A Fortnightly Newsletter
March 15th, 2013 
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Pakistan Genocide Appeal
5 Minute Book Review
Election Results
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The Islam that Empowers Women


The predominance of male-dominated interpretations of canonical texts has often caused analysts and others to proclaim the inherently dangerous relationship between religion and women.


For example, the abundance of stories (some factual and others fictional) that focus on the unequal status of Muslim women's experiences tends to reaffirm such assessments about the dangers inherent in women identifying with or practicing Islam. "Honor"-based violence against numerous Muslim women, denial of their basic human rights in the name of religious authenticity, and the extreme cases of threats to the lives of Muslim women (as so horrifically exemplified in the attack on Malala Yusufzai) validate the negative assessments of Islam's meaning for Muslim women. But such assessments focus on Muslim women as the victims of religion and often fail to appreciate the empowerment a number of these women experience precisely as a result of their faith in the unity of God (Tawhid), and the belief in Prophet Mohammad as the last messenger of God. The agency of women by virtue of their faith is often overlooked.

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Pakistan Shia Genocide Appeal
Pakistan Genocide Appeal
On January 10th, 2013, a series of bombs in Quetta killed 77 people and injured 85. 

On February 1st, another blast in Hangu after Jummah Prayers killed 29 more people.

On February 16th, a bomb in Quetta's Hazara Town market killed 109 people and injured 200. 

Quetta is the largest city in Pakistan's Baluchistan province. What was once known as a peaceful and joyous city and the 'fruit garden of Baluchistan', Quetta today is living through one of the most volatile periods of its existence where sectarian killings are terrorizing the local Hazara Shia community.
NASIMCO has launched an appeal through the World Federation of KSIMC to raise both awareness and funds for the suffering victim families across Pakistan who are being targeted because of their faith. Please donate generously.
In addition, on Sunday, March 17th, 2013, The World Federation is hosting a live televised appeal on Ahlulbayt TV between 8pm and 10pm EST.  By tuning in and watching the telethon, the voices of each and every slain martyr, injured men, women and children as well as families who live in fear every day in Pakistan will be heard. 


The 5 Minute Book Review

Five Minute Book Review - Promo
Five Minute Book Review - Promo
Beginning on Monday, March 18th, Sheikh Jaffer Ladak and Sheikh Mohammed Al-Hilli will review books published by The World Federation on Ahlulbayt TV. Each scholar will speak about various books they have used for inspiration and knowledge and which they hold close to their hearts. Watch the promo for more information.
Election Results - HIC, Orlando

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


President: Reza Dhanji

Vice President: Murtaza Dharsi

Secretary: Rizwan Jessa
Director of Finance: Riyaaz Jivraj
Director of Operations: Mustafa Yusufali
Director of Ladies: Shelina Karmali


The Academy for Learning Islam - Online Courses
The following online courses are being offered by The Academy of Learning Islam in the month of March:

Topic: Coping with Bereavement

The workshop will explore ways of responding to grief, the stages of grieving and various responses to loss. The workshop will also discuss ways that family and friends can be helpful and provide support to the bereaved person.


Topic: Moral Lectures and Aphorisms - from Glimpses of Nahjul Balagha

The course will focus on section five of the book Glimpses of Nahjul Balagha by Ayatullah Murtadha Mutahhari. The section discusses the recurring themes of Morality and Spirituality that occur in Nahjul Balagha. Each session will focus on a different theme and discuss the relevant passages.


Click on the workshop topics for more information.