Archive for the ‘Good causes’ Category

The Muslim community will be going skating this Friday.¬†Info follows. Don’t forget to support the sponsors by giving them your business ūüôā¬† (more…)


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My blogging guru and hyper-loyal reader Aaminah has posted info on a neat idea for a charity project: supplying scarves to the homeless in downtown Grand Rapids, MI. (more…)

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This has become a winter staple here in the western end of the GTA. Check it out and support the sponsors too! (Villa Madina make the BEST shwarma in town!) (more…)

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Here’s a nifty website for those who are still trying to make up their minds. Anyone but the Conservatives, you say. But what if a split vote will result in the election of You Know Who?

This site offers comprehensive, up-to-date riding by riding information on how to defeat Harper and his anti-environment policies.

Enter your postal code to find out how the numbers add up in your riding. You can sign up for an e-mail newsletter too.

Make your voice count on October 14!

(Thanks to Maryam Dadhaboy for posting the link on FB)

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The Toronto Star’s Joe Fiorito is one of my favourite columnists. He find the most incredibly moving, human stories in the big bad city. His latest column is about the “little guy” faced with thoughtless competition by a huge multinational corporation. I know many of the big corporations also give to charities and community causes, but I am a sucker for the underdog. I very rarely go downtown, but if I did I would seek out this guy’s coffee shop and buy something, anything.

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There is currently an appeal to find a suitable bone marrow donor for a well-known and well-loved doctor who is suffering from leukemia. His name is Dr. Abhijit Guha. I don’t know him, but people I know speak very highly of him.

A bone marrow transplant may save his life, but the registry for bone marrow donors has too few people of his ethnic background, which is South Asian. This is a case where being of the same ethnicity makes it more likely that the donor will be a good match, and they have too few South Asians on their lists. Some folks in that community are doing a lot of work to raise awareness of this issue and encourage people to join the donor registry.

There is a shortage of other ethnic minorities on the registry too. No matter what your background, please consider taking this step that may save a life.

Here’s some brief info from the Facebook group “Bone Marrow Donor Request for Abhijit Guha (Khoka dada)”:

The procedure for registering as a potential match is very simple and painless. All you have to do is register online at http://www.onematch.ca!

They will mail you a testing kit. You take a swab (no pain) and mail it back in the included envelope -that’s it! It’s private and free of cost.

Please take the first step and you may help save a life.

Just visit or call here:


1-888-2 DONATE (1-888-236-6283)

In the USA see here:

And a link to the blog for the South Asian group: http://appealforsouthasiandonors.blogspot.com/

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Baby Yussuf

One of the things I want to do with my blog, in sha Allah, is give readers a “heads-up” for good works and spread the word about great causes. I received this in an e-mail this morning. Please check out this site and help if you can.


Assalamualaikum everyone,

Alhamdulillah Ramadhan has begun, and this is our opportunity to do as many good deeds possible. One of the very important acts that we all should do is give Sadaqa. Alhamdulillah we are blessed with so much and giving a little bit will be easy InshAllah… If you want to help in giving some Sadaqa Jaariya this is your chance!.
This is a story about one of my friends little boy name Yussuf Satar who was¬†born on February 8th 2006 and is the first child.¬†During his delivery, a lack of oxygen caused him to have brain damage in the form of Cerebral Palsy; as a result he has cortical visual impairment, cannot use his hands, feet, cannot sit and cannot speak. He is eating via a G tube. His hearing is normal. Doctors and therapists usually recommend 3 hours/day of physical therapy in order to the brain to its maximum possible. Yussuf’s brain was damaged and it needs to be reprogrammed. The more therapy he gets at this early age, the more chances his brain can learn the correct pattern of movement.¬† This costs $120/hour.
So i urge all of you to PLEASE remember Yussuf in your prayers, especially in this blessed month and i urge all of you, after reading the site and getting to know Yussuf to help financially support him to keep the progress coming. Yussuf’s mother is planning another 6 month intensive CME physiotherapy and really needs your financial support. Please remember that any contribution counts, no matter how small you might think it is. Yussuf family contacted many scholars and confrimed that Zakat money can be used to cover Yussuf;s therapy costs.
More info on our little brother Yussuf can be found here:

Amina K



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