Islamic Society of Greater Lansing is now an affiliate member of the Greater Lansing United Nations Association
The Greater Lansing Chapter of the United Nations Association of the USA is one of more than 100 chapters in the US and over 1000 in UN member countries around the world. UN Association members are internationally minded people who recognize and support the essential role the United Nations plays in the contemporary world.
The UNA is a voluntary membership organization whose primary purpose is to help educate the public concerning the many invaluable services the UN provides governments and their citizens. Members advocate for political leader support for the programs and activities of the UN.
The Greater Lansing UNA chapter was organized in 1959 by internationally experienced leaders in the community, many of whom were affiliated with Michigan State University. In recent years the chapter has actively partnered with other community organizations including Michigan State University, Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Peace Education Center, Zonta Clubs and others to support UN initiatives at the local level.
To our friends and neighbors who are celebrating the life and legacy of Jesus, we wish you a Merry Christmas.Jesus,...
The Islamic Society of Greater Lansing welcomes this resolution. We are extremely grateful to the City of East Lansing for it's relentless efforts in making us feel part of the community. This reaffirmation provides a sense of security and belonging. Thank you Mayor Mark Meadows, Mayor Pro Tem Ruth Beier, Councilmember Erik Altmann, Councilmember Shanna Draheim, Councilmember Susan W. Woods and City Clerk Marie Wicks.
We applaud the East Lansing School Board for showing it cares about our children by sending a strong message that any form of bullying or harassment will not be tolerated in the school system. Thank you Board President Nell Kuhnmuench, Dr. Erin Graham, Dr. Kath Edsall, Dr. Yasmina Bouraoui, Hillary Henderson, Karen Hoene and Kate Powers.
City of East Lansing adopts Take on Hate Resolution
A resolution was presented on Tuesday, August 4, East Lansing's City Council meeting, endorsing TAKE ON HATE - a multi-year, grassroots campaign that challenges the growing discrimination and persistent misconception of Arab and Muslim Americans.
~ Other Messages of Solidarity and Support from the Community~
We have received several messages of solidarity and support for our community from many individuals via email, phone, social media in light of the politically motivated and misinformation driven climate of fear and hatred across the . Here are some of them.
Dear Islamic Brothers and Sisters: Our family is Catholic and we worship in Okemos, live in East Lansing. Please know that we support the Islamic community. We understand that this is a difficult time because of recent events perpetrated by those who claim to be but are not of the Muslim faith. There are those who would attempt to paint the Muslim faith in a negative light. We do not. We are one with you and stand by you. The offenses against the people are offenses against all of our peoples. Thank you for listening. Please share this sentiment with your community.
I know the hate speech and oppressive actions resulting from the Paris attacks are affecting the Islamic and Middle Eastern people in Lansing and elsewhere. I just wanted to let you know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Here in Ohio I am finding people who are concerned about the hatred and the suffering of the Syrian refugees and Middle Eastern people and are raising their voices in opposition to repressive legislation and actions and asking for nonviolent solutions to solving the crises...... ~ Ann Francis
Just want you to know I'm praying for you and your community during these challenging times. ~ Liz
.... I'm an Atheist. I found your page on Facebook looking for someone who would have information on how to help the Syrian refugees coming to Michigan. I'm thankful for all the Muslims in Michigan who bring more diversity and values to our state. I just wish everyone in this country felt this way. It doesn't help that the biggest news organizations in our country are just full of awful propaganda. I have to imagine many of the people who have a very biased view against Muslims are believing these things out of mostly ignorance. ~Stanley Spedowski
These words of support are so important! I share the sentiments and hope many will go out of there way to be supportive! ~Renee Swanson
More messages and stories can be found on the Islamic Center's Facebook page
Greater Lansing Network Against War & Injustice issues statement expressing concern about rising Islamophobia & Anti-Muslim attacks
File picture of the group from 2011 by Tom Rico
Greater Lansing Network Against War & Injustice
A membership organization seeking to end war and promote social justice through advocacy, education and action
855 GROVE ST, E LANSING, MI 48823
February 20, 2015
For Immediate Release
East Lansing, MI: The spate of attacks against our Muslim friends and neighbors, both locally and across the country, concerns us all. We must forge a collective stance against intolerance and violence. Tragically, we’ve seen a tremendous spike in the level of anti-Muslim hate speech and now we’re starting to see that hate rhetoric turning into acts of violence targeting Muslims. President Obama called the killings “brutal and outrageous.”
