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August 24, 2010


A little box that will make a LOT of difference…(please read!)

by Umm Muawiyah

Assalamu Alaikum.

What box, you say?

The box that each and every one of us is going to pack, insha-Allah, in this Month of Brotherhood, in order to send to our ailing brothers and sisters in Pakistan.

[And no, I’m not a Pakistani and I don’t care if you are not either.  We’re all helping out so keep reading. This is our chance to PROVE that we actually care about others. Remember that Allah is the All-Hearer and All-Seer. ]

[I know, I know. You’re like “She’s forcing us to send!”

Of course I am. If I try using sweetie-sweetie tactics, how many people do you think will help out? This is why I’m using the “tough love” approach.]

It’s amazing that everyone is always so concerned about Taraweeh in Ramadan but many of us are not concerned about helping our brothers and sisters. The former is recommended but the latter is an obligation.

I’m one of those that has been at fault. I’ve been in my own world and finally crawled out today, alhamdulillah.

So, what are we all going to do? We’re all going to take advantage of the PIA’s kind offer to ship these help boxes to Pakistan for support.

[A question to those who might not be very interested in doing that: Do you REALLY think that you can gain Allah’s Forgiveness in this month by just praying, fasting  and reading the Quran whilst leaving your own brethren to die???]

Here’s what we’re all going to do, insha-Allah:

[If you’ve already done it, then do it all over again. C’mon, it’s Ramadan.]

1) Watch the following video:

Masha-Allah, the brother has explained things very well.

The list is here:

However, PLEASE watch the video otherwise you’ll get confused.

I was like “Box of Chocolates”? Then he explained that the children never get to eat good quality chocolate and were very happy doing so. That makes sense: glucose + making them happy.

2) Go to the supermarket as soon as possible and buy the stuff.

[And PLEASE: don’t try to save money and buy cheap stuff. Buy the stuff that you would buy for yourself. This is true faith when you give your brother what you love for yourself, remember. So, please buy good stuff. (I’m thinking about buying Cadbury chocolates, insha-Allah. What about you?)]

3) Call the PIA representative in your country.

The Dubai Guy is :

Javed Riaz 00971503974915

4) Nag all your friends and family into helping out either by calling them or email them.

Or if they can’t be nagged, try to butter them up. Whatever works.

5) Please repeat steps 1-4. C’mon, it’s Ramadan.

If you lose motivation, just keep remembering your fabulous house in Paradise.

2 Comments Post a comment
  1. Faiza
    Aug 25 2010

    ASAK, Do you know where to pick up boxes in this size, and where to drop them? Do they have to go to the airport or are there other collection points in Dubai. I think info like this would be helpfull and nobody would have an excuse that they couldn’t find the right size box. I think we should make it as easy as possible for people. I am willing to have people drop their box at my house if they need and then maybe we can arrange to have a pick-up. Also I wanted my kids to organize the same thing in school, this way we’ll get anohter few hundred boxes in September. I’ve tried to get a hold of the PIA guy whose in charge here, but he hasn’t gotten back to me. If you have any info please let me and the group know.

    • Umm Muawiyah
      Aug 25 2010

      Wa Alaikum Assalam.

      I called Brother Javed (the Dubai Guy). He said that the drop-off location was Orient Travel and Tourism (Warehouse G8) in Dubai Cargo Village. Their number is 04-2826048. Contact guys: Masroor and Jahzeer (didn’t catch this name properly). Their timings are 9am-4pm.

      I asked him where I could get boxes of this size. He said that it was there in a lot of places. He also advised me to call the office (mentioned above) as they had boxes. So, I called the office and I was told that they had larger boxes (it’s not an issue, he said) which were available for sale (AED 10 for each box).

      If I come to know of any other places where you get boxes, I’ll let you know, insha-Allah.

      If the boxes are really the issue, we could ask people to put all the items in a large plastic bag and have them drop it off at a specific location along with AED 10. We can then buy the boxes on their behalf and pack them (the boxes need to be in packed shape).

      What do you think? We could work on it together, insha-Allah.


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