NASIMCO Post
A Fortnightly NewsletterOctober 1st, 2010
NASIMCO
In This Issue
*Pakistan Relief Update
*Yaum-e-Gham
*Community Event - Miami
*Inter-Faith Event - Minnesota
*ALI Online Courses
*US Visa Lottery
*Ahlul Bayt TV Update
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DISCOVERING ISLAM
 
Al-Azhar University: The Oldest University in the World

"Al-Azhar University is a natural expansion of the great mosque of Al-Azhar, the oldest and most celebrated of all Islamic academic institutes and Universities all over the world without exception.

For over one thousand year Al-Azhar was venerated cultural centre for all Muslims in the East and West. Al-Azhar's educational policy is governed and oriented by the following basic guide lines and principles : The University of Al-Azhar is opened for all Muslim students who wish to study a particular academic discipline or to further and deepen their knowledge of Islamic Religion.
 
The University of Al-Azhar is always attempting to create a kind of intellectual unity between Muslims everywhere in the Islamic world, it also works hard to cement and strengthen their relationship and sharpen their loyalty to the Islamic faith. In all its curriculum and scholarly activities the University is concerned with everything that can strengthen the spiritual ties of Islam, and revive the national sense of pride among its people."
 
To read more, click here.
 
ISLAM IN THE NEWS
 
Texas Messes With Islam

"Textbooks nationwide have been twisted, dumbed down and flattened into such boring tomes that it's no wonder most students can't abide them. The public education establishment's concerns about political correctness have resulted in books written more to avoid hurting feelings than to inform and challenge.

 ...But that's not as troubling as the latest doings in Texas, whose school board on Friday decided that references to Islam in the state's textbooks must be reduced. 
 
...Whether the Texas school board likes it or not, the United States' interaction with Islam has broadened and deepened in recent years. Today's students will need to understand and deal with these changes as they mature and enter the workforce and civic life. The school board has done a disservice to a major world religion and its followers - and to Texas' students."

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.
 
 
 
Pakistan Flood Relief Fund Update
The response to the devastation caused by the flooding in Pakistan has been overwhelming. Reports on how aid is being delivered to those in need can be found here. Community members have contributed generously towards the cause and NASIMCO would like to thank all the donors for their kindness. Below is an account of the funds received from member Jamaats:

Islamic Shia Ithnasheri Jamaat of Toronto: $217,855.27
Islamic Shia Ithna-Asheri Association of Edmonton: $30,000.00
Ahlul Bayt Islamic Centre (London, ON): $4,811.10
Islamic Shia Ithna-Asheri Jamaat of Kitchener-Waterloo: $15,303.25
Az-Zahra Islamic Center (Vancouver): $37,056.22
Anjuman-e-Asghari (Minnesota): $18,364.70
Islamic Shia Ithna-Asheri Association of Ottawa: $2,520.85
Ithnasheri Muslim Association of the Northwest (Seattle): $33,735.30
Metroplex Organization of Muslims in North Texas: $3,750.00
Shia Ithnasheri Jamaat of New York: $1,345.00
Shia Ithnasheri Jamaat of Pennsylvania: $610.00
Shia Ithnasheri Islamic Jamaat of Los Angeles: $6,437.00
Muslim Foundation Inc (New Jersey): $10,619.00
Hussaini Islamic Center (Orlando): $4,170.00
 
Donations made directly to NASIMCO: $199,970.98

TOTAL - $58,6548.67

NASIMCO Protests on Yaum-e-Gham
On the 8th of Shawwal in the year 1345 AH (April 21st, 1925), mausoleums in the Al-Baqi Cemetry in Medina were demolished by the Saudi Authorities. This day is commemorated by Shias around the world as "Yaum-e-Gham" or "Day of Sorrow". Many member Jamaats participated in rallies and protests in cities across the US and Canada on this day.

