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April 16, 2015
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Ayatollah Dr. Sayyid Muhammad Bahr Al-Aloom

NASIMCO mourns the loss of

Ayatollah Dr. Sayyid Muhammad Bahr Al-Aloom, who passed away on April 7, 2015 in the holy city of Najaf.


Ayatollah Bahr Al-Aloom was born in Najaf in 1927. He graduated from the Najaf University with a degree in Religious Studies,
and later received his PhD degree in Islamic Sharia from Cairo University in 1979. 

Sayyid Bahr Al-Aloom was the first Iraqi cleric politician to sign the document "Democracy and Human Rights in Iraq" in 1988,
which shed light on Saddam Hussein's violations against the Iraqi people. 


By 1992 he had moved to United Kingdon where he was an active member of London's Shi'a community and was the head of AhlulBayt Centre in South London.

After Saddam Hussein was deposed in 2003, Sayyid Bahr Al-Aloom was appointed to the Iraq interim governing council. He was also appointed to the nine-member rotating presidency of Iraq. He was the first president of the council, in an interim capacity, serving in that position from July 13, 2003, until August 1, 2003.

May Allah reward him for his important contributions to humanity by way of Sawabe Jaariyah, for his selfless efforts.

Ayatollah Dr. Sayyid Muhammad Bahr Al-Aloom is survived by several children and grandchildren.


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NASIMCO Annual Conference 2015, Minnesota


This year's NASIMCO conference theme is "Islamophobia vs Islamic Etiquettes"Representation by all Jamaats at the conference will be greatly valued as we try to understand the causes, characteristics and effect of Islamophobia today as well as share ideas, experiences and learn from others the good practices of organizing events that provide a
positive public opinion of our communities for concerns related to Islamophobia.


The conference will be held on June 6th-7th, in Minneapolis, Minnesota hosted by the Imam Hussain Islamic CenterNASIMCO invites all members of constituent Jamaats to attend the conference as observers of the proceedings.

NASIMCO Summer Camps 2015, Qum

Are you between the ages of 14 to 25 years old? Are you looking to embark on the trip of your lifetime? 


Here's your chance! Attend the Bab al-Ilm and Madinah al-Ilm Summer Camps scheduled for July 23rd to August 12th, 2015 in Qum.


Be apart of amazing lectures and discussions on subjects that are a concern for the youth of today. Peform your Ziyarat, enjoy sightseeing, play sports and make friends from all around the world!


Registration has begun, with limited  availability on "first come, first serve" basis.  The camp cost (inclusive of round trip from Toronto) is $3800.00 full cost and $2600.00 subsidized if you are unable to pay the full amount.


Sign up NOW!  Registration Deadline is April 30th, 2015.


To register click here.

NASIMCO Youth Leadership Retreat 2015, Los Angeles 

Youth Leadership Retreat is part of NASIMCO's Capacity Building Program, which aims to unlock the potential of participants to better serve the community and humanity. The theme of this year's retreat is "Thinking Outside the Box: Making Your Voice Count".


This retreat aims to inspire individuals to reach their highest potential. Break the barriers that hold you back from growing as individuals. Gain the tools to challenge your heart and mind. The retreat will include workshops, group activities, group projects, inclusive discussions, outdoor activities, sports and more!


It will be hosted by Shia Ithnasheri Jamat of Los Angeles during Labor Day weekend, from September 4th to 7th, 2015 for ages 18 to 25 at the Pali Mountain Retreat Center in breathtaking Running Springs, California. The fee for the retreat is $200 per participant, and includes food, lodging, and ground transportation from Los Angeles to Running Springs.


Registration is now open and participants are requested to apply online at or click here.


For more information please visit the registration page or email 


NASIMCO Az-Zahra Camps 2015, Toronto 

NASIMCO proudly presents the Az-Zahra Camps 2015. This is a unique retreat open to all women in North America 18 years and up to be held from May 29th to May 31st, 2015. The retreat will feature speakers Sr Masuma A. Jaffer of England and Sr Marzia Hassan of Canada. They will guide the attendees on nourishing the mind, body and soul in a serene environment. The cost of the camp is $240 and the theme will be "Reclaiming Calm from Life's Storms" which will be held at Bliss Haven Resort.


Bliss Haven offers the perfect opportunity to get away from the rat race of life and retreat to a place and recharge with the positive energy emanating from its private settings surrounded with the beauty of nature. The location is ideal for spiritual and holistic retreats and is located 90 minutes from Toronto on 83 acres of land with unlimited nature trails as well as plenty of wildlife.


Registration for the camp is now open. Those interested are requested to apply online at or click here

For more information please visit the registration page or email The application deadline is April 30, 2015.

Community Event - Al-Wahda Sports Festival 2015, Toronto 

Following the Al-Wahda Festivals' illustrious success in 2013, the Festival Organizing Committee proudly presents the much anticipated sequel coming to you this fall! (watch the 2015 Trailer here)


You are invited to the 2nd Al-Wahda Sports Festival, hosted by the Jaffari Sports and Recreation Board (JSRB) under the auspices of the Islamic Shia Ithnasheri Jamaat of Toronto, on Sept 4th to 6th, 2015 

This year's Al-Wahda Sports Festival will feature ladies and men's sporting events, scrumptious food stalls, and a carnival, which promises to deliver lasting memories.

For updates and sign-up, visit