Florida

Nisha Thanawala visiting the White House during her time working on Capitol Hill.
Nisha Thanawala visiting the White House during her time working on Capitol Hill.
Working to Change Policies and Have a Positive Impact on People’s Lives
Working to Change Policies and Have a Positive Impact on People’s Lives
5 August 2020

A young Ismaili woman with a passion works as a Legislative Assistant in Congress. 

From left: Yannik and his family with Roger Federer
From left: Yannik and his family with Roger Federer
Learning the discipline of time management with a passion for sports
Learning the discipline of time management with a passion for sports
26 November 2019

At the age of eight, Yannik Rahman discovered his passion and drive for tennis. Inspired by tennis players like Serena Williams, Roger Federer, and Novak Djokovic, Yannik has learned to conquer his fears and challenges during play-offs, from encountering gusty winds of 40 mph or persevering during a tournament despite his fractured shoulder. "Honestly, the main key for success in tennis and in life is to work hard and to believe that you can do anything, even in the toughest moments,” says Yannik. 

Khurrum Wahid, another candidate for the position of Coral Springs Commissioner Seat 2, addresses the Ismaili Jamat present at the Meet and Greet.
Khurrum Wahid, another candidate for the position of Coral Springs Commissioner Seat 2, addresses the Ismaili Jamat present at the Meet and Greet.
Coral Springs Commissioner Candidates Meet and Greet at Fort Lauderdale Jamatkhana
Coral Springs Commissioner Candidates Meet and Greet at Fort Lauderdale Jamatkhana
25 July 2019

In a Meet and Greet event hosted in the Ft. Lauderdale Jamatkhana, attendees had an opportunity to have their voices heard by the six candidates running for the position of Coral Springs Commissioner Seat 2. The event included an audience of Jamati and other community members.

Members of Miami Jamat engaged in games after Jamatkhana ceremonies.
Members of Miami Jamat engaged in games after Jamatkhana ceremonies.
Game Nights in Florida
Game Nights in Florida
16 July 2019

Three local members from Miami translated vision into reality. This program directly benefits the mental health, confidence levels, and social skills of individuals. The advantages:  newly gained traits will not only enhance the feeling of community belonging, but will also reflect positively outside the Ismaili community—confident youth, a new skill set, and better mental health.

Yasmin Dharamsi (on left in red shirt), with President Zahra Hayat-Daya of the Council for Florida (in blue) and other participants in the Parkland Dash.
Yasmin Dharamsi (on left in red shirt), with President Zahra Hayat-Daya of the Council for Florida (in blue) and other participants in the Parkland Dash.
Integrating Fitness for our Daily Well-being and the Parkland Dash
Integrating Fitness for our Daily Well-being and the Parkland Dash
13 July 2019

Most of us have thought of running a marathon or a race, but very few of us have actually ran one, let alone finish in top positions among hundreds of other runners.

Jamati members participate in and celebrate Go Green launch in Miami HQ.
Jamati members participate in and celebrate Go Green launch in Miami HQ.
Saving the Environment - Florida Jamatkhanas Go Green in 2019
Saving the Environment - Florida Jamatkhanas Go Green in 2019
9 June 2019

Florida Jamatkhanas have turned to eliminate usage of plastic water containers and plastic bags. These are just two steps, in addition to other best practices, to “Going Green.” The initiative was launched January 1st in three Florida Jamatkhanas, and will continue to be implemented in the remaining two centers. 

Annisa Karim talking to the public prior to the election.
Annisa Karim talking to the public prior to the election.
A Run for the Florida State Senate
A Run for the Florida State Senate
2 June 2019

Few have the vision and courage to run for public office. It is a difficult path to traverse, but one that allows those with a commitment to voice their concerns and stand up for their values. Annisa Karim, from southwest Florida, did just that. She ran for the Florida State Senate in 2018. 

Maya and Tabish Tharoo doing their Christmas rounds at Winnie Palmer Hospital, Miami.
Maya and Tabish Tharoo doing their Christmas rounds at Winnie Palmer Hospital, Miami.
Born with a passion for service
Born with a passion for service
31 December 2018

Born a premature baby at Orlando Heath Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, Maya Tharoo weighed only one pound and fourteen ounces with a height of twelve inches. Maya’s journey into this world began with a surgery on her small intestine combined with multiple other health challenges, required her to remain at the hospital for 110 days. She believes she owes her life to the excellent care and dedication provided by the team of doctors and her family. Today, she has dedicated her life to raising awareness and serving that medical institution as her cause.

Volunteers measuring the frames.
Volunteers measuring the frames.
Orlando I-CERV Participates in “City of Garden Event”
Orlando I-CERV Participates in “City of Garden Event”
8 September 2018

In 2011, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer initiated Orlando Cares, a service initiative which includes The Garden is an impactful volunteering program. 

Younger members of the Jamat assisting in the HOPE for Puerto Rico event at the Orlando Convention Center.
Younger members of the Jamat assisting in the HOPE for Puerto Rico event at the Orlando Convention Center.
Faith in Action in Moments of Natural Disasters
Faith in Action in Moments of Natural Disasters
12 November 2017

The Florida Jamat came together to pack meals for hurricane victims after experiencing a major weather event themselves.

Warda Ali, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, and Karim Sherali
Warda Ali, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, and Karim Sherali
Orlando's Jamat Assists after Hurricane Irma
Orlando's Jamat Assists after Hurricane Irma
11 October 2017

There truly is a first time for everything. September of 2017 brought two new experiences for me: our city being targeted by the eye of a hurricane, and spending the two days following the hurricane volunteering at the City of Orlando Emergency Center.

The theme of “light” featured during the One Jamat celebration, was a reminder that the Imam’s guidance is the Nur that guides our path, leading us to a life of service and desire to leave the world better than we found it.
The theme of “light” featured during the One Jamat celebration, was a reminder that the Imam’s guidance is the Nur that guides our path, leading us to a life of service and desire to leave the world better than we found it.
The Light of Our World
The Light of Our World
22 September 2017

Countless opportunities to serve are presented to us daily. One does not need an official appointment or position to serve. Service starts with a simple smile or a few kind words to another.