The Aminah Holistic Retreat Center

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Karimah Kareemah  SAINT LOUIS, MO

The worst thing a family member or loved one could ever hear from a care-provider is, “I’m sorry, we’ve done all we can do, your loved one is not going to make it”.  I’ve stood next to countless mothers, fathers, children, siblings and significant others and watched their last little bit of HOPE crumble before their very eyes as Doctors whisper these words. 

IHOPE, the Islamic Holistic Outreach Program for Everyone, is an Islamic enterprise designed to revive the Prophet’s healing, combined with a natural lifestyle, to treat chronic diseases.  IHOPE believes “all we can do” doesn’t exist until the soul exits the body, therefore we work with our brothers and sisters until they are completely healed or Allah s.w.t. decrees otherwise.  We will offer this service at our retreat center in the beautiful highlands of West Africa, Guinea.   Guinea is one of the best places to build the Aminah Holistic Retreat Centers due to its beautiful waterfalls, natural water sources, pure air, organic food and a relaxing natural environment.  We need you to join us in serving, supporting and assisting others in their burdens.  Be a part of establishing one of the first American / African Holistic Retreat Centers in the world!            
Abu Hurairah narrated that the Messenger of Allah said:
"Whoever relieves a Muslim of a burden from the burdens of the world, Allah will relieve him of a burden from the burdens on the Day of Judgement. And whoever helps ease a difficulty in the world, Allah will grant him ease from a difficulty in the world and in the Hereafter. And whoever covers (the faults of) a Muslim, Allah will cover (his faults) for him in the world and the Hereafter. And Allah is engaged in helping the worshipper as long as the worshipper is engaged in helping his brother."
The Aminah Holistic Retreat Center:
Is named after my best friend Hajjah Aminah Rodriquez who played a significant role in my spiritual and academic development.  Hajjah Aminah and I were best friends for over 21 years and we both spent a great deal of time studying traditional medicine in Islam. In 2007, the unthinkable happened; my best friend was diagnosed with stage four skin cancer that had metastasized to her lymph nodes.   After receiving two rounds of chemotherapy, Aminah fell extremely weak and ill.   She was informed that there was little to nothing that could be done.  Within weeks of her treatment, she was on her death bed with very little life in her.   I was at her bed side praying and talking with her, hoping I was going to bring her home with me, but by the decree of Allah my best friend, my spiritual companion, was called back that late that night.  For many years I thought to myself why I didn’t offer her an alternative when she asked me.  Well I’ve come to know that it was her time and now is my time to give on behalf of her and to the ummah.  For this reason, I’ve dedicated the Retreat Center as a Sadaqah Jariyah for Hajjah Aminah and to allow the center to be a place to help many brothers and sisters facing the same challenges that she did.

The Necessity for A Holistic Retreat Center In Islam

Muslims are suffering from chronic diseases at the same rate as the rest of the world, in spite of claiming to have the cure for all diseases.

Many Muslims DO NOT seek healthcare for their chronic illness due to their mistrust and belief that the cure is only found inside Prophetic traditional healing.  So they go undiagnosed and untreated and they do not apply the complete method for traditional healing, therefore leaving them with a cure. 

Many Muslims believe that their chronic illness is a test and trial from Allah or purification from wrong they’ve done, believing there is no cure for such situation except by Allah’s leave. Again, the problem is neglected and no cure is sought.   

The number one cause for all of these chronic diseases in Muslim countries is OBESITY with the highest rate among women.  “Studies indicate that up to 70 percent of women in the Gulf States are obese. According to The Economist magazine’s world rankings, the countries with the highest obesity rates among women are Muslim countries: 1. Qatar 2. Saudi Arabia 3. Lebanon.

There are hardly any Holistic Retreat Centers available that are based on Prophetic traditional healing for Muslims to retreat to and seek guidance.
Cancer has claimed the lives of many loved ones after many weeks, months and years of conventional treatment.  Many family members would love to have an alternative for their loved ones when all else fails but unfortunately the Muslim community has not met this challenge.

The Aminah Retreat center will offer many Muslims and all others who are seeking a NATURAL path to healing, an opportunity that Hajjah Aminah and so many other brothers and sisters never had.  A chance to cure their chronic diseases and change their lives forever.



§  The number one cause for most chronic disease is POOR NUTRITION and the second is related to LIFESTYLE.

§  People have no idea what REAL nutrition is and why they are addicted to foods that are unhealthy for them.

§  The retreat center will offer the complete environment to foster healing and empower people to take their health into their own hands

§  Retreat centers are everywhere and many of them are offering alternative care for chronic disease.  The Muslims must join this new wave and show the world we’ve been given this alternative over 1400 years ago in the desert of Arabia by a man who couldn’t read nor write.

