Truly, we did call unto Him from of old: truly it is He, the Benevolent, the Merciful. (Quran 52: 28)
Allah (swt) is benevolent and He loves His creation to be kind to others.
In a move to show support for the recent affectees of the California fires, Ilm Academy’s student and parent community raised nearly $10,000 in the Bake Sale held on November 21. The funds were handed over to the Islamic Center of Chico for proper distribution. On November 28, the Fremont City Mayor, Lily Mei visited the school campus to present the check to Sister Nabila Khala, representative of the Islamic Center of Chico. In addition to the Mayor, Senator Bob Wikoski, Vice-Mayor Raj Salwan, Council Member Rick Jones, and Council Member Dave were also present at the colorful event.
Mariam Vaid and Aiham Amari of eighth grade presented short personal reflections about the recent fire tragedy which has rendered thousands of people homeless.
The bake sale was more advertised than previous ones for an increased attendance by the local community. There was also additional profitability by an exuberant participation from the students in the form of stalls other than just food. Maha Durrani and Farrah Javed of eighth grade had multiple games’ stalls which included darts, basketball hoop throwing, guess-the-candy-count, and soccer. They were helped with the setup and organizing by other seventh and eighth grade students. Mariam Malik and Raveeha Muneer of seventh grade made and sold paintings and crocheted gifts items. Saliha Alim and Aisha Siddiqui of fifth grade also has crocheted gift items. Myra Durrani, Malaika Durrani of fifth grade and Marwa Malikzadah of seventh grade sold home-made and store-bought slime. According to Malaika Durrani, “Slime is a very addictive thing to play with and it is so expensive to buy in the stores.” Mariam Afsheen and Aminah Rafi, also from fifth grade, made and sold bookmarks and origami.
In addition to the cash funds, students from all grades also made fringed scarves from open material. Over 160 scarves were also donated to the Islamic Center of Chico for distribution to the California fire affectees.
Ilm Academy would like to thank its students and parents for all their efforts in extending their sincere gestures of kindness and support to all in need.