Some of the most worrisome events in the United States in early February include the burning of a mosque in Texas, the murders of three university students in North Carolina, and the beating of a man in Dearborn. We have also seen an upsurge of minor aggression - including verbal attacks that escape major media reportage.
No one in the United States of America should ever be targeted because of who they are, what they look like, or how they worship
We call upon people of faith, public officials, government representatives, and members of civil society, to join us in condemning hatred, prejudice, and violence. Our community's moral value requires being respectful of difference and accepting of diversity in characteristics and beliefs. Violent words and actions only damage our community and our nation. Thus, we promise to continue to speak up against violence, hatred, and prejudice in whatever form it takes and whomever it targets.
We urge everyone in our community to build on friendship, neighborliness, and mutual support during these difficult times.
Endorsements and questions regarding this statement can be sent to:
Muslim Scholars Release Open Letter to ISIS / ISIL meticulously blasting its ideology
More than 120 Muslim scholars from around the world joined an open letter to the “fighters and followers” of the Islamic State, denouncing them as un-Islamic by using the most Islamic of terms.
Relying heavily on the Quran, the 18-page letter released Wednesday (Sept. 24) picks apart the extremist ideology of the militants who have left a wake of brutal death and destruction in their bid to establish a transnational Islamic state in Iraq and Syria.
Nihad Awad, center, executive director of the Council of American-Islamic Relations, and more than 10 Muslim-American leaders Wednesday (Sept. 24) endorse a letter written by more than 100 Islamic scholars that denounces ISIS by relying on sacred Muslims texts.
Religion News Service photo by Lauren Markoe | RNS photo by Lauren Markoe Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/24/muslim-scholars-islamic-state_n_5878038.html
2 Muslim groups' donations to help pay for water bills
Michigan Muslim Community Council and Islamic Relief-USA donate $100,000 to Detroit families who are unable to pay their water bills and thus about to have their water supply shut-off
Read reports in the media on the Muslim Groups gesture:
"And the best way to prevent violent extremism inspired by violent jihadists is to work with the Muslim American community -- which has consistently rejected terrorism -- to identify signs of radicalization and partner with law enforcement when an individual is drifting towards violence. And these partnerships can only work when we recognize that Muslims are a fundamental part of the American family. In fact, the success of American Muslims and our determination to guard against any encroachments on their civil liberties is the ultimate rebuke to those who say that we’re at war with Islam."
ISNA, other Muslim Organizations collecting donations for Boston
Boston Solidarity Fund
The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and other Muslim organizations join in solidarity with the Boston community during this difficult time. In order to donate to the Boston Solidarity Fund online:
On the next page, where it asks "What brought you to the site to give today?"* Please be sure that Boston Solidarity Fund is selected.(1st option)
Checks are also being accepted at the following address: ISNA, PO Box 808, Plainfield, IN 46168. May Allah reward you for helping your fellow citizens.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CAIR: American Muslims Stand with Sikhs After Wis. Shootings
Houses of worship urged to review advice in CAIR community safety kit
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/5/12) –- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said today that American Muslims "stand with their Sikh brothers and sisters" following a deadly shooting attack targeting a house of worship of that faith this morning in Wisconsin.
In a statement, the Washington-based Muslim civil rights organization said:
"While details of the attack and the motivation of the attacker are still emerging, American Muslims stand with their Sikh brothers and sisters in this time of crisis and loss. We condemn this senseless act of violence, pray for those who were killed or injured and offer sincere condolences to their loved ones."
