A Fortnightly Newsletter
March 15th, 2012 
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In This Issue
Qum Summer Camp 2012
NASIMCO President Visits Orlando Jamaat
eLEARN: Request for Proposal
NASIMCO Office - Minnesota
Election Results - Allentown
Election Results - Edmonton
Mulla Asghar Tribute
Al-Hujjat Monthly Supplement Survey

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Muslim Personalities

 Hafiz - Persian Poet

Very little is know about Hafiz of Shiraz, particularly his early life. His primary medium of expression was the ghazal, a Persian poetic form which, like the English sonnet, has been widely used since the early middle ages. Hafiz is considered an incomparable master of the form. His works comprise 500 ghazals, 42 Rubaiyees, and a few Ghaseedehs, composed over a period of 50 years. Hafiz did not compile his own poetry. Mohammad Golandaam, who also wrote a preface to his compilation, completed it in 813 A.H or 1410 a.d, some 21-22 years after Hafiz's death. 

Immediately after Hafiz' death, many stories -some of mythical proportion- were woven around it; the air of mystery has lingered to this day. 

He was born in the central Iranian city of Isfahan, somewhere between 1317 and 1326 CE. His father, who was a coal merchant, moved the family to Shiraz while Hafiz was still a child and died early in the boy's life. The family was left in serious debt; he and his mother went to live with an uncle. Despite leaving day school at one point, Hafiz managed to become quite well educated; fluent in both Arabic and Persian, he memorized the Qur'an at an early age ('Hafiz' or 'Hafez' is a title given to those who have memorized the Qur'an). He is said to have worked as a copyist, in a drapery shop, and in a bakery, where he delivered bread to the wealthy quarter of town (where tradition suggests that he met Shakh-e Nabat (the name means 'Branch of Sugar-cane'), a young woman to whom many of his poems are addressed to her). 

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Islam in the News

 FIFA to Vote on Lifting Hijab Ban

Sprained ankles. Pulled hamstrings. Bloodied knees.

The 350 girls in the Islamic Soccer League are not afraid of a little rough stuff on Toronto's east-end pitches, logging trophy wounds and earning bragging rights playing the game they love.


But not one girl has been on the DL because of hijab injury - despite insistence by FIFA, soccer's international governing body, that headscarves are a danger to Islamic women who want to bend it like Beckham.


"We've never had an incident where hijab was an issue," says Majied Ali, president of the 1,600-member ISL, whose female players - aged 5 to 18 -play with or without hijab. He estimates about 75 per cent of the girls wear it.


"Most of our girls tie hijab round their heads, not around their necks, somewhat similar to how a bandana is tied. Some other girls have invested in the Velcro-type of (tear-away) hijab."


So, the girls have figured out a way to play safe?

"Certainly," Ali says, chuckling.


Jordan's Prince Ali bin Al-Hussein, a FIFA vice president, also believes female soccer players are capable of competing safely in hijab. On Saturday, Prince Ali will ask FIFA's rule makers during a meeting in Bagshot, west of London, England, to lift the five-year-old ban on Islamic players wearing headscarves.


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Qum Summer Camp 2012

Qum Camp 2012"The camp has been amazing. It's been wonderful and nothing like what we expected....I would tell my friends it's definitely something they should go for."  
The Madinah al-Ilm and Bab al-Ilm Qum Summer camps have been running successfully for eight years. They are very popular and stand apart from other camps due to the unique blend of spiritual, cultural and academic experiences they offer.

The academic aspect of the camp includes discussions on Quran and Hadith, major Islamic subjects and a variety of other topics. It gives participants the opportunity to have open forums with leading scholars. The cultural aspect of the camp includes the chance to climb Mount Khizr, browse Ansariyan bookstore, challenge fellow members in various sporting activities and, of course, visit many holy shrines and sites.

The camps have often been described as a 'once in a lifetime' experience. Don't miss out!


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NASIMCO President Visits Orlando Jamaat

orlando visitAs the NASIMCO President, Br Gulamabbas Najafi continues with his endeavours to become better-acquainted with the North American communities. On March 3rd, 2012, he visited the Husseini Islamic Center of Orlando . NASIMCO Councilors, Br Sadique Jaffer and Br Raza Dhanji accompanied him on the visit.


