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September 15, 2013 
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Tips for a Healthy Lifestyle:

9 Simple Steps to Improve your Health

1. Laugh to Your Heart's Delight

Studies show that laughter expands blood vessels, and endorphins released in response to laughter activate the chemical nitric oxide in the inner lining of our blood vessels to promote vascular health  

2. Age Artfully

Research shows that seniors engaged in activities like singing, creative writing, or painting are healthier and happier than those who aren't   

3. Work with Friends

Researchers found that people who get along with their co-workers in a friendly and supportive work environment live longer

4. Get a Massage

You can never go wrong with a massage, but research shows significant benefits for overall health   

5. Eat Your Carotenoids

New evidence suggests that fruits and vegetables, in addition to their many other benefits, give our skin a healthful glow

6. Chat with Neighbours

People are healthier when they have a strong, localized community

7. Sleep More

According to researcher William Killgore, when people get less sleep they tend to feel more hungry and to crave carbohydrates, particularly sweets  

8.Scrub without Toxics

9. Hope Like your Life Depends on It 

"Happy and optimistic people with a purpose in life tend to have a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease," says researcher Julia K. Boehm  


To read more, click here.

 

Islam in the News

American Shiite Muslim groups speak out against Syrian military strike 

 

This week a broad coalition of the top US based Shiite Muslim organizations issued a "Joint Statement on Syria" voicing opposition to a military intervention in Syria. The statement reads in part "We believe in a non-violent solution to the crisis at hand, and support the efforts of international leaders to resolve this issue through diplomacy and dialogue, rather than through violence or other military action.

 

"We call for an immediate ceasefire by all parties involved under the auspices of the United Nations, and the preparation for a transitional government that represents the will of the Syrian people."

 

The statement issued by the groups matches the words of other religious leaders. Last week, Pope Francis called for a peaceful resolution to the Syrian crisis, stating he was against war. At a recent vigil for Syria, the Pope was joined by various Muslim groups also in support of a peaceful resolution.

  

This week's statement was signed by Shiite mosques from coast to coast, like New Jersey's Muslim Foundation, Inc. (MFI), Chicago's Baitul Ilm Academy, and California's Islamic Education Center of Orange County (IECOC).   

 

To read more click here.

 

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Collaborative Statement and Declaration on Syria

As the intensity of crimes against humanity increase and the debate whether to take military action against Syria excels rapidly, NASIMCO and other Shia organizations in North America have signed a joint statement condemning all acts of violence in Syria. 
 
To access the declaration click here.
 
Ramadan Relief Collections
The Ramadhan Relief Gift Basket Campaign brought in donations from near and far. These donations have enabled us to feed hungry families in different parts of the world. Contributions that have already been remitted by Jamaats, as well as individual donations to NASIMCO, are listed below. NASIMCO thanks member Jamaats for their efforts in promoting this appeal.

 - ISIA Edmonton: $2,000.00 

 - SMCBC Vancouver: $11,500.00 

 - SIJNY New York: $4,000.00 

 - IHIC Minnesota: $650.00 

 - Anjuman-e-Asghari Minnesota: $3,000.00

 - IMEC Maryland: $500.00

 - SIIJLA California: $300.00

 - IJA Miami: $4,000.00 

 - NASIMCO direct: $33,000.00

 

  Total:  $58,950.00 

 

The World Federation President visits North America
Dr Moledina visit to AeA, MN_2013
DrAsgarali Moledina, President of the World Federation, on his visit to North America in August, visited few Jamaats.  Dr. Moledina discussed many issues and answered questions within the Jamaat visited whilst also sharing a few initiatives the World Federation has embarked on. 
 
