On the evening of 03 March 2020 approximately 22 shacks burnt down at the Silvertown, Setswetla informal settlement in Alexandra. Through the mercy of Allah Ta’ala of the 50 individuals, there were no fatalities, however one male aged 34 had to be taken to the Alexandra clinic with minor injuries.
The Marlboro Women’s Forum were quick to respond to the call for assistance from Disaster Management Logistics and provided food items such as mielie meal, rice, tin fish, bread, juice and milk.
The manager of Disaster Management, Mr Sepheu Nkoele expressed his gratitude for their humanitarian response relief measures that contributed to alleviate the suffering of the 18 families affected by the tragic event.
For more information contact Hasina Bhana on 072 363 9571

Penny Appeal One Day In The Haram Screening Fundraiser

@pennyappealsa had their screening of “One Day in the Haram” in Johannesburg yesterday afternoon.
The nationwide screenings aim to raise funds for two worthy @pennyappealsa projects, the one being operational costs for the mobile medical bus. The medical bus is split into three areas, primary, optometry and dentistry. This amazing clinic on wheels travels to rural areas in the Cape providing much needed healthcare to school going children from underprivileged areas with no access to such facilities. In one visit a child can get fillings in their teeth and spectacles should they require. The other project funds are being raised for, is the expansion of the Image Radiology and Neonatal Units of the Al Makassed Hospital in Jerusalem.
The docomentary provided rare footage of the inner workings of the Haram In Makkah, that houses the Majestic Kaaba.
Well done to @pennyappealsa for bringing this highly insightful movie to our local screens and raising much needed funds for these two worthy causes.

Marlboro Women’s Forum Annual Bake Sale

“When women come together with a collective intention, magic happens.”

This quote by Phylicia Rashad is not only an incredibly powerful statement, it also pays homage to the countless women out there making a difference, in their own special way, every single day.
One such group of incredible women are the Marlboro Women’s Forum.
The MWF is an NGO that has been operational for over 20 years.
Amongst their ongoing projects are their feeding scheme, weekly sandwich delivery to the Alexandra clinic, assisting victims of abuse and working together with disaster management to assist fire and flood victims.


The MWF work closely with other organisations in the North, such as Baitun Khair, The Two Lights Foundation and The South African National Women’s Forum, with their projects as well.
I spent a delightful Saturday morning with this group of energetic and remarkable women at their Bake sale for Syria. The ladies managed to raise R 30 000 which will be used to build shelters for the Syrian refugees.
Well done to all the ladies at MWF, may Allah reward you abundantly for the good work you are doing both locally and abroad.
For more information contact Hasina Bhana 072 363 9571

TTLF Learner for learner project

It was heartwarming spending the morning of 11 January 2020 with the Two Lights Foundation and their group of energetic volunteers packing stationary for underprivileged learners.

The Learner for learner project has been running annually for the past 3 years and is an effort by TTLF to engage learners from the local community in acts of service to others.

The distributions took place at primary schools in Thembisa, Pretoria and Soweto when the school terms began.

In addition, the team packed boxes of gently used Islamic Literature destined for a school in Malawi.

In closing, TTLF spokesperson Hafiz Fareed Akoojee shared some words of advice to the youth “When you volunteer you don’t get paid for it, you do it from your heart.”

For more information on how to get involved in these and other TTLF projects contact:

Hafiz Fareed Akoojee on 083 564 7929

Adventure begins for Iphutheng learners at their new library

For Principal, Mike Tobejane, life at Iphutheng Primary School never has a dull moment. With over 1000 learners to cater for, the Alexandra based school has been in need of some refurbishment. A task that the principal has been tackling head on, since his appointment five years ago.

One of the spaces that desperately needed attention was the library. Thanks to Mr Tobejane’s efforts, the Adamjee Foundation in collaboration with AMPM Projects, were provided the opportunity to create a safe and comfortable library for the young students to enjoy.

The transformation was incredible. Seeing the single container replaced with a whimsical building, left the students with excitement to explore and enjoy this new space.

The outdoor seating area, a favourite of many, consists of upcycled, brightly painted oil drums and is shaped like a centipede. The shape is no coincidence, as the inspiration for the design comes from the name of the school itself – Iphutheng, which means centipede.

The development of the library aims to encourage Iphutheng students to get lost in hours of reading and learning enjoyment.

