Houstonian Corner (V12-I49)

Volunteers from the Muslim Community showed up in Large Numbers at the City Wide Club of America Thanksgiving Assistance Day at GRB

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Hundreds of “American Muslim Volunteers” especially the young ones, served more than 25,000 less fortunate Houstonians, especially children and senior citizens at the traditional Citywide Club of America (CWC) 32nd Annual Thanksgiving Assistance Day at the George R. Brown Convention Center, Downtown Houston. It is also called the Big Feast Day, where other than the hot meals, volunteers from various communities give away clothes, toys, provide free medical check-up, and hair-cut to thousands.

Muslim Volunteers clad in nice light blue T-Shirts “American Muslim Volunteers” were seen everywhere doing everything from serving food, making food packages, registering volunteers & those in need, handing out clothes, mopping floors, cleaning tables, and so on. Best thing is that no pork products or alcoholic beverages were served.

Slogan of “American Muslim Volunteers” is “Offering a Helping Hand to Those in Need”, while “The mission of American Muslim Volunteers is to unite and facilitate community service efforts of ALL Americans.  American Muslim Volunteers is committed in helping to improve the lives of ALL people regardless of race, religion, age, gender or ethnicity.”

Several people were instrumental in organizing this effort, including Omer Zobairi, Shaukat Zakaria, Khalid Siddiqui, Rafat Qazi, Shahid Muhammad, Yameen-ul-Rehman, Qaisar Imam, Abdul Aziz Goplani, and many others.

For further information, one can contact the “American Muslim Volunteers” at www.americanmuslimvolunteers.org or call 281-671-4456.

WHY ISLAM CENTER Coming Near You in the Houston Region

Giving brings many rewards & blessings to a person: Giving with philanthropic spirit brings rewards & blessings to not only a person, but also brings positive change in the society around us.
The Islamic Circle of North America Houston (ICNA-Houston) By the Grace of God is offering such a philanthropic opportunity with the announcement of WHY ISLAM Center Building Project most likely to come in Northwest or Northeast part of the Houston Region.

For this purpose, ICNA-Houston is organizing a dinner event on Saturday, December 11th, 2010, 6:30pm. onwards at Shahnai Restaurant located at 5920 Hillcroft Street, Houston, Texas 77036.
Keynote speaker on this occasion will be renowned Imam Khalid Griggs: His motivational presentation topic will be: “Rediscovering Commitment”, while inspirational message will be conveyed by Imam Abdul Rauf Khawalda; his topic will be: “Let’s Commit New Year 1432 Hijrah Resolution”.

Why Islam Center building project belongs to the whole Muslim community and with this communiqué, ICNA-Houston wants to invite you all to attend this dinner with your families, friends, and colleagues: Come listen to the excellent presentations of the speakers; enjoy sumptuous dinner with us; and become part of the historic project of the Houstonian Muslim Community.
So What is “Why Islam Center”? As everyone is well aware, we live in most interesting times, where faith of the Muslims (Islam) is in discussion (both in positive & negative tone), on daily basis across the globe; in homes, marketplaces, offices, corporations, media, etc.

In order to bring the authentic message of Islam to the society around us, ICNA on behalf of the whole Muslim community of North America, launched the Why Islam program in the late 1990s and in our region, you must have seen Billboards of Why Islam over the past one decade (Check www.WhyIslam.Org): One is still existing along US 90 at SH 6 besides the railroad tracks in the New Territory Area.

For making this program more meaningful and effective in our region, ICNA-Houston is starting this Why Islam Center project most likely in the growing Northwest or Northeast part of Houston.
Why Islam Center will include the Islamic Learning Foundation (ILF) for both Muslims & Non-Muslims; Family Counseling; Human Services & Relief Projects; Muslim Youth Activities; Senior Citizens Center; Muslim Women Center; Inter-Community & Intra-Community Interaction & Outreach Programs; A Prayer Area; and much more.

So as emphasized earlier, for this purpose, ICNA-Houston is organizing a dinner event on Saturday, December 11th, 2010, 6:30pm. onwards at Shahnai Restaurant located at 5920 Hillcroft Street, Houston, Texas 77036.

All the proceeds from this program will go towards the Why Islam Center Building projects – All the contributions are tax-deductible (one of the best opportunities for the end of year giving).

Your positive participation in this most significant community project will be received with most sincere prayers for you, and your whole family.

Lets’ come forward and make this Landmark of the Houston Community a reality in early 2011.

For more information, you can reach me Haseeb Abdali, President ICNA-Houston at 713-261-4512 or Dr. Rashid Siddiqui, Coordinator of Why Islam Center Building project at 713-624-0697.

ICNA-Houston, 4021 Baden Street, Houston, Texas 77009, E-Mail: HoustonICNA@Yahoo.Com


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