Eid Catch Up & Aashurah Gift Exchange 2014

السلام عليكم و رحمةالله و بركاته

I have just realized that my post on wishing everyone a blessed Eid Mubarak did not load due to network problems recently.

I do apologies and I hope everyone had a blessed Eid, filled with lots of Barakah, joy and most importantly, following in footsteps of making your own sacrifice, which is your duty, if you are able to afford it.

The most unique thing about Eid for me, was the fact that I got to slaughter my own sheep for the very first time in my life.
Usually my dad does it for all of us, but it was quite an experience and made the concept of sacrifice all the more real for me.

What was your Eid like? I’d love to hear about it, so please do comment and share your experience with fellow readers.

Back to the other part of the topic, Aashurah is coming up.
And for those sisters who would like to take part in it this year, please do send in your Information to me, so I can set it up within the next few days.
Last year’s Gift Exchange was such a success, Alhamdulillah , aside from a hiccup or two.

This year I would love to include children, so if your little ones, or older kids, would like to take part, it would be wonderful.

The information required is as follows:

Name
Age
Address
Contact number and alternative number
Email address
A short note about yourself and 3 types of things you love, or that interest you.

The aim of this once again, is to bring sisters or brothers in Islam, together by getting to know someone from a different area, province or even a different country.
Please note that females will be matched to females and males will be matched to males.

Please do keep in mind that the Postal service in South Africa is yet again on strike… Yes it’s very annoying and totally inconveniences everyone, as everything arrives very, very late, if at all.
If possible, please try and use a courier service.

All emails are to be sent to theturquoisescarf@gmail.com by the 18th of October 2014, insha Allah.

Replies will be sent out by the 22nd of October 2014, if not earlier.

I look forward to all the comments and emails that you send in.

Have a wonderful week further.

وعليكم السلام و رحمةالله وبركاته

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To My Sister, With Love: The Interview With Sister Fathima

السلام عليكم و رحمةالله و بركاته

The following is an interview with Sister Fathima Mohamed. She is the lady with whom the campaign for Syria began.

Questions asked by me are marked R and the answers by Sister Fathima are marked F.

R: Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh. Sister can you tell me how the campaign all began and who began it?

F: Wa alaikumus salaam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh. It was after watching a documentary on the Christian missionaries working in Jordan and trying to convert the Syrian women. Thats where the idea of the letters came from. Since its almost impossible for most of us ladies to go there, I thought why don’t we write and tell them, show them our love and support.

The pack was something I added since its personal, something all women need no matter what, and it creates that bond of sisterhood.

Sister Shakera Jina came up with the with the name:
To My Sister, With Love.

Naseema Moolla did the write up for me and my sisters, Mariam Moola, Saadya Laher and Shakera Jina..also Aamena Jassat helped get most of the drop off points. So basically it was all these ppl that kicked off the campaign.

R: Can volunteers get involved and what should they do or who can they contact?

F: Contact persons for volunteers:
Fathima Mohamed-0765621304,
Mariam Moola-0847860405 or
Nureen Jina -0731144040.

R: How would you define sisterhood?

F: ‘The essence of sisterhood bound not by the ties of blood, daughters, sisters, wives, mothers but strengthened by the ties of Imaan (faith).
Colour cannot shake us, language cannot break us,
boundaries cannot separate us,
across oceans, rivers and seas, across deserts,
mountains and valleys,
we laugh the same laugh, weep the same tears,
struggle in the same cause,
united by one battle cry,
La ilaha illallah muhammad-ur rasulullah.’
My friend gave me her t shirt and it had this quote!

The link is an interview done by sister Ammara of Radio Islam with sister Fathima:

Click Here For The Interview

A special thank you to all the amazing ladies that participated in the campaign and contributed the hygiene packs or towards the packs. May Allah reward you all for your efforts.

Please remember our Syrian brothers and sisters in your duas as well as the Ummah at large, especially where they are going hardships. May Allah grant them strength to persevere and withstand and may He make things easy for all insha Allah.

From both Sister Fathima & Rubina from The Turquoise Scarf.

وعليكم السلام و رحمةالله و بركاته

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To My Sister, With Love – A Campaign

السلام عليكم و رحمة الله و بركاته

I’d like to bring your attention to a particular campaign that’s being run.

If you are able to, please take part.
If not, The Turquoise Scarf is accepting donations towards this campaign.
A pack is R200.00 each and consists of the items required. Which will be packed and sent off. Deadline for donations to us is 2 weeks before Ramadhaan begins, as we have to pack and send them.

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To my sister with love”-

A campaign to empower the fallen women of Syria…
Create a hygiene pack,include:
sanitary pads,
bar soap,
pocket tissue,
panty liners,
roll-on,
moisturiser 100ml bottles,
hair brush,
toothbrush,
toothpaste,
face cloth and
a pair of socks-encased in a flat toiletry bag (exp date to be 6 mnts n more).

**Importantly sisters…include in it a letter,a message of love,hope and support! From one woman to another. Preferably in Arabic, if you can.

Cut off date 1st week of Ramadhaan!!! For any querıes please contact Fathıma Mohamed on 0765621304..

ALL DROP OFF ZONES: Mayfaır/Crosby- Sakına Mohamed:0118378852.

Fordsburg-Nureen Jına:0731144040.

Greensıde-Sadya Laher:0829525467.

Northclıff-Sabıha Akoojee:0843677314.

Pretorıa-Marıam Moolla:0847860405.

Azaadvılle-Aamena Dındar:0820950247 OR
Zakkıya Kara:0849999998.

Lenasıa-Nassıma Moolla:0832531989 OR
Hava Kaka:0824673072 OR
Zakkıyya Docrat:0721006876.

Helderkruın-Leıla Dındar:0828542350.

Benonı-Nusrat Jassat:0832527289.

Durban-Nabeela Peer:0761616457.OR
Nasreen Peer:0826220372

Port Shepstone-Aatıka Karodıa:0823828080.

Rustenburg-Bıbı Ayesha Haffejee:0828409077.

Potchefstroom-Leıla Dhamba:0822675947.

Ermelo-Sajıda Bhayat:0763746363.

Mıddelburg-Shanaaz Shaıkjee:0824717712.

Carolına-Shakera Jına:0845562973 OR Farzana Kaka:0726441070.

Botswana-Tasneem:+26772119262.

Glencoe/Dundee-Zubeıda:0845521122

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