For more information on these and other Adamjee Foundation projects:

Website: www.adamjeefoundation.co.za or

Email: info@adamjeefoundation.co.za

 

The year ahead is yours to conquer

With the beginning of a new year, many people have taken some time to reflect upon the year that has passed and plan for the new one. It is a time of introspection, self reflection and anticipation for what lies ahead.
Whilst planning is important, we must also realise that Allah is the best of planners and we must place our trust in him in all our affairs.
As Aaidh ibn Abdullah Al Qarni says in his book “Don’t be sad”:
“When a Muslim sets out to do something, he must do the following: he must plan with caution, and he must put his trust in Allah.
The Prophet (PBUH), who was protected by Allah and who had a stronger trust in Allah than anyone else, wore armour in battle. A man asked the Prophet (PBUH), ‘Should I tie my camel to the post or should I put my trust in Allah?’ The Prophet (PBUH) said, ‘Tie it up and put your trust in Allah.’
When you take appropriate steps to reach your goal, and when at the same time you put your trust in Allah, you have implemented two important principles of Islamic Monotheism.”
Advice taken from our beloved Habib’Allah is the best form of advice.
Let us strive to follow his guidance and Insha Allah we will see success.

The art of giving charity in six easy steps

Charity in Islam, is not defined as one specific act. It is not merely the act of financially assisting the impoverished, feeding the hungry or healing the sick. Yes, spending one’s wealth in charity is a virtuous and noble act, the reward for which is from Allah alone, however, charity has many forms. It is in picking up hazardous material from the road or loving for your neighbour what you love for yourself. If we define charity as simply giving from our wealth, we are depriving ourselves of the deeper understanding of the teachings of our beloved Prophet Mohammed (s.a.w)

Here are six tips to make charity a part of your life together with a teaching from our master Prophet Mohammed (s.a.w):

  1. Donate monthly to a specific charity – “The deeds most loved by Allah (are those) done regularly, even if they are small.” (Bukhari and Muslim)
  2. Keep bottles of water in the fridge to hand out to those out in the heat – “The best form of charity is to give someone water to drink.” (Ibn Majah)
  3. Watch your words, speak kindly – “A kind word is a form of charity.” (Bukhari and Muslim)
  4. Pay attention to your surroundings – “Removing a harmful thing from the pathway is charity.” (Bukhari and Muslim)
  5. Smile more – “Your smile for your brother is charity.” (Tirmidhi)
  6. Do good where you can – “Every act of goodness is charity.” (Bukhari)

May we give of ourselves and our wealth and may it be a means of our salvation in this world and the next.

The bees were abuzz in Fordsburg

The bees were abuzz on the 17th of October 2019 on Lilian Ngoyi Street at the launch of the BEES School of Baking, a new branch of the Al Fidaa School of Baking. The school is the second of its nature that was born during an informal meeting at the Port Elizabeth Airport, between its founder and director, Mr Nazir Munshie, and CEO of Al Baraka Bank and director of SAMCT, Mr Shabeer Chohan.


From its humble birth to the opening of its first school on the 3rd October 2017, the Al Fidaa School of Baking has gone on to train over 90 candidates in Port Elizabeth, and this was only the beginning. When Al Fidaa wanted to open a school of baking in Gauteng, they invited a number of Women’s Organisations to procure the initiative. The F.E.E.D Foundation, who are committed to the empowerment of individuals, were at the forefront of initiating a project in Johannesburg.

 

 

The idea of “BAKING THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE”, resonated with the F.E.E.D objectives of educating and empowering individuals. Plans are underway to open up six more schools next year. The school offers a free baking course to the underprivileged to teach them baking and decorating skills, allowing them the opportunity to create with confidence. Students will be enabled to earn an income through these skills and may be able to create employment for others.


The launch began with a beautiful recitation by Shaykh Sayed Ibrahim. One of the verses chosen by the shaykh was Al Asr, which is so profound in its beauty and simplicity and so appropriate for this particular gathering: “By the token of time, verily man is in loss, except such as have faith and do righteous deeds, and join together in the mutual teaching of truth, patience and constancy.”
The team at BEES School of Baking extended their gratitude for the assistance of all those involved in making this dream a reality. Their special thanks went out to The Vaal Ladies Forum, Benoni Ladies Forum, Caring Women’s Forum, AWQAF SA, and Adam Munshie from Al Fidaa, who flew in from Port Elizabeth six weeks ago to assist with sourcing equipment and facilitating the setup.


F.E.E.D has committed funds in excess of R1.5million to BEES School of Baking thus far, together with The South African Muslim Charitable Trust who donated an additional R750 000.00 to the school for building and equipment costs. A heartfelt thanks was given to SAMCT at the launch event, it was through their donation and with their confidence in this project, as well as the facility on Lilian Ngoyi Street, which was provided by F.E.E.D, that the BEES School of Baking became possible.


