Community News (V13-I49)
North Jersey Muslims fight hunger
TEANECK,NJ–Muslims in North Jersey are fighting hunger and throughout the state by raising non-perishable food items and money. The recently formed American Muslims for Hunger Relief is coordinating efforts at mosques and Islamic schools to their project, the Northjersey.com portal reports.
â€œWe are trying to engage local mosques and form a volunteer task force among youth to continue this noble cause,â€ said Ghani Khan, chairman of the association, which is based in Old Bridge. â€œItâ€™s a way to fulfill our Islamic religious obligation while helping the underprivileged.â€
The food items collected in the latest drive would be donated to the to the Center for Food Action in Hackensack. The group has held five such drives in the recent past.
Birmingham Muslim doctors hold health fair
HOOVER,AL–Muslim physicians in Alabama held a free health fair which dozens of area residents attended. The fair was held at the Hoover Crescent Islamic Centre and treated people of all faiths and backgrounds.
The Muslim doctors in the area are planning to open a clinic in January 2012, the Birmingham News reported. It will be a coordinated effort by the Birmingham Islamic Society and the Alabama chapter of the Association of Physicians of Pakistani-descent in North America.
Huntsville Islamic Centre participates in free health clinic
HUNTSVILLE,AL–More than 300 people lined up for free basic health and wellness screening and counseling last month during a free health clinic held in Lowe Mill. Physicians and nurses, especially from the Muslim and Hindu communities, volunteered to staff the event.
The clinic offered all the ABCs of basic health and wellness screenings and counseling, such as allergy, anxiety, blood pressure, bone density, glucose, cholesterol, scoliosis, and breast self examination tips.
Many volunteers from the Huntsville Islamic Centre participated in the clinic.
Syed Majid honored by Assemblyman
New York State Assemblyman Brian Curran (R-Lynbrook) hosted his first annual â€œVeterans Hall of Honorâ€ ceremony, recognizing deceased Oceanside resident Syed Majid among nine local veterans who have distinguished themselves through bravery, patriotism and commitment.
A longtime resident of Oceanside, Syed Majid was someone people could depend on. As his wife Barbara remembered, â€œHe was a great guy. He was a good, kind, giving man.â€
A member of the Oceanside Kiwanis for more than 30 years, Syed was known as one of the hardest behind-the-scenes workers. He also gave his time and energy to other organizations he believed in, including as Commander of the Baldwin American Legion Post #246, Oceanside Community Service and Oceanside Fire Department. In addition, every Tuesday and Thursday for 20 years, Syed would pick up veterans at their homes, drive them to the V.A. hospital and return them home.
An engineer by trade, Syed worked for Precise Development Corporation in Oceanside. Later he formed his own engineering company, SAM, where he worked until his retirement in the early 1990â€™s. Not one to sit at home and do nothing, Syed became a messenger for the Oceanside School District.
â€œSyedâ€™s service is a source of great pride to his family, and an inspiration to all within our community,â€ stated Curran. â€œIn his civilian life, as in his service to our nation, Syed Majid led by example. I am honored to recognize this outstanding hero posthumously, at my â€˜Hall of Honorâ€™ luncheon.â€