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Wesleyan University Appoints New Muslim Chaplain

MIDDLETOWN, Connecticut – On October 8, Wesleyan University in Connecticut, announced Malik Shakoor as its new Muslim chaplain after a single-year candidacy despite the track normally takes roughly three to six years, Wesleyan Argus reported on October 15.

“I had to hit the ground running, trying to get a feel for it. Seeing where the school is psychologically and emotionally,” the Muslim convert said.

“One of my biggest strengths is engaging with students, engaging with faculty, and trying to see what is needed from both the Muslim Student Association and the students in totality. I am a chaplain to all. Not just spiritually, but emotionally,” he added.

Shakoor began his role as a chaplain by meeting with Director of the Office of Spiritual Life Rabbi David Leipziger Teva and the leader of the Muslim Student Association Eunes Harun, discussing the needs of the student body.

The basketballer who knew Islam at the age of 23 believes the best approach to faith is a practical one.

“Don’t just tell me about your religion. Show me, don’t make it so intellectual,” Shakoor said...

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Maryland Muslims Plant Interfaith Trees

FREDRICK, Maryland – Members of different faith groups came together in Fredrick’s Islamic center, Maryland, on Sunday, October 21, to plant trees and raise awareness about climate change.

“In the Quran, God tells us you are sent to this earth to protect it, not destroy it,” Omar Mahmassani, Islamic Society of Frederick board member told The Fredrick News-Post.

The 13 trees planted were part of an interfaith event coordinated by the society and the Multifaith Alliance of Climate Stewards of Frederick.

According to Mahmassani, Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) encouraged tree planting as a way to give charity to a community.

Barb Trader, a member of the Multifaith Alliance of Climate Stewards of Frederick, shared a similar opinion, adding that trees are important symbols in many religions and faith communities.

“All of our faith traditions believe that this planet was given to us by whatever creator we believe in,” she said.

“We see it as a matter of faith to steward the planet as a way of love and respect.”

The interfaith event comes just weeks after the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report released October 8 that found that if global temperatures rise to even 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels there will be steep rises in global food shortages, dangerous weather, and drought. These effects could be felt within 20 years.

Trader warned that people should take steps to reduce the damage of climate change, like planting trees.

“We see this mostly as a moral obligation for our children and our children’s children, who will share this planet,” she said...

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