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Topic: Positive American Muslim Issues
Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Subject: Positive American Muslim Issues
Date Posted: 18 March 2013 at 12:14am
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...

http://www.onislam.net/english/news/americas/461833-us-muslim-students-get-education-support.html - http://www.onislam.net/english/news/americas/461833-us-muslim-students-get-education-support.html




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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 19 March 2013 at 2:39pm

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...

http://www.onislam.net/english/news/americas/461699-us-muslims-offer-healthcare-for-all.html - http://www.onislam.net/english/news/americas/461699-us-muslims-offer-healthcare-for-all.html

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 20 March 2013 at 12:19am

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 http://www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/ecumenical-and-interreligious/ - United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) .  Our relationship was further strengthened 1996, when we began the http://www.isna.net/midwest-muslim-catholic-dialogue.html - 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."

http://www.isna.net/isna-congratulates-the-catholic-community-on-its-new-pope.html - http://www.isna.net/isna-congratulates-the-catholic-community-on-its-new-pope.html



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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 22 March 2013 at 7:23am

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.

Friendships

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...

http://www.onislam.net/english/news/americas/461921-michigan-growing-muslim-girl-scouts.html - http://www.onislam.net/english/news/americas/461921-michigan-growing-muslim-girl-scouts.html



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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 23 March 2013 at 12:45am

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...

http://www.onislam.net/english/news/americas/461927-muslim-professionals-in-america.html - http://www.onislam.net/english/news/americas/461927-muslim-professionals-in-america.html

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 04 April 2013 at 12:29am
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.”...

http://www.onislam.net/english/news/americas/461976-new-york-muslims-celebrate-diversity.html - http://www.onislam.net/english/news/americas/461976-new-york-muslims-celebrate-diversity.html



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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 06 April 2013 at 12:37am

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...

http://www.onislam.net/english/news/americas/462108-muslim-patrol-promotes-bronx-peace.html - http://www.onislam.net/english/news/americas/462108-muslim-patrol-promotes-bronx-peace.html



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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 06 April 2013 at 11:18pm

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.”...

http://www.onislam.net/english/news/americas/462123-harvard-hosts-islam-awareness-month.html - http://www.onislam.net/english/news/americas/462123-harvard-hosts-islam-awareness-month.html

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 10 April 2013 at 12:20am

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...

http://www.onislam.net/english/news/americas/462165-us-muslim-fraternity-fights-domestic-abuse.html - http://www.onislam.net/english/news/americas/462165-us-muslim-fraternity-fights-domestic-abuse.html



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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 13 April 2013 at 11:48am

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.

American Muslim

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.

http://www.onislam.net/english/news/americas/462218-zaytuna-college-a-american-islam.html - http://www.onislam.net/english/news/americas/462218-zaytuna-college-a-american-islam.html

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 14 April 2013 at 12:22am

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...

http://www.onislam.net/english/news/americas/462221-us-muslims-healing-gifts-spread-compassion.html - http://www.onislam.net/english/news/americas/462221-us-muslims-healing-gifts-spread-compassion.html



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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 05 May 2013 at 4:35am
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... http://www.onislam.net/english/news/americas/462477-muslims-feed-needy-americans.html#comment-17184 -

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 20 May 2013 at 3:55pm

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...

http://www.onislam.net/english/news/americas/462782-illinois-muslims-meet-neighbors.html - http://www.onislam.net/english/news/americas/462782-illinois-muslims-meet-neighbors.html



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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 22 May 2013 at 1:42pm

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...

http://www.onislam.net/english/news/americas/462821-us-muslims-aid-tornado-victims.html - http://www.onislam.net/english/news/americas/462821-us-muslims-aid-tornado-victims.html



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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 25 May 2013 at 11:27pm

Muslim Aid Builds Oklahoma Bridges

OKLAHOMA – Despite facing tough days under a devastating storm in Oklahom, the Muslim community have rushed to help clear up their central state, in an effort to build new bridges with their neighbors.

"As Oklahomans, we're part of this community, and our hearts just break for what happened," Adam Soltani, executive director of the Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CIAR), told Religion News Service (RNS).

"We want to show the compassion and mercy that Islam teaches us."...

http://www.onislam.net/english/news/americas/462849-muslim-aid-builds-oklahoma-bridges.html - http://www.onislam.net/english/news/americas/462849-muslim-aid-builds-oklahoma-bridges.html



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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 31 May 2013 at 3:51pm

US Muslims Thriving, Charitable: Study

A new study on San Francisco Bay Area Muslims have found a tremendously diverse community that is civically engaged, well educated, and makes charitable and volunteer contributions at a rate much higher than the national average.

“Nearly 250,000 Muslims–one of the highest concentrations of Muslims in the country–live, study, volunteer, work and contribute to the economies and communities of the Bay Area,” the study released by the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU), says.

“This benchmark study provides historical, religious, and cultural context for a community that is often misunderstood and misrepresented – in our schools and communities.”

The study; “The Bay Area Muslim Study: Establishing Identity and Community,” was released by authors Farid Senzai, assistant professor of political science at Santa Clara university, and Hatem Bazian,  a senior lecturer in the department of Near eastern and ethnic studies at university of California, Berkeley.

Surveying more than 1,100 Bay Area Muslims, the study provides valuable data on the San Francisco Bay Area Muslim community’s demographics, sense of identity, economic well being, political and civic engagement, and challenges...

http://www.onislam.net/english/news/americas/462954-us-muslims-thriving-charitable-study.html - http://www.onislam.net/english/news/americas/462954-us-muslims-thriving-charitable-study.html



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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 05 June 2013 at 12:06am

Muslims Make The Homeless Smile

Handing out T-shirts and fruit to homeless Americans, a group of young Muslims are seeking to draw a smile on the faces of those in need and distress.

http://www.onislam.net/english/news/3673-videos/462988-muslims-make-homeless-smile.html - http://www.onislam.net/english/news/3673-videos/462988-muslims-make-homeless-smile.html

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 07 June 2013 at 11:18pm

Muslim college carves niche in USA

Until Zaytuna opened its doors three years ago, American Muslims who wanted to study and grow in their faith mostly had to look overseas for a college education. That left students unprepared to engage with the U.S. culture to which they would return, say Zaytuna's founders, well-known Islam scholars Hamza Yusuf, Zaid Shakir and Hatem Bazian.

The college grew out of the non-profit Zaytuna Institute, founded in 1996 as a local community organization.

Courses include Islamic theology and law, and they also cover the classic liberal arts, such as logic, rhetoric and astronomy. Students learn Arabic and study the Koran. And they read Western authors such as Aristotle, Einstein and Robert Frost.

The school, which raised $7 million last year, is funded by individual Muslim donors and tuition revenue. Tuition last year was $11,000, slightly less than the $12,192 UC campuses charged California-resident undergraduates.

Today, 31 students are enrolled, and 15 more have been accepted for the fall.

"Everybody here, I think, has a curiosity about their religion, and they're open-minded," says Chris Cusano, 30, who converted to Islam 10 years ago and expects to be part of the school's first graduating class next spring.

Cusano already had bachelor's and master's degrees in political science and economics but says "I felt I needed to know more about Islam to really be genuine in what I was doing."

In that regard, Zaytuna both fills a gap in U.S. higher education and follows tradition...

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2013/06/01/muslim-college-usa/2379261/ - http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2013/06/01/muslim-college-usa/2379261/


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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 15 June 2013 at 12:05pm

California Islamic Concert Inspires Youth

Offering Muslim youth a halal alternative, an Islamic center in Sacramento, California, is planning a first of its kind concert that will host Muslim hip-hop artists, poets, singers and classical musicians.

"It's kind of risky. It's something we have not done before," Imam M.A. Azeez of Salam Islamic Center, which organized the evening at the Crest, told The Sacramento Bee on Saturday, June 15.

"It represents a paradigm shift in the Muslim community.

“Kids are listening to this stuff, so why not be proactive and expose them to beautiful, inspiring music that promotes love of religion and country?"

Held today at the Crest Theatre, the concert is titled "An Islamic Expression of Traditional & Contemporary Art."

The event was first suggested to bridge the generation gap and show the community that all kinds of music from punk to traditional can be found in Islam nowadays, event organizer Rihana Ahmad said.

The event is the first of its kind for American Muslims...

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Date Posted: 22 June 2013 at 11:56pm

Islamic Center of San Gabriel Valley opens new mosque

After four years of construction and $5.5 million in fundraising, the Islamic Center of San Gabriel Valley formally opened its soaring new mosque Saturday.

For Muslim worshipers, the transformation of their prayer space from a dilapidated church next to a smelly chicken farm purchased three decades ago to a 45,000-square-foot structure complete with a school, mortuary, health clinic and three libraries marks a coming of age for their community...

