USA: Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Glen Ellyn Chicago Celebrates 54th Sierra Leon's Independence Day

Report by Imam Shamshad Nasir

Ahmadiyya Muslim Community of Glen Ellyn Chapter joined Sierra Leone’s Muslim community to celebrate their 54th independance day. The celebration took place in Bait ul Jammay Mosque in Glenn Ellyn, Chicago hosted by Ahmadiya Muslim Community of Glenn Ellyn Chapter on May 1st, 2015.

Imam Shamshad Nasir with Sierra Leone's Muslim community in Bait-ul-Jamay Mosque Glen Ellyn, Chicago

Imam Shamshad Nasir with Sierra Leone’s Muslim community in Bait-ul-Jamay Mosque Glen Ellyn, Chicago

 

The programm started with introductory address of Mustapha Konneh, Social Secretary of SLMJ, followed by a speech delievered by Ibrahim Kamara, Secretary General SLMJ.

Sierra Leone's Muslim community celebrating thir 54th Independence day in Bait-ul-Jamay Mosque Glen Ellyn, Chicago

Sierra Leone’s Muslim community celebrating thir 54th Independence day in Bait-ul-Jamay Mosque Glen Ellyn, Chicago

Being the Imam of Baet ul Jammay mosque in Glen Ellyn, Imam Shamshad A. Nasir welcomed the audience through his opening address in which he mentioned his great experience in Sierra Leone during the period 1982 – 1986 Later National Anthem of Sierra Leone was played.

Sierra Leone's Muslim community celebrating thir 54th Independence day in Bait-ul-Jamay Mosque Glen Ellyn, Chicago

The program included message from Ambassador Brockarie Steven which was read by Mr. Iqbal Karim, the President of the Sierra Leone community: The Ambassador praised this kind of Program and mentioned the services of Ahmadiyya Muslim community in Sierra Leone. After that Mr. M. Naeem Chairman H First of USA also shed light on the services of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Sierra Leon and how efforts have been made for Ebola Relief. Audience were urged to donate for Sierra Leon for Ebola relief.

Sierra Leone's Muslim community celebrating thir 54th Independence day in Bait-ul-Jamay Mosque Glen Ellyn, Chicago

The following donations were gathered there and then:

252 packets of catheter insertion kit, each consist of Under pad, pair exam gloves (large), lubricating jelly, PVP pad, BZK towelette, and collection/urine bag.
1 pair of reusable gloves
2 packets of powder-free stretch vinyl exam gloves with 100 medium pieces in each – McKesson
2 packets of powder-free stretch vinyl exam gloves with 100 medium pieces in each – ProCure
2 packets of “FOCA” powder laundry detergent, each of net weight 70.54 oz (4.40 lb) 2 Kg
1 packet “SUN” color safe bleach (non-chlorine) of net weight 19 oz (1.18 lb) 538g
9 tins of “COMET” (with bleach) cleanser-powdered.

Sierra Leone's Muslim community celebrating thir 54th Independence day in Bait-ul-Jamay Mosque Glen Ellyn, Chicago

The program ended on thanking note to the host followed by silent prayer led by Imam Sheik Mohamad Kallon and Christian prayer.

Dinner was served to all present.

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After wards Imam Shamshad A Nasir recieved letters from Mr. Iqbal Karim, President SMLJ, thanksing for the donations and services they have received from Humanity first and Ahmdiyya Muslim Community Glen Ellyn Chapter. The letters are as follows:

May 11, 2015

Dear Imam Shamshad,

Thank you for your generous contribution of $1,871.00 to the EBOLA Relief Fund through the Sierra Leone Muslim Jamaat of Chicago. A special thank you to Humanity First for their generous donation of $1,250.00, of which $250.00 was Mr. Naeem personal donation, and with your relentless effort we were able to raise an additional $621.00 of which $400.00 came from the Masjid and $221.00 from donations collected during the program.

With your generous donation the EBOLA Relief Fund drive which include the Sierra Leone Muslim Jamaat in Chicago and several other independent Sierra Leonean organizations will be able to contribute to the shipment of drugs and food to Ebola victims in Sierra Leone, and continue its effort to provide much needed help to eliminate the possibility of food shortage or starvation in the coming months of post Ebola.

Once again your patronage has made it possible for the Sierra Leonean community in Chicago and the Ahmaddiya Muslim community to respond to the dire needs of medical and financial support for our devastated country in hopes of attaining a healthy environment and the well-being of the people.

Thank you again for your support in this worthy cause.

Yours truly,
Iqbal Karim
President/SLMJC

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LETTER # 2

May 11, 2015

To: Imam Shamshad
Ahmaddiya Muslim Community
2 South 510, Route 53
Glenn Ellyn, IL. 60317

From: Sierra Leone Muslim Jamaat of Chicago
22411 Plum Creek Dr.
Sauk Village, IL. 60411

On behalf of the Sierra Leone Muslim Jamaat (SLMJ), the Sierra Leoneans’ community and myself, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you (Imam Shamshad), the Ahmaddiya Muslim Community (The Baet-ul-Jaamay Mosque) and Humanity first for your generosity and hospitality that you exhibited in hosting us for our Independence Day Celebration and the Ebola Relief Drive on May 1, 2015.

Your steadfastness in our community and country is to say the least about your commitment to diversity and development for all humanity. Through your generous donation of $1,871.00 the Sierra Leone Muslim Jamaat and several other Sierra Leoneans’ organization will be able to contribute to the shipment of drugs and food to Ebola victims in Sierra Leone, and continue its goal of furthering Islamic education among its members, and others in our community.

We look forward to a continuing and lasting relationship, as you have been for the past decades in our schools as well as country, which will enable us to inspire future generation in the Islamic teaching and propagating of Islam.

Thank you once again for your support in this worthy cause.

Yours truly,
Iqbal Karim
President/SLMJ

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