July 20, 2016
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Dear Readers,

Salaam Alaykum!

NASIMCO e-Post serves as a tool by which you may stay connected with various activities, leverage from opportunities and ideas that emerge within NASIMCO and it's members.

Part of NASIMCO's vision and mission is to bind our community together and promote a unified and caring environment for all. We welcome your feedback and comments to enhance our communities together.

If you would like to include activities in your Centre on this e-Post, please email us at
Your chance to carve the future
Project North Star (PNS)

Where do YOU see us in 10 years?
We are distributing a survey to collect this data until the end of August 2016. The answers collected from the survey will be used to collate data on the community, to better understand the needs and requirements of individual communities and The World Federation body at large.
Click here to fill out the survey.

The survey should only take 15 minutes, and all responses are completely anonymous. Share the survey with your friends and family. We want to hear from everyone!

Have your say today and help us build a picture of our global body.

If you require any assistance, then please do contact or

Welcoming the new London-ON Executive Committee
Al-Mehdi Al-Muntathar Union, London, ON recently held elections for their Executive Committee. The elected positions are as below:

President: Salam Al-Attar
Vice President: Arif Datoo
Secretary General: Irshad Syed
Treasurer: Kamal Kaawar
Director: Dania Ajami
Director: Ghada El Jobeili
Director: Nazih Hamam

Dental Screening for Syrian Families
NASIMCO, in conjunction with the ISIJ of Toronto, is hosting a Dental Hygiene Clinic for Syrian Refugee families at the Jaffari Community Centre (JCC) on Sunday, August 7, 2016.

The event will involve dental screening (completed by dentists) for about 50 refugee families, in addition to activities for children and educational workshops for adults (i.e. social services, budgeting & banking, and resume writing & job hunting).

In preparation for the event, we are seeking assistance from volunteers to help with planning (in advance of the event) and logistics on the day of the event.

To Volunteer sign-up here.

Az-Zahra Camp 2016
There was no looking back; this years retreat comprised of 38 participants and 6 dedicated volunteers. The journey began the moment campers jumped onto the bus after Jum'ah on Friday, May 27, 2016.

Upon reaching the Ecology Retreat Centre, the campers were well received by an official welcome team followed by an orientation and a couple of ice breakers conducted by the camp officials and retreat organizers.

The first night provided for a beautiful starlit night and everyone enjoyed the guided star gazing session.

The weekend was fun-filled and relaxing with loads of activities in store like, yoga, hiking, meditation and swimming. There were lectures by our 2 esteemed speakers Sr. Masuma Jaffer of London and Sr. Nicole Correri of Hartford Seminary.

Read more on what went on at the Az-Zahra Camp on our website.

Youth Alert!!
Scholarship opportunity - CSAA Scholarship 2016-2017
NASIMCO has launched scholarships to be awarded to students for Community Service and Academic Achievement (CSAA). The awards aim to encourage the youth of North American communities to excel in their academic achievements and also to reward them for their voluntary services in their respective communities.

Application Forms can be downloaded from
The Application Deadline is August 7, 2016.


NASIMCO Youth Leadership Retreat 2016, Orlando!
There are 5 more spots left. Hurry and register here

For more information contact or visit

Student Volunteer Posting!

Check out what our members are up to
Ramadhan Campaign Against Hunger

NASIMCO Vice President, Sukaina Sumar-Ebrahim presents NASIMCO's contribution toward RCAH
NASIMCO's contribution of CAD $20,000.00 towards Ramadhan Campaign Against Hunger (RCAH) results in a successful campaign which took place on Saturday, June 25, 2016 at the Jaffari Community Centre (JCC), in Toronto.

With the support of over 80 volunteers the team was able to provide over 450 deliveries to families in need around the GTA and as far as Hamilton & surrounding area. These packages
 consisted of Ramadhan food items like dates, sugar, oil, etc. and Eid gifts for children of these families.
A huge thank you goes out to the JCC, our community members, the volunteers, the donors for all the support and assistance.

May Allah Bless you all for your support!

Eid Picnic

On Saturday, July 9, 2016, the ISIJ of Toronto hosted an Eid Picnic for the community at large. After a month of fasting and spiritual reflection during the holy month of Ramadhan it was a day of socializing, great food and fun activities all whilst celebrating the festive day of Eid-Ul-Fitr.

The picnic was held among the beautiful natural landscape and diverse wild life in the Island Lake Conservation Area located in Orangeville, Ontario. Throughout the day, there were a variety of activities such as hiking, sports, a scavenger hunt, a raffle for a Ziyarat trip and much more.

Toronto Jamaat Chairlady, Sr. Shabnees Siwjee, Mukhi, Br. Mehboob Siwjee along with many volunteers, both young and young at heart had tirelessly prepared for the picnic and were rewarded with the large turnout of over 900 participants. It was a memorable day for all who had attended.

Annual Interfaith Ramadhan Dinner - Minnesota
On Saturday, June 18, 2016 the Ja'afari Islamic Center (JIC) in Brooklyn Park, Minneapolis opened their doors to 50 guests from the community which included churches, synagogues and members of the sheriff department.

The hospitality and warmth of the jamaat members was applauded by the guests. One of the guests was Rabbi Jill Crimmings who wrote a blog which you may read here.

Ramadhan Relief 1437
Thank you to all those who contributed towards the Ramadhan Relief 1437.

More information on your contribution will follow in the next newswire.
NASIMCO President's Eid Message

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