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Penny Appeal increase feeding efforts in Ramadhaan

For most, the month of Ramadhaan is a time of brotherhood, unity and sacrifice. It is a time of equality before Allah as we all, rich and poor alike, fast for the same purpose, to attain closeness to our Maker and for spiritual reform.
For the selfless heroes at pennyappealsa, Ramadhaan is a time to increase their efforts to eradicate hunger and poverty. Apart from the hot meals or food packs provided to fasting and non-fasting families, they continue with an array of projects aimed at alleviating the suffering of those less fortunate. These projects are run both in and out of ramadhaan and include the Thirst Relief Campaign, the Mobile Medical bus and various others.
One such campaign is the Feed our World Project which provides vulnerable families with vital sources of nutrition in various forms. The team recently visited Molweni in Kwa-Zulu Natal and provided food hampers and maizemeal that will sustain each household for roughly two months. This is but one example of the efforts being made by the team to fight hunger in South Africa and though the lockdown has shone a spotlight on the hunger facing this country, the team will continue to fight this struggle long after too.
For more information on the various projects and how you can help contact 081 407 2753 or

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Muslim Association of South Africa caring for the needy during COVID-19

When COVID-19 hit our shores and our brave leader made the decision to enforce a nation-wide lockdown, teams of brave, selfless heroes hit the ground running in efforts to help their fellow South Africans. The Muslim Association of South Africa is a group of strong, determined individuals who hit the ground with incredible velocity in their attempt to flatten the curve and provide relief to those in need, quickly and efficiently.
These tactical titans work closely with local leaders and law enforcement in order to provide basic essentials, food hampers and PPE kits where they are needed most.
The team spent their morning working with coordinators in Riverlea at the Zampilo Informal settlement providing food hampers to those in desperate need and they have plans to increase their efforts to continue feeding South Africa’s vulnerable. All this is made possible with your generous donations so please support them today.
For more information on how you can donate or assist contact Mohammed Ameen Dabhelia on 074 772 3333 or visit their website muslim.org.za

Salaam Foundation reach out to doctors and other essential workers to provide better quality FFP masks

It is truly heartwarming to see organisations and individuals coming together to fight our silent nemesis that is COVID-19.
One such organisation taking strides in the fight to “flatten the curve” is @salaam_foundation.
They have taken on the task of providing better quality FFP2 or NAS medical masks for doctors and other essential workers, including organisations such as @ashrafulaid.
@ashrafulaid have taken on the monumental task of sterilizing ambulances and other emergency vehicles in the Johannesburg area.


@salaam_foundation started their campaign to collect funds for masks following a need as prices spiraled due to national and international demands for them.
@salaam_foundation spokesperson @azharvadi says “the masks are a scarce commodity right now and we’ve managed to purchase these through the donations of people and through doctors who have donated and also taken some of the masks for their rapidly depleting stocks.”


Your donations allow @salaam_foundation to support organisations like @ashrafulaid and others, with their PPF needs. This in turn allows these selfless heroes to continue the work better equipped and protected.

To donate:
Salaam Foundation
FNB Account Number 62669147665
Branch Code 250 737
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For more information please contact Fatima@salaamedia.com

Marlboro Women’s Forum respond to shack fire victims

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

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