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Date Posted: 28 June 2013 at 8:23am
Chaplains Fulfill US Muslim Needs

Catering to the religious needs of US Muslims students, a growing number of Muslim chaplains are being appointed in American universities to spread understanding of mainstream Islam to counter media stereotypes.

“As a chaplain you become a ‘resource person’” Abdullah T. Antepli, a Muslim chaplain at Duke University, North Carolina, told Al Arabiya-English on Tuesday, June 25...

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Date Posted: 06 July 2013 at 5:42am

Muslims Feed Needy Canadians in Ramadan

TORONTO – Canadian Muslims have launched a campaign to feed the hungry in Toronto, Canada’s largest city, during the holy fasting month of Ramadan, due to begin Tuesday, July 9, in North America.

“The campaign asks those who are fasting to donate the money they are saving for the month - lunch, coffee and snacks - to the ‘Give 30’ campaign in support of Daily Bread Food Bank,” Ziyaad Mia, the founder of the ‘Give 30’ campaign, told OnIslam.net.

The campaign, which started last year, asks Muslims and non-Muslims to give up $1 a day —$30 for the month — to help those in Toronto who are hungry...

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Date Posted: 06 July 2013 at 11:45pm

US Muslims Capture Ramadan in Photos

Muslims in California's Fresno valley are preparing for Ramadan with a special photography contest aiming at showing Islamic faith, interfaith unity and the spirits of the holy month.

"This is our busiest time of the year," Seyed Ali Ghazvini, the imam of the Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno, told Fresno Bee.

"Members that you don't see regularly during the year, you see them at Eid."

Anticipating for the start of the holy month of Ramadan, the Islamic center, the Valley's largest Muslim congregation, was preparing for a series of events though out Ramadan to bring Muslims together and unite them with non-Muslims.

The events emphasize the importance of depending upon God and giving to others...

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Date Posted: 10 July 2013 at 2:10am

Ramadan Iftars Bring Americans Closer

Bringing people of diverse backgrounds and national origins together, American Muslims are planning a series of events during the holy fasting month of Ramadan to build bridges with the larger community and correct misconceptions about their faith.

"The Council on American Islamic Relations sends out information relating to Ramadan to our non-Muslim constituency and friends as well as we organize programs in which we speak about Ramadan,” CAIR executive director Nihad Awad told Voice Of America... http://www.onislam.net/english/news/americas/463456-ramadan-iftars-bridge-us-interfaith-relations.html -

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Date Posted: 13 July 2013 at 11:39pm

Muslim Films Promote Marriage in Canada

A landmark documentary series on marriage was released in North America this week at the start of the holy fasting month of Ramadan.

“Divorce is on the rise in many communities and the traditional support structures that once sustained relationships are far fewer than before,” Jawad Jafry, the Producer-Director-Writer of the series, told OnIslam.net.

“Our objective was to create high quality content that could engage people effectively and help them easily access some essential strategies for a happy and successful marriage.”

The series titled ‘Marriage Success’ consists of ten documentary films about getting married and staying married.

“We've produced content for people thinking of marriage, newly married couples as well as married couples,” said Jafry.

“Our films will be available on the http://marriagesuccess.ca - marriagesuccess.ca site in Ramadan as well as through our Facebook, Twitter and our YouTube Channel.

“The website also contains film notes, related articles, suggested reading and web resources,” added Jafry.

The films are grouped into two broad categories: Before Marriage and After Marriage.

The Before Marriage films deal with 6 of the most common issues in the early stages of married life.

The After Marriage films focus on four winning strategies that couples can learn or reclaim at any point in their lives to improve their relationships.

Each film presents well-known Islamic scholars, social work professionals and dramatic artists and focuses on a single issue, how this problem can affect marital relationships and advice on how to overcome it.

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Date Posted: 14 July 2013 at 10:52pm

America’s Muslim Future Leaders

Gathering young, enlightened, outspoken Muslim youth, a leading civil rights group has hosted its annual youth program designed to inspire American Muslim youth to increase their civic engagement and empower them to reclaim the image of Islam through positive social activism.

“This is the only leadership program of its kind in the Heartland which combines an American Muslim identity with our nation's rich civil rights tradition,” Adam Soltani, executive director of Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, told News Oklahoma.

“Our goal is to inspire future leaders to work together to make Oklahoma a better place for individuals from all walks of life.”

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Date Posted: 16 July 2013 at 7:14am

Ramadan Blessings Reaches US Homeless

Drawing a smile on the faces of those in need, Muslims in San Antonio, Texas, are bringing the joy and compassion of Ramadan the homeless, sharing special iftar meals and offering a better understanding of their faith.

“While it may be us that are serving you, it is you that allowed us to come and extended to us the hand of charity, and for that we thank you,” Sakib Shaikh, director of public relations for the Muslim Children Education and Civic Center (MCECC), told San Antonio Express-News on Monday, July 15.

Cooperating with the Muslim Cultural Heritage Society, the MCECC offered a special meal to some 300 members of the city’s homeless center “Haven for Hope”...

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Date Posted: 29 July 2013 at 11:55pm

US Fasting Muslims Feed Hungry

Extending a helping hand to needy Americans, Oklahoma Muslims have specified special time to volunteer at the regional food bank to feed the hungry during the holy fasting month of Ramadan.

“It's very cool to be out here together,” Noran Abueisheh, 15, told The Oklahoman newspaper.

“We know it's important for us as a faith to get out and give back and so this feels nice.”

Abueisheh, 15, was one of more than 130 Oklahoma Muslims who volunteer Saturday at the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma in Oklahoma City.

Feeling the pains of those in need, fasting has prompted these women to give back to their community.

Abueisheh, a Westmoore High School student, gathered with other Muslims at the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma in Oklahoma City, bagging rice from a huge box into individual packets.

She said she felt good to get out and serve her community.

Ramadan, the holiest month in Islamic calendar, started in North America on Tuesday, July 9...

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Date Posted: 05 August 2013 at 6:42am

Islam Grows in Multicultural Pittsburgh

A growing number of Pittsburgh residents from a variety of religious and cultural backgrounds are reverting to Islam, saying Islam agreed with them on a deep, intuitive level.

"It didn't take me long to realize that Islam was nothing that I thought it was. As I started learning more, I realized Islam appealed more to what I already believe about God," Sherry Snow, who converted to Islam in 1999 and goes by the name Safiye, told Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Sunday, August 4... http://onislam.net/english/news/americas/463854-islam-grows-in-multicultural-pittsburgh.html -

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Date Posted: 11 August 2013 at 12:19am

American Muslims Welcome `Eid

WASHINGTON – Tens of thousands of American Muslims gathered early on Thursday, August 8, in different mosques across the country to celebrate `Eid al-Fitr holiday, marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

“`Eid prayers here are attended by Muslims from more than 40 different backgrounds and national origins,” Esam Omeish led the prayers at a ballroom at a hotel in the northern part of the US state of Virginia, told Voice Of America.

“That much diversity does not exist elsewhere except during the Muslim pilgrimage to Makkah...

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Date Posted: 12 August 2013 at 3:09am

California Hosts `Eid Halal Fest

CALIFORNIA – Combining halal food festival with   `Eid celebrations, California Muslims are planning a special event next week, offering halal food in open air with a special carnival for `Eid celebrations and musical performances.

"I got the idea after I visited New York City," Irfan Rydhan of San Jose, 38, a self-described "halal foodie" and American Muslim activist who is one of eight key California Halal Fest organizers, told Illume Magazine.

"I saw all these halal food carts and trucks, and I wondered why we couldn't do that here."

Planned next August 17, "Halal Fest" is the first ever Halal Food & Eid Festival in California.

The free event followed similar halal-focused festivals in New Jersey, Los Angeles, and Toronto. However, it is the first to combine both Halal festival and `Eid celebrations.

Seeing similar events in different American states, Rydhan formed his team of American Muslims and fellow foodies last August.

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Date Posted: 21 August 2013 at 9:35am
Muslims Help Needy American Students

PENNSYLVANIA – A leading American Islamic organization has launched its annual initiative to help poor families get ready for schools, offering hundreds of backpacks to children of all faiths in US eastern state of Pennsylvania.

"This is the real Islam," Zafar Chaudhary, a Muslim businessman in Matamoras, Pennsylvania, told Pocono Record website on Tuesday, August 20.

"To share what God gave to you with others."

Inviting the leading ICNA Relief, a division of the New York based national organization Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), to Matamoras, Chaudhary and Abdul Rauf, another businessman, wanted to pay back to their society.

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Date Posted: 24 August 2013 at 2:43pm

Muslim Charity Top Ranked in US

A leading Muslim charity has been recognized amongst the top 10 highly rated charities in the United States, becoming one of the privileged Top Four Star Charities in the country.

