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ICare Children’s Foundation COVID-19 Ramadhaan Appeal

In today’s fast-paced world we find that the most vulnerable in society are forgotten at a time when they need the support the most. Women and children in distress are always a cause for concern and it is the wonderful group of individuals at the ICare Children’s Foundation that strives to provide the utmost care for women and children during such tumultuous times. ICCF’s mission is “to make a positive impact on disadvantaged & underprivileged communities, as well as those in need of social support, regardless of race, colour, creed or religious background.”
Their core value is to provide refuge and care for destitute and traumatized children.

Ongoing projects include the Orphan Program in which they’ve adopted several orphanages and Safe Houses and provide them with financial or physical assistance. These lodgings provide counseling, education, healthcare, love and understanding to the approximately 130 children who reside within their walls.

The ICare Foster Parent Program maintains a database of potential foster parents that can be contacted should social services place a child in their care who is in need of a loving home.

The Feeding Program run by ICCF supports other Non-Profits and Community-Based Organisations with shared objectives, by providing food and or food items to their feeding schemes.
During this Ramadhaan in lockdown, an urgent appeal is being made for donations in order to assist orphanages struggling during this crisis. This is in addition to the ongoing feeding schemes in which they have partnered with organisations such as Mothers for Justice.
Zakaah, fidya and fitra are accepted.

Extend a hand of help to the ICCF by supporting one of their life-altering initiatives. Together we can bring a little sunshine into the lives of those darkened by society’s unpleasant side and prove that good still exists.

For more information contact:
Email: info@icare.org.za
Phone: +27 21 699 0302
Cell: +27 64 145 4700

Al Ihya Foundation – Iftar Hotmeals on Wheels Ramadhaan Distribution

Al Ihya Foundation is a registered Non Profit Organisation as well as a Public Benefit Organisation with over 21 years of experience in Services and Humanitarian Relief Assistance both local and internationally.
With the arrival of Ramadhaan comes a project that brings warmth and comfort not only to the hungry bellies it feeds, but to the souls of those contributing to such a worthy cause. The Iftar Hotmeals on Wheels Distribution Project aims to feed 50 000 Iftar Hotmeals this Ramadhaan.
The Al Ihya team have done four Iftaar hotmeal distributions thus far, providing almost 3000 meals.

Each meal costs R30
10 Iftar hotmeals R300
50 Iftar hotmeals R1500
100 Iftar hotmeals R3000
1000 Iftar Hotmeals R30 000

The Al Ihya Foundation wishes to thank all those who donated generously to this worthy cause.

For more information contact Sister Nazarene 083 653 5669 or email ihyauloomuddeen@webmail.co.za

Madressah Ihya Uloom ud Deen
Absa
Account no:4072219988
Branch code: 632005
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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

Single Mums Initiative Raise Funds to Aid During COVID-19

Parenting these days is no easy task and the challenges become enormous when one parent has to do it alone. In a time when the traditional family model is slowly slipping away, the ladies at The Single Mums Initiative have made it their mission to help single mothers, who due to their circumstances, have to take on the role of mother and father.
The Single Mums Initiative is a non-profit organisation that was established by Nazeefa Sibda in November 2018. The aim of the organisation is to develop single mothers so that they may become self-sufficient and strong-minded individuals. Their vision is to encourage, empower and elevate the status of single mothers so that they are recognised and valued within society. They achieve this by offering single mums assistance in the form they require, whether it be financial, emotional or legal.


Since inception, the @singlemumsinitiative has provided support to countless single mums and has also hosted empowerment workshops, fun days and outings for single mums and their kids. With the current COVID crisis, SMI are currently raising funds to aid single mothers experiencing financial difficulties by providing them with hampers and bridging the rent shortfall gap. They have also teamed up with 5 motivational speakers and started 5 WhatsApp groups as a safe space for their single mums to join in and obtain the emotional support they require.
For more information on how you can help this wonderful initiative contact Nazeefa Sibda 084 220 5958

Imraan Choonara – CEO of Africa Muslims Agency, Businessman, Philanthropist, Motivational Speaker and Personal Excellence Mentor

Africa Muslims Agency (AMA) is a Non-government Organisation started by Kuwaiti physician Abd Al Rahman Hammud Sumayt in 1981. The organisation began operations in Malawi in 1981 and the South African office was established by late Mohamed Farid Choonara in 1987. His son Imraan Choonara has been involved with the organisation ever since 2011.

Imraan was a naughty but responsible child. Today he is grateful for his dad who was the driving force that moulded him into the man he is today. He describes his father as being very deliberate; an activist, a hard worker and humanitarian who always wanted to serve people.

At a time in our country’s dark past, when it was illegal to be in Soweto, he accompanied his father on some nights as he went to teach people how to read and write, and Imraan spent time playing with the children. As a teenager, while he longed to enjoy the holidays with his friends, his father sent him to foreign countries, like Sudan and Egypt to experience various cultures and learn how to budget during his stay. At 16, when he rebelliously ran away from home, his father did not change his stance on the rules of the house and told him he was welcome to come home or stay out. His cold, disturbed night under a bridge in Johannesburg quickly encouraged him to return to the comforts of his home.

“We should always remember, that everything people credit us for, is not solely of our own doing,” he says, “we can’t take credit for everything. In my case my dad was a major influence in my life, which as a child I didn’t understand, yet as an adult I see that the morals and values he ingrained in me through these experiences have shaped me.”

