History


The idea for an organization to help women in the North Central Florida came about in 2005 when three Muslim women were sitting together trying to figure out how to help a single mother of a chronically ill child, after the father had left town. There were no area social services available because the woman had an income.

These women, Ameena Khan, Amany Shalaby, and Jean Ritch decided to incorporate the organization on June 2005 and then apply to the IRS for a charity status. In this manner they could work with community members and help those less fortunate.

The name was drawn from the following ayahs (verses) from the Qu’ran and was suggested by Ms. Shalaby’s daughter.

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious the Most Merciful.

“O ye who believe! Turn to Allah with sincere repentance: In the hope that your Lord will remove from you your ills and admit you to Gardens beneath which Rivers flow,- the Day that Allah will not permit to be humiliated the Prophet and those who believe with him. Their Light will run forward before them and by their right hands, while they say, “Our Lord! Perfect our Light for us, and grant us Forgiveness: for Thou hast power over all things.”
— Qur'an (66:8)
“One Day shalt thou see the believing men and the believing women-how their Light runs forward before them and by their right hands: (their greeting will be): “Good News for you this Day! Gardens beneath which flow rivers! to dwell therein for aye! This is indeed the highest Achievement!”
— Qur'an (57:12)