Southwestern US

Volunteer Resource Management Team Southwestern USA
Volunteer Resource Management Team Southwestern USA
30 September 2021

The President of the Council for the Southwestern United States, in consultation with the Member for VRM, is pleased to make the following appointments for the term ending July 11, 2022.

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. 

A view of one of the chandeliers in the social hall lobby. This image is an example of how the lighting inside the main building is designed to be indirect, to eliminate glare and reduce the harshness of exposed bulbs and fixtures.
A view of one of the chandeliers in the social hall lobby. This image is an example of how the lighting inside the main building is designed to be indirect, to eliminate glare and reduce the harshness of exposed bulbs and fixtures.
Spring Jamatkhana, Texas
Spring Jamatkhana, Texas
29 December 2020

Situated in Spring, a Houston suburb, this Jamatkhana has architectural elements that are reflective of the values and vision of traditional Islamic architecture, such as symmetry, balance, light, and geometry.

Dr Ali Tejani at the hospital.
Dr Ali Tejani at the hospital.
Perspectives from the Frontlines of COVID-19: Learning From Our Patients
Perspectives from the Frontlines of COVID-19: Learning From Our Patients
28 November 2020

A Physician describes the difficult decisions that need to be made and how they impact care.

Sherbano Ajani
Sherbano Ajani
Four Generations in Service
Four Generations in Service
20 November 2020

A century of family service to the Jamat continues with Gen Z

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