Friday the 19th signified a beautiful and blessed day. Nour directed its first public fundraiser – the joyful bucket collection at Whitechapel station. The East London area, predominately recognised for its vibrant Muslim community, is surprisingly a beautiful example of diverse cultures and races, and thus we began the day with high hopes nevertheless with the odd nerves kicking in, anxious as to whether this day could be labelled as a success and moreover what the publics’ outlook of ‘Nour’ would be and whether we have their essential support.
The outcome of just the first few hours settled any possible doubt being overpowered by feelings of Rahma and Barakah. The greatest moments were the constant praise Nour was receiving from many individuals and not to forget the moments when the cash notes were coming out, Alhamdulillah (Praise be to Allah). We managed to raise an amazing, wonderful, superb, great, incredible … I think we’ll be here all day, amount of £382.01
Although the event was enjoyable and allowed us to stamp our existence to the public, it became very obvious the hard work and effort begins now for Nour. Though we were located in a very Muslim dominated community, much of the public approached us questioning whether domestic violence occurs prominently in Muslim families. For this question to even occur, implies and demonstrates the need for re education and awareness on this silent yet prevalent issue.
We are immensely grateful to Allah subhana wa ta’ala for showering His abundant Blessings upon us. Nour would like to thank MCF for its constant support, those who volunteered that day regardless of the uninviting cold weather and those generous people who donated making it the success that it was. May Allah bless them all in abundance and make them successful in this world and in the hereafter, Ameen.
Our make shift buckets that served us well
A smile of satisfaction?
A little persuasion goes a long way
Both the teams’ buckets, I think the image speaks for itself in terms of who did better 🙂
Healthy competition… but really it’s for the same cause 🙂
Couldn’t praise Allah enough for the barakah we received that day, Alhamdulillah!