A Fortnightly Newsletter
May 1st, 2012 
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In This Issue
Islam in the News
ZCSS Haiti
CSAA Scholarship
eLEARN Request for Proposal
Community Event - Vancouver
Community Event - Toronto
Community News - Orlando

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Hadith-e-Kisa Blanket Drive

Muslim Personalities

Ibn Battuta - Muslim Explorer

Abu Abdullah Muhammad Ibn Battuta, also known as Shams ad - Din, was born at Tangier, Morocco, on the 24th February 1304 C.E. (703 Hijra). He left Tangier on Thursday, 14th June, 1325 C.E. (2nd Rajab 725 A.H.), when he was twenty one years of age. His travels lasted for about thirty years, after which he returned to Fez, Morocco at the court of Sultan Abu 'Inan and dictated accounts of his journeys to Ibn Juzay. These are known as the famous Travels (Rihala) of Ibn Battuta. He died at Fez in 1369 C.E.


Ibn Battuta was the only medieval traveller who is known to have visited the lands of every Muslim ruler of his time. He also travelled in Ceylon (present Sri Lanka), China and Byzantium and South Russia. The mere extent of his travels is estimated at no less than 75,000 miles, a figure which is not likely to have been surpassed before the age of steam.


In order to experience the flavour of Ibn Battuta's narrative one must sample a few extracts. The following passage illustrates the system of social security in operation in the Muslim world in the early 14th century C.E.:


"The variety and expenditure of the religious endowmentsat Damascus are beyond computation. There are endowments in aid of persons who cannot undertake the pilgrimage to Makkah, out of which ate paid the expenses of those who go in their stead. There are other endowments for supplying wedding outfits to girls whose families are unable to provide them, and others for the freeing of prisoners. There are endowments for travellers, out of the revenues of which they are given food, clothing, and the expenses of conveyance to their countries. Then there are endowments for the improvement and paving of the streets, because all the lanes in Damascus have pavements on either side, on which the foot passengers walk, while those who ride use the roadway in the centre".


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Islam in the News

 Iran Before Islam: Challenging Stereotypes Through Art


Americans are bombarded with media coverage of the three-decade-old Islamic Republic and its nuclear aspirations. But there's more to Iran than Ahmdainejad, as can be seen in the Smithsonian's Freer and Sackler Galleries' new project, Feast Your Eyes: A Taste for Luxury in Ancient Iran, a new exhibition of pre-Islamic Iranian artifacts.


The Atlantic invited a panel of Iranian-American leaders to discuss the exhibit. Taking part in the dialogue are Azar Nafisi, the much-acclaimed Iranian-American author of long-standing New York Times bestseller Reading Lolita in Tehran; Massumeh Farhad, chief curator and curator of Islamic Art Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery; and Mahnaz Afkhami, Iran's former minister of women's affairs and president of the Women's Learning Partnership.

Pre-Islamic Iranian history is believed to range from about 4000 BC to 651 AD. The roughly 40 pieces of luxury metalwork at the exhibit, many of which were used in elaborate religious ceremonies and bacchanalian banquets, offer glimpses into Iranian existence between 550 BC and the Islamic conquest of the region over a millennium later.

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Zainabia Child Sponsorship Scheme - Haiti

Dume is an 11 years old student at Al Mahdi School. His father died when he was a baby and his mother left him. 


"This school is like my home," he said, "My favourite part about being here is that I get to learn about Islam."


Dume is one of the many students sponsored through the ZCSS Scheme. He thanks all the donors who supported the school since the earthquake, and hopes that his friends at the school will also have the chance to be sponsored. He knows what its like to constantly worry about being back on the streets. 


Watch this video for Dume's story and the stories of other children in Haiti. Support these children by becoming a sponsor, we have 73 more children in Haiti looking for sponsors. 

Zainabiya Child Sponsorship Scheme- Haiti
Zainabiya Child Sponsorship Scheme- Haiti
CSAA Scholarship - Sponsor in the name of a Marhoom(a)
Graduation"While moving from high school to university life, one often underestimates the added responsibilities and financial stress that comes along with the move...I am very grateful to the Jaffer Family Foundation for easing this process for me. May Allah bless these generous people and their Marhumeen for valuing my very little contributions to the community and for encouraging me to continue volunteering and learning. May Allah also continue to inspire kind people all over the world to keep sponsoring the Muslim youth to learn and to give back to their communities."

The above testimonial was written by a winner of last year's CSAA Scholarship. If you would like to make an impact on the life of a youth in our community by creating scholarship in the name of your marhumeen, please contact the NASIMCO Secretariat. 
E-Learn RFP

eLEARNAre you a community business experienced in web-development? If so, NASIMCO has an exciting opportunity for you.


NASIMCO's eLEARN team is soliciting vendors for the implementation of the eLearning 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 is available here.


The aim of eLEARN is 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).


The final date for submission of proposals is May 15th, 2012. All community businesses experienced in web development projects are encouraged to apply.
Finding your soul mate has never been easier.

The new and improved KHOJAMATCH from The World Federation of KSIMC is an online matrimonial website for men and women aged 18 years and older exclusively for Khoja Shia Ithna-Asheri Muslims who belong to member Jamaats of The World Federation of KSIMC. Fun new features include sending salaams, icebreakers, online messaging and much more.


Khojamatch offers a safe, secure and completely confidential environment that puts you in control of the search for your marriage partner. It really couldn't be easier to begin the journey to completing half of your faith. Sign Up now!



Community Event - Vancouver

Az-Zahraa Flyer In an attempt to promote awareness of the illiteracy affecting impoverished communities on a global scale, the Az-Zahraa Youth Committee of Vancouver, Canada have taken on an active role to promote education in Arusha and Kibaha, Tanzania. The initiative is known as 'SUPPORT'.


As part of its activities, SUPPORT is arranging a group visit to Tanzania where the youths will volunteer at various orphanages, schools and centers to promote learning. 


If you would like to join SUPPORT, or for more information, visit:  


Community Event - Toronto

madrasah quizThe Jaffari Tabligh and Education Board of Toronto Jamaat held an Inter-Madressah Quiz on Saturday, April 21. The objective of the IMQ was to facilitate interaction amongst the students, teachers and administrators of the participating Madaris and to impart Islamic knowledge to the students and the audience in attendance.


9 Madaris with a total of 14 teams entered the competition from Toronto, Hamilton, Kitchener, London (ON) and Brampton in an effort to win the Abul Fadl and Zainabiyya floating trophies.


The teams competed through to the nail-biting final, which was a contest between East End Madresah "A" and ISSC West Madrasah "B". In the end, the East End team emerged as the winner. The afternoon proved to be a great learning opportunity for all in what was a competitive and fun-filled event.


Community News - Orlando
Dr Gulamabbas Gulamhusen Sivjee of Orlando Jamaat, a Professor of Engineering Physics and the Director of Space Physics Research Laboratory has been selected for the Fulbright award to India by the Fulbright Scholarship Board.

Fulbright is a binational, treaty-based, non-governmental, not-for-profit organization with a mandate to identify the best and brightest minds in both countries and engage them in residential academic exchange.  

The mandate of Fulbright is to enhance mutual understanding between the people of Canada and the people of the United States of America by providing support to outstanding individuals. These individuals conduct research, lecture, or enroll in formal academic programs in the other country. In doing so, Fulbright Canada aims to grow intellectual capacity, increase productivity, and assist in the shaping of future leaders.