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May 22, 2008

Thank-You...Your Prayers Mean So Much!

UPDATE (9/2/09): Kylie is doing well and thriving with her cancer ordeal behind her; sadly, scammers took advantage of her case recently back in her hometown of Florence, South Carolina.
Bismillah Assalamu Alaikum wa Rahmatuallahi wa Barakatuhu, Insha'Allah this message finds you in the best of health and imaan. Amin. I want to say a big thank you (and Jazakallahu khayran) to everyone who wrote (and didn't write) to share their duas with me on behalf of my granddaughter, Kylie. Updated information as to her condition/cancer treatment can be read here. Ma'Salaama, `Aishah ----------------- Dear Aishah Sorry to hear the unfortunate news about your precious little granddaughter. May Allah be with you all during this difficulty. Our sincere prayers to Allah to bestow his benevolence for her to have a speedy full recovery and for you to have the resilience, patience and courage to endure the pain with her. Thuraya al Arrayed 1.---------------------- Dear Aishah, I'm so sorry. I've heard about your 10-month-old granddaughter's illness. It must be really on you and her mother. My heart is with you dear. I hope she gets better. Love, Wajeha 2.---------------------- enshhaa allaha she will be good and has good future saber 3.---------------------- A S A Sis Aishah, Our heart goes out to your granddaughter, We all pray Allah give her Shifa. Ameen Br Mohammed 4.---------------------- Dear Aishah, Our prayers are with you and your family. May Allah grant her health and full recovery Inshallah and give you and the parents patience and strength. Maha 5.---------------------- You have kids???? I never knew that you are a mother. May Allah heal your grandchild and restore her health. Cancer really sucks. Best wishes, Intisar 6.---------------------- Salaam, Aisha, I pray for Allah's (SWT) will to be done and whatever it is he gives all you strength to accept and get through it and to make you stronger in your faith in him. Inshaallah, time will fly and you will be planning her wedding before you know it...:) Remember all things are from Allah (SWT). Please, know you are in my prayers. Salaam, Khadejah 7.---------------------- Assalam Alaykum, I pray that Allah will give you patience through this difficult time. I know how difficult this is because I helped take care of a small boy when he was diagnosed with this and now he is all grown up, he is 11 years old now, alhamdulillah. He was diagnosed when he was about 10 months old. May Allah give you strength. You are in my prayers and my duas. Your sister, Safaa 8.---------------------- Asalamu Alaikum Aishah; May Allah make this difficult and trying time easy for you, your daughter, son in law and granddaughter. You are in my prayers and duas. Please keep us posted on Kylie's progress. Wa salam, Joanna - Um Suhayb 9.---------------------- Bismillah My dua's and heart is with you! May Allah make this easy on Kylie and the family with a quick easy healing process that is successful! May Allah give patience and understanding and strong faith during this hard time, and lots of strength to endure. My heart goes out to you! May Allah be merciful and work swiftly to heal this small baby girl! Insha'Allah May your hearts and minds be filled with patience and peace despite the hardships and trial ahead. Thinking of you! Salaam Mary Farrag 10.---------------------- Assalamu Alaykum Sis, I just felt that I needed to tell U that I have sent out du'a requests to many of my sisters & here are a few responses. I also included little Kylie's pic if U don't mind & sorry if I did wrong by doing this. She is just so beautiful that I needed to share her beauty with some of my dear sisters. 11.---------------------- asalaamu alaikum sister I'm sooooooo sorry to hear this, and yes of course I will make dua for little Kylie, her parents, and all of you inshaAllah. Take care sis. Salaam Sis Su'ad 12.---------------------- wa alaikum assalam Masha'allah, she is a BEAUTIFUL little girl. May Allah (swt) bless her and heal her and give comfort to her and the family. Amin Love, Sarah 13.---------------------- Dear Aisha, Hasbuna Allah wa Ne'm Al Wakeel. My heart and soul reaches out to you in this testing time. May Allah speed her recovery and ease her pain and bestow his Shifa and Rahma on your sweet angel.My prayers are with you and her dear parents. Fatin Bundagji 14.---------------------- May Allah (swt) accept your dua for her. Ameen Tanveer A. Mirza 15.---------------------- Wa-alaykumusalaam.w.w. Dearest Sis, May Allah SWT grant her complete shifa and very speedy recovery. Ameen. Truly this is very, very shocking news! Me and my family are all praying for her...Fiamaanillahx Saarah Dana 16.---------------------- Assalam Alykom Sr Aishah, Jazakom Allah Khyran for honoring us to share this concern with you, May Allah bless her and her family. Br. Fadi 17.---------------------- I too, as Br Fadi said, ask Allah to get her well soon, Amen. And we make Duaa as our beloved prophet had taught us, “Oh Allah, cure her and get the illness away and heal, there is no true healing but yours, and cure her so she doesn’t get it back again” Amen Please keep us updated JAK Ahmed Elkhaldy 18.