SHARE Atlanta Hosts Successful Fundraiser
by Khayriyyah Hanan Faiz
The chill of winter on Sunday, January 25th was sharply contrasted by the warmth and excitement that permeated Georgia Tech’s Ferst Center for the Arts as various communities of Muslims, their families and guests of all ages gathered to be entertained royal style by world renowned Native Deen. SHARE Atlanta, in partnership with MSA Atlanta Council, The Risala Institute and several local Muslim groups moved the Muslim community to action in supporting this special event – and that they did! Native Deen’s major performance was opened by talented locals: young Spoken Word Artists Omar Hamid an Sieef’Allah Jackson and world renowned Poet, Amir Suleiman.
The nearly-filled auditorium, moved like limber trees in the purified breeze of the rhythmic beats and righteous lyrics that offered halal inspiration to all– lyrics that celebrated faith, sincere love of Allah, Hajj and the importance of not being afraid to stand alone with Allah by our side – one of their latest songs! What a wonderful experience to enjoy this quality of entertainment as a family, knowing that there will be no moral compromises (as can be expected with most of our contemporary hip hop entertainment)! We are truly blessed.
Sunday night’s event offered an opportunity for SHARE Atlanta to be introduced to the Atlanta Community through an engaging PowerPoint presentation, which was facilitated by SHARE Atlanta Chair, Khayriyyah Faiz. Additionally, impressive SHARE Atlanta brochures were distributed to attendees.
This well-attended event was also used as a major fundraiser for Gaza – an idea presented by the MSA Atlanta Council and one that was warmly received by SHARE Atlanta and Native Deen. Through an active effort on the part of SHARE Atlanta and Native Deen to get pre concert donations from local masaajid and through those funds contributed immediately following the concert, SHARE Atlanta was able to present Islamic Relief with $31,554 (which includes $5,154 collected through Sunday’s concert) for Gaza, alhamdulillah.
SHARE Atlanta extends our sincere thanks to those who supported this effort and purchased tickets for the benefit of SHARE Atlanta and Native Deen. We also extend sincere thanks to Masjid Al-Hedaya, Masjid Al-Momineen, Roswell Community Masjid, The Islamic Center of North Fulton and all donors of amounts large and small whose contributions allowed us to present these funds to help our brothers and sisters in Gaza. We also extend our thanks and appreciation to the MSA Atlanta Council for all of the hard work they put in to make this important relief effort successful.
We also thank Native Deen for providing us this opportunity to present such a quality concert through which SHARE Atlanta’s efforts could receive support. This was Native Deen’s first performance in Atlanta at SHARE Atlanta’s invitation. We look forward to this being the beginning of long-term relationship that will allow us to support the beautiful work they are doing while aiding the cause of establishing Healthy Marriage and Community Reentry Initiatives here along with social services and outreach to unemployed and the homeless and hungry in our city.
We extend special thanks to SHARE Atlanta Co-Chair and Secretary, Amjad Taufique and YaQutullah Ibraheem, respectively, for their hard work providing leadership for this successful undertaking—from inception to its execution, and for Bro. Taufique’s dedicated efforts to raise pre-concert donations for Gaza.
May Allah be pleased with our efforts!