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May 15th, 2012 
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In This Issue
Hadith-e-Kisa Blanket Drive Update
NASIMCO Annual Conference 2012
New Addition to NASIMCO eLEARN Team
Fill My Cup Program
WF Executive Council Meeting
New Publication

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  Ibn al-Baitar - Famous Pharmacist

Abu Muhammad Abdallah Ibn Ahmad Ibn al-Baitar Dhiya al-Din al-Malaqi was one of the greatest scientists of Muslim Spain and was the greatest botanist and pharmacist of the Middle Ages. He was born in the Spanish city of Malaqa (Malaga) towards the end of the 12th century. He learned botany from Abu al-Abbas al-Nabati, a learned botanist, with whom he started collecting plants in and around Spain. 
In 1219 he left Spain on a plant-collecting expedition and travelled along the northern coast of Africa as far as Asia Minor. The exact modes of his travel (whether by land or sea) are not known, but the major stations he visited include Bugia, Qastantunia (Constantinople), Tunis, Tripoli, Barqa and Adalia. After 1224 he entered the service of al-Kamil, the Egyptian Governor, and was appointed chief herbalist. 
In 1227 al-Kamil extended his domination to Damaseus, and Ibn al-Baitar accompanied him there which provided him an opportunity to collect plants in Syria. His researches on plants extended over a vast area:including Arabia and Palestine.

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Toronto Islamic school apologizes for 'anti-Semitic' curriculum likening Jews to Nazis 

A Toronto Islamic school under police investigation over its "anti-Semitic" curriculum has apologized to the Jewish community and promised to review its teaching materials following an outcry.


The East End Madrassah acknowledged in a press release that passages of its educational texts that referred to "crafty" and "treacherous Jews" and contrasted Islam with "the Jews and the Nazis" were a mistake.

But the apology did not end the controversy. Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty told reporters on Tuesday he was pleased the matter was being probed by police and school board officials. "There is no room for hatred or intolerance in this province," he said.

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Hadith-e-Kisa Blanket Drive - Update

The Hadith-e-Kisa Blanket Drive is currently underway with NASIMCO and WF. The donations made towards this appeal help shield families in Afghanistan from the severe cold during the winter months. The blankets help prevent frostbite and gangrene, which occur as a result of exposure to cold and can lead to the loss of fingers. Donations that have already been remitted by Jamaats as well as individual donations to NASIMCO are listed below:

- ISIJ of Toronto: $100.00

- SMCBC Vancouver: $471.04

- ISIA of Ottawa: $250.00

- SIJNY: $100.00

- Anjuman-e-Asghari, Minnesota: $700.00

- MFI, New Jersey: $400.00

- Jaffrya Center, Buffalo: $843.00

- ABIC, London: $245.00

- MIC, Brampton: $125.00
- NASIMCO: $6,960.00

- TOTAL: $10,194.04



NASIMCO Annual Conference 2012
NASIMCO invites all members of constituent Jamaats to attend the conference as observers of the proceedings.
eLEARN - Team Member
NASIMCO is pleased to welcome Br Tofi Lakhani to the NASIMCO eLEARN team. Br Tofi is an experienced IT professional with particular strength in strategic planning and application server implementations. 

He joins the team in the position of eLEARN Vendor Facilitator to work closely with the Vendor on details of the project and provide technical advice and approval for the detail areas; and facilitate the overall architecture and design of the system with the Project Manager and Vendor.

Fill My Cup Program

Fill My Cup "The nourishment of the body is food, whilst the

 nourishment of the soul is feeding others." -Imam Ali (AS)


Mbaraka is a young mother with four children. Her husband works part-time as a farmer and is seasonally employed as work is not available year round. The family's daily expenses amount to $6 USD per day. However, they are struggling to earn enough to lead a healthy life.


There are many mothers like Mbaraka in Kenya who are not able to afford proper meals for their children that contain the right nutrients, vitamins, and minerals. Children are the most evident victims of under-nutrition; children who are poorly nourished suffer up to 160 days of illness each year. Poor nutrition also plays a major role in at least half of the 10.9 million child deaths each year. 


By providing a cup of porridge to the students each morning, the "Fill My Cup" program has:
* Seen more children enrolling in schools and Madaris
* Encouraged the children to arrive at school on time
* Made the children feel loved and respected


Third Executive Council Meeting of The World Federation
The Third Executive Council Meeting of The World Federation for the term 2011-2014 will be held on May 18-19 in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania.

Among the agenda items are Health Forum, Africa Economic Empowerment and IIPS - Distance Learning and Masters. The representation form North America includes:

WF Councillors from NASIMCO:
- Br Habib M. Habib
- Br Gulamabbas Najafi
- Br Aliraza Rajani

WF Elected Councillors:
- Dr Mohsin Jaffer 
New Publication - `Selecting a Spouse: The Heavenly Path`
selecting spouseFollowing the success of the first volume From Marriage to Parenthood: The Heavenly Path, the series by Abbas and Shaheen Merali continues with Selecting a Spouse:The Heavenly Path.     
This easy to read book uses a friendly, conversational tone to guide the youth and parents of today through the steps of selecting a lifetime partner. It discusses pertinent topics such as Fiqh rules, Istekhara, qualities to look for in a spouse and the 'interview' process. All in all, this book is a good read for everyone.