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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World Hijab Day, 1st February 2014

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السلام عليكم و رحمت الله و بركاته

How many of you are wondering why there’s a special day for hijab, aka world ‘scarf’ day?
Well here’s a little background on the initiative begun by a Muslim sister, in America.

February 1st 2013 is known worldwide, as the 1st World Hijab Day.
Begun by Nazma Khan, a New York resident, who had grown up with being at the receiving end of discrimination all through her life, all because she wore the Hijab or scarf since the age of 11, as is done by many Muslim women around the world everyday.

World Hijab Day isn’t just about Muslim women. It’s about inviting women from all faiths, to don the Hijab and for one day to experience what a Muslim woman feels by wearing the Hijab.
I suppose in a way it’s a bit daring for anyone to just don the Hijab, in its proper manner, where ALL of the hair is covered.

Many women participated last year, even though the event was organized completely via social networks. Nazma’s aim is for 1 million women to take part this year, from all around the world.

I would personally like to invite all female subscribers to don the Hijab, in its proper manner, for a day, on February 1st 2014.

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If you do participate, please take a photo of yourself in the Hijab (optional) and forward an email to me, relating your experience in wearing it for a day.
Look at how you are treated by friends, family, colleagues etc.
How do you personally feel having worn it for a day?
What were the highlights and lows of wearing it?
And finally, would you wear it again?

All emails to The Turquoise Scarf will be posted on the blog and the best post, as voted for by readers via the comments section, shall win something special.
I look forward to your entries, which have to be in by midnight on the 2nd of February 2014.
Winners shall be announced on the 5th of February 2014.

So ladies, who’s daring enough to take up this challenge?

If you would like to show your support for World Hijab Day, please post the following picture on your social network profiles for the day on 1st February 2014.

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Also here are some links with more information about World Hijab Day:
Muslim Matters

World Hijab Day

Have a wonderful day further,

وعليكم السلام ورحمت الله و بركاته

Secret Sister and Secret Brother Gift Exchange For Aashurah

اسلام عليكم و رحمةالله و بركاته

Hi everyone

I just have a few words to say today, Jazakallahu khairan, thank you to all those who have taken part in the #SecretSister and #SecretBrother Aashurah Gift Exchange!

All emails were sent out earlier this afternoon, and were drawn at random.

Next year, in Sha Allah ( God Willing), I will run one for the kids as well as adults!

I sincerely hope that you all enjoy shopping or making the ideal gift and that the receiver appreciates your efforts.

Don’t forget to pen a little note if you like.

This day is truly like a mini celebration and families should always try to spend sometime together on this day, whether they are exchanging gifts or not.

Please remember me in your duas.

Once again, thank you for your participation, the response exceeded my expectation!
I had fun putting everything together and pairing up everyone.
May we go even bigger in years to come in Sha Allah, aameen.

For now, I’m going to put on my thinking cap, and look for another amazing interactive idea for all you fabulous ladies and gentlemen! And the kiddies too!!

If you have any ideas, please share in the comments section, or email me.

I have quite a few posts to share soon, so be on the look out!

Until next time,

وسلام عليكم و رحمةالله و بركاته

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