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Our Projects

Emergency

In the wake of a disaster, whether of natural causes or man-made, it is essential that help and relief aid arrive as quickly as possible. This is important to ensure that survivors do not endure prolonged suffering and also to prevent outbreak of diseases due to unmanaged contamination.

Muslim Aid Australia leverage the skills, resources, networks and geographical coverage of field offices and local NGO partners for effective and efficient assistance in delivering humanitarian aid during disasters.

Operational Ethos:

MAA's operational ethos is based on a holistic humanitarian and development assistance cycle of Relief, Recovery, and Rebuild (RRR) response. At onset of disaster, MAA works to provide immediate emergency assistance (Relief), then rehabilitate broken lives (Recovery), and eventually invest in long term development (Rebuild) of the community.

Food Aid

Much has been said about the global food crisis that has been threatening the world in past years. As International Aid & Development agencies strive to lessen the direct impact of poverty, and work towards a sustainable solution, it is crucial to continue to support the immediate needs of the most affected global communities.

At met, the global food crisis has been at the forefront of its agenda. Dramatic rise in food prices worldwide, coupled with increasing disasters in many parts of the world, has made met more focused on alleviating the problem of hunger and to help people regain their health and independence.

Operational Ethos: met is committed to tackling poverty and its causes, with the noble aim of enabling people and their communities to live in dignity, peace and self-sufficiency. met also ensures FoodAid is culturally appropriate to each country where distribution takes place.

Orphan Aid

Losing parents places a heavy burden on the lives of orphans, whether it is caused by man or nature. Orphans are most vulnerable to being exploited and mistreated due to their lack of protection and finances. Many get sold off as cheap slave labour, or worse. Most orphans have no access to adequate housing, sanitation, food, clean water or an education.

MAA's Orphan aid programme is designed to address the needs of the orphans and improve their lives in a way that respects and preserves the customs and traditions of the countries in which they reside. The programme also aims to indirectly benefit the rest of the community with “Plus Programmes” that work on 4 main components; immunization, water and sanitation, education, and nutrition.

Operational Ethos:

MAA's Orphan Aid programme is dedicated to providing quality assistance to orphans regardless of their race, creed or gender.

It also strives to ensure orphans receive the basic necessities of life - providing them with food, clean water, regular medical check-ups and education.

Ramadan

During the most important month in the Islamic calendar; the period known as Ramadan when fasting is obligatory during the entire month; Muslim Aid Australia works on behalf of the Australian Muslim community in bringing happiness and joy to poor and needy people across the world. All of this is made possible, Alhamdulillah, through our generous donors.

Since its establishment in 1989, MAA has been accepting donations in the form of Fitrah, Fedyah, and Sadaqah during the holy month of Ramadan. Many of our valued donors also maximise their deeds by making Zakah contributions in Ramadan.

MAA's Ramadan programme has been instrumental in distributing FoodAid to vulnerable families around the world. MAA applies Fitrah, Fedyah, and Sadaqah contributions to support activities benefiting the poor and needy such as Family Food Pakcs (Feed a family for only $40 per month), Iftar for a Family (Iftar meals for $15), and purchasing Eid gifts (e.g. toys or new clothes).

The Ramadan distribution covers families and individuals who are socially, financially, and economically disadvantaged and distressed; with a special focus on widows, orphans, the disabled, the destitute, the elderly, the poor and the needy.

Qurban

Qurban for Life is MAA's primary humanitarian Food Aid programme.

The slaughter of Qurban livestock takes place within a specific time frame in the last month of the Muslim calendar. Traditionally, livestock is slaughtered at the point of distribution and fresh meat is given to the beneficiaries immediately. However, MAA also process and can Qurban meat, packaging it to meet emergency relief and food aid programming ends. The final product meets both halal standards and SPHERE (Humanitarian Charter & Minimum Standards in Disaster Response).

Those who receive Qurban FoodAid are among the most vulnerable in their communities, which includes widows, orphans, the elderly, internally displaced persons, refugees and the poor.

Aqeeqah

The birth of a child is a joyous occasion for every family. But even at this happy time Muslims are expected to remember the less fortunate. The wife of the Prophet, Aishah (may Allah be pleased with her), is reported to have said: "THE PROPHET (PEACE AND BLESSINGS BE UPON HIM) DID THE AQEEQAH FOR AL-HASAN AND AL-HUSAYN ON THE SEVENTH DAY, AND GAVE THEM NAMES." - IBN HIBBAN, 12/127; AL-HAKIM, 4/264.

It is a Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) that when a baby is born the parents should perform Aqeeqah for the child by slaughtering two goats or sheep for a boy and one sheep or goat for a girl. The Sunnah is to perform the sacrifice on the seventh day after the child is born although there is no harm in performing it later. Muslim Aid Australia will conduct your Aqeeqah or general sacrifice in the most need area.

WASH

Water is a basic human necessity and a vital natural resource for all aspects of life.

Today, more than a billion people lack access to safe drinking water. Unfortunately, access to clean water is a right that has been denied to many of the poorest people in the world.

MAA believe that everyone should be able to access clean water and that this access underpins all other aspects of development.

Operational Ethos:

MAA’s water and sanitation programmes incorporate building infrastructure, improving sanitation and developing hygiene awareness.

Case study – Water wells:

Mariam lives in a very remote area of Southern Somalia. Walking over 14kms a day in the blistering heat to fetch an extremely heavy jerry can filled with very questionable drinking water meant that schooling was just a dream.

Once Muslim Aid assessed Mariam’s situation we began the construction of a water well in Mariam's village. The well now benefits her whole village of 200 households.

