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Obama Visits Masjid

Posted by on Feb 20, 2016 in Blog, General | 0 comments

Obama to Muslim Americans: ‘You’re Right Where You Belong’ David Graham (from The Atlantic) Amid what Muslim American leaders describe as the tensest moment in their community’s history, President Obama visited the Islamic Society of Baltimore on Wednesday and delivered some of the most in-depth comments any American leader has made on Islam in the United States. Obama’s comments were aimed at a triple audience. He placed greatest emphasis on making an impassioned case to the entire American population to accept Muslims, speaking in terms that were reminiscent of President George W. Bush’s famous post-9/11 “Islam is peace” remarks. Second, he spoke to American Muslims themselves, telling them they have a place in the country but also insisting they must help resist extremism. Finally, he spoke to Muslims around the world, calling for religious freedom and pluralism and saying...

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CAIR: Vandalism and Harassment at Mosques Reach Record High by Daniel Burke

Posted by on Feb 20, 2016 in Blog, General | 0 comments

  (from CNN) Gunshots fired into a mosque in Connecticut. Armed men protesting the “Islamization of America” outside Islamic centers in Texas. Death threats called in to mosques in Florida, Maryland and Virginia. Anecdotal evidence suggests 2015, a year bookended by murderous attacks carried out in the name of Islam, has been one of the most intensely anti-Muslim periods in American history. A new study shared with CNN puts statistical heft behind that suspicion. Through December 8, American mosques and Islamic centers have been the victims of vandalism, harassment and anti-Muslim bigotry at least 63 times this year, the Council on American-Islamic Relations says in the study. That’s the highest number since the Muslim civil rights group began keeping track in 2009 and a threefold increase over last year. The previous high was 53 incidents in 2010, during the controversy...

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Make Social Media Work for You

Posted by on Feb 20, 2016 in Blog, General | 0 comments

  Is social media accomplishing anything for your mosque? Most mosques do a poor job in using social media.  Few have a strategy or would claim what they do yields positive results. Many aren’t even sure what results they should expect.I understand social media can be overwhelming and, at times, a bit frustrating. But if you take a step back, it can be a powerful tool in your communications toolbox. Here are two important things social media can do for you, if you have an effective plan in place: Help to build and reinforce the culture you’re after. Help you provide the answers to questions people are asking, both practical and spiritual. Those things don’t happen by default of your tweeting. So, if you want to leverage social media in 2016, here’s a checklist to get you on your way.  ...

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Women and the Masjid: Between Two Extremes by Dr. Louay Safi

Posted by on Feb 20, 2016 in Blog, Women | 0 comments

(From IslamiCity) The masjid, better known in North America as the Islamic center, is the center of spiritual, social, educational, and, most recently, political activities of the American Muslim community. The masjid is also the place where Muslims of diverse cultural and ideological backgrounds meet and interact. The diversity of interpretations of Islamic sources and practices has created tensions, particularly in Islamic centers where the tendency is to impose strict interpretations about the appropriate place and role of Muslim women in the masjid and the community. An increasing number of young Muslim women complain of restrictive arrangements and practices, impeding their ability to fully participate in educational and social programs. Many masjids today restrict the main prayer hall to men, and assign women to secluded quarters. Women are asking out laud: is this the place Islam assigns for us,...

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37 Masjids Join “Greening Our Ramadan” Campaign

Posted by on Jul 8, 2015 in Blog, General | 0 comments

ISNA and the ISNA’s Green Masjid Task Force would like to thank and congratulate the 37 masjids that signed the pledge to fulfill the requirements of the “Greening Our Ramadan” Campaign.  They pledged to: Conserve food at Iftars and not waste food by giving excess food to needy people Use biodegradable products for Iftars and not Styrofoam cups and plates Recycle material, especially plastic water bottles Replace all light bulbs with energy saver bulbs and thus conserve electricity Give a khutbah on the Islamic imperative to conserve and protect our environment   As a token of ISNA’s gratitude, each masjid will receive a tree sapling, provided by Uzma Mirza’s Pen and Ink Pot Foundation (http://www.pifdn.org/). Here are the masjids listed in zip code order. Islamic Society of Western Mass          W. Springfield, MA 01089 Islamic Assoc...

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