Br Gulamabbas Najafi addressed the community during the Wiladat celebration of Imam Hasan Askari (AS). He spoke about WF/NASIMCO initiatives such as the Qum Summer Camps and the Leadership Development Program that have impacted youths within HIC. The President also spoke about current initiatives such as the NASIMCO Skills and Census Data Form, eLEARN and the Madrassah Center of Excellence. Information on each of these can be found on the NASIMCO website.


Finally, the NASIMCO President congratulated the Orlando Community on their foresightedness in purchasing properties with a view to generate income for the maintenance of their new center. He was given a tour of the construction site and wished the project well.


The visit of the President of NASIMCO provided an opportunity for the community in Orlando to familiarize themselves with NASIMCO and its initiatives.


eLEARN: Request for Proposals

At the NASIMCO Annual Conference 2011, an exciting NASIMCO initiative called "eLEARN" was launched. Since then, work has been going on behind the scenes to make this structured Islamic learning portal a reality. eLEARN stands for 'eLearning - Edification and Achievement in Religion by NASIMCO' and aims to bring a structured format of education to youths, adults, students and reverts of all ages to learn or re-learn the teachings of the Holy Quran and Ahlulbayt (AS).


NASIMCO is pleased to announce that the project has now reached a stage where the eLEARN Team is soliciting vendors for the implementation of this initiative. The vendors will be responsible for developing a web-based learning system that is capable of multiple users, using a phased approach. A detailed Request For Proposal (RFP) has been drawn up and can be accessed here.


The final date for submission of proposals is May 15th, 2012All those experienced in e-learning or similar web development projects are encouraged to apply.


For more information, or additional documents, please visit the NASIMCO website or contact the NASIMCO Secretariat: or 905-763-7512


NASIMCO Office - Minnesota

NASIMCO is pleased to announce that it has procured an office space in Minnesota for administrative purposes. The office will act as a base for NASIMCO operations in the USA.


The office space is located at the premises of a NASIMCO member Jamaat, Imam Hussain Islamic Center, who has kindly accommodated NASIMCO and entered into an agreement for the office for the forseeable future. 


The photos below show the skylight dome interior and entrance of the office.

Skylight Dome Interior


Election Results - Allentown 

The Shia Ithnasheri Jamaat of Pennsylvania recently held elections for their Management Committee. The elected positions for the term 2012-2014 are as below:  


President: Mohammed Khaku

Vice President: Riyaz Kermalli

Secretary: Saleem Mawji

Assistant Secretary: Ali Abdul

Treasurer: Mir Mansoor Ali

Committee Member: Ali Yusuf Mohamedali

Committee Member: Yusuf Mohamedali Chandoo 

Election Results - Edmonton

The Islamic Shia Ithnasheri Association of Edmonton recently held elections for their Management Committee. The elected positions for the term 2012-2014 are as below:  


President: Mohamedhussein Dhalla

Vice President: Zuher Dhalla

Secretary: Fayaz Rajabali

Treasurer: Saleem Dhalla

Program Organizer: Shiraz Noormohamed


Mulla Asghar MM Jaffer Tribute
Mulla Asghar TributeMarch 21st, 2012 marks the twelfth death anniversary of Mulla Asgharali MM Jaffer. In tribute to this exemplary leader and scholar, the Mulla Asghar Memorial Library and Resource Center has organised events and displays to remember his life and works. Click on the poster for more information.

To watch a video of the Opening Ceremony of the resource center, click here.

Al-Hujjat Monthly Supplement Survey

Al-Hujjat Monthly Supplement is a monthly e-publication aimed at connecting with the youth and the young at heart, with a goal to engage, inspire and motivate. It is sent out as part of the NASIMCO Post, once a month.


The creators of the supplement, Fauj313, are requesting readers to complete the 2011 al-Hujjat Supplement Satisfaction Survey.


Feedback derived from this survey is important to Fauj313, so they can foster positive change and help improve as a youth body. The survey can be found here. Please be assured that answers are anonymous and confidential.