Scholarship: In an effort to highlight the academic and civic achievements of young Muslim women in the DC Metropolitan Area, S.I.S.T.E.R.S initiated this scholarship program in 2007. This year, three one thousand dollar scholarships will be awarded: One to a high school senior, one to a college student and one to a graduate student. The requirements are:

  • Be a Muslim female between the ages of 17-24 years old (for high school and college only; no age limit for graduate student).
  • Currently be enrolled in or accepted to a 2 or 4 year college.
  • Have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 or better.
  • Demonstrate an active participation in community service work.
  • Submit a grade transcript.
  • Complete a short essay component.
  • Submit a letter of recommendation.

To download an application, click here.
Deadline for this year’s scholarship is March 8, 2013. Awards will be presented at the annual SISTERS Tea on March 23, 2013.

Scholarship: In an effort to highlight the academic and civic achievements of young Muslim women in the DC Metropolitan Area, S.I.S.T.E.R.S aims to recognize and assist deserving students to achieve their higher education goals. This year, three one thousand dollar scholarships will be awarded: One to a high school senior, one to a college student and one to a graduate student. The requirements are:

  • Be a Muslim female between the ages of 17-24 years old (for high school and college only; no age limit for graduate student).
  • Currently be enrolled in or accepted to a 2 or 4 year college.
  • Have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 or better.
  • Demonstrate an active participation in community service work.
  • Submit a grade transcript.
  • Complete a short essay component.
  • Submit a letter of recommendation.

To download an application, click here.
Deadline for this year’s scholarship is March 15, 2012.


In an effort to highlight the academic and civic achievements of young Muslim women in the DC Metropolitan Area, S.I.S.T.E.R.S initiated this scholarship in 2007. S.I.S.T.E.R.S aims to recognize and assist deserving students to achieve their higher education goals.

All applications must be received by March 31, 2011. Click here for the application with instructions as to how to apply for this scholarship. If you have further questions, do not hesitate to contact us at sistersinformation@gmail.com. You will notified only if you are chosen to receive the scholarship.

Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim
Sisters in Solidarity to Educate, Respond & Serve (SISTERS)
PRESENTS
Hijab: More Than a Headscarf
A Modesty Workshop for our young Muslimah
(ages 13 -24)
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
CAIR
453 New Jersey Avenue SE
Washington, DC 20003
  • Discussion on the inner & outer characteristics of hijab
  • Know your rights at school & on the job
  • Demonstration on the various ways to wear hijab
  • A Picture of Modesty
  • (Showcase of Modest Attire)
  • Hijab Swap
  • Ice Breakers
  • Giveaways!!!!

The first annual Support Our Sisters Expo took place at ADAMS Center in Sterling, VA this past Saturday. According to the event’s organizers, Sisters in Solidarity to Educate, Respond & Serve (SISTERS), the goal was to showcase the efforts of some of our local Muslim businesswomen. “We intentionally kept table rental price low [only $25] because this wasn’t about raising money as much as it was about promoting women-owned and operated businesses” Laurie Jaghlit, SISTERS’ Chairwoman explained. “Just within our small organization we have women doing remarkable things and we knew if we reached out to the local communities, we would find more of the same…and we did.”

Even though the temperatures outside reached over 100 degrees, a steady stream of shoppers filled the bazaar area. The vendors included those selling clothing, hijabs, jewelry, skin products, magazines, toys and an array of delicious delicacies at the SISTERS bake sale tables. Several businesses offering services were also represented including a real estate agent, a Quran school, and home health services. Two new area businesses were also in attendance; the Nur Café, a Center for Art, Fitness and Enrichment (CAFÉ) scheduled to open in September, 2010 in Falls Church, VA as well as a wellness studio and boutique located in the Tyson’s area. Hip Muslim Mommas, an organization for young mothers/families was another group present at the Expo. They have a network of young Muslim families in the Fairfax/Loudoun County areas who offer organized playgroups, mom’s night out and other events aimed at young families.

Along with the bazaar, the Expo offered several business-related workshops. Sr Inayat Sahin presented a workshop entitled, Turning your Passion into a Business. She shared with the attendees how she took her love for the environment and all that is green and turned it into her business, Beyond Green Living, a consulting company that teaches families how to “go green.” The room listened intently to Sr. Zainab Alwani expound on the lives and works of famous Muslim businesswomen throughout history. From some of the wives of the Prophet (pbuh) to various waqfs (endowments) set up and maintained by Muslim women, the audience learned how women run businesses were not only allowed, but also played a vital role in the development of the early Muslim communities. Finally, Sr Nadhira Al Khalili, staff attorney for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) presented a “Know your Rights” workshop focusing on issues concerning women in the American workplace.

