Beauty and the Feast + Sisters in Aid

It was narrated from Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Allaah said: ‘Spend, O son of Adam, and I shall spend on you.’” 
Narrated by al-Bukhari, 5073; Muslim, 993. 

Giving in charity is not something that sisters take very lightly. When we put it into our mind, we go all out and try to raise as much as we can. Beauty and the Feast was no exception. And how truly beautiful is that?

Sisters in Aid worked in partnership with the Human Relief  Foundation to hold a female only charity event to raise money for the Syrian refugees living in Jordan. The event was also for sisters to let their hair down and enjoy an evening away from life & family, reconnect with their Lord with a special guest speaker, Qur'an recitation and lovely poem recitation - and of course, the special feast promised added to the lovely atmosphere created. The night ended with some nasheeds and Moroccan duffs playing in the background.

The first 50 guests that entered were given a free gift by Mubarak London - separate post coming up for the little goodies I received at the event - which was a very thoughtful addition to the evening! Every table was also adorned with a little gift for everyone. It was also a great example of how giving in charity does not decrease one in wealth, as whatever is given will always be returned to you. Undoubtedly, I feel that every sister who attended that evening left with more than they came in with.

But onto the tables! What could possibly have been included in the tables to light up the evening?
The tables were named after influential historical  Muslimahs who exemplified the pious nature we should be emulating. At the centre of every table were name cards, with details are written about the said Muslimah. I was extremely happy with our tables Muslimah -  Hafsa Bint Umar Ibn Khattab* (although, I would've been happy with any one of those women). Hafsa Bint Umar Ibn Khattab was one of the wives of the Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam, and daughter of Umar Ibn Khattab (RA). This was one of the things that really made me ponder about the evening as I was returning home. It was, of course, to be expected that the evening would be a reminder to Muslimahs to support each other, strive to become a living example of  the role models we aspire to be (and not those celebrities society constantly expects us to idolise, but the best women to ever walk the face of the earth, who lived and died for Islam) regardless of our roles as mothers and daughters. And that's what made the evening so calming and thoughtful - the feeling of solidarity with so many women, the knowledge of that truly unbreakable bond of sisterhood, and the reminder that whatever our roles are in life, we are all required to perfect our deen and use whatever means we have to get there.  Throughout the event there were numerous talks and recitations constantly reaffirming this point; a beautiful talk by sister Gul, a truly wonderful Qur'an recitation by sister Jasmine Khanom, and finally, sister Nadia Choudhary read two delightful poems.

The event also held stalls so that sisters could shop if they wanted to. We were introduced to a variety of Muslim businesses to support - all modest and fashionable. Below are some pictures for my lovely readers to check out!
I do regret not taking more photos for you to see all the stalls, but you can check these out on the Sisters in Aid Instagram. There were two particular stalls that I could not stop returning to - In Her Shades had absolutely gorgeous hijabs, and Something Silver had wonderful jewellery.

But with all the glitz and glamour of the evening, we were not gathered to party and forget our worries. The aim was to remind ourselves of the Syrian refugees suffering in Jordan. Representatives from the Human Relief Foundation were there to talk about their experiences in Jordan and narrated some horrifying accounts from Syrians there. That moment was, I suppose, a grave reminder to be grateful for what we have, sitting in a stunning venue, all dressed up and knowing that I have a home to return to and delicious food to eat.

Later on in the evening, we had the best Islamic quiz. Now, my table was very competitive of course, but sadly we didn't win (let's hope I never forget those 3 questions we got wrong)!
As raising money for charity was the main aim that night, £20,615 was raised Masha'Allah with donations by the sisters as well as numerous auctions. All items donated for the auction were amazing and the cakes were drool worthy.

In conclusion, the whole evening was memorable. Bring on Beauty and the Feast 2017!


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