Mayor Joe Zimmerman honored the Ismaili Jamatkhana and Center and its volunteers with a City of Sugar Land Proclamation at the Sugar Land City Council meeting on Tuesday, February 6, 2018, and personally thanked the Ismaili community for its outreach and volunteer efforts to better the City. #AgaKhan #DiamondJubilee #IJKC #iCerv #Volunteerism
Last night was an evening of beautiful music in the Hudspeth Auditorium as people from across Houston gathered for "Celebratory Sounds of the Abrahamic Faiths." Musicians from Houston Hillel, the Holy Ghost Catholic Church Choir and Ismaili Jamatkhana performed as part of a free Master of Liberal Studies public class session. Our thanks to these talented musicians and to everyone who helped make the evening a success! mls.rice.edu
Thank you to all who attended the Meadowvale JK Meals for Change event as a part of Ismaili #CIVIC150. A total of 110 volunteers came together to pack and distribute food bags and worked towards completing hours for our pledge of 1 Million Hours for Canada. #canada150 #diamondjubilee #proudtobeacanadianismaili #volunteering Ismaili Civic150
The Ismaili Muslim Community of Durham Region has partnered with Canadian Blood Services to help ensure that blood is available to hospital patients in need.
As part of their Civic 150 initiative, the Ismaili Muslim Community has adopted the Oshawa blood donor clinic and committed to recruit new donors and fill appointments to help collect more than 20 donations at the clinic.
“We are very excited about making a real difference in the lives of Canadian hospital patients,” says Aliya Kassam Premji. “This year, 100,000 new blood donors are needed across Canada to meet patient needs – including 3,000 needed right here in our community.”
March 19, 2018, 10:00 am at Children's Museum of Atlanta , 275 Centennial Olympic Park Dr NW, Atlanta, GA 30313, United States
Join the volunteers from the Ismali Muslim Community in celebrating the festival of Navroz at the Children's Museum of Atlanta through music and crafts. Families can also learn about the Persian and Central Asian cultures through stories and art from the Aga Khan Museum.
· Ismali Choir
11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Members for the Ismali Choir will perform traditional songs in honor of Navroz.
· Navroz Storytime
Noon and 2 p.m.
“An Afghan Navroz” by Nissa Kara will share the story of Ariana and Jamil who are celebrating the Persian New Year, Navroz in Afghanistan.
Ismaili Muslim Community Exceeds Its Pledge of One Million Hours of Service for Canada.
March 21, 2018 – The Shia Ismaili Muslim community in Canada today will announce that it has surpassed its pledge to volunteer one million hours of service for Canada. The statement, to be made today in the presence of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, commemorates Canada’s 150th anniversary of confederation and the Diamond Jubilee of His Highness the Aga Khan -
celebrating sixty years of his spiritual leadership of the Ismaili Muslim community worldwide.
The one million-hour pledge is the cornerstone of the Ismaili CIVIC 150 initiative, rooted in the community’s commitment to improving the quality of life of all Canadians.
“Our community’s one million hours of service is a demonstration of Ismaili Muslims’ enduring commitment to Canada,” offers Malik Talib, President of the Ismaili Council for Canada. “In communities across the country, Ismailis volunteered as mentors and coaches to build the next generation’s skills. Ismailis also delivered employment and settlement support services to new Canadians, provided care for the elderly, supported anti-poverty initiatives, and maintained natural and public spaces. Volunteerism and service to the broader community are both central to Ismaili and Canadian values, and the Ismaili
CIVIC 150 initiative is a reflection of that.”
As of March 21, 2018, the Ismaili community volunteered a total of 1,127,549 hours of service across the country. Partners included organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, Terry Fox Foundation, the Food Bank, Canadian Blood Services, amongst many others.
As part of Ismaili CIVIC 150, members of the community across the country marked the formal launch of the initiative by engaging in a national day of service on September 17, 2017 - Ismaili CIVIC Day. Over the course of the year, members of the community, young and old, engaged in additional acts of service, individually and collectively, to contribute to the one million-hour pledge.
The national milestone exceeding one million hours will be revealed at a special event to be held today at the Ismaili Centre, Toronto celebrating Nawruz, the first day of Spring and the new year for millions of Muslim communities worldwide. Prime Minister Trudeau is expected to join members of various local
communities, not-for-profit Ismaili CIVIC 150 partner organizations and volunteers to commemorate the special occasion around the Nawruz themes of renewal, hope and optimism.
The symmetry between Canadian and Ismaili Muslim values of voluntary service were highlighted by His Highness the Aga Khan in his historic address to the joint session of Parliament in Canada on February 27, 2014:
“I have been impressed by recent studies showing the activity of voluntary institutions and not-for-profit organizations in Canada to be among the highest in the world. This Canadian spirit resonates with a cherished principle in Shia Ismaili culture — the importance of contributing one’s individual energies on a
voluntary basis to improving the lives of others. This is not a matter of philanthropy, but rather of selffulfillment — ‘enlightened self-fulfillment.’”
To celebrate and honour the community’s devotion to Canada, Ismaili CIVIC 150 will continue as an annual legacy initiative and as part of the Shia Ismaili community’s responsibility and commitment to Canada.
Local Ismaili Muslim Community partners with Canadian Blood Services for donation drive
As part of their Civic 150 initiative they have organized a group donation at the Barrie blood donor clinic
The Ismaili Muslim Community of Barrie has partnered with Canadian Blood Services to help ensure that lifesaving blood products are available to hospital patients in need.