“The event was well received by the community and we look forward to doing it again in the future,” said Laurie Jaghlit. If you have a woman-owned business or organization and would like to be contacted about future SISTERS Expos, please email your contact information to sistersinformation@gmail.com. Please include the type of business/organization as well as a phone number.


By Laila Shaheen

Women’s empowerment and the means to achieve it were highlighted between sips of fragrant teas and cucumber sandwiches at the Sisters in Solidarity to Educate, Respond and Serve fourth annual fundraising tea last month at the Dar al Noor mosque in Manassas, Va. More than 80 ladies were in attendance as SISTERS honored the efforts of Karamah, an organization of Muslim Women lawyers dedicated to human rights.

Susan Riker, the development director explained Karamah’s goals.

“The program believes in the empowerment of Muslim women within their own spiritual and cultural contexts. In its judgment, only this approach will enable women to address and successfully eradicate the social ills in their communities,” Riker said. “For this reason, KARAMAH seeks to develop a comprehensive, just, and thoughtful Islamic jurisprudence, which takes into account the current concerns of Muslim women worldwide. To this end, KARAMAH has rooted its work in the best of the classical Islamic jurisprudential tradition.”

Karamah (which means, “dignity”) strives to achieve their goals through education and scholarship, with a focus on Islamic law and leadership development. Members of the group publish research papers, host lecture series and conduct seminars on various issues facing Muslim women globally. They also participate in various human rights and peace initiatives. Recently they hosted a lecture on the impact of Islamic law on global development.

One of their most intense programs is the law and leadership summer program. It is held each year in Washington D.C. and in Brussels. The program brings together more than two dozen participants from across the globe. The program’s goal is “to develop a global network and grassroots movement of Muslim women leaders so that they may share ideas, expertise and knowledge to collectively create beneficial change in their communities and countries. Women leave the workshop equipped with the legal tools they need to articulate their rights within their own religious and cultural contexts, as well as the leadership and conflict resolution skills needed to negotiate change using non-confrontational methods.,” Karamah’s communications officer Jina Hassan explained.

“The days were packed with inspirational lectures and a wealth of information,” said Farhana Shah, who attended the camp in 2006.

Shah was most impressed by the message of the program. “Besides the laws and legalities information, it teaches humility. Unlike western feminists who like to throw a “gotcha” with their facts, Karamah’s leadership program says,’ here is the evidence, but be gentle when using it; you don’t want to demean anyone.’ This is the way of the Quran.”

This was a message repeated by fellow guest speaker and the summer program’s coordinator, lawyer Mais Abousy. She reiterated the importance of remembering who your audience is when discussing Islam and to be sensitive of that in the delivery of your message.

Many of the attendees were not familiar with the group’s work. SISTERS’ member, Laura Brown was impressed by what she heard. “This year’s highlighted cause, Karamah, was an organization with which I had no familiarity, but after hearing about the incredible work that they do, I was motivated to give a donation.”

Afterwards, the guests were encouraged to donate to help sponsor one participant to the summer program which typically costs $2,500-$4000. To date, more than half of the money has been raised. Insha’Allah, if SISTERS can raise enough money, Karamah has agreed to recognize SISTERS by designating a “SISTERS Fellow” for the summer program. Donations will be accepted until the end of May via paypal on SISTERS website, http://www.sistersinsolidarity.com or can be mailed to SISTERS.

Donations of business attire were also collected during the tea for the non-profit group Dress for Success. The program provides clothing as well as career tools to women transitioning to the workforce. This collection will continue through May 15th.

SISTERS also awarded their annual scholarships to three very deserving students:

  • High School Senior winner: Firdoos Mukati from George Mason High School in Falls Church, Va;
  • College winner: Sumaya Sahin from Prince Georges Community College, Largo, Md;
  • Graduate winner: Tahmina Ahmad from George Washington University.

As in the previous years, this year’s tea was another success of sisterhood. Al l the guests enjoyed it with many remarking how they now look forward to the annual event.

“Everyone was friendly and warm and I was glad to meet so many lovely sisters with whom I may have otherwise not had the privilege to cross paths,” described Cecilia Hanna, who hopes to attend the event next year. “I love the atmosphere of the teas – a beautiful setting where my lovely sisters push me to know more and do more for our community,” added Laura Brown.

Upcoming events for SISTERS include the Spring Garage Sale on May 15, the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure on June 5 and the Ramadan Soup Swap.

S.I.S.T.E.R.S is pleased to announce the winners of the 2010 scholarships:

  • The High School winner is Firdoos Mukati from George Mason High School in Falls Church, VA
  • The College winner is Sumaya Sahin from Prince Georges Community College, Largo MD
  • The Graduate winner is Tahmina Ahmad who attends George Washingtoin University, DC
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