A Fortnightly Newsletter
March 17, 2016
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NASIMCO Syrian Humanitarian Relief
The image of a three year old Syrian boy, Alan Kurdi, faced down and dead on a Turkish beach shocked the world last September. The heartbreaking story mobilized Canadians and the Canadian Government to accept 25,000 Syrian refugees, most of whom are being accommodated in hotels until affordable housing arrangements are made, which became possible through government sponsorship.

These refugees face logistical challenges in accessing services (transportation, language, etc) and personal care products. NASIMCO, in collaboration with other Government appointed agencies and faith based organizations, took the initiative to meet some of their needs by providing personal care packages to 600 Syrian refugee individuals/families in Toronto waiting to be settled.

NASIMCO would like to thank all the dedicated and passionate volunteers and donors who help make this ongoing initiative a success.

NASIMCO Annual Conference 2016
The 2016 NASIMCO Annual Conference will be held in Toronto, Canada on the weekend of May 28, 2016 hosted by the Islamic Shia Ithna Asheri Jamaat of Toronto (ISIJ).

The Conference provides North American member Jamaats, to meet, review the activities of the previous year and plan for the future. The conference also gives member Jamaats an opportunity to build bonds, share experiences and good practices for the benefit of all our communities.

This is also an election year, where a new Executive Council will be elected. Nominations for the post of President is open and can be received through member Jamaats.

NASIMCO 2016 Summer Camps
NASIMCO is pleased to announce the annual Madinah al-Ilm and Bab al-Ilm Qum Summer Camps. These are 3 weeks camps held in the holy cities of Qum and Mashhad, in conjunction with The World Federation, guaranteeing participants an experience of a lifetime!

This year our dates of the camp are July 31st - August 20th, 2016The Madinah al-Ilm camp caters for those between the ages of 18-24 years, whilst the Bab al-Ilm camp is tailored for 14-17 year-olds.

Both camps include an Academic Program with activities such as discussions on Quran and hadith, youth issues and classes on major Islamic subjects, and a cultural program with sports, excursions to local attractions and important sites for Ziyarat.

A past camp participant from North America had this to say about her experience: 
"Rarely, if ever, does one get an opportunity to make a trip of a life changing experience filled with moments of absolute serenity, heart wrenching emotion, out of the world reflections, and unshakeable resolve."
Registration deadline is April 1st,  2016.

To register, click here.

NASIMCO Youth Leadership Retreat 2016
Once again the planning for the annual NASIMCO Youth Leadership Retreat has begun...

This year, the leadership retreat will be hosted by Husseini Islamic Center of Orlando, a NASIMCO member Jamaat, from September 2 to September 5, 2016.

"SAVE THE DATE" on your calendars!!

For any queries please email:

Community Event - Imam Ali Chair of Islamic Studies
Hartford Seminary established the first academic chair in North America dedicated to Shi'a studies. The Imam Ali Chair for the Study of Shi'a Islam and Dialogue Among Islamic Legal School was established to provide a voice in the academy for Shi'a Islam, as well as to encourage dialogue among the diverse Islamic legal schools, including Shi'a and Sunni's.

The inaugural ceremony of the Imam Ali (a.s) Chair was on Friday, January 22, 2016, at the Hartford Seminary. The President of NASIMCO, Gulamabbas Najafi together with President of The World Federation, Dr Asgar Moledina attended the ceremony, along with friends, family, supporters, donors and fellow academics from around the world.

Dr. Sayed Ammar Nakshwania well-known lecturer, author and one of the 500 most influential Muslims of 2015, has been named as the Chair's first occupant.

'Fatima (sa) Inspires' Campaign
The World Federation is inviting the community to take part in #FatimaInspires so the work and effort of the women of our community can be showcased.

Nominations are welcome from both males and females for women who have inspired them, for whatever reason it may be through their community work, work outside the community, career skills and achievements or anything else.

Those wishing to submit a nomination, should either send a short video or a picture with a brief statement directly to or share the picture/video directly on social media using the hashtag #FatimaInspires.
Deadline for submissions: March 30, 2016 (wiladat of Bibi Fatima (as))

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