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January 28, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

IMANA sets up clinic in Haiti

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Imana team on their first day in Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti–The Islamic Medical Association of North America (IMANA) said today that it has helped convert an amusement park in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, to a health care facility. The facility, which is seeing over 100 patients a day, is being operated through a partnership between IMANA, other medical teams, and local partners such as Aimer Haiti.

With existing hospitals in Port-Au-Prince overwhelmed with patients, IMANA said physicians at the facility are hoping to increase their capacity as quake victims continue to present with fractures, infected wounds and dehydration.

“On day one, an air hockey table doubled as a procedure table. Now, with our partners, we are providing services from pediatricians, obstetricians, emergency doctors, and surgeons to at least 100 patients a day. We are hoping to arrange equipment that would allow our surgeons to go from performing simple procedures to running a full mobile operating room,” said Dr. Sameer Gafoor, a volunteer physician in Port-au-Prince. Gafoor is a cardiology fellow in Washington, D.C.

IMANA  is planning to send additional teams of physicians and surgeons every week with shipments of supplies to support existing operations.

Flint Islamic center seeks expansion

FLINT, MI–The Flint Islamic Center, catering to more than 1500 Muslims in the area, is seeking a $4.5 million expansion to its existing facilities. The new complex will have a mosque, a grade school, and will double its size from its current facility.

Besides an expanded worship space, a multi-purpose hall for social gatherings, a professional kitchen and new offices, the plan is to revamp the school operation with a new media center, science lab, school cafeteria, a new gym, an expanded computer lab to include long-distance learning, and room for a new high school program, said board member Abed Khirfan to mlive.com.

The Flint area continues to attract Muslim professionals and their families to the area due to its excellent schools, communities, and hospitals.

Kais Menoufy honored for his human rights work

SACRAMENTO, CA– Kais Menoufy, a Muslim community activist in Sacramento, was honored by the Florin Chapter of the Japanese American Citizen’s League, for his commitment to civil rights.

Menoufy helps bring “Songs of Hope” – an annual concert performed by Arab and Israeli musicians – to Sacramento.

Since 2006, the Florin JACL has partnered with Muslim organizations to take Muslim American youths to the Manzanar Internment Camp in the Southern California desert where Japanese American were interned during World War II.

Eboo Patel to speak at Stanford graduation ceremony

Interfaith leader Eboo Patel is one of the featured speakers at this year’s graduation ceremonies beginning on June 11, 200. He will joing UN Ambassador Susan Rice and Stanford Philosophy Professor Debra Satz.

Patel is a member of the Obama administration’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. A Muslim born in India and raised in Chicago, he founded the Interfaith Youth Core in 1998 to inspire and train college students to build understanding.

He is the author of a Washington Post blog, “The Faith Divide,” which explores what drives faiths apart and what brings them together. He also wrote “Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation.” He holds a doctorate in the sociology of religion from Oxford, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois.

“We believe Eboo Patel’s lifelong work to encourage religious tolerance and to prompt young people to take action will inspire all of us to make a difference,” the class presidents said.

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Beverly Hills Academy

July 16, 2009 by · 1 Comment 

By Adil James, MMNS

Bloomfield Hills–July 4–A new Muslim Montessori school is revving up its engine in Beverly Hills.

Dr. Mouhib Ayas, who is on the board of the new school, explained to TMO that BHA purchased, two years ago, what used to be a Christian Middle School called Kensington Academy, with 50,000 square feet, and 8 acres of land in Beverly Hills.

Last year only approximately 36 students enrolled, but now is the time to begin planning to enroll for next year if you are close to that area–the school has the powerful backing of the well-to-do Muslim professionals of the area, and promises to be another Muslim powerhouse school in the future, to rival Huda and the other excellent local Muslim schools.

The yearly tuition will be roughly $7,000 to $8,000.  There is a comprehensive Montessori curriculum, and every teacher at the school is a certified Montessori method teacher.

The school teaches Arabic language and Islamic studies.

Mr. Ayas explained that it has “everything like a regular middle school,” with a huge gym that dwarfs the size of the already respectable BMUC gymnasium; in addition to the gym is a “library, and an Islamic school.”

In addition to religious studies there is a rigorous mainstream curriculum.  The school’s director is Ms. Sandy Gordon.

Soon non-Muslims may clamor and line up to pay tuition to attend the excellent local Muslim private schools that compete favorably with Cranbrook and Detroit Country Day at a fraction of the cost.

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