Northeastern US

Physicians Samreen Khwaja, Sara Huda, and Fazila Lalani working in the Emergency Room.
Physicians Samreen Khwaja, Sara Huda, and Fazila Lalani working in the Emergency Room.
Experiencing COVID-19 as a Patient
Experiencing COVID-19 as a Patient
23 July 2020

A physician treating coronavirus patients becomes infected herself. Her story from both sides, as savior and victim.

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.

Rahim Noormohamed.
Rahim Noormohamed.
GIFTforward an initiative to help restaurants and other small businesses.
GIFTforward an initiative to help restaurants and other small businesses.
30 June 2020

Students and entrepreneurs join a venture offering gift cards that will provide cash to small companies struggling under the lockdown.

Dr. Riaz Gillani, MD, a Board-Certified Pediatrician and a Fellow in Pediatric Hematology and Oncology at Boston Children’s Hospital and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
Dr. Riaz Gillani, MD, a Board-Certified Pediatrician and a Fellow in Pediatric Hematology and Oncology at Boston Children’s Hospital and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
Giving the Gift of Life: World Blood Donor Day Honors Donors
Giving the Gift of Life: World Blood Donor Day Honors Donors
25 June 2020

Blood donations: a civic duty to help preserve life, and how the New York Jamat has supported this endeavor.

Hasan Ali playing the guitar with Fitoor the Band.
Hasan Ali playing the guitar with Fitoor the Band.
Fitoor the Band rejuvenates age-old musical traditions for audiences of all ages
Fitoor the Band rejuvenates age-old musical traditions for audiences of all ages
20 June 2020

While the United States was settling into the initial stages of a global pandemic and lockdown, three Ismaili musicians gathered on March 27 to deliver a virtual concert to a national and global audience. Fitoor the Band aims to preserve traditional South Asian music using contemporary influences and keep age-old musical traditions alive for younger and older generations.

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.

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.

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.

Abrigul Lutfalieva attending a conference in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
Abrigul Lutfalieva attending a conference in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
Initiating a Bioethics Program in Tajikistan
Initiating a Bioethics Program in Tajikistan
10 March 2020

This story in the International Women’s Day series describes a woman’s mission to raise awareness on Bioethics in Tajikistan, compelling society to re-examine traditional medical approaches, and adopt new ethical guidelines. In the process, patient rights were also strengthened.

Sonya was chosen to be a #powerambassador for the Susan G. Komen Foundation at the #raceforthecure where she led a team of friends and loved ones and completed a 5K run.
Sonya was chosen to be a #powerambassador for the Susan G. Komen Foundation at the #raceforthecure where she led a team of friends and loved ones and completed a 5K run.
Surviving Breast Cancer in Style
Surviving Breast Cancer in Style
9 March 2020

A story to celebrate International Women’s Day, one that illustrates how a cancer survivor used her condition to help others in similar circumstances.

Minaz Fazal and Shajahan Merchant, posing with their awards.
Minaz Fazal and Shajahan Merchant, posing with their awards.
Ismaili Leaders Presented with New York State Commendation Award
Ismaili Leaders Presented with New York State Commendation Award
17 December 2019

New York State Senator Anna Kaplan presented former Council for the USA President Banu Minaz Fazal, and former Council for the Northeastern United States President Shajahan Merchant, with the State Senate’s Commendation Award to recognize the Ismaili leaders for their dedication and outstanding contributions to their community while exemplifying the values of Islam.

Heat Advisory and Excessive Heat Warnings – Northeast Region
Heat Advisory and Excessive Heat Warnings – Northeast Region
19 July 2019
The Jamat is advised that heat advisories and excessive heat warnings are in place for much of the Northeast Region. In several areas, heat indexes over 100 degrees may be experienced during daylight hours through this weekend.