The Dawoodi Bohra group of Chicago hosted a two-day occasion, the Ladies Entrepreneurs Expo or “Mashtal” at their masjid, Burhani Park Advanced, at Willowbrook, IL from 10am to 6pm, Saturday September 10 & Sunday September 11, 2022.
The Dawoodi Bohras of Chicago have lived and labored peacefully right here because the Nineteen Fifties. They’re Muslims who hail from South Asia beneath the management of His Holiness Dr Mufaddal Saifuddin; over 1,000 households worship at Al-Masjid-al-Badri in Willowbrook, IL.
The phrase “Mashtal” means nursery. The expo seeks to nurture the enterprise ventures of Dawoodi Bohra girls, enabling them to make use of their skills and expertise to develop small-scale companies. The phrase “Bohra” means merchants, and Mashtal faucets into this deep-seated custom. And their message is, “Mashtal – Nurture Your Enterprise!” Their intention is to develop small scale and family companies of girls inside the group to make use of their expertise to assist their households and assist them obtain excellence of their respective fields.
Over 50 committee members, primarily girls, got here collectively for over 6 months of planning. A number of committees have been shaped to distribute this immense quantity of labor together with Decor, Meals, Lodging, IT/AV, PR, Advertising and marketing, Sponsorships, Infrastructure & Building, and Movement Administration. As a result of Mashtal is a global occasion, the Chicago core committee was in fixed communication with the central Mashtal division in Mumbai. Members of His Holiness Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin’s household attended the occasion.
US Congressman Raja Krishnamurthy, Consultant Jim Durkin, DuPage County Elected Officers, the Mayors of Willowbrook and Glendale Heights have been amongst many native VIPs who attended the formal opening ceremony. The names of a few of the VIPs current: Karen Yarbrough, Prepare dinner County Clerk, Bob Berlin, DuPage County State Lawyer, James Mendrick, DuPage County Sheriff, Greg Hart, DuPage County Board Member, Frank Trilla, Mayor of Willowbrook, Chodri Khokhar, Mayor of Glendale Heights, Linda Painter – DuPage County Forest Protect Commissioner, Greg Boltz – Downers Grove Assessor, Michele Bauman, Avon Township Supervisor, Asif Yusuf, Oakbrook Trustee, Suresh Reddy, Oakbrook Trustee, Theresa Sullivan, Naperville Councilwoman, Quin O’Brien, Gurneee Trustee, Saba Khan, Morton Grove Trustee; Shia Imami Esmaili group President Imran Dhatwani & Mrs Dhatwani, Mr. Sadruddin Noorani, Ms. Madison Signor on behalf of Congressman Sean Casten.
Mashtal Chicago additionally organized free seminars ranging on matters such because the practicalities of breast feeding to methods for a profitable profession to girls’s psychological well being and tips about overcoming exhaustion. DIY initiatives for youngsters to get pleasure from and a wide range of meals stalls with Indian avenue meals and conventional barbeque fare have been out there. Members of the general public skilled a variety of distributors of garments, magnificence merchandise, jewellery designers, and residential décor, in addition to realtors and journey brokers. A lot of the women-owned companies on the expo have been operated by members of the USA group of Dawoodi Bohrs, however women-owned companies from India, Pakistan, Dubai, and Canada additionally attended. Ongoing environmentally pleasant initiatives have been on show with demonstrations on find out how to reuse, scale back, and recycle. There have been thrilling prizes in a enjoyable stuffed raffle. Total, there have been 70+ stalls, of which about 40 have been native distributors, 12 out of nation, 30 out of state!
The VIP Reception was emceed by Shabbir Karimi. As is the custom, this system started with a recitation from the Holy Quran by 11-year outdated Tameem Al-Qamari, a Hafiz, adopted by a fantastic rendition of the nationwide anthem, The Star-Spangled Banner, by Rashida Moosabhoy and Amatullah Morbiwala.
Congressman Raja Krishnamurthy applauded the large efforts put forth by the Bohra group girls; he stated, “Depend me in as an ally, useful resource and companion in every little thing that you’re doing!”
Mansoor Broachwala, on behalf of Dawoodi Bohra Group, welcomed all of the company to the primary ever Mashtal Expo within the Midwest space, and expressed his hope to make it a recurring occasion. He spoke about Maulatona Khadija, spouse of the Prophet Mohammed. a profitable businesswoman in her personal proper 1400 years in the past, from whose energy and entrepreneurial spirit Dawoodi Bohra girls group worldwide draw inspiration to today.
Prepare dinner County Clerk Karen Yarbrough stated, “Rather a lot is happening on the market on the planet, however the one factor now we have to try for on the planet is peace. Peace, a easy phrase, but it surely appears robust for us to get there. So I want all of you peace at present from me from the Prepare dinner County Clerk’s workplace.” She offered a Certificates of Appreciation to the Bohra group from Prepare dinner County.
Greg Hart, operating candidate for DuPage County Chairman, was additionally invited to talk. DuPage County Sheriff James Mendrick in his speech, praised the group for being very quiet, with zero crime.
State Lawyer Bob Berlin, who has served DuPage for the previous 30 years, shared that 60 % of all of the attorneys in his workplace are girls and he firmly believes in empowering girls and fostering a tradition of girls empowerment.
On Sunday, Sep 11, the Honorable Tariq Karim, Consul Common Pakistan in Chicago and Mrs. Aasma Karim have been particular company at Mashtal. He stated, “To start with I’m actually grateful to organizers – and all others who’ve contributed to this occasion – Mashtal.” He shared that he appreciates the 2 themes, enterprise and ladies, as a result of each are critically essential for us. He too spoke in regards to the function of Prophet Mohammad’s spouse Khadija as an inspiration. He counseled the entrepreneurial spirit of the ladies of the Bohra Group.
He recalled the internet hosting of Ashara by the Bohra Group in Karachi through the time when Pakistan had began its Conflict on Terror initiative, and the occasion helped with the opening of enterprise and commerce between India and Pakistan and different neighboring nations. Utilizing the platform, he additionally took the chance to understand all of the Flood Reduction efforts and assist from the group. He appealed to all Pakistani People and the Muslim group at massive to return ahead and to proceed to assist the victims of flood affected areas in Pakistan. He reiterated the constructive and productive function of Pakistan’s Bohra group in Pakistan’s success.
The workforce labored tirelessly to advertise the occasion by social media (IG, Fb, and Twitter), Flyers, WGN information, and phrase of mouth. The expo was hosted by Burhani Ladies’s Affiliation Chicago and Taalebaat ul Mumenaat, the organizations of girls college students and younger adults.
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