“Ismaili Mail contributor and Facebook aficionado Easy Nash was trolling through his friends’ facebook profiles late one frigid night in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and came across a picture that jumped right out at him. Nabila Kanji, second from left in this picture, a member of Easy Nash’s extended family, and her three friends(from left to right) Fuzya Farook, Sadia Shaukat and Ayesha Khan were celebrating Ayesha’s birthday, had gone skating at Nathan Phillips Square in downtown Toronto and were hanging out discussing the pros and cons of the four different post-secondary educational institutions they were each attending. The four young Muslim women have known one another for 8 years and were raised in the same Toronto neighbourhood.
This remarkable picture reflects diversity and sisterhood in Islam and is worth much more than a thousand words. Most importantly it personifies a crucial goal of the Ismaili Muslim Community: unity, friendship, sisterhood and brotherhood.”