Southwestern US

Dr. Faiza Khoja seen with Marc A. Nigliazzo, President of the Texas A&M University, Central Texas, at the Commencement Ceremony.
Dr. Faiza Khoja seen with Marc A. Nigliazzo, President of the Texas A&M University, Central Texas, at the Commencement Ceremony.
New Dean of Texas A&M University’s College of Business Administration’s Vision for the Future of Higher Education
New Dean of Texas A&M University’s College of Business Administration’s Vision for the Future of Higher Education
2 January 2022

When the world was still grappling to understand COVID-19 and the new normal, during 2020, Dr. Faiza Khoja embarked on an exciting journey taking the reins as the Dean of the College of Business Administration at Texas A & M University-Central Texas. With more than two decades of professional experience in higher education and extensive expertise in organizational management and leadership, Faiza came in well-positioned to take the College to new heights.

The forecourt garden with its reflecting pool at the entrance of the building creates a contemplative atmosphere. The new Center will feature beautiful spaces, intricate geometry, and highly crafted work.
The forecourt garden with its reflecting pool at the entrance of the building creates a contemplative atmosphere. The new Center will feature beautiful spaces, intricate geometry, and highly crafted work.
Ismaili Center Houston designed to embody a spirit of openness and dialogue
Ismaili Center Houston designed to embody a spirit of openness and dialogue
13 November 2021

Established by Mawlana Hazar Imam for the Jamat in the USA and around the world, the new Ismaili Center will represent dialogue between faith and world, East and West, traditional and contemporary, and between humanity and nature.

Ismaili Center Houston design preview to air live on The Ismaili TV
Ismaili Center Houston design preview to air live on The Ismaili TV
9 November 2021

Join us for an exclusive presentation from Houston, Texas, USA, on Monday 15 November 2021, featuring the design architect Farshid Moussavi and landscape architect Thomas Woltz, to preview the design of the upcoming Ismaili Center.

Ismaili CIVIC volunteers organized collection drives at Jamatkhanas across the country.
Ismaili CIVIC volunteers organized collection drives at Jamatkhanas across the country.
Ismaili CIVIC and Focus Humanitarian Assistance Partner with others to Support Afghan Arrivals
Ismaili CIVIC and Focus Humanitarian Assistance Partner with others to Support Afghan Arrivals
21 October 2021

City of Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner: “I am a member of the Ismaili Community...honorary!”

Salutatorian Adeel Sumar from Nederland, Texas
Salutatorian Adeel Sumar from Nederland, Texas
High School Valedictorians and Salutatorians Inspire and Share their Educational Journeys
High School Valedictorians and Salutatorians Inspire and Share their Educational Journeys
13 August 2021

In his speech at the Inauguration ceremony of the Aga Khan Academy in Mombasa, Hazar Imam spoke about the power and influence that younger generations have in shaping their communities and societies as they progress through their education.

“It is my hope that it will be members of this new generation who, driven by their own wide knowledge and inspiration, will change their societies; that they will gradually replace many of the external forces that appear, and sometimes seek, to control our destinies,” Hazar Imam said.

Sakina and Nazarali Momin.
Sakina and Nazarali Momin.
One Hundred Rupees and a Dream: A Journey from Methan to Boston
One Hundred Rupees and a Dream: A Journey from Methan to Boston
29 July 2021

Last year, Nazarali Momin took a family trip with his grandchildren to Boston to revisit his roots. On this trip, they visited his old college building, the places he worked, the apartment he stayed in, and the location where he and his peers met to pray -- their Jamatkhana. Nazarali recounted his journey to his grandchildren, from his upbringing in the Methan village in the Sidhpur district to his schooling in Bombay, and on to his arrival in the United States.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott poses with members of the Ismaili Council for the Southwestern US and a number of Ismaili volunteers at the Texas State Capitol on 26 May 2021.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott poses with members of the Ismaili Council for the Southwestern US and a number of Ismaili volunteers at the Texas State Capitol on 26 May 2021.
Texas leaders recognize Ismaili community’s service during challenging year
Texas leaders recognize Ismaili community’s service during challenging year
7 June 2021

Over the past year, the challenge of Covid-19 in Texas has been compounded by a winter storm that left millions throughout the state without power and water, and Hurricane Laura, which caused extensive property damage and displaced many. In the face of these challenges, members of the Ismaili community came together to assist those in need, staffing vaccine mega-sites, volunteering to distribute food and water, donating large amounts of PPE to first responders and communities in need, and organizing dozens of drives, including to collect blood, food, and books.

President Bush and Sada Cumber
President Bush and Sada Cumber
An Interview with Ambassador Sada Cumber
An Interview with Ambassador Sada Cumber
28 May 2021

Ambassador, public servant, serial entrepreneur, investor, strategic consultant, philanthropist; these are just a few dimensions to the personality and identity of Sada Cumber.

Nizar Kassam's and Family.
Nizar Kassam's and Family.
A Family that Reaches Across Borders to Help Those in Need
A Family that Reaches Across Borders to Help Those in Need
28 March 2021

The entrepreneurial spirit is used to improve the lives of communities in need, from the USA to India, Dar es Salaam, and Tajikistan.

Part of the exhibition, In Search of Illusion, on display in the education wing of Spring Ismaili Jamatkhana. Art on left, “Inspiration of the Mind,” by Fahim Somani. Art on right, “Jorah,” by Salman Abdul.
Part of the exhibition, In Search of Illusion, on display in the education wing of Spring Ismaili Jamatkhana. Art on left, “Inspiration of the Mind,” by Fahim Somani. Art on right, “Jorah,” by Salman Abdul.
Ismaili artists featured at the new Spring Ismaili Jamatkhana in Greater Houston
Ismaili artists featured at the new Spring Ismaili Jamatkhana in Greater Houston
9 March 2021

Art historians and enthusiasts often recognize the 10th through 13th centuries as a period that marked an increase in the usage of symmetrical, geometric patterns in the Muslim world. Most likely aided by Muslim mathematicians, artists and artisans produced a large variety of designs. Many of these geometric models developed interpretations of ornament that embody metaphysical intent.

Dr. Salim Surani, in his protective gear as he cares for patients in the ICU.
Dr. Salim Surani, in his protective gear as he cares for patients in the ICU.
Interview with Pulmonologist Dr. Salim Surani about his COVID Experience
Interview with Pulmonologist Dr. Salim Surani about his COVID Experience
21 February 2021

Dr. Salim Surani discusses the situation in the Intensive Care Ward and how he manages his home life at this time.

Southwest Region Mental Health Providers
1 January 2021

If you need support from a mental health professional, you can find a mental health provider in your area through the county and state resources listed below available within the Southwest Region. 

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