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San'at-o-Dastakari (Handicraft) Department



The objective of this department, as described in the Constitution of the Lajna Ima'illah, is to make arrangements to hold exhibitions of handicrafts. The primary purpose of these exhibitions is to make Ahmadi ladies skillful, and also to create a cottage industry to help needy sisters. One of the main objectives of this department is to help Ahmadi ladies acquire skills making items of interest for Lajna and Nasirat. These can then be sold at Jamaat gatherings providing a useful service to buyers and sellers. This could create a cottage industry, which can be a useful tool in helping provide extra income for those sisters who may need it. 


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National Handicrafts set up a booth at the West Coast Jalsa Salana 2016. The total Jalsa attendance was 1790 with approximately half of it made up by ladies and children. ... [Read more]

South Region Meena Bazar, Saturday, April 16, 2016

A Regional Meena Bazar was held to give Majalis an opportunity to have a variety of wares like food, clothing, jewelry, henna and other health related services/tips.
There were two kinds of fundraising:

By Majalis
By Vendors [

 Jalsa Salana, 2016 San'at-o-Dastakari Exhibition

Below are the results of the competitions:



First Place:  

1. White lace burqa – Cleveland, Ohio

Second Place:

1. Full size quilt – Central New Jersey

2. White net burqa – Laurel, Maryland

3. Yellow child romper – Research Triangle, North Carolina

Honorable Mentions:

1. Shirt with net gown – Virginia South

2. Table runner – Brooklyn, New York


First Place:

1. Runner – Silver Spring, Maryland

2. Wall hanging – Central Virginia

Pillow cases – Boston, MA


Honorable Mentions:

1. Mosque cross stitch – Pittsburg, PA

2. Machine embroidery shirt – Long Island, NY

Crochet and Knitting

First Place:

1.Blue/White dress – Virginia Central 

2. Cross body bag – Dallas, Texas

 Second Place:

1. Beige mat – Chicago Southwest

2. Yellow, white, and blue baby blanket – Willingboro, New Jersey

Honorable Mentions:

1. Girls’ hats – Cypress Houston

2. Cream blanket – Seattle, Washington

3. Blue blanket – Laurel, Maryland


First Place:

1. Framed art – Research Triangle, North Carolina

Second Place:

1. Painted frames (2) – South Valley

2. Blue paintings (2) – Seattle

Honorable Mentions:

1. 3D flower art – Charlotte, NC

2. Burlap wall art – Atlanta, GA

3. Wall art – Harrisburg, PA


Hosted by Chicago East Majlis on May 14th, 2016

By the grace of Allah, the West Midwest Region held their Annual Regional Meena Bazaar & Health Fair at the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community (AMC) Center in Chicago, Illinois. The program was scheduled from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM with registration/breakfast starting at 9:00 AM. The day was filled with exciting activities, such as a Meena Bazaar, presentations on health related topics by Lajna members and professional guest speakers, a cardio class held by a fitness trainer, and dessert competition by Lajna and Nasirat. ... [Read more]



Meena Bazaar (Seattle, Wa) 2015

Seattle's annual Meena Bazaar, held on November 8th at our new mosque Bait-ul-Ehsaan, was a great success, Alhamdolillah. Mashallah, 115 people attended it and we raised $3,239. These funds will be going towards Lajna hall, Kidmat-e-Khalq and local handicrafts. [Read more]



Oshkosh Lajna

Local farmer’s market Stalls

This year again Oshkosh Lajna held three stalls at the localfarmer's market for Henna application, where we raised close to $700, for different Jama’at ongoing schemes...[Read more]  

Beautification of the Qamar Mosque

Oshkosh Lajna worked on the outside of the mosque, cleaning, clearing out weeds, pruning the bushes, planting new bushes and potting planters for the front of the mosque... [Read more]

Meena bazaar, Oshkosh

Oshkosh Lajna held a meena bazaar fund raiser alongside a tabligh Aftaar event, the turn out was  good, we had close to 50 people in attendance... [Read more]