CAIR officials are in contact with the Milwaukee Muslim community as it offers support to its Sikh neighbors.
Because of this and other violent incidents, CAIR is urging mosques and houses of worship of all faiths nationwide to review advice on security procedures contained in its "Muslim Community Safety Kit."
CAIR has in the past spoken out against bias-motivated attacks on American Sikhs. [NOTE: Sikh men who wear beards and turbans as part of their faith are often targeted by bigots who mistake them for Muslims.]
Last year, CAIR offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual or individuals who gunned down two elderly Sikh men in Elk Grove, Calif.
In 2010, CAIR called for an FBI investigation of an attack on a Sikh cab driver in West Sacramento, Calif. The driver said his passengers made anti-Muslim remarks during the attack. Two men were later arrested on charges of felony assault and commission of a hate crime.
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, E-Mail:firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR Communications Manager Amina Rubin, 202-488-8787, 202-341-4171, E-Mail: email@example.com
Remembering 9/11: Local Community events and Media Reports
In the tense days following 9/11, leaders of area faith groups and others say a tradition of bridging ethnic and religious differences gave Lansing and East Lansing an advantage in overcoming tensions between Muslims and non-Muslims. More recently, ongoing efforts have helped the community withstand several inflammatory events. Dr. Mahmoud Mousa's interview with Kevin Lavery, WKAR
Dr. Farha Abbasi grew up on the sidelines of a politically powerful family. She never sought the spotlight in her native Pakistan. But on 9/11, she found her voice in America. Interview with Kevin Lavery, WKAR
New revelations in FBI's anti-Islam trainers and training material
U.S. President Barack Obama announced Sunday night that Osama bin Laden is dead following a US military operation.
President Obama also said, "..our war is not against Islam. Bin Laden was not a Muslim leader; he was a mass murderer of Muslims. Indeed, al Qaeda has slaughtered scores of Muslims in many countries, including our own"
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said:
"We join our fellow citizens in welcoming the announcement that Osama bin Laden has been eliminated as a threat to our nation and the world through the actions of American military personnel. As we have stated repeatedly since the 9/11 terror attacks, bin Laden never represented Muslims or Islam. In fact, in addition to the killing of thousands of Americans, he and Al Qaeda caused the deaths of countless Muslims worldwide. We also reiterate President Obama's clear statement tonight that the United States is not at war with Islam."
A Learn, Don't Burn campaign has been launched in response to the recent unfortunate incident at the Islamic Center of East Lansing, where an individual desecrated a copy of the Qur'an. See below how you can obtain your copy of the Qur'an in English.
We invite our friends, neighbors and anyone who has any questions or wishes to read the Qur'an to request and obtain a copy of the Qur'an in English. Please stop by the Islamic Center at our evening prayer time at 8:00 pm or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to setup a time to pick up your free copy of the Qur'an
If it is not convenient for you to stop by the Islamic Center, we can mail a copy of the Qur'an to you for free.
Weeks after the burned Quran incident, we reaffirm our desire to build on the goodness that prevails in the community, and ignore isolated acts of ignorance
The Islamic Center says "Let us move on"
A forum was held at the Islamic Center to honor the loving and caring, diverse community of Greater Lansing. Unity with Diversity was held on Wednesday - September 29, 2010
The event was held to bring people from all different religions together to learn about one another. We are extremely humbled by the great community spirit and solidarity in response to the desecration of the Quran in front of the Islamic Center on 9/11.
The forum aimed to promote further understanding and to strengthen the bonds within our diverse society
Dr. Mahmoud Mousa, Islamic Center President: "We really want to forget that incident of burning the Quran. We want to leave it behind and just concentrate on how we can improve our life together and how we can live in harmony."
POSITION STATEMENT issued by CAIR in light of recent (attempted) anti-Islam ads in Public Transport under the guise of wanting to save Muslims who leave the faith.
