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The Weekly Muslim News Update

Dont harass Muslims in Ramadhan,


Imam tells police
The National Police Service has been
asked to ensure that Muslim faithful are
not harassed during the forthcoming
month of Ramadhan. Noting that this
was a common trend during this period, the Imam of Jamia Mosque Nairobi
Sheikh Muhammad Swalihu said that
while enforcing security is of paramount
importance, this should not be used as a
pretext to harass innocent people.
He emphasized that the security officers should not harass Muslims heading
to and coming from mosques especially
during the special evening Ramadhan
night prayers (taraweeh).
"I appeal to the Inspector General's office and the county police bosses to
ensure that Muslims do not fall victims
of police officers during the month of
Ramadhan," he said.
The global Muslim community is expected to start the month long period of fasting which is expected to start either on
Wednesday or Thursday next week depending on the sighting of the crescent.
At the same time, Sheikh Swalihu called
on Muslims to be vigilant on matters of
security and cooperate with law enforcing agencies in combating crime incidences. It is part of our religious obligation to ensure that peace and security
prevails and we all need to be vigilant
and report suspicious incidences of
crime activity to security officers, he
said.
He further called on Muslims to make
peace and unity their priority during
Ramadhan emphasizing that Islam in
itself is essentially peace and Muslims
should not just long for peace but also
help bring about the peace as it is the
key to social-economic development.
The Imam urged Muslims to get involved
more in good deeds so as to get the benefits which come with the noble month of
Ramadhan and reap numerous rewards
during the month of spiritual purification
and spiritual renewal.
This is a time to be more generous especially to the less fortunate in the society. Ramadhan is a month to harvest
Allahs bounties, let us engage in good
deeds to effectively benefit from the
season of goodness, he added.

PREPARING FOR RAMADHAN: A carpet fitter lays down a new set of carpets at Jamia
Mosque to give the mosque a better decor and ambience.

Anti-Hijab case appeal to be lodged


An appeal challenging a high court ruling
that banned the wearing of Hijab by Muslim students in a school is set to commence
next week.
Confirming the appeal, Nairobi lawyer
Ali Mahmoud said the final documents
are ready and the appeal will be officially
lodged at the Court of Appeal in Nyeri next
week. We have been working on the appeal documents but we are now ready and
In shaa Allah we will be making our final
submission to the Court from next week.
From there the court will set a date for the
hearing of the case, Ali told the Friday Bulletin.
The lawyer expressed confidence that
the desired outcome of the case will be
achieved. We expect things to move very
fast because we now have a strong faith
that the court of appeal will ensure that the
constitution provisions on freedom of worship as outlines in the Bill of Rights will be

adhered to, he added.


In a ruling delivered in March, Meru High
Court Judge Nzioka Makau barred Muslims
girls at St Paul Kiwanjani Secondary school
in Isiolo from wearing the veil and trousers, a
judgment that elicited anger and condemnation from the Muslim community who termed
the move as unconstitutional.
Speaking to the Friday Bulletin, ODM nominated Member of Parliament Zuleikha Juma
said Muslims are determined to reverse the
judgement and will use all the available legal
avenues including resorting to the Supreme
Courts to ensure that the rights of Muslim
girls were protected.
She noted that religious discrimination
against Muslim students is rife in many
schools across the country and expressed
her regret that some Judges were aggravating this situation through ruling which contravened the constitution.
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EDITORIAL

Embracing the social media

In a span of a few years, social media has


emerged as one of the most influential
and vibrant communication tools across
the globe.
Its influence can be seen from the fact that
it was the main springboard that spurred
the Arab spring contributing to bringing
down tyrannical and dictatorial regimes in
countries such as Egypt, Libya and Tunisia.
Spurred by the unprecedented growth
of internet and smart phones, this ever
growing and evolving medium has attracted billions of users around the world
and has turned out to be an important
source of information and communication through which governments, corporate establishments, religious and even
individuals connect and engage with the
masses. Even the mainstream media
has firmly embrace this tool of communication which a few years ago was seen to
be an informal interaction channel limited
within small social networks such as families and friends.
With a social media usage rate of 82 percent, Kenya is considered as one of the
countries in the world with a high usage
of the social media. More than ever twitter, Facebook, Whatsapp, Instagram and
other social media platforms are the communication tools of choice for millions of

techy savvy enthusiasts who spend a significant part of their time in discussions and
engagements on various contemporary issues.
While the social media has been identified
as one of the most phenomenon influential
tools in the country, it is a case of regret
that among Muslims especially scholars,
Imams, mosques and Muslim organizations are are yet to realize the positive influence of this communication tool.
Statistics indicate that churches are spending more than 65 percent of their communication resources on the social media to engage with their congregations, but coming
to Muslims, the figures remain negligible.
It is hard to find mosques actively communicating with worshipers and the general
public through the website or over the
social media platforms while Imams apart
from the Friday sermons, seldom interact
with their congregation. Scholars who are
the guiding light of the ummah have largely
chosen to shun away from this platform
where they could easily engage with the
masses.
For many Muslims in the country, they can
relate well with international scholars such
as Dr. Bilal Phillips from Canada, Dr. Zakir Naik from India, Mufti Ismail Menk from
Zimbabwe, due to their active and dedicated interactions on the social media rather

Protect children from societal decay

Establishing community based schools will go


to a great length in inculcating Islamic moral
values and also safeguard the learners from
corrupt societal behaviors.
Sheikh Abdullatif Abdulkarim a member of the
Kenya Council of Imams and Ulamaa (KCIU)
decried the increased moral decadence in
the society which he said have permeated
into educational institutions and called for
the establishment of more community based
schools to provide a conducive environment
to nurture students and protect them from
moral corruption.
There is an appalling rot in the society which
has found its way in schools. It is important
that we establish our own schools that will
provide a suitable environment to safeguard
children from immoral influence, he said during his weekly lecture at Park Road Mosque
in Nairobi.
His comments were in reference to the move
by the Teachers Service Commission (TSC)
to ban 126 teachers from teaching in any
school in the country for involving in sexual
relations with their students. This is the tip of
the iceberg but the rot is prevalent in schools
where teachers who are supposed to be providing guidance to children are turning into
sexual perverts preying into the minds of the
innocent children, he said.
These are the symptoms of moral decay in
the society where pornography, sexual lewdness and prostitution is being glorified and
unfortunately vulnerable children particularly
the girls are the main victims, he added.
Sheikh Abdulaltif who is also the director of
Al Muntada Development project criticized a
plan to introduce condoms to primary school
pupils under the pretext of sexual education

