Finding guidance

Many people think that finding guidance in our imperfect world is very difficult. But the story of Robert Davilla proves otherwise. Robert Davilla is a man who is paralyzed from neck down. He found Allah SWT in his room in a nursing home, in Churchtown, Texas. He was born in a profound Christian family, received weekly visits from a priest but Allah SWT’s guidance reached him. Hear the story of Rober Davilla, a truly inspiring man and how he comes to Islam.

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Beauty through Trump’s Imperfection

Hasan Minhaj was able to find beauty through Trump’s harsh policies against Muslim immigrants. He utilizes satire to express his opinion about his experience at the JFK airport as Trump instated the Muslim Ban. He found beauty in the way that non-Muslims welcomed him as a Muslim in opposition to Trump’s policies. From 7:20 to the end of the video, Hasan expresses how ironic the results of the “Muslim ban” were because they attracted the attention of non-Muslims in opposition to Donald Trump.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IxhGjDyBT30

How to Stay Positive: 11 Smart Habits

Milton MIST is the best blogging website there is, but even so we have to admit that Henrik Edberg makes a blog post to blow ours out of the water. Finding positivity in mundane life is rightfully aligned with the MIST theme of “finding perfection in an imperfect world.” Check it out: http://www.positivityblog.com/index.php/2014/04/09/how-to-stay-positive/

Here is a “Shmoop worthy” surmise of what we gleaned from her info:

1. Find the optimistic viewpoint in a negative situation.

2. Cultivate and live in a positive environment.

3. Go slowly.

4. Don’t make a mountain out of a molehill.

5. Don’t let vague fears hold you back from doing what you want.

6. Add value and positivity to someone else’s life.

7. Exercise regularly and eat and sleep well.

8. Learn to take criticism in a healthy way.

9. If something still gets under your skin then know what to do.

10. Start your day in a positive way.

11. Mindfully move through your day.

Gold Award Project Partnered with Girl Scouts and MSA

The Girl Scout Project addresses the lack of awareness of age-segregation and building isolation among generations in our society, which directly affects the health stability of seniors as well as the social health of the youth. The target audience is seniors and youth members of my community. Intergenerational relation issues, a recognized dilemma by United Nations, expand globally by affecting the economic, social, cultural, political and demographic structures of countries worldwide. The project assisted in increasing cooperation, interaction, exchange between generations, developing communication skills, and supporting strong relationships that benefited seniors, youth, and the community. The goal was to educate at least 50 youth and seniors in my community about age-segregation, involve at least 15 seniors in activities with the youth, involve at least 15 youth participants in activities with the seniors, and sustain my efforts with at least 3 other senior centers in the Atlanta area. The benefits focused upon seniors and youth in my community. They developed a positive, enthusiastic attitude when they participated in these relationship-building activities. The seniors especially had a more optimistic and purposeful outlook on life and the youth developed social skills that improved their social health.

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Through the Girl Scout Program, these Muslim girls represented their MSA by volunteering at their local Senior Center! They participated in various intergenerational activities such as teaching seniors about technology, health/ fitness, and mental wellness

Positive Inspiration: Run Like a Hijabi

In finding perfection in the imperfect world, it is important to hold on to important values, principles, and the guiding positivity of Muslim role models. Rahaf Khatib is one of them. 

“No I don’t have a fancy career, no I’m not a scholar on Islam and no I can’t even read #Arabic past middle schooler….. That does not undermine my image as an American Muslim and a Covered athlete. I WONT let other people speak on my behalf….my experiences with #hijab is not based on some cultural representation. Its basically my form of Da3wah (Islamic ambassador if you will-spreading of good message). Its my form of attaining good deeds, its my spiritual identity, its my link to Jannah, its my form of modesty. I am the ‘flag bearer” of #Islam. I am a physical representation of my peaceful religion. And  I will proudly carry and display my hijab in this negative political environment with my head held high. We WILL get representation in Fitness/running field if its the last thing I do! “If you don’t make the choice, And you don’t use your voice, Someone else will speak for you instead……show the world who you are”

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Muslim, mom, marathoner, triathlete, and the first hijabi women to appear on the cover of a fitness magazine ( Runners’ World October issue), Rahaf Khatib is now planning on running the Boston Marathon to raise money for Syrian refugees.  She has also started a fundraising campaign that sells athletic attire for the same cause.

follow her on Instagram for weekly inspirational quotes and updates here: https://www.instagram.com/runlikeahijabi/

If you would like to buy athletic attire while helping Rahaf, check out her campaign here!

Senior-Youth Interaction Initiative and Generations United

What is Generations United?

According to http://www.gu.org/ABOUTUS.aspx,

“Generations United’s mission is to improve the lives of children, youth, and older adults through intergenerational collaboration, public policies and programs for the enduring benefit of all. For nearly three decades, Generations United has been the catalyst for policies and practices stimulating cooperation and collaboration among generations, evoking the vibrancy, energy and sheer productivity that result when people of all ages come together. We believe that we can only be successful in the face of our complex future if generational diversity is regarded as a national asset and fully leveraged.”

This mission statement is analogous to the Senior-Youth Interaction Initiative Program. Make sure to read their page to find out more about age segregation awareness!

Older adult woman exchanges laugh with middle school child in classroom.