Cheques presentation was held at Sarnia Muslim Association located on London Line on Friday, June 24, 2013 at 2:15 pm. after Friday’s prayer.
The cheques were presented to the Canadian Mental Health & Sarnia-Lambton Rebound.
Sarnia Muslim Association marked the 10th anniversary of the Fundraising dinners at their London Road location. It was a success. All tickets from both sittings were sold out as well as the take out dinners. Over 400 guests attended the well organized event. The food was excellent and the service was great. The people working at the take-out and in the parking lot did a woderful job. The participation of our young people was excellent.
This year, the dinner benefits two organizations, Canadian Mental Health and Sarnia-Lambton Rebound.
The Canadian Mental Health is concerned with identifying early warning signs of developing psychoses. Patients get an assessment and initiate treatment to reduce the impact of the symptoms. Early counseling programs are offered and integrated into school, work, social activities, family engagement and intervention, and community awareness.
Sarnia-Lambton Rebound ‘Thrive’ created a group to help youth attain the required non-cognitive skills to cope with such issues as disappointment, rejection, boredom, and to increase abilities in persistence, self-determination and mindfulness. Youth ages 12-14 leave the ten week Thrive Program more confident and assured of their value to friends, family and community. The program is designed to include all young people in Sarnia, regardless of background, status, race, and religion.
Our next Fundraising dinner will be sometime in November 2013. It will benefit an international cause. Stay tuned for more information about the next Fundraising dinner – where food and hospitality are our specialty.
Islam lays great stress on the importance of unity. The unity of mankind makes an invincible powerful nation.
Hold fast to the rope of Allah all together, and do not separate. Remember Allah’s blessing to you when you were enemies and He joined your hearts together so that you became brothers by His blessing. You were on the very brink of a pit of the Fire and He rescued you from it. In this way, Allah makes His Signs clear to you, so that hopefully you will be guided (103). Let there be a community among you who call to the good, and enjoin the right, and forbid the wrong. They are the ones who have success (104). Do not be like those who split up and differed after the Clear Signs came to them. They will have a terrible punishment
“All mankind is from Adam and Eve, an Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab, nor a non-Arab has any superiority over an Arab; also a white has no superiority over black nor a black has any superiority over white except by piety and compassionate behaviour. Learn that every Muslim is a brother to every Muslim and that the Muslims constitute one brotherhood.”
The Quran in Surat Al-Hujurat says: “O, Mankind! We created you from a male and female, and made you into nations and tribes so that you might come to know each other. The noblest among you in Allah’s sight is the one with the most taqwa. Allah is All-knowing, All-Aware.” (49:13)
“Men and women of the muminun are friends of one another. They command what is right and forbid what is wrong. They establish salat and pay Zakat. They obey Allah and His Messenger. They are the people on whom Allah will have mercy. Allah is Almighty, All-Wise. ” (The Holly Qur’an, 9:72)
“A Muslim is the brother of another Muslim. He does not oppress him, nor does he leave him at the mercy of others.” (Sahih Muslim Book 032, Number 6219)
The Prophet said: “None of you will have faith till he wishes for his (Muslim) brother what he likes for himself.” (Sahih Al-Bukhari Volume 1, Book 2, Number 12)
The Muslims are like a body; if one limb aches, the whole body aches. Unity teaches peace, equality and paternity. The absence of unity brings and breeds disruption, devastation and disputes. I hope we stay united.