---------------------- Salaam alaikum, Sis: Of course we will make du'a for Kylie and your family! May Allah give you all patience, mercy and Blessings. Miriam 19.---------------------- Wa Alaykum Salam Wa Rahmatuallahi Wa Barakatuh My dear sister. I have also asked many of my close personal friends & sisters in Islam to please keep Kylie in all of our du'a. I was advised from one of the sisters that Kylie be treated at a hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio. She just had her mom treated for retina cancer there. She said she will get me the details soon & I can pass them along to ya. I do pray that you also stay so strong during this difficult test from Allah SWT. I wish I could hug ya sis. If U need anything that I could help U with plz just let me know. Remember that I have the vonage box & if U want to call your family as often as U like, it is available. U will just have to call me first as I still don't have the ability to call Alexandria. Mary Farrag 20.---------------------- Salaam, Sister Aishah, Inshallah, I will make dua for her in sajjud. May Allah give you all peace at this time and takeaway her illness. Regards, Amer Ahmad 21.---------------------- Subhanallah, my duas for this young sweetie. Insha Allah, she will recover fully. Hope all is well with you elsewise, Pamela Taylor 22.---------------------- MAY Allah cure her and grant her the good health and protect her from any harm, Ameen Fady Qaddoura 23.---------------------- ASA, May Allah(swt) cure her illness and give a better health and help her to grow up in the Deen of Islam,ameen. Ahmed Lamptey 24.---------------------- Sister Aishah, Wa Alaikum Assalam Wa Rehmatullah Wa Barakatahu, It's sad to hear that. But Allah SWT created this world for test and we are all going through it one way or the other. Allah SWT says in the Quran that only patient people will get their reward with no limits. May Allah SWT have Mercy on little Kylie, give her strength to go through this, deposit for her a big reward in Aakhira for going through this and give her quick recovery. May Allah SWT give enormous patience to her loved ones. Atif Sajid 25.---------------------- Wa Alaykum Salaam Dear Aaishah May Allah grant Kylie shifaa and complete 'aafiyah. Allah does not place upon anyone a burden they cannot bear, Subhan Allah, this just shows how strong Kylie is, mash Allah. May she taste success in everything , in this life and the next. My prayers are with you all. Take care wasalaam 26.---------------------- Salamwalaikum Aishah, Kylie is in my duas and may Allah give you strength and comfort during this difficult time. My mother succumbed to cancer 2 months ago and I feel your pain. Inshallah Kylie will get well soon and be back with her smile. Your brother in Islam Reza Rahman 27.---------------------- Wa'Salam 'Alaikum It must be very hard for your family. Please keep Patience in this difficult time. May Allah accept our dua and give her quick recovery. Ameen. She is must be very precious to your family and now to us too. We will make our sincere dua. I have seen many times that Allah have granted us more blessing than we asked for. May Rahamnur Rahim grant her good health and make her one of the righteous Muslim. Sincerely, Mohibullah Ullah 28.---------------------- Salaam Alaikum Aishah, My prayers are with you and your family and sweet little Kylie! Masha Allah she is beautiful. Children are so strong even thought they are so small. God willing she will be fine. Be positive, strong and accepting. Remember Allah is merciful is His will. Love and Salaam, Susan - Om Adam 29.---------------------- May ALLAH bless her and her family and cure her with his Mercifullness Power, ameen. As-alu ALLAH Alatheem, Rabul Arshil Atheem an Yash-fiha). As-alu ALLAH Alatheem, Rabul Arshil Atheem an Yash-fiha). As-alu ALLAH Alatheem, Rabul Arshil Atheem an Yash-fiha). As-alu ALLAH Alatheem, Rabul Arshil Atheem an Yash-fiha). As-alu ALLAH Alatheem, Rabul Arshil Atheem an Yash-fiha). As-alu ALLAH Alatheem, Rabul Arshil Atheem an Yash-fiha). As-alu ALLAH Alatheem, Rabul Arshil Atheem an Yash-fiha). Ameen. I ask GOD the Great, the lord of the Great Throne to cure her. (7 times as per the Hadeeth) Muhammad R. Elhabashy 30.---------------------- as salamaamou alikum Sorry about yr Grand baby May Allah help her and make you and yr family Strong to deal with the Cancer. Allahu allim Aisha Issa 31.----------------------- fajr is coming in momentarily. i will remember her in my prayers, iA. salaams. Indiigo mingus-klyne 32.----------------------- Dear Aishah Schwartz AAWRWB I learned about your granddaughter, who is sick. May Allah SWT Bless her with immediate cure and full recovery and grant her Shifa-ekulli and complete health and strenghth. Insha Allah I will keep praying for her health and speedy recovery. May Allah SWT bless you and all members of your family His Fadl, Rahmah and Patience. Maassalam. M. Hussain Imam 33.----------------------- Assalamo Alaikum, Very sad to hear that, my sister also going through this process, may Allah give complete and speedy recovery to your Daughter and my sister. Waslam Naseer Tahir 34.