This is a proud moment for all American Muslims." President of the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) Naeem Baig said in a statement obtained by OnIslam, congratulating Helping Hand for Relief and Development (HHRD) team.

“We pray for the continued success of Helping Hand and the strengthening of their efforts to bring relief to the poor and needy across the globe.”

The statement published on Thursday, August 22, said that HHRD was awarded the recognition of being amongst the top 10 Highly Rated Charities Relying on Private Contributions.

The ranking was announced by Charity Navigator, the nation's largest and most-utilized evaluator of charities which has developed an unbiased, objective, numbers-based rating system to assess over 6,000 of America's best-known charities.

HHRD is currently ranked 6th and received a score of 68.95 in Financial Performance, and 70 in Accountability & Transparency; with the overall score of 69.25 out of 70, making HHRD among the privileged Top Four Star Charities.

The NGO is a global humanitarian organization responding to human sufferings in emergency and disaster situations all over the world regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, class and religion...

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Date Posted: 28 August 2013 at 5:03am
US Muslims Join Washington 'Dream" March

Leading American Muslim groups will be joining the March on Washington 50th-anniversary event on Wednesday, August 28, hoping to highlight an American Muslim perspective on current political, social and religious issues.

“After 50 years, the Civil Rights Movement is at a crucial juncture,” Nihad Awad Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said in a statement cited by the Washington Post.

“American Muslims are now part of that movement and we stand ready to do our part in the never-ending struggle for justice undertaken by Dr. King and men and women like him throughout our nation’s history...

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Date Posted: 30 August 2013 at 1:28am

`Eid Holiday Boosts US Muslims Morals

In a bid to accommodate the religious minorities in Massachusetts, Revere public schools gave all its students a vacation in Muslim and Jewish religious feast, boosting the morals of the state’s Muslim and Jewish minority.

“We’re treating all religions equally on their holy days,” Superintendent Paul Dakin told The Everett Independent.

“It was a move to treat them equal by giving everyone the day off, such as we’ve always done with Good Friday. It does break up some continuity in September, but our kids and teachers are as much in other religions now as they are in Protestantism or Catholicism.

“It had to be we went to school on all religious days – meaning we would not go on Good Friday – or we give other religions a day off. We discussed it a lot and decided to add the days,” he added.

The decision followed a meeting between City’s public schools, administrators and School Committee members to discuss the growing religious diversity in Revere, Massachusetts.

Approving the addition of Muslim and Jewish holidays in 2014 school year, the meeting local officials decided that the Revere Schools will also observe two days for the Jewish Rosh Hashanah (Sept. 5th and 6th) and one day for the Muslim `Eid al-Adha (Oct. 15th), in addition to Good Friday (April 18)...

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Date Posted: 27 October 2013 at 1:58pm

California Mosques Welcome Non-Muslims

CALIFORNIA – In a bid to correct misconceptions about Islam and Muslims, California mosque opened their doors on Sunday, October 27, to welcome non-Muslims, offering them insights on Islam and Muslims' culture...

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Date Posted: 05 November 2013 at 10:05am

Missouri Muslims Fight World Hunger

Celebrating thirty years of helping the poor and vulnerable in Missouri, an Islamic center has distributed 30,000 packaged meals to children in need overseas to help end world hunger.

"Every 30 seconds a person dies because of hunger-related disease," Rashed Nizam, chairman of the Islamic Center of Central Missouri (ICCM) Shura Council, told Columbia Daily Tribune.

"So when you hear that, you're responsible to do something."

Calling for the event titled "Spread Peace, Feed the Hungry," the ICCM’s effort made the center the first Muslim organization to follow the lead of the Islamic Society of North America in hosting the volunteer event to help end world hunger.

It was attended by 150 men, women and children, ranging in age from 8 to 88 who came out to help the center reach its goal.

Making a record, they managed to exceed their goal by yielding 30,024 prepackaged meals in just a little more than two hours...

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Date Posted: 07 November 2013 at 1:34pm

US Art Expo Explores Muslim Life

Portraying Muslims daily life through the lens of art, students in a leading American university have inaugurated a multimedia expo about Islam, which will be running through November.

“Islam is a religion that can be interpreted in so many ways and through so many different passions,” Layla Quran, a junior student at the University of North Carolina (UNC) and co-organizer of the expo at Chapel Hill, told the Daily Tar Heel.

“There’s so much room for possibility — you can interpret it in a way that fits your lifestyle.”

Under the title "Passion in Practice", the Islamic Exhibit has been opened in the Student Union Art Gallery at UNC to introduce Islam in a creative way...

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Date Posted: 21 November 2013 at 12:49pm
Texas Video Competition Explores Islam

Offering deeper insights on Islam in a creative way, a Muslim students’ group in a Texas university held the first ‘Muslim Voices Film Competition’ at the Campus on Thursday, November 21.

“As the name suggests, we want to give our students a platform to express themselves,” Ziad Syer, event coordinator and accounting graduate student at Texas A&M University, told the Battalion Online.

“People love movies, so we figured this would be a fun event,” Syer, a member of the university’s American Muslim Students Association (MSA), added.

With no guidelines for the unprecedented competition, the participants were given a month to create short films with duration ranging between 5-20 minutes.

Four films are listed for the competition which will be held at 7 PM on Thursday, as the winning movie will be granted $100.

Nimrah Riaz, a filmmaker and participant in the competition, said he wanted to explore the perception of Texas students of Islam through her investigative video report ‘Hijab (Un)Veiled: An Aggie Perspective’...

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Date Posted: 01 December 2013 at 11:49pm

US Muslims Fight Winter

As the winter approaches, different Muslim groups across the US have launched special clothing drives to help the needy and homeless in different American states.

“As winter quickly approached, during the month of November, ICNA Relief volunteers organized efforts to protect them from the upcoming harsh winter weather,” the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA)'s Winter Clothing Drive, said on its website.

“Many different winter articles and clothing were distributed among the refugees including but not limited to: Winter coats, jackets, boots, shoes, gloves, long johns, medications for the sick members, comforters, bed sheets and pillows.”...

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Date Posted: 02 December 2013 at 11:43pm

Islamic Media Finds Heart for US Muslim

CALIFORNIA – Used for years as an excellent tool for Dawah activities, Islamic websites and social media have been proved as a perfect tool to gather support for the needy, after a successful campaign went viral to offer help for a Muslim heart transplant patient.

“Social media and the news articles helped us connect with people on different continents,” Mujtaba Ahsan, the older brother for the patient Maria Haroon, told New America Media on Sunday, December 1.

“Most of our support came from the US and India, but we also received donations from people in other parts of the world, such as the UK and the Middle East.”

Maria’s case went viral at social media after her family launched a fund raising campaign beyond US to save the life of the 31-year-old Muslim.

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Date Posted: 05 December 2013 at 11:58pm

Texas Islamic Center Makes A Difference

An Islamic center in Irving city in the southern US state of Texas has turned into a shining minaret of true Islam, being praised for leading relief efforts, interfaith events and dispelling some of the myths and untruths about Islam in the area.

“Imam Zia and the members of the Islamic Center of Irving are some of the best neighbors and citizens any community in America would be proud to have,” Anthony Bonds, Irving community activist, told North Dallas Gazette.

“They are devoted to God and they show divine compassion for people in need.”...

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Date Posted: 15 December 2013 at 10:48am

Tulsa Muslims Promote Peace and Harmony in Annual Parade (Video)

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Date Posted: 20 December 2013 at 1:03am

Santa Barbara Muslims Get First Mosque

A years-old dream of the first Islamic worshipping house in Goleta city in the southern Santa Barbara County, California, has finally come true after the Muslim community received the green light earlier this week.

“All of us made history today,” Jamal Hamdani, the chair of the Islamic Society of Santa Barbara, said after the Center's approval, Santa Barbra Independent reported on Thursday, December 19.

“I am truly proud to be an American, a Muslim, and a member of this community.”

Goleta Muslim community has been waiting for the approval of their proposed Islamic centre since 2001, after buying the land at the corner of Los Carneros Road and Calle Real.

Living together for 30 years, more than 35 Muslim families along with students from US Santa Barbara University and Santa Barbra City College have formed the Islamic Society of Santa Barbara (ISSB).

Without a worship place, Muslims community used to pray in the Goleta Valley Community Center.

This all changed after the Muslim community got the go ahead for their own centre, thanking Goleta City Council who has unanimously approved the project.

“You’ve waited a long time for a home and now you have it,” Councilwoman Paula Perotte told Noozhawk.

The approved Islamic centre will be 10,000 square foot including a mosque, a dining room and a lecture hall.

