Wednesday, April 11, 2007

[kanoshia] Caution Re: Solicitation from Hidaya Foundation/Waleed Baloch - "The Most Excellent Sadaqah (Charity) and Help an Orphan Child Receive an Education"

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatulah wa barakatuh,
 
Dear Moderator and brothers and sisters al-Islam,
 
I have just received another solicitation from Waleed Baloch for donation funds.
 
Despite the first caution I sent to all of you and c.c copy to Waleed Baloch on 17th March 2007, he (Waleed Baloch) did not clarify, defend or provide evidence to the contrary concerning his "foundation's" postion. Instead, he blatantly continues to solicit for funds via Muslim yahoogroups.
 
Based on this, all of us must be diligent and be extremely cautious before donating to his "Hidaya Foundation" and for that matter to any charity organization by checking with the BBB National Charities Information Bureau. If the organization claims to be a U.S.-based charity, ask it for a copy of its IRS Form 990, the financial report filed with federal and state governments. You also can check out the organization by contacting your state government's charity registration office (usually a division of the state's attorney general's office), visiting www.give.org (if a national charity), or if it is a local charity, visiting www.bbb.org to contact the Better Business Bureau in your area.
 
Please read the information provided below about Waleed Baloch's "Hidaya Foundation", inshaAllah.
 
 
Wa Assalamu alaikum
Your brother,
F. Hassan M.D.
Cambridge, Massachusetts
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INVESTIGATE BEFORE YOU DONATE
 
 
 
BBB Wise Giving Alliance: A merger of the National Charities Information Bureau and the Council of Better Business Bureaus' Foundation and its Philanthropic Advisory Service
Hidaya Foundation
Hidaya Foundation May 2006

1765 Scott Boulevard #115
Santa Clara, CA 95050

(866) 244-3292

(408) 244-3282
Expiration Date: May 2007


Year, State Incorporated: 1999, California
Affiliates: Not provided


BBB Wise Giving Alliance Comment (Nondisclosure)                


Despite written BBB Wise Giving Alliance requests in the past year, this organization either has not responded to Alliance requests for information or has declined to be evaluated in relation to the Alliance's Standards for Charity Accountability. While participation in the Alliance's charity review efforts is voluntary, the Alliance believes that this lack of cooperation may demonstrate a lack of commitment to transparency and accountability.

The BBB Wise Giving Alliance reports on national charities and determines if they meet 20 voluntary standards on matters such as charity finances, appeals, and governance. Without the requested information, it cannot verify if the charity meets these standards. The Alliance does not evaluate the worthiness of the charitable program.
 
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Check out the organization with the local charity registration office (usually a division of the state attorney general's office) and with your Better Business Bureau.
 
The BBB Wise Giving Alliance offers guidance to donors on making informed giving decisions through their charity evaluations. Don't assume the charity is legitimate because of an impressive looking Web site that mentions. BBB reports provide information on over 2.5 million organizations. It's a good idea to check before you invest or give.
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----- Original Message -----
Sent: Wednesday, April 11, 2007 5:48 AM
Subject: [Islam-n-Muslims] Hidaya Foundation - The Most Excellent Sadaqah (Charity)
 
 
Allah's Messenger (pbuh) said, "The most excellent sadaqah consists in your satisfying a hungry stomach." (Tirmidhi #1946)

Hidaya Foundation (www.hidaya.org), through its One Million Meals Project, distributes Sadaqah in the form of animal meat, and dry ration.  We also give Sadaqah in the form of cash and clean drinking water (hand pu! mp).
Checks payable to Hidaya Foundation can be mailed to:
Hidaya Foundation, P.O. Box 5481, Santa Clara, CA 95056

Aisha (raa) narrated that "The most beloved action to Allah's Apostle (pbuh) was that whose doer did it continuously and regularly." (Bukhari #8.76.469)

Sign up to donate automatically every month towards Sadaqah or any of our other projects by visiting the following link:
http://www.hidaya.org/documents/forms/AutoWithdrawalForm.pdf

Sincerely,

Waseem Baloch
Office: 408 244-3282
Toll free: 866 244-3292
E-mail: mail@hidaya.org

Hidaya Foundation is a US based non-profit 501(C)(3) charitable organization, with Tax ID # 77-0502583. Its mission is to implement charitable projects in economically depressed areas of the world.
 
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----- Original Message -----
From: Waseem Baloch <balochs@msn.com>/! FONT>
Sent: Saturday, March 17, 2007 1:13 AM
Subject: &#1769; . Islam_LightUponLight . &#1769; Hidaya Foundation - Help an Orphan Child Receive an Education
 
 
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Wednesday, February 07, 2007 1:54 PM
Subject: [booksislam] Hidaya Foundation - Over 300,000 Indonesian Flood Victims Need Your Help
 
 
----- Origin! al Message -----
Sent: Thursday, November 03, 2005 2:51 PM
Subject: [Islam-n-Muslims] Hidaya Foundation - Help the Weak & Needy this Eid
 
 
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Friday, October 28, 2005 4:50 PM
Subject: [history_islam] Hidaya Foundation - Donate a Tent & Save a family by using stocks, corporate matching, and more
 
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