Here is a good story about a Muslim girl who is challenging the false perceptions about Islam through real work - A Muslim should be identified by serving humanity; God's creation. Thank God, Sarosha Hansraj, a Shia Imami Ismaili Muslim is setting that example. Isn't this what Islam is all about?
Yes, she is only 10..
Texan With Character: Sarosha Hansraj
ReportingTeresa Frosini (CBS 11 News) After learning about girls in Afghanistan needing education, 10-year-old Sarosha Hansraj became inspired and knew she had to make a difference. That idea spark turned into an organization named it Children Care for Children. Sarosha's organization provides shoes, backpacks and basic school supplies to the Darnami Girls' School in Afghanistan. "For a long time, the Taliban didn't allow any girl to go to school. And so now that there are laws (allowing) for girls to go to school, I feel it is our responsibility to support them." The 5th grader has helped more than 340 girls who attend the school and hopes to be able all of them and more. "There are over a 120 million children and they don't have any access to primary education so I know I need to help as many children as I can," the Grapevine girl said. Her efforts have gained her recognition as one of the 10 national winners of the Kohl's Kids Who Care scholarship program this summer. She has some advice for other young people wanting to help: "Everybody can make a difference and it doesn't matter how young or old you are, or how rich or how poor you are, because even $1 can make a difference."
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Sarosha Hansraj from Texas, found us, P.E.C.A in Minnesota. Her parents Sarfaraz and Seema migrated to the States from Pakistan, and she is helping young boys and girls reach their potential in Khost, Afghanistan. This rather improbable full-circle reaches astonishing proportions when we add this fact – Sarosha is ten years old.
Sarosha was eight when her father told her a bedtime story about an underprivileged farmer and his children. A troubled Sarosha woke the next day; and asked her Mom if there was something she could do to help the kids in this family. Her Mom explained to her that the story she heard was common for many families around the world and that children usually become the victims of such hardships.
Sarosha knew that she alone could not change the world and prevent stories like this from happening. But she thought that if the children around her were to join in and share her vision, together they could make a huge impact by changing the story of one child at a time. She asked her parents’ help to find an organization that worked with children and found us, and the rest as they say, is history.
Sarosha organized a hula-thon as her first fund-raising event and sent P.E.C.A all of the money raised. For the last two years she has organized various events to raise funds. As she turned ten, in an extraordinary act of grace, generosity and compassion, she sent a letter to her friends stating that she had everything and could they make out a check to P.E.C.A instead. P.E.C.A is humbled by these donations. Today, Sarosha has her own non-profit organization called Children Care for Children. You can find more information at http://www.childrencareforchildren.org/.
With her help, we’ve been able to buy all of the boys in Da Dornamio School in Khost a pair of good quality shoes. In addition the funds have been used for school supplies. As I head for Afghanistan, Sarosha is sending with me additional monies AND a stack of English magazines appropriate for elementary school children. The magazines are delightful and appropriate for the Afghan culture.
I talked with Sarosha and her father recently. I found a poised and articulate young girl who is giving presentations about her program and inspiring other children to get involved and reach out to their under privileged brothers and sisters both here and abroad. Her efforts are being acknowledged and she has just been declared a national winner in the Kohl’s Kids Who Care® Scholarship Program that recognizes and rewards young volunteers (ages 6-18) who help make their communities a better place. TEN kids are chosen from a slate of 1900 regional winners.
More information is available at http://www.kohlscorporation.com/CommunityRelations/scholarship/2008NationalWinners.asp. We are very, very, very proud to know Sarosha.
I asked her what motivates her. She told me that she is inspired by her religion (Islam) in which generosity is considered a divine virtue, she is encouraged by her parents and by her community, and she is driven by the fact that 30,000 children die each day – mostly due to poverty.
I asked her if she wanted to see something specific in the article. She said that she wants people to know that giving can bring more joy than receiving and that any amount is good. In countries like Afghanistan, where most people earn less than two dollars a day, a donation of one dollar goes a long way. Sarosha, we salute you and all of our best wishes are with you. We hope your story is heard far and wide and that you realize your hopes and dreams
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PLANNED MUSLIMS RESPONSE TO QUR'AN BURNING BY PASTOR JONES ON 9/11/13 IN MULBERRY, FLORIDA
We as Muslims plan to respond to pastor Terry Jones' planned burning of 3000 copies of Quran on September 11, 2013 in positive terms.
Our response - we will reclaim the standard of behavior practiced by the Prophet concerning “scurrilous and hostile criticism of the Qur’an” (Muhammad Asad Translation Note 31, verse 41:34). It was "To overcome evil with good is good, and to resist evil by evil is evil." It is also strongly enjoined in the Qur’an in the same verse 41:34, “Good and evil deeds are not equal. Repel evil with what is better; then you will see that one who was once your enemy has become your dearest friend.”
God willing Muslims will follow the divine guidance and pray for the restoration of Goodwill, and on that day many Muslim organizations will go on a “blood drive” to save lives and serve humanity with kindness.
We invite fellow Americans of all faiths, races, and ethnicities to join us to rededicate the pledge, “One nation under God”, and to build a cohesive America where no American has to live in apprehension, discomfort or fear of fellow Americans. This event is a substitute for our 10th Annual Unity Day Celebration (www.UnitydayUSA.com) held in Dallas, but now it will be at Mulberry, Florida.
Unwittingly Pastor Jones has done us a favor by invigorating us by his decision to burn nearly 3000 copies Quran on September 11, 2013. Obviously he is not satisfied by the notoriety he garnered by burning one Qur'an last year.
As Muslims and citizens we honor the free speech guaranteed in our constitution. We have no intentions to criticize, condemn or oppose Pastor Terry Jones' freedom of expression. Instead, we will be donating blood and praying for goodness to permeate in our society.
We plan to follow Jesus Christ (pbuh), a revered prophet in Islam as well as Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) – that of mitigating the conflicts and nurturing good will for the common good of the society.
We hope, this event and the message will remind Muslims elsewhere in the world as well, that violence is not the way. Muslims, who react violently to senseless provocation, should realize that, violence causes more violence, and besmirches the name of the religion that we hold so dear. We believe that Prophet Muhammad was a mercy to the mankind, and we ought to practice what we believe and preach. We must not insult Islam by the negative reactions of a few.
We can only hope it will bring about a change in the attitude of the followers of Pastor Jones, and in the behavior of those Muslims who reacted violently the last time Pastor sought notoriety – We hope this small step towards a bridge to peaceful coexistence would propel us towards building a cohesive society.
Like most Americans a majority of Muslims quietly go about their own business, but it is time to speak up and take positive action instead of negative reaction. May this message of peace and goodwill reverberate and reach many shores.
Lastly, we appreciate the Citizens of Mulberry, Florida, Honorable Mayor George Hatch, City Commissioners, police and Fire Chiefs for handing this situation very well. This will add a ‘feather of peace’ in the City’s reputation. We hope Mulberry will be a catalyst in showing the way in handling conflict with dignity and peace.
We thank the Media for giving value to the work towards peace rather than conflict.
The people in Dallas are making an effort to understand and clean their own hearts first, when we are free from bias, it would be easy to share that with others. Islam teaches us in so many ways to "respect the otherness of others" and it is time we find simple practical ways of doing it.