Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Converts Association Open Day this Sunday 27 Feb

We've Moved!

Alhamdulillah! We are now at Bandar Sri Damansara, a nice quiet area with plenty of parking space. People come and go, things change. Our members are living in different areas, really far from our new place. Two in Ampang, one in Rawang, two in Shah Alam and another in Kajang. Alhamdulillah there are several of us still in Bandar Utama and Tropicana. They do make effort to do activities together but not as often as we like.

Address at : 21-2, Jln Meranti SD 13/4, PJU 9, Bandar Sri Damansara.

Its easy to get there :
Going from Taman Tun towards Ikea, go straight towards toll to MRR2 nearby.
Keep left and immediately after the toll turn into Bandar Sri Damansara at small road on left.
At the traffic lights turn right and keep going for quite a distance. You will then see shop houses on the right , across the road.

After passing McDonald's keep right and turn at traffic light.
Keep going straight, past the small hawker stalls, fruit stalls and the low cost apartments and school. When you see the last row of shophouses on the right turn into the Yukie Restaurant and Restaurant Al Bayinah. PDFM is on same row as Yukie, in bright green.Next to purple shop.

Insha Allah you will not miss it. Its very green !!! :) Now I know why our President chose this colour - can be seen from a distance. We may have tents and canopy on Open Day.

Open Day

Life goes on. We are having Open Day to introduce ourselves to the new neighbourhood. Perhaps we can share our facilities with the residents, especially reverts and school children.

Persatuan Darul Fitrah Malaysia is a convert and dawah association. Our main activity is convert support, silatul rahim and seeking beneficial knowledge. We also raise funds for the needy and have 'actively ' helped to take care' of several convert families for the past 10 years.

Some Families assisted by the Association and individual members
Case 1

Almost blind reflexologist and his wife. She became alienated from her family because she chose to marry a partially blind man who also happens to be Muslim. They have a young child, living in difficult conditions as it is difficult for him to earn a decent living.

Case 2

Security guard who has 3 children. 2 of his children have done quite well in the recent exams. He finds his salary insufficient and had been asking for help everywhere for the past few years. We recently gave him some start up capital to buy ingredients to cook and sell nasi lemak etc.

Case 2

Convert brother who gave up a well paid job as a bouncer as his wife convinced him to seek a job that is more appropriate for a Muslim. After resigning he could only obtain a job as a driver. Plus overtime he earns only around RM1000. With 9 children it is very difficult for him to make ends meet. We try to help the children in their education and some milk for his baby. However we can see he has a very happy family and they practise Islam together.

Case 4

Sole bread winner of a family with 3 kids. Husband in jail and terrifies her even when he is behind bars. Pending judgement, she leads a very insecure life and tries hard to support her children on her own. She is very sickly and suffers from asthma and bodily aches all the time. Insha Allah her faith is strong but there were many difficult moments because of her trying circumstances.

Case 5

Revert who does not have family support. She has SLE or Lupus, an autoimmune disease. She has to walk with a metal bar in her leg as her bones are brittle and weak. She will have fainting spells and be carried off in an ambulance from the office from time to time. Every 5 years she has to have the metal removed and a new one inserted. She had to withdraw her EPF money to pay for the metal etc. This sister at one time resorted to borrowing money from money lenders who threatened her.

Case 6

Elderly Chinese revert with no family. He is an asthma patient and sometimes sleep at different masjids. It is sad to see our brothers and sisters struggling on their own. Last Sunday I met him and he voiced his frustration.

He said he tried to show people his note that states he is very ill and needs money to pay for his medical prescription. We know he is genuinely sick as he had an attack and had to be sent to he hospital in an ambulance while visiting Perkim Bangsar.

Apparently the medication he got from hospital was not helping him. He said no one bothered to read his note and they ignored him. He was at a special talk by a famous guest speaker. It is sad because the speaker was just talking about charity and why we must give as much as we can to help the need and to promote Islam.

Apparently these people just came only just to listen. Its sad as they were busy with their own friends. Islam is not like that. He looked pale and haggard, a great change from the last time I saw him.

At one stage we 'adopted' some orphans (in a small way) in Kuala Terengganu. Most of the children have grown up now and we are interested to reactivate our support there insha Allah. May Allah make our hearts generous and be willing to share with others.I do believe the more you give the more you will get in return. Allah knows best. He is the best Provider.

