Moon Sighting for the 1st of Shawwal
President’s Eid Message
In the Name of God, Most Kind, Most Merciful.
On behalf of the entire NASIMCO team, I would like to wish you and your families a blessed Eid-ul-Fitr.
May Allah (SWT) accept all our worship, sacrifice and prayers. Ameen.
For many of us, the month of Ramadhan is warmly welcomed as a time of devotion, inner reflection, increased community spirit and cherished time with friends and family. It is a month of abundant inspiration and motivation — one that sees us reaching out to those less fortunate than ourselves, opening our doors to strangers and passersby and reaching out more frequently to spread the truth about our glorious faith.
As blessed as we are to experience Ramadhan in the safety and security of our communities, the news around much of the Muslim world is grim. Millions around the world have observed this holy month without basic necessities, while fighting for their fundamental rights and freedom. Continuing tragedies in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Myanmar have destroyed communities and threaten the lives of innocent civilians daily.
The atrocities aren’t just relegated to one corner of the world. They have spillover effects right here in North America. The threat alert remains high, the political climate and rhetoric is divisive and our centres of worship and individual members are being targeted in deliberate acts of Islamophobia. As Ramadhan comes to a close, we must continue to reflect and remind ourselves of how much work we have to do to educate, reform and protect our communities at home and around the world.
There’s no question that the work ahead is daunting, but I remain cautiously optimistic. After closely seeing and experiencing the work of the NASIMCO community for the past year and a bit, I am inspired and humbled by the work undertaken by each member jamaat. From the numerous outreach initiatives, blood drives, interfaith iftaars, knowledge exchanges and community mobilization, together and with the guidance of the Almighty, we are on the path to restore and protect the image of our faith.
The NASIMCO community continues to strengthen its bonds and assist those afflicted in crisis. From helping those affected and displaced in Syria and Yemen, to supporting widows in India and orphans in Iraq, we have demonstrated that our belief and willingness to assist those in need knows no boundaries. Our spirit of generosity has enabled us to aid families through our Ramadhan Relief efforts. This year, we were able to provide for families in Tanzania, Kenya, the Greater Toronto Area through the Ramadhan Campaign Against Hunger, the Greater Edmonton area through Islamic Family and Social Services Association and in the Minneapolis area through the Hadi Medical Clinic. While these initiatives may seem like a drop in a very large ocean of despair, let us always remember that the journey of a thousand miles, begins with a single step.
Once again, on behalf of all of us at NASIMCO, I wish you all Eid Mubarak!
Mohamed A. Dewji