from our founder Dyma Abu-Oleim:
200 Muslim Women Who Care was founded in 2017 by my dear friend Farah Modi-Khan and myself to honor the essence of our Islamic faith by fulfilling our responsibility to our neighbors in Tampa Bay. We wanted to have Muslim women commit to the care of their neighbors by being of those who not just believe–but act in dedicated service to their local community. We sought to give voice to a much needed organization in the Muslim community; one which unites women of culturally diverse backgrounds and fosters inclusivity. With so many negative images of Islam in the media, we aspired for people to know who Muslim women are. The Muslim women we know are strong, vocal, brilliant and compassionate to the world around them. We recognized that our philanthropic efforts tend to be individually realized, which dilutes the impact Muslim women make on their communities. Our organization was founded with the principle that together, we are stronger, so we set out on our mission to leverage the collective compassion and philanthropy of Muslim women. We modeled our organization after 100 People Who Care – a movement of dedicated people who play active roles in improving their communities.
Our purpose is twofold:
1) be charitable, a key Islamic pillar. We encourage Muslim Women to make a tangible difference in their broader communities; and
2) educate and connect Muslim women to local Tampa nonprofits in order to promote and raise awareness to successful community efforts and provide opportunities for collaboration.
200 Muslim Women Who Care is committed to creating and nurturing powerful bonds that will serve to strengthen Tampa Bay. We believe that the greatest threat to progress is the belief that challenges are too complex to overcome. Therefore, our approach is to collectively take small steps to enrich our communities.
200 Muslim Women Who Cares blossomed in to its fruition because of our first founding members. Through their dedication, patience, loyalty and trust; we have been able to stand strong. We are forever grateful and would like to acknowledge the following founding members: