Infaaq’s Origin and Evolution
Our founder, Sakina Bano Hasan, then an 11-year old girl, initiated this effort under the guidance of her father and co-founder, Syed Sabah Hasan. In 2001 Sakina used her Eidi (festival gifts in cash) of Pakistani Rupees 1,000 (approximately equal to USD $15 at that time) in order to pay the tuition fee of a needy girl. With the help of her cousins, the effort seriously continued, and the size of collections and the number of beneficiaries grew.
Along the way, help had also been rendered to affectees of the 2005 earthquake in Pakistan and the 2010 floods in Pakistan from this platform.
In 2017, they formally registered a not-for-profit (NFP) in Illinois, USA where they both now live. It was named CHiLD Fund Inc – CHiLD being the acronym for Cooperation & Help in Literacy Development.
Beginning in 2020 CHiLD actively engaged in a scheme for providing basic food rations at their doorsteps to 1500 families in Pakistan who had lost their means of livelihood due to the lockdown forced by the Covid-19 pandemic.
During the ration distribution, our volunteers interfaced with many families that were facing poverty even without the added setback of the pandemic-enforced lockdown. This encouraged our team to consider expanding our efforts to provide financial support to families beyond only the area of education.
To reflect this expanded horizon, we renamed the organization Infaaq Inc. From the 1000 rupees CHILD started with, Infaaq has now collected and disbursed over 100 Million rupees.
Infaaq (Arabic: إنفاق) is an Arabic word meaning giving, spending, disbursement. Simply to please God without asking for any favor or hoping for a return.
What is said in the Holy Quran 2:177 is that righteousness isn’t just the fulfillment of Islamic obligations – obligatory prayers, fasting, zakat, khums … which are all fardh or obligatory, but going further and giving away wealth (beyond religious dues like zakat and khums) for the orphans, the needy, and the wayfarers, the beggars, the prisoners. In one word, this is Infaaq or giving.
Infaaq Inc gives us an opportunity to share Divine blessings with those less fortunate than us. Along with God’s pleasure it gives us the satisfaction that it is a means to donate for quick fulfillment of verified needs without any bias based on faith, ethnicity or geography. In the United States all donations to Infaaq Inc are recognized by the IRS as tax-deductible under section 501 (c) 3 of the Internal Revenue Code.
Infaaq Inc. provides an opportunity for us to be entrenched in a community with a gracious and generous mindset, a community that is looking for ways to help better the world and their own akhirah.
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Sakina Bano Hasan
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