Help Me Help Rinad Tamimi

UPDATE: Voting period has ended and Rinad has been announced as the winner.
There has been controversy surrounding the issue and I've clarified a few things here.

This is my friend, Rinad Tamimi. Her friendly and cheerful demeanour will make you think she's just another typical 17 year old. In many ways she is but in one way, she isn't. Rinad was born in Palestine where people are still struggling for basic human rights such as access to healthcare and education.

Although it was not an easy process, Rinad and her family were able to move to New Zealand three years ago and it has given her family a brand new lease on life. Her parents are wonderful people whom I've had the pleasure of getting to know while I was in Dunedin. Listening to her Mum's stories about how she overcame challenges as a university student in Palestine was heart-wrenching but also inspiring. Rinad plans to  follow her mother's footsteps as she plans on starting university next year and study Information Technology, God willing. She is working hard in high school to get good grades but university tuition fees are not cheap and she needs a scholarship to pursue her dreams. You can help Rinad with just ONE click by voting for her here: (but you must sign into your Facebook account first).

You (yes you!) have the power to help not only Rinad, but her children and grandchildren and so on. As the saying goes, if you educate a woman, you educate a nation. This is a chance to make a difference and all I need you to do is spare two minutes (or even less!) to log onto your Facebook account and click on 'Vote for Me' at this page.

It really is that easy!

Thank you in advance and please don't forget spread the word on Facebook, Twitter, etc. It will make a difference, trust me. Every vote counts. If you're wondering, "Why should I take the time to do this?" Well, I've personally learned that when I help others, even in a very small way, my life becomes more blessed, alhamdulillah (Praise be to God). It's something I can't explain. All I can say is, don't underestimate the power of helping people and don't underestimate God's mercy and generosity.

"Real joy comes not from ease or riches or from the praise of men, but from doing something worthwhile."  
~Wilfred Grenfell


done voting for her !
Magz and Mez said…
Ins she gets the scholarship! I just put my vote in ! :)
Shahirah Elaiza said…
@Nur Aimi, @Magz and Mez, thank you! jazakumAllah Khair =)
Anonymous said…
salaam.. i have voted for her too :)
Shahirah Elaiza said…
@Anon, thank you! May God reward you! =) please spread the word too
Sarah said…
I've voted! Rinad now stands in the 2nd position with 1363 votes (the last time I checked).

May I ask, will the scholarship be given to those who received the most votes or is there any 2nd/3rd/ consolation places? If not, we must vote more!
Shahirah Elaiza said…
@WizardNox159, only ONE scholarship is available for the People's Choice Scholarship and it will be given to the person who receives the most votes. So yes, we need to get more people to vote as it is only one vote per person! Thank you so much for helping =)

"Voting closes at 11.59pm on September 30, and the winning People’s Choice applicant will be announced on October 3 (after being contacted by AMP."
Already vote for her :) insyaallah she get the scholarship.
Anonymous said…
voted and making du'aa
Unknown said…
already vote for her :D

nice info to be shared :)
shea said…
done darla! :D
Shahirah Elaiza said…
@INA & NAS Project, @Anon, @Green Applez, @Shea, Thank you and may God bless you guys! Please don't forget to spread the word too. We need to keep her at #1!