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Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association Raises Money for Local food Bank in Washington

Some of the money the runners raised is going to the Capital Area Food Bank, which serves Washington and surrounding communities in Virginia and Maryland

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The Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association hosted a 5K run/walk to raise money for a local food bank and an international charity in Washington, D.C., Oct. 1, 2016. It was chilly; most runners dressed in black sweatpants and blue T-shirts. (VOA)
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October 3, 2016: It was cool and unusually rainy Saturday in Washington, not the best day for an outdoor event, but that didn’t stop more than a dozen members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association from hosting a 5K run/walk to raise money for a local food bank and an international charity.

Most of the runners were dressed in long black sweatpants topped with blue T-shirts. A few brave souls wore shorts. Some topped their running clothes with rain ponchos and struggled to keep them from flapping in the breeze.

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Some of the money the runners raised is going to the Capital Area Food Bank, which serves Washington and surrounding communities in Virginia and Maryland. The funds are for anyone who needs them, not just for Muslim communities.

“We want to give to our neighbors first,” said Haris Raja, national director for the event, known as Walk for Humanity USA. “We want to serve our local communities first and make an impact in America.”

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Raja, a systems engineer with a degree from the University of Maryland, near Washington, said the news media and politicians sometimes saddle Muslim youth with a negative image. He said his group’s charity work is meant to show that young Muslims can be, and want to be, productive members of the community.

Haris Raja, national director for the event known as Walk for Humanity USA.
Haris Raja, national director for the event known as Walk for Humanity USA.

“We’re doing this in America to tell our fellow Americans that our religion is about helping humanity, our religion is about serving people,” he said. “The people who know us, and the people who know good Muslims, they will tell you that a blanket statement of saying Islam is bad or all Muslims are bad is not true.”

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In addition to the food bank, another charity receiving proceeds from the event is Humanity First USA, which works on disaster relief and human development projects.

Nudrat Salik, the group’s finance director, said the charity does international work, sending nurses and doctors to Guatemala to train local health care providers on women’s and children’s issues. They also do career training for women, helping them learn career skills.

“We establish sewing centers, for example, in certain African countries. We try to provide women skills … so they can provide for their families if they need to,” Salik said.

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The Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association, a group with 70 chapters and more than 4,000 members across the United States, sponsors Walk for Humanity USA events in a number of large U.S. cities, including Philadelphia, New York, Houston and Los Angeles. The event has raised more than $250,000 since it began in 2012. (VOA)

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Let’s Celebrate Father’s Day With Most famous Founding Fathers

Success has many fathers but failure is an orphan.

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Founding Fathers, left to right, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson revise the Declaration of Independence. (Painting by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris)
Founding Fathers, left to right, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson revise the Declaration of Independence. (Painting by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris), VOA

In the United States on the third Sunday of June we celebrate Father’s Day! So, today we celebrate fathers with some expressions that use the word “father” and “dad.”

Let’s begin with a great father idiom!

Success has many fathers but failure is an orphan.

An orphan is a child whose parents have died. Without parents, orphans can often feel alone in the world. There is no adult to claim them, so to speak.

We can say the same about failures. Often people, do not want to claim them as their own. People may not want to take ownership, for example, of a project at work that is a complete bust — you know, a failure.

On the other hand, it is not uncommon for people to fight over ownership of a big success. They always want to be on the right side of history.

“It was my idea!” “No, it wasn’t. I thought of it ages ago.” “Well, I did most of the work!”

You get the idea.

So, this idiom means that people like belonging to a successful cause but they distance themselves from a failed one.

Father and son
Father and son, Pixabay

Here’s how you can use it.

Let’s say a new business opens in your community. Everyone is excited about it! Some even invest money. It is the talk of the town. Then, it fails. People who once supported it don’t seem to remember supporting it.

When those people say to you, “Oh, I knew it would fail. It was doomed from the very beginning.” You can say to them, “Success has many fathers but failure is an orphan.”

Now, you could say that creating the United States of America was a success. And there is a group of men who are famous for being on the right side of history.

We call them the Founding Fathers.

We capitalize these two words when we are talking about any member of the group who wrote the United States Constitution in 1787. Some of the most famous Founding Fathers are George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and Benjamin Franklin.

However, following the success of the musical Hamilton, perhaps Alexander Hamilton has temporarily won the title of “most famous” Founding Father.

But Founding Fathers aren’t just found in history books and on the Broadway stage. We also use this term in other situations.

A founding father is a person who starts or develops a new movement, idea or some other big concept. Used this way, however, we do not capitalize “founding father.”

The Founding Fathers of the U.S. are highly respected and admired by most people. Our next type of father isn’t.

Not all dads are the greatest. In fact, some leave their families and provide no money to help to raise their children. We have a special name for these dads – deadbeat dads.

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Just for the record, some moms do this, too. But we’ll have to cover that term next Mother’s Day! (VOA)