----------------------- Praying for her. Amatullah Abdullah 35.----------------------- Dear Aishah, May Allah be with you and her. It is so so sad, children with cancer seems an ultimate pain from the child and parents. Hope she'll be able to survive it well inshaAllah. How old is she? My heart goes to you. Hatoon Ajwad AL FASSI (Ph.D) 36.----------------------- Sister Aishah Schwartz May Allah recover your granddaughter from her illness and she grows healthy and hearty as if no illness ever touched her. May Allah respond her to her treatment and her cancer go away like it had never been. (Amen) Brotherly Jonaid 37.----------------------- May Allah give her shifa very soon and also make all the process easy for her Ameen. Wajhi Khawajhi 38.----------------------- Assalam-u-lakim, May Allah cure her and make it easy on her and the family-Ameen. My father was just diagnosed with Luekemia so I know it’s a tough time but inshallah with Allah's grace He will listen to our prayers. Wasalam Farah Chohan 39.----------------------- Salamo alaikom Aishah, I was so hurt to hear about your granddaughter, my sincere dua will be to her and my daughter as well, I feel your daughter's feelings as a mother, as my daughter was born with a spinal cord befida and may require an operation and she is just 4 months old.... May Allah swt cure all of the little children , Ameen. Lobna Elhaw 40.----------------------- Salam Aisha, It is heart aching to know about this. Allah SWT id very Kind & Merciful He will give her Shifa. We are praying. Surat Al Fatiha is also known as Surat Al Shifa. May Allah grant His Shifa & heal her for good. Best Regards Sabeeha Kazmi 41.----------------------- May Allah (SWT) remove the sickness from her and make her better soon, Ameen. Amell 42.----------------------- Assalamu Alaikum wa Rahmatuallahi wa Barakatuhu, May Allah give baby Kylie and your entire family strength to endure this adversity and heal her quickly. Yasmeen 43.----------------------- Dear Sis, Assalamu alaikom...may ALLAH swt make it easy for all of you in these times. I will make dua for your granddaughter for her fast recovery inshaALLAH. Just be strong sis... Aisha A. 44.----------------------- Dear Sister Aishah, I am making so much dua for your precious granddaughter. May Allah remove her illness, preserve her sight and health. Ameen. I really do not know what else I can say to you my dear sister except that you should tell your daughter and her partner that their sweet baby is in our prayers. Love and hugs- Your sister- Hodan 45.----------------------- Assalamu Alaikim Sister Aishah, May Allah SWT take care of little Kylie and give her strength through this difficult time in her precious life. My thoughts and du'a are with you and your family. Emily Khan 46.----------------------- Assallamu alikum dear I am writing, my tears couldn't stop flowing for the thought of your sweet grandchild who has to go so much assured that Allah SWT will take good care of her and I will definitely make du'a for her and your family always! Take good care sis! Elle 47.----------------------- Asalaam Aleykum sister Aishah I will keep your grand daughter in my duas sister, may Allah make it easy for her and her family . Karam 48.----------------------- Salaams dear Sr Aishah, May Allah make it easy for her and for all of you (ameen) and may all harm flee from her by the Mercy of Allah (ameen thum'ameen). you have all my prayers. With love, wassalaam, asifa.sheikh 49.----------------------- My heart goes out to you and your family, sister. I certainly will keep her in my prayers with duas and best wishes, Isahah 50.----------------------- Salam Sister, My heart goes out to you, InsyaAllah I will doa for the little girl. sister aminah 51.----------------------- Our prayers from here are certainly with you.... Mike 52.----------------------- Dear Sister in Islam Assalaamu 'Alaikum I have been deeply saddened to hear about your little grand-daughter's illness. May Allah, Subhanahu wa Ta'ala, have special Mercy on her and grant her speedy and complete recovery. May He (S) give Sabr' and fortitude to you and other members of the family to be steadfast in your Imaan during these trying hours. AAMEEN. We'll pray for her in Masaajid, insha'Allah. Wassalaam Your brother in Islam Khurshid Khan ICNA 53.----------------------- May Allah give your granddaughter a healthy speedy recovery, and give you and your family patience and reward. Isam Estwani 54.----------------------- November 15, 2007 2:32 AM May Allah swt give patience to both parents and mercy to your granddaughter..that she will recover soon. Norma 55.----------------------- November 19, 2007 12:43 AM Dear Aishah, I went through chemo-therapy myself for lung cancer and have been in full remission for 23 months now. I am so sorry to hear about your grandchild, and I know that she will be miserable during the process. However, miracles are being performed every day. This is the reason I started An Army of Bloggers, to fight this dreaded disease with everything I've got. I will keep your granddaughter in my prayers as she certainly is a very cute little one. GM Roper 56.-----------------------