Islamic scholars say the original rulings on apostasy were similar to those for treasonous acts in legal systems worldwide and do not apply to an individual's choice of religion. Islam advocates both freedom of religion and freedom of conscience, a position supported by verses in the Quran, Islam's revealed text, such as:
1) "If it had been the will of your Lord that all the people of the world should be believers, all the people of the earth would have believed!
Would you then compel mankind against their will to believe?" (10:99)
2) "(O Prophet Muhammad) proclaim: 'This is the Truth from your Lord. Now let him who will, believe in it, and him who will, deny it.'" (18:29)
3) "If they turn away from thee (O Muhammad) they should know that We have not sent you to be their keeper. Your only duty is to convey My message." (42:48)
4) "Let there be no compulsion in religion." (2:256)
Religious decisions should be matters of personal choice, not a cause for state intervention. Faith imposed by force is not true belief, but coercion. Islam has no need to compel belief in its divine truth. As the Quran states: "Truth stands out clear from error. Therefore, whoever rejects evil and believes in God has grasped the most trustworthy hand-hold that never breaks." (2:256)
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
Statement prepared by Muslim American Society Freedom Foundation and endorsed by the Islamic Society of Greater Lansing
WASHINGTON, DC. (MASNET) Mar. 18, 2010 - A statement issued by Muslim Cleric Anwar Al-Awlaki calls for the categorical opposition by Muslims in America to the government of the United States. This is a sentiment expressed by Muslims who consider America to be the incorrigible "enemy of Islam" and a nation at war with all Muslims in the world.
But the Muslim American Society,and other American Muslim organizations, reject the premise that America is essentially evil, and that our society is committed to the destruction of either Islam or majority-Muslim nations. Indeed, Muslims are an inseparable part of American social history and the fabric of American society. Both our presence in the United States and our aspirations to build a better, more peaceful, and more democratic and morally upright society, are an integral part of what is both right and hopeful for this nation, and our world.
Our organization does, indeed, oppose military violence directed by the United States against the people of Iraq and Afghanistan, as we also call for a different, more peaceful, and more mutually respectful relationship between the United States and the Muslim world. But we embrace the practice and methodology of American Muslim involvement in civic engagement and ongoing dialogue within the diverse community of the United States.
The violence and hostility that underlies the call of Al-Awlaki is simply a prescription for the cancer of mutual hatred, and destruction, that is contrary to the best of not only the history of the United States, but to the best of Islam as well.
The Quran instructs Muslims to incline toward peace, forgiveness, and mutual respect with our non-Muslim neighbors and compatriots (3:64, 21:7). Peace and mercy, not war and enmity, is the true way of our faith.
The "revolt" of Muslims in America should always be a revolt against violence, oppression, and unrighteousness, whether it is committed by the U.S. government or by violent entities in the Muslim world that are, at least in part, responsible for the oppression and destruction of their own nations and people. And in rejecting the call for violence, we affirm our commitment to seek peace and justice for our own community, our nation, and for the global Muslim community as well.
MAS Freedom (MASF) is a civic and human rights advocacy of the Muslim American Society (MAS), the largest Muslim, grassroots, charitable, religious, social, cultural, civic and educational organization in America - with 55 chapters in 35 states.
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President Obama, accompanied by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, visits the Blue Mosque in Istanbul on April 7. In accordance with religious custom, the president and his entourage removed their shoes before entering the enormous carpeted mosque
President Obama addresses Muslims at a speech in Cairo, Egypt
Colin Powell on Obama being accused of being a Muslim
And it is permitted to be said such things as, "Well, you know that Mr. Obama is a Muslim." Well, the correct answer is, he is not a Muslim, he's a Christian. He's always been a Christian. But the really right answer is, what if he is? Is there something wrong with being a Muslim in this country? The answer's no, that's not America. Is there something wrong with some seven-year-old Muslim-American kid believing that he or she could be president? Yet, I have heard senior members of my own party drop the suggestion, "He's a Muslim and he might be associated terrorists." This is not the way we should be doing it in America. I feel strongly about this particular point because of a picture I saw in a magazine. It was a photo essay about troops who are serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. And one picture at the tail end of this photo essay was of a mother in Arlington Cemetery, and she had her head on the headstone of her son's grave. And as the picture focused in, you could see the writing on the headstone. And it gave his awards--Purple Heart, Bronze Star--showed that he died in Iraq, gave his date of birth, date of death. He was 20 years old. And then, at the very top of the headstone, it didn't have a Christian cross, it didn't have the Star of David, it had crescent and a star of the Islamic faith. And his name was Kareem Rashad Sultan Khan, and he was an American. He was born in New Jersey. He was 14 years old at the time of 9/11, and he waited until he can go serve his country, and he gave his life. Now, we have got to stop polarizing ourself in this way......I'm troubled about the fact that, within the party, we have these kinds of expressions.
