NASIMCO Newsletter
A Fortnightly NewsletterApril 15th, 2010
In This Issue
*Youth Leadership Retreat
*Qum Summer Camp 2010
*CPD - Family Ethics
*Election Results - Edmonton
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Obama Tries To Change Terrorism Rhetoric, Remove Terms Like 'Islamic Radicalism' From National Security Document

"Less talk about 'Islamic radicalism' and a lot more about doing business. In the year since President Barack Obama pledged a new beginning in the relationship with the Muslim world, the White House has begun to change the US focus.

Terrorism still dominates US security concerns, but the White House believes it doesn't have to dominate the conversation. Since Obama's speech in Cairo last year, the White House has tried to talk more about health care, science and education.

It's a strategy based on the belief that the prior administration viewed the world through the lens of terrorism. And when it talked to Muslim nations, it was all about winning the war of ideas."
To read more, click here.
1001 Inventions and the Library of Secrets

Oscar-winning actor and screen legend, Sir Ben Kingsley, has taken the starring role in a short feature film about the scientific heritage of Muslim civilization.

The mini-movie, entitled "1001 Inventions and the Library of Secrets", accompanies a global touring exhibition that is currently open to the public at the Science Museum in London.

To view a short clip of the film, click here.
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Youth Leadership Retreat
The application deadline for the Youth Leadership Retreat in Toronto is fast approaching. With the theme of "Understanding and Walking the Path to a Better Future", the main objectives of the Retreat are to give students the necessary skills to be able to make a difference in their society; to allow students to develop strong bonds with other active students from the different communities; and to help students in developing their own identity as Muslims living in North America.

youth leadership retreat

Participating in this retreat will help to enhance skills in leadership, teamwork, strategizing, event planning, networking, public relations, marketing and much more. It will also include a variety of outdoor activities such as rock climbing, kayaking, canoeing and mountain biking. The Retreat is open to youth ages 18 to 25 years with a subsidized cost of only $100. Applications are due April 25th. To apply, click here.
Qum Summer Camps 2010
The World Federation is seeking to recruit mentors for the Madinah al-Ilm and Bab al-Ilm Qum Summer Camps. Being involved in these courses provides a unique opportunity to both help others and develop oneself. A mentor from the 2009 Camp had the following to say about the experience:

"Alhamdulillah, in having been blessed with the opportunity of being a helper for the Madinah and Bab courses, I was able to serve and help my fellow peers, and also allowed to build my own character and soul by dealing with the different opportunities the courses provided. These skills needed, varied from being able to organize and amend daily schedules to being available to approachable to the applicants. At times I also felt that it was my responsibility to help the students get into the correct spiritual frame of mind for such a trip. I found that in trying to help others, I consequently helped myself and understood better what  my role was in serving Allah (SWT)."

For more information regarding the mentorship opportunity, click here. Or click here to complete the application form for the position.
CPD - Family Ethics
NASIMCO, in cooperation with the Islamic Education Board of the Shia Ithnasheri Jamaat of New York (SIJNY-IEB), sponsored a Continuing Personal Development (CPD) workshop featuring two interactive sessions: "Pre-Marital Counseling" and "Parenting Techniques". It was hosted at Al-Husseini Center in Queens, New York on April 9th and 10th.
Participants were intrigued by the extensive evidence-based research and statistical content that painted a realistic picture of the challenges that our children face and the increasingly important role of parents. Marzia Hasan was articulate and eloquent in her presentation style and enlightened the audience with pragmatic tips and case studies through a very interactive approach.


This was reflected in the feedback provided by Sausan Merali-Salehmohamed, a participant of the CPD workshop: "We learned a tremendous amount and appreciated all the real life experiences and scenarios shared by the speaker and the participants which made it quite interactive! This course should be a must for all parents and couples planning on starting a family!"
For more information on CPD workshops, or if you would like to host a CPD in your Jamaat, contact the secretariat at
Election Results - Edmonton
The Shia Islamic Jamaat of Edmonton recently held elections for their executive committee. The elected positions for the term 2010-2012 is as below:

President: Mahmood Mavani
Vice President: Yawar Zaidi
Secretary: Zaman Syed
Treasurer: Amanat Imam
Program Organizer: Ahmed Kermalli