The MJC Exco members and staff donned pink arm bands and ribbons in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Pink Hijab Day on Wednesday.
Pink Hijab Day is an international initiative that began as an experiment by founder, Hend El-Buri and a group of high school students in Missouri, United States. It was intended to remove stereotypes of Muslim women by having them engage in dialogue about breast cancer awareness.
The Muslim Judicial Council’s Women’s Forum encouraged Shuyoog to wear pink armbands as breast cancer not only affects the woman but the entire household.
“We are honoured to support the Women’s Forum in this initaitive. Breast Cancer is the most prevalent cancer diagnosed in women,” MJC 1st deputy president Moulana Abdul Khaliq Allie said. “Men must be able to encourage their wives, mothers, sisters and daughters to go for annual screenings that are necessary to detect breast cancer. If detected early enough, breast cancer can be cured.”
The MJC’s Social Development Department got in on the action too. Beside being draped in pink, a representative of CANSA, Muneera Samsodien availed herself for the week to give talks to clients about the myths of breast cancer and where they can go for help.
She reminded everyone that the emphasis is placed on women to perform regular breast exams but men too can be diagnosed with cancer — although it happens rarely.
In addition, the Women’s Forum will be embarking on a breast cancer awareness event by hosting a Pink Hijab Day Picnic on Wednesday, 25th October.
Due to the rainy weather, the picnic was moved to Masjidul Irshaad, Mitchell’s Avenue, Woodlands, Mitchell’s Plain. The imam at the mosque is Shaykh Abubakr Gabriels.
The event is free but participants are urged to bring their own blanket and picnic basket for the morning. Pink scarves are a must.
Pink Hijab Day Picnic programme
Wednesday, 25 October 2017
09h30 – 10h00 Thikr
10h00 – 10h10 Qiraah
10h10 – 10h20 Opening Dua and welcome address by the MJC Women’s Forum.
10h20 – 10h30 Introduction – Shakier Foundation
10h30 – 10h45 Cancer Survivor – Moniera Samsodien
10h45 – 11h05 Dr Fahiema Lagardien – Islamic Medical Association
11h05 – 11h15 Caregiver – Shaheeda Tape
11h15 – 11h25 Cancer Survivor – Nadeema Jacobs, Reach4Recovery
11h25 – 11h35 Motivational speaker and life coach – Nailah Kippie
11h35 – 11h55 Contentment in the face of adversity – Mualima Fatima Abrahams
11h55 – 12h00 Thank you and Closing Dua
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