In light of the above hate crimes against Muslims that are on the rise following the large scale distribution of the hate DVD in the Lansing State Journal and other newspapers around the country, Muslims are urged to be vigilant and alert the authorities on any physical or verbal abuse they face.
O ye who believe! stand out firmly for Allah, as witnesses to fair dealing, and let not the hatred of others to you make you swerve to wrong and depart from justice. Be just: that is next to Piety: and fear Allah For Allah is well-acquainted with all that ye do. Al-Maidah(5:8)
Ingrid Mattson, PhD President The Islamic
Society of North America
Geert Wilders is a Dutch politician who broke with a mainstream
national party to form his own extreme-right, anti-immigrant platform.
Wilders has directed most of his hatred in recent years at Muslims.
Wilders has called for the Qur'an to be banned and in the last few months has
been promoting his "documentary" attacking the Qur'an. Wilders has
intimated that the documentary will show a copy of the Qur'an being desecrated
Geert Wilders wants the Qur'an to be banned.
Many Muslims want Wilders' film to be banned. Wilders wants Muslims out of
"his country" and to be denied the rights of other citizens to practice their
faith. No doubt, many Dutch Muslims wish that Wilders would just go away
(and Wilders has received threats of violence from some). Neither Wilders
nor these Muslims will (or should) get what they want. Now
Many have looked to this situation only through the
lense of the law. News articles have focused on threats made to Wilders'
life and the calls to ban his film. Of course, the threats are
unacceptable and criminal. Wilders should be afforded the full protection
of the law and those threatening violence against his person should be
As for the right of freedom of speech, Wilders' film
should be treated like other statements within Dutch law. The Netherlands,
like most other countries, has certain restrictions on speech that is
defamatory, libelous or insults a group of people based on their race or
religion. The Dutch Prime Minister has publicly stated that if the film,
once released, is judged to have violated the law, then his government has the
duty to enforce their legislation. This treatment of Dutch Muslims as
equal citizens under the law shows to the Muslim world that the Netherlands is
not an enemy to Islam.
My plea is that we also need to look at this issue
more broadly so we can find better ways of living together in a world in which
there will always be people whose views and beliefs we find odd or even
obnoxious. We should not justify or excuse extremism of any kind, whether
they are racist and hateful attacks on the Muslim community or vigilante
violence by Muslims against those who make such statements. What we should
try to understand is why some otherwise ordinary people feel caught in the
middle, and are sometimes attracted, in part, to the emotional appeals of the
In the last few decades most societies in the world
have gone through enormous transitions. Many European countries have had
to give up significant symbols of their national sovereignty to join the
European Union and even those who did not join the EU have seen significant
changes in their societies due to globalization. Even those who have
benefited economically and in other ways from these changes are sometimes are
troubled by the loss of traditional forms of communal solidarity and culture:
local farmers' markets, church pews filled with families on a Sunday morning,
neighborhood bakeries and craftsmen; landscapes, streetscapes and the rhythm of
life have changed. Perhaps each generation has a limited capacity for
change, or perhaps none of us, as progressive as we claim to be, can help but
romanticize the society of our youth.
