(Say: “We believe in Allah and what has been revealed to us and what has been revealed to you. Our God and your God is one, and to Him we have submitted.”) Glorious Qur’aan. 29:46
- I’m writing this letter to you, in the name of the God – of Abraham, Moses, Muhammad- who says in the last revelation: “Serve God, and join not any partners with him; and do good to parents, kinsfolk, orphans, those in need, neighbors who are near, neighbors who are strangers, the companion by your side, the way farer (ye meet), and what your right hands possess; for God loveth not the arrogant, the vainglorious” Glorious Qur’aan. Chapter: women, verse: 36
- Today we are celebrating the day of Eid Al-Fitr, after having fasting for one month out of obedience and love to the only God who prescribed upon us as upon you the holy fasting. We believe you have a right to share with us the joy of submission and love to our and your God in this beautiful Eid. We pray that this season of holidays be a peace and mercy for all.
- AS A MUSLIM I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT:
- Muslims worship the One God, Creator and Sustainer of the Universe. Allah is the Arabic word for God. Arab Christians and Jews call the Deity Allah as well. Muslims, like Christians and Jews, consider themselves spiritual descendants of Abraham.
- Muslims pledge themselves to prayer, peace with justice, harmony, cooperation, compassion, charity, family responsibility, tolerance toward people of other faith traditions, and respect for the environment.
- Islam means: Submitting to the will of God and doing good deeds. The Qur’aan is the last Divine revelation, providing a complete guide for human behavior. Its text was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad between 610 and 633 A.D. Though revered by Muslims as the last of God’s prophets, Muslims do not worship Muhammad.
- Muslims honor Biblical prophets, accord special esteem to Jesus and his mother Virgin Mary, and recognize as sacred the scriptures revealed to Moses and Jesus, namely the Torah and the New Testament. Muslims believe that Jesus will return in the last days.
- Islam and wise democracy are compatible and complementary. Both rest on accountability, consultation, open discussion, delegation, and consensus. The opening words of the U.S. declaration of independence express deeply felt Islamic sentiments.
- Muslim women, like men, have the right to gain an education, own Property and engage in business, professions, and public life. Both women and men dress modestly out of respect for public morality. If any individual or a society oppresses women or discriminates against them, it is against Islam.
- The Muslim husband has the primary responsibility for family support, his wife for the household and children. Divorce is discouraged. Procedures vary by country, but either husband or wife may petition to dissolve a marriage.
- Muslims must assume personal responsibility for relatives, neighbors and others in need. In Islam, elderly persons are not to be abandoned nor left to live alone.
- American Muslims love their country. Many of the Muslims are working On the Front Lines of The Coronavirus Pandemic, American Muslims are also contributing citizens and good neighbors. They are committed to faith, tolerance, charity, work, cooperation, and interfaith activities for community betterment.
We pray you and your family are healthy and safe during these uncertain and unprecedented times and as your neighbor will do what we can to help you
Imam of the Islamic Society of western Massachusetts,
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