NASIMCO Newsletter
A Fortnightly NewsletterAugust 15th, 2010
NASIMCO
In This Issue
*Ramadhan Message
*Haiti Relief Fund Update
*Pakistan Relief Update
*CSAA Scholarship Scheme
*Guest Speakers for Ramadhan
 
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DISCOVERING ISLAM
 
How do Muslims Keep Ramadan?

"Almost all Muslims try to give up bad habits during Ramadan, and some will try to become better Muslims by praying more or reading the Qur'an. Many Muslims will attempt to read the whole of the Qur'an at least once during the Ramadan period.

Many will also attend special services in Mosques during which the Qur'an is read.
Fasting is intended to help teach Muslims self-discipline, self-restraint and generosity. It also reminds them of the suffering of the poor, who may rarely get to eat well.

It is common to have one meal (known as the suhoor), just before sunrise and another (known as the iftar), directly after sunset.
Because Ramadan is a time to spend with friends and family, the fast will often be broken by different Muslim families coming together to share in an evening meal."
 
To read more, click here.
 
ISLAM IN THE NEWS
 
Obama to Host Ramadan Dinner at the White House

"President Obama will host an iftar - the special evening meal observed during Ramadan - on Friday night in the White House dining room.

Obama participated in a similar gathering last year (shown here).
Celebrations like iftar dinners 'remind us of the principles that we hold in common, and Islam's role in advancing justice, progress, tolerance and the dignity of all human beings,' Obama wrote in a statement Wednesday.

'Ramadan is a celebration of a faith known for great diversity and racial equality ... a reminder that Islam has always been part of America and that American Muslims have made extraordinary contributions to our country.'" 

To read more, click here.

 

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As part of its vision and mission, the NASIMCO Post serves as a tool by which to bind our community together and promote a united and caring environment for all. If you have anything you would like to include in this newsletter, contact us at info@nasimco.org.
 
 
 
Ramadhan Message from WF President
Dr. Asgharali Moledina, President of the World Federation sent the following message to all community members, worldwide:

"Alhamdulillah, we are truly blessed to welcome the Holy Month of Ramadhan 1431, which is another opportunity to invigorate our spirits, strengthen our faith and pray for our resolve during this month of mercy and forgiveness. The Holy Prophet (SAW), in his sermon at the approach of the Holy Month of Ramadhan, has said: 'And for the one who spreads his kindness, Allah (SWT) will spread His mercy over him on the Day of Judgment.'

The recent devastating floods in Pakistan, the target killings of Shias in Pakistan and the political turmoil in Afghanistan, are some of the burning issues facing the Muslim Ummah, that make this Holy Month of Ramadhan a poignant period for introspection and for seeking the mercy and protection from Allah (SWT). At the same time, let us by our actions, show the way of kindness especially in this month of compassion by opening our hearts and generously contributing towards relief funds, be it the Pakistan Flood Relief or the Ramadhan Relief...."
 
Click here to read the full message.
Haiti Relief Update
Under NASIMCO's efforts, a second container loaded with Ramadhan Relief supplies left for Haiti from Toronto a few weeks ago. Food, clothing, school supplies and Qurans were sent to the attention of Br Shu'ayb of the Al-Mahdi Center. As with the previous container, all the supplies received will be divided among approximately 120 families throughout the Haitian cities as well as the orphans of the Al-Mahdi Center.

Long-term plans for the rebuilding of the orphanage, mosque and nearby houses are still in place. During this holy month of Ramadhan, please donate to the Rebuild Haiti Fund and give our Shias in Haiti a roof over their heads.
Pakistan Flood Relief Update
The Pakistan Flood Relief Appeal was launched in the previous edition of the NASIMCO Post. Since then, NASIMCO and the World Federation have received updates that the rains are advancing towards south and central Pakistan. The banks along the waterways in Sindh province, home to Karachi, Pakistan's largest city and the heart of its commerce activities, are splitting open, causing more damage and affecting more lives. Almost 14 million people have already been affected by the floods in Pakistan and this number is likely to increase as the rains journey southward into the Sindh Province.
 
After the tragedy of the October 2005 earthquake that hit Pakistan, this is yet another unprecedented disaster which has struck most of the areas of Pakistan and will need massive efforts to rescue the flood effected victims. The World Federation of KSIMC is working closely with the Hussaini Foundation of Pakistan as there lies a desperate need for food, temporary shelter, clean water, sanitation facilities and medical aid in Pakistan.

Read the latest press release here
 

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CSAA Scholarship Deadline Extended
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. The deadline for applications has been extended to August 25th, 2010. Click here to download the application form.

CSAA Scholarship 2010-11

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
Guest Speakers for the Month of Ramadhan
Jamaats in United States:
 
- Allentown (Al Ahad Islamic Center) - Syed Qasim Mujtaba Kamoonpuri and Syed Ali Hur
- Los Angeles (Husseini Islamic Center) - Dr Hasnain Walji
- Maryland (Imam Mahdi Education Center) - Sheikh Ahmed al Haeri
- Miami (IJA) - Maulana Mohammad Jaffer Banglori
- Minnesota (Jaafari Islamic Center) - Sheikh Jaffer Hussein Jaffer and Zakira Sabiha Karim
- New Jersey (Masjid-e-Ali) - Maulana Syed Samir Ali and Sayed Ammar Nakshawani
- New York (Husseini Madressah) - Sheikh Jaffer Hussein Jaffer, Sheikh Abbas Virji and Dr. Dungersi
- Orlando (Husseini Islamic Center) - Syed Qasim Mujtaba Kamoonpuri and Syed Ali Hur Kamoonpuri
- Seattle (IMAN) - Sayyid Hadi Al-Qazwini

Jamaats in Canada:
 
- Brampton (Masumeen Islamic Center) - Maulana Sayyid Muhammad Rizvi
- Edmonton (ISIA) - Sheikh Osama al-Attar
- Hamilton (Razavi Islamic Centre) - Sheikh Shafiq Hudda
- Kitchener (ISIJ-KW) - Br. Mohammad Nasser
- London (Al Mehdi Al Muntathar Union) - Shaikh Mazin Sadkhan, Br. Ahmed Ali Khan and Dr. Munsif Bhimani
- Vancouver (Az-Zahraa Islamic Centre) - Sheikh Ayub Rashid, Sheikh Abbas Esmail and Sheikh Hasnain Kassamali