§  IHOPE answers the fundamental question that most are afraid to pose.  Why isn’t Islam holding true to its claim of having the cure for every disease?

Statistics have shown that NUTRITION and LIFESTYLE are the major contributing factors to most chronic diseases

Where Will Your Funds Be Utilized?

§  The Aminah Holistic Retreat Center Site

§  The small Mud Hut houses

§  The pipeline for water source for Saunas

§  The small Mud built Saunas

§  Livestock

§  Beehives

Prospective Retreat Center Plan:

A Testimony of Truth and Proof

In 2015 Bilqees my baby daughter swallowed a lithium battery that burnt a hole in her esophagus and trachea causing a fistula (opening between the two).  She was disabled for 1 year unable to speak, walk, cry, eat or drink.  The doctors said if she didn’t have surgery or return to the U.S. she would die.  Bilqees was given a gastric feeding tube which we used to give her all live foods, herbs, spices and juices for over 7 months.  She has been completely healed without any surgery.  Read Bilqees’s testimony at our Ihope website

By supporting the clinic, you can also help gain in the reward, and fulfill the obligation of taking care of our Muslim brothers and sisters in need. The Aminah Holistic Retreat Center needs to reach its goal in order to make a significant difference in the Live’s of the Muslims.


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Update 2
Posted by Belita Veronica Rashid
4 months ago
As salaamu alaykum to all who have supported us on GOFUNDME over the past 6 months. IHOPE has been approved for Launchgood Campaign for the next 30 days. We decided to use this campaign to raise funds so that we can begin the building of the Aminah retreat center. Please follow us at May Allah s.w.t. reward you all for your support and we ask that you pray for our efforts and success. Hajjah Karimah
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Update 1
Posted by Belita Veronica Rashid
7 months ago
I was asked what relevance does this project have to our DEEN, my Response:

I appeal to all my brothers and sisters on EARTH all of the CHILDREN OF ADAM. Take heed to the words of Allah. Ponder and reflect on His warnings and his Signs. You have only one chance to get it right and YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOU, not your teacher, not your parents, not your sheikh, only you:

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ عَلَيْكُمْ أَنفُسَكُمْ لاَ يَضُرُّكُم مَّن ضَلَّ إِذَا اهْتَدَيْتُمْ إِلَى اللّهِ مَرْجِعُكُمْ جَمِيعًا فَيُنَبِّئُكُم بِمَا كُنتُمْ تَعْمَلُونَ (5:105)
O you who believe! It is [but] for your own selves that you are responsible: those who go astray can do you no harm if you [yourselves] are on the right path. Unto Allah you all must return: and then He will make you [truly] understand all that you were doing [in life].

Now with that understanding, it is safe to say that we should be searching high and low, from cover to cover, In the book of guidance (Al-Quran) trying to see what our LORD has communicated to us, so that we can take special care that our SOULS ARE NOT LOST HERE, OR IN THE LIFE TO COME. Every time you complete the recital of the Quran from cover to cover you are blessed with light and understanding, this is why Shaytaan works so hard to keep you busy with futile things so that you remain ignorant of your ADAMIC NATURE and you remain in complete darkness. There is no way I can give you what I’ve obtained in over seven years, but I can, inshallah, help you understand where my passion, obsession and determination for this project derived from.
My obsession with FOOD, the impending fall of Bani Adam, in our age is driven by three main verses in the Quran. I’ve been on a five year journey trying to make the connection between OUR OPEN ENEMY, SATAN, FOOD and US. Let’s have a look at these verses that ALERTED me to make this connection.

The Warning to the Children of Adam:

يَا بَنِي آدَمَ لاَ يَفْتِنَنَّكُمُ الشَّيْطَانُ كَمَا أَخْرَجَ أَبَوَيْكُم مِّنَ الْجَنَّةِ يَنزِعُ عَنْهُمَا لِبَاسَهُمَا لِيُرِيَهُمَا سَوْءَاتِهِمَا إِنَّهُ يَرَاكُمْ هُوَ وَقَبِيلُهُ مِنْ حَيْثُ لاَ تَرَوْنَهُمْ إِنَّا جَعَلْنَا الشَّيَاطِينَ أَوْلِيَاء لِلَّذِينَ لاَ يُؤْمِنُونَ (7:27)
 O children of Adam! Do not allow Satan to seduce you in the same way as he caused your parents to be driven out of the garden: he deprived them of their garment [of God-consciousness] in order to make them aware of their nakedness. Verily, he and his tribe are lying in wait for you where you cannot perceive them! [19] Verily, We have placed [all manner of] satanic forces near unto those who do not [truly] believe.

