A Fortnightly Newsletter
October 1, 2013 
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New Eid Stamp Issued by the U.S. Postal Service 


WASHINGTON - The U.S. Postal Service announced that the 2013 Eid Forever Stamp is being dedicated at the American Philatelic Society stamp show in Milwaukee, WI. Customers may purchase the Eid Forever stamp now at at 800-STAMP-24 (800-782-6724) for delivery by mail and at Post Offices nationwide. 


  The Postal Service issued its first Eid stamp, with gold calligraphy against a blue background, on September 1, 2001. A new Eid stamp with gold calligraphy against a reddish background debuted on August 12, 2011. All Eid stamps to date have featured the work of world-renowned calligrapher Mohamed Zakariya of Arlington, Virginia. 


During Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha Muslims wish each other Eid mubarak, the phrase shown in Islamic calligraphy on the stamp. Eid mubarak translates literally as "blessed festival" and can be paraphrased "May your religious holiday be blessed." This phrase can be applied to both Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha.

In 2013, Eid al-Fitr was celebrated on August 8th, and Eid al-Adha was celebrated on October 15. (These dates, which are based on geographical location and predicted sightings of the moon, are preliminary and may vary slightly as each festival approaches.) 
Like other stamps in the Holiday Celebrations series, the Eid stamp is being issued as a ForeverŪ stamp. Forever stamps are always equal in value to the current First-Class MailŪ one-ounce rate.

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NASIMCO Condemns Westgate Attacks

At approximately 12:00PM on Saturday, September 21st 2013, 10 to 15 militants, said to be of Somalian descent, opened fire on employees and customers in the Westgate Shopping Centre in Nairobi, Kenya. Initially thought to be a robbery, this four day siege turned into a sensitive and dangerous hostage situation. Over 1,000 civilians were  brought out safely. However, 67 people lost their lives, 39 are still missing and more then 200 people, including children, have been injured.


NASIMCO joins the World Federation in strongly condemning these vicious acts of brutality. The targeting of innocent civilians is a cowardly and inhumane act, and is not propagated in Islam, the Qur'an or the life-examples of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) and his household.


NASIMCO Recognizes Class of 2013

NASIMCO takes pride in recognizing the well-deserved achievements of the community's graduates in attaining this important milestone.   



Dr. Sakina Anwar Husein Jaffer (AP) - Toronto, Canada

University of New York



Dr. Ali Mohamedali - Rochester, New York

State University of New York at Buffalo




Haidar M. Al-Sara - Boston, Massachusettes

Northeastern University

International Affairs and Global Studies 



Elhaam Bandali - Edison, New Jersey

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Nutritional Sciences and Psychology & Minor in Biological Sciences


Salwa Chevelwalla - Windsor, Canada

University of Windsor

Chemistry (Honors)


Shaista Dharamsi-Bhimji - Orlando, Florida

University of Toronto

Health Studies & Minors in Psychology and Religion (Honors)


Anar Karim - Minneapolis, Minnesota

University of Minnesota

Human Resources


Ahmed Mohamed Kemalli (BScN) - Edmonton, Alberta

Grant MacEwan University



Sumayya Pirbhai - Orlando, Florida

University of Central Florida

Communication Sciences and Disorders



Hasanain Rashid - Toronto, Ontario

Centennial College

Digital Animation


Alternatives to Current Higher Education 
Alternative to Higher Education

Post secondary education is one of the most important decisions a student makes about their education. In this crucial decision making process, it is necessary to consider many factors including cost, location and the availability of  the program of their choice. This may lead to the decision to attend university outside of their own country. 


The World Federation of KSI
MC has published a booklet 'Alternatives to our Current Higher Education Centres' on finding alternative destinations for higher education.

To access this booklet online, click on the image above. 
Community Event - Allentown Jamat 

On September 28th, the Shia Ithna Asheri Jamaat of Pennsylvania celebrated a wedding together with the kushali program of Imam Reza (AS), as well as the opening of the Zari of Bibi Zainab (AS), and the completion of the extended parking lot. The occasion was graced by Maulana Syed Tilmiz, Syed Rizwan Tilmiz, Br. Nagi Lateffa and the president of the Muslim Association of Lehigh Valley. The Allentown community welcomed the new additions of the Zari (donated by Br. Abdul Hussein Jaffer) and the parking lot . 


Al Ahad Islamic Center, which opened in 2003, is located at 1500 Ridgeview Drive, in Allentown, Pennsylvania.  It is approximately 19,000 square feet, which includes a main hall, a multi-purpose room, 12 classrooms and an apartment for the resident Alim.


For further information, visit their website here.