Razi Imam, is the CEO and president of Landslide Technologies. His company builds software to codify the sales process. His is a classic rags to riches story. His father worked as a laborer in Kuwait and his career prospects appeared dim. But he persisted and got a job at the Kuwait University library. There he taught himself programming by reading computer manuals.
He later went back to Pakistan and studied at the Karachi University majoring in Physics, Mathematics, and Statistics. A self starter he wrote programming code by hand to create a search program for the yellow pages of Karachi. His success lead to a job at Wang.
He moved to the US and thrived starting up successful tech businesses before launching landslide.
The basic principles that Imam imparts to his daughters are the importance of a solid education, good communication skills, and a willingness to work hard. â€œThe beauty of the United States is that you can work hard and have success. In other places, you can work hard but be frustrated because the opportunities arenâ€™t there.â€
New Jersey mosque to organize national prayer meet
ELIZABETH, NJ–The Darul Islam mosque in New Jersey is organizing a national day of prayers and Islamic unity on Capitol Hill on September 25, 2009. Organizers hope that more than 50,000 worshippers will participate.
About 400 people are expected from Darul Islam mosque, which is raising money from donors to help pay the cost of the event, expected to surpass $200,000. The event will be open to the public. However, there will be no political speeches or placards.
Muslim students accommodated for Ramadan
COLUMBUS, MO–Muslim students at Missouri State University feel relieved after the Campus Dining Services has extended dining hall hours and included more breakfast items on takeout menus.
â€œCampus Dining Services has accommodated Muslim students during Ramadan in the past by working with the students on an individual basis,â€ CDS Director Julaine Kiehn told the Campus newspaper.
Kiehn said this year, more options will be available to students on the whole instead of individually.
Muslim Student Organization spokeswoman Nabihah Maqbool said the accommodations were a â€œhuge step forward.â€
â€œWeâ€™ve been working with dining services, and theyâ€™ve been so helpful since weâ€™ve brought it up as a concern,â€ Maqbool said.
Muslim students launch Ramadan food drive
SALT LAKE CITY, UT–Muslim students at Utah universities have launched a campaign to collect 2,000 non perishable food items in the month of Ramadan. They will then be distributed to needy families of all faiths in the city.
â€œBy encouraging and participating in community service, we hope to not only achieve our goal of providing the most basic of necessities to the vulnerable, but also demonstrate the emerging, positive influence of Muslims in American communities,â€ wrote one organizer of the event on her blog.
Supporters of the cause, including the Muslim Student Association at the U., come from various backgrounds, religions and ethnicities.
To learn more visit: muslimsunitedagainsthunger.blogspot.com.
Planet Ozone to stock Halal products
TAMPA, FL–Planet Ozone, one of Floridaâ€™s first â€œgreen commercial building, officially opened yesterday. Among many of its unique features is the availability of Halal food products. The project is a dream project of Mohammed Hussein.
In what he plans to be a 24-hour cafe and takeout restaurant, Hussein and his wife will cook Mediterranean and Lebanese dishes. Italian dishes will be prepared by an Italian chef. Customers also will be able to buy freshly made natural juices from the juice bar.
â€œWe want to price it in the $6 range and have large portions of protein, as well as carbohydrates and vegetables, so youâ€™re getting good quality,â€ Hussein told the newspaper when the store was first announced. â€œThatâ€™s what we are focusing on: price and quality.â€
Instead of beer, the large bank of coolers in the grocery area will be stocked with natural and organic juices, produce and natural meats that meet strict Halal dietary guidelines, said the report.