Southwestern US

From the Killing Fields to the White House: A Conversation with Former U.N. Ambassador Sichan Siv
From the Killing Fields to the White House: A Conversation with Former U.N. Ambassador Sichan Siv
11 July 2017

Former U.N. Ambassador Sichan Siv shared his life’s journey at The Ismaili Jamatkhana and Center, Houston.

Volunteers around the USA engage in various service activities.
Volunteers around the USA engage in various service activities.
Volunteer Appreciation Week Celebrated around the US
Volunteer Appreciation Week Celebrated around the US
11 July 2017

The uniformed volunteers in the community assume added responsibilities year-round, and the Annual Volunteer Appreciation Weekend (VAW) is a way to remember their dedication and to recognize them.

Texas Secretary of State Rolando Pablos delivering the Keynote Address at the Eid Celebration on Saturday, July 8​,​ 2017​,​ at the Ismaili Jamatkhana and Center.
Texas Secretary of State Rolando Pablos delivering the Keynote Address at the Eid Celebration on Saturday, July 8​,​ 2017​,​ at the Ismaili Jamatkhana and Center.
Eid Luncheon Hosted by the Council for the Southwestern United States
Eid Luncheon Hosted by the Council for the Southwestern United States
11 July 2017

Celebrating the culmination of Ramadan, the Ismaili Muslim community hosted a community Eid Luncheon, attended by various dignitaries, elected and appointed officials, representatives of consulates, and service and civic professionals.  

I-CERV volunteers participating in the July 4 parade in Los Angeles, California.
I-CERV volunteers participating in the July 4 parade in Los Angeles, California.
Layered Community Identities
Layered Community Identities
10 July 2017
"Perhaps the key to resolving the Paradox of Citizenship is to think about layers of overlapping identity. After all, one can honor a variety of loyalties—to a faith, an ethnicity, a language, a nation, a city, a profession, a school, even to a sports team! One might share some of these identities with some people, and other identities with others." -Mawlana Hazar Imam, accepting the Adrienne Clarkson Award for Global Citizenship, September 21, 2016.
 
A finished metal sculpture on its base, with tile mosaics.
A finished metal sculpture on its base, with tile mosaics.
Iconic Metal Sculptures: a Gift from the Jamat for Diamond Jubilee
Iconic Metal Sculptures: a Gift from the Jamat for Diamond Jubilee
10 July 2017

The process of designing and building of the sculptures for Imamat Day celebrations.

 
Mayor Sylvester Turner appreciating the volunteers at the Ismaili Centre London.
Mayor Sylvester Turner appreciating the volunteers at the Ismaili Centre London.
Mayor of Houston visits The Ismaili Centre, London
Mayor of Houston visits The Ismaili Centre, London
9 July 2017

With two days left before Diamond Jubilee, Ismailis from the United States and United Kingdom celebrated the value of pluralism at an event hosting Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, at the Ismaili Centre in London. 

High School graduates and their counselors pose for a group picture at the 1st Annual Southwest Pro-Grad.
High School graduates and their counselors pose for a group picture at the 1st Annual Southwest Pro-Grad.
First Pro-Grad Week Held in Southwest
First Pro-Grad Week Held in Southwest
8 July 2017

Southwestern US Region High School Graduates Get Together to Discuss Education and Faith

Former Texas Secretary of State Carlos Cascos, following a tour of the Ismaili Jamatkhana, Plano, with President Nizar Didarali of the Ismaili Council for Central USA, Samina Hooda, and Salim Rahimi.
Former Texas Secretary of State Carlos Cascos, following a tour of the Ismaili Jamatkhana, Plano, with President Nizar Didarali of the Ismaili Council for Central USA, Samina Hooda, and Salim Rahimi.
Ismaili Jamatkhanas: Spaces for Dialogue and Engagement
Ismaili Jamatkhanas: Spaces for Dialogue and Engagement
8 July 2017

“The Center will be a place of peace, humility, reflection and prayer. It will be a place of search and enlightenment. It will be a center which will seek to bond men and women of this pluralist country to replace their fragility in their narrow spheres by the strength of civilized society bound together by a common destiny.” -Mawlana Hazar Imam at the time of the inauguration of the Ismaili Jamatkhana and Center, Houston

Volunteer Appreciation Week Celebrated Around the US
Volunteer Appreciation Week Celebrated Around the US
8 July 2017

Voluntary service is a cherished tradition in the Ismaili community, and one that is an ethic of our faith. Whether in Jamatkhana or outside, we illustrate faith in action though our service to others, to try to assist those in need and to make the world a better place for all.

The Ismaili Dance Ensemble that performed at the Navroz celebrations in Houston, TX.
The Ismaili Dance Ensemble that performed at the Navroz celebrations in Houston, TX.
Navroz Programs at Museums in Atlanta and Houston
Navroz Programs at Museums in Atlanta and Houston
8 July 2017
Spring Comes to Children’s Museums in Houston and Atlanta.
The Ismaili Jamatkhana and Center, Houston
2 July 2017
The Ismaili Jamatkhana and Center, Houston is a place of gathering, learning and exchange. In addition to providing prayer and assembly space for Shia Ismaili Muslims, the Center is also a venue for outreach and dialogue with the community’s friends and neighbors.
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