A Fortnightly Newsletter December 15th, 2009
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In This Issue
*Appointment of Councilor
*New Administrative Officer
*NASIMCO Scholarships
*Inter-Faith Event - Toronto
*Muharram Majalises
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NASIMCO is an umbrella organization for the followers of the Shia faith in North America and the Caribbean. Its mission is to provide a common structure and framework to meet the religious, cultural and political needs of the Shia within its area of operation.

NASIMCO exists to enhance social and religious excellence of Islamic Shia Ithna-asheri communities in North America.

Islamic Shia Ithna-asheri communities in North America are caring communities.

NASIMCO will harness talents and resources available in member communities for the greater good of global humanity and our communities.

 Assist in the establishment and running of centers where our communities reside and promote continuous improvement of member communities through sharing of best practices.
Encourage, promote and nurture our communities to alleviate human suffering throughout the world.
Promote and encourage innovative intra-faith and inter-faith relationships at local and national levels.
Develop and nurture relationships with our Marja'iat, and world and regional Islamic Shia Ithna-asheri bodies.
Provide support on issues affecting Islamic Shia Ithna-asheri communities.
Establish and/or support Islamic institutes of higher learning that can respond to the needs of our communities. 
In all our activities, we will be guided by Islamic values that will include but not limited to:
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Commitment and Steadfastness
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Appointment of Executive Councilor
Under Article 11-4 of the constitution, the President of NASIMCO, Al-Hajj Gulamabbas Najafi, with the approval of the Executive Council, has appointed Shyrose Jaffer-Dhalla as Councilor for the 2009-2012 term, effective December 8th, 2009. 

Zakira Shyrose Jaffer-Dhalla, M.Ed., is a graduate of York University in Canada. She lectures on Islam at Mosques, universities and private gatherings and has travelled internationally to speak in the UAE, UK, USA and Canada. A published freelance writer, motivational speaker and anti-racist educational counselor by profession, she conducts workshops on race and cultural sensitivity. She has appeared on TV program panels and radio talk shows. Her article, based on her personal experiences with racism, called "I Ain't Sitting Beside HER!" was first published in the Toronto Star in 1993 and has since been anthologized in over 30 textbooks and other publications. 

NASIMCO welcomes Shyrose and thanks her for accepting the Executive Council's nomination.  The community is sure to benefit from her dedication toward the aims and objectives of NASIMCO.
Administrative Officer for NASIMCO
NASIMCO is pleased to announce that Saajida Rhemtulla has joined NASIMCO in the post of Administrative Officer as of December 14th, 2009.

Saajida has worked in administrative and editorial positions in the past and will be a great asset to the organization and to the member Jamaats of North America. The NASIMCO Executive welcomes her to her new role with NASIMCO.

Saajida can be contacted at the NASIMCO office at (905)763-7512, Monday to Friday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (EST) or via email at
On Eid al-Adha, Mohammad Ali Dewji of London, Ontario was presented with the Marhum Abbas Alloo Scholarship from NASIMCO's Community Service and Academic Achievement (CSAA) Award Scheme. The award was presented to him by Alhaj Anver Datoo, one of the elders of the Ahlul Bayt Islamic Center of London, Ontario. Similar presentations were made to scholarship recipients of the Los Angeles, New Jersey, New York and Allentown Jamaats. Sura-e-Fateha is requested for the esale sawab of the marhumeen in whose memories these scholarships were sponsored.
The NASIMCO scholarships encourage the youth in North America to excel in their academic achievements, as well as encourage and reward them for their services to the community. NASIMCO is now looking for sponsors for the next academic year. Sponsorships should be a minimum of $1000 and can be named after a Marhum in the sponsor's family. If you would like to support this worthwhile scheme, or would like more information, please contact NASIMCO at  
Inter-Faith Event - Toronto
On Eid-ul-Hajj, the Chairman of the Toronto Jamaat, Razak Damani, and the members of the Tabligh Board participated in an event at the York Region Police Safety Village. A variety of religions came together and displayed their faiths as part of this annual community gathering. On behalf of the ISIJ of Toronto, the Jamaat's Tabligh Board put together a booth on Islam and the meaning of Hajj.

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The Chief of Police for York Region, Armando Le Barge was glad to see the Toronto Jamaat actively involved in the process of community building by bringing an understanding of Islam to other Canadian citizens. Many copies of the Quran in English and other Islamic books were distributed. Tabligh Board also found the set of 5 booklets on the Holy Prophet (SAW) published by NASIMCO to be very beneficial during this event, as well as during other similar outreach programs.
Muharram Reciters for North America 
A variety of speakers are scheduled to commeorate the sacrifice of Imam Hussein (AS) at Islamic Centers across North America. The reciters invited to speak for the first Ashara of Muharram at NASIMCO's member Jamaats are as follows:

Jamaats in United States:
- Allentown (Al Ahad Islamic Center) - Syed QM Kamoonpuri and his son, Syed Ali Hur Kamoonpuri, of India / Batul Najfi of Minnesota
- Los Angeles (Husseini Islamic Center) - Seyyid Ali Nawab of London
- Maryland (Imam Mahdi Center) - Various Local Speakers
- Miami (IJA) - Urdu: Dr. Syed Farman Hussain of India / English: Aftab Zahid of Los Angeles
- Minnesota (Jaafari Islamic Center) - Mustafa Mawjee of London / Nauha Reciters Shabbir and Abbas Tejani of Peterborough
- New Jersey (Masjid-e-Ali) -  Maulana Sayyid Muhammad Rizvi of Toronto
- New York (Husseini Madressah) -  Sheikh Muhammad Al-Hilli of London / Masooma Hassan of Orlando
- Orlando (Husseini Islamic Center) - Jaffer Ladak of London / Shyrose Jaffer-Dhalla of Toronto / Nauha Reciter Abbas Mahmood Kazim of Dar-es-Salaam
- Seattle (IMAN) - Hassanain Rajabali of New York

Jamaats in Canada:
- Bathurst (Jaffari Community Centre) -  Urdu: Maulana Syed Riaz Akbar Aabedi of Mombasa / English: Abbas Virji of London
- Brampton (Masumeen Islamic Center) - Dr. Hassanain Walji of Los Angeles - Edmonton (ISIA) -  Sheikh Mujaheedali A. Sheriff of London
- Hamilton (Razavi Islamic Centre) - Maulana Mujtaba Musa of London
- Kitchener (ISIJ-KW) -  Nisar Rahim of Allentown
- London (Ahlul Bayt Islamic Centre) - Sheikh Shafiq Hudda of Kitchener
- London (Al Mehdi Al Muntathar Union) - Sheikh Mazzin of Najaf
- Ottawa (ISIA) - Ghulam-us-Sayyedain Najafi of India
- Vancouver (Az-Zahraa Islamic Centre) - Sheikh Shabbir Maisami of Karachi / Nargis Karim of Toronto