An increased presence of Muslims in Europe, while
part of this change, is not the cause of all these changes. Muslims did
not cause a decline in attendance at European churches; they were not
responsible for the fact that some churches have been turned into museums or
bars. Muslims did not cause the declining birth-rate in many European
societies. But the fact that Muslims are building mosques and attending
religious services in higher numbers than European Christians, and that many
Muslims have larger families than most European Christian families, makes
Muslims easy targets of scapegoating. Europe has seen this kind of ethnic
hatred before in its history. Financially-successful Jews were for many
centuries viewed with jealously and resentment by some European
Islaimc Society of Greater Lansing co-sponsors SPEAK FOR PEACE TOUR
American Friends Service Committee
Speak for Peace Tour:
U.S. Veterans & Iraqis Creating the Way Forward
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Michigan State University - B108 Wells Hall
7:00 to 9:00pm - Guest Speakers
9:00 to 9:30pm - Networking, Information Tables
Thursday, February 28, 2008
Noon to 1:30pm - Brown Bag Lunch Program
(Soup and Dessert Provided - donations accepted for displaced refugees)
Unitarian Universalist Church - main level
855 Grove Street, East Lansing, Mi 48823
These talks are free and open to the public.
NEWS BRIEF: American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) is pleased to announce the Speak for Peace Tour: U.S. Veterans and Iraqis Creating the Way Forward which will be in the Great Lakes region February 25 through March 1, 2008. The tour will help lay the foundation for building reconciliation between the American and Iraqi people. Only through a better understanding of the experiences of both U.S. Soldiers and Iraqis will Americans see the value and possibilities for peace. The guest speakers for this tour Raed Jarrar, an Iraqi, and Patricia McCann, an Iraq War Veteran, will give first hand accounts about the realities of the Iraq War and provide informa tion seldom shown or heard in the mainstream media.
Raed Jarrar Iraqi Political Analyst
Currently working as the Iraq consultant for the American Friends Service Committee, based in Washington DC. Following the fall of Baghdad in April 2003, Raed became the country director for the only door-to-door casualty survey group in post-invasion Iraq. He moved to the United States in 2005, where he has been working on ending the occupation.
Patricia McCann Iraq War Vet
A member of the Iraq Veterans Against the War. During her tour of duty with the Illinois National Guard, she witnessed many injustices perpetuated and enforced by the U.S. military directed toward both Iraqi civilians and lower enlisted U.S. soldiers. She is currently a Program Associate of the American Friends Service Committee Truth in Recruitment Program.
More about the tour at: http://www.afsc.org/chicago/middle-east/SpeakingTour.htm
My Name is Rachel Corrie
The dynamic one-person play, MY NAME IS RACHEL CORRIE, opens for eight shows beginning October 18, 2007, at the Woldumar Nature Center's RE Olds Anderson Rotary Barn in Lansing. The production is in conjunction with Sunsets with Shakespeare, a local theater company.
The play is based on the writings and e-mails of American activist Rachel Corrie, who at age 23 was bulldozed to death by the Israeli military in Palestine on March 16, 2003. The play follows Rachel's life as a young American growing up in Olympia, Washington, through he r political awakening during her activism in Palestine. The theater production brings to life the words and first-hand observations of a witness to violence and oppression.
Todd A. Heywood will direct the play.
Lindsay Palinsky will perform the lead role.
There will be eight performances. Tickets are now on sale at $10 each, or buy 4 tickets and get one free. Tickets may be purchased at the door. Also, tickets may be purchased online by credit card at www.peaceedcenter.org.
Thursday, October 18th at 8pm
Friday, October 19th at 8 pm
Saturday, October 20th at 8 pm
Sunday, October 21 at 2pm (A panel discussion will follow the matinee performance)
Thursday, October 25th at 8pm
Friday, October 26th at 8 pm
Saturday, October 27th at 8 pm
Sunday, October 28 at 2pm (Matinee)
You can get tickets at the following locations
Gone Wired Cafe
2021 E. Michigan Avenue, Lansing, Michigan
Everybody Reads Bookstore
2019 E. Michigan Avenue, Lansing, Michigan
New Aladdin's Restaurant
300 N. Clippert, Lansing , Michigan
Magdalena 's Tea House
2006 E. Michigan Avenue, Lansing, Michigan
5324 S. Pennsylvania , Lansing, Michigan
Peace Education Center
855 Grove Street, East Lansing, Michigan
Interfaith Listening Program
A Christian-Muslim Relations team based in Nairobi, Kenya, will travel to Lansing between October 28 and October 31, 2006
Saturday, October 28, 2006
Evening: The team will visit the Islamic Center in Lansing for a meet and greet.
