In promoting the sanctity of human life, the Qur'an-e Shariff says that good health, like knowledge, is a divine gift. The family unit nurtures the lives of its members, assisting them in their physical and spiritual endeavours. The wellbeing of individuals, in-turn, contributes to the overall health of the family, and that of society at large.
As the nation observed the anniversary of 9/11, Ismaili volunteers and their communities sought to honor the victims of the unforgettable event through charity and peaceful congregation. The 9/11 Day of Service hosted by L.A. Works has become among the nation’s largest annual charitable engagements with participation from over 1,000 volunteers. Ismaili volunteers participated in packaging over 300,000 meals to be distributed to children, families, seniors, and military veterans in the Los Angeles area who are at risk of hunger.
A very hilly bike ride that covered either 100, 62, 30, or 15 miles of the scenic Pacific Coast Highway, heading south and ending at Hearst Castle in San Simeon, was truly a grueling challenge for all riders. Among them were five Ismaili riders.
In an interview with La Cohorte earlier this year, Mawlana Hazar Imam said, “I have always taken the view that civil society must play a fundamental role in the future of all populations. So, we have to consolidate and strengthen it. And that means taking the most important institutions of civil society and giving them support and encouragement wherever we can perhaps help them do things differently from anything we have known up till now.”
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.
“ 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