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than the local scholars who appear to linger in the analogue age.
At a time, when misconceptions on Islam
and Muslims are prevalent and the thirst
for information on Islam among nonMuslim increases, it becomes essential
that Muslims play an important role in the
mainstream and on the social media to
reach out and engage with the masses.
Keeping away from this platform will only
leave vulnerable minds especially young
people at the mercy of deviant ideologies
and enemies of Islam who misrepresent
the true teachings of the faith.
It is imperative that mosques, scholars,
Imams and Muslim organizations develop
communication strategies to engage with
the faithful and the public on various issues about the faith and the social media remains the most significant platform
where a large body of the population can
easily be found and engaged with minimal
costs implications.
The media no doubt is a double edge
sword but when used in the right manner,
it can have tremendous positive impact to
the soceity and this is where our Imams,
scholars, mosques and organizations
need up their game and through the social
media connect, inspire and share with the
masses for the greater good of the ummah and the society.

saying that this was a recipe to further corrupt societal moral values. Without condoms
teachers are preying on children, what do you
expect if they will be the ones to distribute the
condoms to the children? he asked as he
called on religious leaders to rise up to the occasion and voice its stand against the increasing decadence in the society It is a worrying
situation, we cannot look the other way while
the moral values which threaten the future of
our children is constantly under threat, he
said.

Anti-hijab case to be appealed

Denying a Muslim woman hijab is stripping


her of her dignity and telling her to walk naked.
We are not ready to walk naked and thats why
we are willing to go as far as possible to reverse the ruling, she said.
We are not giving up on this one because Allah comes before everything. And by wearing
hijab Muslim women are not trampling on anyones right but only exercising their right, she
added.
In a show of support for the appeal, Muslim female students from various secondary schools
in Nairobi raised more than Sh103, 000 towards the legal cause.

SUNDAY
WELCOMING RAMADHAN
SEMINAR
Memon Hall South
'C' (Bilal SEMINAR
Mosque)
SISTERS
LECTURE
Date:14th June SUNDAY
2015
Time: 9.00 am 5.00 pm
Topics
1. Importance of Ramadhan in our lives
2. Time Management in Ramadhan
3.Mistakes and innovations in Ramadhan
Plus special Q and A sessions
All are Welcome

Jamia to offer Iftar


programme

Jamia Mosque Committee through


its social welfare programme would
this year during the month of Ramadhan offer daily Iftar meals to hundreds of Muslim faithful who break
their fast at the mosque.
The annual programme is expected
cost over Sh3 million and estimated
500 worshippers are set to benefit
from the programme each day during the entire thirty days of fasting.
To promote the true spirit of cooperation in Ramadhan, Jamia Mosque
administration is appealing for support among Muslims in the noble
initiative to provide meals to those
who will be breaking their fast at the
mosque. "Whoever feeds a fasting
person will have a reward like that
of the fasting person, without any
reduction in his reward," said the Jamia Mosque administrator Said Abdallah quoting a tradition of Prophet
Muhammad peace be upon him.
Ramadhan Iftar vouchers are available at a cost of Sh 200 for those
willing to partner in the programme
and contributions can also be made
through Mpesa Pay Bill number
150770 Iftar Account.

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DA'WA

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Khurram Murad
Alhamdullilah, Allah has blessed us to witness and reach another Ramadhan. The
Prophet peace be upon him has called
this month a blessed month and a great
month). In this article we will focus on
How can we fully benefit from this season
of blessings.
What we must understand as we prepare
for this season
In the Quran Allah presents some of the
most beautiful metaphors and parables
which gives us great insight on how to prepare for this blessed season. In Surat AlHajj, Allah says: And you see the earth
barren, but when We send down upon
it rain, it quivers and swells and grows
[something] of every beautiful kind [22:5]
These verses from Surat Al-Hajj and several others use the metaphor of rain, which
when falls on the right piece of land produces vegetation of trees, flowers and
fruits that benefit everyone. Through this
metaphor Allah is inviting the believers to
prepare the land (their hearts and soul) for
this rain (guidance) that has been sent to
them in this blessed month of Ramadhan.
The month of Ramadhan is analogous to
the season of spring. In this month, a believer prepares the garden by removing the
weeds, seeding the soil and watering the
ground in hopes of beautiful flowers and
tasty fruits later in the year.
The same goes for the heart of a believer.
The more prepared the heart is, the better
it is able to receive and retain this divine
guidance. A deep understanding of this aspect of purification of the heart goes a long
way in attaining our goals during the blessed month of Ramadhan. The following 10
tips can be helpful in reaching this goal.
1. Intention and determination Intention creates the desire, the consciousness and the determination; which in turn
produces the required efforts for a task or
goal. At the start of this Ramadhan, make
the intention of attaining the piety (Taqwa)
which is the goal of the month of fasting.
Have the intention of reaching this level of
piety through your fasting, worship (Ibadat)
and all the planned special activities during this month. To achieve, this goal, it may
be beneficial to dedicate some private time
before the first day or on the first day of
Ramadhan and make Hamd and Istighfar
to Allah . Send salutations on the Prophet
peace be upon him and ask Allah to assist
you in this endeavor. Making Duaa with focus and concentration can help you attain
the proper mindset.
2. Relationship with Quran Make special arrangements during this month for
recitation, listening, understanding and
pondering on the verses of Quran. Spend
as much time as possible in the company
of Quran. Attending Taraweeh regularly is
a great opportunity to complete listening
to the Quran at least once during Ramadhan. If you dont understand the Arabic language, you should make every effort to un-