“People can finally come to our house, our place,” said Yama Niazi, the imam for the Islamic Society of Santa Barbara...

http://www.onislam.net/english/news/americas/467219-santa-barbara-muslims-get-first-mosque.html - http://www.onislam.net/english/news/americas/467219-santa-barbara-muslims-get-first-mosque.html




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Date Posted: 22 December 2013 at 9:11am

Santa Visits Detroit Muslim Children

Santa Claus has made an unexpected visit to a Muslim majority Dearborn elementary school to pass out Christmas gifts to young boys and girls.

“It’s not Christmas without this program,” Brigitte Fawaz-Anouti, 47, director of social services and special projects at Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services (ACCESS), told Detroit Free Press.

“It’s just part of the tradition here.”

Last Thursday, Santa visited Salina Elementary School greeting the mostly Muslim students with “Keefak,” an Arabic word that means, “How are you?”

One boy replied in Arabic: “Is Santa Arab?”

At Salina school, at least 95% of the students are Arab-American Muslims, many of them of Yemeni descent from homes where parents are religious conservatives.

Over the past 24 years, Santa has been played at Salina Elementary School by Jim Stokes, a Dearborn attorney whose grandmother was a Lebanese Catholic immigrant

“When I see the kids, I think of her,” said Stokes, decked out in a Santa suit and beard.

The program was launched 40 years ago by ACCESS to bring holiday cheer to children in the south end of Dearborn, which has been the traditional gateway for immigrants to Dearborn and Detroit...

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Date Posted: 26 December 2013 at 11:17am

Islam Finds Home Among Latino Americans

Like most Latinos, Fletcher was raised in a Catholic family, but he says his parents also encouraged him to find his own truth.

In his quest for the truth, he studied Christianity, Judaism, Taoism and Buddhism, coming to a belief that Islam was the true religion of God.

That’s when he decided to revert to Islam to go by the name Mujahid Fletcher, getting rid of one of the biggest disadvantages he had with Catholicism: confession to a priest.

“Islam brings about a clear sense of asking for forgiveness or repentance directly to God, without having an intermediary,” Fletcher says.

The same reason was cited by many Muslim reverts, according to Katherine Ewing, a professor of religion at Columbia University...

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Date Posted: 06 January 2014 at 11:19am

Virginia Mosque Marks 30 Years in Action

Considering it as the cornerstone of their community, Hampton Muslims in the southern Atlantic American state of Virginia have marked the 30th anniversary of their successful Islamic center.

"We are a part of the community," Ahmed Noor, a trustee of the mosque who is also an aerospace engineering professor at Old Dominion University, told Daily Press on Monday, January 6...

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Date Posted: 08 January 2014 at 12:47pm

US Muslims' Donations Defy 'Polar Freeze'

A recently established Muslim council in a New York county has donated hundreds of blankets and food items to the Long Island Council of Churches in East Meadow to defy the freezing weather.

“The first initial thing we thought we’d all do is a little bit of charity,” Habeeb Ahmed, member of the Islamic Center of Long Island, told LI Herald on Tuesday, January 7.

The donations were first suggested during a talk between Ahmed and Mohammed Saleh, a Merrick resident who belongs to the Long Island Muslim Society.

Establishing the Muslim community, the pair asked the congregation to donate money for the blankets, as well as food to be distributed on the needy.

In their first charity project, members of the Muslim Community of Nassau County (MCNC) donated more than 300 blankets as well as hundreds of pounds of non-perishable food items to the Long Island Council of Churches (LICC)...

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Date Posted: 10 January 2014 at 11:52pm

Sacramento-area mosques to offer prayers for rain

Earlier this week, Catholic Bishops called the faithful to pray for rain.

Add to that request one from the Sacramento Valley chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

The group announced today that local mosques will offer a prayer for rain on Friday during congregational worship.

http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20140109/A_NEWS/140109924 - http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20140109/A_NEWS/140109924

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Date Posted: 22 January 2014 at 12:03am

Ohio Students Revive Prophet's Message

OHIO – Ohio Muslim families and students have come together in a special religious weekend, reviving lessons of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and charging their batteries for the new year.

“We decided we wanted to work with other Muslim students' Associations (MSAs) in the area in order to build some networks and collaborations and make these events bigger and beneficial for a wide variety of people,” Abdulrahman Alwattar, MSA President, a third-year in public affairs, told the Lantern on Monday, January 21.

Held over the weekend, the conference titled “In the Words the Prophet: The Last Sermon" aimed at reviving the Prophet's (pbuh) message of unity and equality.

Guest speakers included Siraj Wahhaj, imam of the Masjid At-Taqwa in New York City, Mohamed Abutaleb, a teacher at the Oak Tree Institute of Islamic education and Yasmin Mogahed, a keynote Muslim speaker and author.

“The Prophet Muhammad was sent as the most beautiful example, and he is also described as a mercy to all of mankind," said Yasmin Mogahed, as self-help author and a keynote speaker at the conference, the Lantern reported on Monday, January 21...

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 29 January 2014 at 2:18am

Billboards Raise Islam Awareness in the US

MICHIGAN – A new billboard campaign has been launched in Michigan to present the true message of Islam and to support stronger interfaith relations in the US.

"We want to make sure that we work on the commonalities that there may be between Islam, Christianity, Judaism, and other faiths," Dr. Sabeel Ahmed, the director of the Gain Peace campaign, told Public News Service on Tuesday, January 28.

"If they are activists in the church or in the synagogue, we would like to work with them for the betterment of the society."

Gain Peace is a national organization supported by the Islamic Circle of North America.

Launching the new campaign, the organization aims to reach Michigan residents through billboards, newspapers, television, and radio ads.

Gain peace campaign aims to reach Michigan residents through its multimedia campaign that will include disseminating Islam message through billboards, newspapers, Television, and Radio ads.

The billboard includes two questions; "What Is Islam?" and "What Are The Muslims?"

It also includes a phone number for those interested in getting more information about Islam as well as a free copy of the Noble Qur’an... http://www.onislam.net/english/news/americas/468573-billboards-raise-islam-awareness-in-us.html -

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Date Posted: 30 January 2014 at 11:52pm
AIR-TX: Houston Muslim Volunteers to Remove Debris from Elderly Woman's Home Ruined by Fire

Cleanup is part of year-long volunteerism initiative by Muslim civil rights group

(HOUSTON, TX, January 30, 2014) -- On February 1, a group of Muslim volunteers organized by the Houston office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Texas (CAIR-TX) will remove debris surrounding the home of an elderly woman whose fifth ward home was destroyed by fire a week before Christmas.

WHAT: http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001kZz6O0yfrLZe0LplICIahYhAXZ_yEfpi6XH-IX55WCfp8qDa0t16SRelLEmQD17_uI8ueRkgfUGCQFsMkftCQok4p6vWcvnsFNXpp94OoyDM_VUpvZYqljtyfroO6YwpLcEbAWblIkW5tbshG329VIo5Kv9Z_-yuaEMeXZcWZH-D_hF9mlazuRKtw5W35G2ptyLBRtooBgfm8wje15lpGbgDDmszobaL3W3Nrj-T6y5gH2KnUlwOEygTAEDm8QTZdNVizupzDACs5GlU_eUDnaSWh7rxYzms - Muslim Volunteers to Remove Debris from Elderly Woman's Home Ruined by Fire

WHEN: Saturday, February 1, 2014, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

WHERE: 4612 Market Street, Houston, TX 77020

CONTACT: Ahmad Alaswad, CAIR-Texas Houston Outreach Coordinator, (713) 838-2247, (713) 484-9027, mailto:aalaswad@cair.com - aalaswad@cair.com

This cleanup is the first of CAIR-Houston's monthly volunteer activities, which will take place throughout the city in the upcoming year. CAIR chapters nationwide are committed to encouraging community members to reach out to their neighbors and to make a positive contribution to the society through volunteerism.

The home of Annie Brown, an elderly fifth ward resident, was destroyed by an accidental fire on December 18, 2013. Her family was fortunate to escape without injury but is now waiting for the City to determine if and when the home will be demolished.

"As Muslims we are compelled to help our neighbors of all backgrounds," said Ahmed Alaswad, CAIR-TX Houston outreach coordinator. "This activity is not a religious endeavor, but one that expresses the Islamic requirement to help those in need."

Brown has been living with relatives since the fire. She is grateful all residents of the home survived without major injury, especially her youngest grandchild, a little girl who was so covered with soot when pulled from the burning home that she was almost unrecognizable.



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Date Posted: 23 February 2014 at 2:37am

USA Islamic Fashion Week Modest Designs

Make way on the runway America – USA Islamic Fashion Week has arrived!  Organized by the Modesty Defined Islamic Fashion Council of America, LLC (MDIFC), this lively event was hailed a success by those in attendance.

