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Salgirah Mubarak
Salgirah Mubarak
13 December 2017

On the auspicious occasion of Mawlana Hazar Imam's 81st birthday, the Jamati Institutions for the USA wish you and your family Salgirah Mubarak!

QOL Southeast Region Development Class
QOL Southeast Region Development Class
Time and Knowledge Initiatives Improve the Jamat’s Quality of Life
Time and Knowledge Initiatives Improve the Jamat’s Quality of Life
12 December 2017

Time & Knowledge Nazrana: Building Institutional Capacity for the USA Jamat

Volunteers of all ages celebrate as they exceed the goal of packing 60,000 meals in celebration of 60 years of Imamat.
Volunteers of all ages celebrate as they exceed the goal of packing 60,000 meals in celebration of 60 years of Imamat.
Southeast Jamat assembles 80,000 meals to fight hunger
Southeast Jamat assembles 80,000 meals to fight hunger
9 December 2017

With the spirit of Thanksgiving, more than 500 Ismaili volunteers, aged eight years and above, gathered at the Atlanta Northeast Jamatkhana to fight hunger and food insecurity in metro-Atlanta.  The Ismaili Council for the Southeastern United States, in partnership with the Atlanta Community Food Bank (ACFB) and Feeding Children Everywhere, organized the 60 for 60: I-CERV Day of Service, with the goal of preparing 60,000 meals in commemoration of Mawlana Hazar Imam’s Diamond Jubilee. 

Mayor Tim Baldermann of the City of Lennox, delivering the Keynote Address
Mayor Tim Baldermann of the City of Lennox, delivering the Keynote Address
Rays of Light Exhibition’s Global Launch in Chicago
Rays of Light Exhibition’s Global Launch in Chicago
29 November 2017
This Diamond Jubilee, Rays of Light is once again traversing the globe, having been updated to include the numerous achievements Mawlana Hazar Imam has accomplished over the decade since the inauguration of the exhibit. Over 250 photographs are displayed, from Mawlana Hazar Imam’s childhood to the current period, and illustrate the impact he has made on communities around the world.
The National Council for the USA is pleased to announce that Diamond Jubilee Volunteer Registration is now open.
The National Council for the USA is pleased to announce that Diamond Jubilee Volunteer Registration is now open.
Diamond Jubilee Volunteer Registration Launches in USA
Diamond Jubilee Volunteer Registration Launches in USA
18 November 2017
In commemoration of Mawlana Hazar Imam’s 60 years of Imamat, the National Council for the United States of America is pleased to announce that Diamond Jubilee Volunteer Registration for all uniform and non-uniform volunteers has officially launched. 
 
Interested members can register online or in person at Jamatkhana, where registration volunteers will be available for assistance.
Younger members of the Jamat assisting in the HOPE for Puerto Rico event at the Orlando Convention Center.
Younger members of the Jamat assisting in the HOPE for Puerto Rico event at the Orlando Convention Center.
Faith in Action in Moments of Natural Disasters
Faith in Action in Moments of Natural Disasters
12 November 2017

The Florida Jamat came together to pack meals for hurricane victims after experiencing a major weather event themselves.

Rays of Light returns to USA
Rays of Light returns to USA
31 October 2017

Rays of Light: Glimpses into the Ismaili Imamat was inaugurated in Paris by Mawlana Hazar Imam, along with members of the Noorani family, during his Golden Jubilee. It is returning as a Diamond Jubilee International Program, with the first USA exhibition planned for Chicago on November 2, 2017.

Five former Presidents on stage for the Points of Light Award ceremony, with the five awardees and Neil Bush
Five former Presidents on stage for the Points of Light Award ceremony, with the five awardees and Neil Bush
Five former U.S. presidents recognise Houston’s Ismaili Muslim volunteers
Five former U.S. presidents recognise Houston’s Ismaili Muslim volunteers
30 October 2017

“These are ordinary people doing extraordinary things. That spirit of volunteerism, that spirit that says we are all in this together, that spirit is exemplified by the five Points of Light recipients.”

— President Barack Obama, speaking about the Points of Light honourees at Texas A&M University on 21 October 2017.

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.
Warda Ali, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, and Karim Sherali
Warda Ali, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, and Karim Sherali
Orlando's Jamat Assists after Hurricane Irma
Orlando's Jamat Assists after Hurricane Irma
11 October 2017

There truly is a first time for everything. September of 2017 brought two new experiences for me: our city being targeted by the eye of a hurricane, and spending the two days following the hurricane volunteering at the City of Orlando Emergency Center.

Amynah and Amir Pirani in Houston.
Amynah and Amir Pirani in Houston.
Home Away From Home – One Jamat Across the World
Home Away From Home – One Jamat Across the World
1 October 2017
In August and September, the global Jamat explored the first theme of the Diamond Jubilee year: “Celebrating the Grace of Jamatkhanas and Ismaili Centres in our Lives.”  We have focused, through various initiatives and programs, on the meaning and importance of Jamatkhanas to each of us, and the diverse ways in which we engage with and use our Jamatkhanas. This article highlights the role of Jamatkhana for one US family.  As we engage with other Diamond Jubilee themes through the course of this year, we will continue to highlight experiences of the Jamat with those themes.  
Mr. Larbi R'Miki, Head of Public Diplomacy at the Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco, and Mr. Shajahan Merchant, President of the Ismaili Council for the Northeastern USA.
Mr. Larbi R'Miki, Head of Public Diplomacy at the Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco, and Mr. Shajahan Merchant, President of the Ismaili Council for the Northeastern USA.
Exhibition in Washington, DC features the 2016 Aga Khan Award for Architecture Nominees
Exhibition in Washington, DC features the 2016 Aga Khan Award for Architecture Nominees
26 September 2017

Aga Khan Award for Architecture Builds Bridges 

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