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18 April 2012

Indian Muslims Association of Greater Houston Launched

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Houston: For the last two years, a group of Indian Muslims have been very successfully organizing Eid Milan function at India House, under the ICC banner. They held a historic meeting on April 8, to formally launch their own organization, aptly called Indian Muslims Association of Greater Houston (IMAGH).


The objective of IMAGH, is to Foster Harmony between Cultures, Communities, and Religions. The Association has been formed to provide a platform to develop and strengthen the Indian Muslim identity; to promote Indian Muslim Culture; to promote social and cultural responsibilities among the youth of the community; and promote and support educational opportunities to needy students.


To begin with, IMAGH will conduct two events this year. The first one will be the Eid Milan function at India House on September 1 in collaboration with India Culture Center. This signature event serves as an outreach to other communities and cultures. Eidi is distributed to children, traditional Eid dinner is served, and the work of various Muslim organizations in India is highlighted. (Last year the massive redevelopment of Bhindi Bazaar in Mumbi by the Dawoodi Bohra Community and the monumental work of Agha Khan Foundation in education and helping the poor was discussed.)


This year, the association will also work to organize Senior Citizens events, such as picnics, movie days, card games and outings. In the near future the association intends to make the welfare of Senior Citizens it’s major undertaking, together with providing guidance to the 18-25 age old group in education and career selection.


While the organization is working on finalizing the Bylaws and obtain 501c3 status, an ad-hoc committee has been formed, with Latafath Hussain as President, Karim Maknojia as Vice President, Mustafa Fatakdawala as Secretary and Rafi Ansar as Treasurer.


Dr. Maqbool Haq is the Chairman of the Board of Directors. The other Directors are Moyeen Haque, Dr. Syed F Jafri, and Fakhruddin Sabir. Abeezer Tyebji is the Chairman of Board of Advisors. The Advisory Board consists of Col. Raj Bhalla, Swapan Dhairyawan, Koshi Thomas, Angeli Arjunani and Uma Mantravadi. Liakat Syed, Ammar Abuwala and Naseer Alam are the other founding members of IMAGH.


(Courtesy: Indo American News)

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