As part of their dedication to their community and as part of their Civic 150 initiative, they have organized a group donation at the Barrie blood donor clinic and committed to recruit new donors and fill appointments to help collect 32 blood donations at the clinic.
“We are very excited about making a real difference in the lives of Canadian hospital patients,” says Nadir Prasla, lead of the Civic 150 Barrie team. “This year, 100,000 new blood donors are needed across Canada to meet patient needs – including 1200 needed right here in our community. We are hoping that we can make a real difference in the lives of our community by volunteering 1 million service hours across Canada, and by spending some of those service hours donating blood, we are helping to save lives.”
The Institute for Canadian Citizenship welcomes 50 new Canadians
Tasneem Rahim, a volunteer with Ismaili Jamatkhana, said the group of new Canadians was brought together with other members of the community to talk about what it means to be Canadian.
“We talk about fairness, diversity and equity, so we really start that conversation with what aligns to our values, we think about compassion and care, we look at what it means to be Canadian and the security we offer,” said Rahim “We talk about why diversity is so important and what really defines resilient communities, which is pluralism, strength and community.”
Co-founders and co-chairs of the Institute for Canadian Citizenship, Gov. Gen. Adrienne Clarkson, John Ralston Saul, Mayor Naheed Nenshi and Fauzia Lalani, president of the Ismaili Council for the Prairies, addressed the new Canadians.
Qaqlasht festival features cultural shows, traditional games
CHITRAL: The four-day Qaqlasht festival concluded with much funfair and colourful activities at the tourist resort near Booni in Upper Chitral on Sunday.
Held at 8000 feet high tourist resort, the festival was attended a large number of people, tourists and students from different educational institutions. The festival showcased different sports competitions including polo, sports for the physically challenged persons, traditional food stalls, cultural show, tug-of-war, skate shooting, rock climbing, zip-lining marathon race, volleyball, cricket, football, archery and music night.
Games like falcon prey, hockey and other activities like buddy dik, quiz competitions, mushaira and paragliding were also organized. Local poets and artistes participated in mushaira and music programmes.
A grand music night was held last night in which the visitors and tourists were entertained with traditional dances and chorus. The spectators enjoyed music of reed instrument and that of pure Chitrali sitar besides folk dance 'chong righishi' and 'tatali wawali', and 'mamashish'.
Tourism Corporation Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (TCKP), district administration Chitral jointly organised the festival. Sarhad Rural Support Programme, cellular company Telenor, Agha Khan Rural Support Programme, tehsil municipal administration Mastuj sponsored the colourful event.
Jashan-e-Qaqlasht is 2,000 years old festival of the people of Chitral. It is organized with the objective to protect the indigenous Kho culture and to highlight and market it as tourism product so as to attract maximum national and international tourists to the region that could help reduce poverty by providing tourism-related job opportunities to the locals apart from promoting cross-cultural understanding and harmony.
Ismaili Muslim community gathering place to open on Lakeline Boulevard in May
Ismaili Jamatkhana Austin, a gathering place for the Ismaili Muslim community in the Austin region, is planned to open at 2401 S. Lakeline Blvd., Cedar Park, in May. Jamatkhanas are places for community engagement through interfaith programs, cultural events, education programs and civic engagement. The Ismaili Jamatkhana Austin will hold events throughout the year for the public and be a place of congregation and prayer for the Ismaili community. 832-922-0579. https://the.ismaili/usa
Bosworth and Kaplan visit Ismaili Council clean-up event
North Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth and Council Member Anna Kaplan hosted the Ismaili Council for a community clean-up event on April 22 at Whitney Pond Park in Manhasset. The event featured nearly a hundred volunteers from around North Hempstead to take part in the park’s beautification on Earth Day.
North Texas' Ismaili Muslim community celebrates end of Ramadan with a donation of 6,000 meals
At an Ismaili Muslim center in Plano, a crowd of volunteers gathered Friday to celebrate the end of Ramadan by enjoying one another's company, sharing a traditional meal -- and doing good work for the larger community.
A few hundred members of North Texas' Ismaili Muslim community gathered at Ismaili Jamatkhana and Center to prepare and pack 1,200 meals to donate. Together with sister centers in Carrollton, Euless and Colleyville, they’ll donate 6,000 meals to mark Eid al-Fitr.
"The month of Ramadan is a month of piety and self-reflection," said Salim Rahimi, a volunteer and community leader. "It's about understanding the gifts that we've been given and what we should be doing for the world at large."
Ismaili Muslim Community to Host 22nd Annual Stampede Breakfast 2018 in Calgary
The one annual tradition which everyone looks forward to attending! Ismaili Muslims of Calgary to host this year’s (2018) annual stampede breakfast at Ismaili Jamatkhana and Centre on Saturday July 7th – 1128 45th Avenue NE – with formal opening at 7:45 AM. Sumptuous breakfast will close at 11:00 AM. A special art exhibition entitled “Expressions of Diversity” and children’s activities have been planned.
Plano's MCOR teams up with Aga Khan Council for exhibition
‘Ethics in Action’ events set for July 20-21
Aga Khan Council for the Central United States will host the first Ethics in Action event July 20-21 at the Plano Municipal Center. The inaugural event marks the first collaboration between Aga Khan Council in Plano and the city’s Multicultural Outreach Roundtable (MCOR).
The two-day event will be from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. in the lobby at 1520 K Ave.
Samina Hooda, communications coordinator for Aga Khan Council of Central United States, said attendees can expect to see an interactive display of ongoing service projects locally and abroad that will hopefully inspire a heart for service.
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