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.
Prior Lake girl collects 1,312 pounds of food in drive
Prior Lake resident Sanya Pirani collected more than 1,312 pound of food to donate to the Community Action Partnership Agency of Scott, Carver and Dakota counties for children and families struggling to get enough food.
The food drive, put on by Sanya's Hope for Children, raised 340 pounds of food from New Horizon in Prior Lake, 357 pounds of food from New Horizon in Savage, 328 pounds of food from the Prior Lake Library and 287 pounds of food from the Shakopee Library for the total donation of 1,312 pounds.
The Cub Foods in Shakopee donated 240 units of tuna.
A Celebration of the Muslim Festival of Eid al-Adha
by Ismaili Centre, Burnaby
Eid al-Adha, the Festival of Sacrifice, is observed by Muslims around the world in commemoration of one of the greatest trials of faith in the life of Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham – upon whom be peace). In Muslim and Judeo-Christian traditions, it is related that, as a test of Hazrat Ibrahim's faith, the Almighty calls upon him to sacrifice his beloved son.
For Muslims today, this holiday renews the importance of making sacrifices in one’s daily lives; such as those of one's time, energy and resources for the benefit others. It is also an opportunity to commemorate the occasion, and come together as one community to partake in festivities and refreshments.
We look forward to you joining us for a celebration of the festival of Eid al-Adha on Friday, August 24, 2018.
A collaboration between the City of Vancouver and BC Muslim Communities
The inaugural i-CERV weekend saw Ismailis from across the UK volunteer at soup kitchens, homeless shelters, park clean-ups, and training sessions for the aged.
SAMEER MAWJI | 16 August 2018 | GLOBAL
i-CERV programme illustrates UK Jamat’s contribution to the wider community
The i-CERV initiative was launched in the United Kingdom jurisdiction Jamat during the Diamond Jubilee year with a great sense of excitement. i-CERV — Ismaili Community Engaged in Responsible Volunteering — is a programme first established in the United States, with a mission to offer its members an opportunity to serve the wider communities in which they reside.
To celebrate the launch of the initiative, the UK jurisdiction Jamat has committed to engaging in 60 i-CERV projects before the end of 2018, to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of Mawlana Hazar Imam’s Imamat. Over the past few months, Ismaili volunteers have been participating in a wide variety of charitable initiatives across a number of areas of need.
Shalom Bollywood Brings Muslims and Jews Together at the Ismaili Jamatkhana in Atlanta
BY ISMAILIMAIL POSTED ON SEPTEMBER 1, 2018
Shalom Bollywood Brings Muslims and Jews TogetherThree Jewish actresses who long ago helped pioneer the movie industry in India unwittingly also helped, in a precedent-shattering program Sunday, to bring Atlanta’s Jewish and Muslim communities closer together.
The actresses are long gone, but last Sunday’s showing of the documentary, “Shalom Bollywood” at an Islamic center in Norcross helped create a rare occasion for the two communities to get together for an entertaining afternoon of mutual understanding. The film also was screened at this year’s Atlanta Jewish Film Festival.
The program was introduced by Rabbi Brad Levenberg of Temple Sinai in Sandy Springs, who is also a board member of the AJFF.
See below for Ismaili CIVIC Day (British Columbia) activities in your area.
Ismaili CIVIC Day is a day where the Ismaili community in Canada joins hands to provide service to its country to improve the quality of life of fellow Canadians, one Canadian at a time. Ismaili CIVIC and the Ismaili community’s effort to improve quality of life here in British Columbia and throughout Canada will continue every day. The ethic of volunteerism and giving back in a manner that improves the lives of others is an important value of the Muslim faith.
This year's Ismaili CIVIC day will be held on 23rd September 2018. Join us at the various events listed below that are around the province. Register on VMS.
Jamat in France invited to rekindle the flame at the Arc de Triomphe
On the occasion of the centenary of the end of the First World War, the Ismaili Council for France represented the France jurisdiction Jamat at a ceremony to mark the memory of soldiers of South Asian origin, who lost their lives a century ago. Guests at the event came together to focus on unity and cohesion between all peoples.
The memorial event was organised by the Global Organisation for People of Indian Origin (GOPIO) France Métropole, in association with the Indian Embassy in Paris on 15 September 2018, and included the rekindling of the flame of the Arc de Triomphe in memory of those who died for France. The ceremony paid tribute in particular to South Asian troops who fought during World War I, and took place at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier, at the western end of the Champs-Élysées in central Paris.
World cleanup day, ismaili boy scouts central jamat khana gilgit are giving a good massage to the world to keep your environment clean and be healthy speacil thanks to team Hashoo Foundation and GB-EPA
Peacemakers of All Faiths Gather at Ismaili Jamatkhana Plano for Restoring Community Day
CAB USA’s efforts mirror the work done daily by mediators in both government and civil society, efforts that are facilitated by the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) and the National Association for Community Mediation.
During ACR’s 2017 conference in Dallas, CAB USA hosted the ACR Community Mediation and Restorative Practices Section’s full-day meeting at the Ismaili Muslim Jamatkhana in Plano, Texas.
Eighty-five participants from many faiths and backgrounds gathered at the Jamatkhana for an event called “Restoring Community Day.” They included Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins, who is the chief administrative official of the ninth-most populous county in the United States.
Approximately 2000 volunteers joined forces across Canada to participate in the second annual Ismaili CIVIC Day over the weekend of September 22-23, 2018.
