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Dr. Riaz Gillani, MD, a Board-Certified Pediatrician and a Fellow in Pediatric Hematology and Oncology at Boston Children’s Hospital and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
Dr. Riaz Gillani, MD, a Board-Certified Pediatrician and a Fellow in Pediatric Hematology and Oncology at Boston Children’s Hospital and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
Giving the Gift of Life: World Blood Donor Day Honors Donors
Giving the Gift of Life: World Blood Donor Day Honors Donors
25 June 2020

Blood donations: a civic duty to help preserve life, and how the New York Jamat has supported this endeavor.

Hasan Ali playing the guitar with Fitoor the Band.
Hasan Ali playing the guitar with Fitoor the Band.
Fitoor the Band rejuvenates age-old musical traditions for audiences of all ages
Fitoor the Band rejuvenates age-old musical traditions for audiences of all ages
20 June 2020

While the United States was settling into the initial stages of a global pandemic and lockdown, three Ismaili musicians gathered on March 27 to deliver a virtual concert to a national and global audience. Fitoor the Band aims to preserve traditional South Asian music using contemporary influences and keep age-old musical traditions alive for younger and older generations.

Nurses Shazia Mitha (left)  and Jena Pradhan (right) from New York.
Nurses Shazia Mitha (left)  and Jena Pradhan (right) from New York.
A day in the life of two nurses caring for COVID-19 patients
A day in the life of two nurses caring for COVID-19 patients
12 May 2020

For Nurse Appreciation Week, we are recounting the stories and struggles of a few of our nurses who care for us, especially during the current health crisis.

Healthcare Hero - Dr Shehryar Khaliqdina
Healthcare Hero - Dr Shehryar Khaliqdina
7 May 2020

Dr Shehryar Khaliqdina was born and brought up in Karachi, Pakistan where he attended Darkhana Jamatkhana. After graduating from the Dow Medical College, he worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at Rush University Medical Center, Chicago. He is currently a third-year Internal Medicine Resident at Saint Mary's Hospital in Connecticut and attends Westport Jamatkhana.

Healthcare Heroes - Aliya and Sameer Hirji
Healthcare Heroes - Aliya and Sameer Hirji
28 April 2020

A dynamic duo in medicine, Aliya and Sameer were both driven to the medical field through a passion to serve and help people.

Abrigul Lutfalieva attending a conference in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
Abrigul Lutfalieva attending a conference in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
Initiating a Bioethics Program in Tajikistan
Initiating a Bioethics Program in Tajikistan
10 March 2020

This story in the International Women’s Day series describes a woman’s mission to raise awareness on Bioethics in Tajikistan, compelling society to re-examine traditional medical approaches, and adopt new ethical guidelines. In the process, patient rights were also strengthened.

Sonya was chosen to be a #powerambassador for the Susan G. Komen Foundation at the #raceforthecure where she led a team of friends and loved ones and completed a 5K run.
Sonya was chosen to be a #powerambassador for the Susan G. Komen Foundation at the #raceforthecure where she led a team of friends and loved ones and completed a 5K run.
Surviving Breast Cancer in Style
Surviving Breast Cancer in Style
9 March 2020

A story to celebrate International Women’s Day, one that illustrates how a cancer survivor used her condition to help others in similar circumstances.

Minaz Fazal and Shajahan Merchant, posing with their awards.
Minaz Fazal and Shajahan Merchant, posing with their awards.
Ismaili Leaders Presented with New York State Commendation Award
Ismaili Leaders Presented with New York State Commendation Award
17 December 2019

New York State Senator Anna Kaplan presented former Council for the USA President Banu Minaz Fazal, and former Council for the Northeastern United States President Shajahan Merchant, with the State Senate’s Commendation Award to recognize the Ismaili leaders for their dedication and outstanding contributions to their community while exemplifying the values of Islam.

Taimur Moolji (left) and Saif Moolji (right), pose alongside their Coach Mr. Matthew Salah
Taimur Moolji (left) and Saif Moolji (right), pose alongside their Coach Mr. Matthew Salah
Ismaili youth stand out at the Harvard National Forensics Tournament
Ismaili youth stand out at the Harvard National Forensics Tournament
19 July 2019

Two Ismaili students from Manhattan Jamatkhana reached the semi-finals of the public forum debate category, beating the second and third-ranked teams in the nation, at the Harvard National High School Invitational Forensics Tournament held in Cambridge on President’s Day weekend.

Heat Advisory and Excessive Heat Warnings – Northeast Region
Heat Advisory and Excessive Heat Warnings – Northeast Region
19 July 2019
The Jamat is advised that heat advisories and excessive heat warnings are in place for much of the Northeast Region. In several areas, heat indexes over 100 degrees may be experienced during daylight hours through this weekend.
I-CERV Volunteers presenting Councilwoman Veronica Lurvey with a T-shirt commemorating Earth Day 2019.
I-CERV Volunteers presenting Councilwoman Veronica Lurvey with a T-shirt commemorating Earth Day 2019.
Northeast Jamat commemorates Earth Day with service events
Northeast Jamat commemorates Earth Day with service events
19 June 2019

In a speech made in Ottawa in 2013, Mawlana Hazar Imam stated that Muslims have a “responsibility and obligation, as good stewards of God’s creation, to leave the world in a better condition than we found it."

The tour ended at the magnificent green domed Masjid Malcolm Shabazz which was founded in 1956. The mosque hosts interfaith congregants, a school, and continues to be a hub of religious life in a rapidly-changing corner of Harlem.
The tour ended at the magnificent green domed Masjid Malcolm Shabazz which was founded in 1956. The mosque hosts interfaith congregants, a school, and continues to be a hub of religious life in a rapidly-changing corner of Harlem.
Discovering Islam in New York City: a tour of its Muslim History
Discovering Islam in New York City: a tour of its Muslim History
9 June 2019

Muslims have been a part of New York City, even before New York was a city. Records show that Muslims arrived in the area as part of the Dutch settlement, New Amsterdam, since the 1600s. Today, there are now over 300 registered mosques in the City. This is how the Muslim Tour of Harlem, a historic neighborhood in New York, begins. Katie Merriman, a doctoral student of religious studies at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill escorted a group of New York City Ismailis on a tour of 400 years of Muslim history in New York. On a three-hour walking tour, participants expanded their knowledge of how Muslims have contributed to their city and continue to do so.

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