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:
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:
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