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Georgetown University Jews and Muslims Participate in ISNA's Judaism and Islam in America Project

(Washington, D.C., 4/15/14) On April 7, members of Georgetown University’s Muslim Student Association (MSA), Jewish Student Association (JSA) and Interfaith Student Association (ISA) congregated in the Jewish gathering space on campus Makóm, to have a dinner and dialogue accompanied by a screening of the critically acclaimed documentary, Little Town of Bethlehem.

This event was part of the Judaism and Islam in America (JIA) Project, which is co-sponsored by Hartford Seminary, the Jewish Theological Seminary and the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA).

The aim of JIA is to promote interfaith dialogue and activity between Jews and Muslims--something that is not very common. ISNA’s Office for Interfaith & Community Alliances (IOICA) has been responsible for overseeing projects at four pilot sites including Georgetown University.   

Little Town of Bethlehem not only provided Georgetown students a glimpse into the journeys of three men of three different faiths in Israel and Palestine, but also allowed them to explore each man’s choice of nonviolent action amidst a culture of overwhelming violence. The students engaged the idea of a shared humanity from a religious perspective in the discussion following the screening. Georgetown’s Jewish Chaplain Rabbi Rachel Gartner, and Muslim Chaplain Imam Yahya Hendi, also joined the discussion...

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California Muslims Share Easter Gifts

Muslims in Sacramento area in California are planning to share Easter’s joy with their Christian neighbors, delivering 300 gifts to the city’s church to spread the word of love and respect for all faiths.

The gifts represent “a gesture of good will and a show of love and respect for our Christian brothers and sisters,” Irfan Haq, president of the Council of Sacramento Valley Islamic Organizations, told Sacramento Bee on Friday, April 18.

“This is possibly the first such gesture taking place in U.S. religious history.”

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Michigan Students Look Behind Hijab

MOUNT PLEASANT – Muslim students in Central Michigan University have organized a special event to allow non-Muslim students a rare trial of Islamic headscarves, offering them a difference cultural experience about Islam.

“The reactions (to the hijabs) were great,” Mishari Alkhuwaiter, a Saudi Arabia graduate student and president of Muslim Student Association (MSA), told students website CM Life on April 22.

“People in Mount Pleasant are usually open-minded and nice.”

Alkhuwaiter was recalling 'Under the Hijab' event organized earlier in April at Bovee University Center in CM University, in which 31 participants chose to try hijab.

The Islamic headscarves were offered by female members of MSA, offering girls an Islamic cultural experience.

“It was nice to see people excited and participating rather than receiving strange looks because we dress differently,” Eman Alqurashi, who volunteered at the event, said.

“Feeling the acceptance make us feel great and being nice and open with them make them also more relaxed and open to us.”...

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Michigan Muslim Scouts ‘Walk with Modesty’

A group of young Muslim girl scouts in Dearborn, Michigan, are planning the first-ever walkathon event, offering non-Muslims a chance to try a hijab and walk in the shoes of Muslim women for a day.

“Modesty is a universal thing,” Fatima Dahoui, scout leader of the Muslim Girl Scouts of southeast Michigan, told Press & Guide Newspapers.

“We all choose to express it in different ways.”

Dahoui is the leader of Troop 48050, a group of about 300 Muslim girls that is considered the largest girl scouts group in the US.

The idea of the event first came to young girls, 14-15 years-old, when they were looking for creating an event as a way to earn their “Make Your Own” badge.

The idea of the hijab-related walkathon was suggested after the young girls saw a video of Muslims showing others how to wear hijab in an effort to reach out and foster understanding.

“Then they thought, ‘How about take it a step further and have them walk in our shoes for a day?’” Dahoui said.

Yet, the idea was not enough for ambitious girls who decided to develop it to allow girls to try hijab for a day and walk in the shoes of Muslim women who cover every day.

Developing their own idea, the girls managed within less than three months to plan their special event which includes a walkathon, photo booth, hijab-wearing station, poetry reading, prizes, refreshments and a lemonade stand...

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US Muslims Walk Against Hunger

Muslim community leaders in the Greater Boston area are putting final touches on their planned “Walk Against Hunger” on Sunday, May 4, teaming up with Project Bread to raise awareness of the reality of hunger in the state and apply Islamic ethics of helping the poor and needy.

