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Selling Jam for Syrians (From The US)

Muslims Efforts in USA to Help Syrians
By Rola Jabri
Freelance Writer- USA
For Syrians help
I know as I speak to others that the more we talk about Syrians' miserable stories, the worse the drama escalates in our eyes.

At tough times when there is little that we can do from a distance to help oppressed Muslims, shall we sit around and wait or take any action for making a difference? 

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Last year as pain was getting deeper from the massacre in Syria, watching television was not an option, as news about death and torture was nothing but an actual despair. Talking about the problem was even worse.

I know as I speak to others that the more we talk about Syrians' miserable stories, the worse the drama escalates in our eyes.

This makes me reach a conclusion that I really want to channel my energy in a positive way-  instead of  talking about and weeping over the bloody scenes we watch on TV,  to do something that will make a difference by helping out and educating people about how to have a positive contribution- even if they are miles away from Syria.

I took the jars, I wrote a sign that says “Help Families in Homs, Syria.” I went to the mosque, women section, spoke to few ladies, stood on the side and jars were flying out. I remember that I sold 12 jars for $170 that day.

There Is Much We Can Do

One day, a friend came for a visit, she was holding jars of jam. She told me that she planned to sell the jam to help raise money for families in Homs, Syria. Immediately I took on this opportunity and  decided to join this activity.

I knew I can utilize my sales experience in promoting this idea. I took the jars, I wrote a sign that says “Help Families in Homs, Syria.” I went to the mosque, women section, spoke to few ladies, stood on the side and jars were flying out. I remember that I sold 12 jars for $170 that day.

The total number of registered refugees and individuals awaiting registration is 958,197 as of 28 February. This includes 8,262 Syrian refugees registered in North Africa, according to a report by the United Nations. [Check the numbers in details by clicking here].

The level of my happiness was immeasurable as I felt that I can make a difference to help someone in need, not just by donating money but by investing my time and experience to get in touch with people, to feel their support for Syrians, and to set  for others an example of positive attitude. Here started the journey of good deeds.

The fact that we were cooking, baking, sewing, and standing up in the street to sell and raise money, has created a successful paradigm of the word “good deeds”.   More friends got involved, our children were ecstatic about helping out on the weekend. They got into baking, selling and raising money as well.

Noor,17, said: “I was so happy to bake and decorate the cake pops with my sister but I was nervous standing outside the mosque to sell and ask for donations. However after I was done I used to feel so good knowing that my hard work is helping families and children in Syria”. People were proud to see our hard work and enthusiasm; and they supported our action with their generous donations.

Not Easy, but Great

Was it easy? It was pleasurable but it was not an easy activity.

Just like any other journey in life, we had challenges that we needed to win over, obstacles that we had to overcome, and setbacks that we had to resolve. The journey was a real test of the level of our responsibility, commitment, perseverance and patience.

Our ego was getting crushed in a positive way as we were presenting our goods. We got turned down ten times before we got to meet our goal and sell all that we had to sell. But because we were working for the sake of God, rejection had no effect on us as we persisted under all circumstances.

From our experience, acting on good deeds generates positive energy from within and it renews our positive thoughts and beliefs. And from this inner satisfaction we radiate joy that circulates in the bubble of earth and helps others feel better. With that, at the end of the day it evolves our beings into becoming healthier and more positive.

With no doubts good deeds are the remedy for feeling better, improving interactive skills by participating in group efforts, helping out, making a difference and utilizing our time in a productive way that in return changes our lives and others as well.

Can we do more? Actually we are in need to do more of these activities not just for Syria but for every cause in every country. Allah tells us that good deeds are the way to heaven. And in reality the good feelings that it generates is beyond words. The unity in working together for a good cause is what we need to have.

If you are unemployed, have extra time that you can utilize in such activities or if you are frustrated, channel your mental energy and utilize your time by working on such charitable projects. The  rewards that you will receive in your life is beyond your imagination.

If you are experiencing a negative issue in your life, turn your focus away from it and concentrate your efforts, time and energy into on good deeds, and before you know it the issue will be resolved in your favor. Every individual can make a difference.

Transform your life by changing your words to positive ones and utilizing your time into good deeds for whatever cause that makes you happy. Everyone needs your help and experience.

Learn that you know more than you think you do and you are capable of doing more than you know, just appreciate what you know and have and share it with others.

May God accept our self-change and good deeds and bring His mercy upon our nation.

Born in Damascus, Rola Jabri has a degree in fashion design. She is founder and president of MAOC Studio, inc. Rola lives in Dallas, USA; she loves traveling, reading, writing and painting.

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