derstand a set portion with translation and


tafseer. If following the translation for an
entire Juz is not possible, dedicate time to
follow some portion of a Juz. Alternatively,
you can plan to complete the reading with
translation within one year and before the
next Ramadhan. In our day and age, the
Internet has opened an unlimited number
of opportunities for learning and understanding of Quran from the comfort of our
homes.
3. Stay away from sin Make a special
effort to stay away from any and all types
of sins. In this month, believers are given
special protection from the devil (Shaytan),
which we should take advantage of by promoting and increasing our closeness to Allah. The farther we are from sin, the closer
we get to Allah. The Prophet peace be upon
him reminded us in his famous Hadith that
Fasting acts as a shield from sins, so use
it as a shield. The fasting person should not
curse anyone, yell and badmouth anyone.
If someone curses him or fights with him,
he should move away by saying, I am fasting. I cant be part of bad deeds related
by Bukhari and Muslim. We can gradually
and consciously correct our bad habits
for example, we can decide to consciously
lower our voice and avoid yelling, screaming or fighting during this Ramadhan. Also
we should avoid mentioning negative
things about people in their absence. Make
a special effort to guard your tongue during
this month. Make a habit every night to assess your day before going to sleep. Make
immediate Istighfar and repent if you have
committed a sin during your day.
4.Seek good deeds A believer should
always be seeking opportunities to perform and engage in good deeds. During
the month of Ramadhan the reward for
every good deed (Nawafil) rises to the
level of the reward of obligatory acts (Faraidh). We should seek all such opportunities in worship (Ibaadat) and relationships
(Muamalat). When a believer goes beyond
the obligatory acts (Faraidh) and hastens
to perform the optional (Nawafil) it shows
his eagerness to please Allah. These are
the believer about whom Allah relates in
the Hadith Qudsi related by Abu Hurayrah
(Radhiya Llahu anhu) that such people become so dear to Allah that Allah becomes
the eyes through which they see; He becomes the ears through which they hear;
He becomes the feet through which they
walk, and the tongue through which they
speak. In this Ramadhan decide on any
three (3) or more good deeds that you will
consistently perform to attain this special
nearness to Allah.
5. Qiyam al-layl To stand the night in
prayer and recite from the Book of Allah
is one of the most effective methods of attaining the consciousness of Allah (Taqwa).
Allah praises these believers in Surat AlDhariyat And in the hours before dawn
they would ask forgiveness [51:18]
Taraweeh is considered to be part of Qiy-

am al-layl. Believers are also encouraged


to wake up and pray during the second
part or the third part of the night right before dawn. We can be among those who
are mentioned in the above verse of Quran
by simply waking up 15-20 minutes before
Suhoor and performing two rakaat Nafil prayers. Abu Hurairah (Radhiya Llahu
anhu) narrated that Allahs Messenger
peace be upon him said: In the last third
of every night Allah descends to the lowermost heaven and says; Who is calling Me,
so that I may answer him? Who is asking
Me so that may I grant him? Who is seeking
forgiveness from Me so that I may forgive
him?. [Sahih al-Bukhari, Hadith Qudsi].
This and many of the following verses are
a great inspiration for the believers to stand
in prayer during the night.
Is one who worships devoutly during the
hours of night prostrating himself or standing [in adoration] and who places his hope
in the mercy of His Lord [like one who
does not]? Say: Are those equal those
who know and those who do not know?
It is those who are endowed with understanding that receive admonition. [AzZumar 39:9]
6. Dhikr and duaa Remembrance of Allah is important throughout our lives, but is
even more important during the month of
Ramadhan. Making a special effort to keep
the remembrance of Allah, especially with
your tongue is a source of great reward.
This act keeps Allah in your thoughts constantly. A constant dhikr of Allah and his
praise (Tahmeed and Tahleel) are one of
the best of ways of reaping rewards during
this month. As we make Duaa to Allah, we
perfect our conviction and belief that He
is the only one who can fulfill our needs,
wants and desires. Extending our hands in
complete devotion any time of the day or
night and at specific times such as the time
of breaking of fast (Iftar) would be a source
of Allahs mercy and acceptance. Make a
special effort to memorize some of the Adhkar and frequently repeat them throughout the day.
7 Night vigil on the Night of power
(Laylatul Qadr) and Itikaf In this night
Quran was revealed. The status of this
night was clearly stated in the famous versSUNDAY
LECTURE
es of Surat Al-Qadar:
The Night
of Decree
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SUNDAY
SATURDAY
LECTURE
Lecturer: Sh. Abdul-Latif
SUNDAY Abdul-Karim
LECTURE
Topic: Preparing for Ramadhan and
Zakaatul Maal
Date: 13th June 2015
Time: 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Venue: Jamia Multi-Purpose Hall
SUNDAY
SUNDAY
LECTURE
SUNDAY
Namna ya kujianda
kwaLECTURE
Ramadhan
By: Abu Rahma
Date: 14th June 2014
Time: 2:00 -4:00 pm
Venue: Makina Kibra
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Maaryah Zain

Sha'ban 18,1436/ June 05, 2015

The ultimate Ramadhan wish list

This Ramadhan, I will improve my prayers.


I will ensure I pray on time, at the top of the
hour. I will fast without complaining, and
prepare simple meals for the Iftar, which
include ingredients from the Quran.
"This Ramadhan, I will keep my patience
throughout the day, even if the kids break
out in squabbles. Besides that, Ill be working on meals for my children who are not
fasting, and their snacks in between.
"This Ramadhan, I will make sure my husband gets a good meal so that he will last
the whole day without too much hardship.
The house will be spick and span to honor
the month, no food on the floor, dirty laundry always cleaned by the end of the day.
No room will be left unturned.
If theres food on the floor, I will clean it
up without complaining, if theres a mess
in the living room, I will put the toys away
without arguing, and if fights break out, I
will settle them patiently.
I definitely plan to complete reading the
Quran before the 30 days are up, and
learn 30 new duas to boot.
I will also be helping out at the Masjid, and
doing I'tikkaf, along with my five children,
including the nursing baby. Besides this,
Im enrolling in that online course for Tajweed and Hadith, and I hope to break my
habits of procrastination and brush up on
perfectionism.
I have decided to cut out all distractions
and concentrate solely on Ibadah. I hope to
complete my Tarawih every day and wake
up for tahajjud prayers in the morning.
With the kids, Im planning three activities
per day, including arts and crafts six times
a week, and hope to teach them good habits while I am at it.
I plan to drive a little more patiently, shop a
little more diligently, and to be more creative in keeping up with the chores.
I plan to visit family and friends four times
a week, and have guests over three times
a week.
On these days, I will have to plan for larger
meals. The little ones will need some attention with their tantrums.
But never mind all that, this is my ultimate
Ramadhan wish list and I will stick to it.
Ramadhan Is here
Does that sound familiar? Or a little too idealistic? Ramadhan is a wonderful month for
a spiritual upgrade and it is amazing at how
much we rush to reap the benefits of the
Holy Month.
And while everyone is putting up their
super-charged level of patience or cleanliness or ambition for change, we also have
to be realistic with our selves.
As moms, we often know that we run out
of steam towards the afternoons, closing in
on evenings. Little tantrums can set us off.
The apple wasnt slinked correctly, or soand-so took my robot and broke it. The
little things add up. And while rushing the
older ones to complete their tasks, the
baby wants to be carried, and dinner is still
in the fridge, uncooked.
To make things worse, it is taxing when
theres a two year old who sees you as

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WOMEN

monkey bars. But thats the reality of it.


