Community News (V16-I12)

Shariq Mansoor given industry award

Shariq Mansoor, founder and CTO of FusionOps,  has been honored with the “Pros to Know” award by Supply and Demand Chain Executives, in the “Providers to Know” category. Masoor has demonstrated the unique ability to take complex problems, such as supplier collaboration or supply chain analytics – and deliver elegant solutions. He holds patents and has pending patents for his unique approaches.

FusionOps, delivers supply chain analytics as a self-service application, not as a build-it-yourself tool. FusionOps is supply chain analytics simplified – enabling self-service analytics for supply chain business users – while leveraging the most advanced cloud-based, Big Data platform available. Supply chain analytics not only requires aggregating massive amounts of data, but also developing highly complex algorithms, such as Purchase Price Variance, On-Time-In-Full, Inventory Turns, etc. FusionOps delivers this complex technology as an elegant and easy-to-use application.
Library given grant for Muslim series

The Bettendorf Public Library has received a $3,500 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association to host a five-part “Let’s Talk About It” reading and discussion series, “Muslim Journeys.”

The Bettendorf Public Library is one of 125 libraries and state humanities councils across the country selected to participate in the project, which seeks to familiarize public audiences in the U.S. with the people, places, history, faith and cultures of Muslims in the U.S. and around the world. The “Muslim Journeys” theme that the Bettendorf Public Library has chosen to explore is “American Stories.”
The first program will explore “Prince Among Slaves: The True Story of an African Prince Sold into Slavery in the American South” by Terry Alford. It will be facilitated by Augustana College Professor Cyrus Zargar at 1 p.m. March 19. This discussion will be repeated at 6 p.m. April 16.

Additional books to be discussed are “Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation,” “The Columbia Sourcebook of Muslims in the United States,” “A Quiet Revolution: The Veil’s Resurgence, From the Middle East to America,” and “The Butterfly Mosque: A Young American Woman’s Journey to Love and Islam.” The grant also will fund an array of supplementary programs featuring lectures, exhibits and film showings through the month of August.

For details, visit the library’s website at, Facebook, or contact the information desk at 563-344-4179.

Muslim organizations to launch new council

Eight major national American Muslim organizations held a news conference last week at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., to announce the formation of the US Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO).

US Council of Muslim Organizations will be an umbrella group that will serve as a representative voice for Muslims as that faith community seeks to enhance its positive impact on society.

The new national council’s first priority will be to build on Muslim citizenship rights by conducting a census of American Muslims to create a database that will be used to enhance political participation in upcoming elections.

In a statement prior to the planned launch, USCMO Secretary General Oussama Jammal said: “A national council unifying Muslims in the United States has long been a dream of our community.

The goal of the US Council of Muslim Organizations is to help strengthen relationships among the member organizations in order to better serve members of the Muslim community and all Americans.
“A detailed census will allow the larger Muslim community to better participate in our nation’s political process.”

Organizations participating in the initial launch include: (More organizations may be added at a later date.) The Mosque Cares (Ministry of Imam W. Deen Mohammed) , Muslim American Society (MAS), American Muslims for Palestine (AMP), Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Islamic Circle of North American (ICNA), Muslim Legal Fund of America (MLFA), Muslim Alliance in North America (MANA) and Muslim Ummah of North America (MUNA).


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