On behalf of the North American communities that it represents, NASIMCO wrote to the Saudi Embassies in both the US and Canada, stating that "...the rebuilding of the shrines of the holy Imams and Lady Fatima, who are the descendents of the Prophet of Islam, will not only be of value to all Muslims, but will also bring about unity and understanding among the vaious Islamic sects." To read more, click here.
Community Event - Miami
The youth committee of the Islamic Jaffari Association of Miami are hosting a weekly event titled "Youth Talk". Youth Talk will hold interactive discussions and activities in the presence of a learned scholar on relevant topics and social issues faced in everyday life. Activities include skits, games, workshops, videos and interactive discussions.
Inter-faith Event - Minnesota 
During the holy month of Ramadhan, the Jaafari Islamic Center leadership, along with the leaders of 16 other Islamic organizations were invited to attend an Iftaar hosted by Mayor R.T. Rybak and the Minneapolis City Council. This was the first time such an event has taken place in Minneapolis. The event was held to show support to the Muslim community during a time when there is so much Islamophobia in American society. The event was attended by 70 Muslim leaders, 13 Council members, the Mayor of Minneapolis and Muslim Congressman, Keith Ellison.
 
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Also during the holy month, the Jaafari Islamic Center (JIC) hosted an "Invite A Friend Day" where co-workers, neighbors and friends of various congregants were hosted for Iftaar at Center. The intent was to reach out and share the Islamic faith with the larger community. One participant said:

"I want to thank you and all for the wonderful time that I spent with you at your Mosque. The intent of this outreach was to share your faith and welcome me to your Mosque. This was accomplished in such a positive way that I have been sharing my thoughts and feelings with fellow Christians. If given another opportunity, I would gladly attend your Mosque. Thank you!"
New Online Courses by ALI
The Academy for Learning Islam (ALI) is holding the following online courses for the months of October and November 2010. The courses are interactive and will require a computer, speakers, preferably a microphone and a high-speed internet connection. People from all over North America can participate. To register or for more information, please email alioutreach@gmail.com.
 
ALI 176: Webinar on Ziyaarat to Iraq: Preparing for Ziyarat to Iraq around the day of Arafaat.
Sunday, October 3rd, 2010 at 2:30-4:10 PM (EST)
 
ALI 177: Hajj 1431 Preparation and Rituals:
A seminar on the spiritual and social benefits of this important branch of Islam. Session includes time for Q&A. 
Sunday, October 10th, 2010 at 2:30-4:10 PM (EST)
*A special session for women only will follow at 4:30-5:30 PM (EST)
 
ALI 178: Raising Children with TLC (Time, Limits and Caring):
Positive and practical ways to raise your children. Particularly suited to women with children between 3 and 12 years of age. This course is for women only.
Every Wednesday from October 13th to November 3rd, 2010 at 8:00-9:30 PM (EST)
 
ALI 179: Taking Advice from Nahjul Balagh:
Several khutbas will be read and discussed, with emphasis on certain excerpts from khutbas 101, 106, 109 and 112.
Every Monday from October 11th to November 1st, 2010 at 8:00-9:30 PM (EST)
US Diversity Visa Lottery
Every year the United States accepts applications from people who are interested to migrate to the US. The Congressionally mandated Diversity Immigrant Visa Program makes available 50,000 diversity visas (DV) annually, drawn from random selection among all entries to persons who meet strict eligibility requirements from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States. This year, the online registration for DV-2012 DV Lottery begins at noon (EDT) on Tuesday, October 5th, 2010, and ends at noon on Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010. All entries must be submitted electronically during the registration period. For more information, or to apply click here.
Ahlul Bayt TV Update
"Woman's View" is a new show which discusses contemporary issues facing Muslim women in the 21st Century. The program features a special guest who gives her insights and advice. The show is broadcasted every Tuesday and Thursday at 8:30 AM (EST) or can be viewed online at anytime by visiting www.ahlulbayt.tv.

If you would like to be part of the show, have a particular topic for discussion, or would like more information, please email zahra.alawi@ahlulbayt.tv