“On Sunday, May 4th, Muslims Against Hunger is proud to be joining in Project Bread’s Walk for Hunger,” a statement published at Project Bread website reads.

“Together, we raise awareness of the reality of hunger in our state, make a powerful statement about our shared commitment to help people in need, and, importantly, raise funds that make it possible to develop, fund, and facilitate much-needed programs,” it added...

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US Muslim Veterans Mark Memorial Day

Commemorating the memory of soldiers who died while serving the country, a leading American Muslim advocacy group has released a short video featuring American Muslim veterans to mark the upcoming Memorial Day.

"My name is Dawud Walid. I'm executive director of the Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, and I served honorably in the Navy,” the CAIR representative says in the 44-second video.

Memorial Day is a US federal holiday wherein the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces are remembered.

The holiday, which is celebrated every year on the final Monday of May, will be celebrated next May 26.

The video includes two other American Muslim veterans who served the country in the army and navy.

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‘Brotherhood’ Portrays 1st Muslim Fraternity

Alif Laam Meem, America’s first all-Muslim fraternity, will be featured in an upcoming documentary, "Brotherhood: America's Favorite Muslim Fraternity" to explore the successful life of young American Muslims.

“Through the experiences of these young men, this film explores the Muslim American identity, as well as the challenges of living by faith in a secular society,” the fratenity’s kickstarter website says.

“We're happy to announce that by year's end, we will have a collection of stories within this story that will be full of life and totally unforgettable.”

The project to finance the film started over six months ago to raise a required budget of $50,000.

The project was successfully funded on May 9 after gathering $53,721, allowing the fraternity to start the film that is expected to be released in 2015.

The film trailer was released last May, offering a glimpse of the stories Muslims share in the upcoming film.

Deemed America’s first Muslim Fraternity, Alpha Lambda Mu was established in February, 2013, at the University of Texas...

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Oklahoma Muslims Give Blood

A leading American Muslim civil rights group organized a blood donation drive on Friday, June 06, at the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City’s mosque, showing their pride in their state and giving back to their community.

“We are excited to partner with the American Red Cross to aid in vital, life-saving blood donation campaigns,” Thomaira Babbit, CAIR-Oklahoma’s development coordinator, said in a news release obtained by OnIslam.net.

“The Oklahoma Muslim community is composed of dedicated members of the broader Sooner community and they care about the well-being, as well as quality of life available to all Oklahomans in our great state.”

The blood drive is part of the Oklahoma Muslims Care campaign designed to offer volunteers an opportunity to show their pride in their state and give back to people and communities in need.

Babbit said CAIR-Oklahoma will continue the Oklahoma Muslims Care campaign throughout the summer with service days at the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and food drives with Feed the Children, among other projects...

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US Muslims Help Fight Hunger

Muslim volunteers have turned together to package thousands of meals for international relief effort, the event planned to inspire other communities to help end hunger around the world.

“Wow, what an event! Such dedication and energy,” General Hazem Bata, Secretary of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), said in a statement published on ISNA’s website and obtained by OnIslam.net.

“I was very impressed with the community. Everyone really stepped up. You had to be there appreciate to truly appreciate it.”

Bata was among the volunteers who participated in the project entitled, “The Joy of Caring & Sharing: Feed the Hungry.

This event was facilitated by the "Stop Hunger Now" project and cosponsored by the North American Bangladeshi Islamic Community (NABIC) and Islamic Relief USA.

Hosted last Friday, the event was attended by more than 150 volunteers who turned out to package over 30,000 meals for international relief effort...

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US Muslim Groups Drive for Better World

A number of American Islamic and interfaith organizations have been included in a list published by Huffington Post as examples of how faith-based groups are doing good in the world today and how their belief is a major vehicle for service to the world and peace promotion.

“Religion has made its way into many global conflicts, and there is no doubt that religion can be divisive and cause harm,” Huffington Post wrote on Tuesday, June 17.

The paper added that “countless religious groups, congregations and individuals around the world offer daily demonstrations that faith can offer deep spiritual wisdom, be a major vehicle for service to the world and promote peace.”

Putting those names in a list of 100 groups, the paper included some of the major US Islamic organization in recognition of their efforts in the American community...

