FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Muslim Response USA for Relief and Development is a non-profit organization based in Virginia, USA that works to alleviate the suffering of poor and vulnerable populations, by delivering life-saving humanitarian assistance including food, emergency healthcare, psychosocial support, water sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and shelter services. Muslim Response USA also works with the marginalized communities in remote and hard to reach regions of the world and helps them find lasting solutions to poverty, hunger, poor health and powerlessness through participatory development.
Yes, Muslim Response USA is recognized and registered as a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization; therefore, all donations donated to Muslim Response USA are tax exempt. We are registered in Virginia as Muslim Response USA for Relief and Development, and 0ur Tax ID is 83-2080058.
Muslim Response USA establishes organizational partnerships and deploys country representatives and managers in the countries where we work. We select partners for joint program implementation through a rigorous appraisal process that takes into account their managerial, programmatic and financial stability, and credibility with the local communities, government and other stakeholders. We ensure that our partners have track record of undertaking our Sadaqah Jariah, Zakat eligible and seasonal programs including Udhiya/Qurbani, Ramadan feeding and Aqiqah in line with Islamic practices and serve the people in greatest need. We regularly monitor program implementation and expenditures to ensure that collected funds are securely received and used for their intended purposes.
At Muslim Response USA, we believe that every resource entrusted to us is a sacred trust with Allah and our generous donors. Therefore, stewardship is a very important part of our work. We are committed to financial transparency and accountability. We are careful to use donated funds as they are intended and we carefully monitor and track programs progress and results.
Muslim Response USA ensures low overhead costs by maintaining a small staff at our Virginia Office while mostly working in partnership with the local civil society organizations, representatives and volunteers at country offices abroad.
If you have donated and found that you have not been billed, please call our office at +1 866 212 3337 and we will personally check on the status of your donation as well as answer any questions that you may have.
By making a tax-deductible gift to Muslim Response USA, a 501(c)(3) organization, the donor understands and agrees that charitable donations are generally not refundable. However, if you made an error in making your donation, we will honor your request for a refund made within one week of your donation. To request a refund, please call +1 866 212 3337 or send an email message to [email protected]. Refunds are issued using the original method of payment. If you made your donation by credit card, your refund will be credited to that same credit card.
Yes, if you would like to donate anonymously, you can send a cashier’s check or money order to:
Muslim Response USA for Relief and Development
PO Box 2101, Woodbridge VA 22195-9801
Yes, Muslim Response USA’s donation site – Stripe.com is secured. The processor handles the approval of transactions with the credit card companies while guarding against fraud.
Around ninety percent (90%) of your donation toward humanitarian relief goes toward the designated program and country. Should we raise funds that exceed the needed amount for a specified appeal, then the funds will be redirected toward where the need is greatest.
All donations to Muslim Response USA are treated as confidential except for Aqiqah and Sadaqah Jariah (e.g. water wells construction); donors to these programs can request dedications by name on behalf of a newborn child or their loved ones.
As a US-based organization that upholds the highest credentials, Muslim Response USA regularly monitors US laws to ensure that we and our donors remain in compliance with complex and changing regulations. We also take all precautions to ensure that funds are never diverted from their charitable purposes. As a 501 (c)(3) organization, all donations made to Muslim Response USA are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by US law.
Aqiqah is the tradition of giving charity after the birth of a new baby. Muslim Response USA accepts donations for Aqiqah, and animals are sacrificed in poor and vulnerable communities in Asia and Africa. The meat is distributed to extremely poor families and the beneficiary pics/videoclips are shared with the respective donors.
Muslim Response USA defines orphan as a child younger than 18 whose father or mother or both parents died, or a child whose father’s whereabouts have been unknown for two years or more. The orphan may be of any gender, religion, race or ethnicity.
India, Jammu & Kashmir, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Yemen, Lebanon, and Syrian & Palestinian Refugees
Orphans are selected based on five main criteria: vulnerability, financial need, family size, housing conditions, and health. The families with the greatest need such as larger families with dire financial situations receive priority for sponsorship. With a view to enhancing program outreach, we encourage the enrolment of one orphan child per household. The official documentation is required to confirm an orphan’s sponsorship, and the selection of children does not discriminate based on race, religion, color, age, gender, or disability.