More than a year in the planning, the USA Fashion Week, held February 13-16 in the DC, at Maryland Virginia area, had an expressed goal by organizers: to  bridge the gap between modest and Islamic fashions by showcasing the distinguished designs of emerging and established Muslim women designers.   

Baring the winter weather that gripped the Northeast, curious and excited attendees were able to enjoy and view the original fashion creations of La Merveille by KD Noor Couture, AK Designs, Akilah Fashions, Dols Designs, IDeen Collection, Hadiyah Weeks, Snazzy Fashions, Qadira’s Qreations as well as purchase accessories and items from vendors in the ‘boutique’ marketplace.

With the professionalism and polish to rival any runway show in the fashion world, young, slim models showcased chic, fashionable and Islamic inspired clothing for the American Muslimah.

Towards a fashionable Muslimah

Sarah, A young Muslim convert in attendance was amazed at the variety. She said, “I always see Muslim women dressed in one of three ways.  They either are completely uncovered and undistinguished from other Americans, draped in ill-fitting bag-lady type clothing or dressed in all black as if they are in mourning.

To be honest, it’s the number one thing that I struggle with as a new convert – the dress...

http://www.onislam.net/english/culture-and-entertainment/special-coverage/469425-usa-islamic-fashion-week-modest-designs.html - http://www.onislam.net/english/culture-and-entertainment/special-coverage/469425-usa-islamic-fashion-week-modest-designs.html



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Date Posted: 01 March 2014 at 2:03am
New York Students Don Hijab For a Day

Non-Muslim students at New York’s Union College have participated in the second annual hijab for a day, sharing the experience of Muslim women donning the Islamic headscarf.

“I had a few people that I am friends with ask me about the hijab,” Julie Fishman ’16, who participated in Hijabi for a Day, told Concordiensis, the students’ newspaper of Union College, reported on Thursday, February 27.

“But what really struck me was that I felt like, as I was walking around campus, seeing other girls who were wearing the hijab provided almost an immediate connection... http://www.onislam.net/english/news/americas/469739-ny-students-don-hijab-for-a-day.html -

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 15 March 2014 at 9:15am
New Jersey Volunteers Erase Mosque Hate Graffiti

A group of New Jersey citizens have volunteered to remove hate graffiti sprayed on the Islamic society in Princeton city, showing solidarity with the Muslim community against hate.

“This is bigotry and hate right here on a wall,” Michael Parks, who was seen cleaning the walls of the Islamic Society of the Appalachian Region’s mosque last Tuesday, told Princeton Times on Friday, March 14.

“I’m just amazed by the fact that someone took time out of their day to express hate,” he added.

The ISAR Islamic Center was vandalized once in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

At the time, the community stepped up and assisted in the clean-up process of the center... http://www.onislam.net/english/news/americas/470275-nj-volunteers-erase-mosque-hate-graffiti.html -

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 27 March 2014 at 12:13am
US Muslims Run to Feed Hungry

Applying Islamic ethics in everyday life, US Muslim organizations in St. Louis, Missouri, are planning the first Walk+Run event to raise money for the needy and the homeless in the eastern American state where almost a quarter of population live in poverty.

"As American Muslims, our faith teaches us that feeding others is a right that they have on us," Abbas Ali the co-founder and current President of Project Downtown St. Louis (PDSTL), said...

http://www.onislam.net/english/news/americas/470645-us-muslims-run-to-feed-hungry.html - http://www.onislam.net/english/news/americas/470645-us-muslims-run-to-feed-hungry.html





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Date Posted: 15 April 2014 at 11:38pm

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, http://littletownofbethlehem.org/about/ - 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.   

http://littletownofbethlehem.org/about/ - 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...

http://www.isna.net/georgetown-university-jews-and-muslims-participate-in-isnarsquos-judaism-and-islam-in-america-project.html - http://www.isna.net/georgetown-university-jews-and-muslims-participate-in-isnarsquos-judaism-and-islam-in-america-project.html





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Date Posted: 19 April 2014 at 12:04pm

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.”

http://www.onislam.net/english/news/americas/471517-california-muslims-share-easter-gifts.html - http://www.onislam.net/english/news/americas/471517-california-muslims-share-easter-gifts.html




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Date Posted: 24 April 2014 at 5:38am

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.”...

http://www.onislam.net/english/news/americas/471677-michigan-students-look-behind-hijab.html - http://www.onislam.net/english/news/americas/471677-michigan-students-look-behind-hijab.html




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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 29 April 2014 at 11:46pm

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...

http://www.onislam.net/english/news/americas/471931-michigan-muslim-scouts-walk-with-modesty.html - http://www.onislam.net/english/news/americas/471931-michigan-muslim-scouts-walk-with-modesty.html

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Date Posted: 03 May 2014 at 3:00pm
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...

http://www.onislam.net/english/news/americas/472075-us-muslims-walk-against-hunger.html - http://www.onislam.net/english/news/americas/472075-us-muslims-walk-against-hunger.html



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Date Posted: 24 May 2014 at 11:03am
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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Date Posted: 03 June 2014 at 12:43am

‘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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Date Posted: 07 June 2014 at 12:29am

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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Date Posted: 18 June 2014 at 11:29pm

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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Date Posted: 19 June 2014 at 11:46am

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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Date Posted: 21 June 2014 at 7:17am

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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Date Posted: 25 June 2014 at 5:11am
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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Date Posted: 28 June 2014 at 3:11am

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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Date Posted: 08 July 2014 at 10:55am
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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Date Posted: 21 July 2014 at 7:03am

Fasting US Muslims Volunteer at Food Bank

OKLAHOMA CITY – Showcasing the true spirit of giving in the holy fasting month of Ramadan, scores of fasting Muslim volunteers have participated in sorting food at Oklahoma food bank as they abstained from food and water from dawn to dusk...

"Ramadan is the holy month of Muslims. It's 30 days," Adam Soltani, the executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)'s Oklahoma Chapter, told Oklahoma Fox on Sunday, July 20.

"You'd think it would be challenging, but  I think when you're fasting and your abstaining from food and drink, you want to find something to keep you busy and what better to keep you busy than doing something good for the community," Soltani said...

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Date Posted: 24 July 2014 at 1:35am


 

Iftar Brings Marylanders Closer

Residents of Maryland’s Harford County have been granted a special opportunity to members of the local Muslim community and learn more about Muslim culture and traditions during a special iftar during the holy month of Ramadan.

"I believe that education is the way that we will bring our community closer," Harford County Board of Education member Cassandra Beverley told visitors and members of the Harford County Education Society's Masjid Al Falaah who gathered before a prayer service.

Beverley was talking at a special iftar held by leaders of the Abingdon mosque.

"This is part and parcel of American culture," Dr. Rehan Khan, president of the Harford County Education Society and an Abingdon physician, said...

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Date Posted: 27 July 2014 at 12:43pm

Ramadan Donations Help Detroit Needy

MICHIGAN – Bidding farewell to the holy fasting month of Ramadan, Metro Detroit Muslim have donated hundreds of food boxes to needy ahead of `Eid Al-Fitr celebrations, sharing their `Eid festivities with the community.

“Part of our religion is, obviously, to help the needy,” Volunteer Azhar Ali told CBS Detroit on Saturday, July 26.

“This month of Ramadan that we have — we’re almost exiting it, our last day is Sunday and we have our celebration on Monday – and one of the pillars that we have is to share with the needy.”

The donations came as a part of the annual Ramadan Food Drive by metro Detroit’s Muslim community that has been helping needy for 18 years.

This year's drive has drawn hundreds of Muslim volunteers who helped in packing more than 850 boxes of food at the Sam’s Club on Northwestern Highway in Farmington Hills...

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Date Posted: 10 August 2014 at 12:27pm

US Convention Empowers Young Muslims

DETROIT – Looking forward to empower a new Muslim generation in the US, preparations continued ahead of the launch of the 51st annual Islamic Society of North America’s annual convention from Aug. 29- Sept.1 in Detroit, Michigan, planning discussions for some of the challenges of shaping Islam’s future in North America.

“The baton is being passed to a new generation of Muslim activists, and there are new ideas and a different way of doing things,” Edgar Hopida, communications director for ISNA, told OnIslam.net.

“So we need to think about who’s going to step up and produce a viable American-Muslim community,” said Hopida.

This year’s theme is Generations Rise: Elevating Muslim American Culture.

According to Hopida, the topic is relevant to how the American-Muslim society is changing and how young people are making their mark.

“Several generations ago (they were) building mosques and basic institutions. Now we need to refine and get beyond by building civil rights organizations and people who produce culture like art and music,” he said.

Convention organizers said looking at how Islamic and Muslim culture fits into American society is a growing challenge for Muslims...

