A Fortnightly Newsletter
March 1st, 2012 
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WF Educational Loans
Who is Hussain? Campaigns
Election Results - IHIC, Minnesota
Community Event - Toronto

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Muslim Personalities

 Ayatullah Al-Uzma Makarim Shirazi

The eminent scholar, Ayatullah Al-Uzma Shaykh Nasir Makarim Shirazi was born in the year 1924 in the city of Shiraz in Iran into a religious family who were well known for their high level of spirituality and noble ethical traits. His Eminence finished his elementary school studies in Shiraz, where his intelligence, excellent memory and eagerness to learn, made him amongst the best students, often completing two years of studies in one year!


The conditions which existed in Iran in those days obligated this young man - who possessed such talent and aptitude - to choose the path of university and use his gifts to attain a secular qualification. However, the hand of destiny, the blessings of the Merciful Lord and his own secret desire to delve deeper into the teachings of Islam, drew this young man's attention towards Islamic studies; Especially because, since after the spring of 1941 (when Iran became embroiled in the 2nd World War), the regime's restrictions relaxed and the Islamic Seminaries gained renewed popularity.


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Tips for a Healthy Lifestyle: Hard-wired to hate exercise?


When it comes to exercise, many people seem to fall into two distinct camps: those who love a vigorous, sweat-soaked workout and those who view it as a form of torment.

From couch potatoes to Olympic athletes, everyone has a physical capacity for exertion, beyond which the body becomes stressed and begins to feel bad. How much stems from genetic factors-things like lung capacity, oxygen transport and the rate at which oxygen is used in the muscle cells-is still a subject of scholarly debate. Estimates vary from 10% to 50%, says Panteleimon Ekkekakis, a professor of kinesiology at Iowa State who has been studying the psychophysiology of exercise.


But many sedentary people push beyond their intrinsic range when they try to exercise too quickly or intensely, which can make them hate the activity and want to stop, says Dr. Ekkekakis.


For most individuals, the ventilatory threshold is around 50% to 60% of the way to their maximum capacity, though there is tremendous individual variation. For elite athletes, the threshold may be as high as 80%, while sedentary people may hit it at 35%. 

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CSAA Scholarship Testimonials
Samaah Jaffer_Vancouver Every year, NASIMCO provides individuals with an opportunity to sponsor and support students who excel in community service and academic achievement by awarding them scholarships. These scholarships are given in the name of marhumeen of the sponsors' families. A past recipient of the scholarship had the following to say:   

"The CSAA scholarship will be valuable in helping towards the cost of tuition, textbooks and boarding. For me, winning this award was a great moment of recognition from the community for all the times that I have helped out. It provided encouragement to continue serving others while I am studying and for many years to come."

"May Allah bless these generous people and their Marhumeen for valuing my very little contributions to the community and for encouraging me to continue volunteering and learning. May Allah also continue to inspire kind people all over the world to keep sponsoring the Muslim youth to learn and to give back to their communities."

If you would like to sponsor a scholarship in the name of your Marhumeen and encourage the youth of our community, please contact the NASIMCO Secretariat.


WF Educational Loans 2013

NASIMCO is pleased to inform you that two Educational Loan schemes have been launched by the World Federation for students pursuing higher education studies. The loans are primarily intended for students who wish to study abroad. Applicants must be members of NASIMCO member Jamaats. The details of each of the loans are outlined below:


The Hiridjee Foundation Loan

The Hiridjee Foundation Loan is offered to female students who are pursuing Undergraduate, Masters or PhD programs. The maximum amount available is GBP 10,000 (approx. $15,000).


Walji Alibhai Pradhan Loan

The Walji Alibhai Pradhan Loan is open to one male and one female student pursuing a bachelor's degree in the west. The maximum amount available towards covering the cost of tuition fees is GBP 5,000 (approx. $7,500).


The deadline to apply for the loans is August 19th, 2013 and loan recipients will be informed by August 31st, 2013. Please click on the posters for more information.

Hiridjee Loan 2013
Hiridjee Loan
Walji Loan 2013
Walji Alibhai Pradhan Loan
'Who is Hussain?' Campaigns
'Who is Hussain?' is a campaign recently created in London to spread the message of Imam Hussain (AS), what he stood for and what he died for.

'Who is Hussain?' campaigns usually entail the free distribution of water bottles with a succinct message about Imam Hussain (AS) designed to peak interest and encourage people to find out more about this great personality. Jamaats and Shia organizations across North America have put these campaigns into place in their home cities. Many also managed to run advertisements on billboards or buses. The links below are from 'Who is Hussain?' campaigns in New York, Washington and Toronto.

Community News - Toronto
Mubina Mawani Sr. Mubina Mawani, one of our community members from Toronto, is passionate about inclusion and diversity. She has been in a wheelchair ever since she was a year and a half old but neither that, nor belonging to two other designated groups (as defined by Canada's Labour Program) has ever stopped her from trying to achieve her goals. She is currently the full-time lead of the inclusion and diversity portfolio for Accenture Canada. 

In a recent interview with The Globe and Mail, the Canadian national newspaper, she expressed her views on inclusion and diversity:
"Everybody has value to offer. We live in a global world. People come from different backgrounds, each with a unique perspective that should be respected and valued."


Election Results - IHIC, Minnesota

The Imam Hussain Islamic Center in Minnesota recently held elections for their Management Committee. The elected positions for the term 2013-2015 are as below:  


President: Sayyed Kazim

Vice President: Amir Monzavi

Treasurer: Aliredha Walji

Secretary: Tehsean Jiwa

Council Member: Hamza Philip Voerding

Council Member: Abu Ali Hameed Atia 


Community Event - Toronto

Jason Kenney Hon. Jason Kenney, PC, MP Minister for Immigration and Citizenship visited the Jaffari Community Centre in Toronto on Saturday February 16, to gain a better understanding of the community and its activities. NASIMCO President, Br. Gulaabbas Najafi, along with the ISIJ of Toronto Executive Committee were there to greet him. Hon. Jason Kenney spoke of the importance of minorities in Canada and answered questions addressed by community members.


The MP and his aides were then taken on a tour of the center and the many facilities that the center has to offer.