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A thread to present some of the issues American Muslims face, with focus on positive initiatives, starting with Education:

Education Boost for US Muslim Students

Assisting a new generation of young American Muslims, an umbrella group has offered scholarships to provide students with more opportunities for a better education and future.

"I would like to sincerely thank Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and the donors to this scholarship,” Mohsin Mirza, one of the Muslim recipients of the scholarships, said in a statement obtained by OnIslam.net.

“I feel incredibly blessed. I am incredibly honored and humbled to receive this award.”

Mirza was one of Muslim recipients of Dr. Abdus Saleem’s scholarship, launched by ISNA in honor of his firm belief in the value of education.

The scholarship is granted annually to three students, each awarded $10,000, majoring in medical technology, oil and energy, computer science, journalism, or business administration...

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Muslim Healthcare for All Americans

Crowning a story of success that started seven years ago, Muslim doctors in the south-eastern US state of Tennessee are offering free health services for poor and uninsured Americans in line with the tenets of Islam.

"We are based in the Muslim community, but our outreach is to the community at large," Dr. Muhammad Zaman, a co-founder and board member of the Memphis Muslim Medical Clinic, told The Commercial Appeal.

With a slogan reading "Healthcare for All," Muslim doctors at the three-bedroom clinic offer free medical help to uninsured and underprivileged Americans.

Converting bedrooms into exam rooms, volunteered doctors worked to solicit old or unwanted office furniture from the Memphis medical community.

They also knocked on more than 200 doors in the neighborhood to introduce themselves, invite new patients and foster a sense of community spirit.

The Muslim clinic has started operations seven years ago to serve patients of all ages, races and religions...

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ISNA Welcomes Pope Francis and Congratulates the Catholic Community

(Washington, DC -- March 15, 2013) The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) congratulates the global Catholic community on the selection of Pope Francis as the 266th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church. 

ISNA has enjoyed positive dialogue with the Catholic community for the past two decades through our relationship with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).  Our relationship was further strengthened 1996, when we began the Midwest Muslim-Catholic Dialogue, an annual event that culminated in a National Muslim-Catholic Plenary this past year.

ISNA President Imam Mohamed Magid extended a letter of congratulations to Pope Francis today.  "We are delighted that you have chosen to be referred to by the same name as [St. Francis,] such a warmhearted and courageous saint," he said.  "We are confident that you will build on this legacy by advancing Muslim-Catholic dialogue in today’s world."

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Michigan Growing Muslim Girl Scouts

DEARBORN HEIGHTS — A growing number of young Muslim girls are joining Girl Scout troops in southeast Michigan, forming new friendships based on faith and aspiring for taking new leadership roles when they get older.

“We want them to be strong and take on leadership roles in the future,” Rana Alaouie, who’s a volunteer and has two daughters in the group, told Arab American News on Thursday, March 21.

Offering girls role models, the group volunteers teach them to face bullying with love.

“We teach them that bullying is wrong and Islam teaches us to love one another,” she said.

Considered as the biggest Muslim scout group in the US, the Muslim Girl Scouts troop of southeast Michigan has about 250 members.

Through the group the girls are embracing American culture and their faith.

Its members reside in different cities in the region, and meet once a week

Almost all big Islamic centers or mosques in the United States organize scouting troops for their local communities.

In All Dulles Area Muslim Society Scout (ADAMS), one of the largest American Muslim organizations in US, there are more than 200 scouts; boys and girls.

According to the Boy Scouts of America, Muslim scout troops have been increasing over the past two years.

It says about 2,000 scouts are enrolled in some 112 troops through Islamic schools and mosques.

For Muslim girl scouts, their exact number is unknown especially that many of them join predominantly non-Muslim troops.

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Giving them better information about faith, the group offered girls better opportunities to form strong friendships with their colleagues.

“I’ve been in the group for years, and a lot of us have watched each other grow up,” Janan Wutwut, who has been a member for years in the Muslim Girl Scouts troop of southeast Michigan, said.

