Ola Hussein's speech
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هلال شهر رجب ١٤٣٨ | عن الإمام علي بن موسى الرضا عليهما السلام قال (عليه السلام) الصمت باب من أبواب الحكمة إن الصمت يكسب المحبة إنه دليل على كل خير | حسين مني وانا من حسين أحب الله من أحب حسينا | واذكروا بجوعكم وعطشكم فيه جوع يوم القيامة وعطشه | مؤسسة الإمام الخوئي الخيرية تدين التفجيرات المروعة الأخيرة في العراق | عن الإمام الحسن بن علي المجتبى عليهما السلام: أيها الناس إنه من نصح لله وأخذ قوله دليلا هدي للتي هي أقوم ووفقه الله للرشاد وسدده للحسنى | هلال شهر شوال ١٤٣٧ |

Ola Hussein's speech

13 Oct 2008

Eid Mubarak to you all, I would like to start by thanking God the Almighty for bringing us together in this auspicious occasion.

Eid Al Fitr marks the end of the Holy month of Ramadan – the month of fasting, charity, contemplation, and recitation of the Holy Quran.

Eid is not the last day of Ramadan, but the first day of a refreshed and optimistic new beginning. We are fortunate that to have such an opportunity each year.   Fresh starts are particularly appropriate for young people who bring energy and passion to our communities.  Free from the constraints of practicality, the bitterness and weariness of experience and the accumulation of heartache that others who have been in the system longer, have to fight to keep at bay. For young people, these qualities need to be given free reign and freedom so we can harness them to create immense change - which the world is in constant need of.

Women too should be at the cusp of a fresh opportunity, and should be working hard each year to reach their true status in society. Ramadan is clear about how the believing men and the believing women make the same dedication and contribution and emerge as pure and cleansed as each other as the year begins. The teamwork and support of men and women working together in Ramadan should continue throughout the year.

Women have, and continue to, face injustices in many parts of the world. Women remain particularly vulnerable and are affected by the challenges that we all face. However, the effect of such challenges on women, whether economic, social, political, or cultural, is often compounded by this vulnerability. Therefore, it is important to prioritize all our efforts in addressing these concerns.

Muslim women are now increasingly playing a leading role in guiding our society. At Bonat al-Mustaqbal (which in English translates to; Builders of the Future) we aim to create a platform for young women to succeed in every aspect of our society, and challenge the limitations of young women in our community. This youth group was initiated to increase the recognition that women have a lot to offer particularly in our post 9/11 and post-7/7 world.

Bonat is supported and aided by Al-Khoei foundation which is constantly working towards empowering women socially, economically and academically worldwide.  As emphasized in  the Al-Khoei Foundation's Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) statement to the UN, our organisation is not only eradicating poverty by empowering women directly but also achieving universal primary education for all and reducing child mortality, especially in the Least Developed Countries of the world as it mainly affects females.

On a personal note, although we are all different, we can all help our country to become a better place and advance by fulfilling our duties as citizens. With the difficult times we are facing, we need to work together to build stronger communities, which are united and bonded through our shared values.

As empowered Muslim women we are determined to work towards building bridges across the divides, correcting misunderstandings, and creating a better society for us all.

I would like to end with a quote from the Holy Quran; Chapter 9; Verse 71:

And (as for) the believing men and the believing women, they are guardians of each other; they enjoin good and forbid evil and keep up prayer and pay the poor-rate, and obey Allah and His Apostle; (as for) these, Allah will show mercy to them; surely Allah is Mighty, Wise.

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