NASIMCO Post

A Fortnightly Newsletter
June 1st, 2013 
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Recognizing our Graduates
CSAA Scholarship Awards
Leadership Development Program
Reports from The World Fedetation
Ahlulbayt TV Tour

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Muslim Personalities

Al-Battani: Great Islamic

Astronomer
  

Abu Abdallah Muhammad Ibn Jabir Ibn Sinan al-Battani al-Harrani was born around 858 A.D. in Harran, and according to one account, in Battan, a State of Harran. Battani was first educated by his father Jabir Ibn San'an al-Battani, who was also a well-known scientist. He then moved to Raqqa, situated on the bank of the Euphrates, where he received advanced education and later on flourished as a scholar. At the beginning of the 9th century, he migrated to Samarra, where he worked till the end of his life in 929 A.D. He was of Sabian origin, but was himself a Muslim.

  

Battani was a famous astronomer, mathematician and astro- loger. He has been held as one of the greatest astronomists of Islam. He is responsible for a number of important discoveries in astronomy, which was the result of a long career of 42 years of research beginning at Raqqa when he was young. His well-known discovery is the remarkably accurate determination of the solar year as being 365 days, 5 hours, 46 minutes and 24 seconds, which is very close to the latest estimates. He found that the longitude of the sun's apogee had increased by 16 , 47' since Ptolemy. This implied the important discovery of the motion

of the solar apsides and of a slow variation in the equation of time. He did not believe i
n the trapidation of the equinoxes, although Copernicus held it.

 

 

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Recognizing our Graduates

2 "The worth of every man is in his attainments." - Imam Ali (AS), Nahjul Balagha

 

The achievements of the youth of our communities are a tremendous honor for us all, not only in light of the above hadith but also because the youth are the lifeblood and future leaders of our communities. Their achievements and successes deserve to be recognized and congratulated. It is with this in mind that NASIMCO recognizes the youth of our community who have graduated or are graduating from post-secondary education, every year. 

 

Students who are graduating in North America this year, as the Class of 2013, should send the following information to secretariat@nasimco.org by July 15th, 2013 so that their achievements can be recognized:


 Full name
 Email / Mailing address
 Home address
 Program they are graduating in
 Institution from which they are graduating 

 

Youth Leadership Retreat
If you are ready to bring about change and think outside the box, join us for an invigorating weekend designed to challenge yourself and your community! Learn about different leadership strategies that will motivate the hidden leader in you. Come and experience innovative ways to advance social justice, through action-orientated leadership principles.
 
What: The Youth Leadership Retreat
Where: Dunrovin Retreat Center, Minnesota
When: July 4th - 7th, 2013
Ages: 18-25 
NASIMCO YOUTH LEADERSHIP RETREAT 2013
NASIMCO YOUTH LEADERSHIP RETREAT 2013
 
The registration is currently at maximum capacity and closed, you may still write to the Secretariat to be put on the waiting list.
 
CSAA Scholarship Awards
CSAA Poster NASIMCO is pleased to announce the launch of this year's Community Service and Academic Achievement (CSAA) Scholarship Awards. The Scholarship awards are for students entering or studying at university. They aim to encourage the youth of North American communities to excel in their academic achievements and also to reward them for their voluntary services to the community.

This year, the following eight scholarships are available:

Mohsin and Fauzia Jaffer Foundation Scholarship - $3,000
Jaffer Family Foundation Scholarship - $2,000
Marhum Sultan Davdani Scholarship - $2,000
Marhum Roshanali and Marziabai Datoo Scholarship - $1,000
Haj Hussein Rajabali Bhimani Memorial Scholarship - $1,000
Marhum Mohamedali Kanji Memorial Scholarship - $1,000
Sajeda Karim Alidina Memorial Scholarship - $1,000
Marhum Abbas Alloo Scholarship - $1,000

Click on the poster or visit the NASIMCO website for more information.

Leadership Development Program

LDP Vancouver Like other programs under the Capacity Building portfolio, the Foundational Leadership Development Program broadly aims to develop leadership capacity across Muslim communities. Specifically, it will allow individuals to recognize their own leadership styles and to evolve their skills to ensure more efficient working methods.

 

If you are above 25 years of age, have a track record of participating in and serving the Muslim community, have creative ideas and want to shape and influence the future, then this course is for you. 

 

Although the course is currently at maximum capacity, you may still apply to be put on the waiting list. Apply here

 

Reports from The World Federation of KSIMC
The World Federation of KSIMC has published a series of reports for the work undertaken in 2012 by its various departments. Jamaats across North America will receive copies of these reports for distribution.

NASIMCO and The World Federation thanks the generous donors, without whom this work would not be possible.

Click the respective links below to access the reports:

Ramadhan Relief 1433 Report
Islamic Education Report 2012
Zainabiya Child Sponsorship Scheme Report 2012
Health Report 2012

Ahlulbayt TV North American Tour
Ahlulbayt TV is currently visiting North America and encourages its viewers to get in touch with the channel to arrange a face-to-face meeting to obtain viewers' feedback on the channel. Contact them directly at: info@ahlulbayt.tv

Ahlulbayt TV North America Tour
Ahlulbayt TV North America Tour