Leading Saudi Woman Blogger Alhodaif Passes Away at 25

Ebtihal Mubarak, Arab News JEDDAH (Arab News) May 19, 2008 — For 25 days supporters and friends of Saudi blogger Hadeel Alhodaif have waited anxiously, hoping that she would emerge from the coma she fell into unexpectedly. But on Friday these hopes died as the 25-year-old writer and social critic — known for fearlessly using her real name in her criticisms — passed away. Alhodaif, who maintained "Heaven's Steps" (, often challenged other Saudi women to join her in stepping out of the shadows of anonymity and devote their writing to issues of social importance. "I wish that Saudi women bloggers would step forward in their writing instead of simply writing their personal diaries," she told Arab News in an interview last year. She said that blogging offered a unique opportunity in Saudi Arabia to create a "new free media" to face off against the entrenched establishment newspapers and television channels and give the public what they really wanted to know. In some cases she would appear in these media outlets, such as AlJazeera and Saudi Channel One. Alhodaif was invited last year to Oman's Sultan Qaboos University to discuss the role that Saudi blogs play in promoting the freedom of expression. Later that year she gave a lecture at the women's section of the Riyadh Literary Club calling on women to start their own blogs to help influence public policy and opinion. "I would like to educate Saudi women about the importance of blogging as an efficient medium that can greatly influence public opinion," she said during her presentation. When blogger Fouad Al-Farhan was detained late last year for openly defending a group of conservative academics that had been arrested for meeting and discussing the need for political reform, Alhodaif was the only Saudi woman who came out publicly calling for Al-Farhan's immediate release. She started a "Free Fouad" website and created a forum on the social networking site Facebook to keep interested people up to date on the case. "She was truly courageous speaking to the BBC Arabic eloquently and bravely about Al-Farhan's detention when most Saudi bloggers wanted only to be quoted anonymously," said a fellow blogger, who preferred to be quoted anonymously. Al-Farhan was released last month after four months of detention without charges. Alhodaif published a collection of short stories titled "Their Shadows Don't Follow Them." Last year her play "Who Fears The Doors" was performed at the men's section of King Saud University. In her blog Alhodaif mocked the fact that even as the playwright she was not allowed to attend the performance of her own work due to the university's strict policy on the mingling of the sexes. "I guess I have to beg the male audience to inform me how my play was produced," she wrote in Arabic. "I hope that a day comes when I can attend a cultural function where the presence of women does not cause anyone an allergic reaction!" Alhodaif's Facebook profile shows a young woman who was interested in reading, writing and good food. Saudis from all ages and backgrounds — liberals and conservatives alike, those who knew her closely or from a distance, and even those who did not know her at all before — are mourning the bright skinny girl with high dreams and hopes of a better future for all Saudis. RELATED: Saudi Activist Blogger Freed After 4 Months in Jail Without Charge ---------------------- Fair Use Notice This site contains copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. We are making such material available in our efforts to advance understanding of environmental, political, human rights, economic, democracy, scientific, and social justice issues, etc. We believe this constitutes a 'fair use' of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes. (See: If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond 'fair use', you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.

