A Fortnightly Newsletter
October 15th, 2011 
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In This Issue
Eid al-Hajj 1432
Drought of the Horn Famine
World Federation Update
Community Development - Minnesota
Community Event - Orlando
Quranic Education

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Eid Qurbani 1432


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Drought of the Horn Famine Relief

Muslim Personalities

 Jalal al-Din Rumi

Persian Sufi Sage and Poet

Jalal al-Din Rumi, was born in Balkh 1 on the 30th September, 1207. His proper name was Mubammad, title Jalal al-Din and later "Khudawandagar", "lord". 

When Rumi was about twelve or thirteen years old (around 1220), Baha al-Din Walad left the eastern provinces of Persia with his whole family and a group of disciples and travelled westward. This may have been as a result of the threat of invading Mongol armies. It is said that in Nayshapur he met the renowned Persian Sufi poet Farid al-Din 'Attar and presented Jalal al-Din to him. Apparently Sheikh 'Attar was very impressed by the young Rumi, and told Baha' al-Din Walad, 'soon this son of thine shall set the spiritual aspirants of this world afire'.

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Islam in the News

 Investigation sought in FBI training about Islam

Concerned the FBI is spreading "biased and inaccurate" information about Muslims during training sessions, a coalition of 16 Seattle-area community groups Monday called for an independent civil-rights investigation of the agency's methods for teaching agents about terrorism.


In a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division, the group accused the FBI of hiring anti-Islam experts to teach law-enforcement agents about Islam and of focusing a disproportionate amount of the training on the threat from Islamic terrorists.


"I don't think there should be any training that links any ethnic group to any type of crime," said Arsalan Bukhari, executive director of the Washington state chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the civil-rights group heading up the coalition.


The FBI's Seattle office declined to address the groups' specific complaints but noted in a prepared statement that "the FBI is currently conducting a comprehensive review of all training and reference materials that relate in any way to religion or culture." 


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Eid al-Hajj 1432

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


Eid al-Hajj is celebrated by Muslims around the world in commemoration of Prophet Ibrahim's willingness to sacrifice his son Ismail for Allah (SWT). The spiritual implication of the Qurbani (sacrifice by way of slaughtering an animal in the way of God) is the giving away of worldly possessions in the way of Allah (SWT), including one's own life, property and children. This sacrifice is a symbol of our absolute love and commitment to our Creator.


As the guests of Allah (SWT) begin to prepare for Hajj, NASIMCO, in partnership with the World Federation, is taking orders from Mo'mineen worldwide to have a Qurbani (sacrifice of a goat) performed on their behalf on the blessed occasion of Eid al-Hajj.


The Qurbanis will take place on goats in Tanzania and/or Kenya and the meat will be distributed among the needy, including widows and orphans through Islamic Centres. The cost of one qurbani is $42.50. Click here to donate a qurbani.

Drought of the Horn Famine Relief Update

famineAs the devastating drought continues throughout East Africa, the situation in the region worsens by the day. Everyday, an estimated 675 children die in Mogadishu due to lack of proper food and water. Thousands of people have abandoned their homes and walked hundreds of miles in search for food and clean water.  

Upon their arrival in the city, they settle in cramped tent cities or Internally Displaced People (IDP) campsites. The people who settle in an IDP campsite are exposed to very cramped and rough conditions, while receiving only one meal a day due to the severe lack of food.


NASIMCO, in partnership with the World Federation and Africa Federation, is currently delivering urgent food aid to Mogadishu. Your donation of $35 could buy a family of 7 enough food for a month.


World Federation Update

On September 24th and 35th, the Second Executive Council Meeting of The World Federation for the term 2011 to 2014 was held at the Stanmore Hujjat Islamic Center in London, UK. One of the key agenda items was the Secretariat Action Plan for the Term 2011 to 2014.


The Secretariat Action Plan includes clear objectives and time frames for each of the World Federation departments to deliver a vast number of services to the community. To date, there are 83 action points in the plan. The departments set out are: (a) Education (b) Islamic Education (c) Family Affairs (d) Health and (e) International Relief & Economic Development. Click here to read the more.

Community Development - Minnesota

LDP MNRegistration is now open for the Leadership Development Program (LDP) taking place in Minnesota on November 18th - 20th. The program is presented by NASIMCO and the Ja'afari Islamic Center and is open to all men and women of age 21 and up. This LDP not only allows participants to enhance their skills to ensure more productive and and efficient working methods, but it also promotes a deep and personal self-awareness. Click on the brochure for more details.


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Community Event - Orlando

Chocolate for Charity is how the youth of Husseini Islamic Center of Florida (HIC) decided to celebrate Eid ul-Fitr this year. In an attempt to help those suffering as a result of the drought and devastation in East Africa the youth of HIC asked their fellow community members to donate to the cause on behalf of a loved one. To make the pot sweeter, they threw in a box of chocolates. The youth received immense support and managed to collect $3,780.00 to donate to the cause.

Quranic Education by Masumeen Media Works
Masumeen Media Works in collaboration with the Masumeen Management and Thursday Night Madrasah have completed a six lesson pilot recording of the Exegesis or Tafsir of Surah Nuh conducted by Br. Khalil Jaffer. This surah has been captured with the first 4 lessons being taught in a classroom environment in the presence of students. While the remaining lesson 5 and lesson 6 being conducted in a studio setup to capture the complete surah. Br. Khalil Jaffer unveils the depth of this Surah. To view the lessons, please click here to watch a video presentation of Surah Nuh, chapter 71 verses 1- 28. 


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