In most cases, sponsorship money is paid to the orphan’s guardian in several increments throughout the year. The monthly cash allowance is used to support the food, clothing, education and health needs of the child. Of course, every country is different and there are unique circumstances that sometimes affect the frequency of payment or how the aid is delivered. We also ensure that orphans and their families benefit from Muslim Response USA’s ongoing programs in their respective communities. You can provide a gift of livestock (pair of sheep/goats) and help the orphan child’s family break the cycle of poverty on sustainable basis.
You can sponsor a child as long as you wish, up to the age of 18. We require a minimum sponsorship time of one year because this allows us to plan ahead and maintain a consistent level of service to the orphan. However, in case of any difficulty, the sponsor may cancel at any time with advanced notice.
Yes. The sponsor and orphan are free to exchange correspondence and gifts via Muslim Response USA. Sponsors may email the correspondence to the [email protected] or send letters to our mailing address. Please do not include your personal information, like your address, phone number, email, or place of work – not even on the envelope.
All sponsors receive a profile of the child upon confirmation of the first two months donation payment. The profile is E-mailed to sponsors typically six to eight weeks after initiating sponsorship. Thereafter, progress reports are sent to sponsors once a year.
We encourage donors to choose orphans for sponsorship from our website where brief profiles of children available for sponsorship are available at: https://www.rusard.org/child-sponsorship/. Donors can search the child profiles based on country, age and gender.
We will allocate a child to you within 4-6 weeks of receiving payment. You will be sent a Welcome Pack, which will include details of your sponsored child and information on how you can start communicating.
For every dollar donated, 90 cents will go directly towards supporting the child; 10 cents will cover the cost of delivering a quality program without which staff and mentors would not be able to carry out vital visits to the child at home and school, monitor their educational progress and collect reports for donors.
Muslim Response USA makes a long term commitment to children worldwide and sponsorship continues up to the completion of 18 years of age. If you cannot continue let us know in advance and we will arrange to transfer your supported orphan child to a new donor.
According to Islamic tradition, when a Muslim is unable to fast during Ramadan and cannot make up the fasting days afterward, he or she can pay Fidya or Kaffarah in compensation. Learn more via our Fidya & Kaffarah page: https://www.rusard.org/religious-dues/fidyah-and-kaffarah/, or contact us via [email protected]
Every year, Muslim Response USA sends much needed food aid to impoverished families around the globe during the month of Ramadan. You may donate to Ramadan Food Parcels, both globally and in the US. Each food package contains non-perishable nutritious food items like rice, wheat, lentils, cooking oil, sugar, tea/coffee and dates adequate for feeding a family for the entire month of Ramadan.
In Arabic, zakat means purification, growth and blessing. It is a charitable practice that requires all able Muslims (those who meet the requirement of zakat as dependent upon nisab to contribute a fixed portion of their wealth – 2.5% of savings – to help the needy.
Nisab is the minimum amount of wealth a Muslim must have – after calculating necessary expenses – to be eligible to contribute zakat. Nisab is equivalent to the current value of 3 ounces of gold. Every adult Muslim who meets the requirements of Nisab in a calendar year must pay Zakat for that year.
Zakat should be paid as soon as possible prior to or at the time that you’ve earned the requisite amount of Nisab each lunar year, or one year after you last paid it. A good way to ensure Zakat is made in a timely fashion is to pay your Zakat during Ramadan.
Muslim Response USA programs are Zakat eligible, and you may make your zakat contributions toward any of our programs.
According to the Holy Qur’an (9:60), there are eight categories of people who qualify to be beneficiaries of zakat:
- The poor
- The needy
- The collectors of zakat
- Those whose hearts are to be encouraged
- Those burdened with debt
- In the cause of Allah (SWT)
Most scholars agree that the poor and needy are the most important categories of people to receive zakat. Given that, it is acceptable to give your entire Zakat amount to individuals who are in those groups.