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REFLECTIONS BY SHEIKH FAIYAZ JAFFER: RABI al- AWWAL
THE BIRTH OF OUR PROPHET

Rabbi al-Awwal 1440 The Birth of our Prophet There are often very transcendent moments in life that are so how hard to explain, yet filled with so much emotion. Goosebumps, heart palpating like emotion that we reflect upon to pick ourselves back up during the difficult day-to-day grind. Video For me, at least, one of those moments is bearing witness to the beauty, peace and serenity that emanates from being in the company of God’s Messenger (s) in his holy city of Medina. And during the month of Rabi al-Awwal, when we celebrate

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REFLECTIONS BY SHEIKH FAIYAZ JAFFER – BEYOND ASHURA

Beyond Ashura Safar 1440October 2018 Over the course of the next few days and weeks, people from different pockets of the world will align their hearts and their souls to the land which was once barren, deserted, and drenched with the blood of the Master of Martyrs. The focal point of love will be on Karbala, and while millions will begin to make the sacred journey to visit their Imam, millions of others will spiritually transmit themselves within the confines of that blessed land. The days of the Ziyarat al-Arbaeen are upon us, days which

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REFLECTIONS BY SHEIKH FAIYAZ JAFFER: THE MONTH OF MUHARRUM

What Does it Mean to be Husayni? When the crescent is sighted marking the first of the sacred month of Muharram, a veil of intense grief overcomes our hearts, blinding us from every reality other than the man who stood alone in Karbala. It’s as if we can feel the pain of the family of the Prophet...hear the cries of the children...and bear a thread of the patience of Zaynab. But alas, as the days and nights pass, and we approach the day of Ashura, and the tragedies build up to the 10th day...we are heartbroken with the fact that our master

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Reflections By Sheikh Faiyaz Jaffer: The month of Dhul Hijaah

In the Qur’an, God swears, “By the dawn, and by the ten nights.”1 Why swear by dawn and what could potentially be an inner meaning? The time of dawn represents the beginning of light, a new day, and for many, a new opportunity. Dawn are moments where darkness begins to fade, and illumination begins to dominate, where ignorance comes to pass, and knowledge is manifest. But what about the “ten nights?” Scholars have long debated in regard to what those ten nights are. Are they the final ten nights of the Holy Month of Ramadan? Or the f

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Tarbiyah Training Report

An international team of individuals volunteered to come together to take on a high demand, 3- day training of the Tarbiyah Curriculum created by the Madrassah Centre of Excellence in conjunction with Centre of Islamic Learning- NASIMCO. (CIL-NASIMCO) Held in the Mulla Asghar Resource Centre (MARC) at the Jaffari Community Centre in Toronto, the Tarbiyah Train the Trainer Program took place from April 13th to April 15th, 2018. NASIMCO is grateful for the extraordinary team of MARC, ISIJ of Toronto - Secretariat and the volunteers wh

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Reflections by Sheikh Faiyaz Jaffer: Dhul Qa’dah Reflections

The month of Dhal Qa’dah is the 11th month of the Islamic calendar and the first of the “sacred months” as mentioned within the Holy Qur’an. Traditions point to this month being an opportunity for the believers to have their supplications answered and when ones’ seeking of repentance should be intensified. According to historian reports, this month also coincides with the birth of the 8th Imam, Ali bin Musa al-Ridha (a) on the 11th, and on the 29th of this month is the day of the martyrdom of the 9th Imam, Muhammad bin Ali

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Reflections by Sheikh Faiyaz Jaffer: The month of Shabaan

The month of Shabaan coincides with numerous occasions which celebrate the births, and by extension, the legacy of the family of God’s greatest creation, Prophet Muhammad (s). Amongst the personalities that are celebrated are the heroes of Karbala (Imam Hussain, Abu Fadl al-Abbas, and Imam al-Sajjaad), and on the 15th of this blessed month, the birth of the Awaited Savior, Imam Mahdi (p). Traditions speak to the fact that the Imam of Our Time will establish “justice and equity in the same way that [the world] has been overcome wit

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Reflections by Sheikh Faiyaz Jaffer: Islam as a catalyst for change