Ramadhan, with fasting and keeping calm
on the menu, can seem a little more daunting than just the month of blessings.
Everyone wants to make the best of it, to
go over the top, and to recharge ones faith.
But lets be realistic, there are some things
that we may do, and there are other things
that may be out of our reach. But this
doesnt mean we should forgo our Ramadhan.
We just need to know our own capacities
and work with the resources we have. Here
are a few pointers to make the best out of
the holy month without buckling within the
first ten days.
Make a Plan
Sit down on a daily basis, and take time to
plan. Its no point going into Ramadhan in a
frenzy and then burning out on the 4th day.
Theres also no point rushing into Ramadhan with a mental list and getting confused
and frustrated because you cant fulfill your
goals.
Write your plans out. What can you do for
sure? What do you wish to do? And even
list out things that you would like to do but
probably cant. What good habits do you
want to cultivate be realistic, so you have
more of a chance to succeed than to fail?
What bad habits do you wish to eliminate?
Write them down. Once you have a list, try
to visualize the days during the month and
to which points you would be able to commit to. As you go through the month, ticking
off those that you have accomplished will
be highly satisfying and rewarding in itself.
Be honest with yourself
You dont have to be super mom and youre
not a robot. Tell yourself you are Allahs
humble servant. Remember that daily and
tend to your list with sincerity. Most importantly is that deeds are done to please Allah and Allah alone.
If you find tasks are overwhelming, then
you may lose your sense of sincerity along
the way.
Religion is not meant to be a burden until it turns hearts blind, but it should be an
honor and hardship enough to open hearts
to more good deeds.
Juggling children and religious obligations
may not always be easy, but they dont
have to be exclusive.
Try to include your children in your Ibadah,
like reading short verses to them or reading
the Seerah together.
Get into neighborhood recycling projects or
visit orphanages with other families.
For indoor activities with the children, plan
maybe a small activity a day that everyone
can do together, and then let the kids play
as they usually would.
Explain though, that it is during Ramadhan
that we can learn to be extra neat, so they
learn how to tidy up throughout the day.
If you have outside activities, pick and
choose those that dont cause burn out.
Plan outings that are close by and dont require too much energy. Pack easy snacks
for the little ones who are not fasting to
make your trips a little easier.

Increase your sincerity with existing


deeds
"And they were not commanded except
to worship Allah (being) sincere to Him in
religion, inclining to truth, and to establish prayer and to give zakah (poor due).
And that is the correct religion."(The Noble
Qur'an: 98:5)
Allah also says): "Say (O Muhammad): 'Indeed, I have been commanded to worship
Allah (being) sincere to Him in religion.'"
(The Noble Qur'an: 39:11)
All deeds need to be done with sincerity.
Every change needs to be done for Allah
alone.
Renew your intentions every day to please
Allah. The merits of good deeds are compounded in multi-fold during Ramadhan.
Even the mundane chores like sweeping
the floor and folding the laundry contribute
to ones good deeds. Keeping them up and
lively during Ramadhan by remembering
the blessings of Allah is a great way to reap
the benefits of the month.
While doing that, try to dilute distractions
that could cause you from concentrating on
your intentions. Ramadhan is the best time
to develop holistically, so if the television is
causing you to waste time, switch it off and
do something more beneficial.
If you have a habit of checking in on Facebook three times a day, check it only once,
mostly for the important updates.
The best deeds are the consistent ones
Lady Aisha narrates that the Prophet
(peace and blessings be upon him) said,
Perform your deeds properly and in moderation, and know that ones deeds will not
cause any one of you to enter Heaven, and
that the most beloved of actions to Allah
are the most consistent ones even if little in
amount. (Bukhari)
Remember that the best deeds are those
that are consistent. Reading a page of the
Quran a day may not feel as rewarding as
reading an entire Juz a day, but as long as
a page a day works, and is kept consistent,
there are plenty of blessings in that, too.
Remember...
I am as my slave thinks of me and I am
with him whenever he remembers me.
(Hadith Qudsi).Praise Allah throughout the
day. Keeping Allah in remembrance curbs
us from being distracted.While youre tidying up, while youre consoling the toddler,
while youre sewing a button.Remember
Allah, for He will remember you and He
will acknowledge everything youve done
throughout Ramadhan, even the smallest
deed, like smiling at your husband.Ramadhan is that month for an iman surge, but
it is easy to get overwhelmed at the same
time.Plan, plan, plan and be honest with
yourself.Be honest with your sincerity and
be honest with your capacity.
Although many mothers are bogged down
with daily schedules, it doesnt mean you
have to forgo the entire month of burn out
due to an early adrenaline rush.
Anyone can have their ultimate Ramadhan
wish list; it just takes a little planning, and
a lot of prayers.

