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Please support this family. Tara used to babysit my niece Michelle Syed’s kids a long time ago in North Reading Boston. Mr. Stephens deserves to be home with his family.

Our father’s name is Edward Stephens. He served in the army from June 1967 to December 1969. He was in Vietnam in communications from December of 1967 to December of 1968. He married our mom in 1980 and had five children…
Our father’s name is Edward Stephens. He served in the army from June 1967 to December 1969. He was in Vietnam in communications from December of 1967 to December of 1968. He married our mom in 1980 and had five children between the years of 1984 and 1995. He was an active member of the North Reading community. He campaigned for Brad Jones, ran for school committee, was an active parent in every aspect, coached every sport for each child, ran a dunk tank for fourth of July celebration, the list goes on. In 1995 he was told he had unusual white matter brain changes. In 2000 he had a brain aneurysm. In 2004, 2007, and 2013 he suffered strokes. The one in 2007 left him with left side paralysis. He has had many seizures, has 11 stents in his body, suffers from kidney disease, neuropathy, PTSD, and is now confined to a wheelchair thanks to agent orange. His ischemic heart disease has lead the VA to label him one hundred percent disabled.

He has spent the last ten months in Wilmington Healthcare Center. He was able to come home six months ago, but cannot due to the fact that there is no handicapped accessibility to our home. Also, interior modifications need to be done. We need our deck to be rebuilt, and an outside chairlift to be installed.

We have spent every waking hour going back and forth with the VA  trying to get the funding we need to bring him home and have been denied multiple times. The holidays are coming and we want nothing more than to spend them in our parents home with our father. We are asking for your help because the government has failed to provide for a veteran. With Thanksgiving only a month away, we have no other option but to turn to the community for help in order to get him home in time. We still continue our battle with the government but the most important thing to us and to him is for him to spend the rest of his life in the comfort of his own home surrounded by family.

Please help us bring our father of 5, grandfather of 2, loving husband and Vietnam vet home for the holidays. He fought for all of us and now we are fighting for him.

WE LOVE YOU DAD!!!

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My heartfelt message wish desire is same as said in this message of the Prophet Muhammad (s.a.a.w)

How should Muslims treat Christians?  With violence? Anger? Hatred?  The answer is none of the above.  Below is the English rendering of a letter written by the Prophet Muhammad (s.a.a.w) to all Christians. 

In a time when tensions between Islam and Christianity seem to be at an all time high, we remind our Christian friends that a true Muslim cannot hurt a Christian in any way, neither by his hand, nor by his tongue.

The below letter requires no explanation.  We hope it provides credence and comfort that Prophet Muhammad (sa) truly celebrated his Christian friends. (The original letter is now in the Topkapi Museum in Instanbul)

“This is a message from Muhammad ibn Abdullah, as a covenant to those who adopt Christianity, near and far, we are with them. Verily I, the servants, the helpers, and my followers defend them, because Christians are my citizens; and by Allah! I hold out against anything that displeases them.

No compulsion is to be on them. Neither are their judges to be removed from their jobs nor their monks from their monasteries.

No one is to destroy a house of their religion, to damage it, or to carry anything from it to the Muslims’ houses. Should anyone take any of these, he would spoil God’s covenant and disobey His Prophet. Verily, they are my allies and have my secure charter against all that they hate.

No one is to force them to travel or to oblige them to fight. The Muslims are to fight for them. If a female Christian is married to a Muslim, it is not to take place without her approval. She is not to be prevented from visiting her church to pray.

Their churches are to be respected. They are neither to be prevented from repairing them nor the sacredness of their covenants. No one of the nation (Muslims) is to disobey the covenant till the Last Day (end of the world).”

English translation from ‘Muslim History: 570 – 1950 C.E.’ by Dr. A. Zahoor and Dr. Z. Haq, ZMD Corporation. P.O. Box 8231 – Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8231 – Copyright Akram Zahoor 2000. P. 167

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Ramadan, the ninth month on Islamic calendar is the month of fasting for Muslims which ends with sightings of the crescent moon known as Eid-ul-Fitr. It is believed that Quran is revealed to Prophet Mohammad (S.A.W.W) in Ramadan which has made it the most sacred month of the Islamic calendar. During Ramadan Muslims are believed to be the guests of God. Therefore they don’t eat or drink from sunrise to sunset and also they try to give up bad habits, and tighten friendship bonding with their kindness and generosity.

Ramadan remarkably raises people’s realization and brings peace and tolerance to society as those who fast feel spiritually lightened on the day of Eid.

A Muslim is required to show respect for others. So that others also follow him making the environment of society friendly. It is in Ramadan that Muslims show their humbleness generosity, kindness tolerance and good behavior more than in other months.

Family and community ties are building up in Muslims from different social, political and economic backgrounds come together for once to share in the blessings of this Holy month. The unity is seen everywhere, whether at the masjid or other gatherings especially at iftar time.

Moral: the essence of Islam is self discipline, peace and tolerance!

 


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