Muslim Women Make Their Voices Heard

Assalamu Alaikum,

Check out the link at the end of this article…when you go to the page, you have to scroll down, it’s not layed out right, but that said, the music is something…wow…I couldn’t stop listening…some may have to get past being ‘offended’ by a few choice words in the first clip…but do it…it’s worth it.


Muslim Women Make Their Voices Heard

LONDON (AsianNews) May 21, 2008 – Female Muslim rappers, singers and poets from the UK, Europe and US have united to bring together a mixtape of unreleased songs.

Sisterhood includes material which deal with a range of issues ranging from the war in Iraq to racism, love, romance, living in a post 9/11 world, to women's rights issues, faith and personal experiences of being young socially conscious Muslim women in the West.

"This is just the first small step towards encouraging these artists and others like them out there to pursue their dreams and hopes," said Deeyah, the founder of the Sisterhood project who selected this first volume of songs from scores submitted to her.

She said: "This is a way to let them know they are not alone in their struggles and hardship to get their music and message out there.

"Although some of the ladies on the project are at the very beginning of their musical journey and just starting to explore and discover their creative and artistic expression I hope that with this project they will find inspiration and encouragement from each other to further develop and hone their craft."

She added: "Hopefully we can help create a platform to have their voices and opinions heard as both artists and Muslim women living in Western societies.

"Female Muslim artists face a tough time. There's very little support for them, many of them have been actively discouraged-- even by their own communities-- from expressing their thoughts and dreams through music. But they are not alone as this first collection proves...they have something to say and they deserve to be heard."

Sisterhood is streamed online on the world wide web from May 2008. For a listen visit

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May 20, 2008

Please Donate Today - Kylie's Life Depends On It...

