Midwestern US

Dr. Samiraly Moosa
Dr. Samiraly Moosa
Fighting to Save COVID-19 Patients without a Road Map
Fighting to Save COVID-19 Patients without a Road Map
3 August 2020

A Chicago physician relies on science as well as prayer in caring for patients.

Sonny Sultani having fun with his children at his Chicago home.
Sonny Sultani having fun with his children at his Chicago home.
Surviving Covid – Two Stories of Isolation, Hope, Recovery, and Community
Surviving Covid – Two Stories of Isolation, Hope, Recovery, and Community
13 July 2020

Residents of Chicago and New York describe their harrowing experiences of being infected with COVID-19. There are lessons for all of us in their stories.

Tazim Merchant.
Tazim Merchant.
Chicago Area Medical Students Organize to Provide Personal Protective Equipment
Chicago Area Medical Students Organize to Provide Personal Protective Equipment
29 June 2020

Student gets inspiration from Jamat’s Hurricane Harvey response to help provide for the needs of others during the pandemic.

Village of Glenview Fire Department on hand to show support for the food drive.
Village of Glenview Fire Department on hand to show support for the food drive.
Chicago Jamat Responds to COVID-19 and Community Needs During Ramadan
Chicago Jamat Responds to COVID-19 and Community Needs During Ramadan
21 June 2020

“During times of uncertainty, it’s a good way to come together and give back.” Shamil Tajuddin.

Although COVID-19 has caused much change, one aspect of the Ismaili community that never wanes is the necessity to incorporate service into daily actions. The Ismaili Jamatkhana in Glenview hosted a drive-thru food donation initiative to support those in need amid the COVID-19 crisis.
 

Sabreena Merchant interviewing Sparks head coach and five-time NBA champion with the Lakers, Derek Fisher
Sabreena Merchant interviewing Sparks head coach and five-time NBA champion with the Lakers, Derek Fisher
Two Ismailis chose the path less traveled – a career in sports journalism
Two Ismailis chose the path less traveled – a career in sports journalism
20 November 2019

Two young Ismailis, Shams Charania and Sabreena Merchant, are now in the forefront of reporting for the National Basketball Association (NBA).

There are twenty seconds left and you are at the edge of your seat. It could be anyone's match and suddenly there is a power outage. You suddenly remember that you follow Shams Charania and Sabreena Merchant on Twitter, among the most-followed and high-profiled NBA-reporters in the business. And as you realize that your team has won, you get the satisfaction of being the first to message your friends as you heard it directly from the best in the industry.

Midwest AKYSB Honorary Secretary Amyna Visram congratulating all the athletes for their sportsmanship at the  Closing Ceremonies.
Midwest AKYSB Honorary Secretary Amyna Visram congratulating all the athletes for their sportsmanship at the  Closing Ceremonies.
One Tournament, One Jamat: Midwest Ismaili Games 2019
One Tournament, One Jamat: Midwest Ismaili Games 2019
2 June 2019

“Having team members from different Jamatkhanas and ages allowed me to learn from and interact with people that I usually wouldn’t,” said Arisha Keshwani, an athlete playing co-ed volleyball for the first time. This year’s tournament was especially unique for the diversity among the athletes, who ranged in age from 7 to 65, and experienced or novice. Similar to last year’s format, volleyball was offered as individual registrations so athletes of all skill levels and age groups could play together.

Group picture of the Lock-In participants and staff
Group picture of the Lock-In participants and staff
Students Locked In and Thinking Out
Students Locked In and Thinking Out
12 March 2019

Over 80 participants and staff from the Midwest converged in the Chicago Jamatkhana Social Hall for a Lock-In, on February 9, 2019, an all-night event that started after evening Jamatkhana ceremonies and ended in the morning. With a primary goal of community-building, the night comprised of interactive activities, competitions, discussion sessions and much more to keep all participants and staff engaged and energetic.

Midwest Ismaili Council leadership and Communications & Publications team with Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky.
Midwest Ismaili Council leadership and Communications & Publications team with Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky.
Interfaith Thanksgiving Celebration at Ismaili Jamatkhana, Glenview, Illinois
Interfaith Thanksgiving Celebration at Ismaili Jamatkhana, Glenview, Illinois
1 March 2019

The Chicago Jamatkhana Social Hall was filled with the songs and scriptures of many faiths that came together on November 13, 2018. The annual Thanksgiving service is a longstanding tradition of the Edgewater Community Religious Association (ECRA), an alliance of about 20 Christian, Jewish, and Muslim congregations in the diverse neighborhood in northern Chicago. The celebration is hosted by a different congregation every November, and this year was the first time the local Jamat had hosted since 2012.

Special needs game had during lunch.
Special needs game had during lunch.
Midwest Regional Sports Tournament: “The Year of the Woman”
Midwest Regional Sports Tournament: “The Year of the Woman”
31 January 2019

The Midwest Youth and Sports Board hosted its annual Midwest Regional Sports Tournament at the Libertyville Sports Complex on Saturday, November 24. Shaifali Lalani, Co-Project Manager of this year’s tournament, said she was most excited about the number of athletes this year. “We had originally planned for 100 to 150 at most, given the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. We ended up doubling that with over 300 participants!” Additionally, over 100 volunteers and 300 spectators were in attendance making it one of the largest regional sports tournaments held in the region.

Sameer Samani warming up as he gets a perfect set to SPIKE!
Sameer Samani warming up as he gets a perfect set to SPIKE!
Midwest Regional Sports Tournament: “The Year of the Woman”
Midwest Regional Sports Tournament: “The Year of the Woman”
13 January 2019

The Midwest Youth and Sports Board hosted its annual Midwest Regional Sports tournament at the Libertyville Sports Complex on Saturday, November 24. Shaifali Lalani, Co-Project Manager of this year’s tournament, said she was most excited about the number of athletes this year. “We had originally planned for 100 to 150 at most, given the Thanksgiving holiday weekend; we ended up doubling that with over 300 participants!” Additionally, over 100 volunteers and 300 spectators were in attendance making it one of the largest regional sports tournaments held in the region.

 I-CERV volunteers and others packing nutritional packs in partnership with Feed My Starving Children, Chicago.
 I-CERV volunteers and others packing nutritional packs in partnership with Feed My Starving Children, Chicago.
Midwest Jamat prepares 155,000 meals to feed the hungry
Midwest Jamat prepares 155,000 meals to feed the hungry
6 September 2018

On August 18 and 19,650 members of the Midwest Jamat and neighboring communities of Chicago, Glenview, Milwaukee and Naperville, collaborated with Illinois' Feed My Starving Children to prepare and pack nutritionally complete meals for malnourished children around the world. In six hours, this group of volunteers was able to pack over 155,000 meals, enough to provide food for 420 children for a full year.

 

Sanya received the “2018 Be the Change award,” and is seen here with her school Principal,Mr. Sasha Kuznetsov.
Sanya received the “2018 Be the Change award,” and is seen here with her school Principal,Mr. Sasha Kuznetsov.
Hope for our future generation: Sanya Pirani
Hope for our future generation: Sanya Pirani
26 August 2018

Previously featured in “Students’ Plans for the Impoverished,” Sanya Pirani, then eight years old, embarked upon a mission to feed children around the world. She partnered with Feed My Starving Children to feed a 700-person village in Letant, Haiti, for an entire year. Sanya successfully raised $16,000 dollars. Her efforts in charity did not stop there. She raised money for a crisis nursery and collected non-perishables for a food-drive held at local libraries. These are only a few of Sanya’s contributions to help humanity.