NASIMCO Post
A Fortnightly NewsletterNovember 1st, 2010
NASIMCO
In This Issue
*Eid Qurbanis 1431
*Couples' Course in Qum
*Women's Needs Survey
*Constitutional Conference
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DISCOVERING ISLAM

Hajj

"Once a year, Muslims of every ethnic group, colour, social status, and culture gather together in Mecca and stand before the Kaaba praising Allah together.


It is a ritual that is designed to promote the bonds of Islamic brotherhood and sisterhood by showing that everyone is equal in the eyes of Allah.

 

The Hajj makes Muslims feel real importance of life here on earth, and the afterlife, by stripping away all markers of social status, wealth, and pride. In the Hajj all are truly equal.

 

The Hajjis or pilgrims wear simple white clothes called Ihram. During the Hajj the Pilgrims perform acts of worship and they renew their sense of purpose in the world."

 

To read more, click here.


ISLAM IN THE NEWS

Canadian Muslims Erect First Minaret in Arctic

 

"Canadian Muslims have erected the Arctic's first minaret, atop a little yellow mosque which serves as spiritual home to the area's fledgling Islamic community.

 

The prefabricated mosque arrived in Inuvik last month to serve a growing Muslim population in Canada's far north, after traveling 4,000 kilometers (2,485 miles) over land and water.

 

..."This is the first minaret to be erected in the Arctic," Suliman said gleefully by telephone.

 

"Some will say it's a new frontier for Islam,' he commented. 'But for me what is significant is that Muslims here who once prayed on Fridays at a local Catholic church or in a trailer now have a proper place to worship, with a proper minaret.'

 

To read more, click here.

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Eid al-Hajj 1431

"It is not their flesh or their blood that reaches God. Rather, it is your God-wariness that reaches Him..." (Holy Quran 22:37)

As the season of Hajj approaches, the blessed guests of Allah (SWT) are preparing for their pilgrimage to the Holy Kaaba. We pray that Allah (SWT) makes it easy for them and accepts their Ibadah. 

qurbani

 

Those not going for Hajj this year will nevertheless prepare to have a Qurbani (sacrifice of an animal) performed on our behalf on the blessed occasion of Eid al-Hajj.

 

NASIMCO, in partnership with The World Federation, will be making arrangements for Qurbanis to be carried out for all those in North America. The meat from the Qurbanis will be distributed among the needy, including widows and orphans.

 

The price of sacrificing a goat is $33 USD/CAD ($35 if ordered online). Although Qurbanis can be arranged year round, the closing date for those wanting it done in time for Eid al-Hajj is November 10th, 2010. Click here to purchase your Qurbani online. Alternatively, you can order through your local Jamaat or by contacting the NASIMCO Secretariat.

Couples' Islamic Short Course in Qum

The World Federation's Islamic Education team is proud to announce the Couples' Islamic Short Course - Qum 2010. Applications are now being accepted.

qum course

When: 24 December 2010 - 3 January 2011. (Applicants must arrive to Qum no later than 23 December 2010)

Cost: 400 per person. Please note this does not include:

     Airfare to and from Iran

     Accommodation in Qum (3-star hotels are available at 17 per person, per night and 4-star hotels are available for 25 per person, per night)

     Lunch

     Any extra days spent in Iran after the end of the course

 

Who: All applicants must be aged between 25 and 40. Applications are limited to 15 couples (30 people). The course is not suitable for children and no child-minding arrangements will be made.
 

Click here to apply. Click here for more information

 

Women's Needs Assessment Survey

Do you, as a female, feel that the needs of women in the community are not being met?  Have you experienced a lack of services for your needs as a lady? Or do you think that women are well looked-after in your center? Whatever the case, the World Federation and NASIMCO would like to hear from you.

 

The Women's Needs Assessment is an initiative of the World Federation of KSIMC in conjunction with regional Federations with the purpose of carrying out a worldwide evaluation on the various needs of women in communities and Centres across the world.  In order to develop the infrastructure of the project information on the types of services and provisions offered to women between the ages of 18-60 in their respective communities is required. NASIMCO has appointed member of its Executive Council, Shyrose Jaffer Dhalla to coordinate with WF team on the initiative. 

 

Please take a few minutes to complete the following survey:

All responses will be private and confidential.

 

For more information, click here

Constitutional Conference Proposed Amendments

The Sixth Constitutional Conference of the World Federation is due to be held in Birmingham, UK on December 4th, 2010. The Constitutional Review Team have submitted proposed amendments to the WF constitution.

 

The Constitutional Review Team [CRT] had a series of international teleconference meetings with the Constitutional Review Consultation Team [CRCT] which consisted of representatives from several Members. NASIMCO had appointed its Secretary General, Habib M. Habib and member of its Executive Council, Sadique Jaffer to the Consultation Team. The purpose of the meetings was to deliberate on the resolution passed at the Extraordinary conference of 1 May 2010 held in Dar es Salaam and to recommend amendments to The Constitution of The World Federation of KSIMC to the Constitutional Conference.

 

In addition, NASIMCO has submitted amendments independent of the CRT recommendations. NASIMCO delegation will be looking into building consensus in support of these amendments and its original resolution of the Electoral College system for the elections of the President of The World Federation as deliberated at the Eleventh Ordinary Conference in October 2009 held at Toronto. For more information on CRT recommendations and to read the proposed amendments, click here.