Southeastern US

Murad Abdullah, President of the Southeastern Ismaili Council encourages civic engagement and youth participation at the Forum.
Murad Abdullah, President of the Southeastern Ismaili Council encourages civic engagement and youth participation at the Forum.
Nonpartisan Candidate Forum encourages dialogue and civic engagement
Nonpartisan Candidate Forum encourages dialogue and civic engagement
25 December 2018

Nine days before the 2018 midterm elections, the Ismaili Jamatkhana in Norcross, Georgia, hosted a Nonpartisan Candidate Forum for Georgia House of Representatives and State Senate candidates. Sixteen candidates, equally representing the Republican and Democratic parties, shared their viewpoints with over 200 attendees from the wider community. The candidates represented the northern suburbs of metro-Atlanta in Gwinnett and Fulton Counties.

Global Encounters Reunion at the Lisbon Ismaili Centre.  A handful of participants and faculty from the Pakistan 2017 camp pose for a group picture.
Global Encounters Reunion at the Lisbon Ismaili Centre.  A handful of participants and faculty from the Pakistan 2017 camp pose for a group picture.
An Ismaili teen shares knowledge and serves peers across the globe
An Ismaili teen shares knowledge and serves peers across the globe
1 December 2018

A junior in high school, Insha Merchant has been blessed with experiences that would be the envy of students her age.

In the summer of 2017, Insha participated in Global Encounters,  the international service and leadership development camp that annually brings together Ismaili youth from multiple countries and diverse cultures. Although she would be one of the 720 participants since its inception in 2012, hers would be the first camp to be based in Pakistan. As part of the camp, Insha had the opportunity to spend a week in the beautiful and pristine Gilgit and Hunza in Northern Pakistan.

The Ismaili Centre, Dushanbe.
The Ismaili Centre, Dushanbe.
Architecture to Inspire the Spirit: Farouk Noormohamed Discusses Architecture and its Service to Mankind.
Architecture to Inspire the Spirit: Farouk Noormohamed Discusses Architecture and its Service to Mankind.
27 November 2018

Good architecture serves its functional purpose and is structurally sound. Great architecture fits seamlessly into its surroundings and awakens the spirit of everyone who interacts with it. Decatur, Georgia, is home to the first permanent Jamatkhana in the United States. It was designed by Farouk Noormohamed, an architect whose 33-year career portfolio includes designing multiple Aga Khan University buildings in Africa and Pakistan, and the award-winning Ismaili Centre in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.

Police officers, clergy, educators, and community peacebuilders discuss implicit bias in group break-out sessions.
Police officers, clergy, educators, and community peacebuilders discuss implicit bias in group break-out sessions.
Mediation Forum Brings Together Leaders and Peacemakers
Mediation Forum Brings Together Leaders and Peacemakers
5 November 2018

Considering the litigious disposition of today’s society, United States Attorney, Byung J. “BJay” Pak pointed to mediation as a means for reaching closure between opposing individuals. He said, “mediation is the process by which each party’s voice is heard, despite who may win or lose at the very end…It really comes down to balancing the interests of two people, looking for a compromise and likeness, and not divisive litigation.”

Qayl and Riyaan Maherali in front of the entrance to the Darbar site.
Qayl and Riyaan Maherali in front of the entrance to the Darbar site.
An Ismaili Teen on the Quest to Spread Knowledge
An Ismaili Teen on the Quest to Spread Knowledge
17 October 2018

In keeping with Mawlana Hazar Imam’s emphasis on the importance of sharing knowledge globally, ninth-grader Qayl Maherali is reaching through reporting. He enjoys “learning, connecting, and educating people about different places around the world, as well as traveling and using technology.”

