MRS. SHAMIM MAHMOOD (LATE)
I believe that the death of a loved one is a reminder and great trial upon us from Allah…
Education is a right for every child along with a clean and healthy environment in school, however, in Pakistan, is being neglected, 1 in 5 children of lower secondary school age is out of school as they have no or very limited access to clean and healthy environments in their schools, especially located in the rural areas of the country.
Jannat ul Firdous is the result of that beam of light. It has given me the perfect opportunity to transform the sadness and to channel the energy into the service of supporting some of the most vulnerable children in Pakistan.
There comes a time in everybody’s life when we feel lonely and isolated in this world. An experience in my life was when my beloved mother passed away. I strongly believe that the loss of our loved ones enhances our remembrance to Allah (SWT) to re-assess what is important in our lives and stimulates us to create new ways for ourselves.
The establishment of Jannat-ul- Firdous resulted in my realising my true purpose on Earth. My actions has provided me the opportunity to channel my energy by providing support to the most vulnerable and neglected children in Pakistan. I believe that this act of kindness will nurture these orphan children and help them to develop as independent individuals.
In 2004, we began this challenging task with two children, today we have 37 children in orphanage and 800 across five schools in Pakistan. Our orphaned children are benefitting from the safety of a nurturing environment that caters all of their needs from food, education and general wellbeing with the grace of Allah (SWT) Jannat-ul -Firdous has accomplished so much over the past 10 years.
However all this would not have been possible without the invaluable help and dedication of a large team of volunteers both in Pakistan and the UK.
I pray to Allah (SWT) that he accepts our endeavours and that he gives us the strength to continue this invaluable work. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank everybody – Trustees, staff and volunteers sincerely for their tireless efforts, which have resulted in achieving our goals and hope this will continue so that we can achieve our next milestone.
Shamim Mahmood (Late)
Founder Jannat Ul Firdous Charitable Trust