In a few weeks my son will be returning to school as an 8th grader here in Texas in shaa Allah. To us that is normal, we beginning preparing by purchasing uniforms, school supplies, backpacks and so on. Unfortunately that is not always the case in many parts of the world. Specially where education becomes secondary or sometimes nonexistent due to their circumstances. .
When I first learned that this also took place in a Muslim community I often visit in south Mexico my heart shattered into a million pieces. At the time I didn't know what to do, until I decided to take a different approach. It's been a few years now that we have been able to provide this community with basic school essentials in order to motivate both the students and parents to promote education within their households. .
During my most recent visit to this community just a few days ago, I dedicated long talks on the importance of obtaining an education for both boys and girls. At first the 4 kids I was trying to touch to change their mind were adamant about a decision they made after finishing elementary, 6 grade this year. During my stay, I made tons of dua for Allah (God) to open their hearts and minds. .
I am ecstatic to finally introduce to you all our 3 lovely 7th grade muslimahs from the Sunni indigenous Muslimahs who have agreed and promised to return to school this year to continue their education. They did ask for help therefore, a local brother from this community has agreed to tutor and help keep everyone on track this school year in shaa Allah. I will be cheering them on from abroad. I have also promised to help with any further expenses as long as they stay in school, bi'ithnillah.
Meet Fatimah, (me), Zainab and Maryam. At this time I would like to ask you all to please keep them and this entire community in your duas (prayers). .
Last, but certainly not least I want to once again thank everyone who went out of their way to help with the back2school project. May Allah subhana wa'taala accept it and reward you all immensely, ameen.
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