"Having a water well in our village means that myself and the other women in our village can now get an education." – Mariam

Health

One of the banes of modern medicine is the exorbitant cost of remedy that has rendered medical services in many parts of the world inaccessible to the poor. The consequences of this situation are dire indeed as easily preventable and treatable diseases are causing death and unnecessary long term suffering to millions. Further, without good health, the survival and economic self-sufficiency of individuals and their communities are in jeopardy.

MAA provides emergency medical and health relief in conflict situations as well as developing long term initiatives. We also conduct training for doctors, provide field and hospital medical equipment and develop health awareness programmes. Our long term approach to health care provision aims to give communities a real chance of future success.

Operational Ethos:

MAA’s Health & Medical programmes aim to provide primary healthcare facilities and prevention of diseases. Simultaneously MAA recognises the importance of addressing the emotional as well as the physical wellbeing of the disadvantaged.

Case study – Clear Vision for Kenya:

Muslim Aid Australia and local partner NGO, Horn of African Relief and Development Agency, implemented a project that reduced blindness in patients by treating preventable blindness cases in impoverished nomadic communities in isolated areas of Kenya. The eye camp took place in a local hospital in Habeswein that was manned by doctors from Kenya and medical students from right across the country.

Education

Given the evident benefits of an education, why do so many children in so many countries fail to get one? Cost is one of the more obvious reasons why children do not get access to an education, given that some families must meet their essential needs – food and shelter – first. Parents may need their children to work to supplement household income, do household chores or care for sick family members.

Conversely, many children who do attend school receive an inadequate education because of poorly trained, underpaid teachers, overcrowded classrooms and a lack of basic tools such as textbooks, blackboard, even chalk, pencil and paper.

Operational Ethos:

This is a challenge that MAA takes head on and strives to educate or up skill people and communities in not only vocational training projects in order to make them self-sustaining and financially independent.

Shelter

Imagine if you had no house, no place you could call "home", and you lived with a dream that the next big move up for your family was to a mud house of your own - an upgrade from the slums, straw hut or plastic ground-sheet shelter you've inhabited for the last decade.

Every human being needs a place to live - without the safety of a home, poverty and its affects damage all aspects of a family and community’s life and their future prosperity.

Operational Ethos:

To help build the lives of those in poverty and re-build those affected by disaster, MAA builds emergency shelters and permanent houses for those in needs in the short term and long term.

Case study – Rebuilding Pakistan:

Muslim Aid Australia partnered with local NGO, the Rural Health and Development Foundation to build 50 solid weather protected houses for the families most affected.Over 400 people benefitted from the construction of these houses. Among the beneficiaries were the disabled, orphans, and windows.

Zuleiga, 73 -“Muslim Aid Australia really helped us by constructing homes for us, and now we are safe from extreme weather conditions.”

Sustainable Development

By definition, the word "sustain" implies long-term support or permanence. As it pertains to agriculture, sustainable describes farming systems that are "capable of maintaining their productivity and usefulness to society indefinitely. Such systems... must be resource-conserving, socially supportive, commercially competitive, and environmentally sound."

Operational Ethos:

One of MAA’s major objectives is to implement sustainable living. This involves education initiatives, use of economic incentives and the development of new and appropriate technologies. These are important to ensure families are able to maintain stable incomes and be provided an opportunity to make a change in their lives.

WAQF

A WAQF also spelled Wakf formally known as Wakf-alal-aulad is an inalienable religious endowment in Islamic law, typically denoting a building or plot of land for Muslim religious or charitable purposes. The donated assets are held by a charitable trust. The grant is known as mushrut-ul-khidmat, while a person making such dedication is known as Wakif.

The term waqf literally means detention. The legal meaning of Waqf according to Imam Abu Hanifa is the detention of specific thing in the ownership of waqif and the devoting of its profit or products "in charity of poors or other good objects".

Imam Abu Yusuf and Imam Muhammad Says: "Waqf signifies the extinction of the waqf's ownership in the thing dedicated and detention of all the thing in the implied ownership of God, in such a manner that its profits may revert to or be applied for the benefit of Mankind". There is no direct injunction of the Quran regarding Waqf, but there is a hadith which says "Ibn Umar reported, Umer-Ibn-Al- Khitab got land in khyber, so he came to the prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and asked him to advice him about it. The Prophet said, if you like, make the property inalienable, and give the profit from it to charity." Waqf means the permanent dedication by a Muslim of any property for any purpose recognized by the Muslim law as religious, pious or charitable.

EXAMPLES OF WAQF

Land & Buildings: Cash is provided by one or more persons as waqf to purchase land and buildings, e.g. a small shopping complex. Once the complex is purchased, the property may be classified as a waqf property and waqf rules apply. The property may not be sold (except to replace), be gifted, or inherited. The property remains intact and may not be spent. The rental income that is produced by the complex may be used for any shari'ah compliant purpose.

EXPLANATION OF WAQF

A Waqf is your Capital Gift or Benevolent Loan to Allah in the form of a charitable endowment. 100% of your donation is invested in an income producing capital asset, remains intact, and is never spent for any expense. Only the income generated ie rental or profits from the capital investment is utilised for funding sustainable community and social development projects or programmes. As a donor (waqif/a) you may designate the project or programme, or you may leave it to the discretion of your Mutawallees to spend on a need or priority basis. Beneficiaries may be Muslim as well as the poor in the broader community. Of course, waqfs may take the form of masjids, schools, clinics, and other socio-religious assets. Awqaf SA focuses on investments in income producing economic assets. A Waqf may be made by any sane adult male or female and with any amount - not only by the rich and famous, but one and all – irrespective of social or economic background – according to means.

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As part of Muslim Aid Australia's policy of transparency, we have developed a way of showing our projects per region, as well as depicting instant charts and reports which outline percentage of funds being disperesed to different projects and appeals. These are all the location where we have had and currently have projects.