West Midwest Regional Meena Bazaar & Health Seminar

By the grace of Allah, the West Midwest Region held a Regional Meena Bazaar/Health Seminar event at the Grandwood Park District in Gurnee, Illinois on Sunday, May 11th 2014. The program included many wonderful activities, including a Meena Bazaar to fundraise for the Lajna Hall scheme, health presentations, an AWSA poster session, and a fun dessert competition...[Read more]

Special Khidmate Khalq/Handicraft Report:

Philadelphia Lajna Shares in Thanksgiving Spirit
November 2013

Philadelphia Lajna came together at one of their meetings in November to fill and nicely decorate Thanksgiving baskets for those less fortunate. This was really a group activity.  Our Handicraft Secretary purchased cardboard boxes and wrapping & construction paper.  The Lajna put the boxes together and filled the baskets with food that members donated.  Our Nasirat helped by decorating the baskets! ...[Read more]

VA-Central Lajna and Nasirat Meena Bazaar

In June 2013, VA Central Lajna & Nasirat held first Meena bazaar at their newly built mosque, Masjid Mubarak. Central Regional Sadr, Naseerah Bhatti Sahiba officially opened the event with a ribbon cutting ceremony, silent prayer and opening remarks. 

Lajna members had several stalls such as new household items, clothes and food items such as chaat papri, samosas, naan-Kabab, Pizza, gulab Jamun, sabz Chai and cold drinks... [Read more]

Oshkosh - Handicraft report 

1-Lajna took a field trip to the local arts and crafts fair.

 2-Items for lajna Tarbiyyat camp 2013:

Lajna members created a few gift items for the camp attendees

Notebooks, pens and small pouches. Decorative duct tape was used on the pens. All note books were made by hand using decorative scrap book paper,copy paper and duct tape. Printed felt was used to make small pouches...[Read more]


Lajna Dallas held a meena bazaar!

Dallas Lajna held their second annual Meena Bazaar on June 1st 2013. We had a wonderful turned out! We again had a wonderful mouth watering menu, thanks to all generous Lajna members who cooked and donated the food. The aroma of chappli kebabs, seekh kebabs, aloo chana chaat, samosa, roasted chicken, and haleem filled the halls of our masjid, making everyone's mouth water. .. [
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Lajna Dallas held a meena bazaar on Jan 29th 2012, it was a great success, with over 80 Lajna & 15 Nasirat members attending this event we raised $1550.00!  Everyone worked hard to prepare for this event; members made phone calls asking for donations, sent out reminder emails, and cooked wonderful food to be sold.

We had hot with just the right spices haleem, sizzling kebabs, aloo kebabs, savory chicken roast, fresh naan, aloo chart with mint chutney, tamarind chutney, hot steaming chicken corn soup, perfect for the cold day!  And the best part dessert -  we had gulab jamin, homemade vanilla cupcakes, chocolate cupcakes, chocolate cake, and  light fluffy vanilla pineapple cake with just the right touch of sweetness.   Our handicraft secretary hand crocheted hair bands, hair clips, and hair scrungies, which were also donated.  We had stalls for jewelry and shawaar kameez,  which were very successful in selling.

During the Meena Bazaar there were other activities to enjoy. The children played carnival games such as ring toss, knock the cups down, toss the balls into the cups, and pin the nose on the clown.  We had face painting, and henna application.  Prizes of candies were given out to those who played the carnival games.  Lajna and Nasirat all had a wonderful time shopping, eating, playing, and socializing, and if weren't for their participation and for the volunteers who helped this  event wouldn't have been such a success!

Requesting your prayers. JazakAllah


Amtul Rahim Shaikh
Sadr Lajna Imaillah Dallas Tx


Gorgia Lajna invited the reporter from Gwinnett Daily Post to learn how to cook Chicken Tikka Masala.

Everyone knows that I love Indian food, right? Well, the word got out to my friends over at the Baitul Baqi Mosque in Norcross and the Georgia Women's Chapter of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community invited me out to teach me this recipe — it was amazing! I can't wait to go back and learn other recipes ... if they'll have me!


    2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
    1 teaspoon Kosher salt
    1 teaspoon ground coriander
    1 teaspoon ground cumin
    1/4 cup plain yogurt


Source: Gwinnett daily post

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