Sha'ban 18,1436/ June 05, 2015

FEATURE

Lessons from my first Ramadhan

Sister Nawal
The mere mention of the word Ramadhan
makes my eyes sparkle and my stomach
fuzzy; I feel so excited. My love for this month
started in 2009 when I was in high-school; I
would then observe the Muslims closely and
marvel at their ability to give up food, drink,
music, TV and all the things normal teenagers love to do in high-school away from
home. Yes of course! I loved the dates I can
still remember when I ever ate a date oh my,
it is a memory to salivate on. Later on when
I got more serious in studying Islam I appreciated their efforts and tried what I could to
make their fasting easy. But never in my wildest dreams did I ever imagine I would wake
up for suhur or stand for tarawih.
Today is a different day so much has changed
from then. I am a totally different teenager;
it's amazing how things have changed after
the shahada. I sit on this cold afternoon my
toes and fingers half frozen simply reminiscing about last Ramadhan which was my First
Ramadhan since I reverted to Islam.
It all began the week before Ramadhan.
Fauzia called me one late afternoon just to
know how I was doing but the conversation
ended up drifting to Ramadhan. It was then
that it hit me that actually it was mandatory
for me to fast I felt overwhelmed like I couldn't
do it. Not that I have a healthy appetite but it
was the music, the useless soaps I thought
I couldn't refrain from as for months I had
struggled but my efforts were to no avail. I
decided to talk to Samina hoping she would
tell me I didn't have to fast or something like
that .Surprisingly our conversation didn't go
as planned instead she started telling me of
the tranquil state we would all be in during
Ramadhan, she shed more light on Laylatul
Qadr and how I should carry on with the good
deeds after Ramadhan was gone. I wasn't
going to let the opportunity to do good pass
me by I was going to give it my best whether
or not I would be successful.
The first week of Ramadhan was a struggle
with my nafs, however I kept going deleted all
the music from my phone, broke the CDs of
useless series I apparently treasured, so that
even if I was going to be tempted there would
be no access to such material. I took my daily
prayers serious and tried to avoid all distractions during swalah. I couldn't believe I was
doing it Alhamdulillah my nafs started getting used and things got easier. That doesn't
mean it was smooth sailing from then on, I
don't know how but suddenly I got a really
healthy appetite. I would get so hungry, there
was this one afternoon I was home alone I
forgot I was fasting I just felt super hungry
and decided to make a sandwich before making my main meal immediately after making
the sandwich it hit me, I was actually fasting.
On realizing that I actually felt energy leave
my feet, then my knees slowly I lay on the
cold floor with tears in my eyes my right hand
on my stomach consoling myself I couldn't
feel my feet; I thought I would die so I said
the shahada with my right index finger shaking like a leaf on a windy day. I reached for
my phone only to realize it would be a while
before I could actually break my fast. I made
a supplication and asked that Allah make it
easy for me if I was going to live before dozing off on the floor. I found it really funny af-

terwards.
Moreover, I learned how it really felt to be
hungry I regretted ever dropping a morsel of
food. I also felt that death was near me, that
at any moment I could lose my life. I didn't
want to die without my Quran in order or
while listening to music or watching soaps.
So I made a resolution to change my ways.
Time waits for no man, time is a mirage sipping like sand through your fingers nothing
you can possess and claim, you think you
have it well you don't. For instance yesterday was 2009, I was a "mono" today it is May
2015 I could recap all the things that had happened between now and then but among the
best that could warm my heart despite the
weather was the second part of Ramadhan.
From my previous "sleeping on the floor"
experience I had certainly learned to take
my suhoor seriously. I would wake up every
morning on time Alhamdulillah have something to eat, this was actually a big blessing;
whenever I woke up for suhoor I was able to
pray tahajjud and read the Quran by the time
I would be done it would be fajr. I not only
prayed fajr on time but I was actually able
to do my morning adhkar it was a blessing
in disguise. I learned to manage my time I
wouldn't stay up late surfing or reading novels, no matter how useful they would seem, I
would go to bed on time. In my mind it was all
about the suhoor but actually organizing my
time drew me close to Allah truly time management is an important part of a believer as
described in the Quran: "1. By time. Indeed,
mankind is in loss. Except for those who
have believed and done righteous deeds
and advised each other to truth and advised
each other to patience" (Noble Quran, Surat
al -'Asr 1-3)
This emphasizes on the fact that time is a
blessing for the believer doing righteous
deeds. Otherwise man is in loss by time.
I didn't even notice but slowly I became a
more effective person, I would do my chores
on time, keep my appointments and even attend darsas in the local masjid. It was just
a matter of organizing my time with the help
of Allah it would determine whether I was a
loser or not, that is a lesson I truly treasure.
SubhanAllah imagine our end if we dont
manage our time to do our acts of worship
properly.
One Sunday I was home alone, my friend who
lives not so far from me called to invite me to
her place for iftar. I accepted the offer and by
maghrib time I got to their estate, Alhamdulillah. I can recall how amazing it was to share
the iftar with my fellow Muslims knowing we
had all fasted together. I had seen some of
the sisters there probably once, so we could
cement our relationship after eating. Iftar together is a very good way to bond with fellow
Muslims in your neighborhood.
To summarize, the lessons learned was the
importance of time management and a new
way of bonding with Muslims in any neighborhood. By now I was in love with Ramadhan even more, little did I know this was just
but the tip of the iceberg, the best was saved
for last. (ummah.co.ke)
Sister Nawal is a law student at the University of Nairobi.

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Welcoming Ramadhan
Continued From Page 3
(a.k.a. The Night of Power) is better
than a thousand months [97:3]
In this night Allah forgives those who
seek forgiveness and stand the night
in prayer. This night is the most important and blessed night of the year. According to the Ahadith, this night is one
of the odd nights of the last ten (10)
days of Ramadhan and believers are
commanded to seek this night and ask
for forgiveness and the expiation from
the Hell fire in this night. This night was
given to the Ummah of Muhammad as
a special gift which allows them to gain
mountains of reward in a short amount
of time. Make special arrangements
for yourself and your family to earn the
rewards of this special night to its fullest. Spend all these nights or parts of
it in prayer, recitation of Quran and adhkar. The Prophet peace be upon him
taught his wife, Aisha (Radhiya Llahu
anha) a short and concise Duaa which
we should recite during this night. O
Allah, You are The Forgiver, You love
to forgive, so forgive me
Similarly, if you have the ability to perform Itikaf, do so during the last 10
days of Ramadhan. If you cant, try
doing it for a shorter period. The act
of Itikaf gives you an opportunity to remove yourself from the engagements
of daily life and dedicate yourself to the
remembrance of Allah and acts of worship for a set period of time. This time
gives you the ability to reflect deeply
on Allahs creation and His signs and
blessings. It is one of the best ways of
seeking nearness to Allah. If you are
unable to spend ten of few days in the
Masjid at least make the intention of
Itikaf every time you attend prayers at
the Masjid.
8. Spend for the pleasure of Allah
(charity) Charity is considered the
second most important act of worship
after prayers. Spending with the pure
intention of pleasing Allah from ones
wealth is one of the noblest acts liked
by Allah. Allah promises the recompense of seven hundred times of what
a believer spends for His sake. Infaq
has been described as a key characteristic of Muttaqeen (those who have
Taqwa and consciousness of Allah at
all times). In this month, open your
heart and your wallet. Give for the sake
of Allah without any fear of poverty.
Give to your relatives, the orphans and
poor to the best of your ability. Give
without any desire of recompense or
worldly reward as described by Allah
in Surat Al-Dahr: We feed you only for
the countenance of Allah. We wish not
from you reward or gratitude. [76:9]
9. Helping and supporting people
The Prophet peace be upon him called
the month of Ramadhan as the month
of consolation. During this month
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Ahmed Hammuda

