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.
In Islamic belief, caring for the poor and the needy is a long established tradition. Serving orphaned children is especially commended, as quoted in the Qur’an and sayings of the Prophet (peace be upon him and his family). With this in mind, young members of the Ismaili Volunteers Corps and the Aga Khan Scouts and Guides in Uganda gathered in June to serve hearty meals to orphaned children at the Kasanagati Orphan Fans Society in Kawanda.
It's that time of the year again - back to school for children! If you're a parent trying to find creative ideas to ensure a healthy meal for your child, we've got you covered! Nutritionist, Shameera Somani and Afshan Khoja have prepared some handy tips to help make lunchbox packing a breeze, and a yummy treat that children won't be able to resist!
Hurricane Harvey has been referred to as a "1,000-year flood," with its 50 inches of rainfall exceeding all records for the continental USA. It is estimated that damage from the storm will surpass that of hurricanes Sandy (New Jersey 2012) and Katrina (Louisiana 2005) combined. Volunteers have worked to reach Jamati members and others affected by the flooding, and to provide assistance with the recovery process.
When Sakina learned that her son Danyal was officially obese, she turned to a health awareness programme by The Aga Khan Health Board, India for answers. "Little Master Chef" not only helped Danyal and other children learn about healthier eating, it also taught the Jamat that healthy food can also be yummy.
Collaboration was key in preparing thousands of tasty and healthy meals for one of the largest Ismaili sports tournaments in North America. And pulses, regarded as a “superfood”, were an important feature on the menu.