Central US

Euless City Council members after Salman Bhojani's swearing in ceremony on May 22, 2018.
Euless City Council members after Salman Bhojani's swearing in ceremony on May 22, 2018.
A trailblazer – Salman Bhojani wins City Council seat
A trailblazer – Salman Bhojani wins City Council seat
19 August 2018

A year ago, Salman Bhojani was an attorney living in the Dallas suburb of Euless, Texas, who decided to run for City Council. After a hard-fought election, Salman came up short. Dejected but not deterred, he was determined to make inroads with more communities and talk to more voters about his inclusive, proactive vision, during a second bid for office.

The Chunara Family [From left] Mansoorali Chunara, Sameeta Chunara, Aniq Chunara, and Shahnoor Chunara.
The Chunara Family [From left] Mansoorali Chunara, Sameeta Chunara, Aniq Chunara, and Shahnoor Chunara.
Ismaili Teen Achieves Rare Milestone with 139 Merit Badges
Ismaili Teen Achieves Rare Milestone with 139 Merit Badges
20 June 2018

Aniq Chunara of the Ismaili Troop 758 became one of only 300 Boy Scouts to earn 139 merit badges in the organization's 100-plus year history.

Participants collaborate their musical talents using the tabla and rabob, both instruments of Persian influence
Participants collaborate their musical talents using the tabla and rabob, both instruments of Persian influence
Jubilee Arts Festival Kindles Inspiration for Central US Jamat
Jubilee Arts Festival Kindles Inspiration for Central US Jamat
29 March 2018

Bright green plastic melted at a scorching 185 degrees Fahrenheit and oozed out of a 3D pen. Sketches mesmerized spectators as they were lifted off of the paper. Onlookers stood next to the artist as he held up blocks of Arabic script and a group-crafted green diamond. On this table, viewers saw vision and technology unite to magically create works of art.

R-L ​: ​​Anthony Giuliani ​and ​Corey Rose​ from the Texas Sec. of State's Office, Samina Hooda, President Nizar Didarali​, Texas Sec. of State Rolando Pablos, V​P Karima Karmali​, Council for Canada, Amir Ali Rupani, Arman Rupani, Nimet Ahmed.
R-L ​: ​​Anthony Giuliani ​and ​Corey Rose​ from the Texas Sec. of State's Office, Samina Hooda, President Nizar Didarali​, Texas Sec. of State Rolando Pablos, V​P Karima Karmali​, Council for Canada, Amir Ali Rupani, Arman Rupani, Nimet Ahmed.
Texas Secretary of State visits the Aga Khan Museum and Ismaili Centre, Toronto
Texas Secretary of State visits the Aga Khan Museum and Ismaili Centre, Toronto
7 February 2018

Rolando Pablos, Texas Secretary of State, along with members of his staff, visited the Aga Khan Museum and the Ismaili Centre, Toronto.

Guests touring the ROL exhibit.
Guests touring the ROL exhibit.
Dallas Rays of Light Exhibit Inspires Local Leaders and Jamat
Dallas Rays of Light Exhibit Inspires Local Leaders and Jamat
5 February 2018

In celebration of Mawlana Hazar Imam’s Diamond Jubilee, the Ismaili Council for USA launched Rays of Light in Dallas, where public officials, including the Mayors of Frisco, Carrollton, and Irving, as well as Honorary Consuls from more than a half dozen countries, were invited to view the exhibit.

As part of the Snow Lion Dance, the snow lion tousles the rainbow tassels attached to its ears. The dance demonstrates the spirit of “the fearless and elegant quality of the enlightened mind.”
As part of the Snow Lion Dance, the snow lion tousles the rainbow tassels attached to its ears. The dance demonstrates the spirit of “the fearless and elegant quality of the enlightened mind.”
Monks Perform Sacred Music Sacred Dance at Plano Jamatkhana
Monks Perform Sacred Music Sacred Dance at Plano Jamatkhana
3 February 2018

Plano Jamatkhana partnered with the Thanks-Giving Foundation and the Crow Collection of Asian Art to host a performance of The Mystical Arts of Tibet: Sacred Music Sacred Dance

The Ismaili Muslim Youth Choir in the Plano Jamatkhana lobby for its performance.
The Ismaili Muslim Youth Choir in the Plano Jamatkhana lobby for its performance.
Plano Jamatkhana opens its doors to the community
Plano Jamatkhana opens its doors to the community
22 January 2018

The Ismaili Jamatkhana, Plano hosted an interfaith event, where people of all religions were invited to learn more about the Ismaili Muslim community to bridge the gap with the greater Plano community. 

Zahir Ladhani, a business coach, leads an interactive workshop for young professionals aspiring to C-level positions. Ladhani said the key to succeeding in the professional world is a lifelong thirst for knowledge.
Zahir Ladhani, a business coach, leads an interactive workshop for young professionals aspiring to C-level positions. Ladhani said the key to succeeding in the professional world is a lifelong thirst for knowledge.
Business and Professional Growth Tips from a Business Coach
Business and Professional Growth Tips from a Business Coach
3 December 2017
Generally, the ingredients for all successful businesses are similar. But according to a former healthcare and business executive, one stands above the rest.
Pasha rounds a corner during a 2017 Strider Cup race on his balance bike. The Strider Cup is an international competition for children ages 2-5.
Pasha rounds a corner during a 2017 Strider Cup race on his balance bike. The Strider Cup is an international competition for children ages 2-5.
Young Racer Takes After His Father
Young Racer Takes After His Father
26 October 2017

At three, Pasha Ali is already racing into the record books.

Mayor Falconer addresses the volunteers present at the I-CERV Day of Service.
Mayor Falconer addresses the volunteers present at the I-CERV Day of Service.
Dallas Jamat and friends pack 100,000 meals to fight hunger
Dallas Jamat and friends pack 100,000 meals to fight hunger
11 October 2017
“When the Ismaili community calls, I answer,” said Andy Stoker, the senior minister at the First United Methodist Church stated when asked about the opportunity to participate in volunteer initiatives with the Ismaili community in Dallas.
Members of the medical team were among the thousands of volunteers who cared for the Jamat during the July 11 celebration at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas.
Members of the medical team were among the thousands of volunteers who cared for the Jamat during the July 11 celebration at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas.
Faces of Imamat Day
Faces of Imamat Day
4 October 2017

The thousands of Ismailis who came together in Dallas on July 11, 2017, to usher in the Diamond Jubilee walked away with fond memories of the much-anticipated day.

Lee Hilling, Chairman of the French Medical Institute for Children (FMIC) with Stephen Love, President of the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council, at the Ismaili Jamatkhana, Plano.
Lee Hilling, Chairman of the French Medical Institute for Children (FMIC) with Stephen Love, President of the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council, at the Ismaili Jamatkhana, Plano.
Author Lee Hilling's Book Launch in Dallas
Author Lee Hilling's Book Launch in Dallas
29 September 2017

Author of "A Place of Miracles: The Story of a Children’s Hospital in Kabul and the People Whose Lives Have Been Changed by It", Lee Hilling explains the role of the Aga Khan Hospital and its impact on the children of Afghanistan.

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