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.
One of Latif Nasser’s favorite childhood memories is of his father bursting into his room in the morning and giving him an animated summary of every story in the newspaper. “I was young and didn’t understand any of it,” said Latif. “But, that helped me realize that the world is an interesting place, and there’s so much exciting stuff going on at all times. How great for us that we get to be alive at this moment!”
A senior’s life is complicated, made even worse by a situation of limited mobility due to a lack of driving skills, which restricts options for social activity and community engagement.
Over the past year, the challenge of Covid-19 in Texas has been compounded by a winter storm that left millions throughout the state without power and water, and Hurricane Laura, which caused extensive property damage and displaced many. In the face of these challenges, members of the Ismaili community came together to assist those in need, staffing vaccine mega-sites, volunteering to distribute food and water, donating large amounts of PPE to first responders and communities in need, and organizing dozens of drives, including to collect blood, food, and books.
Upon taking office, President Joe Biden committed to an initial goal of administering 100 million vaccinations in the country. The day after his inauguration, Focus Humanitarian Assistance USA (FOCUS USA) received a call from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Voluntary Agency Coordination Office to help support the national vaccination effort.
Super Bowl 55 was commemorated in February 2021 in an extraordinary way, by honoring vaccinated healthcare workers with tickets to the most sought-after annual NFL event.
Nashir Janmohamed has been fascinated by the moon and solar system for as long as he can remember. As a child, he often dreamt of stepping on the moon and soaking in rare sights of Earth from thousands of miles away. As an adult, he’s converted his curiosity into career opportunities.
Lifelong Learning is the continual pursuit of knowledge to reach our fullest personal and professional potential. When we expose ourselves continually to new areas, we fill the gaps of our current knowledge base, open the doors to inspiring opportunities, and become well-equipped to serve others with greater impact.
For almost 50 years, Mirza Mohammed’s mantra has not changed. “Always be blessed with opportunities for serving the Imam and the Jamat.” Since 1972, Mirza has been sharing his talent and passion with the global Jamat, and it has been his guiding principle while he’s journeyed through his career as a musician, director, composer, and arranger.
The entrepreneurial spirit is used to improve the lives of communities in need, from the USA to India, Dar es Salaam, and Tajikistan.
An education used to help those in need and the youth of the Jamat.
Innovatively repurposing filters from respirators, and reconfiguring classroom desk design to keep children in school, and safe from infection.
How one individual’s commitment to teaching faith and values has impacted two generations through Camp Al-Ummah.