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.

On his show connected, Latif aims to simplify complex concepts to show a common ground.
On his show connected, Latif aims to simplify complex concepts to show a common ground.
Using Intellect to Understand Allah’s Creation - and Making it Cool
Using Intellect to Understand Allah’s Creation - and Making it Cool
18 June 2021

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!”

Anar Gulamali
Anar Gulamali
Serving Seniors with a Smile
Serving Seniors with a Smile
13 June 2021

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.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott poses with members of the Ismaili Council for the Southwestern US and a number of Ismaili volunteers at the Texas State Capitol on 26 May 2021.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott poses with members of the Ismaili Council for the Southwestern US and a number of Ismaili volunteers at the Texas State Capitol on 26 May 2021.
Texas leaders recognize Ismaili community’s service during challenging year
Texas leaders recognize Ismaili community’s service during challenging year
7 June 2021

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.

Medical volunteers with Fort Bend County Commissioners Court Judge KP George and team at the Smart Financial-Memorial Hermann COVID-19 vaccination site in Fort Bend County, Texas in February 2021.
Medical volunteers with Fort Bend County Commissioners Court Judge KP George and team at the Smart Financial-Memorial Hermann COVID-19 vaccination site in Fort Bend County, Texas in February 2021.
FOCUS USA and the Ismaili Community Support National and Local COVID-19 Vaccination Efforts
FOCUS USA and the Ismaili Community Support National and Local COVID-19 Vaccination Efforts
6 June 2021

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.

Drs. Rahim Govani and Salima Thobani.
Drs. Rahim Govani and Salima Thobani.
Saving a Life through a Chance Encounter
Saving a Life through a Chance Encounter
21 May 2021

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.

First work day at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, standing in front of the Vehicle Assembly Building.
First work day at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, standing in front of the Vehicle Assembly Building.
From Jazz Musician to NASA Intern
From Jazz Musician to NASA Intern
15 May 2021

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.

Simal and Sophia Ali creating a flyer in Canva.
Simal and Sophia Ali creating a flyer in Canva.
Start Now, Learn for Life
Start Now, Learn for Life
3 May 2021

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.

Mirza Mohammed
Mirza Mohammed
The Sound of Volunteering
The Sound of Volunteering
24 April 2021

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.

Nizar Kassam's and Family.
Nizar Kassam's and Family.
A Family that Reaches Across Borders to Help Those in Need
A Family that Reaches Across Borders to Help Those in Need
28 March 2021

The entrepreneurial spirit is used to improve the lives of communities in need, from the USA to India, Dar es Salaam, and Tajikistan.

Shaheen Ebrahim
Shaheen Ebrahim
Serving patients and the Jamat
Serving patients and the Jamat
10 March 2021

An education used to help those in need and the youth of the Jamat.

View of a classroom with desk partitions to separate students.
View of a classroom with desk partitions to separate students.
Inventors Design Hospital Equipment and Safe Learning Spaces for Students
Inventors Design Hospital Equipment and Safe Learning Spaces for Students
7 March 2021

Innovatively repurposing filters from respirators, and reconfiguring classroom desk design to keep children in school, and safe from infection. 

Mali Dhanidina
Mali Dhanidina
Service that Established Programs and Paths for the Youth
Service that Established Programs and Paths for the Youth
28 February 2021

How one individual’s commitment to teaching faith and values has impacted two generations through Camp Al-Ummah.

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