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.

The Pamiri Jamat from SFV and other Jamatkhanas.
The Pamiri Jamat from SFV and other Jamatkhanas.
Roz-e-Nur Celebrations Light up Los Angeles
Roz-e-Nur Celebrations Light up Los Angeles
4 July 2023

The Greater Los Angeles Jamat Gathers to Commemorate Roz-e-Nur, Celebrating Mawlana Hazar Imam’s First Visit to Tajikistan

Somewhere in the Baltic Sea aboard the USS Arlington during a NATO exercise, 2017.
Somewhere in the Baltic Sea aboard the USS Arlington during a NATO exercise, 2017.
A U.S. Marine, Cybersecurity Expert, and the Role of Faith in his Life
A U.S. Marine, Cybersecurity Expert, and the Role of Faith in his Life
30 June 2023

Former U.S. Marine discusses his new cybersecurity role.

A.C. Charania (left) with the Virgin Galactic team (including Richard Branson), in December 2015, with the 747-400 aircraft for the LauncherOne program to launch a rocket.
A.C. Charania (left) with the Virgin Galactic team (including Richard Branson), in December 2015, with the 747-400 aircraft for the LauncherOne program to launch a rocket.
From Virgin Galactic to NASA as its Chief Technologist
From Virgin Galactic to NASA as its Chief Technologist
25 June 2023

While most are focused on earthly endeavors and the routine of life, one individual has his eyes on space and the future. Twenty-three years into his aerospace career, A.C. Charania’s next mission is serving as NASA’s Chief Technologist. In his new role, he’s “very excited to bring all the lessons and experiences that have shaped me to help NASA be the best it can be in the twenty-first century.”

Amyn Gilani in his Air Force uniform.
Amyn Gilani in his Air Force uniform.
Journey from National Security Agency Operator to Entrepreneurial Catalyst.
Journey from National Security Agency Operator to Entrepreneurial Catalyst.
21 June 2023

This is the first article in a series on individuals who have served in the military.

Amyn Gilani is the CEO of Maverick Advisory Group, and an experienced cybersecurity practitioner. He has worked at organizations such as the National Security Agency, US Cyber Command, the Department of Homeland Security, Goldman Sachs, and Booz Allen, specializing in cyber incident response, threat intelligence, and red team operations that test procedures in the event of an actual threat. He now consults early-stage cybersecurity startups in executive roles, helping them grow.

After taking a cell phone repair class, Malika Lirani now work at a repair shop in order to supplement her income.
After taking a cell phone repair class, Malika Lirani now work at a repair shop in order to supplement her income.
Lighting a spark: Enabling lifelong learning for a brighter future
Lighting a spark: Enabling lifelong learning for a brighter future
30 May 2023

As members of the Jamat seek to build new lives in unfamiliar lands, they often face various obstacles to economic growth and financial stability. However, the Skills Development Initiative is offering hope and tangible support to those seeking to re-establish themselves in a different place.

Ismaili participants at the Nowruz event.
Ismaili participants at the Nowruz event.
Nowruz Around the World in Santa Clara: Ismaili children showcase our rich cultural heritage
Nowruz Around the World in Santa Clara: Ismaili children showcase our rich cultural heritage
19 April 2023

Nowruz shared with the public at the Children’s Discovery Museum, San Jose, allowing the audience to learn about our festival and cultures.

Ashraf Valliani with her family.
Ashraf Valliani with her family.
Showcasing Heritage on the world’s biggest fashion runway
Showcasing Heritage on the world’s biggest fashion runway
16 April 2023

Ashraf Valliani became one of the first Ismailis to present her designs at the New York Fashion Week in Fall 2022, with Sahra Ahmady walking in the show wearing her collection.

[Left to right): Farrah Fazal, Saima Habib, Salima Bhimani PhD, Zeenat Bhamani, Aziza Hasan, Edina Lekovic, Nadia Allaudin CIMA, Farah Merani, and Alysha Kassam Mukhida.
[Left to right): Farrah Fazal, Saima Habib, Salima Bhimani PhD, Zeenat Bhamani, Aziza Hasan, Edina Lekovic, Nadia Allaudin CIMA, Farah Merani, and Alysha Kassam Mukhida.
Women’s Leadership Forum in Los Angeles
Women’s Leadership Forum in Los Angeles
1 April 2023

Successful Women’s Leadership Forum in Los Angeles

The energy sector and its emissions: What are the alternatives?
The energy sector and its emissions: What are the alternatives?
27 March 2023

The increased cost of energy and the use of fossil fuels are creating increasing financial and health impacts on households and businesses. This is due to the increasing demand for and the limited supply of energy sources, as well as the use of carbon-based fuels to generate energy. This can lead not only to an increase in prices of goods and services but also effects on mental and physical health.

Judge Rehana Adat-Lopez with her family
Judge Rehana Adat-Lopez with her family
First Asian and Ismaili Judge appointed to Lake Superior Court
First Asian and Ismaili Judge appointed to Lake Superior Court
26 March 2023

Ismaili Judge appointed to Lake Superior Court.

Our responsibility as stewards of the natural world includes the proper management of the waste we produce.
Our responsibility as stewards of the natural world includes the proper management of the waste we produce.
Five ways to manage waste, ranked in order of impact
Five ways to manage waste, ranked in order of impact
19 March 2023

In nature, the concept of waste does not exist. Ecological systems are designed with perfect circular processes where resources flow in a waste-free, sustainable loop. On the contrary, human-designed systems use linear processes where resources are extracted, processed, briefly used, and then discarded. How can we replicate the ideal circular systems found in nature?

Dr. Shafik Dharamsi attending the U.S. India Chamber of Commerce Dallas-Fort Worth Wellness and Workplace Conference, Fall 2022.
Dr. Shafik Dharamsi attending the U.S. India Chamber of Commerce Dallas-Fort Worth Wellness and Workplace Conference, Fall 2022.
Dr. Shafik Dharamsi: a Public Health Changemaker
Dr. Shafik Dharamsi: a Public Health Changemaker
16 March 2023

The new Dean of the School of Public Health at the University of North Texas Health Science Center.

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