On the surface, religion is a terribly scary thing. The restrictions and the obligations, the recommendations and the prohibitions—it makes sense why so many are turned off from faith traditions all across the world. It’s likely that most people, young or old, have created a negative image of religion partly due to the fact that “leadership” has painted this scary picture. Unfortunately, a quick scan of our places of worship likely leads us to similar conclusions. Though Islamic tradition emphasizes themes of mercy and compass

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Rohingya Field Visit by NASIMCO

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REFLECTIONS BY SHAIKH FAIYAZ JAFFER

“And surely with the remembrance of God, do the hearts find rest.” (13:28)        I have a lot of conversations with unique individuals on a daily basis—many of whom have challenges maintaining a sense of “equilibrium” with their spirituality. It's important to understand that this is not a problem that you have, but its something which we all happen to struggle with, and a healthy diagnosis of our own souls. If we were not concerned with cultivating our hearts and souls, then we have likely failed to understan

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Reflections by Shaikh Faiyaz Jaffer: al Asr

Every day is a new, unique opportunity, gifted to us by our All-Merciful Creator. For most of us, we do not see today as the blessing that it really is. We, as a human being, live life as a routine; the morning has a routine, the afternoon has a routine, and our evening has a routine. Though life throws us curveballs, generally our lives are stagnant. There are ups and downs, for sure, but if we take a moment to individually reflect on a day to day basis, perhaps we can find an opportunity to put in more effort to progress ourselves

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Centre of Islamic Learning – Orlando

Teacher Skills Program - Orlando The weekend of January 13-14, 2018, the Center of Islamic Learning of  NASIMCO achieved a milestone in conjunction with the Madrasah Centre of Excellence of the World Federation. A Teachers Skills Program was Held in Orlando for the Madrasah teachers of the IEC Academy. The head of NASIMCO's Center of Islamic Learning, Riyaaz Jivraj also participated in the 2-day training event and saw for himself the impact this training had on the teachers.  Riyaaz Jivraj, said the TSP training sessions equipped our Madre

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Building Strong Families

Building Strong Families with Sr. Marzia Hassan "You presume you are a small entity, but within you is enfolded the entire Universe.  Your sickness is from you, but you do not perceive it.  Your remedy is within you, but you do not sense it.”  With these deep thoughts from Imam Ali (a.s.), Sr. Marzia Hassan began a whirlwind weekend in New York.  After arriving in the early evening hours on Friday, October 27, 2017, Sr. Marzia came straight from the airport to Mehfil-e-Panjatan in Elmont, NY, where she was surrounded by about 50 women,

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7th Annual Qur’an Camp

When my mother told me that she had signed me up to work as a counselor at the annual Summer Quran Camp, that takes place at Jaffari Community Centre in Toronto, I was very hesitant and slightly nervous; I had no idea what to expect. Would I be able to handle a room full of excited 9-12-year-olds? Would I be able to fulfill the expectations placed on me? But on August 14th, 2017, when I met all the lovely campers during our daily morning circle all my worries faded. I knew that the upcoming week would be filled with wonderful memories that I

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Rohingya Emergency Appeal Update

We would like to thank all the donors who have generously contributed to NASIMCO’s Rohingya Emergency Appeal.  To date, we have raised $59,641 Canadian and $2680 US. As a result of the generosity of so many concerned individuals, we have been able to provide 1145 families with food packages that will feed them for one month. While we are proud of this achievement, we remain cognizant that with 400,000 refugees in Bangladash, this is only a drop in the bucket in comparison to the sheer need. We are partnering with two organizations that ar

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REFLECTIONS FROM MYANMAR

Zaid Al-Rawni, the CEO of Islamic Relief Canada speaks about his experiences during his recent visit to Myanmar Dear all, Asalamu alaikum There is a point in Northern Rakhine state where the Naf river narrows and on the other side Bangladesh looks deceptively close. For days thousands of Muslims have been running to this point, some carrying all they could stuff into sacks, others only carrying their loved ones. Young children who see the fear but don’t understand it, or elderly parents who’ve lived their whole lives dreading the hate t

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