A Fortnightly Newsletter
April 1st, 2013 
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In This Issue
Collapse of Building in Dar-es-Salaam
Live Telethon - Pakistan Genocide Relief
Upcoming Sporting Events in North America
Community Event - Vancouver
Community Event - Toronto
Weekly Webinar on Nahjul Balagha

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Abu Ja`far Muhammad b. Jarir b. Yazid al-Tabari, the most important universal historian and the Qur'an commentator of the first three centuries of Islam was born in the winter of 224-5 at Amul in Tabaristan where his father Jarir was a landowner. He died in 310/923 at Baghdad.


It was this long duration of half a century in which al-Tabari produced his best known works which were admired even in his own age which was extraordinarily rich in scholarship. His writings were to embrace all the classical subjects of Islamic tradition: history, tafsirhadith and fiqh and, like so many learned me of his time, he was drawn to Arabic poetry. 

Al-Tabari was not only a prolific writer, he was intimately connected with the intellectual life of his time and seem to have debated with Abu Bakr Muhammad b. Dawud, the son of the founder of the Zahiri school of Law. His Ikhtilaf al-Fuqaha, brought sharp criticism from the Hanbalis because he did not consider Ibn Hanbal a jurist and this may have been the reason behind the riots around his house. In any case, his commentary of the Qur'an, Jami` al-bayan `an ta'wil al-Qur'an, simply known as Tafsir, was published between 283/896 and 290/930. This tafsir par excellence was to become one of the most highly praised works of tafsir and to this day, it remains an important work. 

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One of the world's top physicians, Dr. Eric Topol, has a prescription that could improve your family's health and make medical care cheaper: the smartphone. Topol has long been one of the world's foremost cardiologists. He has now become the foremost expert in the exploding field of wireless medicine, and this explosion, he says, is about to make our health care better and cheaper. 
He shows how simply his modified iphone produces a cardiogram for a patient. The device was approved by the FDA in December and is now sold to physicians for $199. Topol tells his patient he just saved a $100 technician's fee. Blood tests, saliva tests and urine tests are among the things the accessory facilitates. Topol believes the adapted smartphone actually helps to make the whole interaction between doctor and patient much more intimate, because results are being shared in realtime. 
"There's so much technology now," he says, "that we could - by using digital [infra]structure that exists today - make the office visit an enjoyable thing."

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Collapse of Building in Dar-es-Salaam
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NASIMCO is deeply saddened by the news received on Friday morning that a 16-story building adjacent to the open area of the Dar-es-Salaam Imambargha had collapsed. The building was under construction and construction workers, residents and young children were among those in the vicinity when the incident took place.

Scenes of the destruction and information about the lives lost have been met with consternation and grief throughout the worldwide community. Among those reported missing were four children of the Dar-es-Salaam community. Sadly, we now know that none of them survived. Suhail Mohamed Karim (Age 13), Salman Salim Damji, (Age 8), Yusuf Khaki (Age 12) and Zahid Kanji (Age 12) all lost their lives in the disaster. NASIMCO offers its heartfelt condolences to the families of these innocent children, may Allah (SWT) bless their souls.

Our hearts, thoughts and prayers go out to the entire community of Dar-es-Salaam during this trying time. We request all community members to keep the bereaved, missing and injured in their duas by holding prayer programs. We pray for the safety of those who are still trapped underneath rubble and of those who have suffered serious injuries. And finally, we pray that Allah (SWT) grants courage and strength to those assisting the rescue and rewards them for their efforts. Ameen.

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Live Telethon for Pakistan Genocide Relief
Pakistan Telethon
On Sunday, March 17th, The World Federation hosted a live televised telethon to raise funds and awareness of the Pakistan Genocide Appeal in the wake of the escalating violent attacks against Shia and other Muslims across Pakistan. 
Thanks to the wonderful support of viewers from around the world, the telethon was a great success in bringing together the opinions, stories and ideas from audience members in North America and other parts of the world who are very concerned about the attacks on Muslims, not only in Pakistan, but at a global level. In addition to highlighting the plight of the Muslims in Pakistan and other regions of the world, a key objective of the telethon was to raise funds. Viewers even took time to tweet messages encouraging people to donate to the Pakistan Genocide Appeal.
Upcoming Sports Events in North America
As summer approaches, several sporting events will be taking place across North America. Among these are the 4th Annual Masumeen Cup (Tennis), taking place in Chicago on the weekend of May 24th, 2013, the Umoja Games (Soccer), to be held in Orlando on the weekend of May 18th, and the Al Wahda Sports Festival (Multiple sports) to be held in Toronto on the weekend of August 30th, 2013. Please click on the respective links below for more information. 


Community Event - Vancouver
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The Shia Muslim Community of British Columbia (SMCBC) hosted its second annual "A Journey into Islam" event at the Az-Zahraa Islamic Centre. 


"A Journey into Islam" is a unique event primarily because it is organized entirely by the youth of the Az-Zahraa community. The event featured over 15 exhibits on a variety of topics from salaat, science in Islam and Ramadhan to misconceptions in the media. Local Muslim humanitarian organizations displayed their projects and efforts. In order to be an attendee, community members had to host at least one non-Muslim guest. As such, "A Journey into Islam" attracted a very multicultural audience of all ages and backgrounds and the evening provided opportunities for friendly networking and dialogue. 


The entire SMCBC community came together to provide a welcoming and relaxed environment for the visitors to ask questions and seek clarifications about Islam. Guests were treated to a free gourmet dinner, interactive exhibits and tours of the beautiful centre.  


The event was a huge success and was sold out within a few days. Over 300 people attended with more than 200 non-Muslim guests. It was also featured in the local newspaper, along with a thank you letter from a member of a neighbouring religious centre!   


Community News - Toronto

Sr. Masuma Jessa, a member of the ISIJ of Toronto and the principal of Al-Qaim Madressah was honored as a recipient of the Town of Richmond Hill 2013 Volunteer Achievement Award


Sr. Masuma Jessa has faced many challenges in the past year, but has overcome each difficulty with perseverence. The award was presented as part of the Town of Richmond Hill's 51st Annual Volunteer Awards.


Community News - Allentown

The Al-Ahad Islamic Center of Allentown has prepared a review of the past year, detailing the various achievements of the Jamaat, acknowledging the contributors and identifying the roles of community members in fulfilling the center's objectives.


Read the full report here


Weekly Webinar on Nahjul Balagha

On Tuesday, April 2nd at 9:00pm EST, Sheikh Shomali will be starting a weekly webinar series on Nahjul Balagha.  


The weekly lectures on Nahjul Balagha will begin with Wise Saying # 289.  In this saying, Imam Ali (AS) talks about important characteristics we should aim to have in order to become closer to Allah (SWT) and the Ahlul Bayt.  


As with past webinars, the last 15 minutes will be devoted to Question/Answers where participants are able to submit their questions to Sheikh Shomali.


The live webinar can be viewed at: