A Fortnightly Newsletter
January 15th, 2013 
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Annual NASIMCO Conference 2013
New Publication: The Core of the Quran
Insight Magazine
Communit News - Africa Federation
Community News - Toronto
Community News - Kitchener

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After the martyrdom (Shahadat) of our 7th Imam Musa al-Kadhim (as), his son and our 8th Imam Ali ar-Ridha (as) took care of his family and his sisters. Bibi Fatima al-Masooma loved her brother immensely [similar to the love of Bibi Zainab (sa) towards her brother Imam Husayn (as)].


In 200AH Mamoon Rashid, the Abbasid caliph called Imam Ali ar-Ridha (as) to Khorasan from Medina and no family member was allowed to accompany him. Bibi Fatima al-Masooma missed her brother very much and left Medina for Khorasan, Iran.


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Understanding Cholesterol

 American Heart Association


Facts About Cholesterol

Cholesterol itself is not bad.
Cholesterol is just one of the many substances created and used by our bodies to keep us healthy.
Some of the cholesterol we need is produced naturally (and can be affected by your family health history), while some of it comes from the food we eat.
Cholesterol: the good, the bad and the Triglycerides
HDL "The (Good) Cholesterol":
About one-fourth to one-third of blood cholesterol is carried by high-density lipoprotein (HDL).
HDL Cholesterol is known as "good" cholesterol because high levels of HDL seem to protect against heart attack.
Low levels of HDL (less than 40mg/dL) also increase the risk of heart disease.

LDL "The (Bad) Cholesterol":
When too much LDL (bad) cholesterol circulates in the blood, it can slowly build up in the inner walls of the arteries.

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Annual NASIMCO Conference 2013

Conference Logo 2013 The next Annual NASIMCO Conference will be held  in Los Angeles on May 4th, 2013 and will be hosted by the Shia Ithnasheri Islamic Jamaat of Los Angeles. 


The 2013 theme will be: Strengthening Families, Building Community. The discussion will centre around challenges facing our family units and ways in which to build stronger and more engaged communities.


New Publication: The Core of the Qur'an
The Core of the Quran The merits of reciting Surah Yasin are manifold, the greatest being the spiritual awakening it brings about in the mind of a person who recites it regularly while understanding its verses. 

The Core (The Soul) of the Qur'an by Ma'alim Muhammedhusein Kermali provides a simple yet fascinating commentary that enlightens readers and enables them to merit from the surah.

Order your copy from for only $5 plus p&p

Insight Magazine 
The Insight Magazine is a publication of The World Federation of KSIMC. The aim of the magazine is to give an 'insight' into the various initiatives of the World Federation throughout the world. 

The latest issue features articles on the Zainabiyya Child Sponsorship Scheme, the future journey of the Khoja Shia Ithna Asheri Community, alleviating environmental challenges and the status of women in our institutions, among others. 

You can obtain a copy from your Jamaat Secretary or from the NASIMCO Secretariat.

Community News - Africa Federation 
Maulana at AFed The Resident Alim of Toronto Jamaat, Maulana Sayyid Muhammad Rizvi, was in Dar es Salaam for Ashre Zainbiyya program, at the Invitation of Dar es Salaam Jamaat. Maulana Rizvi delivered talks for ten nights in English and Urdu and also conducted two-day workshop on the question of making a will, Khums, understanding related Islamic laws.
Taking advantage of his presence in Dar es Salaam, the office bearers of Africa Federation, led by the Chairman Alhaj Anwarali Dharamsi, met Maulana Sayyid Muhammad Rizvi on Tuesday, January 1st, for a wide ranging review of Tabligh activities and on questions related to Islamic education being taught in Madressah and schools.
During his stay in Dar es Salaam, Maulana Rizvi also visited Bilal Centres and met with officials of the Bilal Muslim Mission of Tanzania.
Community News - Toronto
Glass Swan A 12-year old girl from ISIJ of Toronto has written a book entitled The Glass Swan. Zainab Rashid, like many others before her, had a fight with her mum about attending a party. However, unlike many others, she channelled her emotions into creativity and produced a novel.

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Community News - ISIAJ-KW
During the month of Muharram, the Islamic Shia Ithna-Asheri Jamaat of Kitchener-Waterloo arranged a number of programs in addition to the evening lectures. One such program was a children's majlis for girls. The girls organized the program and recited marshiyas, nohas and du'a. They even had their own lecture, recited by an 8 year old Madressah student.

Other events included Saturday morning for Salatul Fajr, followed by Tafseer and ending with breakfast for men and women's 'majlis' group. The various programs were well-attended and brought the community together during the holy months.