Southwestern US

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

The Belle Rive Jamatkhana, Edmonton, Canada
The Belle Rive Jamatkhana, Edmonton, Canada
Illumination and Geometry in Islamic and African American Art An Interdisciplinary Curriculum
Illumination and Geometry in Islamic and African American Art An Interdisciplinary Curriculum
18 November 2020

This article is based on a presentation given at the Canada International Conference on Education [CICE-2019] at The University of Toronto. Mississauga, Canada.

L to R: Edith Maldonado of WoodsEdge Community Church, Fire Chief Scott Seifert of the Spring Fire Department, President and CEO Missy Herndon of Interfaith of The Woodlands, and Ismaili Council Communications Member Alim Adatia.
L to R: Edith Maldonado of WoodsEdge Community Church, Fire Chief Scott Seifert of the Spring Fire Department, President and CEO Missy Herndon of Interfaith of The Woodlands, and Ismaili Council Communications Member Alim Adatia.
Spring Ismaili Jamatkhana Hosts “Share Your Blessings” COVID-19 Recovery Food Drive
Spring Ismaili Jamatkhana Hosts “Share Your Blessings” COVID-19 Recovery Food Drive
23 October 2020

I-CERV teams up with local organizations to provide food for those in need.

Dr. Alambardar Ali Khuwaja.
Dr. Alambardar Ali Khuwaja.
Houston physician helping rural communities in Pakistan during COVID-19 lockdown
Houston physician helping rural communities in Pakistan during COVID-19 lockdown
30 June 2020

From providing food to hygiene information and electricity, a physician returns to help residents in his ancestral home.

From left to right: Murad Ajani, President, Ismaili Council for Southwestern US; The Honorable Mayor Sylvester Turner, City of Houston; Shenila Momin, Chairperson Focus Humanitarian Assistance USA
From left to right: Murad Ajani, President, Ismaili Council for Southwestern US; The Honorable Mayor Sylvester Turner, City of Houston; Shenila Momin, Chairperson Focus Humanitarian Assistance USA
Half a million facemasks donated to the City of Houston by the US Ismaili Council and FOCUS USA
Half a million facemasks donated to the City of Houston by the US Ismaili Council and FOCUS USA
18 June 2020

Houston’s Mayor Sylvester Turner accepted a donation of half a million reusable face masks from Focus Humanitarian Assistance USA (FOCUS) and the Ismaili Council for the Southwestern US. The formal announcement of the donation took place at Houston’s City Hall on 17 June 2020.

Farrokh Derakshani, Director of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, in a discussion with Dr. Zahra Jamal at the Ismaili Center and Jamatkhana, Houston.
Farrokh Derakshani, Director of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, in a discussion with Dr. Zahra Jamal at the Ismaili Center and Jamatkhana, Houston.
Farrokh Derakhshani: The Aga Khan Award for Architecture and its global impact
Farrokh Derakhshani: The Aga Khan Award for Architecture and its global impact
17 May 2020

“Architecture is the only art form which has a direct, daily impact on the quality of human life.” Mawlana Hazar Imam, Aga Khan Award for Architecture ceremony, Al-Ain, UAE, November 6, 2016

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