Pink Anonymous is run by a group of sisters who want to be a part of the solution. There is a lack of resources for non-profits and organizations that cater to Muslim women and we aim to remedy this. Domestic violence knows no creed, race or social standings.
O you who believe! stand out firmly for justice, as witnesses to Allah, even as against yourselves, or your parents, or your kindred, and whether it be against rich or poor: For Allah can best protect both. Follow not the lusts of your hearts, lest you swerve, and if you distort justice or decline to do justice, verily Allah is well-acquainted with all that you do. (Quran 4: 135)
A recent NPR article emphasized how important it is that we as Muslims support our local shelters and organizations that reach out to those in need. You never know when a sister in faith will need help. Remember that an abused mother NEVER suffers alone; her children suffer with her. The following is an excerpt from the NPR article Muslim Women’s Shelter Provides Refuge, Support (you can listen to the interview as well).
The women are here for many reasons. It’s a sanctuary and an escape. It’s also a place where they can live and pray without having their faith questioned.
“My biggest problem was that if you send a Muslim woman to be counseled in a shelter that’s run by Christians, then what the people say is the reason why you’re being beat is because of that religion. We do not want Islam to be the focal point of domestic violence,” Hanif said.
Indeed, domestic violence knows no religion, but not all shelters are sensitive to Muslims, Hanif said.
Abused and battered women are not the only ones who need our help. With the divorce rate skyrocketing in our communities, there are a lot of single parents who need help. In this time of economic struggle, many families have been laid off and are in need of food, clothes and temporary shelter. Despite Islam ordering us to be good to the orphans and the widows, it is not always feasible for the local masjid to help everyone in need. Due to lack of funding or lack of staff to administer the funds when available, some of our neighbors are still going without. Just ask any recent widow and you will see how hard it truly is. Now, imagine if your daughter, sister, mother, cousin or wife needed to stay at a shelter or financial assistance but she didn’t have that option because they weren’t properly funded!
Our goal is to feature a good cause at the beginning of every month and make it easier for these non profits to help our sisters. We chose Pink because it is our favorite color and its a universal color associated with the female gender. Anonymous because Allah swt in the Qur’an says:
Those who (in charity) spend of their goods by night and by day, in secret and in public, have their reward with their Lord: on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve. (Quran 2:274)
Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.s.) said, “Seven people will be shaded by Allah under His shade on the day when there will be no shade except His. They are:
1. a just ruler,
2. a youth who grew up in the worship of Allah,
3. a man whose heart is attached to the mosque,
4. two men who love each other for Allah’s sake, meeting for that and parting for that.
5. a man who is called by a woman of beauty and position but he says, “I fear Allah”,
6. a man who gives in charity and hides it, such that his left hand does not know what his right hand gives in charity, and
7. a man who remembered Allah in private and so his eyes shed tears.” (Sahih Al-Bukhari 2 504)
If we accomplish those goals sooner than expected, we will bump up a project from the waiting list. You can check out our immediate cause in our Current Project section of the site. So will you be part of the solution?
There are many forms of Sadaqah
- Monetary donations
- Setting up scholarships
- Feeding the poor
- Sponsoring the orphans and widows
- Spending on family expenses
- Providing assistance to somebody
- Saying a pleasant word or smiling
- Advising or counseling
- Volunteering in the community