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Date Posted: 20 August 2014 at 7:27am
Muslim Ummah at ISNA Convention Heart

As tens of thousands of North American Muslims prepare to attend the annual convention of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), the organizers of the huge gathering have planned a rich program that focuses on the issues touching the wider Muslim ummah across the globe...

ISNA is the largest Muslim umbrella organization in North America.

This year’s event is held under the title “Generation Rise: Elevating Muslim American Culture”.

ISNA's four-day annual convention dates back to 1963, when the first such event was organized by the predecessor to ISNA, the Muslim Students Association of the United States and Canada.

Over the years, the convention has increased in popularity and consistently draws crowds of up to 40,000 Muslims in attendance each year.

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Date Posted: 22 August 2014 at 9:18am

Muslim Health Center Unites US Faiths

NEW YORK – A US Muslim healthcare unit has been praised not only for helping needy patients but also for presenting a perfect example of interfaith cooperation between Muslims and Jews for the benefit of the less-privileged in their society.

“The issue is not Muslim, Jewish or Christian suffering. The issue is human suffering,” Dr. Aijaz Ali Khowaja, Chief Executive Officer of Ibn Sina, said in a press release cited by PRWEB on Thursday, August 21.

Serving Houston community for more than 13 years, Ibn Sina Foundation caters to the needs of about 85,000 patients locally with its medical, dental and pediatric clinics.

The Muslim foundation, which offers low-cost health care for uninsured and needy people, provides inexpensive medications, and a quarterly checkup by a primary care physician...

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Date Posted: 26 August 2014 at 3:31pm

Jimmy Carter Headlines ISNA Convention

DETROIT – Former American President, Jimmy Carter, will be featured as a keynote speaker at the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) national convention to be held in Detroit this weekend.

“This year’s convention is in Detroit and we’ve been blessed to have an extraordinary group of volunteers in Detroit and from the Michigan area,” said Hazem Bata, ISNA’s Executive Director, in a pre-convention message obtained by OnIslam.net.

“This year’s convention will have something for everyone. I think you are really going to enjoy it.”

ISNA, the largest Muslim group in America, will hold its 51st annual convention at Detroit's Cobo Center from Friday, August 29 through Monday, September 1.

The theme of the convention is “GENERATIONS RISE: Elevating Muslim American Culture.”

Jimmy Carter, the former American President, has visited 145 countries with his wife, Rosalynn, building an interfaith coalition to alleviate unconscionable human suffering.

Carter will address the convention on the historic need for religious communities to mobilize against discrimination and violence that is directed toward girls and women throughout the world which is the subject of his latest book, A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power...

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Date Posted: 19 September 2014 at 1:39am

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West Virginia Students Try Muslims' Hijab

Offering West Virginia students in Marshall University a chance to try the Islamic headscarf, a group of Muslim students held a hijab event to raise awareness about the Islamic headscarf and correct misconceptions surrounding it.

“We want to revive the Muslim Student Association group because we haven’t been involved as much as we would like, lately,” Suzann Al-Qawasmi, graduate from Marshall University, who helped in coordinating the event, told Marshall Parthenon on Tuesday, September 16.

“So, we set up a table and brought scarves for girls to try on, just to see what it’s like. One girl said she still felt pretty even with the scarf on. That was the kind of reaction we were hoping for.”...

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Date Posted: 25 September 2014 at 11:01am

Virginia’s First Veiled Firefighter

RICHMOND – Taking up her new job as Virginia’s first veiled Muslim firefighter, the Richmond Muslim mother of two Kae Asima knew it will not be an easy task.

“I understand that people have questions and I embrace them,” Asima told ABC News on Wednesday, September 24, referring to daily questions about her religion.

For the single month of two, the dream of being a firefighter started when she was a child.

“I've always liked an action packed job and I love the physical aspect of the job,” said Asima.

Putting an Islamic headscarf, called hijab, the Muslim firefighter has always faced questions about her veil and whether she wears it while fighting fires.

“We have what is called a nomex hood that is flame retardant,” said Asima.

“I just put that on and I still look the same.”

Though being the only Muslim, Asima is one of 36 women who are firefighters in Richmond fire department...

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Date Posted: 29 September 2014 at 2:08pm

Muslim Students Feed Michigan Homeless

As the winter approaches, Muslim students at Michigan State University have launched a new event titled “Project Downtown” to offer the homeless a free meal and reach out to the wider community.

“What we do is we make sandwiches for the homeless,” psychology sophomore and volunteer chair for Project Downtown Amal Mohamed told the State News on Monday, September 29.

“We provide them with water bottles and chips and cookies and string cheese. And then we wrap them up individually for them.”...

The project dates back to 2006 when MSA National and Project Downtown joined forces to combat the rising rates of homelessness in America...

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Date Posted: 07 October 2014 at 12:47am

US Muslims Rejoice "American" `Eid Al-Adha

HOUSTON – Whether it’s tailgating before a college football game, creating their own homemade decorations, or facing anti-Islam protestors on the way to prayers at their local mosques, American Muslims have worked to make `Eid Al-Adha in the United States their own unique celebration.

“Every urban area has big `Eid prayers,” Ibrahim Hooper, national communications director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, told OnIslam.net.

For Muslim revert Morgan Shuman, this year’s `Eid prayers were followed up with a true American tradition: college football...

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Date Posted: 10 October 2014 at 10:11am
US Muslims Show Gratitude

A leading US Muslim advocacy group has launched new social media hashtag campaign #MuslimsThank to show appreciation to media personalities, celebrities and political leaders who have come out in defense of Muslims and Islam.

As part of the new campaign, launched by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), online activists were asked to tweet messages of thanks to those who came in response to a rising tide of anti-Muslim bigotry and Islamophobia.

“@BenAffleck Thank you for standing up for basic human decency and opposing racism and Islamophobia #MuslimsThank #Islam #CAIR,” says a sample tweet by CAIR.

The advocacy group, the biggest group representing Muslims, suggested a list individuals, urging Muslims to thank including: Reza Aslan, Ben Affleck, Marc Lamont Hill, Michael Steele and Ayman Mohyeldin.

Other names include, Juan Cole, Miko Peled, Dana Branham, Russell Brand, Bernard Whitman, Tyler Harber, Nicholas Kristof and Dean Obeidallah...

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Date Posted: 12 October 2014 at 2:39am

New York Jews Reject Islamophobia

New York’s ‘Jews Against Islamophobia’ coalition has sent a powerful message against anti-Muslim rants in a new video, rejecting the increasing racism in the media as well as Islamophobic ads on subways and buses.

This video goes along with a new project of Jewish Voice for Peace, called the JVP Network Against Islamophobia.

“We are so pleased to share with you our new, very short video–Jews Recommit to Standing Against Islamophobia,” the announcement reads.

“While we have all been rightly concerned about the recent Islamophobic ads on NYC subways and buses, we recognize that Islamophobia extends far beyond those ads, and wanted to make that reality more visible within our community–the Jewish community– and more broadly.

We hope those watching the video will become inspired to take action together with the many, many individuals and groups inside and outside the Muslim community organizing against Islamophobia and standing for peace, for justice, and for dignity for all peoples,” the message concludes.

A recent report by the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the University of California and Berkeley's Center for Race and Gender found that Islamophobia in the US is on the rise.

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Date Posted: 14 October 2014 at 12:53am

US Muslims’ Flowers Spread Peace

A Muslim community group in Buffalo, New York, has handed over free roses to passers-by, tagged with quotations from the three Abrahamic Prophets Muhammad, Jesus or Moses.

“The goal is to promote interfaith dialogue and create an environment where people of all faiths can come together with just a simple thing as a flower,” Dr. Samad Khan, a member of WNY Muslims organization, told Buffalo News on Monday, October 13.

“A flower is something human beings can really appreciate, it’s a simple gesture but a universal sign of love and harmony. And Christianity, Judiaism and Islam promote love, harmony and peace.”

Dr Khan and about a dozen of his Muslim colleagues put a table on Sunday in front of the Williams-Sonoma store on the lower level.

Handling passers-by roses, the group distributed 300 flowers in a two-hour period.

Some of those receiving the flowers said they were touched by the gesture.

“It’s always nice to get a rose, and it’s for a good cause,” said Christina Lesh, 36, of Buffalo...

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Date Posted: 19 October 2014 at 1:20am
Open Mosque Day in Southern California This Weekend

Open Mosque Day has been expanded this year to Saturday October 18 and Sunday October 19, 2014.

Participating Mosques will be opening their doors to their neighbors on either Sat. or Sun.

We encourage you to visit one or more Mosques during this annual event.

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 20 October 2014 at 12:47am

Latino Reverts Find Identity in Islam

MIAMI – Searching for identity away from home, a growing number of Latinos have been reverting to Islam, seeing its teachings and guidance as setting their lives in order.

