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We were there. We were just there. Two days before the two explosions, Zakat Foundation of America was on the ground in Lebanon, distributing food. And yet now, Lebanon needs food and other emergency relief supplies even more.

We heard the boom on our phones, televisions, computers — by then Beirut was already devastated. But within minutes of hearing the news, we dedicated $50,000 in emergency relief aid that is already on its way.

But we don’t want to stop there.

Zakat Foundation of America officials are on the ground assessing critical needs. We’ve been working in Lebanon for more than a decade, and we are going to continue to help, by God’s mercy.

“Our teams were giving fresh Udhiyah meat in Beirut on Eid al-Adha just days ago,” said Halil Demir, Zakat Foundation of America’s executive director. “Now, those same aid workers are seeing the destruction of the capital.”

Hospitals in Lebanon have been damaged and their staffs continue working to serve Beirut’s suffering, but they have already had to turn people away because they’ve surpassed capacity. Already stunted working to offset COVID-19’s effects, medicine, medical equipment and hospital accommodations are essential.

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Your orphan sponsorship delivers food, education, and healthcare; but it delivers love, too. At 153 million worldwide, the staggering rise of orphans now equals nearly half the population of the United States.

For less than $2 a day or $50 a month, you can make a difference in the life of a vulnerable child. Your one-time payment of $600 covers a year of aid to a child in need.

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Fear and mistrust surround Muslim charities in American society. This is neither natural nor an accident.

In this book are stories from Zakat Foundation of America’s founding director unraveling blatant myths and fallacies about Islam – and charity – from its defining sources, showing us what’s at stake if we continue to let partisans with self-serving agendas trick us into acting on these fears.

A critical read for all who work in, donate to, or concern themselves with the giving world.

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