Sha'ban 18,1436/ June 05, 2015

Turkish election: a humbling victory for Islam

Of the few places in the world that celebrate their own leaders, Turkey is one of
them. In any corner of Istanbul, the general
sentiment is contentment at the remarkable achievements of the leading party,
rightly in power, reelected on the 7th of
June 2015 for a fourth term, having never
lost since its inception, to be the largest
single party in Turkeys 25th parliament,
and from it will remain the Prime Minister.
We dare say, and as so rarely we do, today
is a happy day for politics. Rather, we as
Muslims are ecstatic at the win of Turkeys
Justice and Development Party (AK Party)
with a 258 seats, supported by 18.7 million
meticulous voters. Voters who saw through
the empty remarks of imprudent media outlets campaigning against them, and held
that the best should govern and the evil be
thwarted.
Although the AK party did not achieve the
landslide victory they were ambitiously
aiming for, their shortfall came at the expense of the party representing the many
internal and cross-border problems for Turkey in the past the pro-Kurdish Peoples
Democratic party (HDP). This goes a long
way in showing the sincerity of the current
government and their readiness to make
sacrifices, clearly not seeking to hoard government.
Despite this, we, with our Turkish family, thank Allh in celebration for this victory. The entire Muslim nation has experienced the benefits and enjoyed the shining
light emanating from Turkey since 2001.
We saw how it leaped to the help of the
stranded Rohingya Muslims: Erdogans
wife along with the current Prime Minister
and other prominent politicians were on
the ground distributing aid packages and
offering to shelter them had Indonesia not
done so, when the Australian Abbott government preferred that they stay doomed
in Burma. We saw how it sided with Gaza,
expelling its Israeli ambassador, cutting
military ties, and forcing Israel into apology.
We saw how Erdogan defied the western
status-quo, siding with Egypts legitimate
President Muhammad Morsi, defying al
Sisis legitimacy and rallying the four-finger
Rabiah massacre sign in his presidential campaigns. We saw how Erdogan,
his family and senior cabinet members
flew to Somalia through its no-go zone
in Ramahn 2011, carrying building projects worth $500m, to develop hospitals,
mosques, schools and businesses, resuscitating the nation of Muslim brothers and
Sisters from near death.
We saw how the AK Party lifted the Hijb
ban in 2014, after decades of crippling
secularism imposed on the Turkish people;
the building of 17,000 new mosques since
2002; (as opposed to closure orders) and
how it equated religious and secular degrees by supporting the ImmHatip (religious) Schools; how it sought the reinforcement of familial values; the revitalization of
conservative values; separating male and
female dormitories and private student
housing, as per Islamic custom. Erdogan

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OPINION

now vows to restore teaching the Arabic


language in high schools, to resurrect Ottoman legacy, and to repair Turkeys Jugular
Vein that was cut but the ultra-secularists,
no matter what they say. The AK Party
has further clamped down on alcoholism,
banning its late night sale, legislating that
it is not sold within 100 metres of mosques
and schools, while enforcing firmer penalties on drink-drivers and that the harm of
alcohol is clearly stated on all bottles (like
tobacco in the UK).
Anyone who has been to Turkey can testify to its beauty, the resounding, melodious Adhn, the soothing Quranic recitation
of mosque Imms, the charitable nature
of Turks and the spotless roads and lush
green parks. These are only a few of the
AK Partys great achievements, rather
hallmarks in Turkish history that are on
par bringing it back to the pivotal Islamic
nation, the empire that it once was, something every Muslim in the 21st century
should celebrate and be enthused by.
Elected into power in 2002, the party has
transformed Turkey from a debt-ridden,
ruined country, shattered by valueless
secularism and rooted corruption to one
of the strongest countries in the world. In
only 10 years, from 2002 to 2012, Turkish
exports hit $152 billion, marking a ten-fold
increase. Turkeys overwhelming annual
inflation rate of up to 100% was watered
down to single figures, while its GDP has
risen by over 45%. President Erdogan and
the AK Party are now resolute on bringing
the economy into the top 10 in the world
by 2023, having completely erased its 52
year old debt to the IMF in 2013. The Turkish electorate continues to find no competition in the ballot but to re-elect the AK Party
for a fourth time, after three successive victories; 2002, 2007 and 2011.
Born in 1954, Erdogan, the founder of the
AK party is the son of a coastguard in the
city of Rize. During his early life he sold
lemonade and sesame buns for some
pocket money, being a member of a poor
family. Erdogan attended an Islamic school,
before studying management at Istanbuls
Marmara University. Here he met Turkeys
first Islamic oriented Prime Minister, Necmettin Erbakan and began his fascinating
political career. In 1994, he became the
mayor of Istanbul, converting the city from
a slum into one of the worlds key destinations for tourism, and a beauty of a city for
its local residents. His commitment to Islm
and its values were relentless and in 1998
he was detained for four months after reciting on a public stage: The mosques are
our barracks, the domes our helmets, the
minarets our bayonets and the faithful our
soldiers.
His release and rise in positions of leadership, from Prime Minister in 2003-2014
to President, the first to be directly elected
in Turkeys history with 52% of the electorate voting for him. This landmark victory
proves that secularism is a foreign phenomenon for our Islamic societies. Despite
the fact that Turkey was once the mother