Now this is a clear warning to the CHILDREN OF ADAM and every Abrahamic Religion have their understanding of this event. What I am most focused on in this verse is the warning that Allah s.w.t., the Lord of the Worlds, gave to the CHILDREN, OFFSPRING of Adam. We mustn’t let Satan seduce, trick, mislead, us in the same way he got our parents out of the GARDEN. How did Satan get them out of the Garden, with FOOD by stripping them of their CONSCIOUSNESS of ALLAH. How did he get them to EAT the food, by DECEPTION! How did he deceive them? By advising them and making them think he was their sincere adviser. This is a about a two day topic in itself but once you make the connection it is clear that our enemy is fulfilling his promise to Allah. The food is what caused our parents to be put out of the garden. Allah s.w.t. provided them with everything they needed when it came to food and drink and He ordered them to not go near the forbidden tree. He also warned them that Satan was their open enemy.

وَيَا آدَمُ اسْكُنْ أَنتَ وَزَوْجُكَ الْجَنَّةَ فَكُلاَ مِنْ حَيْثُ شِئْتُمَا وَلاَ تَقْرَبَا هَـذِهِ الشَّجَرَةَ فَتَكُونَا مِنَ الظَّالِمِينَ (7:19)
 And [as for thee], O Adam', dwell thou and thy wife in this garden, and eat, both of you, whatever you may wish; but do not approach this one tree, lest you become evildoers!"

فَأَكَلَا مِنْهَا فَبَدَتْ لَهُمَا سَوْآتُهُمَا وَطَفِقَا يَخْصِفَانِ عَلَيْهِمَا مِن وَرَقِ الْجَنَّةِ وَعَصَى آدَمُ رَبَّهُ فَغَوَى (20:121)
 And so the two ate [of the fruit] thereof: and thereupon they became conscious of their nakedness and began to cover themselves with pieced-together leaves from the garden. And [thus] did Adam disobey his Sustainer, and thus did he fall into grievous error.

There it is in many verses throughout the Quran that Satan, the enemy to man, got our parents kicked out of the garden with food. Now how do I apply that in the age we are in now? Well this is where we analysis another verse that is a commandment from Allah s.w.t. to all of mankind.


يَا أَيُّهَا النَّاسُ كُلُواْ مِمَّا فِي الأَرْضِ حَلاَلاً طَيِّباً وَلاَ تَتَّبِعُواْ خُطُوَاتِ الشَّيْطَانِ إِنَّهُ لَكُمْ عَدُوٌّ مُّبِينٌ (2:168)
 O MANKIND! Partake of what is wholesomely Lawful on earth, and follow not Satan's advancements: for, verily, he is your open enemy, - 2:168

وَمِنَ الأَنْعَامِ حَمُولَةً وَفَرْشًا كُلُواْ مِمَّا رَزَقَكُمُ اللّهُ وَلاَ تَتَّبِعُواْ خُطُوَاتِ الشَّيْطَانِ إِنَّهُ لَكُمْ عَدُوٌّ مُّبِينٌ (6:142)
And of the cattle reared for work and for the sake of their flesh, eat whatever God has provided for you as sustenance, and follow not Satan's advancements behold, he is your open enemy! -

Never in the HISTORY of man has FOOD ever been so far from its original state. The technology that has been done with food is a new phenomenon that would make our predecessors die from starvation before touching such products. Shaytaan has whispered in the hearts of men advising them as he advised our parents that what they are doing is GOOD for humanity and the environment. That they will live longer and healthier lives, but in fact it’s the opposite and we are being debased here on earth and losing our place in Jannah as he so promised. This is a vast topic with so many Quranic references and hadith to help the seeker make a DIRECT CONSCIOUS connection between Satan, food and the impending fall of the children of Adam. Something we plan to do an in-depth presentation on, in sha Allah


فَأَقِمْ وَجْهَكَ لِلدِّينِ حَنِيفًا فِطْرَةَ اللَّهِ الَّتِي فَطَرَ النَّاسَ عَلَيْهَا لَا تَبْدِيلَ لِخَلْقِ اللَّهِ ذَلِكَ الدِّينُ الْقَيِّمُ وَلَكِنَّ أَكْثَرَ النَّاسِ لَا يَعْلَمُونَ
So establish your purpose for the upright way of life. The Natural way of Allah, the one in which He created man on. Let there be no change to Allah’s creation, that is the established way of life, but most people do not know. - 30:30

Fitra and Deen, Fitra the Natural or Holistic way of life as created and ordained by the Creator and Deen is our complete day to day life Transactions, everything we do in our lives.

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