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May 01, 2014 
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The mosque must evolve

Our family emigrated from India to Montreal in 1965. Soon thereafter, my mother entered a mosque for the first time in her adult life. Where she grew up in India, women were forbidden from participating in worship at mosques. It's a cultural practice that unfortunately remains prevalent in many parts of South Asia.

 As with so many female-unfriendly practices, the banning of women from mosques has no basis in Islam. In fact, the Prophet Mohammed was unequivocal when he told Muslims to not forbid women from attending. In most of the Arab world, it is rare to find a house of worship that bars women. Yet something was apparently lost in translation as Islam spread to South Asia.


Here in Canada, women are not banned from mosques, although they are welcomed somewhat grudgingly. For years, "the dungeon" was an inside joke, referring to the typically cramped, dingy prayer area where women followed prayers or lectures by way of a rickety sound system. And while the physical premises may be better today, there is still the issue of that "wall" that physically prevents women from seeing an imam or participating fully in community events.


Mosques often have gender-segregated entrances. Since these institutions are usually run by men, the women's entrance is given little thought. For years, women were prevented from using one downtown Ottawa mosque's main entrance, which was reserved for men. Instead, they had to walk next to a garish sex shop in order to use "their" entrance. I once tried to use the main door and was shooed away. So, I trudged past Venus Envy to complete my afternoon prayers, then trudged back out. I found it demeaning and I hated it, and I wasn't alone. But our concerns were met with indifference.

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NASIMCO Centre of Islamic Learning (CIL) in association with WF Madrasah Center of Excellence (MCE) held the first North American "Neuro-Psychology of Learning" Teacher Development Program in Toronto on April 19 and 20, 2014. The 15 participants were Assessors from the Toronto region, as well as teachers and administration representing different Islamic Learning Centers in the region.


This is a leading edge program designed by professionals in the field of Psychology and customized to benefit our Institutions worldwide. The program is undergoing Pilot sessions with a goal to be made available to all Lerning Center's in the North American region.


"Highly recommend the course to principals and teachers/coordinators" was a comment received from one of the participants. 



The primary Goal of the program is to enhance teacher effectiveness by providing teachers with an understanding of core needs and communication style.


The highlights of the program included:

  • Identify core needs, interaction styles and its effects on how you teach.
  • Understand what motivates various learners to effectively engage students.
  • Utilize student natural talents and strengths to build student confidence and maximize learning.
  • Better manage a classroom by understanding root cause of behavior challenges.
  • Create effective lessons using the TEACH model to enhance student learning and involvement.
The program was facilitated by Sis. Tahera Amarshi (Toronto), Br. Mohamed Dewji (Vancouver), Sis Taazim Jessa (Orlando), and Sis. Siddika Jessa (Vancouver). These facilitators were trained under Susan Nash, the Professional in the field of Neuropsychology, to deliver the two-day program.
The Shia Ithnasheri Jamaat of Pennsylvania recently held elections for their Executive Committee. The elected positions for the term 2014-2016 are as below:

President: Kausar Hassanali

Vice President: Ameen Datoo

Secretary: Ali Walji

Joint Secretary: Munavar Hassanali

Treasurer: Anosh Taqi Sayed

Committee Member: Arif Soonasra

Committee Member: Saleem Mawji  


The Islamic Jaffaria Center of Miami recently held elections for their Executive Committee. The elected positions for the term 2014-2016 are as below:

President: S. Jamil H. Rizvi

Vice President: Dr. Afzal Khan

Secretary: Raza Rizvi

Treasurer: Mohammed Iqbal


As-Sadiq Islamic School is looking for a dynamic leader to lead its school. The starting date is to be determined. Elementary school experience is required with appropriate Principal courses and qualifications/standing.
Apply in confidence or for further information, to the Director of Human Resources with a resume and appropriate documentation via email only to (do not call or fax any documents)

Community Event - Masumeen Cup 2014, Orlando
The Masumeen Cup was initially formed in 2010 with the goal to bring individuals of the same faith in a competitive sport.


Unity and brotherhood are the primary mission, but charity & competition are the secondary goals. If you are a beginner or average or a superstar tennis player, they have a spot and opponent for you.




To register for the upcoming 5th Annual Tournament hosted by Orlando Stars in Orlando, Florida go to and register.