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Faith groups have responsibility to protect planet by Saiyid Masroor Shah

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

  (Printed in Evansville Courier and Press)  Feb 6, 2016 Saiyid Masroor Shah is a member of the Tri-State Islamic Center) The Quran says “He (Almighty God) is the one who made you the guardians in the earth,”translation 35:30. Similarly, all religions, in their own ways, believe and profess that human beings have been ordained as the caretakers of earth by almighty God, implying that it is our responsibility to protect our natural resources and the environment on the planet earth. It is universally admitted that due to wide consumption practices the nonrenewable resources, including fossil fuel derived energy, water and productive land are dwindling fast. Ecological foot print estimates show that it now takes one year and six months to generate nonrenewable sources that we use in a year. All people suffer from environmental degradation in one or...

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Prepare for 2016 Green Ramadan by Green Masjid Task Force

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

  Last Ramadan, 37 masjids joined ISNA’s Green Ramadan Campaign, and this year ISNA and the Masjid Development Initiative hope for many more masjids to join the effort.  The time is now to plan.  Here’s some steps that need to be started now.   Purchase your blue recycling bins and distribute them in the masjid.  Make regular announcements about using the recycling bins. Find out the regulations for the company who does your recycling; pass on those regulations to the community. Identify your sources for purchasing paper products or other bio-degradable products that will be used instead of Styrofoam products. Arrange for khutbahs to discuss the topic of Islam’s command to conserve and protect....

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Imam Zaid Shakir on Black History Month

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  American masjids are slowly embracing Black History Month, because Muslims must support the struggle of African Americans to achieve justice and equality in America, and because African American Muslims are intricately involved in the history of America and African Americans.  Some masjids like the Islamic Center of Long Island organized an entire afternoon program devoted the topic, hosting local African American Muslim leaders and other activists in the struggle.  Some masjids like the Guiding Light Islamic Center hosted a speaker on the topic.  For Black History Month, the Lighthouse Mosque in Oakland, CA hosted a program including Imam Zaid Shakir. Imam Zaid answers the question of why should an ‘immigrant’ Muslim care about the history of enslaved African slaves in America?  Why should ALL Muslims embrace this history as their own? Imam Zaid Shakir provides a thought-provoking response to...

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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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