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January 01, 2014 
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Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Abulqasim Musawi Al-Khoei

Born in Azerbaijan, Iran 15 Rajab 1317 H. / 1899 A. D. and passed away in Najaf Al-Ashraf, Iraq on 8 Safar 1412 A.H.(August 8, 1992).

Educated in the established traditional way of Shia Theology by well known jurists, he joined the world-renown theological institution in the holy city of Najaf Al-Ashraf in 1912, the year he migrated from Iran.

At an early age, he attained the degree of ijtihad i.e. the process of arriving at judgements on points of religious law using reason and the principles of jurisprudence. This achievement normally warrants the title of 'Ayatollah'.

He taught in Najaf for over 70 years. For 50 years, he specialized in supervising post-graduate studies, most advanced among which is 'Bahth-al-Kharij' - Graduation Classes - equivalent to a Doctoral thesis. Successful candidates are qualified to practice 'Ijtihad'.


He is considered as the architect of a distinct school of thought in the priciples of jurisprudence and Islamic law, and one of the leading exponents of 'kalam'-scholastic theology- and 'rijal'- study of the biographies of transmitters of ahadith, the Prophetic traditions, 'fiqh'- jurisprudence- and 'tafseer'- exegesis of The Holy Qur'an. His interests included astronomy, maths, and philosophy.  

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 Fill My Cup - Results

This past October, the "Fill My Cup" campaign was launched by NASIMCO for North America. This campaign has brought in and continues to bring in donations from all over the region. Funds raised through this campaign provide children in Kenya a wholesome breakfast of porridge everyday. Kindly encourage your families, friends and children to continue to support this noble cause. Contributions that have already been remitted by Jamaats, as well as individual donations to NASIMCO, are listed below. NASIMCO thanks member Jamaats that participated for their efforts in promoting this appeal.



New Book - Sacred Effusion Volume 2

The long-awaited second volume of the commentary on Ziyarat-e Ashura, by Shaykh Muhammad Khalfan, is now available on our website  for $10.00 plus shipping.


Shaykh Khalil Jaffer writes in the Foreword:

"The issues surrounding the 'cursing' of God's enemies does not escape any Muslim and yet it is one of the most misunderstood concepts in Islam, even by Muslims themselves. The author has boldly approached the subject head-on and expertly removed any misunderstands that often result in the mistreatment of the subject. Rather than avoiding it, Shaykh Khalfan has embraced the subject matter, much to the benefit of the reader."


Community Event - Toronto

Messenger for Peace was started in 2011 working together with the Tabligh committee in Toronto. Since then they have been supporting almost 8,000 homeless individuals by providing them with food, clothes and other needs, by organizing food drives on a monthly basis.



This month, Messenger for Peace held a winter gear drive for individuals in homeless shelters. They collected items including winter jackets, gloves, socks and neck scarves to keep the homeless individuals warm this cold winter days. Their goal of 750 packages was surpassed by packing more then 800 items. Visit to learn more about this initiative.


New Book - The Thirst of Sakina (s.a.)

The Thirst of Sakina is a children's board book illustrated by the orphans supported by the Zahra Trust.  A percentage of proceeds from the sale of this book go towards supporting Iraqi orphans as well as other aid projects. The sales price of the book is $10.00. 

You can view pages from the book on e-book portal here and by clicking 'view' under the product image: