Launch of Sneinton coffee morning

Sneinton Coffee Morning

Jamia Masjid Sultania was hustling and bustling this morning with the new sisters coffee morning

Launch today of a weekly sisters coffee morning. We hope that many sisters will benefit going forward whilst developing a connection with the masjid.

Thank you to our sponsors who made this possible:

Magikats
Daniyaal Martial Arts Academy
PAK foods
Nisa Hair and Beauty
LRS – Loss Recovery Service
Davenport Insurance Brokers
Street Food Stop

Thank you to Cllr Neghat Khan for attending and supporting this service

And last but not least thank you to Shazia, Hafsa, Noreen, Fozia and Shagufta – the volunteers who have worked relentlessly hard behind the scenes to make this service available. May Allah accept all our efforts.

An-Nisa Network team 💞

International Women’s Day celebration and award

Saema Mohammad, founder of An-Nisa Network received an award ‘In appreciation of her dedicated service and outstanding accomplishments’ from Nottingham Equal on 8th March 2019, International Women’s Day.

She expressed her gratitude, “Truly humbled and honoured to receive an award at the International Women’s Day celebration for An-Nisa Networks’ contributions to the community.

This reward is not for me alone. Its an award for all An-Nisa Networks’ management team and all the wonderful strong and confident women who work with me with so much determination and passion.

I love you dearly! You all know who you are!

Hold your head up high and be proud of everything we have accomplished in mosques.”

Saema Mohammad with Alex Norris MP (left) and Police & Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping (right)
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Meet the muslim woman empowering ‘isolated’ women and tackling Islamophobia

A Muslim woman has been empowering isolated women through a charity for five years and hopes to tackle the “increasing number of challenges Muslim women face” – such as Islamophobia, domestic abuse and male dominance in mosques.

Saema Mohammad founded the charity, An-Nisa Network, after moving to Nottingham from the west of Scotland with her husband and having her second child in 2012, where she found herself feeling “isolated” from the community. Read more…

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Jesus (Eesa) from a Muslim’s perspective

What Christmas means to me as a Muslim

Islamic teachings hold that Jesus (Eesa, pbuh) was a prophet and messenger, Messiah (Christ), similar to all other prophets that came before him and also similar to Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) who came as the final prophet and messenger of God to revive God’s message.

Jesus (Eesa) from a Muslim’s Perspective

Jesus is referred to as Eesa (peace be upon him) in the holy Quran.  Eesa (pbuh) has been referred to in the holy Quran several times, a whole chapter is dedicated to his mother Mary (Maryam, peace be upon her).  The holy Quran was revealed to the last Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).  The holy Quran along with prophet Muhammad (pbuh) guidance forms Muslim’s understanding of Jesus, the events behind the birth, life, teaching and miracles of Jesus.  In Islam, Eesa (pbuh) is the penultimate prophet and messenger of God sent with the Ingil (the gospel, part of the Bible).

Jesus was born to Mary (Maryam, pbuh). Mary was from a pious and devout family, niece of prophet Zachariah (peace be upon him) and cousin of John the Baptist (Yahiya – peace be upon him).  Mary devoted her life to the worship of God in the holy sanctuary in Jerusalem.  She was visited by the angel Gabriel (Jibraeel) to give her the news about the birth of a child named Jesus (Eesa, pbuh).  This shocked Mary (Maryam), who questioned how it was possible for her to have a child when no man had ever touched her (Quran 19:21).  Thus, she withdrew from people to hide her pregnancy and when she finally delivered the baby, she was commanded by God to go back to Jerusalem with Jesus.

When Mary (Maryam, pbuh) was reproached by people for committing a sin, she pointed towards Jesus (Eesa, pbuh) who spoke that he was appointed as a prophet by Allah (Quran 19:30-33).  Through Jesus, God wanted to revive the true message of Prophet Moses (Musa, peace be upon him) and all other prophets who had been sent before Jesus.  The message of all prophets was the same: to believe in the oneness of God, to worship God and to follow God’s commandments.

Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was always respectful towards people from different faiths.  Therefore, as Muslims we follow his guidance.   We embody the values of generosity, spirit of togetherness, sharing food and company.  As such, the fact is that Muslims do the same as everyone else who is not a practicing Christian at Christmas.  We re-charge our batteries, spend time with loved ones and enjoy the festive period.   There is usually a lot of food involved too!!

This year, An-Nisa (The Women’s) Network and Green Academy Trust are visiting Cherry Trees Residential Home and The Oaks Residential Home to extend the sense of togetherness and unity by spending time with them and sharing gifts.  If you wish to either donate or volunteer your time to this project, get in touch with An-Nisa Network team.

December 2018

Social action in mosques – Community Eid-ul Adha Event

An-Nisa Network hosted a diverse and vibrant Eid community event on Sunday 2nd September at Sherwood Mosque.  The event went really well, by far the most diverse one we have done.  The weather was on our side, so the event was very well attended.  Amongst the guests were:

  • MP Alex Norris and MP Vernon Coaker
  • Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping
  • Councillor Adele Williams

Alex opened the event for us, we followed with a short presentation on hajj.  This was very well received.

Paddy got involved in making the chappati making workshop.

