NASIMCO Post

A Fortnightly Newsletter
August 15th, 2012 
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In This Issue
Recognizing Our Graduates
Ramadhan Relief
Wisconsin Shooting
Voices of Passion CD
WF Perpetual Calendars
Community Event - Orlando

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Ibn Sina - Muslim Philosopher 

Ibn Sina (Avicenna) is one of the foremost philosophers in the Medieval Hellenistic Islamic tradition that also includes al-Farabi and Ibn Rushd His philosophical theory is a comprehensive, detailed and rationalistic account of the nature of God and Being, in which he finds a systematic place for the corporeal world, spirit, insight, and the varieties of logical thought including dialectic, rhetoric and poetry.

 

Central to Ibn Sina's philosophy is his concept of reality and reasoning. Reason, in his scheme, can allow progress through various levels of understanding and can finally lead to God, the ultimate truth. He stresses the importance of gaining knowledge, and develops a theory of knowledge based on four faculties: sense perception, retention, imagination and estimation. Imagination has the principal role in intellection, as it can compare and construct images which give it access to universals. Again the ultimate object of knowledge is God, the pure intellect.

 

In metaphysics, Ibn Sina makes a distinction between essence and existence; essence considers only the nature of things, and should be considered apart from their mental and physical realization. This distinction applies to all things except God, whom Ibn Sina identifies as the first cause and therefore both essence and existence. He also argued that the soul is incorporeal and cannot be destroyed. The soul, in his view, is an agent with choice in this world between good and evil, which in turn leads to reward or punishment.

 

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Islam in the News

Ramadan 2012 around the world 

 

The ninth - and holiest - month of the Islamic calendar, when Muslims around the globe refrain from eating and drinking during the day, began July 20.

A photo shows Muslim school girls form the shape of India as they pray for world peace during Ramadan, at Jodhpur, in the western Indian state of Rajasthan.

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Recognizing Our Graduates
Imam Ali (as) has stated in Nahjul Balagha

"The worth of every man is in his attainments."  

In light of this Hadith, as well as in the fact that the youth are the future leaders of our communities, NASIMCO strongly believes that their achievements and successes deserve to be recognized and congratulated. 
If you did graduate from post-secondary education this year (Class of 2012), please send us (info@nasimco.org) the following information so we can recognize your achievement:

- Full name
- Email Address
- Home Mailing Address   
- Program graduated in   

- Institution from which graduated

 

Last Chance to Donate to Ramadhan Relief Fund
A struggling widow lives in Mumbai, India with her two children.
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Her son is in Grade 6 and her daughter in Grade 7. She works as a housemaid in order to buy food for her family and look after their expenses, but the income is not enough to sustain them. The month of Ramadhan is particularly difficult as she works tirelessly while fasting to ensure that her children have food to break their fasts.

 

The Ramadhan Relief Fund has made this Ramadhan different for her. She has been receiving aid throughout the month, enabling her to fast with a peace of mind, knowing that her children are being looked after. 

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Wisconsin Shooting

The Organization of North American Shia Ithnasheri Muslim Communities (NASIMCO) is shocked and deeply saddened by the attack that took place on the morning of Sunday, August 5, 2012 at the Gurudwara in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. Reports indicate that a gunman took the lives of six members of the Sikh community and left three others seriously injured, including a police officer.

 

In light of these shootings, NASIMCO has written to the temple and other prominent Sikh organizations in North America to express our solidarity during this trying time. A copy of the letter can be found here 

 

Voices of Passion CD
Voices of Passion The World Federation has launched a CD of English Qasida entitled 'Path to Ascension', performed by the Voices of Passion Group of KSIMC of London. 
 
This CD contains twelve recitations by twelve different reciters, forming a harmonious and varied set of qasida in praise of the Prophet and Ahlul Bayt. The work undertaken by the group is entirely not-for-profit. The album is also available from the apple app store.

 

World Federation Perpetual Calendars
Islamic Calendar As part of its fundraising efforts, The World Federation is planning to publish a perpetual daily Islamic Desk Calendar. Each page of the calendar will carry a Hadith from the Holy Prophet or his Holy Progeny in Arabic with English translation as well as highlight a key Islamic event of the day, such as the birth or death anniversary of the Masumeen (AS). The calendar will also have an attached LED digital display Gregorian calendar clock which can manually be synchronized with the Hijri Islamic calendar.

The World Federation is giving a chance to individuals and companies to sponsor the calendar in the name of their marhumeen or on behalf of their businesses. The money raised from the calendars will be spent towards various initiatives to eradicate poverty within our worldwide communities by providing access to education, health care, promoting economic development, securing basic rights to food, clean water and sanitation, and building spiritual and vibrant communities.

Be part of it. Click on the poster for more information.

Community Event - Orlando

HIC Camp The Husseini Islamic Center hosted a summer camp for children in June 2012. The day began with a half hour session with Maulana Baig. The younger children branched off and played Islamic games while the older kids discussed various topics ranging from sharing to sadqa. 

 

Coordinators planned various arts and crafts designed for each age group. These included making an aquarium, rafts, clocks, and friendship bracelets. The kids also enjoyed playing many sports, such as basketball, soccer, and kickball. Indoor games included red-light green-light, indoor obstacle courses, and many others. 

 

The camp concluded with a day of more fun activities including a game of Who Wants to be a Maulana, sports, watermelon eating competitions, a water slide, an obstacle course, face painting, snow cones and an ice-cream truck!