A Fortnightly NewsletterAugust 1st, 2010
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In This Issue
*Pakistan Flood Appeal
*Ramadhan Relief
*First Muslim Soccer Tournament
*Demise of Ayatollah Kashani
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Discovery of Oxygen
and Hydrogen 

According to the Western world, the greatest miracle of Imam Baqir (a.s.) was his revelation of the presence of oxygen in the air. The western world admits now that the Imam discovered this twelve and a half centuries ago. Imam Baqir (a.s.) had informed people about the presence of hydrogen in water and had also mentioned that water can be turned into fire, as hydrogen was a highly inflammable gas.

 The discovery of these two gases depended upon their separation from air and water. Separating hydrogen from water is more difficult than the separation of oxygen from air. Pure oxygen is available in the air, but pure hydrogen is not available anywhere. The world is amazed as to how our Imams could reveal the presence of hydrogen, a colourless, odourless and tasteless gas in the air, which does not exist freely in nature. They could not have identified this gas and found out its properties without separating it from water through the process of hydrolysis, which was impossible without a strong current of electricity, which was not available at the time.
Memoirs of Islam
Ali Eteraz spent his formative years attending an Islamic school in Pakistan. Then his family moved to the American bible belt. Years later, he still has his faith ... as well as a unique view of both places he has called home.

Along the way, Ali Eteraz's faith was challenged repeatedly and in a wide variety of ways. And his journey has given him a rare perspective on Pakistan and the West. Ali Eteraz writes about that journey in his new book, Children of Dust: A Memoir of Pakistan. He came to The Current'sToronto studio to discuss his memoir.
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Pakistan Flood Appeal
Since July 28, 2010, heavy monsoon rainfall in northwest Pakistan has caused catastrophic floods in different rivers resulting in more than 1170 deaths and misplacing thousands of families. In the worst-affected areas, entire villages have been washed. Over 3 million people have been affected and forecasters have predicted more rain in the upcoming days. This is the worst flooding in more than 80 years in Pakistan.

Pakistan Flood Appeal

The World Federation is working with the Hussaini Foundation to urgently provide immediate relief and medium to long-term assistance to the displaced victims. The Hussaini Foundation has already set up its relief team is sending out food parcels to the victims.
NASIMCO is deeply distraught and concerned about the devastation and loss of lives and strongly appeals to all donors to donate generously. Your contribution will make a great impact on the lives of all those who have lost not only their homes and their livelihood, but also their loved ones. 

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Ramadhan Relief Fund Appeal
Imam Sadiq (AS) said: "God the Exalted and Glorious desired to maintain equality between His creatures and make the rich experience hunger and pain so that they may have pity on the weak and mercy on the hungry."

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Everyday about 25,000 people die from hunger related causes - this amounts to 1 person every 3.5 seconds. With the holy month of Ramadhan just around the corner, NASIMCO and the World Federation are launching the Ramadhan Relief campaign. This annual initiative allows us all to play our role in reducing world hunger.

Through this campaign, food rations, iftaars and cash gifts will be provided to Muslims living in poverty, including orphans and widows in Afghanistan, Kenya, Madagascar, Bangladesh, Tanzania, South Africa, Bosnia, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Myan Mar, Sri Lanka, Syria, Haiti and Gaza.

If you would like to volunteer to organize fundraising for this worthwhile campaign, please contact your Jamaat.

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Allentown Al-Ahad Islamic Center holds Muslim Soccer Tournament
Marhum Ayatollah Sayyid Abbas Hosseini Kashani
We regret to inform you of the sad demise of Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Abbas Hosseini Kashani, who passed away in Tehran, on Sunday 18th July 2010, 05 Shabaan 1431, and has been buried there on Tuesday, 20th July 2010. 

Ayatolla Kashani 

Marhum was born in the holy city of Karbala on the birthday of the Prophet (SAW) in 1930. He began his religious education at a very young age in the seminary of Karbala and continued his higher religious education in the Islamic seminary in Najaf, where he studied under  notable mentors such as Sayyid Muhsin al-Hakim, Sayyid Abul Qasim al-Khoei, and Sayyid Ali Qadhi Tabatabai.
At the age of 25, he began leading prayers in the shrine of Imam Hussain (AS), until he was expelled from Iraq along with many other scholars by the Ba'athist regime. He had since been teaching in the Islamic seminary of Qom and was considered one of its most senior and respected teachers.
Mumineen are requested to remember the Marhum in their prayers with Namaaz hadya e mayyit & Sura E Fatiha. For more information about Marhum please click here