Sunday, October 29
10:00 a.m. Worship Service at First Presbyterian Church in Lansing. Recognition of the Interfaith Team; possible reading of passages from both the Koran and the Bible by the Interfaith Team during the service.
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Discussion during a forum following worship service on HIV, homelessness and hunger.
5:00-7:00 p.m. Meet with a gathering of First Presbyterian Youth, other Presbyterian youth and youth from the Islamic Center.
Monday, October 30
Evening: Meet with youth from the Islamic Center and First Presbyterian youth at the Islamic Center.
or at http://www.Lansingislam.com/unity.htm
The team consists of
Rev. Wilson-Dogbe is an ordained minister of the Methodist Church of Togo.
Ms. Salim is a committed and practising Muslim, who works as a counsellor at a drug rehabilitation Centre called the Omar Project in Malindi, Kenya
More details at http://www.pcusa.org/listeningproject/teams.htm
If you would like to take part in any of these interfaith activities, please reply to this message(email@example.com) with your name and contact information, in order that we can have a coordinated representation.
Abu Bakr as-Siddiq, a close companion and successor of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), told one of his military commanders: "I advise you of ten things [relating to the rules of war.] Do not kill women or children or an aged, infirm person. Do not cut down fruit-bearing trees. Do not destroy an inhabited place. Do not slaughter [animals] except for food. Do not burn bees and do not scatter them. Do not steal from the materials captured in combat, and do not be cowardly."
Al-Muwatta, Volume 21, Hadith 10
Resolutions on Terrorism: The International Fiqh Council [Jeddah]
The Fiqh Council in Jeddah is seen, amongst many students of knowledge and scholars, as the top Islamic legal authority in today's times. It consists of scholars from every flavor and nationality. A clip from some of their resolutions:
This resolution took place during the councils 17th session December 13-17th 2003 and concerns acts of terror and violence acted upon the innocent.
1. The council clarifies that Shari'ah prohibits such acts and regards their perpetrators as criminals.
2. The council cautions that the meaning of the verse of Qur'an found in Chapter seven verse 60, which calls on Muslim to be strong so that no enemy dares to commit any aggression against them or violates their sanctities, is completely different from the prevailing notions about terrorism.
Part One: Islamic Definition of Terror:
The Council affirms the following definition of terrorism as adopted previously by the Council: "Terrorism is an atrocity committed by individuals, groups or states against people [either against their religion, life, intellectual development, property and honor here they are applying the famous necessities of Shari'ah to the definition of Terrorism]. This includes all forms of intimidation, harm, threats, and killing without a just cause; and all acts of recklessness and violence, that take place in the wake of an individual or collective criminal plan, aimed a spreading fear amongst people by exposing their life, liberty or security to danger. This includes harm inflicted upon the environment or to a public or private utility, or exposing a national or natural resource[s] to danger."
Part Two: Defending Islam and Muslims from Blanket Accusations:
The Council condemns the attempts to associate the religion of Islam with terrorism or to accuse [in general] its followers, of extremism and violence. This is because Islam is a religion based on mercy, love and peace. (See Qur'an 21:107, 14:12, 3:159, 7:199, 9:128)
Part Three: Causes of Terror
* Adherence to individual fatwas leads to confusion and lack of security in society [following the fatwa of a nutcase] * Obstacles in the path of propagation of Islam based on the Qur'an and the Sunna * Social injustices in certain societies, as well as lack of essential services such as education, health care and employment. * Failure to apply the laws of Islam [In predominantly Muslim societies] and adoption of man-made laws in its place.