Murad Abdullah, President of the Ismaili Council for the Southeast US,  Kenny Blank, Executive Director of Atlanta Jewish Film Festival (AJFF), Kirkland Carden, City of Duluth Council Member, and other community leaders and volunteers at the presentation
Murad Abdullah, President of the Ismaili Council for the Southeast US,  Kenny Blank, Executive Director of Atlanta Jewish Film Festival (AJFF), Kirkland Carden, City of Duluth Council Member, and other community leaders and volunteers at the presentation
Showcasing The Untold Story of Indian Cinema: Ismaili Council partners with the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival.
Showcasing The Untold Story of Indian Cinema: Ismaili Council partners with the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival.
6 October 2018

The Ismaili Council for the Southeastern United States partnered with the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival (AJFF) to present the documentary Shalom Bollywood:  The Untold Story of Indian Cinema, based on the early history of the Indian film industry. This AJFF Connects screening was a part of “year-round programming initiative that uses the power of film to build bridges of understanding and spark dialogue with diverse audiences”

Chief Williford of College Park, Chaplain McKenzie, and Murad Abdullah, President of the Ismaili Council for the Southeastern United States at the Eid Appreciation Tea in Fayetteville.
Chief Williford of College Park, Chaplain McKenzie, and Murad Abdullah, President of the Ismaili Council for the Southeastern United States at the Eid Appreciation Tea in Fayetteville.
Ismaili Muslims Celebrate Eid-al-Fitr with Gratitude and Festivities
Ismaili Muslims Celebrate Eid-al-Fitr with Gratitude and Festivities
25 August 2018

Atlanta’s Ismaili Muslims marked the festival of Eid-al-Fitr by honoring public safety and civic leaders of DeKalb and Fayette counties at an Appreciation Tea, hosted at the Ismaili Jamatkhana.

Gwinnett County Fire Honor Guard started the breakfast program with the presentation of colors.
Gwinnett County Fire Honor Guard started the breakfast program with the presentation of colors.
Gwinnett's Interfaith Prayer Breakfast finds common ground
Gwinnett's Interfaith Prayer Breakfast finds common ground
23 August 2018

“The history of the word prayer means to beg or to entreat, which means to negotiate. This notion of negotiation—of finding common ground—began to strike me as the meaning of interfaith prayer. While religions are different in many ways, we can find common ground only if we listen, are still, and make time to be in each other’s presence.” -Doug Shipman.

Students, parents and chaperons from The Lovett School pose for a picture to remember their visit.
Students, parents and chaperons from The Lovett School pose for a picture to remember their visit.
Religious Diversity Brings Elementary Students to Ismaili Jamatkhana
Religious Diversity Brings Elementary Students to Ismaili Jamatkhana
17 August 2018

“Understanding one’s own spiritual journey by learning about and respecting the diversity of beliefs in the community” and exploring connections between the three Abrahamic religions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam, part of the fifth grade religious studies curriculum, brought over a hundred fifth-graders to visit the Ismaili Jamatkhana in Atlanta.

Members of the Jewish and Ismaili communities of Atlanta came together for a series of interfaith events. The program gave way to a greater dialogue about their respective faiths and cultural heritage.
Members of the Jewish and Ismaili communities of Atlanta came together for a series of interfaith events. The program gave way to a greater dialogue about their respective faiths and cultural heritage.
Interfaith dialogue leads to a 'marriage' of two faiths
Interfaith dialogue leads to a 'marriage' of two faiths
20 April 2018

When Craig Seligman, a member of Temple Sinai Atlanta, invited Akbar Kassam, a Shia Ismaili Muslim, on a trip to Israel with his congregation, Akbar couldn’t pass up the opportunity.

Nishani dance group performs at the Southeast Jubilee Performing Arts Festival.
Nishani dance group performs at the Southeast Jubilee Performing Arts Festival.
Art, Performance, Action: Jubilee Arts Festival Inspires the Southeast Jamat
Art, Performance, Action: Jubilee Arts Festival Inspires the Southeast Jamat
7 April 2018

Through the gallery, stage, and screen, artists in the Southeast used the themes of legacy, time, devotion, and aspiration to showcase their talents and inspire spectators at the Regional Jubilee Arts Festival in Atlanta, Georgia.

Niyaz performing at Georgia State University’s Rialto Center for the Arts
Niyaz performing at Georgia State University’s Rialto Center for the Arts
Niyaz captures the essence of a spiritual quest through Sufi music
Niyaz captures the essence of a spiritual quest through Sufi music
30 March 2018

Centuries have passed but the poetry of Rumi and his peers lives on in a number of ways. The most unique, however, may be the husband-wife performance duo Niyaz, whose stage name means a spiritual longing for more.

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