05/20/2019 Sound Vision Newsletter

Tuesday| Ramadan 15, 1440 AH | May 20th, 2019

Assalamu alaikum:

When United States Congresswoman Ilhan Omar spoke at Sound Vision’s benefit dinner in Chicago earlier this month, she shared how she learned along with her children when they watched Adam’s World growing up.

This personal tidbit of information about one of the first two Muslim Congresswomen in American history is not surprising. A generation of young Muslims have been raised on Adam’s World since its first episode was produced in 1990. The program fulfills Sound Vision’s mission statement since our inception in 1988: Helping tomorrow’s Muslims today!

But this kind of work garners less support financially than building Masjids, Islamic centers, and schools.

Don’t get us wrong: Brick and mortar Sadaqa will always be necessary. We must support our Islamic centers. But it takes human capital to keep them running. That means building good Muslims, good neighbors, and good citizens.

This is why this Ramadan, we ask that you expand your contributions to include giving for the kind of work Sound Vision is doing. This includes:

  • Developing 50 new episodes of Adam’s World , building on the ones Ilhan Omar’s children, and two generations of young Muslims have benefited from. An Adam’s World app is coming soon for your children’s ipads.
  • Offering the Crisis Text Line hotline (text SALAM to 741741 to connect to a counselor), which has helped young Muslims struggling with suicide and other crises
  • Training weekend Islamic school teachers, offering mental health workshops, youth organizing training, internships and mentorships.  
  • And many, many more programs

As we pass the halfway mark of Ramadan this year, please benefit by donating generously for Sound Vision’s projects. You can specify which to donate to, or give to the general fund. All donations are Zakat-eligible and tax-deductible.

As we approach the last 10 days of the blessed month, please keep us in your Dua as we gear up to push ourselves harder than ever benefit from any good we put forward for ourselves in the future.

Sound Vision Team

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Just as we are now used to a Ramadan schedule two weeks in, once again, we will have to re-adjust if we want to benefit. Here are some ideas.

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