From Wales To Syria


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The Shoebox Appeal for Syria has been a great hit in wales!

Although such a small place – Cardiff and Newport has done a great job in coming together for the sake of Allah in order to  put smiles on the faces of  Syrian children.

Non- profit organisations including YMCO have all come together in preparing gifts for the  precious children of Syria in time for Eid!

The  ongoing devastation in the land of sham have left thousands homeless, orphaned and completely destitute.

Childhood has been snatched away from these innocent kids.

However, this great cause by Shoebox appeal 4 Syria will InshaAllah  bring  joy to these innocent children that have been caught up in the conflict.

May Allah reward everyone that have taken part in this great cause and may he give victory to the ummah. Ameen.

keep Donating, Pray for Syria and Never lose hope in Allahs Mercy!

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The suffering of enslaved women.

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A brief discussion on the realities of slavery during the antebellum era in America and some of the many horrors and brutalities women had lived through during this period.  Slavery was vital for the transformation of America, making it the most economically developed part of the world. It is quite difficult to understand how America could have developed without Slavery in existence. In this context the system of slavery was a universal institution for the exploitation of women.

Slavery began during the 17th century, and by the 18th century abolishment movements began to come into existence. However these discussions over the ending of slavery divided the North and South of America. The central feature of slavery was a no choice relationship on the part the slave, whilst being in complete subordination to the whims and desires of their masters meant that they had to fulfill absolutely any assigned task. By the 1830s slavery was primarily located within the Southern parts of the country where African Americans were enslaved on farms, plantations, both inside cities and towns across the region. Slave Women were generally located within the homes of their masters being responsible for household duties and rearing both their own children and the children of their masters too. Eli Whitney’s cotton gin increased demands for cotton exports from the South of America all the way to England. Slaves were responsible for the cultivation of crops on large plantation fields in addition to transportation tasks which depended heavily on slave labour.

However, the circumstances of slave life varied greatly, some skilled men particularly on plantation fields acquired a sense of self esteem which plantation owners would recognise as a mutual advantage firstly for economic gain as these skilled slaves were able to teach other slaves more efficient skills in order to make the industry thrive.

However, women where living under extreme oppression and mental torture as they were directly being used as sex objects. Although it was a violent system for both men and women. It was the women who were constantly watched over, being raped and abused, while men were tortured for disobedience and for any attempts they made in order to escape their suffering.Women were constantly under the scrutiny of their masters and mistresses, and could be called on for service at any time due to living under the same roof as the slave owners. They had far less privacy than those who worked on the plantation fields. However, due to living within such close proximity, slave women and slave owners had more of a complex relationship.

Children of both the slave women and masters would naturally form friendships. Although, they were too young and innocent to understand the system that they were being brought into. Eventually these children of  these slave women would grow up to  work amongst other slave members on the plantation fields or even worse, being separated from their parents at slave trades. This was a great concern for many mothers as they were constantly threatened of being sold and separated from their children. Some masters where benevolent, however slaves recognized that a financial loss or another personal crisis could lead them to the auction block.

Slaves were sometimes sold as a form of punishment, although popular sentiment encouraged keeping mothers and children together, these norms were not always followed. Immediate families were often separated and were almost always sold away to never see each other again. The harsh treatment of the slave trade was related to the racism of that period. Religious and biological differences led to suggest that black people where not only different species, but also linked to the argument that black people where inherently inferior.

To conclude, enslaved women would always be under constant threat, having no safeguards to protect them from being sexually stalked, harassed, or raped. The abuse was widespread, as men with authority took advantage of the situation of these slave women. Even if a woman seemed agreeable to the situation, in reality she had no choice. Whilst slave men were often left powerless to fight and protect for the women they loved.Very often wives of slave owners would become enraged over their lustful husbands towards these black maids. However being blind to the realities of slave life these white women would often  take up every opportunity to increase the suffering of slave women through  physical and mental abuse.

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A pearl in its shell.

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February the 1st is a wonderful opportunity for many women across the globe. Why?
Because its world Hijab day. It’s a chance to understand the concept of the Hijab. For Muslim women that have not yet embraced the Hijab, and for Non-Muslims alike this day will be a great opportunity to experience what it actually feels like to wear the Hijab. It will also help people to understand the scrutiny Muslim Women often have to deal with whilst covering their beauty solely to please their Lord.

