In the name of Allah, the Most Kind the Most Merciful.
October 2022 | Rabbi ul Awwal 1444
In this Issue:
Welcoming our new CAO – Sr. Shifa Abbas
NASIMCO on the Ground
Upcoming CIL Training in Toronto, Canada
LAUNCH: Madinah-al-Ilm Course for Youth
Community Request for Stem Cell Match
Pakistan Flood Relief
Buy now: The Khoja Shia Ithna-Asheries of East Africa by Dr. Sibtain Akberali Panjwani
On this blessed occasion of Eid-al-Zahra, NASIMCO would like to welcome Sr. Shifa Abbas, who has joined us as our new Chief Administrative Officer, working out of our Headquarters in Toronto, Canada.
Shifa brings over ten years of diverse experience in the nonprofit sector, having worked with various organizations across North America and in Africa. She has worked as a graduate researcher, high school teacher, as well as as Coordinator of Fundraising and Programming of Ansaar Foundation and as Global Coordinator of Imamia Medics International, Shifa holds an MA from Wilfrid Laurier University in Religion, Culture and Global Justice, an MSEd from Medaille College, as well as a Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification.
Shifa’s addition to our team brings a depth of knowledge and experience to our Secretariat. We aspire to an enhanced level of service to our Member Jamaats and communities at large under Shifa’s leadership, inshAllah.
Spotlight: NASIMCO on the Ground
NASIMCO representatives hosted a booth at ISIJ’s Arbaeen Commemoration events on Saturday, September 17, 2022.
NASIMCO participated in the Arbaeen Walk Experience, hosting a “mawkib” and sharing NASIMCO literature, information about our upcoming events and ongoing appeals to 1500 participants.
NASIMCO Secretariat, Executive Committee and Office Bearers were in attendance, hosting Mawkib Imam Sajjad (AS).
World Federation and NASIMCO launch 18th Annnual Madinah Al-Ilm Course in Iraq
The World Federation and NASIMCO have launched the 18th Madinah al-Ilm Course to be held in the holy cities of Najaf and Kerbala this December. The course is open to girls and boys aged 18-25; applications are now open.
There are limited spots available and registration closes on October 10th, 2022.
Center for Islamic Learning is hosting a Train the Trainer Program for the TSP from October 8-10, 2022 in Toronto. There are 13 participants, all of whom are NCFE certified and have completed trainings along with the five micro-teaches.
The vision is to increase the number of facilitators in the North American region and thereby empower the teachers of the Madaris to nurture resilient practicing Muslims.
The following weekend, CIL is hosting the Teacher Skills Program for Madaris teachers across North America.
Both the TTP and TSP Trainings will be facilitated by Sayyid Ali Naqvi and Shehnaaz Somji.
Meet our Trainers
Sayyid Ali Naqvi has touched the lives of thousands of teachers around the world through his accredited Teacher Skills Program, having trained approximately 1600 teachers both virtually and in person.
He is a scholar in Islamic Studies, a lecturer, educator, trainer, facilitator and coach, with an MA in Islamic Education and MA Ed with a specialty in teaching and learning.
He is a founding member of MCE 2001, during his term as Assistant Secretary General of Islamic Education of WF.
Shehnaaz Somji is an NLP Personal and Professional Life Coach, trainer, facilitator and has worked in the HR field for many years. Working with people is her strength and community service is in her blood. She has been a Madrasah teacher for the past 25 years and had been facilitating TSPs since 2017. Shehnaaz tries to live by her purpose and passion which is “to make a difference”
Participants at TSP Vancouver – June 2022
Sayyid Ali Naqvi (center – bottom row) and Shehnaaz Somji (right – bottom row) will be conducting both the TTP and TSP trainings in Toronto
Community Request for Stem Cell Match
Syyeda Suriya Zaidi, a foundational member of Fatima Islamic Society in Los Angeles, California (and daughter of Molana Syed Hasan Imdad Qibla) was recently diagnosed with leukemia. She is a wife, mother and grandmother and lover of Ahlulbayt (AS). Unfortunately, she isn’t responding to the treatments given so her doctors have recommended a blood stem cell transplant to cure her.
There isn’t a good match in the family, so they are searching the Be the Match Registry for an unrelated donor. We are appealing for everyone between the ages of 18 and 40 to see if they can be a match by texting SWABFORSYYEDA to 61474.
It takes less than 10 minutes and a simple cheek swab to see if you are a match.
If you have any questions, please contact Coordinator, Joyce Valdez at [email protected]. You can reach the family at (818) 879-3372 if you have questions.
“Dr Sibtain Panjwani captures 100 years of history of Khoja Shia Ithna-Asheries , their migration that turned into a quest for faith, identity, communal happiness and economic stability. It traces the origin of the Khoja community as well as its twists and turns before finally emerging as the Khoja Shia Ithna-Asheries. It is a remarkable contribution and a must read for anyone who wants to know their Khoja heritage”
How to Purchase
NASIMCO Office between 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM. Monday to Friday.
Books can be shipped anywhere in North America for an additional shipping charge.
Payment options include: Credit Card, Cash or E-Transfer ([email protected]) . Please mention Book Purchase in the memo.