These people are poor, not so educated and lack opportunities of getting knowledge and support. Knowledge, support and kindness can increase their iman. When they practise with knowledge insha Allah their rezeki may also increase.

Success Stories - people who survived their tests

There are several success stories of people who rose above their challenges . There are also those who try hard to be independent, they are patient and have do not like to ask for charity. If they are needy and do not ask, we have to find them and give them help. Muslims should be proactive and not wait to asked or make people beg.

Some judge those who ask repeatedly and refuse to help even if they can easily afford to. They feel that the money the possess belongs to them. Actually all rezeki comes from Allah and we are not the true owners.

Wealth does not belong to us

We only actually own what we have spent on our food and clothing. Any wealth left by us did not belong to us at all. It now ' belongs' to those who inherit from us. Any wealth spent on charity and in the way of Allah belonged to us and the rewards will be sent ahead of us. This is our true wealth because Allah will compensate us greatly for spending in His way.

Talk by Uztaz Mazlee - do not miss it!

Join us this Sunday at 9.30am. At 10.30 am there will be an hour talk by Uztaz Mazlee in English. There will be a Q and A session after that so fire away!!!

Chinese Lunch

We will break for lunch at around 12.30am, something simple but we are happy that we managed to get Chinese fare. Being Chinese we are never tired of eating halal Chinese food though we also enjoy Western and Asian dishes too. Pot luck welcome too. We are so blessed in Malaysia - we can choose any food we like and can choose halal. Alhamdulillah!

Comfortable and Friendly

Come over to have a look at our place. Its simple but comfortable. We have a fairly good library and magazines and books that cover other areas like health, cooking, sewing and parenting.
Look out for our cooking sessions - some sisters are already impatiently waiting for our announcements.

Past Cooking Demo Achievements

In the past our members shared their favourite recipes and we enjoyed the fruits of our labour after the demonstrations. We learnt wantan noodles, dry with soya and oyster sauce, and also with steaming hot soup and soft dumplings. We did lasagne, delicious fish curry, mushroom soup, garlic bread and hot buns. Also trifle, pancakes, creme caramels, butter cakes, chocolate cake, pizza, phyllo pastries with feta cheese and pine nuts and spinach,and sausage rolls.

Mediterranean baked chicken, baked lamb, Moroccan chicken dishes, strawberry meringue cake, cookies, Chinese dumplings, kueh ang koo, chicken pongteh, fresh egg noodles, prawn mee and evenIndian dishes like dalcha, tomato chicken and mutton keema .

We encourage members to take turns to share their favourite recipes. Sometimes we get together to cook dinner and share some ideas and knowledge on health and exercise.


Members can make suggestions on how to make the organisation more interesting and beneficial to the community. We are considering a photography club where members can take outings to take photographs. Travelling, eating, shooting and appreciating Allah's creations - multi purpose and great for all ages!!

Our usual Uztaz , Ezry Fahmy volunteers once a week at 6pm every Saturday - if you have any questions regarding Islamic finacing or syariah, he is the right man to approach. We discuss all sorts of topics ranging form Islamic financing, riba, gold and muamalat. He is taking a short break to prepare for his wedding. Classes will resume mid March.

In the meantime we will continue to hold Saturday gatherings and friends are welcome to come by to join us. Do give us a call become coming. An sms is best. Get our numbers when you come for Open Day.

Ladies Pampering Day

Sometimes we need to spend a couple of hours just pampering ourselves and relaxing. We help to apply henna on each other's hair, do neck massage, cook, eat and relax ... We discuss cooking, do counselling, give advice, motivate, share knowledge on Islam and health. There are lots of things to do on pampering day. No fixed rules, just learn to relax and let the stress of working and responsibilities melt away.....

Health Activities

Sometimes we meet and eat only healthy food, like salads, fruit juices etc. We talk about healthy recipes, ideas and even invite some friends to talk about bekam and acupuncture. Two months ago we had a bekam session with male and female therapists to help us. Alhamdulillah!

Join Us to Help Ourselves and Others

These are just some activities we had carried out. The Association is just an empty shell if it is not filled with people who want to learn and share with each other. Join us to seek beneficial knowledge and to serve Allah SWT by serving mankind. Encourage children to love Islam and become good citizens who are happy to contribute to society.

Giving charity, seeking and sharing knowledge and giving moral support to each other keeps us strong, healthy and happy insha Allah.

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