Taskeen Khan wins first place in writing contest
Her entry, Courage, tells the story of woman named Ahlam who came to the U.S. because of persecution in her home country. Taskeen recounts Ahlam courage in speaking out, building a new life for herself, and helping others to do the same.
Taskeen has been invited to the National Awards Ceremony in Kansas, where the winning pieces will be acted out by high school students. Her piece will also be published in the Writers Slate, an online journal.
Zahir Dossa, Soros Fellowship Recipient
Zahir Dossa was born in Canada before moving to Texas to parents of Indian heritage who had settled in, and then fled during the socialist regime from, Tanzania. Zahir gained admission to MIT, where he and a fellow student founded an organization to distribute low-tech but very inexpensive irrigation pumps to low-income farmers in Sudan. Their efforts were featured in an article in Popular Mechanics and a report on BBC World Radio.
Their organization has received various awards, including the $10,000 Davis Peace Prize. Funded as an undergraduate by the Gates Foundation, Zahir graduated with majors in electrical engineering and computer science along with management. He has remained at MIT, where he is now pursuing both a MEng in electrical engineering and a PhD in urban studies. Continuing with his interest in international development, he has created a curriculum for practitioners and is working to create a minor in international development at MIT.
Students at NJIT call for bringing back halal menu
NEWARK, NJ–Muslim students at the New Jersey Institute of Technology are calling on the administration to bring back the halal menu in campus cafetaria.
The â€œHalal Grillâ€ in the cafeteria has been facing shortages in supplies since last year and has been completely taken out this semester.
In a letter to the student newspaper a Muslim student wrote, â€œWe are a campus from countless walks of life, it is important to accommodate these groups and not marginalize them. I ask that Gourmet Dining Services either provides Halal food, or update its website â€“ the Grill no longer offers a wide variety of Halal items.â€
Calgary Halal food bank grows
CALGARY,Canada–Muslim Families Network Society, a Calgary based non-profit organization, started its Halal food bank as a community outreach program in 2004 with a mission to relieve poverty.
With food bank 24/7 services, MFNS also provides bi-annual city-wide food, meat and clothes distributions; once at Easter time and in the month of Ramadan.
Needs are fulfilled according to family size with food, halal meat, clothes, toys, books and food gift cards. MFNS has made it easier for people in need to buy the food according to their dietary specifications.