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Mohammed Arsiwala appointed to Michigan Board of Medicine

DETROIT,MI– Mohammed Arsiwala, M.D., has been appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder to serve a four-year term on theMichigan Board of Medicine. The 19-member board oversees the practice of medicine for about 36,330 medical doctors in the state.

Dr. Arsiwala is the president and medical director of Michigan Urgent Care. He previously practiced in urgent care at Providence Hospital in Livonia. Arsiwala earned a bachelor’s degree in medicine and surgery from Osmania University in India and a medical degree from Wayne State University. He will represent physicians and replaces Busharat Ahmad.

Arsiwala was recently recognized by the Detroit Wayne County Health Authority with a “Best of the Safety Net Award” for his commitment to improve the health of hundreds of persons in the greater-Detroit area. He also currently serves on the Michigan State Medical Society Board.

Rock Hill mosque nears completion

ROCK HILL, SC–The dream of York County’s Muslims to build a mosque from the ground up will soon come to fruition. The mosque being constructed in downtown Rock Hill is all set to open in late spring. It took two years of construction work to build the mosque.

As soon as prayers are ready to be said, an open house for the community is planned, said James “Jumah” Moore, director of the Islamic Center, to the Herald Online. Area religious, political and social leaders will be invited to tour the building. The public will be invited, too.

“This has always been a dream of ours – to have a place where Muslims can come together – and share it with the people of this community,” said Moore, a Rock Hill native. “We believe we have much to contribute to the city.”

The mosque will replace the current facility located in a strip mall.

Mosque youth group joins push to curb violence

NEW HAVEN,CT–The Youth Empowerment Squad, a youth group at the Masjid Al-Islam mosque, has joined hands with other groups in New Haven to curb youth violence in the area.
Their proposed solution is twofold. Go door-to-door throughout the neighborhood and identify every child between the ages of 3 and 12, find out their needs and then as community work to help steer them down the right path before they become entrenched in the wrong one.

The two violence reducing efforts are called No Entry” and “Shun the Gun.”

Jamila Marr, of the youth empowerment squad, told the New Haven register that the  “Shun the Gun” is an effort to change the mind set of gun possession being almost acceptable. The hope is to partner with different civic groups, clergy, schools and police.

“No one who’s 15, 16 or 17 years old should have a gun or access to a gun so when they lose their temper someone else loses their life.”

Poet Dilruba Ahmed to read at Smith College

NORTHAMPTON, MA—Smith College will present a reading by poets Dilruba Ahmed and Richard Jarrette at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, in Stoddard Hall Auditorium. This event is free and open to the public.

This event brings together two extraordinarily promising writers whose recently published first collections have won high praise. American-born Bangladeshi Dilruba Ahmed’s impressive debut, “Dhaka Dust,” won the 2010 Bakeless Literary Prize awarded by the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference. It was selected by Arthur Sze, who praised its “rich and luminous weave” of cultural location and perspective. Sensuous language, indelible images, glimpses of transcendence—all these are put to brilliant use in poems of memory, motherhood, the globalized world, and the intimate struggle to feel at home in it, he noted.

A writer, editor and educator with roots in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Bangladesh, Ahmed earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Warren Wilson College.

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