Muslim Community Scholarship Fund

The Muslim Community Scholarship Fund is a program in which monies will be awarded to multiple community members from the Detroit Muslim Community for the purpose of applying it towards college expenses. 

The award will be worth $1,000 each and will be given to the best qualified applicants according to the requirements listed on the back panel and at the discretion of the MCSFUND.

Funds are collected on behalf of individuals representing themselves or on behalf of deceased family members.  Anyone may contribute with the intention of Sadaqa Jarriya (continuous giving and benefit).


A man said to Allah’s Apostle (peach be upon him), “My mother died, will it benefit her if I give in charity on her behalf?”  The Prophet replied in the affirmative.  The man said, “I have a garden and I make you a witness that I give it in charity on her behalf.” (Sahih Bukhari).   

Prophet Muhammad (SAWS) encouraged us to donate in this manner when he said, “When the child of Adam dies, his deeds are discontinued except for three things: a continuous Sadaqa, knowledge from which benefit is derived, or a pious child invoking Allah for him.”  (Ahmad and Muslim).

The Companions of the Prophet (SAWS) followed his advice and the first Waqf (endowment) in Islam was established by Umar ibn al-Khattab (ra).  He asked the Prophet regarding the best land he owned.  The Prophet advised.  “If you like, you can give the land as Waqf and give its fruits in charity.”  So Umar gave it as an endowment on the condition that: ‘it would not be sold or given to anybody as a present or inherited; rather its yield would be given in charity to the poor people, to the kith and kin, for freeing slaves, for Allah’s cause, to the travelers and guests.”  (Sahih al-Bukhari)


Altaf Hussain Malik, Mikal Sami, Hasina Sultana Begg, Marie Joshua Farhat Hussain Malik, Abdul-Majeed Malik, Muhammad Iqbal Rathur,  Michael James Sami, Jamila Sultana Rathur, Kauser Sultana Rathur . . .   


Crystal & Mitchell Shamsud-Din, Diane & Karriem Muhammad, Zakiyyah & M. Abdul Salaam, Karim Muhammad, Imam Salim Mu’min,Victor Begg . . 


There are two ways to donate: you can do it on behalf of yourself (like Umar –ra or you can do it on behalf of a deceased relative, especially a parent (like the Prophet’s –saw- hadith).  May Allah swt guide us, forgive our sins, and enter us in to Jannah, Inshallah.  May He grant us the best in this world and the best in the Hereafter and save us from the fire.  (Ameen)

Applicants for the Muslim Community Scholarship Fund must be an African-American Muslim resident in Metro-Detroit, have a 2.0+ GPA, and will be accepted into college.  All applications must be postmarked on or before May 1st.  


  • Cover Sheet with Name
  • Age & Contact Information
  • Essay about “How Will Your Education to Benefit the Muslim Community & The Society In General?” (typed 1-2 pages)
  • An Official Copy of High School Transcript (showing current GPA)
  • Evidence of Good Attendance from Current School 
  • Acceptance/Enrollment Letter to an Accredited College, University, or Trade School  (not needed at time of application)
  • Family Income/Data
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation:  Guidance Counselor, another H.S. Staff Member, & Imam of Local Masjid/Masjid Board Member     


Mitchell Shamsud-Din

Muslim Community Scholarship Fund 

P.O. Box 23936 Detroit, MI 48223