A Fortnightly Newsletter
December 15, 2014 
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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.


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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.

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Helpers of Husayn (A.S.) Blood Donation Campaign - Results

Making a donation to save a life is the embodiment of the spirit of Imam Hussein (AS)'s message. NASIMCO encourages donating blood especially during these months of Muharram and Safar.

This year, 181 pints of blood have been collected in North America. As each pint of blood can save the lives of up to 3 people, this means that our community has collectively saved over 543 lives. NASIMCO would like to recognize those Jamaats that organized Blood Donation Campaigns in remembrance of the sacrifice of Imam Husayn (a.s.) and individuals who participated in the campaign and helped humanity.


Canada Jamaats


Brampton - Masumeen Islamic Centre - 18 blood pints


USA Jamaats


Minnesota - Imam Hussain Islamic Center &
Anjuman-e-Asghari - 19 blood pints


Orlando - Husseini Islamic Center - 55 blood pints


MiamiIslamic Jaffaria Association Inc. - 37 blood pints


New Jersey - Muslim Foundation Inc. - 52 blood pints




Community Event - Toronto & Montreal

This Muhurram brought with it Ansar Day 2014, both in Toronto and Montreal. The Ansar Day team in Toronto collaborated closely with the Ansar Day team in Montreal to offer through the generous contributions of our community 2 Ziyarah trips, 2 Camp Taha trips, 1185 meals to the needy, 3725 roses for outreach, 157 care packages for the poor, $1756 for a water well project abroad, 47 paintings and 6 creative multimedia recordings themed around Ashura, 82 cheek swab donations, 6380 sweets.


Outreach locations included hospitals, public service locations, and bus terminals. In addition, 3 churches were visited and offered sweets made by Muslim bakeries in both cities. Finally, members of the Ansar Day team produced a compelling documentary that took the insights of 10 renowned scholars about Ziyarah Warith. It was aired on Ahlul-Bayt TV and is available online.




From both cities, a total of 400 volunteers came together during the Ansar Weekends, coming from diverse cultures and ages. Their common love for Imam Hussein (AS) and the Ansars that stood with him, motivated them to take inspiration from them through active reflection. It was a beautiful site to see such a range of people coming together as one body to reaffirm their devotion to the Hussayni ideals and to strengthen their resolve to stand, ever stronger and ever more united, against the Yazids of our time.

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