The ‘Jewels of Islam’

By Cherri Gregg

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (CBS) — The Jewels of Islam is an network of more than 120 women that provides support for aging women across faiths.  It is believed to be one of the only Muslim women’s outreach organizations for seniors in Pennsylvania.

“Anytime a person is in need, or if a person is sick, we get the word out,” says Rafiqa Abdul Rasheed, who helped start the initiative in the basement of her home twenty-four years ago.  “We have a visiting committee where we visit our homebound and frail older adults.”

The Jewels of Islam meets the second Sunday of each month at the Masjidullah, on Ogontz Avenue near 77th Avenue. [Read more...]

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