and heartland of secularism in the Muslim


world, it can so easily turn to Islm once
the socio-economic pressure, applied by
the secularists is lifted.
Muslims are ecstatic at the victory the AK
Party has achieved. It marks a continuation
to the unprecedented support Turkey has
provided for the Syrian revolution. Many
analysts confirm that had the authorities
in Turkey acted against the interests of the
Syrian people and their revolution, the tyrant regime in Syria would have regained
power and wiped out the entire struggle.
Turkeys borders with Syria, particularly its
southern border to Aleppo are the major
or even the only source for breath for the
Syrian Islamic revolution. Moreover, none
can deny that it is Erdogans AK Party government, amongst all governments in the
world that is ardently supporting Gaza, and
bitterly attacking Israel within what international politics allow.
There is no doubt that despite the atrocities
the Ummah is going through, Allh is showing us rays of light, and glimmers of hope
to keep us optimistic and motivated and to
give us the ability to bear the responsibilities He commanded us to bear. Allh has
promised those among you who believe,
and do righteous good deeds, that He will
certainly grant them succession to (the present rulers) in the earth, as He granted it to
those before them, and that He will grant
them the authority to practise their religion, that which He has chosen for them
(i.e. Islm). And He will surely give them
in exchange a safe security after their fear
(provided) they (believers) worship Me and
do not associate anything (in worship) with
Me. But whoever disbelieved after this,
they are the Fsiqn (rebellious, disobedient to Allh). [Quran 24:55]
Source: www.islam21c.com

Welcoming Ramadhan
Continued From Page 5
make a special effort to help someone. Is
there a family in your neighborhood that
you havent seen in a while? A student in
a strange new city? A new Muslim who is
fasting for the first time? An elderly couple
who cant get to the masjid? Why not take
a few minutes to make a phone call, drop
in for a visit, or invite someone for iftar.
Even the smallest gesture of kindness can
make a huge difference in someones life.
Remember your actions are measured on
their quality and not their quantity. Breaking someones fast even with modest food
can make you worthy of great reward and
can be an expiation from the fire of Hell.
The Prophet peace be upon him said, If
someone helps break the fast of a fasting
person in the month of Ramadhan, he will
receive the same amount of reward as the
person fasting without any reduction in the
reward of the fasting person. He also said,
If someone feeds a fasting person, Allah
will quench his thirst from the water of Kawthar and he will never be thirsty again until
he enters Jannah.

Sha'ban 18,1436/ June 05, 2015

NATIONAL

Use mosques to promote unity, says SA scholar


Mosques should not only serve as prayer
facilities but have an important role to play
in nurturing the unity of the community. This
comment were made by Sheikh Ebrahim
Bham, a visiting scholar from South Africa
who emphasized on the need for mosques
to serve as centres for promoting unity and
learning for the faithful so as to nurture a
better and productive Muslim community.
We face the challenges of leadership and
mosques have the capacity to bring Muslims together and nurture the unity of the
ummah, Sheikh Ibrahim who is the secretary general of Jamiat Ulamaa, the council
of Muslim theologians of South Africa said
during a fundraising event for Parklands
mosque last week.
This is a unique institution which brings
people together, the wealthy and the poor,
regardless of ethnic background and this
sense of unity should be used in bringing
Muslims together, he added.
The guest of honor at the event Omar
Yakub the chairman of Roy Hauliers Limited called on Muslim to support the establishment of mosques saying that there are
pivotal in nurturing a vibrant Muslim society
which has positive impact on the society.
He helped to raise Sh20 million towards
the construction of the mosque whose architectural design would place it among the
important landmarks of the area.
The mosque whose construction is underway is projected to cost Sh200 million.
More than Sh150 million shillings has so
far been raised towards the project.
The old prefabricated mosque was shipped
to Marsabit where it is now being used as
a prayer facility. The present temporary
mosque will also be dismantled and used
in the construction of another mosque once
the construction is completed.
Among its amenities, the Parklands

Give youth IDs- Lamu governor


Lamu County governor Issa Timamy has
hit out at the national government for failing to issue the youth with national identity
cards. Identity card issuance at the county was suspended last year following the
deadly attack at Mpeketoni where over 60
people were killed.
Timamy said the youth are unable to secure job opportunities or enroll in higher
learning institutions because they lack the
vital document. More than 5000 youth
over the age of 18 years are yet to get national identity cards. This is unfair and very
discriminative, said the governor during
a public rally at Shanga Market in Lamu
West.
He noted that majority of the youth in the
area have been marginalized as a result of
lacking the document and appealed to the
government to fast track the process of issuing IDs to thousands of youth.
We are urging the national government
to immediately embark on the issuance of
identity cards to our youth. These young
men and women are stranded and suffering, they have no jobs, he added.

Mosque will include a prayer area to accommodate more than 2,500 worshippers,
madrasah facilities, accommodation for the
imam and his assistant, ghusl facilities and
a commercial area to sustain the running of
the facility.
Contributions towards this noble cause can
be made to Parklands Mosque Development
Account First Community Bank Account
number 10987802 or MPESA pay Bill number 542554 (use your cell number as the account number).

Chiefs in NE to be armed-Saleh
The newly appointed North Eastern Regional Coordinator Ambassador Mohamoud
Saleh announced that the government will
arm chiefs and their assistants in the region
to enhance on their security.
Making the announcement during a high
level security meeting, he said the arms will
be a protection measure for the local administrators who have been among the main victims of Al Shabaab attacks.
Chiefs and sub-chiefs will be provided with
guns and are expected to work together with
police reservists, administration police and
regular police. Our mission is now to face
and wipe out Al Shabaab, he said.
As part of raft measures meant to curb the
heightened insecurity, the regional coordinator revealed that 300 reservists will be deployed in the counties of Mandera, Wajir and
Garissa. Local youth are also expected to be
recruited into the reserve police force to enhance on the security situation.
North Eastern leaders led by Mandera East
Member of Parliament Abdiaziz Ali Farah
have welcomed the move to arm chiefs hailing it as good security strategy that has been
long overdue.
Abdiaziz said chiefs are well placed to deal
with Al Shabaab insurgents due to their
knowledge of the terrain and locals and arming them will help to keep the militia men at
bay. We welcome the move because chiefs
have been the first victims of Al Shabaab attacks and arming them will mean defending
their lives and protecting citizens as well, he
said.
The MP added that intelligence gathering will
be enhanced if public confidence in security
agencies is restored stressing the need to
involve locals in matters of security.
Mandera Senator Billow Kerrow said the localization of the security machinery through
the provision of KRPs from local communities and arming chiefs will improve on the
security situation in the region. Give us people who know the area and the terrain, people who know the residents and can identify
them and are ready to pursue Al Shabaab to
the borders, said the senator.
North Eastern has in the recent past witnessed heightened Al Shabaab attacks
causing a shutdown in several vital sectors
including education that has worst hit, health
and the economy as well.
A dawn-dusk curfew is still in place in the
three counties which area leaders have
called for its immediate withdrawal ahead of
the holy month of Ramadhan.