We all ate food together, enjoyed the entertainment and made friendships with people from different cultures and backgrounds.  (well atleast that was what people who attended did, me and my team were rushed off our feet looking after everyone ? )

Some of the feedback  received was:

  • “…what a well organised programme u guys put up yesterday… we had a lovely family time.  My little one enjoyed a lot…congratulations to everyone who worked hard for it.”
  • “was a realy good event I was very impressed…… well done to everyone involved.  My kids enjoyed it and they are fussy”
  • “gratitude An Nisa, it was a great atmosphere and lovely event Robina with so much of interest”
  • “absolutely, brilliant atmosphere and event”
  • “so proud of you all to bring such integration and harmony x applaud to you all”

Thank you for your support in enabling us to continue to deliver services for the benefit of our communities.

September 2018.

Hate Crime

Saema shared her experience of a hate incident on BBC East Midlands News on 9 May with the aim to influence change for many others.

This news item was part of launching Nottingham Citizen’s research report “Still no place for Hate” on 10 May

Be the change you want to see

 

 

 

 

Nergis represents Muslim Community of Nottinghamshire

Nergis, An-Nisa Network trustee represented the Muslim community of Nottinghamshire at a press release on Thursday 28 March in response to a letter widely circulated inciting violence against the Muslim community on 3rd April 2018.

Nergis read the following statement: “we request all citizens of Nottinghamshire and beyond to make a conscious efforts to counter such hate by supporting the Muslim community on the 3rd of April. The Muslim Community continues to make a significant contribution to British society; we form the very fabric of our neighbourhoods  and will not be perturbed by those seeking to divide and sow discord in our communities.  Muslims are our working professionals, our neighbours, our colleagues, classmates and our friends down the road.  An attack on any part of our community is an attack on us all.

Our vision like, everyone else, is to live in a society that is compassionate, kind and committed to justice and peace.  Together, we need to combat the notion of ‘them and us’ so that as UK citizens we can live and prosper in a society where solidarity is practiced on a daily basis and especially in a time of crisis.

In the true spirit of community cohesion, we leave you with the words of Jo Cox:

We have more in common than that which divides us’.

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Highlights of 2017


Wow what a year !!!

With our every Friday ongoing Coffee Morning service plus a few more brunches, we reached the hearts of many and continuously receive touching feedback.

We piloted our first Empowerment Course for women with diverse range of workshops delivered by inspirational role models in Nottingham. It was gladly received by women in the community.

We championed ‘Tackling poverty campaign’ encouraging our Muslim community to donate locally and we reappeared at the Salaam Shalom Soup Kitchen to serve the destitute community in Nottingham.

We organised a number of community events to promote Islam in a positive light including Ramadan Dinner for our Non Muslim Neighbours and Summer Fayer for wider community at Wollaton Mosque.

ANN team was on a roll with our fundraisers from September to December, we raised £700 for Macmillan Cancer Research, £2810 for Rohingya and £1575 for Interpal.

We practiced partnerships and worked with wonderful local public groups and charities – Daaniyals Martial Arts Academy, Fiveways Mosque, Fig Tree Nursery, United Communities, Himmah, KQZ and Interpal.

Lots of new and very excited volunteers supported us on most of the above projects.

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Championing Empowerment of Muslim Women in Nottingham

I’ve been volunteering in my community since 2013. My goal was to meet Muslim women and children to connect and socialise with. I wanted to make friends and for my children to have other children to play with. I met people through different ways – work, baby groups, husbands friends but my heart was never content. I didn’t know why.

In October 2013, I decided that I had to do something – my faith has always been important part of me so I plucked up the courage to go my local mosque and be received by a warm and receptive Imam encouraging and supporting my ideas of getting more women and children into the mosque. This was the start of me finding myself, I worked relentellessy hard with many dedicated women on improving the services in mosques for women and children.

This journey has had a transformative effect on my life – I have learned so much about myself, about my faith and about the problems and issues people in my community face. I have had to learn to be resilient and tenacious to work in a heavily male dominated environment where subjugation and deeply entrenched cultural views have clouded what was the message of Muhammad (pbuh). I have learnt that life has so much more meaning than studying, work, raising children and dying. I have learnt that I must live up to my core values of being just, fair, honest and kind.

An-Nisa Network has become a group where women come and now seek solutions to issues they may face – isolation, self esteem issues, confidence issues, mental health, finding a sense of purpose, asking for spiritual guidance from faith leaders and the list is endless.

The environment we live in is becoming increasingly challenging for Muslim women – hate crime, Islamophobia, deeply entrenched cultural expectations in society and integration, discrimination – getting into the workplace and progressing. Muslim women are constantly under the spotlight.

Speaking for myself, my roots are from Pakistan but I am British. My faith is more important to me than being Pakistani. This is true for many second generation women . We turn to our faith leaders for guidance on the common issues we face but sadly I have witnessed faith leaders failing women leaving them with nowhere to turn to. The masajids are run on a patriarchy system where it seems that the priority is to keep erecting buildings to offer salah and it’s acceptable for the buildings then to remain empty. Barriers and blockages are common for the youth and women.

The challenges for Muslim women are endless – my question is where do Muslim women turn to for support? How can Muslim women live a fulfilled life and be supported and empowered through the ups and downs life throws at them? What needs to change in the workplace to allow women to progress and be successful contributors to our economy?

The current system -if one exists is failing Muslim women. Therefore, do Muslim women now need to front the change themselves and build a sisterhood in Nottingham to enable an infrastructure is in place to support women from all walks of lives?

All views welcome.

Saema Mohammad
An-Nisa Network