“It’s more than just a Girl Scout troop.”

Working for years as a member of southeast Michigan Muslim Girl Scouts, Wutwut was grateful for the group for offering her better information about Islam.

Over the past years, she has also managed to make close friendships with her colleagues.

“We’re forming strong friendships and learning a lot about each other,” she said.

“I’ve learned so much about my faith as well.”

“It’s a great experience, when we have our own kids we want them to be in it,” she added.

Hawra Yassine, 21, another volunteer, praised the group because of the opportunities and friendships its members form.

“It’s a wonderful thing to watch these girls mature and grow,” she said...

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Muslim Professionals in America

Inviting Muslim professionals to empower each other and advance their careers, a major Muslim summit will open Saturday, March 23, in the northern US state of New Jersey to promote active engagement and encourage dynamic and proactive interaction among Muslims.

“The summit introduces people to Muslim professionals in diverse career-paths and provides networking opportunities,” Zainab Chaudary, Communications Director at the Council for the Advancement of Muslim Professionals (CAMP), told OnIslam.net in exclusive statements.

CAMP’s 6th annual leadership summit is scheduled to open Saturday in Princeton, New Jersey.

The summit aims to empower Muslim professionals and advance their careers and excel their community and philanthropic efforts.

This year’s CAMP summit aims to leverage the strength of Muslim professionals as a leader.

This year’s program is designed to help Muslim professionals recognize their natural talents and provide the knowledge, skills, and practice needed to galvanize their career.

“The monthly chapter power hours focus on particular careers, and speakers provide insight into how they broke into their particular field, providing tips, contacts, and advice to attendees also interested in pursuing the same field,” Chaudary said, referring to monthly networking events that feature dynamic speakers discussing their field of work and career paths to success.

Founded in 1994 in Chicago, CAMP is a Muslim volunteer organization in the United States.

It aims to empower Muslim professionals and advance and excel, not only in their careers, but also their broader community and philanthropic efforts.

CAMP has more than 7,000 mid‐to senior‐level Muslim professionals representing various industries and professions.

It has chapters in Chicago, New Jersey, New York, Philadelphia and Washington D.C.

Events organize by CAMP aim to provide attendees with training and tools that help them evolve as leaders...

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New York Muslims Celebrate Diversity

Extending bridges with their colleagues and the wider community, Muslim students are arranging month-long events to shed light on the diversity of life and culture in the Muslim world and give a voice to the Muslim minority in New York.

“The goals of the Shuruq events are to celebrate Muslim identity and foster understanding amongst people of all backgrounds and faiths,” Asma Imam, a College of Arts and Science (CAS) junior and junior chair of Shuruq, told NYU Washington Square News newspaper.

“We are excited to reach out to others beyond the community at Islamic Center at NYU.”...

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Muslim Patrol Promotes Bronx Peace

A leading Muslim figure in New York’s Bronx borough has formed a citizen patrol to improve community relations between religious minority groups and police officers.

“The problem is not the police. Politicians and other groups blame the police rather than take action,” Sheikh Moussa Drammeh of Parkchester told NY Daily News.

“It is easier to just say stop and frisk is bad, rather than go out on the streets and promote peace.”

The volunteer neighborhood watch group, dubbed Community Peace Patrol Officers, was created by Drammeh to improve community relations in the Bronx.

He suggested the group to mend relations between minority groups and cops in the borough and avoid rallies in the wake of violent acts.

Proposing his plans, Drammeh handed out leaflets about the patrol at the Parkchester subway station, while Transit cops were doing random bag searches.

Dividing the borough into five zones and assigning local leaders as captains, Drammeh plans to offer Bronx youth, who may be skeptical of the police, an alternative resource for safety or counseling.

The idea was similar to the citizen patrols seen in Brooklyn's Jewish neighborhoods such as Crown Heights and Borough Park.

