May 22, 2020

Umar Hakim-Dey recently noticed a popular post on LinkedIn, titled “Breaking News: God is still in control of every situation. No need to panic,” that had received nearly 8,500 reactions and had more than 500 comments.

Umar left a comment of his own: God has never lost control.

The attitude of God being in control has fueled Umar to continue serving his community throughout Los Angeles, in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The founder of InKerij (pronounced Encourage) and the Director of the ILM Foundation, Umar has continued to distribute essential supplies to the homeless as part of ILM’s Humanitarian Day on Skid Row, located in downtown Los Angeles.

For his efforts, CAIR-LA and the Boukai Family Foundation are recognizing Umar with the Everyday Heroes award, saluting the work and deeds of Southern Californians during these challenging times. Thanks to the Boukai Family Foundation, recipients receive $500.

The ILM Foundation, an advocate for the homeless, has been designated as an essential organization. Umar said the COVID-19 pandemic is a momentary obstacle and he maintains a positive outlook.

“Being restricted is nothing new to Muslim life, but being quarantined is,” he said. “COVID-19 interrupted our yearly events, and it has forced us to rethink the way we serve and give charity.”

Each week, CAIR-LA and the Boukai Family Foundation are recognizing the contributions of everyday people in Southern California making heroic efforts during coronavirus pandemic. To nominate someone for recognition, visit