Support Muslim Women Artists

Sometimes we starving students and artists have to make personal appeals from our community for financial support. Your prayers and well wishes help, but sometimes chipping in $10 here or $15 can make a huge difference by bringing some ease to a struggling student/artst’s life. I’m asking you to make a difference by contributing to the artistic and cultural production of the American Muslim community.

We should invest in our youth and youth leaders who are working hard towards creating something positive. This is why it is important that we stand behind the development of our artistic and intellectual community. There are many talented people in the American Muslim community, creating music, producing films, painting, writing calligraphy, writing plays, novels, and poetry. These artists remind us that despite the strife and troubles in the world that there is still beauty and meaning. But often when these artists and thinkers who illustrate and tell our story and share our cultural heritage receive little support. Muslim women are often overlooked because they have less access to leadership and those who do invest and support worthwhile projects. Despite this, they are striving to contribute to the community in many ways.

It is often humbling to ask for support, but awhile back I learned of a sister who could really use your help for an upcoming project. Sister Kameelah is a brilliant young woman who is graduating from Stanford with an MA from the school of education. Not only is she a teacher, she also a talented writer and artist who uses photography and other media. According to her blog, she is raising funds to buy an important piece of equipment for a multi-site photography and writing project about young women. Her locations will be Detroit, India, Bangladesh and South Africa. That’s right, she will be linking women’s lives in three continents and all she needs about $600 to make it happen.

Please show that young Muslim women artists with $1, $5, $25 or whatever you can. Please check out her blog, Kameelah Writes and make a contribution .

Jazak Allah kheir.

Support Masjidul Waritheen

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I got word of this event from an ING newsletter. This look promising, since it is drawing people from various communities (Black American Muslim, White American Muslims, and Immigrants and others) to support the continued development of masjid Waritheen (a predominantly BAM community in Oakland). Over the years many Muslim student groups in and around the Bay Area have asked Imam Faheem Shuaibe to speak on numerous topics and represent Islam in interfaith dialogues. He is still eloquent and able to touch upon a number of issues that we face in American society. I encourage those in the area to attend or at least support the community by making a donation.

Please support Masjid Waritheen, a historic community in Oakland. You can go the website here to order your tickets or if you can’t attend, make an online donation .

Here’s more info from the website:

Masjid Waritheen Annual Supporters Dinner
SUNDAY, JUNE 15, 6 PM – 9 PM
CHANDNI RESTAURANT – NEWARK, CA

$25/PERSON DONATION – RESERVE YOUR SEAT NOW (click here)

We invite you to join us for a special fundraising event for Masjid Waritheen, one
of the oldest and most active masajid in the Bay Area. As immigrant communities
have grown and prospered in the U.S., it is vital that we ensure that our African
American brothers and sisters are also growing and prospering in their
communities. Following in the footsteps of our beloved Prophet (saws), who
forged an unprecedented bond between the Muhajireen and Ansar, local
immigrants and the children of immigrants are joining hands with their indigenous
brothers and sisters to help support a group that has worked tirelessly to serve
and provide programs for the greater community. Muslim immigrants and their
children have directly benefited from the struggles, sacrifices, and achievements
of the civil rights movement; it is time that all of us acknowledge this debt and
play our part in giving back and putting into practice the principal that charity
begins at home. Join us in this worthy effort by contributing any amount online at
masjidulwaritheen.org and attending our event in June to learn more about the
growing African American Muslim community in Oakland which houses both a
mosque and a full-time Islamic School, the Clara Mohammed School.

This event is sponsored by every major Islamic organization in the Bay Area and
the following individuals:

Sponsors: Hesham & Diana Alalusi Foundation & Javed & Shaheena Khan
Foundation

Organizers: Imam Anwar Tahir, Javed Ellahie, Adeel Iqbal, Uzma Husaini,
Waseem Sufi, Ayesha Mattu, Atif Qureishi, Omar Ahmed, Ifetkhar Hai, Shafi Refai,
Shafath Syed, Ameena Jandali, Imran Maskatia, Farhan Syed, Maha Elgenaidi,
Shahed Amanullah, & Irfan Rydhan

We are associated with the Leadership and Ministry of Imam Warith Deen
Mohammed.

Here is some more information from the website.

Sunday June 15, 6 pm – 9 pm
Chandni Restaurant
$25 donation – reserve your seat now at masjidulwaritheen.org

Speakers include:
Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, Zaytuna Institute (invited)
Shareef Abdur Raheem, NBA Star Forward, Sacramento Kings
Imam Faheem Shuaibe, Imam, Masjidul Waritheen
Saafir Raab II, Strategic Planning Consultant, Managing Opportunity, Inc.

This is a special fundraising event for Waritheen mosque, one of the oldest and most active mosques in the Bay Area. As immigrant communities have grown and prospered in the US, it is vital that our African American brothers and sisters are also growing and prospering in their communities. Immigrants and their children have directly benefited from the struggles, sacrifices, and achievements of the civil rights movement; it is time that all of us acknowledge this debt and play our part in giving back and putting into practice the principal that charity begins at home. Join us in this worthy effort by contributing any amount online at http://www.masjidulwaritheen.org and attending the dinner in June to learn more about the activities of the African American Muslim community in Oakland.