Upon completing his studies in Dental Technology in 1995, he received an award as the student that displayed the most leadership potential. A lecturer in his final year altered the course of his career with a statement he made to the class: “If I had to live my life over again, I would start my own business…you probably don’t own much right now, so you have nothing to lose. You have your whole life ahead of you to recover from any mistakes you make now.” This one statement set Imraan on a path of discovery.

His initial plan was to move to Canada after graduation, however his father requested him not to leave the country, so he opted for Cape Town. That’s where he started his first business in the guesthouse industry. Six months after procuring the guesthouse, he married and the young couple ran the guesthouse together. Imraan then decided to branch out into property development, retail, speaking and mentorship, which he soon discovered was his forte.

 

 

After achieving significant financial success throughout his 20’s, he endured incredible financial challenges in his early 30’s. According to him, this is the best thing that could have happened. At that point he took the time to introspect, seek mentorship, learn who he was and became stronger and wiser as a result.

In August 1997 Imraan started a business with incredible partners, identifying and developing entrepreneurs, which continues to this day. He later joined AMA In April 2011 and was appointed to lead the organisation.

One of the most fulfilling moments of his humanitarian efforts was when AMA took kids from Syrian refugee camps in Lebanon to shop for Eid clothing. A mother thanked him profusely for taking care of her child. He felt so humbled, thinking: “I am nothing, I am only the conduit and yet she was so thankful to me.”

Imraan’s passions span a diverse spectrum including working with vulnerable societies, developing parenting workshops, empowering humanity, leadership and business development. He has two daughters and a son and this drives his passion for good wholesome parenting. His daughters play a pivotal role in his desire to openly develop strong, independent women.

Youth uncapped is a programme developed by AMA to teach teenagers intangible values that are aimed to break the cycle of rape, abuse, disrespect and dishonour so prevalent in our society. This programme has been running in Cape Town for a few years and strives to include youth of every race, faith and gender. He believes that these values if taught from a young age will develop emotionally mature adults who respect each other regardless of differences.

 

 

His most recent empowerment venture is called “Deliberate dads”, which he started with Mohammed Cassim, more commonly known by his Instagram name as Moetivation. The two met at the Men of Valour award ceremony where they were both recipients, and discovered that they had a few things in common. They are both very passionately involved fathers and share a common desire to strongly encourage dads to be involved in the development of their children, even in situations of separation or divorce. During his divorce, a mentor encouraged him to be kind in the process so that Allah will be kind to him and this he says, has proven to be so true.

As a highly energetic individual, a typical day includes prayer, physical activity, meetings, conference calls, humanitarian activities, reciting Quran and very importantly, being a dad. No two days are the same and therefore Imraan has to be very intentional about his personal discipline which includes learning and development.

He is a strong believer in affirmations and some of them include:

  • “I have the capacity to accept criticism without resentment.”
  • “I have faith, courage and enthusiasm, people are attracted to me because of my warm positive nature.”
  • “I have unbounded energy.”

The Quran has emphasized learning and thinking with the phrases: “for those who ponder” and “for those who think”. Imraan believes that if you are a lifelong learner, you don’t need to fear the future. He says he learnt work ethic at the dental laboratory in his young adult years. His mentor taught him, that everything must be done with excellence even If you are sweeping the floor or making a cup of coffee. The way one does one thing is the way they will do everything in their lives. If one is sloppy in one area they will be sloppy in other areas.

 

Imraan’s favourite Quranic verses are:

  • “…and whoever is careful of his duty to Allah, He will make for him an outlet.” (Surah 65, verse 2)
  • “And give him sustenance from whence he thinks not, and whoever trusts in Allah, He is sufficient for him.” (Surah 65, verse 3).

When you pray, speak to Allah directly at any time, and in any place. He is saying that he will give sustenance from places our human brain can’t imagine, so don’t lose hope in Allah. He believes that being a haafidh (memoriser) of the Quran has given him the mind-set to achieve. “If you can accomplish that you can achieve anything.”

His definition of success is happiness. Happiness is not jumping for joy, but rather a feeling within; a contentment. Even during tough situations a person can be joyful. When one believes that Allah is working in your favour even in difficult situations, there is an awareness that therein lies a message, or a lesson that needs to be learnt.

When asked about his goals for the future, Imraan responded with, “To live until I die, if I live until I die, I will pursue my passion until I die.” We all need to have business goals, family goals etc. but that’s not the ultimate goal. His ultimate goal is to leave a legacy, one of integrity and good character.

“Go from having a thin skin and hard heart to having a thick skin and a soft heart.” That is his advice to others doing humanitarian work. Imraan is grateful for his way of thinking because he believes that it affects everything he does in life. He says: “If you have a problem with every area of your life, then you are the problem, so develop yourself because as you develop yourself every area of your life will be impacted positively.”

“We need to constantly share stories of people who are proudly Muslim making a difference in this world.” The narrative must be that we are human beings and we all make mistakes, we are part of a perfect religion, but we are not perfect. By showcasing our identity, our struggles and achievements, it shows how we are using Islam as our guide to living a balanced life and a life of service to humanity.

His biggest life lesson is that humility will serve you far greater than arrogance ever will.

He begs Allah every day to allow him to recite the kalimah (testify) in his final moments. His parting advices are: “Don’t get emotionally connected to the weaknesses of others, you can lose years of your life that way. Live until you die, if you have breath left in you, your job is not done yet.”

When asked about how he would like society to remember him, his reply was simply, “as a man of integrity and humility”.

 

 

 

 

 

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
REF: COVID19+NAME

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