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eNews: January 2013  

She is Loud and Determined. How about You?

Assalamu Alaykum

Here is another story of a survivor of parental abuse. She says, “I am LOUD, yes. I am DETERMINED. I am willing to stand up and take on the abusers openly and take the labels of shame many Muslims place on community advocates, solely because they are willing to defend the defenseless. I am willing to stand up for the child, in a way NO ONE stood up for me. I stand up for women and men being abused, in a manner no one was willing to stand up for my mother.” She has dedicated her life to resolving injustice. Please read her story and join hands with us in taking some organized actions against family violence.

Hear Her Story

On the Road to Sakinah

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Three New Teams Launched in North Carolina
By the grace of Allah, our North Carolina’s community launch event was very successful. About 70 people attended the event. Several more visited our table in the main lobby of Islamic Association of Raleigh’s mosque. We have launched three new teams in three North Carolina cities: Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill. Please see our Teams page to join any team.


Teams Meetings & Trainings
Last month, we introduced Team Building Folders to our team members. These folders are part of our Team Building Resources. They include Meeting Planners to the tips to take various actions. We encourage our teams to meet at least once in a month. This year each team will receive 4-5 trainings about strengthening their teams and improving their operations and skills, inshaAllah.


Project Sakinah Reaches MAS-ICNA community
We are pleased to report that our MAS-ICNA presence was very fruitful. Anas Coburn and Zerqa Abid, along with Chicago team members, Noor Church, Irma and Brian Dahlquist, were able to engage hundreds of people during the four day convention.. We were able to engage people not only from Chicago but also from throughout the Midwest. Fifty-two new people signed to join our existing teams or launch a new one in their cities. We are looking forward to a very busy 2013, Alhamdulillah.

Here is a video from the convention:


Case Update: Yaseen Ege, 7, Murdered for not Learning Quran Fast Enough.
Yaseen Ege was a seven year old boy whose mother beat him "like a dog" (her own words) to death for not learning Qur'an fast enough. She was sentenced to 17 years in prison. More details here.


You and Project Sakinah
Project Sakinah is your project. Its success depends upon YOU.  Please do your part.

Share Your Story:  We're looking for more stories of survivors of all types of family violence for our website. If you're willing to share your story, on domestic violence, child abuse, or elder abuse we'd love to have it. Knowing that they're not alone can be a great comfort for other survivors. You can remain as anonymous as you like. Please send us your story to MyStory@projectsakinah.org

Join us, Like us, and Share on Facebook:  Our page provides valuable information to our community every day, several times a day. By liking our posts and sharing them, you ensure that you'll continue to stay informed regarding family violence in the Muslim American community. Join us on Facebook, invite your friends, and help us to spread the message.

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Donate:  Donating to Project Sakinah isn't just a tax write-off, it's a way to make a difference in the lives of millions who make up our growing Muslim-American community. Project Sakinah is a recognized 501c3 organization—and your donations are deductible.


Spotlight Irma and Brian Dahlquist

Spotlight on Irma and Brian DahlquistIrma is the only daughter of a mother who fought against injustice all her life. Shortly after she passed away, Irma and her husband Brian joined Project Sakinah in October 2010. “It was extremely important for us to honor our mother in a very special way, since she was a very special woman. In our minds, there was no greater way to do that than helping other families find stability and happiness through Project Sakinah,” says Irma.

Since then, they have been actively reaching businesses, organizations and community members to help organize programs and trainings in their community to stop all kinds of injustices within Muslim families. They have recently launched a new project of placing Project Sakinah flyers in mosque’s bathrooms to inform people of domestic violence.

Both graduated from Northern Illinois University in 2008 with Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology. Brian currently works as a Senior Project Lead at a local firm and Irma works as a research assistant at a local university in Chicago.