greater Toronto Area. These families would receive the gift of food from their Muslim brothers and sisters.

We were able to collect enough food packages to help 75 families. Our weekday students and visitors to Al Huda Institute were able to contribute generously.

Organisations we collaborated with to help families:

  1. Al Huda institute Canada
  2. Muslim Food Assistance Programme
  3. Muslim Welfare Centre
  4. Ernestine’s Women’s Shelter

May Allah reward all the people who helped in donating, and transporting the food packages.

Here are some pictures of the activities that took place for the campaign:

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Items that were included in the local ramadan food packages

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Food items purchased for the packages

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Young volunteers help in sorting and organising bags

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Food packages organised and ready for families

Here is a picture from Ernestine’s facebook page acknowledging our donations:

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Link to the page: https://www.facebook.com/ErnestinesWS/photos/a.10150268620841365.336538.103143786364/10151552457071365/?type=1&theater