A Fortnightly Newsletter
August 1st, 2012 
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Insight Magazine Online
Ramadhan Relief 1433
Recognizing our Graduates
CSAA Scholarship Awards
Community Recognitions - Canada
Community Event - Orlando
Community Event - Orlando

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Insight Magazine - Online
The May 2012 issue of The World Federation of KSIMC's Insight magazine is now available online.

This edition of Insight, on the theme of Tableegh, is the first from the new editorial team and includes thought provoking articles as well as updates on The World Federation.


Download/view  The Insight: May 2012 Issue 


Muslim Personalities


Bu Ali Sina was born in the month of Safar in the year 370 H at Bukhara and died on Friday, 4 Ramadan 428 H at Hamadan in Iran. He had a short life span of 58 years. In his short life he acquired so much learning that he was endowed with the title of Sheik al Raees or the Master of learning and Erudition! Among the followers of Ismail there was a person by name, Abd Allah, who hailed from Balq, a place in Russia. He heard that a person, Nooh ibn e Mansoor Samani, also a follower of the Ismaili Sect, had established suzerainity in Bukhara. Therefore, Abd Allah migrated from Balq to Bukhara. No sooner Abd Allah reached Bukhara, he was given a high position in the establishment there. After sometime he was transferred to the Revenue Department with the responsibility of collecting the taxes. His work took him to different provinces and cities. During his travels he chanced to visit a city, Akshana, where he married a woman. In the same city he was blessed with a son, Hussain. Since the child was born in Akshana, people started calling him Sina. Thus his full name became Hussain ibn e Abd Allah Sina. But he is more famous with his Kunyat---Bu Ali Sina. Bu Ali Sina was a multi-farious, multi-talented personality!


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Islam in the News


Although a devout Muslim, Ruby Sous hasn't fasted during Ramadan in two years.

Though a grave sin not to fast, allowances are made, and the Kansas City woman has fallen under two categories of exemptions: Two years ago she was pregnant; last year she was nursing.
While exceptions to one of the five pillars of Islam do exist, that does not mean nothing is expected of the devout.

To compensate, Sous sent meals to a shelter for the homeless for each of her non-fasting days. She also made up the time later in the year when the days were shorter.
This year, Sous is still nursing but said she wants "to push myself to fast.

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Ramadhan Relief 1433
You can give iftaar to a hungry family of four for only $1 a day.

During this holy month of Ramadhan, 30,000 hungry families in over 12 countries including Bangladesh, Bosnia, Haiti, India, Iraq, Kenya, Madagascar, Myanmar, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Tanzania, will be given food baskets containing lentils, flour, rice, oil, sugar, milk and tea to help them through the fasts.

At the begining of the holy month, funds are sent to agencies who arrange food baskets, iftaars, paying of debts and cash gifts for our struggling brothers and sisters. 


Those in need depend on us - and we depend on you. The success of the Ramadhan Relief Program depends on the generosity of donors like you. It is only with your continuing support, that we can continue to provide respite to thousands of families during the Holy month of Ramadhan.


Your donation assists families who desperately need respite from the hardship they encounter on a daily basis.

Recognizing Class of 2012
Graduation Were you a graduating student this year (Class of 2012)? or do you know someone who graduated from post-secondary education? If so, send their information to NASIMCO so that their achievements can be recognised! 
For each graduate, NASIMCO undertakes to:
  • Publish a special issue of the NASIMCO Post (distributed throughout North America and other parts of the world), listing them and highlighting their accomplishments.
  • Send each graduate a complimentary gift and a message from NASIMCO.
  • Invite them to work hand in hand with NASIMCO for the betterment of our Communities in North America.
The information we need:
  • Full Name of Graduate
  • Email Address
  • Home Address
  • Program they graduated in
  • Institution from which they are graduating
  • Career goals

 Write to with the above details.


CSAA Scholarship 2012-13
CSAA 2012 Apply for a Scholarship from NASIMCO!

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.

This year, the following TEN scholarships are available:
3x Mohsin and Fauzia Jaffer Foundation Scholarship - $3000
Marhum Sultan Davdani Scholarship - $2000
Jaffer Family Foundation Scholarship - $2000
Marhum Abbas Alloo Scholarship - $1000
Sajeda Karim-Alidina Memorial Scholarship - $1000
Marhum Mohamedali Kanji Memorial Scholarship - $1000
MP Charitable Foundation Scholarship - $1000
Marhum Roshinali and Marziabai Datoo Scholarship - $1000

Click on the poster for more information and to download the application forms.

Community Recognitions - Canada

The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal is a way for Canada to honour significant contributions and achievements by Canadians. From a population of over 34 million Canadians, 60,000 deserving Canadians were recognized through this year's celebration. Recipients of the award should have made a significant contribution to a particular province, territory, region or community within Canada, or an achievement abroad that brings credit to Canada.


This year, two of our community members, Ghulam Abbas Sajan and Arif Hirji were awarded the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal for their many years of service to the community. Ghulam Sajan is also one of the founding members of NASIMCO and served as its President in the near past.


ghulam_sajan_award MPP (Member of Provincial Parliament) Peter Shurman recognized Ghulam Sajan as an active member of the community, among others, having served as President of the Islamic Shi'a Ithna-asheri Jamaat of Toronto. Ghulam has been heavily involved in interfaith activities, including 32 years of acting as co-Chair of the MOSAIC Interfaith group, representing and promoting dialogue between various religious groups. In 2005, he was appointed to the Ontario Human Rights Commission and served for 3 years.   


Arif Hirji was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Arif Hirji Medal on May 12, 2012 at Queens Park by His Honour the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. He has given and continues to serve the community as an Aide de Camp to His Honour the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario; serves as a Senate Member on the governance board of this reserve military medical unit for the 25th (Toronto) Field Ambulance; serves as member of the Resource Committee of this organization's corporate council for the St. John Ambulance Council for Ontario and is the Executive Director of Monticle Leadership Association, a non-profit organization whose mandate is help develop our youth of today into our leaders of tomorrow through education and experiential learning. 


Community Event - Orlando

The third annual Masumeen Cup team tennis tournament was held in Orlando, Florida in May 2012. The event took place over two days at the championship tennis courts at Sanlando Park
where players from Orlando, Los Angeles, Chicago, Austin & Allentown participated.

The finals was between Orlando & Chicago. Chicago won the team tennis tournament for the 2nd Year in a row.

The event was healthily competitive and enjoyed by all participants.


Community Event - Orlando
Union Sports Club of Orlando, Florida held their 15th Anniversary games on May 25th - May 27th, 2012 at the Lake Brantley High School in Longwood, Florida.

The sports included Men's volleyball, Women's basketball and badminton. Seventeen men's volleyball teams participated and competed for two days resulting in the young and upcoming home team, Union Sports Club of Orlando and the United Stars Sports Club of Toronto in the Finals. The winning trophy went to Union Sports Club of Orlando, for the first time ever.

The women teams from Minnesota won both, the basketball and badminton trophies.