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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Aashurah Gift Exchange

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السلام عليكم و رحمةالله و بركاته

Dear bloggers

I realize that this is a bit late but I’ve recently just had an interesting idea on how to make this Aashurah unique.

As we know, Islamically gift giving is encouraged as it strengthens ties with kith and kin.

It is my idea that this year and hopefully, انشاالله in future years to come, that we take the initiative to follow upon this sunnah.

What I am proposing is a ‘ Secret Sister’ for females to exchange gifts, and for men, you will have a ‘Secret Brother’.

The idea is that, if you do sign up for this, you will send in an email to theturquoisescarf@gmail.com, containing your name, gender , blog name, full postal address and a short description of your likes/ hobbies.

I will then pair up sisters separately and brothers separately, and forward you the name and address of the person who is your ‘Secret Sister’ or ‘Secret Brother’.

This is purely for the pleasure of Allah, and I ask you to please fulfill your part in sending the gift with, perhaps a note containing contact details so the receiver may thank you.

In this way, may we be able foster and strengthen ties with one another and perhaps even become good friends and better sisters/ brothers within Islam انشأ الله.

I look forward to your participation.

Let’s make this Aashurah, a unique one.
This is open to all participants from around the world.

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 😉