Ismaili Muslim Community donates 1,500 volunteer hours to NAM
Between 75 and 110 members of the Ismaili Muslim community’s Golden Club for seniors have committed to volunteering 50 hours each in honor of a momentous event in the history of the Ismaili Muslim community.
“July 11, 2007 marks the 50th anniversary (Golden Jubilee) of the Imamat (spiritual leadership) of His Highness the Aga Khan, 49th Imam (spiritual leader) of the Shia Ismaili Muslims and a direct descendant of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him),” said Hassan Jiwani, a member of the Golden Club – North Houston leadership team.
“We seniors decided to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of our Imam in a way that would reflect the ethic of our faith – by serving the wider community. In doing so, we will contribute towards the mission of NAM, gain personal satisfaction, and in our own way celebrate the Golden Jubilee,” Jiwani said. “Each of us committed to 50 hours of voluntary service to a non-profit organization so the benefits go to a good communal cause.”
The Golden Club is donating 3,000 hours of community service to community groups including 1,500 hours at NAM.
“We chose NAM because it is active in the community in the north Houston area,” said Jiwani. “NAM’s English classes benefited members of our community and this is our way of giving back.”
“This volunteer effort also shows Golden Club members that they can accomplish a lot of good through teamwork. We also wanted the seniors to see that they can be contributing members of the community like anyone else,” said Lakhani Gulamali, Golden Club leader.
The leaders of Golden Club commented on the positive experience in working with the NAM staff, who have always been very helpful, cooperative and treated the seniors with compassion and respect, Jiwani said. Golden Club members will be continuing their volunteer work on a regular basis.