Ismailis in Action

All over the United States, Ismailis, either individually or as part of a Jamati or institutional program, are engaged in interesting activities that are informative or inspirational.

Dilshad Mawani (left), Sultana Sherali (top left), and Mumtaz Hirani (top right) have helped to make face coverings for physicians and families all over the Dallas region.
Dilshad Mawani (left), Sultana Sherali (top left), and Mumtaz Hirani (top right) have helped to make face coverings for physicians and families all over the Dallas region.
College student and friends produce face masks for physicians
College student and friends produce face masks for physicians
29 May 2020

For Sofia Babool, a 20-year-old sophomore studying neuroscience at the University of Texas at Dallas, conversation in recent weeks has centered around Covid-19. The world seems to be on pause; her school, favorite coffee shop, everything in her life has been turned upside down.

Healthcare Hero - Dr Naseema Merchant
Healthcare Hero - Dr Naseema Merchant
27 May 2020

Dr Naseema Merchant is a pulmonologist, hospitalist, and intensivist. She is also an assistant professor of medicine at Yale University and serves as a director for various programs at the Yale School of Medicine. 

Healthcare Hero - Drs Aziz and Safia Pirani
Healthcare Hero - Drs Aziz and Safia Pirani
21 May 2020

Hailing from neighbouring countries – Dr Aziz Pirani in Indore, India, and Dr Safia Pirani in Karachi, Pakistan – the Piranis were destined for careers in medicine.

Nurses Shazia Mitha (left)  and Jena Pradhan (right) from New York.
Nurses Shazia Mitha (left)  and Jena Pradhan (right) from New York.
A day in the life of two nurses caring for COVID-19 patients
A day in the life of two nurses caring for COVID-19 patients
12 May 2020

For Nurse Appreciation Week, we are recounting the stories and struggles of a few of our nurses who care for us, especially during the current health crisis.

Zeenat Jiwani from Atlanta, who works as an administrative nursing supervisor at Emory Decatur Healthcare.
Zeenat Jiwani from Atlanta, who works as an administrative nursing supervisor at Emory Decatur Healthcare.
Once frightened of blood, now caring for COVID-19 patients
Once frightened of blood, now caring for COVID-19 patients
9 May 2020

For Nurse Appreciation Week, we are recounting the stories and struggles of a few of our nurses who care for us, especially during the current health crisis.

Vaneeza Rupani holds a photo of Ingenuity, the NASA Mars helicopter she named.
Vaneeza Rupani holds a photo of Ingenuity, the NASA Mars helicopter she named.
Ismaili high school student names NASA’s Mars helicopter
Ismaili high school student names NASA’s Mars helicopter
8 May 2020

Ever since Vaneeza Rupani was a little girl, she has been captivated by space exploration. She fed her interest by reading books about space at her school library and visiting the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

Healthcare Hero - Dr Shehryar Khaliqdina
Healthcare Hero - Dr Shehryar Khaliqdina
7 May 2020

Dr Shehryar Khaliqdina was born and brought up in Karachi, Pakistan where he attended Darkhana Jamatkhana. After graduating from the Dow Medical College, he worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at Rush University Medical Center, Chicago. He is currently a third-year Internal Medicine Resident at Saint Mary's Hospital in Connecticut and attends Westport Jamatkhana.

Khairunissa Meghani, a Dallas nurse, proudly serving COVID-19 patients.
Khairunissa Meghani, a Dallas nurse, proudly serving COVID-19 patients.
Nurses on the frontlines, risking their own lives to save others
Nurses on the frontlines, risking their own lives to save others
7 May 2020

For Nurse Appreciation Week, we are recounting the stories and struggles of a few of our nurses who care for us, especially during the current health crisis.

Annika Jiwani with Kobe Bryant and on right, with Team Mamba.
Annika Jiwani with Kobe Bryant and on right, with Team Mamba.
A Quest for Athletic Excellence: Basketball, Kobe Bryant, and the Jiwani children
A Quest for Athletic Excellence: Basketball, Kobe Bryant, and the Jiwani children
29 April 2020

A Quest for Athletic Excellence: Basketball, Kobe Bryant, and the Jiwani children

Shahid Qalandar, a singer-songwriter from Northern Pakistan.
Shahid Qalandar, a singer-songwriter from Northern Pakistan.
Peace and Love with Music and Art
Peace and Love with Music and Art
29 April 2020

A self-taught musician and artist from Hunza overcomes cultural barriers to help local artists perform in Lisbon.

Healthcare Heroes - Aliya and Sameer Hirji
Healthcare Heroes - Aliya and Sameer Hirji
28 April 2020

A dynamic duo in medicine, Aliya and Sameer were both driven to the medical field through a passion to serve and help people.

Top left: Sanif Maredia provides local healthcare workers with food from his restaurant MESS - College Station Waffle House. Middle left: Saleem Ali and Rahim Maknojia of Oaks Cleaner provide free laundry services for healthcare professionals and medical professionals. Bottom left: Alishah Momin and Nazim Sunesara at Ionized LLC prepare supplies for distribution. Right: Rafiq Karimi of CD One Price Cleaners in Chicago offers free laundry services to emergency and healthcare workers.
Top left: Sanif Maredia provides local healthcare workers with food from his restaurant MESS - College Station Waffle House. Middle left: Saleem Ali and Rahim Maknojia of Oaks Cleaner provide free laundry services for healthcare professionals and medical professionals. Bottom left: Alishah Momin and Nazim Sunesara at Ionized LLC prepare supplies for distribution. Right: Rafiq Karimi of CD One Price Cleaners in Chicago offers free laundry services to emergency and healthcare workers.
Entrepreneurs from USA Jamat help the community during COVID-19 crisis
Entrepreneurs from USA Jamat help the community during COVID-19 crisis
27 April 2020

While the USA struggles with the closure of many businesses, some entrepreneurs are taking a bold stand to make a difference. Building on the principles of ethical and moral responsibility, four entrepreneurs are determined to use their businesses to help the community and first responders.

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