Amongst our core activities, we undertake the distribution of Iftar dry food parcels during Ramadhan. We have been distributing these parcels since the inception of the Maahad Daawah Organization in 1994.
Our modus operandi is seamless and thorough, as we seek prior information before every Ramadhan from remote places of Kenya on the number of families, villages, terrain, and needs assessment by using our network of people on the ground.
The areas in which the Iftar is distributed are normally marginalized and very needy. Alhamdulillah, we have traversed from Lokichogio in the North West of Kenya to Mandera in the North East of Kenya, to Kilifi and Lamu in the southern sides not forgetting central provinces over the years. Our food parcels consist of the staple diet of Maize Meal, Rice, and Wheat flour which usually is the bulk of the package, with additional items such as cooking oil and sugar.
The parcel that is given to every household lasts a full 30 days during Ramadhan and can feed a family of a minimum of 5 people.We may ask ourselves what happens after Ramadhan, this is best answered by the ways of lives of these remote and marginalized communities as they are hardy people and we in Maahad feel that we should ease their burdens in Ramadhan at least where they can conduct their Ibadah (worship to their Lord) without having to worry where the next meal is coming for.
Zaid bin Khalid Al-Juhani (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said,
“He who provides a fasting person something with which to break his fast will earn the same reward as the one who was observing the fast, without diminishing in any way the reward of the latter.”
Allah says in the Quran:
“Have you seen the one who denies the ˹final˺ Judgment?
That is the one who repulses the orphan,
and does not encourage the feeding of the poor.”
(Surah Maun verse 1-3)