Giving Charity on Ashura Day

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So proud of the girls in the mosque classes, Mashallah!

After discussing the part in Ayatul Birr (Ayah 177 of Sura Baqarah) where it talks about the quality of righteous people giving away money that they love, we invited them to bring in some of their OWN money on Ashura day for charity…

They were told that any amount – or even no amount if they didnt want to! – would be fine, even a 1p coin. And yet they brought change, they brought notes, and they brought in large numbers! Alhamd they manged to raise over £140! Just shows how much we can do when we come together, even at the tender ages of 7 to 11 years…

May Allah make them of the righteous ones, Inshallah 🙂

Ramadan Giving Calendar

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Check out this twist on an advent calendar – loved the emphasis on giving!

“Who is Hussain and Sufra Charities in London teamed up with Ramadan Giving Calendar to bring you all something truly special that everyone can get involved in!

Ramadan is upon us and this year there are many advert calendars on the market focusing on the countdown to Eid, in which each window you open allows you to receive something for yourself. We felt we should do something different by focussing on giving rather than receiving.

The Ramadan Giving Calendar does exactly that and we are using this Ramadan as an opportunity to give for 30 days.

Here is how you all can get involved:

Next Steps:

1. Firstly find a big box or a big bag

2. Print out the attached pictures

3. Print both sheets of the calendar and attach the one with the logo on top of the list so that the list is hidden (more fun for the kids)

4. On a daily basis either cut along the dotted line or fold back so that the next day is visible.

5. Put the required donation in the box

6. At the end of Ramadan (or just before) we will sending details of how to drop off your donations. These donations will be distributed to the guests at Who Is Hussain’s 100th food drive!

Tip: as all the goods are non-perishable so you may want to buy them in advance and have them ready in the cupboard – this initiative should not be seen as a 30 day shopping trip.”

Trick or Treating for food bank items

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What an awesome idea! I have to admit, I’m torn on the whole Trick or Treating… I don’t think it’s as sinister as made out to be sometimes, and like someone recently told me, if it’s not haraam, then why do we make it so? This is one thing that will make it more palatable for sure!

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/halloween-heroes-selfless-trick-treating-9175304

Weddings and Marriages!

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These videos and stories are inspiring for our teenagers to watch, as they think about getting married…

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Bride and groom feed refugees for their wedding dinner

“A Turkish bride and groom decided to share their joy on their wedding day by inviting 4,000 Syrian refugees to eat with them and celebrate in the southern Turkish city of Kilis.

Fethullah Üzümcüoğlu and Esra Polat, who got married in the province which is near the Syrian border last week, invited some of those refugees who have fled the country since the civil war which began four years ago.”

Read the full article here: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/turkey/11783353/Meet-the-Turkish-couple-who-spent-their-wedding-day-feeding-4000-Syrian-refugees.html

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Couple cancels traditional wedding to fundraise for Syrian refugees

“We realized as we planned for our wedding that the average cost of a wedding is almost the same amount as the average cost of sponsoring a family of four,” says Jackson, a PhD student studying refugee health care policy who has been involved with the Ryerson University Lifeline Syria Challenge since July. “Seeing how far donations go and seeing how much the money fundraised really means to people who are going through the program both as sponsors and people being sponsored…it just seemed logical that we would switch gears and make our wedding a fundraiser instead.”

Read the full story here: https://ca.news.yahoo.com/blogs/good-news/couple-cancels-traditional-wedding-to-fundraise-for-syrian-refugees-194422522.html

What a great start to their lives together 🙂

Iftaar Party Ideas

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Planning on having an iftaar party for your children? This idea done by a mum may come in handy!

Invite them home a little early and pop into the closest supermarket and give them some money, then ask them to buy some food for charity!

Make it a challenge to make it even more exciting: Who can get the most items out of the designated £5? Who can spend the closest to £5? What kinds of food do you think would be most appreciated?

So many lessons to learn! And so fitting for this month!

Another idea sent in was to invite your friends to bring something with them when they come like this family did!:

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Another idea was to give out an empty box and a Ramadan Giving Calendar (see: http://www.buzzideazz.com/ramadan-giving-calendar/) as a party favour to encourage children to give charity during the month.

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Have you held iftaar parties? Would love to hear what you do in them!

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