By Layla Abdullah-Poulos
An incredible aspect concerning the work I do as a columnist is interfacing with Muslims doing extraordinary things. Throughout the years, I have seen an expanding enthusiasm to feature Muslim ladies (particularly ones in hijab) in both standard and Muslim-focused media. Certainly, the uplifted media consideration gives portrayal that assists with dispersing social speculations about Muslim ladies, yet it has additionally developed desires that to be seen and acknowledged, Muslim ladies need to participate in "significant" encounters.
While it's awesome to highlight such Muslim ladies, it's likewise exemplary that many make or include themselves in less "provocative" activities that may not gather features yet are similarly as essential to the improvement of their families, networks and more extensive society. These ladies (I call them "Layla's Local Heroes") accomplishing unrecognized great work are fundamental mutual resources and dynamic at numerous levels to advance social development.
Najia and Halima
Halima Ornella (left) and Najia Partap (right)
In light of this and in the soul of the current month's "Wear it Like You Mean" it crusade at Haute Hijab, I am respected to enlighten you concerning two of my neighborhood legends in this first post of a two-section arrangement – Halima Ornella and Najia Partap, who offer help for Muslims ladies new to the confidence just as those moving into our locale. The sisters-in-law likewise lead It's Personal, a neighborhood activity that outfits cleanliness units to nearby vagrants and bolster an undertaking that gives new shahadah packs containing basics for new Muslims as they enter the confidence.
Halima is an undergrad and Najia is a hitched mother of two. I as of late talked with them about what spurs their work.
Helping New Muslim Women
Numerous new Muslims can profit by help when entering the confidence. Moving into a region and acquainting oneself with co-followers in the new network may likewise need help. When finding out about another shahadah or Muslim lady new to the network, nearby pioneers contact Halima and Najia to associate.
"The imam contacts us and says, 'As-salam alaykum. I have another sister. Is it alright to give her your number?'" clarifies Halima. "They'll [then] call or content us.
"I attempt to get a little foundation and associate with them to see where they are throughout everyday life. I enlighten them concerning our locale and the administrations our masjid offers. I leave the entryway open to get in touch with me in the event that they need anything.New Muslims particularly don't generally have somebody who can identify with them and bolster their new excursion," she includes.
"New Muslims frequently talk with us about what they're proceeding with their families," says Najia.
"I share my experience with them, so they realize I can relate," clarifies Halima. "I comprehend what it resembles to have individuals turn their backs [on you] due to the choice to get Muslim. I attempt to give them that they're not the only one. I had sisters who helped me en route, and I need to be that for another person."
Halima and Najia communicated the significance of having somebody to converse with in another confidence and social setting.
"Likely, other than finding out about Islam, it is essential to make social associations [with other Muslims]," says Halima. "Without it, I don't have the foggiest idea whether an individual can endure. You simply have a distinction from the deen in the event that you don't have that."
Najia and Halima
Najia Partap (left) and Halima Ornella (right) giving suppers and dawah material.
Najia clarifies why it is regularly basic for new Muslims to make associations. "There could be easily overlooked details that you experience. [For example,] if [new Muslims] attempt to go to the masjid all alone, they may encounter something little that impacts them and influences their needing to proceed with their excursion in Islam – regardless of whether they just got Muslim or need to reinforce their confidence. You simply need to ensure they have a decent encounter. A few people are dismissed inside the network. We need to ensure them and encourage them," she says.
When asked what neighborhood networks can do to support new Muslims and those moving into the zone, Najia proposes more assets. "There should be more open doors for Muslims to meet."
"It's troublesome," says Halima. "Muslims will in general be socially-prohibitive, just interfacing with those sharing certain parts of their experience. We are an assorted network, yet clearly South Asians primarily associate with other South Asians. Middle Easterners do likewise. It very well may be off-putting for individuals to come into a masjid and see that degree of social isolation. Our people group needs to follow the sunnah more and not social practices."
Each Woman Deserves to Feel Clean
Najia leads two ventures with individuals from the Islamic Center of Mastic-Shirley in New York. Subsequent to perusing an article featuring the battle vagrants experience to gain female cleanliness items, she propelled the It's Personal activity and gathered network support.
"Each lady has the right to feel clean and have the fundamental necessities to achieve that feeling," says Najia. "It's something we underestimate."
"It's a need," says Halima. "It is highly unlikely ladies can make themselves quit getting their period. There shouldn't be a pink expense, and assets ought to be promptly accessible."
The ladies started fund-raising during Ramadan in 2017, and from that point forward the venture has given 200 packs more than two years through gifts from nearby Muslims. Says Halima, "I was amazed by the measure of cash we raised so rapidly. We had the option to support the task for a long time."
The undertaking outfits units for a neighborhood destitute haven serving ladies and kids across foundations. "We as a whole experience this," she includes.
Najia and Halima
How Shahadah Kits Help New Muslims
Turning out to be Muslim can be a one of a kind encounter. The explanations behind getting Muslim, responses from loved ones, and entering another confidence network can be overwhelming. Najia and Halima sorts out for our neighborhood masjid to give packs to new shahadahs in the Mastic-Shirley and New York zones just as in close by penitentiaries. Through the packs, they help give important nuts and bolts to individuals new to the confidence.
"A ton of new Muslims don't have a clue where to get a supplication floor covering or assets to figure out how to make wudu, implore and things that are a piece of our regular day to day existences as Muslims," says Halima. "The units have a hijab (kufi for men), supplication mat and the book Welcome to Islam, with a great deal of helpful data that another Muslim should know."
"You don't generally have somebody to converse with and pose inquiries," says Najia. "Some [people] may not feel good posing inquiries, so the units are something ideal to provide for new Muslims to assist them with beginning their excursions."
Overseeing it All
Najia, a mother of two, and Halima, an undergrad, keep on working with their Muslim people group on these activities notwithstanding levels of popularity on their time. "We know our locale needs it," says Halima. "We put aside the time, and we have a group from the network and non-Muslim relatives who help us. We're not all alone."
Says Najia, "It doesn't feel like a weight since I realize I'm making a difference."
Halima brings up that network ventures like It's Personal offer individuals who aren't Muslim the chance to see past features about Muslims. "Non-Muslims can perceive how significant it is for us to give back. Ideally, that will reveal an alternate insight into what they as a rule see about Muslims. [They'll come to know that] there are individuals who care about people. Their confidence doesn't make a difference."