Community News (V14-I52)

Muslims distribute goods to Hurricane Sandy victims

JERSEY CITY,NJ–The Islamic Learning Centre of Jersey City distributed over 500 pounds of beef last week to the victims of Hurricane Sandy, the Jersey Journal reported. The meat distribution among the needy is usually done in the next few days of Eid ul Adha. But this year it was delayed due to Hurricane Sandy.

Volunteers passed out the goods, five-pounds per visitor at the entrance of the learning centert. The act of charity was a joint effort by the Jersey City Chapter of the Islamic Circle of North America and the Islamic Circle of North America Relief USA.

Among those visitors who picked up the donated food was Lloyd Stokes, 71, of Ege Street.

Stokes, a retired garment worker,told the paper that his home was without power for several weeks because of Hurricane Sandy, he added that he and his family are thankful for the help considering the harsh economic times.

“I could use all of it (the food)”, he said. “With the economy being what it is we need it.”

Farooq Khan applauded for supporting Rotary scholarship

HAMDEN,CT–Farooq Khan, one of the owners of Montowese Health and Rehabilitation Center, was applauded for supporting  a scholarship program of the North Ahaven Rotary Club for Qunnipiac University. Mr. Khan’s business has provided  $40,000 for these awards over the years.

Mr. Khan is a twenty eight year old member of the Rotary Club. The scholarship supports students who are studying physical and occupational therapy, as well as nursing.

Crystal S. Neuhauser, Director of Development of Health Affairs at Quinnipiac University, and  several other guests spoke  at the meeting.

Mansoor, Abbasi receive humanitarian scholarship

LOS ANGELES, CA–Sahar Mansoor and Alex Abbasi are among four students who have been announced as recipients of the Doshi Scholarship at the Loyola Marymount University. The $2500 scholarship is given each year to students who are doing bridge building work.

Senior political science major and environmental studies major Sahar Mansoor has worked with the Guadalupe Homeless Project, SunBridge Care and Rehabilitation Center for the Elderly and Tree People, in addition to traveling to India, Congo, Sudan and Washington, D.C. to work and study, according to Doshi professor of Indic and Comparative Theology Christopher Key Chapple.

Abbasi works with the Tutoring Tomorrow Today and has led a   “delegation of 14 students, staff and faculty of Israeli, Palestinian, Muslim, Jewish, and Christian background to travel together to Israel and Palestine, and he also has started a club called LMU Students for Justice in Palestine,” Chapple said.

Mehmood Khan joins board of biotech research company

HemoShear LLC, a biotechnology research company and leading developer of human-relevant systems for discovery and assessment of new drug compounds, today announced that two successful pharmaceutical industry veterans have joined its Board of Managers. Mehmood Khan, M.D., Executive Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer, Global Research and Development for PepsiCo, Inc., and Frederick W. K. Brown, M.B.A., Chief Innovation and New Venture Officer at Ascension Health in Michigan, have agreed to serve on HemoShear’s Board.

As PepsiCo’s EVP and Chief Scientific Officer, Dr. Khan leads PepsiCo’s research and development efforts, including nutrition, medicine, research, science, marketing/branding, and product innovation. He also directs PepsiCo’s enterprise planning, portfolio development, and implementation of new technologies to grow PepsiCo’s nutrition-focused brands. Prior to joining PepsiCo, Dr. Khan was President, Takeda Global Research & Development Center, overseeing Takeda’s worldwide R&D efforts. He joined Takeda after serving as Director of the Diabetes, Endocrine and Nutrition Clinical Trials Unit and as Senior Associate Consultant in the Division of Endocrinology at the Mayo Clinic.

Temecula Mosque meets first deadline

TEMECULA,CA–An under-construction mosque in Temecula has met the first deadline placed by the city council. The city had given the Islamic Centre of Temecula Valley until Dec.1 to pour a concrete slab for phase one of the construction.

The mosque is now regrouping to finish this phase by December of next year. This 4,250-square-foot building t will serve as a meeting place for the local Muslim community until the larger, more permanent building that is part of phase two of the project is completed.

Brattleboro Interfaith Group marks ten years

BRATTLEBORO,VT–It was 2002 and anti-Muslim sentiment was running high. Under such circumstances a group of Vermonters formed an interfaith group which has delivered rich dividends in advancing understanding and respect in the area, the Brattleboro Reformer reported.

While the group was not formally organized for another two years, members are marking their 10th anniversary because they trace their origins to the day when many faiths came together for one purpose.

“That event was so inspiring, and we look at that as the beginning,” said Jim Levinson, a founding member of the group and a leader in the local Jewish community.

The initiative consists of clergy and lay people and works cooperatively with the Brattleboro Area Interfaith Clergy Association. Members say the organization also is a good fit for those who would describe themselves only as spiritual or those who are interested in multiple faiths.

Daanish Khan Memorial soccer match held in New Jersey

PASSACK VALLEY,NJ–The friends and family of Daanish Khan, who passed away recently in while swimming in the MacMillan Reservoir,  celebrateS his life by hosting a soccer game, a sport that Khan loved, on Saturday, Dec. 1.

The community  honored his memory with an alumni game under the lights at Emerson High School, followed by a reception in the school cafeteria.


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