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December 03, 2013 
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For Muslims, Ashura a beacon of inspiration for generations

By Mohammed Khaku


Muharram is the first of the 12 months in the Islamic calendar. It is not marked by joy, merriment or celebrations for Shiite Muslims, but with sadness and mourning. The first 10 days of Muharram culminate with Ashura, which falls on Thursday.

Ashura is significant for Muslims because of a great tragedy that occurred in the year 680. That's when Al-Hussein Bin Ali, the Prophet Muhammad's grandson, along with his close relatives and 72 faithful companions were massacred by an Umayyad army on the plains of Karbala in Iraq.

The mosques will be jampacked and decorated in black wall coverings with flags (a'alam) and replica shrines (taziyas). Majalis (assemblies) will be held every night during the first 12 days with poetry recited and speeches made pertaining to the martyrdom of the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad. The day the battle of Karbala took place is known simply as Ashura, which means 10th (of Muharram).

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Secrets to a Long Life


NASIMCO Councilor, Dr Mohsin Jaffer, was featured on Ahlulbayt TV documentary on the topic "Secrets to a Long Life".

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 NASIMCO Publication

This Muharram, NASIMCO published a booklet titled "Mutual Respect & Peaceful Co-Existence Among Muslims". Compiled & translated by Sayyid Muhammad Rizvi, this booklet contains the views of our leading mujtahideen on their views about peaceful co-existence with the Ahlus Sunnah wal Jama'at and even with the non-Muslim on basis of mutual respect and justice. The publication serves as a guideline for the Shi'a Centers, organizers, speakers, reciters and the participants to follow the example of the Ahlul Bayt (a.s.). The booklets are being distributed to member Jamaats and are available at your local Centers. To read online click here


Philippines Typhoon Appeal

Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest storms in recorded history, flattened portions of the Philippines on November 8, 2013. Tens of thousands have been left homeless and the death toll has been projected at over 3,000. More than 9 million people have been affected and many are now struggling to survive without food, shelter or clean drinking water. In addition, according to UN figures, over 660,000 people have been displaced from their homes and have nowhere to go.


NASIMCO, will be supporting the relief efforts for those affected by this disaster, as done with previous natural tragedies, the monies raised will be used to help with the relief operations and providing aid to those effected.


Individuals wishing to make donations can do so by visiting our website at or through their local Jamaats.




"The Story of Nabi Yusuf (A.S.)" Book

NASIMCO is pleased to announce the release of a new book "The Story of Nabi Yusuf (a.s.)" authored by Ali Azhar Arastu and published by the World Federation. The publication is quite unique with imparting life-lessons of Prophet Yusuf (a.s.) as related in Sura Yusuf of the Holy Quran, bringing forth interesting insights.


The Story of Nabi Yusuf (a.s.) has been compiled using a selection of commentaries of renowned scholars such as tafsir of Al-Mizan by Allama Tabatabai and is written in an easy to read format, allowing readers of all ages to engage in what the Quran calls 'the best of stories'.


Individuals interested in purchasing this book can do so online by going to our website www.nasimco.orgThe price of the book is $8.00 each plus shipping.


Najaf2Karbala (N2K) Walk - Arba'een 1435

NASIMCO is pleased to announce that this year, the Najaf2Karbala ("N2K") team will be fundraising for upliftment project in Kenya. This project is to provide the Wajir and Garissa regions much needed access to clean water wells, sanitation and investing in irrigation systems. Such projects will impact the lives of thousands of individuals.


If you are travelling to Karbala this Arbaeen, take the opportunity to help the poor and make the walk from Najaf to Karbala by raising funds within your community for this noble cause. 


Donations can be made by visiting the teams JustGiving page.


Volunteer at Mawkib (out-post)

Be part of the ground team where the World Federation has established an out-post (known in Arabic as a 'mawkib') on the Najaf to Karbala walk route. The out-post will be located at position number 1086. Community members undertaking the walk are encouraged to volunteer to assist in the taking care of the Azadars as they pass by tired and thirsty and may be in need of medical attention.


 Community Newsletter - Vancouver 

The Az-Zahraa Islamic Centre in Vancouver, British Columbia recently published the fourth issue of their newsletter "Under the Dome" which keeps the community informed and engaged on activities and highlights people in the community.


The "Under the Dome" Newsletter features a review of the past programs and activities at the Az-Zahraa Centre, community news and also features profiles of people in the community. The newsletter also includes a recipe of the month, a summary of key events in the upcoming month and information about new people moving to and leaving the Az-Zahraa Centre.
Please email at to request a copy of "Under the Dome" newsletter.