He wrote to Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly about his proposal, and NYPD Community Affairs officers have reached out to him...

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Harvard Hosts Islam Awareness Month

The Harvard Islamic Society has kicked off its annual awareness month, hosting a series of events to bring attention to the Muslim community inside the campus and shed light on the contextualization of Islam and American culture.

“We want to present this sense that Islamic values are very much a part of American life,” Hassaan Shahawy ’16, Harvard Islamic Society’s (HIS) Director of Islamic Learning, told The Harvard Crimson.

“We have events that show that it’s not as dual as we think. It’s not Islam versus the West, Islam versus science.

“The misperception is that the two are at odds with each other,” he added.

Events of the university’s Islamic Awareness Week kicked off earlier this week with a talk titled “What Muhammad Stood for,” presented by Lesley Hazleton, author of The First Muslim: The Story of Muhammad and veteran TED speaker.

Hazleton spoke about Muhammad’s advocacy of social justice and the factors that led to Muhammad’s role as a prophet.

Shahawy described Hazleton as “an agnostic scholar and journalist” who offers a unique perspective on the Middle East.

“We wanted to give a perspective that’s from a very creative source, a very modern person writing about these issues,” he said.

“We could have invited a traditional Islamic scholar, but we wanted to present it in a format that Harvard students could receive in a way that’s understandable to them.”...

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Muslim Fraternity March in Dallas Against Domestic Abuse

DALLAS – Seeking to change misconceptions that Islam is a male-dominant religion, Muslim students at the University of Texas are championing efforts to show that the Islamic faith endorses women’s right and bans domestic violence.

“Muslims are always on defense,” Ali Mahmoud, president of Alif Laam Meem, the founding chapter of the new Alpha Lambda Mu Fraternity, told ABC News in a phone interview.

“We usually get called in to explain ourselves and instead we decided to take the offense and tell people what Islam is instead of what it isn't.”

Members of the Muslim group have marched in Dallas to highlight that Islamic teachings are against domestic violence.

"Muslims Say No to Domestic Violence" and "Muslims Say Yes to Women's Rights" were among slogans carried by the Muslim marchers.

Mahmoud says that people often have the wrong idea when it comes to Islam and domestic violence.

"We wanted to clarify the misconception that any kind of domestic violence is allowed in our religion," he said.

"And it may seem apparent through the media that it's allowed, but that's majorly a cultural phenomenon and not an actual teaching of our religion."...

Muslim Fraternity

The Muslim march has won positive reactions.

"We're just starting and we're still trying to figure out what it means to be a Muslim fraternity,” Mahmoud said.

The group posted a photo on their Facebook page about fraternity that has been liked more than 1,000 times and shared more than 1,500 times.

Pictures and word of the fraternity have traveled across several websites as Tumblr, Twitter, Upworthy and the Dallas Morning News...

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Zaytuna College & ‘American’ Islam

Mixing the Greeks, the scholastics and the whole Western sciences with traditional Qur’an and Arabic subjects, America’s first Muslim college is setting a unique example as a Muslim version of the great American universities.

“I believe the liberal arts are key to understanding Islam,” Mussab Abouabdalla, 19-year-old Muslim student who attends Zaytuna College, told The New York Times on Saturday, April 13...

Zaytuna College, which stems its name from the Arabic word “olive”, opened doors to first students in its rented space in a Baptist seminary in Berkeley in August, 2010.

It offers two majors; Arabic language and Islamic law and theology.

The college, a brainchild of Imam Shakir, Sheikh Hamza Yusuf and Professor Hatem Bazian, aspires to be America’s first accredited, four-year Muslim liberal arts college in the United States.

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The unique mix of American and world sciences with Islamic teachings offered American Muslim students a better opportunity for a more “American”, less foreign education.

“One of the aims of the college is to show that you don’t have to leave the country to discover yourself as a Muslim,” Dr. Mirza said.