“It defines their world on a clear grid of what’s permitted or 'halal,' and what’s prohibited which is 'haram.' So they know exactly where they stand," Stephanie Londono, who has a master's degree from Florida International University and has published a study about religious conversions by Latinas, told Voice of America on Saturday, October 18.

“So the Qur’an becomes this guidebook that tells you exactly what to wear, what to eat, how to wash, how to behave, when to pray,” she added.

Over the past decades, a growing number of Latino Americans has reverted to Islam.

According to estimates by whyIslam.org organization, about 6 percent of American Muslims are Latino.

Similar numbers have been confirmed by Latino American Dawah Organization (LADO), a group that promotes Latino conversions, which said that more than half of new reverts are female...

http://www.onislam.net/english/news/americas/478685-latino-reverts-find-identity-in-islam.html - http://www.onislam.net/english/news/americas/478685-latino-reverts-find-identity-in-islam.html




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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 20 October 2014 at 1:57pm

US Honors Muslim Champion of Change

A US Muslim woman will be honored on Monday, October 20, at the White House for her distinguished work on helping people to enroll in health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act.

Khadija Gurnah is the Program Manager for the American Muslim Health Professionals’ (AMHP) Affordable Care Act outreach and enrollment efforts, the White House site reported.

Gurnah will be honored as one of the 13 Champions of Change on Monday.

Other champions are all recognized for their work on leading local efforts to advance the goals of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

The young Muslim woman earned her Master’s in Health Management from the Yale School of Public Health.

She has worked in community health, focusing on inequities in healthcare delivery, and has published papers and articles on healthcare delivery to minority populations.

Under Khadija’s direction, AMHP launched the first national grassroots initiative of its kind in the Muslim American community.

Despite of limited budget, AMHP seven organizers mobilized 81 partner institutions, resulting in thousands of enrollments and newly formed relationships between clergy and civic leaders across religious, ethnic, and racial lines...

http://www.onislam.net/english/news/americas/478747-us-honors-muslim-champion-of-change.html - http://www.onislam.net/english/news/americas/478747-us-honors-muslim-champion-of-change.html




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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 03 November 2014 at 12:15am

Washington Hosts Prophet's Exhibition

WASHINGTON – Celebrating the 1443rd birthday of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), an Islamic calligraphy exhibition was opened in Washington a few days ago to reflect the true-values of Islam.

"This exhibition is quite meaningful and launched timely in terms of telling what Islam represents via the Qur’anic verses and deeds of our prophet, while Islam and its values is abused and misinterpreted in the world, particularly the Middle East," Turkish ambassador to Washington, Serdar Kilic, told Anadolu Agency on Saturday, November 1.

Titled “Love for the Prophet”, the exhibition showcases several paints by famous calligraphers, including Turkish.

Verses from the holy Qur’an, deeds of Prophet Muhammad and tablets on which the Prophet is identified are also presented by the exhibition hosted by the Turkish embassy. The exhibition will close on November 21.

Sponsored by the Islamic Culture and Art Platform, in cooperation with Yildiz Holding, a Turkish multinational, and the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA), the exhibition was opened in Washington on Friday, October 31.

A similar exhibition was held last month in New York and was also co-organized by the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA)...

http://www.onislam.net/english/news/americas/479245-washington-hosts-prophets-exhibition.html - http://www.onislam.net/english/news/americas/479245-washington-hosts-prophets-exhibition.html




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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 05 November 2014 at 5:32am

Free Medical Care… Dream Realized by US Muslims

Over the past six years, a little dream to offer free medical services to people who cannot afford it has grown up to a successful clinic that has managed to reach out to patients of different faiths across Miami.

“I love coming here,” Janice McKinson, who lives in Pembroke Pines, told Miami Herald.

“They get me an appointment as quick as possible, and normally the wait isn’t very long. It’s great,” the 38-year-old woman who receives medical care at no cost added.

Back in 2008, members of the South Florida Muslim community founded the Miami Gardens clinic with the mission to provide medical care to those who are uninsured, do not qualify for governmental assistance, or who cannot afford private medical care.

Gaining people trust, services include free HIV/AIDS testing, vaccinations, pap smears, diabetic programs and pediatric care.

The clinic also works with pharmacies on getting patients reduced prices on prescription medications.

The UHI Community Care Clinic is open six days a week and is operated by a team of volunteers, which includes 32 physicians who serve 30-35 patients a day...

http://www.onislam.net/english/news/americas/479311-free-medical-care-dream-realized-by-us-muslims.html - http://www.onislam.net/english/news/americas/479311-free-medical-care-dream-realized-by-us-muslims.html




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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 11 November 2014 at 1:15pm

US National Cathedral Hosts Friday Prayer

Washington National Cathedral has announced plans to host Muslim Friday prayers this week, reflecting a solid interfaith relation between America’s Muslim and Christian faith leaders.

“We want the world to see the Christian community is partnering with us and is supporting our religious freedom in the same way we are calling for religious freedom for all minorities in Muslim countries,” Rizwan Jaka, a spokesman with the prominent ADAMS mosque in Sterling, Va., one of the co-sponsors of Friday’s service, told The Washington Post.

“Let this be a lesson to the world.”

Known for presidential funerals and other major spiritual services, the Cathedral hosts this week Friday, Jumm`ah, prayers for the Muslim community for the first time.

The Cathedral, part of the Episcopal Church, has a long history of high-profile interfaith events.

By hosting Friday prayer, organizers said Monday, November 10, that they are seeking to make a statement by having Muslim leaders come and hold their midday service in such a visible Christian house of worship...

http://www.onislam.net/english/news/americas/479639-us-national-cathedral-hosts-friday-prayer.html - http://www.onislam.net/english/news/americas/479639-us-national-cathedral-hosts-friday-prayer.html




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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 03 December 2014 at 8:39am
Muslim Students Help Michigan Hungry

An annual event has brought together students from all races and backgrounds in the University of Michigan to fast a day, championing an initiative to raise money to feed the hungry.

“It was amazing to see people of all races and ethnic backgrounds come together in the school community for a good cause,” Ayesha Sheikh, a first time participant in 2Fast2Feed said, The Michigan Journal reported on Tuesday, December 2.

The ‘2Fast2Feed’ event, organized by the Muslim Student Association (MSA) was held on Thursday, November 20.

It has attracted more than 120 students who were eager to abstain from food and drink from sunrise to sunset.

Coming from across different ethnic groups, students wore purple, aqua blue shirts, and numbered bibs to the university.

At sunset, participants broke their fast together with an array of foods and desserts, sharing their stories about 2Fast2Feed as well.

The successful event raised about $1200 which went to local hunger relief organizations, like the UM-Dearborn Student Food Pantry, ACCESS, and Zaman International...

http://www.onislam.net/english/news/americas/480359-muslim-students-help-michigan-hungry.html - http://www.onislam.net/english/news/americas/480359-muslim-students-help-michigan-hungry.html





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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 08 December 2014 at 1:59am
Muslims Help 300 Families in Atlantic City

ICNA-NJ with ICNA Relief, Zubaida Foundation, Masjid Muhammad and Atlantic City Municipality organized a food and essential supplies distribution to 300 families in Atlantic City.

Charity is not just recommended by Islam, it is required of every financially stable Muslim. Giving charity to those who deserve it is part of Muslim character and one of the Five Pillars of Islamic practice.
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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 09 December 2014 at 12:22pm
US Muslims Advocate Jeans for Teens

Students of a Muslim academy in New Orleans has advocated a new community service project for the needy, urging people to donate new or gently used jeans for teens in homeless shelters.

"Islam does not require Muslims to only focus on Muslims,'' Niran Mousa, leader of the Follow the Sunnah program, told Nola.com, a website of Times-Picayune  newspaper, on Tuesday, December 9.

“We are required to focus on all of society, to make sure that every one of our neighbors and children are taken care of,” she added.

The Muslim academy, at 440 Realty Drive in Gretna, has launched its new project to offer help to needy teens in homeless shelters.

Under the title, “Teens of Jeans”, the campaign started in in partnership with Aeropostale and DoSomething.Org.

The school's jeans drive is sponsored by the school's sixth grade Follow the Sunnah program.

According to members of the group, the students wanted to give back to the needy, following Prophet Mohammad's (peace be upon him) footsteps of giving back and doing good deeds to help others.

"This jean drive is a way for us to make sure that our community as a whole, especially our youth, has a chance at a sense of normalcy in their childhood,'' Mousa said...

http://www.onislam.net/english/news/americas/480683-us-muslims-advocate-jeans-for-teens.html - http://www.onislam.net/english/news/americas/480683-us-muslims-advocate-jeans-for-teens.html




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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 17 December 2014 at 12:10am
CAIR: 20 Years of Promoting Justice

The Council for American Islamic Relations (CAIR) is marking 20 years unapologetic advocacy promoting justice and mutual understanding.
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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 26 December 2014 at 9:16am

US Muslims Serve Hundreds of Xmas Meals

NEW YORK – As Christians celebrated Christmas, hundreds of Muslim volunteers spent a day of services to help the needy people across America.

