How IMANA Contributes to Better Health: Join Our App’s Water Challenge 

21 March 2021

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The Islamic Medical Association of North America (IMANA) is dedicated to changing the world for the better. Beyond relieving suffering through disaster response and medical relief, we help professionals elevate their skills and stay current on the latest advances in the industry. Our CME (Continuing Medical Education) activities and mentorship programs improve the quality of care and patient safety.

We also curate online resources like blogs and directories to create awareness and inform the public about health and wellness. More recently, we launched IMANA’s first mobile app which is designed to keep our members aware of the latest updates while increasing engagement.

What Is the IMANA Water Challenge?

Water is essential for life. This life-sustaining resource can help your body function at its best. Too often, we get so wrapped up in our daily schedules and responsibilities that we forget to drink an adequate amount of water. IMANA’s water challenge encourages you to hydrate regularly. It helps you track how much water you consume so you can form healthier habits. 

Why We Need Water

Water delivers nutrients to the body, helps us eliminate waste, protects our organs and joints, and is necessary for temperature regulation. In addition to these major benefits, our bodies use water to:

  • Maximize physical performance
  • Aid digestion
  • Prevent constipation
  • Promote blood oxygen distribution
  • Ward off illness
  • Boost energy levels
  • Support cognitive function
  • Improve our mood
  • Regulate our weight
  • Prevent dehydration
  • Encourage collagen production

Given its importance, how much water should we drink? For men, the recommended water intake is about three liters per day. Women, on the other hand, need over two liters daily. 

IMANA’s Water Challenge can help us meet these hydration goals by reminding us to drink water regularly.

Why IMANA Launched a Mobile App

We live in a digital-first world, where 40% of people abandon a website if it takes more than 3 seconds to load. This gravely impacts our ability to raise funds and call for help, affecting advocacy and the amount and quality of care available to those in need. That’s why we launched the IMANA app.

Exploring the Impact of the IMANA App

The IMANA app is a feature-rich tool that supports your deen while encouraging users to remain healthy. 

Prayer Times

Looking for something to keep you accountable for your daily prayers even when you’re traveling? The IMANA app has you covered. It provides prayer times for your time zones, with a Qibla finder to help you locate the right direction of the Ka’bah.

Beyond helping you fulfill your obligation to the Lord, it will also keep you physically fit. According to a 2013 article, following prayer times can improve human performance, particularly our dynamic standing balance. In addition, it also promotes relaxation, minimizes anxiety, and may even reduce systolic and diastolic blood pressure.

Zakat Calculator 

“The believer’s shade on the Day of Resurrection will be his charity.”

This hadith emphasizes the importance of almsgiving in Islam. However, calculating the exact percentage of your donation to the poor can be challenging. That’s why we added an online zakat calculator to our app.

It takes the following factors into account:

  • The value of gold and silver
  • Trade goods (such as stock) and liabilities 
  • The amount of cash taken or given out in loans
  • The amount of cash you have on hand and in your bank accounts

When you give sadaqah, you promote the more equitable redistribution of wealth. According to research, it can also uplift your mood. 

Studies show that the brain’s pleasure centers are activated when people donate. A 2017 article elaborated on this, showing that it engages the temporo-parietal junction while the striatal activity is directly related to changes in happiness. Even the mere commitment to be more generous predicts an increase in happiness. 

Customize Donations 

  • Do you have a specific cause you’re passionate about?
  • Are you looking for a way to give back to society?

The IMANA app gives you complete control over where your donation goes.

Here’s how to customize donations using our app:

  • Choose an option from the drop-down menu.
  • Enter the donation amount and mode of payment.

If you want several institutions to benefit from your selfless giving, split your donation to aid a variety of causes. The app supports Wallet, making donating easier and more seamless.

Give Anonymously

A study revealed that 21% of online donors prefer to remain anonymous. Eleven percent were attributed to purely altruistic motivations.

People choose to donate anonymously for various reasons. For example, one hadith dictates that one of the seven groups that will get Allah’s (SWT) shade is those who give their charity in secret. So, if you prefer to give discreetly, whether to preserve the dignity of the recipient or to avoid spoiling your intention with pride and arrogance, you have the option to do so.

The upside to this preference is that the more people who support a crowdfunding project without leaving their names, the higher its financing performance will be.

Easy to Serve Humanity 

The IMANA app is easy to access through the App Store and Google Play. It has all the information you need to perform charitable deeds and support our work on the field. 

We’ve also made it easy to stay updated on our latest healthcare initiatives and events, including conferences and community health programs.

Seamless Communication 

Are you looking to volunteer? Or would you like to extend financial assistance to those in need? 

The IMANA app makes it easy to do good. You can use our app to help us save lives and maximize our impact. So far, IMANA has treated 4,050,000 patients, administered over a million humanitarian treatments, organized 292 medical and surgical missions, deployed 237 emergency medical response teams, and constructed 30 health centers across 40 countries.

We post all these activities on the app so you can stay updated and express your interest in participating as soon as a program is launched. 

Install the IMANA App Today

The IMANA app gives you the best of deen and duniya. 

Download it for the water challenge—and keep using it for its health-related information. With it, you also gain access to a variety of donation options, timely prayer notifications, the latest IMANA news, and new volunteer opportunities.