A Fortnightly Newsletter
February 15th, 2013 
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Election Results - Miami
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Al Zahrawi: Father of Surgery
Almost a thousand years ago at a time when Spain (Al Andalus) was part of the Islamic empire, there lived near the capital city of Cordoba one of the great, but now largely forgotten, pioneers of surgery. He was known as 
Abu al-Qasim Khalaf ibn al-Abbas Al-Zahrawi. Al-Zahrawi (also known as Albucasis) was simply the greatest Muslim surgeon, with European surgeons of his time coming to regard him as a greater authority than even Galen, the ancient world's acknowledged master. 
He is considered as Islam's greatest medieval surgeon
, whose comprehensive medical texts, combining Middle Eastern and Greco-Roman classical teachings, shaped European surgical procedures up until the Renaissance.

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lslam in the News

Weekly discussion to help with understanding about Islam


An interfaith student association at OU (Oklahoma University) is holding its first weekly discussion on Islam Monday to generate a better understanding of Muslims and Islam.

The Interfaith Dialogue Student Association organized "Questions About Islam" to allow members of the OU community to ask questions about what Muslims believe and Islam's stance on issues like terrorism, women's rights and democracy, according to an event flier.


There are about 7 million Muslims in America, according to the Council on American-Islamic Relations, and Islam is one of the fastest growing religions in America and around the world.


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Facilitator's Development Program
Facilitator's Development Program
There are over 85 million meetings in the world every day. People spend increasing amounts of their work and community life attending meetings, planning sessions, retreats, conference calls, and so on, in order to achieve their goals.  

How many times have you sat in a meeting and wished it was better facilitated? How many times have you thought that a meeting was a waste of time due to poor facilitation? 

If you want to improve your facilitation skills to help achieve your visions and goals and those of your organization / community, then the Facilitator's Development Program is right for you.
When: April 6th-7th, 2013
Where: Jaffari Community Center, Toronto
Click here for more details.
Please note that this program is only open to alumni of the NASIMCO Leadership Development Program.


Community Event - Los Angeles

LA Foodbank Every year, the Shia Ithna-Asheri Jamaat of Los Angeles (SIIJLA) hosts a "Husain Day". This usually includes interfaith dialogue, as well as commemoration of Imam Husain (AS) and his message. This year, SIIJLA administrators and Husain Day organizers decided to do things a little differently.


The Los Angeles Regional Food Bank is the largest food organizer and provider in the Los Angeles area. The Food Bank receives both monetary donations and non-perishable food donations from supermarkets, food drives, and individuals. For Husain Day SIIJLA volunteers sorted the food into categories and prepared boxes for weighing and transportation. As the clock struck nine thirty, the races began. Friendly rivalries were formed between some groups while others collaborated and shared boxes and food. 


The Food Bank staff prepares 4,000 pounds of food daily. That morning, the volunteers from SIIJLA packaged over 23,335 pounds of food, an amount that would have taken the Food Bank staff a week to complete. Not only did that morning feel like a morning of service; that morning truly felt like a day for Husain (AS).


Election Results - Miami

The Islamic Jaffaria Association Inc. in Miami recently held elections for their Management Committee. The elected positions for the term 2013-2015 are as below:  


President: S. Jamil H. Rizvi
Vice President: Dr. Afzal Khan

Secretary: Raza Rizvi

Treasurer: Mohammed Iqbal 
ALI Girls Retreat

ALI Girls Retreat The Academy for Learning Islam (A.L.I.) is holding a retreat for girls from March 13th to 15th, at Hidden Acres, a Mennonite campsite outside Toronto.


The theme of the retreat is "Successful Muslim Teens: Habits and attitudes that create strength of character and faith in teens". The retreat promises a mix of religious learning along with enjoyable activities.


Click on the brochure for more information.


ALI Online Special Needs Workshop
ALI Special Needs Individuals effected by a physical, mental or developmental disability are often a population that are overlooked and unfortunately sometimes ignored. This online session is designed to increase awareness of special needs in general, as well as teach some general strategies to increase awareness and integration within your community. The session will also briefly cover some diagnostic features, characteristics, and challenges faced by individuals effected by Autism, Learning Disabilities, Down Syndrome, and other mental health disorders.
Instructors: Sr. Zainab Fazal
Date: February 16, 2013
Time: 11am to 12pm
Click on the poster for the log-in link and more information