The Jamaats visited by the President of the World Federation were:
 
Shia Ithna Asheri Jamaat of New York
Shia Ithnasheri Jamaat of Pennsylvania
Husseini Islamic Center of Florida, INC
Anjuman-e-Asghari, Minnesota
Imam Hussain Islamic Center, Minnesota
Islamic Shia Ithna-Asheri Jamaat of Kitchener-Waterloo
Islamic Shia Ithnasheri Jamaat of Toronto  
Masumeen Islamic Center, Brampton (Affiliated with ISIJ of Toronto) 
 
Visits to Toronto, Brampton and Kitchener Jamaats were accompanied by the NASIMCO President, Gulamabbas Najafi and Hon. Secretary, Habib M. Habib. Visits to IHIC and Anjuman-e-Asghari Jamaats of Minnesota were accompanied by the NASIMCO Vice President, Shabir Karim.
  
Eid al Hajj 1434 Qurbani
Qurbani 2013

"It is not their flesh or their blood that reaches God. Rather, it is your God-wariness that reaches Him...'"(Holy Quran 22:37)

 

Eid al-Hajj is celebrated by Muslims around the world in commemoration of Prophet Ibrahim's willingness to sacrifice his son for Allah (SWT). The spiritual implication of the Qurbani (sacrifice by way of slaughtering an animal in the way of God) is the giving away of worldly possessions in the way of Allah (SWT), including one's own life, property and children. This sacrifice is a symbol of our absolute love and commitment to our Creator.

 

As the guests of Allah (SWT) begin to prepare for Hajj, NASIMCO, in partnership with the World Federation, is taking orders from Mo'mineen worldwide to have a Qurbani (sacrifice of a goat) performed on their behalf on the blessed occasion of Eid al-Hajj.

 

The Qurbanis will take place on goats in Tanzania and Kenya and the meat will be distributed among the needy, including widows and orphans through Islamic Centers. The cost of one qurbani is $45.00.
 
Click here to sponsor a Qurbani. 
 
Fill My Cup - Back to School Campaign
Fill My Cup_2013

 

"The nourishment of the body is food, whilst the 

 nourishment of the soul is feeding others." 

-Imam Ali (AS)


Batul is a four year old who lives with her mother and father.  Her father is a watchman earning a mere $7 USD per day to take care of his family of five children. Unfortunately, this does not cover their daily expenses and  they are struggling to earn enough to nourish their family and lead a healthy life.  

 

There are many children like Batul in Kenya who do not receive proper meals as their families cannot afford to provide their children meals  that contain the right nutrients, vitamins, and minerals. Children are the most evident victims of under-nutrition; poorly nourished children suffer up to 160 days of illness each year. Poor nutrition also plays a major role in at least half of the 10.9 million child deaths each year. 

 

By providing a cup of porridge to the students each morning, the "Fill My Cup" program has:
* Seen more children enrolling in schools and Madaris
* Encouraged the children to arrive at school on time
* Made the children feel loved and respected

 

To donate click here.

 

Community News - New York
Marhoom Muhsin AlidinaThe Al Husseini Madressah in New York published its first magazine, Al Haqq, created by students and teachers of the Madressah. 
The magazine features articles on scholars, poetry and stories along with various other pieces all compiled and written by the students and teachers.  

 

The magazine was dedicated to Marhoom Muhsin Alidina who passed away on August 9th 2013, in Dar-es-Salaam. Marhoom was an integral part of Madressah and served as an academic advisor and Fiqh teacher at Al Husseini Madressah. His loss was deeply felt by all the students and teachers.   

 

To access the Al Haqq magazine click here.

  
A.L.I Girls Retreat and Online Courses
A.L.I Girls Retreat 16-25The Academy for Learning Islam is pleased to announce a retreat for girls ages 16-25 along with upcoming online workshops for the month of September 2013.

 

Topic: Akhlaq of the Ahlul Bayt (a.s.)

This workshop will explore the definition of 'Ilmul Akhlaq, art of social interaction and the importance of good behaviors in personal and social life. The course is highly beneficial for Madressah teachers and Muslim youth.

 

For more information on this and other courses visit ALI website.