Individuals can get involved by:
1. Sponsoring a student for the four-week course (R6 500)
2. Sponsoring taxi fare for a student for the duration of the course (R 700.00)
3. Sponsoring ingredients or contribute towards monthly overheads
4. Sponsoring a starter kit so graduates can start baking from home immediately to earn and income (R2 200.00 for essential equipment, R 700.00 for ingredients)
5. Donating or sponsoring essential monthly ingredients, for a list of these contact the persons mentioned below.

For further information please contact:
Fathima Bux
Contact number 082 786 4466
Email: buxf@mweb.co.za
Or Dr Zaheda Adam
Contact number: 073 574 2457
Email: drzadam@icloud.com

Running for breakfast

Penny Appeal SA embarked on a fundraising challenge to raise money for The Breakfast Club, a Penny Appeal SA Project. The Breakfast Club focuses on providing nutritious breakfast meals to under resourced schools, or to children who are facing food insecurity at home. This has been an on-going project of Penny Appeal SA, which has ensured hundreds of children have nutritious breakfast meals.


The run took place on the morning of 13th of October 2019 in Durban. The starting point was at Blue Lagoon and snaked through the city for 10km’s until it reached the end point at Suncoast Entertainment World.
Whilst some individuals contributed to race participants fundraising efforts with crowdfunding, others accepted the challenge to join the FNB Run Durban 10km race. A group of 21 individuals ran for change with Penny Appeal SA in aid of the Breakfast Club.


Saeeda Khan stood out in the volunteer group (named Team Orange) as she raised a staggering R20 000 (the highest amount raised) towards The Breakfast Club due to her dedication to the drive.
Approximately R 77 000.00 was raised by the 19 participants. R100 gives a child a breakfast for a month, which means that more children can be fed and more schools who need it the most can be approached.


“The Breakfast Club is a project where we try and bring nutritious breakfasts to schools where the children do not have the means to have a healthy meal in the morning due to poverty. Penny Appeal SA is trying to help children receive the best possible education by providing breakfasts to keep them healthy, strong and focused each day,” says Shahnaaz Paruk, the Penny Appeal SA CEO.


If you would like to volunteer to collect donations to one of their projects, go to their website www.pennyappeal.org.za/teamorange and fill out the form or contact:
Penny Appeal South Africa
Contact number 031 110 0573
Email: info@pennyappeal.org.za

Toilets for South Africa’s Most Vulnerable

Pit toilets are still a reality in South Africa and many schools are still using this system due to a lack of resources. Use of these toilets has resulted in physical injury, illness and in a few cases, the deaths of learners.

According to statistics from the Department of Basic Education briefing on the 7th of November 2018, out of the country’s 23 334 active schools, 3 898 still had pit latrines as the only form of sanitation.

The Jamiatul Ulama South Africa partnered with the Gift of the Givers and launched a campaign to eradicate pit toilets from South African schools. The President of the country himself, Mr Cyril Ramaphosa, called upon the private sector and other stakeholders to join forces with the government to eradicate this problem.

In term two, Qurtuba Islamic Academy embarked on a fund-raising initiative to assist their brothers and sisters in education. Their aim was to help make a difference by providing six cubicle toilets to a school in urgent need, by providing an environment where learners are educated with dignity.

Juluka Ndoda Primary School in the Kwadudela area of Howick, has for years been subjected to toilet facilities which were in an appalling state. Juluka Ndoda is a top performing school with more than 700 pupils attending from Grade R to Grade 7, but with toilet facilities that were no longer fit for use. The KwaZulu Natal Department of Public Works, which is responsible for the school’s buildings had conducted site visits and deemed the facilities unfit.

On the 12th of September 2019, the Jamiatul Ulama South Africa together with Qurtuba Islamic Academy and Gift of the Givers handed over newly built toilet cubicles to the school. The pupils also received little gift packs of sweets and stationery, and were given important advice on hygiene and academic excellence.

Learners and teachers at Juluka Ndoda Primary School have expressed their gratitude for the 12 toilet cubicles that will now allow them to concentrate on the important work of learning.

Follow Qurtuba Islamic Academy to see the work they are doing:

Instagram – @qurtubaislamicacademy

Facebook – @qurtubaislamicacademy

Twitter – @QurtubaIA

 

How can you help?

By donating towards this life changing project.

For more information or to contribute:
Contact Ml Asad Pandor – apandor@jamiatsa.org

or

make a deposit into their account:

Name: Jamiatul Ulama South Africa Relief

Bank: Nedbank Fordsburg

Branch code: 198 765

Account Number: 1953 285 937

Reference: Your name/Toilets 4 schools

Lillah and Sadaqah applicable