Muslim Women in Social Services
A message from our President & CEO
Here at Islamic Social Services, we’re committed to investing our expertise and resources in order to further achieve our cause. Since 2006, we’ve been supporting our community members in a variety of ways and measuring our success not by monetary size, but by more qualitative measurements such as the scale and effectiveness of our efforts. Our commitments to providing exceptional services and to living our core values: Striving for Excellence, Leadership by Example, Integrity in Actions, and Providing Participant Centered Programs will continue to be our focus. I am incredibly excited about this journey and truly believe the best of Muslim Women in Social Services is yet to come. Just imagine what we can achieve together!
Muslim women, our presence has been integral; from the home, at work, in our communities, and in the nation as a whole. Although the expedition of the role and the participation of women has not been an easy journey; we continue to evolve with time. Many are still confronted with several limitations in terms of what they can achieve. However, it is worth celebrating the successes, achievements, and the hard work of the many women who work assiduously to make life possible for their families and the people around them. Moreover, it is equally important to encourage ourselves to aim for greater ambitions, not only for our direct benefit but consistently for those who are less fortunate. There are Muslim women in our communities who continue to fight against poverty, abuse, and hardships in order to survive.
Social services have always been an important facet of Islam. It has been given many names and has worn many hats, but simply boils down to wanting for your sister what you want for yourself. By utilizing skills, knowledge, and resources, Muslim women are able to create sustainable change for themselves, their families, and communities. They must be willing to teach what they have learned along the way. Going forward they must help other women to aspire for greatness in all their endeavors by first, having firm faith and vision, working towards achieving the goal, and making it a reality. There are many roles within social services that Muslim women are best fit to handle and are able to make a real impact. This explains why we need to look into our immediate community and help address problems and create solutions.
In order to aspire for greater pinnacles, Muslim women must rise up above every challenge hindering them in education, the workplace or business, marriage, the raising of children, and so forth. Sometimes it just takes someone showing you the way. Instead of looking down on others, help them up. There is a need to take advantage of the proliferation of information, access to education, and equal opportunities to live a fruitful life that can positively impact others and even generations to come. Many members of our communities suffer silently! Support services must be established to offer a full range of programs from family counseling, to rental assistance, to Muslimah support groups. Islam teaches us strong values of helping one's neighbor, aiding the less fortunate, and giving to those who ask. How about those who don't ask, out of fear of being judged? As sisters in Islam, we have an obligation to establish and carry on a legacy of support and trust, for the sake of Allah. Muslim women should not be limited in any form or capacity by virtue of social-economic statuses, therefore, be equipped and supported to be the agent of change in their own lives.
Muslim women must embody the right belief, attitude, and mindset in order to move forward. What are some of the new ways we can embrace to make things work better, more efficiently, and effectively? How can we encourage others to make positive changes in their lives? Let us challenge ourselves to be proactive and be the agents of change in the lives of others. A long-term strategy for improving the delivery of social services is to continue to encourage sisterhood and stay connected to one another. When you truly want for your sister what you want for yourself you become inclined to the betterment of women and families who are in need. Simply because you understand that when we are healthy and strong we all benefit in this life and in the next seeking the pleasure from our Lord. We must also establish an effective and influential right of passage for our girls. This can be done in a variety of ways: by supporting youth groups, holding career fairs for the youth, sponsoring scholarships, offering opportunities to shadow Muslim women professionals, showing them the importance of sisterhood, advocacy, and volunteering. Instill in them that assisting with social services is part of their deen. If the goal is to build and strengthen our communities, it is highly imperative for us to provide proactive and appropriate training for our girls to be leaders and to be prepared to follow in our footsteps.
Clearly, we have a long way to go before we meet the great demand for social service needs and obligations incumbent upon the community. It is of the utmost importance for the community to realize that social services, offered for women by women is essential to building strong communities that withstand the test of time by the will of Allah. Providing social services, in a variety of forms, is a communal obligation that cannot be ignored. Dear sisters in Islam we must together begin to lay the foundations for comprehensive social service programs now, so as not to be overwhelmed by a perishing community in the future.