Part Four Consequences of Terrorism:
"The Council states that, "Terrorism is an act of aggression against life, property and religion. Its strikes fear in the hearts of innocent people and depicts Islam as though it sanctions bloodshed and the destruction of properties. At the same time, it projects an image that Islam rejects dialogue and does not accept peace as a solution for problems and disputes and portrays Muslim as blood-thirsty and constituting a threat to world peace and security, values and human rights.
The outcome of this would be negative effects on the basic interests of Muslims and their vital role in spreading peace and security as well as the message of Islam that protects the rights of others. Finally, it would undermine the political, economic, commercial cultural and social relations of Muslims with other people as well as it would put THE MUSLIM MINORITIES INTO ISOLATION IN MANY COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD."
Part Five: The Islamic Ruling on Terrorist Acts
"Islamic law sanctions deterrent punishments against persons who commit destructive terrorist acts that include the bombing of housing complexes or other installations, hijacking of planes, trains and other means of transport with the aim of intimidating innocent people. (see al-Qur'an 4/33).
Islamic law regards such acts as serious crimes and cardinal sins and considers their perpetrators, all those who take parts in these acts with their planning, financing, media and others means [as criminals]."
Part Six: Ways to Stop Terrorism:
1. Highlight the grave consequences of the harm inflicted through such acts of violence, destruction and sabotage to the nations, societies, and individuals
2. Provide purposeful education and awareness by those who have knowledge and experiences, and to work out practical programs in this regard.
3. To define certain religious terms such as Jihad, Dar al-Harb.
Chairman, Islamic Fiqh Council Abduil Aziz bin Abdullah al-Sheikh
Deputy Chairman, Islamic Fiqh Council
Dr. Abdullah bin Abdul Mohsin al-Turki
Secretary General, Islamic Fiqh Council Dr. Saleh Bin Zabin al-Marzooqi
Dr. Muhammad Rashid Raghib Qabbani
Dr. Mustafa Sirtish
Dr. Nasir Farid Muhammad al-Wasil al-Azhari
Dr. Sidiq Muhammad Amin al-Dharir
Dr. Muhammad Habib bin al-Khojah
Muhammad Salim bin Abdul Wadud
Muhammad bin Abdullah al-Subayil
Dr. Abdul Karim Zaydan
Muhammad Taqi Othmani [traveled before he was able to sign]
Dr. Wahba Mustapha Zuhayli
Dr. Yusuf bin Abdullah al-Qaradawi al-Azhari
Dr. Abd al-Satar Fathullah Sa'id al-Azhari
On the Question of Loyalty and Patriotism
Loyalty to our Creator, Allah (swt) is the primary loyalty in Islam. Our loyalty to Allah (swt) leads us to be loyal and patriotic to our country.
Muslims are advised by the Prophet (pbuh) to help their brother, whether he is oppressed or is an oppressor. This is understood to mean that when he is being oppressed, we should come to his aid. However, if he is the oppressor, we should help him understand his actions so he may stop it.
Similarly, Muslim Americans will be loyal to their country. This may mean supporting current actions because we feel that those are actions that promote the greater good. At other times, it may mean that we work to change the actions since we feel that the current actions are not for the greater good. Loyalty to one's country should not allow one to accept injustice committed by it.
At an interfaith memorial service for journalist Daniel Pearl, Imam Rauf said
"If to be a Jew means to say with all one's heart, mind, and soul: Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is One, not only today I am a Jew, I have always been one.
If to be a Christian is to love the Lord our God with all of my heart, mind and soul, and to love for my fellow human being what I love for myself, then not only am I a Christian, but I have always been one."
CAIR is reminding American Muslims of their legal responsibilities and rights when contacted or visited by law enforcement agents.
American Muslims strongly support law enforcement and the protection of our national security. As Americans, we also value the civil rights of every individual. All Americans have the constitutional right to due process and to be represented by an attorney.
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