NASIMCO Post

A Fortnightly Newsletter
July 15th, 2011 
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In This Issue
Graduating Class of 2011
Ramadhan Relief 1432
Hiridjee Family Loan
Sports Tournament - Minnesota
Community Event - Toronto
Hujjat Supplement

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Solidarity Day   

 

Muslim Personalities

 
Ibn Rushd and Islamic Spain

"Abu'l Waleed Muhammad Ibn Ahmad Ibn Muhammad Ibn Rushd, known as Averroes in the West, was born in 1128 CE in Cardova, where his father and grandfather had both been judges. His grandfather was well versed in Fiqh (Maliki School) and was also the Imam of the JamiaMosque of Cardova.
  
The young Ibn Rushd received his education in Cardova and lived a quiet life, devoting most of his time to learned-pursuits. He studied philosophy and law from Abu J'afar Haroon and from Ibn Baja; he also studied medicine.
  
Al-Hakam, the famous Umayyad Caliph of Spain, had constructed a magnificent library in Cardova, which housed 500,000 books. He himself had studied many of these and made brief marginal comments on them. This rich collection laid the foundation for intellectual study in Spain and provided the background for men like Ibn Rushd, who lived 2 centuries later. 
  
...soon Ibn Rushd's views on theology and philosophy drew the Caliph's wrath. All his books, barring strictly scientific ones, were burnt and he was banished to Lucena. However, as a result of intervention of several leading scholars he was forgiven after about four years and recalled to Morocco in 1198; but he died towards the end of the same year."
  

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Islam in the News

 

Clinton: Islam, West Can Agree on Tolerance

"U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Friday she's hopeful that a religious tolerance agreement between the West and Islamic countries will end efforts to criminalize blasphemy that threaten freedom of expression.

At an interfaith conference in Turkey, Clinton said an initiative by the U.S., the European Union and the Organization of the Islamic Conference will promote religious freedom without compromising free speech.

'Together we have begun to overcome the false divide that pits religious sensitivities against freedom of expression and we are pursuing a new approach,' Clinton said. 'These are fundamental freedoms that belong to all people in all places and they are certainly essential to democracy.'

Many Muslim nations have laws that punish perceived insults to Islam. As a way to rationalize those laws, those countries have long sought U.N. action condemning the defamation of religion.

In addition, they have promoted measures to combat instances of what they believe are intolerance directed at Islam. Examples include the ban in Switzerland on the construction of new minarets, the publication of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed and the burning of the Quran by a small church group in Florida.

The U.S. and others were concerned that such a step at the United Nations could stifle legitimate debate and be used to persecute religious minorities. Earlier this year, the U.S. brokered an agreement that removed defamation language from a U.N. resolution and focused instead on ending religious discrimination.
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Graduating Class of 2011

"The worth of every man is in his attainments." - Imam Ali (AS), Nahjul Balagha

 

The achievements of the youth of our communities are a tremendous honor for us all, not only in light of the above hadith but also because the youth are the lifeblood and future leaders of our communities. Their achievements and successes deserve to be recognized and congratulated. It is with this in mind that NASIMCO recognizes the youth of our community who have graduated or are graduating from post-secondary education every year. 

 

Students who are graduating in North America this year, as Class of 2011, should send the following information to secretariat@nasimco.org by July 25th so that their achievements can be recognized:
 Full name
 Email address
 Home address
 Program they are graduating in
 Institution from which they are graduating
 

CSAA Scholarship Awards  

CSAA

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 in their academic achievements and also to reward them for their voluntary services in their respective communities.

 

 

NASIMCO always receives an overwhelming response to these scholarships. This year, the following five scholarships are available:

         Marhum Sultan Davdani Scholarship - $2000

         Jaffer Family Foundation Scholarship - $2000

         Marhum Abbas Alloo Scholarship - $1000

         Sajeda Karim-Alidina Memorial Scholarships - $1000

        Marhum Mohamedali Kanji Memorial Scholarship - $1000

More information and application forms can be found at the NASIMCO website. 

Ramadhan Relief 1432

Ramadhan Relief 1432

The Holy Prophet said:  'The best act of charity is carried out in the Month of Ramadhan."

 

In the homes of many Muslim families living in poverty, the odds of breaking their fast with enough food for everyone at the table are low. By sponsoring an Iftaar Basket, you can make sure that these families are provided with staple rations that will last the entire month of Ramadhan. These food items will allow them to prepare proper meals which they can enjoy together for Iftaar and for Sehri.

 

Help us spread the word about this sponsorship opportunity by telling your family and friends about it. Your generosity will be reflected in a joyful smile, a grateful heart. One iftaar basket can feed a family of four for one month and costs only $24! Click on the poster for more details.  

Hiridjee Family Loan 

Hiridjee Loan

The Hiridjee Family Loan is open to all FEMALE students wishing to pursue higher education. The maximum loan amount is GBP 10,000 per student per year for three consecutive years. The choice of course is open and not restricted to any profession. Click on the poster for more information and to download the application form. The deadline for submission is August 15th. A decision will be made on successful recipients of the loan by the end of August. All applicants will be informed shortly thereafter.

 

Solidarity Day - Africa Federation

Solidarity Day "Who is there that will offer Allah (SWT) a good gift so He will double it for him, and shall have an excellent reward?" (Holy Quran, 57:11)  

 

The Africa Federation has dedicated this year's Solidarity Day Fund towards assisting in the education of the children in our community in Africa who cannot afford to pay school fees. NASIMCO is pleased to announce its collaboration with the Africa Federation to raise funds for this worthwhile cause. 

 

The Fund will be open from 1st until 30th Sha'ban (July 3rd - August 2nd) and aims to cover full student fees for orphans and provide partial assistance for children whose parents cannot afford to pay for their children's education. In the West, many of us take the education of our children and the opportunities that come with it for granted. Let us take the time to think about those for whom this is not the case and donate generously towards this cause. Click on the poster for more information. 

 

Sports Tournament - Minnesota

Over the Memorial Day weekend, the Minnesota Jamaat held its first ever North American Ladies Badminton and Men's Traditional Volleyball Tournament at the Anjuman-e-Asghari Multi-Purpose Center.  This tournament was well attended with 14 volleyball and 24 badminton teams from across Canada and the United States.  All the games were extremely competitive with high skill levels and great discipline.  The Minnesota Jamaat thanks all the players and attendees who made this tournament an extremely memorable event and recognizes NASIMCO for their support and encouragement of this tournament.

 

For details on the results and pictures of the event, please visit the tournament's website.

Community Event - Toronto

On May 14th, the Jaffari Community Centre in Toronto held its first Inter-Madrasah Quiz Competition. The East End Madrasah, The West End Madrasah, The Central Madrasah and The Razavi Islamic Centre got together to host the quiz competition.

 

Each Madrasah was represented by two teams of each gender, consisting of some of their best students. Preliminary rounds allowed all four Madrassahs to compete at the same time and two such rounds determined teams for the semi-finals. The competitors had to battle through various questions from Islamic history to Fiqh; their deep understanding of Quranic knowledge and their ability to recall many important Islamic events in detail allowed them to progress to the finals.

 

In the finals, the girls from East End Madrasah faced the girls from Central Madrasah while the East End Madrasah boys faced West End Madrasah boys in a nail-biting final game. In the end, the East End Madrasah emerged triumphant in both the final games and had the great honor to take home both the "Abul Fadhl" and the "Zainabiyya" trophies. 


Hujjat Monthly 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. A special edition has been published for 15th Sha'ban and can be downloaded here .