The volunteers cleaned parks and shorelines, served meals at shelters, manned stands at walkathons, baked cookies and made sandwiches for those in need. They performed cleanups of roadways, weeded gardens, volunteered at Habitat for Humanity and much more.
In total, Ismaili CIVIC worked with 26 non-profit civil society organizations.
In Mississauga, nearly 150 volunteers helped with the clean up of Financial Drive and Mississauga Valley Park. Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie joined the park cleaning efforts.
“I see the spirit, the compassion, the passion that the Ismaili community has and the way they give back to the community in so many ways all the time,” said Mayor Crombie.
“It’s that spirit of volunteerism that I think the Ismaili community embodies that is really infectious throughout the greater community.”
Ismaili CIVIC Day was first organized to commemorate Canada’s 150th anniversary since Confederation. In 2017 – its first year – Canadian Ismailis gave over 1.5 million hours of voluntary service.
At Parkway Forest Park in North York, Ontario, MP Geng Tan awarded the Willowdale Jamatkhana Ismaili CIVIC team with a Canada 150 Sequicentennial pin in recognition of the Ismaili Muslim community’s long standing commitment to Canada through volunteerism and civic engagement.
In Edmonton, over 100 individuals braved winter conditions, showing up on a cold, snowy day to help plant trees in Brookside as part of the City of Edmonton’s Root for Trees initiative. Across the country, a total of 2100 trees were planted with the help of Ismaili CIVIC.
Two volunteers, Alim Gilani, 33, and Nadim Valiyani, 35, greeted guests with hot chai while helping organize the efforts. “Edmonton is home to me,” said Gilani. “I have travelled a lot and at the end of the day it is important to come home and give back to the community through such events.”
Fifty-nine-year-old Ferial Jassani came out to plant trees despite the weather conditions.
“Although it was outside my comfort zone, I am here,” said Jassani. She was happy she had a chance to meet many people she would not have had she stayed home.
One young volunteer who also helped with the Mississauga park cleanup, 14-year-old Rania Pirbhai, saw how Ismaili CIVIC affected others: “By setting an example, we may even inspire people,” she said. “Many people walked by and some of them helped us pick up garbage at the park cleanup.”
Mississauga MP Omar Alghabra agreed: “It’s really an example for all Canadians for how a community can come together to improve their local community - physically and socially,” he said.
“It (Ismaili CIVIC) is a great example to all of us.”
On September 23, 2018, The Ismaili Muslim community in Brampton, Ontario, Canada celebrated 2nd annual Ismaili Civic event at Northhampton Park adjacent to Brampton Jamat Khana. Seniors and youth volunteers joined hands in cleaning up the Northampton Park to a sparkling finish.
Before the programme commenced a group photo with the Dignitaries, Leadership of Brampton Jamat and other Guests and Members present was taken in front of Northampton Park Adopted by the Ismaili Community last year.
United in Gratitude: Fort Bend Interfaith Thanksgiving Service
BY ISMAILIMAIL POSTED ON NOVEMBER 21, 2018
November 19, 2018, Southwest United States Ismaili Muslim Choir participated in the fourth annual Fort Bend Interfaith Community Thanksgiving Service held at St. Angela Merici Catholic Church in Houston, TX. Over 15 faith communities from the Greater Houston area gathered for this year’s service echoing the message of oneness, unity, and peace.
Ismaili Muslim Choir in collaboration with ZIKR band from Houston performed the Hamd “Na tera Khuda” originally composed by Najam Shiraz.
Performers: Shabana Rattani, Karim Noorani, Alam Panjwani, Anjum Manesia, Surriya Momin, Hina Kamadia with Firuz Shukrikhudov on guitar. Produced and arranged by Kamal Haji.
Los Angeles area volunteers provide help to Police Department during wildfires
The annual Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) Walk-Run was scheduled to be held at the Santa Monica Pier on Sunday, November 11, 2018. As in prior years on this day, walk organizers envisioned residents of Southern California would participate in the event to learn about AKF programs worldwide, and invest in long-term solutions to improve the quality of life for global communities.
Expected attendees included civic leaders from the City of Santa Monica, the Consul Generals of Pakistan, Indonesia, and Ecuador. Mahira Khan, a Pakistani actress, was also amongst the celebrities who had confirmed attendance to support the AKF Walk-Run. Little did the volunteers and attendees know that as they prepared for the event, nature was going to interfere with their plans.
On Thursday, November 8, 2018, the Woolsey fire began during a day of hot, dry, and windy weather in Ventura and Los Angeles counties. The next day, the authorities announced that a quarter of a million people were under mandatory evacuation orders as the wind-whipped flames raged through scenic areas west of Los Angeles and burned relentlessly towards the ocean, covering much of the area, and even where some Jamati members lived.
Due to poor air quality caused by the fires, and based on the Public Health Department’s advisory to remain indoors, AKF leadership decided to postpone the Santa Monica 2018 AKF Walk-Run.
Given that the goal and mission of AKF is to improve the quality of life of worldwide communities, supporters, and civic leaders within the community recognized the need for continuous support given to AKF. AKF volunteers decided to support the authorities trying to contain fires during this devastating time. AKF and I-CERV volunteers donated 2000 water bottles, 600 sports drinks, and 600 hot meals to the Santa Monica Police Department.
At the end of the day, although the Walk-Run was postponed, volunteers stepped up and provided much needed assistance to the local community’s first responders who were working night and day to fight the fires and evacuate residents. They hoped that residents would experience minimal damage and would all be safe.
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