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Monday, February 2, 2009

Musulmanes Colombianos!

Alhamdulillah a few months ago some friends and I were able to collect some money to help a new community down in Pereira Colombia (South America). I'd come to learn of this community after watching a video the brother (Dawood) recorded on his laptop of his reversion story. The video is here:



Alhamdulillah since then there have been more than 100 in their community, and communities they've visited to give da'wah to, who've become Muslim! Allahu akbar! With the money I was able to send them dozens of books, kufis, hijabs, da'wah pamphlets and some dates. SubhanAllah down there they don't get dates and it was like an enchanting tale whenever they heard stories about dates or read about them in ahadeeth. I was taken aback when brother Dawood emailed me saying they got the package and that some of the brothers actually were in tears seeing and tasting dates for the first time! SubhanAllah how we take things for granted.

Ever since, brother Dawood would send emails on and off updating myself and others who've sent items down to Pereira about the communitys advancements and needs, sending pictures as well.

This picture really touched me, well not so much the picture but the story behind it.


Above is brother Ibraheem and his son Isma'il. Please ignore the brother in the background who's just kickin' it in the masjid resting haha.

Brother Dawood said that the elder brother took his shahadah after visiting the masjid and listening to the khutbah. SubhanAllah it just so happened that the khutbah was about Prophet Ibraheem alayhis salaam. Upon hearing of the Prophets story he told Dawood that he wanted to take his shahadah. Why? He said he too had a story similar to the prophets'. He is almost 80 and was blessed with his son Ismail just 6 years prior, after years of trying to have one subhanAllah!! With that of course, he took the name Ibraheem and gave his son the name Isma'il mashaAllah.

This was so touching to me. It reminded me of the time of the Prophet salAllahu alayhi wasallam when enemies would see a single act of a Muslim or hear just an ayah and not question anything and accept the truth into their hearts and take their shahadah right away.

This community holds a special place in my heart. Maybe it's because despite being dead broke, in the middle of coffee feilds, surrounded by people who don't have a clue of what Islam is... these people are walking around in their hijabs, thobes, and beards, handing out da'wah pamphlets like it's a party invitation mashaAllah.

May Allah allow Islam to flourish in Pereira and every corner of the world, ameen!

16 comments:

Zainab said...

Wow subhanallah both revert stories are so touching mashallah. That 2nd brother Ibrahim does NOTTTT look like hes around 80 at all mashallah look at Allahs noor in all their faces and the children mashallah. This is a beautiful community. Please let me know if you are collecting money again I will love to contribute for them inshallah

Empress Anisa said...

MashaAllah! What's the name of the organization you collect the funds for or is this just a personal thing? I would like to see if I could get some dawah items from my masjid to donate... let me know! Just in case I can't remember to come back to read your reply, please send the info to my email!
Shukran

Empress Anisa said...

Alhumdulillah! I was able to listen to the You Tube video... so I have the info!
May Allah reward you sister for helping our brothers and sisters!

Lazeena Umm Yusuf said...

Yea their address is there. The only thing is I think for now they have more than enough da'wah material and books. Their real needs now is just money to keep the masjid running. The people in this community are mostly jobless, uneducated, and poor subhanAllah and they are way behind in paying masjid bills and fear the masjid will be shut down. Brother Dawood invested thousands from his own pocket to open up a halal restaurant not too far for the masjid, so the Muslims can have access to halal foods and also to employ some of the masjid members and unfortunately he had to close it after a few months because they didnt have enough to pay for electricity and so on. He has high goals mashaAllah to make their community self sufficient but it's really difficult given their situation and how hard it is to find jobs where they are. His email address is at the end of the video I believe, if anyone is interested in sending some money you can email him to ask the best way to do so.

Empress Anisa said...

Okay, will do that

Lisa said...

Just gave you yet another Butterfly Award!

American Muslima Writer said...

You've been awarded "the coolest blog" award!
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XOXOX -Brandy (Aminah)


Masha'Allah I'm glad people are able to help these communities far away. ALhamulliahi rabil al amin.

Safiyyah said...

As Salaamu Alaikum:

May Allah (swt) reward you sis!

Eres latina?

Safa said...

Masha'Allah this post really touches my heart and is a real iman booster! May Allah reward you sis!

Noshi said...

MashaAllah!

Thumma thumma ameen!!

Habayeb said...

subhanallah awesome! true bro Ibraheem does NOT look like 80 masha'allah! Insha'allah i will spread the word about them. May Allah reward them and help and guide them. Ameen.

Habayeb said...

Or another good way would be for you to get in touch with Halfdate and tell them about this community. They usually collect funds for masjids that are short on money and have a chance of being shut down.

Moon said...

Assalaamu Alaikum!!!

Ameen Summameen to your duaa!!!

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Moon said...

Assalaamu Alaikum!!!

Ameen Summameen to your duaa!!!

Dear sis you've just received another award for the coolest blog!! plz visit my blog to find out!

Francesca Najea Lujan said...

AS=SALAAM-ALAIKUM,
I WISH I HAD KNOWN ABOUT YOUR BLOG SOONER. MASH'ALLAH IT'S BEAUTIFUL. AMIN TO YOUR DUA'A. I AM SO PLEASED TO HEART OF THIS COMMUNITY. THERE IS A SIMILAR ONE IN CHIAPAS, MEXICO. YOU HAVE INSPIRED ME TO FOLLOW-UP WITH THEM.
FI IMAN ILAH,
NAJEA

Naimah said...

Assalaamu alaikum

Mashaallah what an inspiration. May Allah subhana wa ta'ala increase their rizq, ameen. As a revert I know what a struggle it can be sometimes when you are eager to seek the truth but have very little resources. I will definitly spread the word about this community inshallah.

fee amanAllah

UmmNadia