UPDATE (9/2/09): Kylie is doing well and thriving with her cancer ordeal behind her; sadly,scammers took advantage of her case recently back in her hometown of Florence, South Carolina.
In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful Assalamu Alaikum wa Rahmatuallahi wa Barakatuhu, My dear brothers and sisters, friends and associates, Please allow me, first of all, to thank those of you who previously wrote a few months back when I first requested duas on behalf of my grand-daughter, Kylie. Today I am writing to update you and to plea for your help on her behalf. By way of re-introduction, let me share with you that Kylie Marie Porchea, who is such a courageous, very special little girl, was diagnosed at the tender age of just 10-months, with a rare form of cancer known as Retinoblastoma. Since her diagnosis, Kylie has endured 6-months of intensive chemotherapy treatment, in addition to receiving cryogenic laser surgery treatments at MUSC in Charleston, South Carolina. (Learn more about types of treatments here.) Sadly, despite the efforts of Kylie's doctors, the cancer has persisted, and she has subsequently been referred to a specialist facility in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where she was subjected to additional cryotherapy treatment. Kylie will return for follow-up treatment in June. The majority of Kylie's medical expenses have been covered through various channels, however, thousand's of dollars in unpaid fees remain outstanding, and additional expenses will continue to acrue in the months ahead. Your generous contribution toward helping to save the life of this precious little girl is critical. Please donate today via PAYPAL by visiting – click on 'donate money' and enter the email address: – and follow the prompts after that require additional information. IMPORTANT NOTE: You DO NOT have to set up a PAYPAL account to donate – you can donate with any major credit card or debit card bearing the MasterCard or Visa logo. Please donate today…Kylie thanks you. Jazakallahu Khayran. Ma’Salaama, `Aishah Schwartz
Please pass this information along, insha'Allah.
"Retinoblastoma (reh-tin-oh-blast-oma) is a childhood cancer arising from immature retinal cells in one or both eyes and can strike from the time a child is in the womb up to 5 years of age. This cancer is curable if caught early enough. However, 87% of the children stricken with this disease worldwide die, mostly in developing countries. In developed countries, 97% of those who do live have moderate to severe visual impairment. Retinoblastoma is a relatively uncommon tumor of childhood that accounts for about 3% of the cancers in children under the age of 15. The tumors originate in the retina, the light sensitive layer of the eye, which enables the eye to see. When the tumors are present in one eye, it is referred to as unilateral retinoblastoma, and when it occurs in both eyes it is referred to as bilateral retinoblastoma. 60% of the cases involve only one eye (unilateral); the rest affect both eyes (bilateral). 90% of retinoblastoma patients have no family history of the disease and only 10% of newly diagnosed patients have other family members with retinoblastoma."

On the Subject of FGM

UPDATE: A few days back I picked up an English version of an Egypt newspaper when I ventured out early one morning for breakfast. I was surprised and pleased to find an article (albeit short) indicating that a new law is in the works to implement support for the ban on female circumcision that would imprison those convicted of performing the procedure for 3 months, in addition to making them pay a 5,000 Egyptian Pound fine - and trust me, while an Egytpian Pound might not convert to much in other currencies, to the average Egyptian it is an enormous amount of money. One step at a step at a time... Assalamu Alaikum. Insha'Allah this message finds you in the best of health and imaan. Ameen. I've noticed a lot of information circulating recently about Female Genital Mutilation, much of it being rather outdated, so I thought I would share with you a site that keeps the information up-to-date for those following the progress of the campaign(s) against this barbaric practice. It is important in our discussions to circulate the most viable and up-to-date material as the subject is evolving constantly, and we should not undermine the progress being made by rehashing headlines that have already been dealt with; we should, instead, focus our energies on the current efforts being promoted across the globe, insha'Allah, and join in support of those efforts. If you are interested in making a difference on a personal level, please take note of the FGM Network's Volunteer Link: Forwarding an email is easy...but joining the effort to promote real change with our time, energy and resources by volunteering is a step towards making a real person at a time. Ma'Salaama, ~Aishah --------------------------- UPDATE: FEATURE-Egypt death sparks debate on female circumcision 19 Aug 2007 23:04:31 GMT Source: Reuters By Cynthia Johnston MAGHAGHA, Egypt, Aug 20 (Reuters) - It was a routine procedure undertaken by thousands of Egyptian girls every year, but something went wrong and Budour Ahmed Shaker died while having her genitals cut in a rite known locally as "purification". The death of the 11-year-old schoolgirl at a private clinic in the Egyptian village Mughagha in June prompted the government to outlaw the custom of female genital mutilation, which is so widespread in Egypt that 95 percent of the country's women are estimated to have undergone the procedure. (more here...) Visit the FGM Network here: Recent Headlines: Islamic countries call for end to female genital mutilation, child marriage BIRMINGHAM, UK - Outcry over violated girls BENIN: Edo Police arrest three over female circumcision KENYA: Teachers who take time off to get 'cut' KENYA: UN Honours Kenyan Woman for Fight Against 'Cut', Early Marriages SENEGAL: Tostan tackles traditions MALI: In Mali Women Debate Circumcision Uganda told to ban harmful traditions