A Fortnightly NewsletterFebruary 15th, 2011
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In This Issue
*Leadership Development Program (LDP)
*Mentorship Program
*Ahlulbayt TV Update
*Election Results - Minnesota
*Community Development - Hamilton
*Member Fundraiser - Cancer


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Purple Hijab Day Fights Domestic Violence, Stereotypes


"The city's inaugural Purple Hijab Day to raise awareness about domestic abuse was held in Edmonton on Saturday.


The evemt, organized by members of the city's Muslim community, was meant to condemn abuse against all victims, but also to educate people that such violence is not accepted by Muslim culture.


...Muslim women should not be regarded as oppressed, Tariq said, pointing out that she would not be able to organize such an event were that true. Too often, she said, a domestic incident in a Muslim home is projected upon the group as a whole while other groups do not experience the same stereotype.


...Yoosuf Penney, who converted to Islam at 18, spoke at the event to say that a balance must be struck between acknowledging abuse among Muslims, but not allowing the problem to become associated with the community."


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Leadership Development Program - Toronto

LDP Toronto"The Leadership Development Program is an exceptional program and a wonderful opportunity for growth. Our fellow youth should take such opportunities to better understand themselves and lead the community to new heights."


The above is a testimonial from one of the attendees of the NASIMCO Leadership Development Program (LDP). The primary aim of this program is to develop leadership across the Muslim communities in North America - the type of leadership that will enable our community to develop strategies to contribute fully to the common good of both the Muslim and wider society. 

NASIMCO, in partnership with the ISIJ of Toronto, will be hosting the LDP in March of this year. The program is offered at a subsidized cost of $200.00 and participation is limited to 24 people. The application deadline is February 27th. Click on the brochure for more details or to apply.

Mentorship Program - Toronto

MentorshipNASIMCO, in partnership with the ISIJ of Toronto, is establishing a mentorship program, the first of its kind in North America and is tailored especially for the alumni of the Leadership Development Program (LDP) to support their continuing leadership journey.

The overall aim of the Mentorship Program is to develop a group of people to become mentors and support the emerging leadership program in our community. Mentoring is an established tool for personal development and is supported by a rich literature and several dedicated journals. The benefits of mentoring found by empirical research can help to achieve the capacity related goals of NASIMCO and the World Federation.  


The program is being offered at a subsidized cost of $100.00 to the Muslim community.  Participation is limited to 15 people and the application deadline is February 27th.  Click on the brochure for more details or to apply.

Ahlulbayt TV Update

On February 1st, NASIMCO Councillor, Shyrose Jaffer-Dhalla, gave an interview on Ahlulbayt TV. The topic of the discussion was the experience and importance of female lecturers in today's society. NASIMCO, in conjunction with the World Federation, has been focusing its attentions on the needs of the women of our community and the subject was therefore very relevant. To watch the promo of the interview, click here.

Election Results - Minnesota

The Imam Hussain Islamic Center (IHIC) of Minnesota recently held elections for their executive committee. The elected positions for the term 2011-2013 are as below: 

President: Syed Kazim Mehdi
Vice President: Dr Amir Monzavi
Secretary: Adil Albosaad

Treasurer: Aliredha Walji

Community Development - Hamilton

The HamiltonGround_Breaking Jamaat is embarking on the construction of their new center. On the auspicious occasion of the wiladat of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) and Imam Jaffer Sadiq (AS), the Razavi Islamic Center in Hamilton will be holding the ground breaking ceremony for this endeavor. The event is open to all to attend and partake in this historical moment for the Hamilton Jamaat. Click on the poster for details.


Member Fundraiser for Cancer

Almost all of us know someone who has been affected by cancer, whether a family member, a friend or a member of the community. There are 28 million people worldwide going though this disease. In an effort to raise money for cancer research, Br. Hasnain Kara, a member of our community, along with a group of six friends are riding 200 miles (320 km) to Niagara Falls on his bicycle. If you would like to sponsor Br. Hasnain or read more about the cause, please click here