Idea No 10: Reconnect with and share the message of Hussain (as) with the neighbours of our Islamic Centres!
One of the ideazz during the ten days of Muharram was to share the message of Hussain (as) with our neighbours. In line with the ideazz during these ten days of ‘group’ activities, this is a phenomenal initiative to now reach out to our local centre’s neighbours.
Just before the commencement of Ashra-e-Zainabiyya, the Hyderi Centre in South London, UK and Stanmore Centre in North West London, UK did exactly that!
In Stanmore, a group of 11 people (including two children) got together and knocked on 200 doors to give them a gift bag including:
1. A Who is Hussain Card (www.whoishussain.org)
2. A Buzz Christmas Card
3. A special message inserted inside the card to apologise for any inconvenience we may cause them throughout the year
4. A small box of chocolates
Although mixed feedback was received, overall the neighbours deeply deeply appreciated the gesture and even gave a gift back in some instances 🙂
Some of the mixed feedback included:
1. You have been great neighbours.
2. The foot flow makes us feel safe.
3. Haven’t really noticed any inconvenience.
4. Please be more considerate when parking and don’t damage the grass area.
5. Next morning, there is a lot of litter of Styrofoam cups left lying around 🙁
Overall – it was a very positive fulfilling experience for those involved.
If any other centres have done something similar, please do share!
For those centres that want to reach out, this can still be done by replacing the Interfaith Christmas card with a New Year’s card and putting an additional insert that was used for Stanmore (this can be emailed to you – please feel free to get in touch).
Just wanted to share a beautiful 5 minute clip of the recitation of the Holy Quran followed by a very moving speech at an Interfaith Service on Sunday in Connecticut attended by President Obama: http://www.youtube.com/embed/oHvYZeUV9EE
For those of you who still want to reach out to your friends, colleagues, teachers, police station, fire service, local hospital and doctor’s surgeries, libraries and many more from the other faith, we yesterday received our final batches of the Interfaith Christmas
From the 1,300 we ordered – we now only have left the following, thanks to the amazing response we have had from everywhere:
(i) 90 – A6 cards
(ii) 16 packs – A7 mini cards (160 cards).
Postman Pat sending a post out today (3pm), tomorrow, and a final post going out on Thursday!
600 cards arrived – 600 cards all GONE! (Don’t worry if you haven’t ordered yours yet – we have re-ordered some!)
Alhamdulillah, we have had a fantastic response to the Christmas Cards with a twist!
There are some phenomenal initiatives taking place: Stanmore Jafferys & Hyderi Centers are both doing lovely gift bags to all the neighbours around the area: A box of chocolates, a WIH card and a Buzz Christmas card to apologise for the inconvenience we put them through during the year, and thank them for their understanding.
Wouldn’t it be great to get all our centers around the country to reach out to our neighbours and wish them a lovely break? So if there is anyone who is part of a youth group, committee etc… look forward to your orders and will get them shipped out asap!
P.S. Will post more details later on the neighbour initiative as Stanmore Jafferys are looking for families to knock on the door to hand out the gift bags!
Alhamdulillah, have started to dispatch people’s orders – some by hand, some by post, some by messenger 😉
Do tell us what you think when you receive yours!
They’re heeeeeere (all of them this time!) …
Don’t think we’ve gotten so excited about a box before 🙂
And here are the Kidzz Cardzz…
P.S. We have changed our name to Buzz Ideazz! Hope you like 🙂
Please keep sending, sharing and spreading the ideas and the love!
And this is the inside – what are your thoughts about the wording?
Look forward to all your feedback on the questions!
Design 4 – Christmas Holly 🙂
Design 3 – Christmas Ornaments 🙂
Design 2 – Christmas Tree 🙂