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NFGIO launches national campaign, CHERISH

The National Federation of Girls Islamic Organisation (NFGIO) organised a national campaign titled “Connecting Hearts Eternally in Relishing Islamic Sisterhood’ (CHERISH)” with the theme المتحابون في الله which translates to ‘those who love each other for the sake of Allah’.

– Aaliyah Rumane

Mumbai, 20 Sep: The National Federation of Girls Islamic Organisation (NFGIO) organised a national campaign titled “Connecting Hearts Eternally in Relishing Islamic Sisterhood’ (CHERISH)” with the theme المتحابون في الله which translates to ‘those who love each other for the sake of Allah’. The launching program of the campaign was held at Marathi Patrakar Sangh here Sunday.

The program commenced with the soulful recitation of the verses from the Holy Quran by Uzma Sagri (Regional In-charge, GIO Mumbai Region), followed by the welcoming words by Anamtha Ahmed (General Secretary, GIO MSZ). Sister Samar Ali (General Secretary, NFGIO) shed light on the aims and objectives of the campaign.

Advocate Sumaiya Roshan, National President NFGIO addressing the program

The launching program was inaugurated by Adv. Sumaiya Roshan, (President, NFGIO), detailing the core intentions planned to be achieved through the campaign.

Adv. Sumaiya explained the goal of the campaign as to establish a secure and encouraging community for Muslim sisters. They must unite to confront the world’s obstacles and thrive with their steadfast faith. Unfortunately, in present times, practising and expressing one’s faith can be arduous and often unaccepted. This leaves many Muslim women feeling alienated from society.

Through sisterhood, women can discover and embrace their authentic selves as creations of the Almighty. They can find their purpose in life and ways to achieve it. The Almutahabbuna Fillah – Companions of the Shade campaign aims to promote righteous friendships among sisters. These friendships go beyond selfish worldly needs and are blessed by Allah. They can be a means of earning His pleasure and becoming successful in both this life and the Hereafter.

The phrase Almutahabbuna Fillah means “those who love each other for the sake of Allah.” It is narrated that on the Day of Judgement, there will be no shade except for the shade of Allah. Among the seven types of people who will be under His shade are two people who love each other for the sake of Allah.

The program further had felicitation addresses by Mrs. Rahmathunnissa A., National Secretary, JIH. She mentioned the contributions put forth by the Girls Islamic Organization from its formation in 1984 in developing and enhancing a healthy society. The organization has been working towards the goal of enhancing the community and developing them to serve for the betterment of the whole of humanity. It was followed by the address of Mr. Mohammed Zafar Ansari, Secretary, JIH Maharashtra, followed by the concluding address of Khan Shaheen Jattu, Vice President, NFGIO.

The panel discussion held with Advocate Huriya Patel, Uzma Naheed, Haniya Anwar and Samar Ali

A panel discussion titled “Muslim Women: Deciphering the Dilemma of Identity in Contemporary India” was conducted with Samar Ali as the moderator as part of the event. Samar stated the aim of the discussion as to bring forth powerful and socially engaging Muslim women icons and establish the idea of empowerment through their presence in the public sphere. The panellists included Mrs. Uzma Nahid (Executive Director, Iqra Education Foundation), Adv. Huriya Patel (Advocate, Bombay High Court) and Ms Haniya Anwar (Student leader, TISS Mumbai).

Uzma Nahid encouraged the audience to be revolutionary thinkers and to focus on getting educated and enlightened on the necessity of financial development for the overall empowerment of women.

The audience listening to the discussion at Marathi Patrakar Sangh, Mumbai

Adv. Huriya Patel mentioned the lack of legal awareness among the women community and pointed out the importance of embracing one’s identity and beliefs without compromising values and ethics to build successful career platforms.

Haniya Anwar inspiringly brought forth the challenges faced by Muslims in general and women with visible Muslim identity in particular on Indian campuses. She shared her experience faced while contesting for the post of Equal Opportunity Cell of Students Union, TISS Mumbai.

The panel discussion was concluded by Mrs. Rahmathunnissa A., who highlighted that if one is ready to change the society, nothing can stop them.

The program concluded with a vote of thanks by Aamna Khanam (Secretary, NFGIO) who thanked everyone for their enormous support for the historical event.

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