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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Must Reads: To Find A Bride & To Find A Groom

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Salaam & hi

Where to begin??

A few days ago I was made aware of a rather interesting story by a man looking for his bride.

To Find A Bride
It’s about a journey he undertook in seeking ‘the one’ that has led him on some ….. shall we say ‘interesting’ meetings… Lol.
This is all about a South African Indian man, and ladies please have a read. I’ve actually learned quite few things about a man through this story.
Yes, it’s based on Indian cultural traditions as well as Islamic traditions.
The author is Muhammed Ismail.
He’s on Facebook as well as on twitter : @tofindabride #tofindabride

To Find A Groom
The 2nd part from the view of a girl seeking a groom is written by Tasneem Basha.

In this part, we see the flip version of the woman seeking her groom.
The reality of how easily a woman can get hurt, all thats expected of her and how she carries on seeking the man who will be her husband after facing some trials, disappointments and rather funny situations are well written and expressed by the authoress.

Men, you should read this especially if you’re seeking a bride!

Tasneem is an awesome authoress, is a close friend and quite well known for her local workshops and talks.

She’s on Facebook as well as in twitter : @tasoo #tofindagroom

Have a read and don’t forget to post your comments!

Ma’as salaama for now… Bye for now 😉

Official Opening Of The Nizamiye Complex In Midrand

On the 4th of October 2012, it was the official opening of the Nizamiye Complex in Midrand, Johannesburg,South Africa.

The Nizamiye Masjid is a replica of the Selimiye Masjid in Turkey, an Ottoman Masjid that is built in the city of Edirne.

The Nizamiye Masjid is currently the largest Masjid in the Southern Hemisphere and one of the largest on the continent of Africa.

It was the inspiration and brainchild of 74 year old, Ali Katircioglu, a prominent Turkish businessman, who came to South Africa four years ago.
Although he wanted to build it in America originally, a friend advised him to build it in South Africa instead.

The Nizamiye Complex consists of a masjid, a school, health center and shops, opened officially on the 4th October 2012 with President Zuma cutting the red ribbon.

An Islamic University and a hostel is also currently being built.
The Masjid has a large dome and ceilings which was hand painted by Turkish artisans flown in. The ceiling patterns are replicas of the custom made carpets installed throughout the masjid’s floors.

The wide round chandelier lights glint softly, enhancing the beauty of the dome.

The entire Masjid is well ventilated and has windows that open facing the inner courtyard as well as the outside of the building depending which side of the masjid you are on.

The peace and tranquility of being inside this masjid was awesome and the coolness inside was a blessing from the heat we experienced on the day.

My sister, Mas-oodah, and I were blessed to be able to not only read our Zuhr (midday) prayers inside but we were gifted with the rare opportunity of listening to the Imaam recite the Quraan afterwards.
The only thing that spoiled the recitation were the South African women having a jolly old conversation and disrespecting the Imaam as well as the Quraanic words being read.

Not only that, but we had women screaming to their children below in the courtyard to make wudhu downstairs…

I cannot explain the embarrassment my sister and I felt as we witnessed these ladies behavior.

I now know our women should NOT be allowed in Masjids… And I agree fully with that as they simply donot know how to behave in it.

Nonetheless, the opening of the masjid and complex was great, and something all who attended will never forget.

Attached are photos my sister and I took on the day personally.

I hope to be a regular at the Masjid, إنشاء اللّهُ (God willing)