A Fortnightly NewsletterJune 15th, 2010
In This Issue
*NASIMCO Conference 2010
*Class of 2010 Graduates
*CSAA Scholarships
*Computers for Students
*Newest Member of NASIMCO
*Community Development - Orlando
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The Institute of Contemporary Islamic Thought - A Think-Tank

"The Institute of Contemporary Islamic Thought (ICIT) is an international intellectual centre of the global Islamic movement, run by movement activists and intellectuals based in various parts of the world.

The ICIT works to help develop and promote the ideas of the contemporary Islamic movement through research, publications, seminars, lectures, teaching courses and other activities.

The ICIT website is intended as a news and reference resource about the global Islamic movement, its work, its leaders and its thought."

To read more, click here.
Canadian Muslims Still Have Reason to Be Anxious

A young Port Moody Muslim is travelling to Europe for the first time and is worried about being racially profiled.

Raised in the relative tolerance of Metro Vancouver, Shaheed Devji has won a European Union-Canada Young Journalist Award that has him flying alone to Belgium, where Muslims are sometimes treated suspiciously in airports and elsewhere.
...Racial profiling may be just one of the problems Devji experiences away from Metro Vancouver, which has roughly 70,000 Muslims.
...The kind of vicious talk, linking all Muslims to bloody terrorism, is almost common on broadcast networks in the US, where Muslims make up one per cent of the population.
...In a world where attacks on Muslims in the West continue to be treated by many as just business as usual, it's hard for many of us to really appreciate the anxiety that Canadian Muslims, including a young journalist travelling in Europe, still experience on a daily basis." 
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Annual NASIMCO Conference 2010
The 30th Annual NASIMCO Conference took place in Toronto on June 5th, 2010. Ten Jamaats were represented at the conference, along with many observers throughout the day. Amongst invited guest, also present were: President of The World Federation, Dr. Asghar Moledina; VP of Africa Federation, Shabir Najafi; Vice Chair of Regional Counsel of Madagascar, Mohamed Raza Khamis; NASIMCO past presidents, Gulamabbas Sajan, Mohsin Kamalia, Habib Dhalla and Ahmed Bhaloo. 
The theme of the conference was "Care to Care?". Discussions and deliberations on the subject were fruitful and conducive. Click here to watch a short video entitled "NASIMCO Cares". 


Class of 2010 Graduates
Youth are the lifeblood and future leaders of our communities. Their achievements are a tremendous honor for the community. NASIMCO has decided to recognize the youths of our community who have graduated or are graduating from post-secondary education in the year 2010. Each graduate will be recognized individually and a special issue of the NASIMCO Post will be published highlighting their accomplishments.

If you or someone you know is graduating this year, please send the following information to by July 1st.
  • Full Name of graduate
  • Contact address of graduate
  • Institution from which student is graduating
  • Program graduating in
  • Career goals
CSAA Scholarships
Each year, NASIMCO awards scholarships to students for Community Service and Academic Achievement (CSAA). The awards aim to encourage the youth of North American communities to excel academically and to reward them for their voluntary services in their respective communities.

NASIMCO is pleased to announce the following scholarships are available for the upcoming academic year:
  • Marhum Sultan Davdani Scholarship - $2000
  • Jaffer Family Foundation Scholarship - $2000
  • Marhum Abbas Alloo Scholarship - $1000
  • MP Charitable Foundation Scholarship - $1000
  • Al-Mahdi Scholarship - $1000
  • Ahlul Bayt Scholarship - $1000

CSAA Scholarships

The deadline for applications is August 15th, 2010. Click here to download the application form.
Computers for Students Initiative
The Computers for Students inititative was launched in March 2010 with an aim to help empower over 100 hawza students and over 300 community students in developing countries by gifting them with computers. For many of them, this would mean a window to the world outside their hometowns, access to information that is otherwise out of their reach, a mode to communicate with relatives and friends, and a medium to create opportunities for their future.  

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NASIMCO would like to thank all those who contributed toward this cause. In North America, NASIMCO received contributions directly from donors; the total amount raised was $170 (CAD) and $452.26 (USD). Member Jamaats that assisted with this Appeal reported the following contributions:
  • Az-Zahra Islamic Centre, Vancouver: $170 (CAD)
  • Anjuman-e-Asghari, Minnesota: $150 (USD)
NASIMCO Welcomes New Member
The Imam Husain Islamic Center of Brooklyn Center, Minnesota submitted an application for NASIMCO membership at the Annual NASIMCO Conference held in Toronto on June 5th, 2010. Their membership application was unanimously supported by all the Jamaats present at the conference and NASIMCO is therefore delighted to welcome them as a member.
Imam Husain Islamic Center will join NASIMCO as a Tier 3 member as their membership base is between 101 and 400. Hence, they will be entitled to 4 delegates with all voting rights at the conferences.
Community Development - Orlando
The members of Husseini Islamic Center unanimously gave mandate to the Investment Plan (IP) Sub-Committee under the guidance of the Managing Committee and the Board of Trustees of HIC to actively look for investment properties, seek funds and purchase them.
During a Special General Meeting, the President of HIC, Riyaaz Jivraj, elaborated the importance of this project and how it can make the community self-sufficient in the years to come. With the maintenance costs involved in the new Center being built, investing in an income-generating portfolio will help with these costs as well as have the financial capability of organizing special projects and events for the children, youths and adults.
On behalf of the IP Sub-Committee, Raza Dhanji, the Vice President of HIC, presented the goals and objectives of the Investment Plan and investment strategy. He then presented the first property that the IP Sub-Committee plans to purchase. The mandate was given to purchase the property and actively seek further properties.
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