By TMO contributing writer
The Gujarati Muslim Association of America (GMAA) held its 26th Annual dinner on June 6 at the community center of the Turkish American Society in Chicago. It was a social event to bring awareness about philanthropic and motivational activities in the field of education among Muslims of Gujarat in India.
Ahtesam Vora, the young and energetic president of GMAA, requested its members to participate in its educational fund drive and its motivational medal programs. He said, “your contribution helps to educate a child, and will alleviate their sufferings. Our program is not limited to Gujarati Muslims but extends to other needy areas as well”.
Dr. Ausaf Sayeed, the counsel general of India-Chicago was the chief guest while Dr. Abdul Raheman Nakadar delivered the key note address.
Dr. Sayeed applauded the effort of the association in improving the literacy not only among Muslims of Gujarat but of others as well. He also advised the community to participate fully in social and political affairs.
He said, “We must participate fully in social and political affairs of the country”. On education, he said “It is unfortunate when it comes to government’s educational policies most of us are unaware or don’t know how to approach it. Consequently we remain deprived of our rights”.
Dr. Nakadar said that sincere hard work will never fail an individual.
“When you are involved in a community work, like GMAA, most people consider it as a thankless job. And they are always ready to point out your mistakes. But keep one thing in mind that you are not working for the individuals who criticize you but you are working for the Allah (swt) to uplift the down trodden community.”
He gave examples of how minor financial can help alleviate poverty and sufferings. He also gave examples of how a motivated student can move a mountain, and a pessimistic parent could be made optimistic.
Over 300 people attended the event and among the prominent community members and founders of the organization present were: Mr. Usman Baki, Mr. Gulam Rasool Mansuri, Mr. A Latif Vora, and other seniors. They were happy to see the younger generation taking over, taking the organization to a higher level.
The event was followed by sumptuous dinner and socializing.