Umar Hakim

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Umar Hakim

Faithful Leader, Compton

I believe that service can change your life.

Seventeen years ago, the ILM (Intellect, Love and Mercy) Foundation started Humanitarian Day. Every year, it brings Muslims together to put their faith into action by bringing food and medical services to thousands of homeless and at-risk individuals throughout Los Angeles County, across the United States and around the globe. I started as a volunteer, and today I serve as executive director.

Humanitarian Day takes place during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, when Muslims fast during daylight hours and increase prayers and charitable efforts to people regardless of their faith, but ILM also supports the community year-round.

This work is about gradual progress. It doesn’t get more real than when you see childhood friends in line for services. I keep going over my trust in God and say this is a test about how to serve mankind.

Learn more about Humanitarian Day at humanitarianday.com.

Photo by S. Comen