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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In 2011, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer initiated Orlando Cares, a service initiative which includes The Garden is an impactful volunteering program.
The Florida Jamat came together to pack meals for hurricane victims after experiencing a major weather event themselves.
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.
One of the things I love about major days at Jamatkhana, is that all the elders gather in the parking lot to drink chai and share news.