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Los Angeles Celebrates US Muslim Heritage

LOS ANGELES – Recognizing Muslim American community’s contributions and rich heritage, Los Angeles city council has declared July 2014 as Muslim American Heritage Month, a decision widely welcomed by the Muslim community.

"It's a very important resolution. It's historic," Najee Ali, the project's founder, told KCET on Friday, June 20.

"It will help bring Los Angeles Muslims closer to the mainstream and civic life and affairs of our city where we will have a chance every year to highlight the various cultural traditions of the Muslim community."

"We can share understanding for many of our fellow Angelenos who know very little of the Muslim community, except for what they see on TV and the media, which is mostly negative," he added.

The city council’s resolution to recognize July 2014 as Muslim American heritage month was adopted during a meeting last Wednesday.

It followed months of cooperation between the city council and Project Islamic Hope, an LA-based civil rights activist group, to produce an initial draft with the resolution.

"Residents from my community approached me to commemorate the Muslim community and culture, and I felt it was only appropriate to celebrate this culture as we do dozens of others in our city," Council member Curren D. Price, who introduced the resolution, said.

"Our city's diversity, and our acceptance and tolerance of our different beliefs, is part of what makes our city great."

The decision makes Los Angeles as the second American city to recognize a Muslim Heritage month, following Washington DC.

The resolution notes that the celebration "will promote and encourage awareness of the significant contributions made by the city's Muslim population in culture, social services, education, politics, business, technology, and the arts." ...

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US Muslims Share Ramadan

As the clock ticks towards the start of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, a US advocacy group is calling on mosques across the United States to open doors to their neighbors of all faiths and backgrounds for interfaith iftar to share the spirituality of the holy month and enhance Islam understanding in the country.

“For Muslims, the month of Ramadan serves as a season of spiritual renewal and gratitude for the bounties bestowed upon all human beings,” Nihad Awad, National Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), said in Sharing Ramadan 2014 Guide obtained by OnIslam.net.

“For these reasons, CAIR is calling on American Muslim communities to take time in the month of Ramadan to reach out to their neighbors of other faiths and traditions in a wonderful nationwide initiative titled “Sharing Ramadan.””

Inspired by Ramadan’s message of unity and solidarity, CAIR issued an annual campaign for local communities to host iftar dinner receptions and open houses for our neighbors of other faiths and backgrounds.

The theme of this year's "Sharing Ramadan" guide is "Understanding and Appreciating One Another."

During such a campaign, Awad said CAIR would be helping local Muslim communities organize "Sharing Ramadan" iftars by providing step-by-step instructions for hosting the events titled "Sharing Ramadan Resource Guide 2014”...

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Islamic Charity Colors Florida Ramadan

Making ends meet during Ramadan has never been a problem for Yasmin Khan, a single mother of two, thanks to the stuffed Islamic food banks that serve the less privileges during the holy fasting month.

“I know I’ll have the basic items, I know my children won’t starve,” Khan, of Miramar, told Miami Herald.

“As a mom it’s about providing for your children.”

For the past three years, Khan has been getting a food basket every month from the South Florida chapter of the Islamic Circle of North America USA Relief’s hunger prevention program

Stuffed with rice, meats, cereal, cooking oils and other staples, give her peace of mind that her children will get a proper meal.

Khan is not the only Muslim who gets baskets of food all through the year and specially on Ramadan from Islamic food banks.

Every family receives a basket every month and three baskets during the holy month of Ramadan from the South Florida chapter of the Islamic Circle, one of 18 branches nationally.

The Florida chapter distributes food throughout Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties, as does the Islamic Foundation of South Florida...

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Muslim Charity Helps Virginia Needy

VIRGINIA — A Muslim-run organization has emerged as a model of multi-faith charity that has been benefiting hundreds of low income citizens monthly in the Northern Virginia area for years.

“The thing is we are here, and everybody here is our neighbor and we live together, and that’s the teaching of Islam, to serve everyone who is in need and who is your neighbor,” Tanveer Mirza, one of the founders of FAITH, told Voice of America on Monday, July 7.

“So that’s where we took our inspiration from.”

The Muslim-run charity, the Foundation for Appropriate and Immediate Temporary Help (FAITH), has been providing services for Virginia’s Herndon diverse community since 1999.

Along with the food donations that benefits about 1,000 people regardless of their religious background monthly, FAITH “empowers individuals to get out of poverty”...

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