NASIMCO Post

A Fortnightly Newsletter

June 1st, 2011 
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In This Issue
Az-Zahra and Al-Muntadhar Camps
NASIMCO Scholarship Scheme
NASIMCO Delegation to WF Conference
Mulla Asghar Resource Center
Al-Hujjat Supplement
Community Development - Buffalo
Community Event - Toronto
JIBA International

Featured Charities

 

Islam in the News

 

Imam Preaches Islam with a Distinct US Style 

"At the pulpit of an inner-city Chicago mosque, the tall blond imam begins preaching in his customary fashion, touching on the Los Angeles Lakers victory the night before, his own gang involvement as a teenager, a TV soap opera and then the Day of Judgment.

 

'Yesterday we watched the best of seven. ... Unfortunately we forget the big final; it's like that show 'One Life to Live,'' Imam Suhaib Webb says as sleepy boys and young men come to attention in the back rows. 'There's no overtime, bro.'

 

The sermon is typical of Webb, a charismatic Oklahoma-born convert to Islam with a growing following among American Muslims, especially the young.

 

He sprinkles his public addresses with as many pop culture references as Quranic verses and sayings from the prophet. He says it helps him connect with his mainly U.S.-born flock.

 

'Are we going to reach them with an Arab message or with a Pakistani message? Or are we going to reach them with an American message?' asks Webb, 38, of Santa Clara, Calif. He is a resident scholar and educator with the Bay Area chapter of the nonprofit Muslim American Society, but reaches others in lectures and through his popular website, which he calls a 'virtual mosque.'

 

Webb is at the forefront of a movement to create an American-style Islam, one that is true to the Quran and Islamic law but that reflects this country's customs and culture.

 

...Imams need to be culturally relevant, Webb says. When young men ask his advice on becoming religious leaders themselves, he tells them, 'Go watch 'Nick at Nite' for a year.'

 

'He's the most approachable imam in the U.S.,' says Nour Mattar, founder of the country's first Muslim radio station. 'And he's not boring to listen to, that's huge.'"

 

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Az-Zahra and Al-Muntadhar Camps

Az-ZahraNASIMCO is pleased to announce the annual Az-Zahra Mother-Daughter Getaway and Al-Muntadhar Father-Son Retreat will be taking place at Pearce Williams Campsite in Ontario. The camps offer fun activities in an Islamic environment. Speakers include Sr. Tahera Kassamali, Br. Abbas Jaffer and Sr. Masuma Jaffer. The subsidized cost is $175 per person and full price is $250 per person. Click on the flyer for details. If you have any questions, write to camps@nasimco.org or call (905) 763-7512.

  

NASIMCO CSAA Scholarships

Every year NASIMCO offers the Community Service and Academic Achievement (CSAA) awards to North American youth in the form of educational scholarships. The aim of these scholarships is to encourage the youngsters in our community to excel in their academic achievements and also to reward them for their voluntary services towards their respective communities. The donations made towards the scheme make an incredible difference in assisting young Muslim students to achieve their academic goals and in keeping them involved in community service initiatives.

 

NASIMCO is currently looking for sponsors to support the CSAA scheme and would like to present you with the opportunity to sponsor a scholarship for the 2011-2012 academic year. Scholarships can also be sponsored for the isale thawab of Marhumeen. If you wouldl like to donate towards this worthwhile cause, kindly advise the NASIMCO Secretariat (secretariat@nasimco.org) of the contribution you would like to make. Minimum scholarship amount is $1,000.

 

NASIMCO Delegation to WF Conference

The Thirteenth Ordinary Conference of The World Federation of KSIMC was held in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania from May 27th to 29th. The NASIMCO delegation comprised:

 

- Br. Gulamabbas Najafi (Toronto) 

- Br. Habib M. Habib (Seattle) 

- Br. Sadique Jaffer (New York)

- Br. Mujtaba Datoo (Los Angeles)

- Dr. Mohsin Dhalla (Toronto)

- Sr. Shyrose Jaffer Dhalla (Toronto)

- Sr. Mumtaz Ladak (Orlando)

- Br. Hussein Manekia (New York)

- Br. Gulam Dinani (New York)

- Dr. Mohsin Jaffer (Miami)

 

For a brief report on the conference please click here.

 

Mulla Asghar Resource Center

Quran_MAMRCThe Mulla Asghar Memorial Library and Resource Center (MAMLRC) in Toronto had its inauguration on the weekend of April 23rd and is now open daily. The Resource Center houses ongoing exhibitions and literature.  

 

The MAMLRC is holding seminars in June entitled "Quran: The True Living Miracle of Allah". The objective of the seminars is to understand the true status and central purpose of the Quran. Click on the flyer for details.

 

Al-Hujjat  Supplement
Al-Hujjat Monthly Supplement is a monthly e-publication aimed at engaging the youth and the young at heart, with a goal to engage, inspire and motivate. Download the latest issue published on the occasion of the birth of Lady Fatema Zahra (AS) here.

 

Community Development - Buffalo

Buffalo_OpeningThe grand opening of the Jaffarya Islamic Center of Buffalo, New York was held on May 14th. The guest speaker at the event was

Professor Liyakat Takim. He enlightened the audience on the topic: "From Muslims in America to American Muslims: Islam in the American Pluralism". Also in attendance was President of NASIMCO, Br. Gulamabbas Najafi who congratulated the President of the Buffalo Jamaat, Br. Mubarak Abidi, and his executive team, as well as the Jaffarya Centre membership, on this distinguished achievement.

 

Community Event - Toronto
A charity walk titled "Journey Through the Golden Years Charity Walk" is to be held in Mombasa, Kenya on June 26th. The students, faculty and supporters of the Alibhai Panju K.S.I. Primary School (now the Jaffery Academy) in Mombasa, and its sister school, the As-Sadiq Islamic school in Toronto, along with graduates and friends of both schools will come together in Mombasa for a two-kilometer walk through the Old Town sections of Mombasa.

For more information or to donate please visit
www.Jafferyacademy.org or www.As-Sadiqschool.com.

 

JIBA International  

JIBA International is a Chamber of Commerce to encourage business relationships within our community. Members contact JIBA to pool resources and promote bilateral trade at local and international levels. JIBA offers opportunities to network, search for work locally or abroad and acts as a recruitment agency. It is a vehicle to enhance businesses as well as to open opportunities for the community at large. For further information or to provide input visit http://www.jibainternational.com or email sec@jibainternational.com.