"We wanted to give everyone a break on Christmas," said Uzma Popal, member of the Muslim Soup Kitchen Project told TWC News on Thursday, December 25.

"Everyone here does such a wonderful job serving throughout the day a lot of people and we want to make a difference we want to help the people that are helping everyone."

Wishing Troy Christians a pleasant night, the Muslim Soup Kitchen Project served some 150 Christmas dinners at the Unity House's Front Door....

http://www.onislam.net/english/news/americas/481175-us-muslims-serve-hundreds-of-xmas-meals.html - http://www.onislam.net/english/news/americas/481175-us-muslims-serve-hundreds-of-xmas-meals.html




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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 06 January 2015 at 3:07pm
THAI MUSLIM MOSQUE IN AZUSA IS A WORK OF FAITH


They walk to their car, looking at the stars, reminiscing about a journey that began 50 years ago and a world away from a low-slung neighborhood up against the Los Angeles foothills.

"This has been quite something, all we have gone through leading us here," says Rahmat Phyakul. With his wife, Sukatee, at his side, he points proudly to a tall green-and-white sign.

Masjid Al-Fatiha.

On the same sign, another message, this one in the flowing script of their native land. He pauses to translate: First Mosque Established by Thai Muslims in America.

"This place," he says, "it's our purpose in life."

Their journey began in early-1960s Bangkok, where they grew up.

Rahmat and Sukatee worked together, and often would head to lunch with a group of others. Only she'd break away briefly and come back with food he didn't recognize. "It's halal," she recalls telling him. "Muslim food. I'm Muslim."

Like the vast majority of Thais, he'd been raised a Buddhist.

It didn't take long for them to fall in love. Nor did it take long for them to discuss marriage. But she balked: She couldn't marry someone who wasn't Muslim.

By then he was falling for her religion too. He loved its values and simplicity, the firm belief in one, powerful God. In his family there were misgivings — among some who associated Islam with ignorance and aggression. But for him, Islam was the way of wisdom and peace.


In 1964, Rahmat became a Muslim and soon after married Sukatee. "The love of my life," he says, speaking softly as he usually does. "I could do none of what I have done without her."

Theirs isn't just a spiritual tale, it's a story of immigrants.

Soon after the wedding, they came to America, worked on their broken English, went to community college...


http://www.latimes.com/local/great-reads/la-me-c1-thai-muslims-20140728-story.html#page=1 - http://www.latimes.com/local/great-reads/la-me-c1-thai-muslims-20140728-story.html#page=1

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 09 January 2015 at 2:42am

Muslims Pay $100K to Prevent Detroit Water Shutoff

DETROIT – Offering help to their city, the Muslim community of Michigan is making a contribution to support Detroit residents who are facing hardship from water shut offs.

The Michigan Muslim Community Council (MMCC) in partnership with Islamic Relief USA (IR) – the largest Muslim charity organization in the United States – is giving $100,000 to help the people of Detroit.

Over 60,000 households in Detroit have faced the risk of water shut off creating great hardship for many in the city.

The grant will be divided evenly between the Detroit Water Fund in partnership with United Way of Southeastern Michigan and Wayne Metro Community Council, to be used in direct assistance to disadvantaged Detroit families struggling to maintain their water utilities...

http://www.onislam.net/english/news/americas/481683-muslims-pay-100k-to-prevent-detroit-water-shutoff.html - http://www.onislam.net/english/news/americas/481683-muslims-pay-100k-to-prevent-detroit-water-shutoff.html




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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 12 January 2015 at 2:34am

Muslims in SF hold vigil for Charlie Hebdo victims

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) --

Bay Area Muslims came together in San Francisco's Union Square Friday night to show sympathy and solidarity for the people of Paris and the shooting victims.

One by one, they lit candles and the flickering lights spelled out the word "peace".

Belmont resident Somayeh Nikooei said, "Muslims are peace loving people. And they are as sad and they feel the sorrow of everybody else who has been the victim of terrorism."

Bay Area Muslims wanted to do something to show they stand in solidarity with the people of Paris and to reject the notion that the killings at Charlie Hebdo were done in the name of Islam.

Hatem Bazian, Ph.D., is a professor at UC Berkeley and the chair of the Northern California Islamic Council. He was just in Paris last month, for an Islamophobia conference. He told ABC7 News, "What we need is to say, 'This is wrong, this is unacceptable and it has nothing to do with Islam in general.' We don't accept racism, discrimination, bigotry, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism in general and as such this is the moment for us to respond as a society, as a community."..

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 18 January 2015 at 2:13am

Free Qur’an Dispels Islamophobic Hate

Standing up to the spread of Islamophobia campaigns, a leading US civil rights organization has launched two of its educational campaigns in response to the current debate about Islam and free speech in the wake of the recent Charlie Hebdo attacks.

"There are specific and clear verses in the Quran that instruct Muslims to respond peacefully and with prayer to insults and mockery," Nihad Awad, National Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), said in a statement obtained by OnIslam.net.

"Free speech is at the core of Islamic beliefs."...

http://www.onislam.net/english/news/americas/481991-free-quran-dispels-islamophobic-hate.html - http://www.onislam.net/english/news/americas/481991-free-quran-dispels-islamophobic-hate.html




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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 07 February 2015 at 12:29am
ISNA President at the White House  

(Plainfield, IN 2/6/15) On Wednesday, February 4th, Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) president Azhar Azeez joined 13 other Muslim American leaders at the White House at the invitation of President Barak Obama, to discuss a range of domestic and foreign policy issues.  

The hour-long meeting marks the first time Obama has held a roundtable with the Muslim American community. Also present were Obama's senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, National Security Adviser Susan Rice and Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes. The meeting was followed by 45 minutes of additional discussions with Jarrett and Rhodes.

In the meeting, ISNA President Azhar Azeez requested the President Obama to visit a mosque in US before his term ends, he also thanked the President for his recent statements made three weeks ago to British Prime minister David Cameron, where he mentioned how well American Muslims have become part and parcel of the mainstream American fabric unlike the situation of Muslims in Europe.  

Azeez also joined other invitees in drawing Obama's attention to the rising Islamophobia in the U.S. being fueled by some politicians and organizations, and asked him to use his influence to reset the national conversation on hate against Muslims and other religious minority communities. 

The ISNA president also presented the Nov/Dec 2014, and Jan/Feb 2015 issues of Islamic Horizons to President Obama.

Among the other topics of discussion were the community's efforts and partnerships with the Administration on a range of domestic issues such as the Affordable Care Act, issues of anti-Muslim violence and discrimination, the 21st Century Policing Task Force, and the upcoming White House Summit on Countering Violence Extremism. The President reiterated his Administration's commitment to safeguarding civil rights through hate crimes prosecutions and civil enforcement actions.  

Obama also discussed the need to continue countering ISIL and other groups that commit horrific acts of violence, purportedly in the name of Islam. Noting the remarkable contributions of Muslim Americans to their country, the President also encouraged them to remain civically engaged in their communities, and told them that he looked forward to seeking additional opportunities to continue the discussion of these and other issues.

"It was the first time the president has held a round-table meeting with Muslim-American leaders. This was a perfect time and opportunity to meet the President," said ISNA President Azhar Azeez. "The meeting went very well and everyone in the room felt it was extremely beneficial. The President was very engaging and very graciously heard all of us."

Other attendees included Dr. Sherman Jackson, the King Faisal Chair of Islamic Thought and Culture and Professor of Religion and American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California (USC), Farhana Khera, president and executive director of Muslim Advocates,  Imam Mohamed Magid from All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) and former president of ISNA, Arshia Wajid, founder and president of American Muslim Health Professionals (AMHP), Arab American Institute (AAI), Hoda Elshishtawy, the national policy analyst for the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), Farhan Latif, chief operating officer and director of policy impact, Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU), Maya Berry, executive director of the Arab-American Institute (AAI), Palestinian-American comedian Dean Obeidallah, Rahat Hussain, director of legal and policy Affairs, Universal Muslim Association of America (UMAA), and Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir, a graduate assistant with Indiana State University's women's basketball team who played basketball while wearing the Islamic headscarf. 

The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) is the largest and oldest Islamic umbrella organization in North America. Its mission is to foster the development of the Muslim community, interfaith relations, civic engagement, and better understanding of Islam

CONTACT: ISNA Communications Director Edgar Hopida, 317-839-1820 or 317-679-6350, ehopida@isna.net

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