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Yasmine Virji.

Seva, the ethic of service, is an inextricable value of our faith. It is our obligatory duty to serve humanity and improve the quality of life where we can. Mawlana Hazar Imam continuously emphasizes the significance of using our skills and intellect to contribute time and knowledge for the betterment of societies globally. Many in the Jamat have spent their lifetimes serving in one capacity or another and here we showcase just three individuals who have offered exceptional service, often unrecognized.

Tahira Dosani.

By age 23, Tahira Dosani was working as a management consultant but considered making a dramatic change in her career. “I picked up and moved across the world, by myself, to Afghanistan,” she says. She would spend the next two years in Afghanistan as Head of Corporate Strategy with Roshan, the first mobile telecommunications operator in the country, at a time when 97% of Afghans didn’t have a bank account.

Dr. Anees Chagpar (3rd from left), and Dr. Farin Amersi (4th from left) pose for a photograph with medical students at the Aga Khan University, Karachi.

A shared characteristic among many women is the resilience to rise in the ranks and overcome barriers. These trailblazing women overcome hurdles and ensure that those who follow, have a path forward that paves the way to success. Whether these challenges are rising through the ranks professionally or managing personal aspects like their health, being empowered leads to exemplary accomplishments.

Dr. Aliya Sheriff with her son Azekiel.

Dr. Aliya Sheriff is as an agent of social change. Since childhood, she understood that an education was earned to serve humankind. Her older brother, who passed when she was 17-years-old always teased her for her unrelenting vision, and her parents encouraged her to pursue her passion to help the most vulnerable.

Mona Dossani, RN, teaching at AKHS, Dar es Salaam.

“ I have long felt the enhancement of the nursing profession to be absolutely critical to the improvement of healthcare in the developing world, and the Islamic world. The way forward was to professionalize, to institutionalize, and to dignify this great profession.” -Mawlana Hazar Imam, Archon Award Ceremony of Sigma Theta Tau International, Copenhagen, Denmark,  June 7, 2001