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October 15, 2014 
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Islam as a Way of Life:
Muslim Life on UB Campus


After his exam, Payraw Salih* took three pieces of paper - one for his head and two for his feet - to the corner of the lecture hall. Only one other student was in the classroom. The student stared as Salih walked to the corner to complete the Maghrib prayer, the fourth of the five daily prayers Muslims observe.

For Salih, a senior physics major and a leader of the Muslim Student Association (MSA), Islam is a way of life.


Although Muslim students can face challenges practicing Islam in college, many of them gain a deeper understanding of their faith engaging with the MSA and local community. Buffalo has approximately 30 mosques, and the Masjid An-Noor mosque located on 745 Heim Road is the closest one to UB.


"Without Islam, I would be prone to a deep depression," Salih said. "It guides my actions through an appropriate outlet."

Salih described Islam as a religion that emphasizes habitual spirituality. Islam instills an element of worship in every aspect of the day, including everything from interactions between men and women to honesty on exams, he said.


Salat - the duty to pray during certain times of the day based on the position of the sun - is one of the five pillars of Islam. MSA provides its office in 320 Student Union as a prayer room for Muslim students.


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Muslim Personalities
Muhammad Ali:
 Greatest Boxer 


Boxer, philanthropist and social activist Muhammad Ali was born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. on January 17, 1942 in Louisville, Kentucky. Considered one of the greatest athletes in boxing history, Ali showed at an early age that he wasn't afraid of any bout-inside or outside of the ring. Growing up in the segregated South, Ali experienced racial prejudice and discrimination firsthand, which likely contributed to his early passion for boxing.


At the age of 12, Ali discovered his talent for boxing through an odd twist of fate. His bike was stolen, and Ali told a police officer, Joe Martin, that he wanted to beat up the thief. "Well, you better learn how to fight before you start challenging people," Martin reportedly told him at the time. In addition to being a police officer, Martin also trained young boxers at a local gym.


Ali started working with Martin to learn how to box, and soon began his boxing career. In his first amateur bout in 1954, he won the fight by split decision. Ali went on to win the 1956 Golden Gloves tournament for novices in the light heavyweight class. Three years later, he won the National Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions, as well as the Amateur Athletic Union's national title for the light-heavyweight division.

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Muharram Reciters for North America - 1436/2014

USA Jamaats


Anjuman e Asghari - Minnesota

Syed Ali Hur Mujtaba Kamoonpuri - English/Urdu

Moalima Latifa Samji (Ladies) - English/Urdu


Husseini Islamic Center of Florida, INC - Orlando

Sayyid Ali Naqvi - English

Mahjabeen Dhalla (Ladies) - English


Imam Hussain Islamic Center - Minnesota

Sheikh Ahmed Ali Baghadadi - English

Sheikh Mortada Abu Abbassiya - Arabic

Umeh Aliyaah (Ladies) - Arabic


Imam Mahdi Education Center - Maryland

Sheikh Ahmad Alhaeri - English


Islamic Jaffaria Association Inc - Miami

Azhar A. Abadi - English

Maulana Zaheer Ahmed Iftikari - Urdu


Ithna-asheri Muslim Association of the Northwest - Seattle

Sheikh Imranali Panjwani - English


Muslim Foundation Inc - New Jersey

Sheikh Husain Al Naushid - English

Syed Muntazir Abbas Naqvi - Urdu


Shia Ithna-Asheri Islamic Jamaat - Los Angeles

Sheikh Arif Abdul Hussein - English


Shia Ithnasheri Jamaat of Pennsylvania - Allentown

Sheikh Alihusain Datoo - English

Zakira Seyeda Huma Jafri (Ladies) - English/Urdu




Canada Jamaats


Aza-e-Hussain Association of BC - Surrey

Maulana Syed Javed Jaffri - Urdu


Islamic Shia Ithna-Asheri Association - Edmonton

Sheikh Jaffer Jaffer - English


Islamic Shia Ithna Asheri Association - Ottawa

Adil Hasnain -  English (1st-5th Muharram)

Maulana Sayed Aqeel Shah - Urdu, English (5th-10th Muharram)


Islamic Shia Ithna-Asheri Jamaat - Kitchener-Waterloo

Dr. Hasnain Walji - English


Islamic Shia Ithnasheri Jamaat - Toronto

Sayed Mohammad Baqer al-Qazwini - English

Maulana Syed Fathay Ali - Urdu

Zakira Asghari Begum (Ladies) - English/Urdu


Masumeen Islamic Center - Brampton

Sheikh Khalil Jaffer - English


Razavi Islamic Center - Hamilton

Sheikh Akil Karim - English/Urdu 


Shiane Haidery Islamic Association - Montreal

Sheikh Abdul Jaleel - English

Syed Muhammad Hasan Rizvi - Urdu


Shia Muslim Community of BC - Vancouver (Az-Zahraa Islamic Centre)

Muallim Dr. Mustafa Mawjee - English


Helpers of Husayn Blood Drives

NASIMCO would like to encourage all community members to donate blood in the name of Imam Husayn (A.S.) between Muharram 1st and Safar 20th 1436, at the closest clinic or at a Jamaat-organized mobile clinic event. The idea of giving blood during Muharram has been growing year upon year.


Did you know...


- On average, a human has 10-12 pints of blood in their body and that less than one pint is donated during a blood donation?

- For one donation of blood, three lives are saved?


- It takes a mere 24 hours for the body to replace the plasma lost during the donation and that most people only feel some tiredness after donating?


Think of the difference we can collectively make in order to help save lives while commemorating the tragedy of Karbala. 


Scholarship Opportunity

TD is offering a scholarship program for young people across Canada who have consistently gone above and beyond to make their community - and our world - a better place.


Apply here by November 28, 2014, and you could be one of the winners in 2015.