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January 18, 2015
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Islam in the News
What Happened to Islam?


What if I told you that Islam once produced the world's most scientifically advanced and intellectually productive civilization?


It's true, and you'll probably hear more about it, this being 2015, the United Nations International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies, in which Islamic science will be showcased.

Many Americans might find far-fetched the idea that Islam spawned the most advanced and sophisticated civilization of its time - especially now that some Islamic sects slaughter thousands of innocents in their bloody campaign to spread tyrannical Sharia law.


Yet Islam's Golden Age, extending from the 7th century to the 13th century, flourished while Europe and Christendom wallowed in the Dark Ages. Western society was considered a backwater, if considered at all.

Islam generated impressive advances in medicine, chemistry, physics, mathematics, astronomy, optics and philosophy. It created cities, observatories and libraries, and it engaged in far-flung commerce well before Christopher Columbus set sail.


Credit Islamic genius for the magnetic compass and navigational innovation, for algebra and the refinement of the numbering system that originated in India, for papermaking and the scientific method. While Greek and Roman learning faded in the medieval West, Islamic scholars were preserving and enlarging it - long before the European Renaissance or Age of Enlightenment.

All this and more will be spotlighted during the International Year, which will open Jan. 19 at UNESCO headquarters in Paris and will aim to raise awareness of light science and its importance to mankind.


And by doing that, it necessarily will have to highlight Islamic achievements. For example, the opening event will focus on the multiple accomplishments of the 11th century polymath Ibn al-Haytham in optics, mathematics and astronomy. The Golden Age will get more attention Sept. 14 during a conference on its impact on "knowledge-based society."

To read more, click here. 


Muslim Personalities
Fatima al-Fihri:
 Founder of Al-Qarawiyyin


Daughter of Mohammed al-Fihri, Fatima al-Fihri, also called Umm al Banine, 'Mother of the Boys', is known for creating the oldest academic degree-granting university in existence today, the University of Qarawiyyin.

Fatima and her family were among several families who moved from Tunisia to Morocco during the reign of the Moroccan King Idris II.


After her father and her brothers died, she and her sister Mariam inherited a large fortune. Both women wanted to devote their money to pious work that would benefit the community in order to receive the blessings of God. To this end, Fatima built the Al Qarawiyyin mosque, while Mariam built the Al-Andalus mosque. In 859, from the 10th to the 12th century, the Al Qarawiyyin mosque developed into a university which became an important centre of education, and one of the first Islamic and  most prestigious universities in the world.


Fatima Al-Fihri was a visionary lady who lived her life  for the sake of her community's improvement.  She was from a prestigious family and had inherited a fortune from her father. As a young, wealthy and well educated woman, her interest was neither in shoes or handbags, nor in any celebrity lifestyle, neither to woo any  man for marriage. Not any of the shallow stereotypes that are usually associated with young women, could be attributed to this lady of great depth, whose vision was cultivated and allowed to grow because of the encouragement from the  Islamic society in which she lived. Her vision did not remain a dream but, rather, was accomplished, and the results can still be seen today.

To read more, click here. 


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NASIMCO CSAA Scholarship Awards - Results

NASIMCO is pleased to announce the winners of the Community Service and Academic Achievement (CSAA) 2014-15 Scholarships.

Mohsin and Fauzia Jaffer Foundation Scholarship Award ($3,000)
~ Shahin Fatemah Teja ~

Jaffer Family Foundation Scholarship Award ($2,000)
~ Malikah Ibrahim ~

Marhum Roshanali and Marziabai Datoo Scholarship Award ($2,000)
~ Fattimah Ahmad Hamam ~
London, ON

Marhum Sultan Davdani Scholarship Award ($2,000)
~ Shaan Ali Jessa ~

Marhum Mohamedali Kanji Memorial Scholarship Award ($1,000)
~ Zahra Mohammed Khaku ~

Haj Hussein Rajabali Bhimani Memorial Scholarship Award ($1,000)
~ Amin G. Aaser ~

Marhum Abbas Alloo Scholarship Award ($1,000)
~ Ali Abbas Rawji ~

Islamic Shia Ithnasheri Jamaat of Toronto
Scholarship Award ($1,000)
~ Ali Al-Samak ~

Islamic Shia Ithna-Asheri Association of Edmonton
Scholarship Award ($1,000)
~ Abbas Nazarali Ali Okera ~

Imam Hussain Islamic Center of Minnesota
Scholarship Award ($1,000)
~ Zahra Zakir Dhanji ~

Sajeda Karim-Alidina Memorial Scholarship Award ($1,000)
~ Maryam Zhian ~

Write 2 Read Foundation Scholarship Award ($1,000)
~ Zainab Amir Hassoun ~
Los Angeles

The Minnesota Jamaat Scholarship Award ($1,000)
~ Mohammedmehdi Walji ~

Teacher Skills and Tools Program Report

NASIMCO Centre of Islamic Learning (CIL) in association with Madrasah Centre of Excellence (MCE) held the 3rd and 4th Teacher Skills and Tools (TST) Program. These were held in:


1. Los Angeles, California on Sept 27-29, 2014 at SIIJLA

2. Brampton, Ontario on October 10-11, 2014 at Al-Muntadir Madrasah



The next program is scheduled to be held in Minnesota on February 7-8, 2015. The brochure for the program is available here.

The TST program focuses on teaching skills and tools to practice a Student centered approach to learning where every student's learning needs are respected and cherished in the classroom.  It provides strategies that teachers can use to achieve higher retention rates in students. 

"An eye opener, all the teachers should go through this program."


"Realized that my perception of a successful class and what a successful class is are quite different!"


The participants were given tools and skills that they can directly apply in their classrooms as well as areas of personal development for more long term objectives

"I gained valuable tools and practical steps that will help me, not only teach, but also in my personal life."


"Connecting the dots from instructional to practical was amazing."



"The breakouts and interactions were great.  It allowed us to put in practice the materials." 



"The number of activities was really eye opening and effective and it made the day and modules very enjoyable." 


The program emphasizes on the practical application of Islam to a child's life in a way that is positive and age appropriate.  It provided opportunity for the participants to learn and practice the skills in an engaging and safe environment with support from their fellow participants.  


A special thanks to the program organizing team of SIIJLA and Al-Muntadhir Madrasah. 


The program is designed and facilitated by Sr. Salma Jaffer, Sr. Siddika Jessa and Sr. Sophia Dewji.