Living in towns and cities where people are not so familiar with the Hijab often seems really daunting for many girls who wish to starting wearing the Hijab. They fear the abuse they may have to suffer simply because many people do not understand the concept of the Hijab. However, we cannot blame the ignorance of the people without teaching them first. The media and other aspects of society play a major role in distorting the real meaning of the Hijab!

Fortunately, however, world Hijab day is here and so is Internchange to explain the importance of the Hijab in Islam. What is the Hijab? And what are the overall benefits of acting out this command – not only for women but for the wider society?

Islam has two sources for guidance and rulings: first, the final revelation, the Quran which is the revealed words of Allah and secondly, the ways of Muhammad (saw), the final Prophet sent as a mercy to mankind.

Allah says;
‘O Prophet! Tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to draw their cloaks (veils) over their bodies (when outdoors). That will be better that they should be known (as respectable women) so as not to be annoyed. And Allah is Ever Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.’[33:59]

Allah also says;
‘And tell the believing women to lower their gaze (from looking at forbidden things) and protect their private parts (from illegal sexual acts, etc) and not to show off their adornment except what must (ordinarily) appear thereof…’ [24:31]
It is important to understand that there are two aspects of the Hijab. The external and the internal. The headscarf is not the only aspect of the overall Hijab rather, good manners and appropriate speech are equally important.

Allah says;
‘….be not soft in speech, lest he in whose heart is a disease (of hypocrisy or evil desire for adultery, etc) should be moved with desire, but speak in an honorable manner…’ [33:32]
The external aspect of the Hijab is the complete covering of the hair and the body. It protects the beauty of the woman, and more importantly it fulfills the command of Allah which is highly rewarding and pleasing to him.

Islam views women as precious beings in society that should not be exposed for the advantages of men. They are the like of pearls but within its shells, or, like sparkling diamond in a safe. Would you let anyway into your safe? Ideally, out of extreme cautiousness, we would not even wish to show the safe let alone have the diamond be gazed upon lest a person attempts to steal it from us.

However, Islam sees women far more superior and precious than a pearl or a diamond cut and so women need protection and security. In simple terms, this safe for the diamond is like the Hijab of the Muslim woman. Islam solves the problem of sexual exploitation and mistreatment of women. The Hijab gives women the empowerment to be treated as a person that ought to be respected and understood not for her level of attractiveness but rather for her intelligence and integrity.230979_131378843606894_131009900310455_222091_3338834_n

Often forgotten is the fact that looking at the clothing of women as recently as 70 years ago, we see clothing very similar to that of the Hijab. These active and hard-working Western women were not inhibited by their clothing which consisted of long, full dresses and various types of head coverings. Therefore, the Hijab is not interfering with the activities of daily life, rather it is a source of liberation and freedom from the shackles of society’s media driven fashion industry.

The Hijab, if applied correctly will completely remove women from the enslavement of society’s expectations to the true submission and enslavement to Allah alone, as he is the one who brought us into existence and therefore he is the only one worthy of being worshipped.

So grasp this opportunity and Let Internchange know about  your very first Hijab experience.

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’12 Years A Slave’- Steve McQueen.

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Director McQueen  has been under the media spotlight following his latest film based on the severe hardships of living under slavery.

Steve McQueen’s first film ‘Hunger’ (2008) portrayed  Bobby Sands as starving himself to death in the maze prison at which critics went wild and so McQueen earned himself a BAFTA. McQueen’s second film, ‘Shame’, was a study on sex addiction, taking £10m at the box office.

However, his latest movie ’12 years A Slave’  which was made in only 35 days finally  opens this week in Britain having already earned $40m in US tickets sales in addition to the multiple Golden Globe nominations the director is up for, this  would make McQueen the first Black Feature Film Director to win an Oscar.

The film ’12 years A Slave’, is based on a book about a  free African-American from the North who had been kidnapped into slavery in the deep south.The author of this initial book, Solomon Northup, was in this exact position which later inspired him to publish a memoir detailing the horrors of Louisiana plantation life.

McQueen’s  film documents the beatings,rape and brutality of  slave-owning classes, who are half-demented by there own moral corruption.

At screenings all over the US, its seems that this film has given a platform for people to come to understand this part of history which has been hidden from the film industry until now, unlike the history of the world wars.

Although overjoyed at the success of this film, McQueen explains that  fame is of no interest to him, rather the initial work and awareness of the hideous crimes inflicted on people at the time of slavery.

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