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Gifts Show Islamic Compassion in Ohio

In an effort to comfort them in sickness, a group of Muslim medical students in Ohio are visiting patients in state hospitals and bringing them gifts, giving an example of compassion in Islam.

"It's a blessing. It’s kind of tear-jerking," Janae Johnson-Tyler, a patient at Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center, told The Columbus Dispatch.

The 34-year-old mother felt happy after receiving gifts from Muslim doctors at the hospital, where she gave birth.

Her gifts included an urn of holy water coming from Zamzam well in Makkah, the holiest place in Islam.

She also received Ajwa dates, grown from an orchard of seedlings from a tree planted by Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him).

The gifts also included a card with inspirational and healing verses in both Arabic and English from the Noble Qur'an.

"I didn't expect anything like this at all. ... It’s just so deep and touching."

The gifts were part of an initiative launched by Muslim doctors in 2009 to solace Muslim patients at state hospitals in Ohio.

Dr. Yosef Khan, a volunteer Muslim chaplain at the hospital, said the initiative was the brainchild of Muslim medical students who wanted to do something special for patients.

The initiative was later extended to continue across the year, reaching an average of four patients a day...

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Muslims Feed Needy Americans

NEW JERSEY – Every month, American Muslims are feeding thousands of hungry and homeless people in the inner-city neighborhoods of New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

“We see this as a huge need and an opportunity to reach out and help our brothers and sisters in this community,” Aliza Haniff, an Administrator at the National Islamic Association Soup Kitchen Program, told OnIslam.net.

“As Muslims, we thank Allah for this opportunity and, Al-hamdulillaah, we are going into our third year with our soup kitchen.”

The National Islamic Association (NIA), a mosque in Newark, New Jersey, is one of the Islamic Centers that partner with the American Muslims for Hunger Relief (AMHR) every month to run a soup kitchen at its facilities.

AMHR is a grassroots, social relief organization that coordinates the collection and distribution of food by working in collaboration with local businesses who donate food items and with local mosques, Islamic centers, and social service groups who distribute the food through soup kitchens, food banks and meal-on-wheels programs.

In March, the organization distributed 1,000 meals in a Saturday morning blitz to feed the hungry and homeless in New Jersey and Philadelphia...

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Illinois Muslims Welcome Neighbors

Seeking to correct misconceptions about their religion, Muslims in the central US state of Illinois have invited their neighbors of different faiths to give them a better view of Islam.

"We need to move way from stereotypes that have been assigned to groups in our community," Elgin Mayor David Kaptain was quoted as saying by the Daily Herald.

Muslim leaders have hosted a meeting with their neighbors of other religions to help answer their questions about Islam and Muslims.

Themed “Who Is My Muslim Neighbor?", the event was organized by the Coalition of Elgin Religious Leaders and the Elgin Human Relations Commission.

The event brought together scores of people, including Jacki Bakker, of Carpentersville, who wanted to learn more about Islam, which is her daughter-in-law's religion and now her son's.

Lyn Humbrack, a member of Elgin's First Congregational Church, also attended to verify stereotypes about Muslims...

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US Muslims Aid Tornado Victims

WASHINGTON – While Muslim teams have been deployed to help those in need, US Muslim leaders have appealed to the sizable minority to join efforts to aid victims of a devastating tornado in Oklahoma that wiped whole blocks of homes and killed scores.

"Our hearts go out to the victims' families, and especially to the parents of little children who lost their young lives in this natural disaster," Imam Mohamed Magid, President of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), told OnIslam.net.

"We stand by the citizens of Moore in their effort to rebuild their lives." ...

Muslim relief agencies have activated disaster response teams to help in the relief efforts for Oklahoma victims.

Islamic Relief's Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) is on the ground and helping those devastated by the tragedy.

Islamic Relief is working closely with the American Red Cross and local authorities to ensure aid reaches those affected in a timely manner.

Meanwhile, the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA)’s Relief has also activated its disaster response team which is set for immediate deployment in the area...

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