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CIPK to oppose plan to


change madrasah syllabus

The Council of Imams and Preachers of


Kenya (CIPK) has said it will oppose any
move to change and alter the contents in
the proposed madrasah syllabus that has
been developed by the Muslim community.
Speaking in Eldoret Uasin Gishu County,
the national chairman Council of Imams
and Preachers of Kenya (CIPK) Sheikh
Abdalla Ateka said that the all-inclusive
unified madrasah curriculum which is
currently under review by the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD)
will streamline madrasah teaching in the
country.
He however, said that the council support the government's plan of harmonization of the syllabus, he cautioned that
it should not be an excuse to alter the
contents drafted by Muslim educationists
and scholars under the Muslim Education
Council (MEC).
He commended the council for the initiative and called on the government to respect the views of the Muslim community.
Ateka noted that prominent and respected
Muslim educationists and scholars took
efforts to ensure a common curriculum for
all madaaris in Kenya was unanimously
formulated to cater for the spiritual needs
of learners in the Islamic schools hence
the council will not allow their efforts to be
disrespected.
Reacting to the recent remarks made by
National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi
regarding teachings in Madrasah where
he called for the curriculum to be investigated, Ateka urged politicians to respect
Islamic institutions and make their observations on the basis of facts rather than
innuendos.
Speaking in a Meru Church, Muturi had
insinuated that madaaris in the country
are being used to indoctrinate the youth
and called for thorough investigations into
religious institutions. The chairman noted
that the proposed curriculum will provide
learners with teachings on the Quran,
seerah (biography of the Prophet, peace
be upon him) Arabic language, hadith
(prophetic traditions), tawheed (Islamic
monotheism), fiqh (jurisprudence) and
Akhlaq (Islamic moral values).
While the government through 2013 Basic Education Act recognized madaaris
and duksis as formal schools, Islamic
schools have been operating without a
clear curriculum with each institution operating independently without a standard
syllabus.
The process began with a stakeholder's
conference at the Jamia mosque in September last year where the need for a
common curriculum for all madaaris was
unanimously approved.
A 16-member committee led by Ahmed
Yusuf, the former Secretary of Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) was
formed to spearhead the process which
is now at a final stage after the handing
over the documents to the Kenya Institute
of Curriculum Development.

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Kakamega Muslim school gets boost from CDF

Kakamega Muslim Secondary School in Kakamega County has benefitted


from a Sh1 million support from the Lurambi Constituency Development Fund
(CDF) towards the completion of stalled school project.
The twenty million shilling four storey project which is currently at the roofing
stage was launched in 2013 but remained stalled due to lack of funds. Amenities in the project include a spacious multi-purpose hall, classes, laboratory
and library as well a modern Kitchen and dining facilities.
At a presentation ceremony held at the school, area MP Raphael Otaalo handed the cheque and urged the school board to undertake due diligence and
ensure that the project is executed on time.
He further pledged to support the expansion of Kakamega Muslim Primary
School to enable pupils undertake their learning without obstacles and hindrances. While appreciating the gesture of support, a board member Malik
Khaemba said the successful completion of the project will ensure an increase
in school enrolment and also enhance quality teaching and learning at the
school. The Imam Kakamega Jamia mosque who is a board member Sheikh
Ibrahim Sadalla appealed to Muslims, well-wishers and donors to contribute
towards the project to enhance on the advancement of education for the community.

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Helping the disabled in rural areas


Having a disability is as hard as any other challenge
an able bodied or disabled person may face, it is just
a challenge that not that many people face. Having a
disability does not necessarily make you worse off, it
just means you have to do things differently. Having a
disability is part of a persons identity.
The majority of people with disabilities are positive
and happy people and they need to be supported. All
they require is our care and attention.
Some people with disability are cared for at home
with the support of their family and friends. The biggest challenge they face is over dependence on their
immediate kinsmen This phenomenon compounded
with inability to move around and take care of oneself
normally results into feelings of helplessness that can
impact negatively on their characters and emotions.
Ummah Foundation has been there to offer the disabled with wheel chairs, blind canes and crutches as
a way of improving on their mobility. These items in
many ways help them be able to take care of their basic needs without over relying on others. The essence
is to give them an opportunity to continue their lives
and be able to participate in community activities. We
have also been advocating and calling upon other
well-wishers, donors and organisations that work with
disabled people to team up with us so that these services can be extended to a wider coverage than we
presently have.
In far flanked villages, life can be very cruel to the
disabled and more especially if it is coupled with poverty and old age. In most cases we see the disabled
being neglected and are subjected to life of begging
and sorrows. Most organisations and well-wishers focus their attention within the urban setups and forget
that disability is found everywhere.
Ummah Foundation has been identifying such cases
in rural areas where the poor people with disabilities
cannot access this support. A case study is of Mzee
Ramadhan Mutua Juma, the eighty year old Muslim
brother who resides in Nguluni village of the large
Machakos County. He worked as a driver for over ten
years. He is now blind, suffers from diabetes and high
blood pressure that has adversely affected his health.
He is bedridden and cannot walk. All his life activities
are now dependent on his family members.
Ummah Foundation came to learn of his plight and
has provided a wheel chair that can help him move
around with ease. To him this means a lot as he can
now comfortably move himself from the house to get
some sunlight in the early morning hours and again
take himself back to rest when it gets too hot. This is
the change we all want. Putting a smile on the face of
a brother or sister who for years has lived with a sad
and desperate predicament.
To be part of this noble venture, you can donate a
wheelchair, crutches and other mobility aids to our offices and we will take the responsibility and burden
to make sure they are delivered to the deserving and
needy beneficiaries.
Contact us:
Ummah Foundation
Village Plaza, 2ND Floor, Ngara Rd
P.O. Box 58717-00200, Nairobi
Tel: +254(20) 20680610/13, Mob: 0734845277
Email: info@ummahfoundation.net
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