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Old 01-03-2010, 10:03 PM   #1
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As salaamu Alaikum

Blankets of Hope is a special project we conducted to help the homeless people survive this winter. Every year several homeless people die due to cold temperatures. We partnered with a youth committee at a local masjid, as well as a local MSA to collect new and gently used blankets. An aunty also gathered several blankets via word of mouth to her friends.

Video of Blanket Delivery: http://www.vimeo.com/9069446

Jazakallah Khair to IhsaanFusion (http://ihsaanfusion.com) for making the video possible.


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- SimplyAct delivers blankets with 'Abdullah' to show kids the importance of helping others. See: http://www.facebook.com/abdullahkidshow

- 25+ Blankets sent to Haiti

- Article featured in Muslim One Voice Newsletter Article
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Update: Video of Blanket Delivery http://www.vimeo.com/9069446

Jazakallah Khair to IhsaanFusion (http://ihsaanfusion.com) for making the video possible.
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Blankets of Hope goes International!

SimplyAct sent over 25 blankets to Haiti!


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Old 02-22-2010, 09:49 PM   #7
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wow, this is such an effective way to help people that need it. may allah accept from you guys!
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SubhanAllah what a great way to go about helping people! MashAllah and may Allah SWT bless you and reward all of those who were involved in it, ameen.
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Experiencing Gratitude Through Action


Itís one thing to talk and read about gratitude, but itís entirely different to experience it. To truly appreciate the many Blessings we have in life, we must experience, or at least know about, their opposites. I am reminded of the words of the Prophet (peace be upon him) when he said in the context of gratitude, "Do not look to those above you. Look to those below you, as it will more likely remind you of All‚h's favors bestowed on you." And he (Peace be upon him) also said, "If one of you looks at someone wealthier and better built than him, he should also look at someone of lower standard than himself." [Sahih Muslim]

This year at the Golden Globes, James Cameronís popular film ĎAvatarí won the ďBest DramaĒ award. At his acceptance speech he said, "'Avatar' asks us to see that everything is connected, all human beings to each other, and us to the Earth. And if you have to go four and a half light years to another, made-up planet to appreciate this miracle of the world that we have right here, well, you know what, that's the wonder of cinema right there, that's the magic," Cameron said.

After three months of a ďBlankets of HopeĒ drive to collect blankets for the homeless, we collected a sizable amount to distribute to those in need. We traveled to Jersey City, Newark, and Paterson to visit and help the homeless. The lessons we learned were priceless and incredibly beneficial for us. It is with this mindset, as well as that of helping those who are less fortunate, that we set out to deliver blankets to homeless people in various cities. After spending a greater part of the day searching the streets, train stations, riverbanks and shelters for people we could help, we delivered about 25 blankets and headed home with a plethora of lessons to reflect upon and incorporate into our lives. And like many signs and eye-openers in life, experiences like these are only maximally beneficial for those who reflect. We are fortunate enough to be part of SimplyAct and, Alhamdulillah, visiting the homeless has been the most humbling experience of our lives.

At one point in our excursion, we met a woman who graciously brought us to her friend who was literally living inside of a cardboard box behind a store. Not only was the sight of seeing someone reside under a pile of boxes amidst a trash-laden plot a sobering experience, but it also served to illuminate the reality that not everything is apparent. If we hadnít come across the woman who then showed us where her friend was living, we would have never known about and been able to help him. How many others like him go unnoticed, and perhaps perish as a result?

We then met a man who was living next to a riverbank for three weeks since he lost his room in a shelter after it closed down. He frankly told us that ďliving on the street isnít easy,Ē and elaborated by telling us about his friend who apparently took his own life by jumping into the cold waters of the river and drowning. Itís easy for us to overlook the emotional ramifications of not only worrying about food and shelter, but also having to worry about somebody hurting you while youíre sleeping in vulnerable places. Which one of us lives in fear of being attacked on a daily basis?

Leaving relative extremes like living in cardboard boxes and committing suicide aside, another basic facet for us to reflect upon is the quality of life we enjoy; we go to school and stimulate our minds, learn and teach others, work and produce, have families and friends, enjoy entertainment, and eat at different restaurants. Take a moment to imagine what life would be like if your daily routine consisting of sitting on a street corner and wearing the same clothes you wore for the past couple of weeks. Just imagine that. Or, imagine having to go to a shelter to obtain your food. How many times do we complain about the heating, or cold, or something in the house? Just the putrid stench of the nearby garbage and trash cans made it impossible for us to stay there for long. How many times do we complain about the smell of FOOD being cooked in our homes? Seeing this man, huddled up besides newspapers and inside his cardboard box, should remind us that we are so fortunate to even have these things to complain about. Alhamdulillah for our homes.

Conceivably some of the individuals we met didnít have the same opportunities that many of us are afforded, and thatís more of a reason for us to utilize our Blessings and be the best we can be in all areas of life: spirituality, family, and career. SubhanAllah, truly we take for granted too many of the small things in life, such has having someone to talk to and clothes, to the bigger things such as houses and families. We all know that if we relieve someones trouble in this life, Allah (SWT) will relieve our burdens and troubles on the Day of Judgment. Which one of us can say we don't need to be relieved by Allah (SWT)?

Short-changing ourselves and failing to maximize our potential is equivalent to ingratitude, for if we truly valued our potential we wouldnít let any of it go to waste, just like a true chocoholic would never squander any amount of chocolate. And in addition to appreciating our Blessings for ourselves and those around us, letís not forget to give back to those who may not be in similar fortunate circumstances. The more you give, the more you get, so I remind myself and you to do something great today and every day, because itís that simple.

Interested in getting involved with similar projects? Please visit SimplyAct at www.simplyact.org, or, become a fan on Facebook and Twitter: facebook.com/SimplyAct, twitter.com/SimplyAct
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