A Fortnightly Newsletter
December 15th, 2012 
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ZCSS Higher Education Appeal
Chehlum Reciters in North America
Helpers of Husayn Blood Drives
WF Media Strategic Committee
Community Event - Allentown

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Muslim Personalities

 Ibn al-Haytham - Father of Optics


Abu Ali al-Hasan ibn al-Hasan ibn al-Haytham (965 in Basra - c. 1040 in Cairo) was a prominent scientist and polymath from the 'Golden Age' of Muslim civilization. He is commonly referred to as Ibn al-Haytham, and sometimes as al-Basri, after his birthplace in the city of Basra. He is also known by his Latinized name of Alhzen or Alhacen.


Ibn al-Haytham made significant contributions to the principles of optics, as well as to physics, astronomy, mathematics, ophthalmology, philosophy, visual perception, and to the scientific method. He was also nicknamed Ptolemaeus Secundus ("Ptolemy the Second") or simply "The Physicist" in medieval Europe. Ibn al-Haytham wrote insightful commentaries on works by Aristotle, Ptolemy, and the Greek mathematician Euclid.


Born circa 965, in Basra, Iraq, he lived mainly in Cairo, Egypt, dying there at age 76. Over-confident about practical application of his mathematical knowledge, he assumed that he could regulate the floods of the Nile.

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Tips for a Healthy Lifestyle

Making Better Food Choices when Eating Out

By Dr. Mohsin Jaffer


Eating out is a big part of many people's lives.  Making correct food choices at restaurants can be tricky.  However, if you make informed decisions, you can still eat a healthy, balanced diet and enjoy a nice meal away from home.


One of the biggest problems with eating out is that we overeat. I recommend asking the server about serving sizes before ordering. You should try to eat the same portion size as you would at home. When you receive a meal that is larger than you should have, ask your server to pack half of it away for you before you even start. 


Did you know that on average, it takes about fifteen to twenty minutes for your brain to process that you are full?  That means that if you eat too quickly, it will be too late when you recognize that you have overeaten.  I recommend starting your meal with a full glass of water and a healthy salad so that you don't overindulge with your meal. 

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ZCSS Higher Education Appeal
ZCSS The ZCSS Higher Education Appeal helps make dreams come true.  Not only does it give the gift of university education to students for whom it is only a dream, but it also allows them to become self-sufficient and provide for themselves and their families. One student who has benefited from the scheme wrote a letter with the following excerpt:

"When I realised how financially disadvantaged my family was, I vowed to fight poverty and dependency to attain financial freedom for my family and myself. After years of hard work, I currently work as a radio presenter and producer for the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation. As I know that education is the key to success, I have been instrumental in coming up with ideas for educative and informative radio programmes that assist students in achieving better results at school. Finally, I am also financially stable. Moreover, I can support my two sisters through school and take care of my parents...none of this would have been possible without my sponsor and Zainabiya Child Sponsorship Scheme"


Become a ZCSS Higher Education Sponsor today and begin changing the world.

Chehlum Reciters in North America

Jamaats in the United States: 


Allentown (SIJPA) - Sheikh Jaffer Ladak

Boston (IMF) - Sheikh Mujahid Sheriff and Sr Seemen Agha

Buffalo (Jaffarya Center of Niagara Frontier) - Maulana Muslim Mehdi Chawla

Los Angeles (SIJLA) - Sheikh Abbas Mohamed Hussein Ismail 

Maryland (IMEC) - Dr. Hadi Yasen

Miami (IJA) - Dr. Hasnain Walji

Minnesota (Anjuman-e-Asghari) - Dr. Mahmood Datoo 

Minnesota (Imam Husain Islamic Center) - Sheikh Abdul Jalil Essah

New York (SIJNY) -  Dr. Akber Mithani 

Orlando (Husseini Islamic Center) - Sheikh Ayub and Zakira Parveen Baqri 


Jamaats in Canada:   


Brampton (Masumeen Islamic Center) - Zakir Imranali Panjwani

Kitchener (ISIJ-KW) - Zakir Ashiq Kermalli 

London (Ahlul Bayt Islamic Centre) / London (Al Mehdi Al Muntathar Union) - Zakir Haider Jaffer and Mulla Hassan

Ottawa (ISIA) - Zakir Ali Karamali and Maulana Inayat Ali Shakir

Toronto (Jaffari Community Centre) - Dr. Mustafa Mawjee

Vancouver (Az-Zahraa Islamic Center) - Sheikh Shafiq Hudda


Helpers of Husayn Campaign Results

Donation ThermometerMaking a donation to save a life is the embodiment of the spirit of Imam Hussein (AS)'s message. NASIMCO encourages donating blood especially during these months of Muharram and Safar. 


This year, 370 pints of blood have been collected in North America. As each pint of blood can save the lives of up to 3 people, this means that our community has collectively saved over 1,100 lives. NASIMCO would like to thank everyone who participated in the campaign and helped us to reach our goal.


Allentown - Shia Ithnasheri Jamaat of Pennsylvania: 40 pints  

Buffalo - Jaffarya Center: 24 pints
Kitchener -
Islamic Shia Ithnasheri Jamaat of Kitchener-Waterloo: 1 pint

London, ON - Ahlul Bayt Islamic Center and Al Mahdi Al Muntadhar Union: 9 pints 

Los Angeles - Shia Ithnasheri Islamic Jamaat of Los Angeles and other centers in Los Angeles area: 40 pints

Miami - Islamic Jaffaria Center of Miami: 30 pints  

Minnesota - Anjuman-e-Asghari and Imam Hussain Islamic Center: 20 pints 

New Jersey - Muslim Foundation Inc.: 58 pints

New York - Shia Ithnasheri Jamaat of New York: 44 pints 

Orlando - Husseini Islamic Center: 58 pints

Seattle - Ithna-Asheri Muslim Association of the Northwest: 11 pints  

Toronto - Islamic Shia Ithnasheri Jamaat of Toronto: 35 pints 


World Federation Media Strategic Committee
The World Federation has set up a media response team to address the needs and aspirations of our communities worldwide. The team comprises of members from various regions and three members from North America, namely Br Habib M. Habib (Vice Chairman), Sr Shyrose Jaffer Dhalla and Br Hasnain Walji. Members have been selected based on their expertise in media related issues. To read the biographies of all team members click here.


Community Event - Allentown

Allentown Interfaith On December 1st, a diverse faith community came together for an annual gathering commemorating Muharram at the Al Ahad Islamic Center in Allentown, PA. The theme of the event was "submission and sacrifice" and it aimed to promulgate an awareness of the sacrifice of Imam Hussein (AS) beyond the Islamic Center and to help clarify misunderstandings caused by media hostility towards Islam.


The panel consisted of two Christian clergy, Archbishop Julius Licata and Rev. Bruce Irwin and two Muslim speakers, Br. Brian Anthony and Prof. Mohamed H. Rajmohamed. The panel spoke about the importance of submission and sacrifices in the religious lives of both Christians and Muslims and of how Imam Hussein (AS) epitomized these concepts in his actions.


Archbishop Julius Licata's reflections on the event were as follows: "I was a little anxious. I arrived a little early on that day and I could not have been more surprised and happy. From the moment I walked into the Center the people were so gracious, warm, inviting and loving...The service was beautiful and enlightening."