Salaam and Peace to all,
There is no doubt that there are benefits of the casino business, but facts confirm that the harm caused by the casino business is much more. It harms our faith, social life and economy, and not one of us, either for or against casinos, likes to see its ill effects in our community, or any other community.
The statement of our founding fathers stands clearly against gambling and I would like to quote the words of President Thomas Jefferson :
“In a world which furnishes so many employments which are useful, so many of which are amusing, it is our own fault if we ever know what ennui [weariness; heaviness] is, or if we are ever driven to the miserable resources of gaming, which corrupts our dispositions, and teaches us a habit of hostility against all mankind” (S.E. Forman, The Life and Writings of Thomas Jefferson, (Indianapolis: Bowen-Merrill Company, 1900), p. 266, in a letter to Martha Jefferson, 1787.)
On behalf of the Muslim community I do support Yes on Question 3, the ballot question to undo the casino law.
Wissam Abdul Baki Ph.D.
Imam of The Islamic Society of western MA
visit: faithforrepeal.com , – Faith for Casino Repeal | Facebook
Islamophobia affects more than a small fringe group of Muslims. Through various research vehicles and global polling efforts, Gallup has collected a wealth of data detailing public opinion about various aspects of respect, treatment, and tolerance relative to Muslims worldwide. This brief serves as a snapshot of opinion and thought displayed by people from multiple countries, regions, and communities – findings that chronicle perceptions associated with Islamophobia globally.
Respect and Fair Treatment
Globally, many Muslims report not feeling respected by those in the West. Significant percentages of several Western countries share this sentiment, saying that the West does not respect Muslim societies. Specifically, 52% of Americans and 48% of Canadians say the West does not respect Muslim societies. Smaller percentages of Italian, French, German, and British respondents agree. more gallup.com
The Islamic Society of Western Massachusetts will offer a free Arabic class for beginners every Tuesday from 6:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. starting on September 9, 2014. This class will focus on the teaching of “modern Arabic vocabulary combined with…
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Masjid Activities Sept. 2014
A Weekly Journey to Qur’aan
Friday, after Maghrib, every week
Weekly Arabic Grammar, 3rd level
Tue. And Sun. after Maghrib
Weekly Arabic Grammar, 1st level
Weekly Islamic Study, Sister Halaqah
Sun. After Noon Prayer
Friday retreat and Prayer
Every third Friday of the Month, after Ishaa Prayer
Every third Friday of the Month after Asr Prayer or be mentioned…
ISWM Soccer Team
Sat. & Sun. After Asr
Register for: 1- Youth study and Activities, 2- Arabic Grammar for beginner THU.& TUE, 3- Dawah for Muslims or Non-Muslims, 4- Tajweed morning and…, 5- Marriage matters study, 6: Teen Q , A on SAT., 7:Friday Nights, 8: family meeting Imam, 9; Fiqh , 10: Zyarat Al Muslmeen, 11: school visits.
For registration and more:
[email protected] or leave a message at: 413-788-7546 Extension 1
Eid al-Adha 2014 ( Dates may vary): begins in the morning of October 5, and ends in the evening of Wednesday.
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Ramadan: What Does it Mean to You?
All the Above (58%, 62 Votes)
A Time for Prayer, Fasting and Good Deeds (20%, 21 Votes)
A Time for Change and Development (12%, 13 Votes)
A Time to Struggle Against the Worldly Desires (8%, 9 Votes)
A Time for Fun, Food and Family Gathering (2%, 2 Votes) Total Voters: 107
The number of Americans who have been killed by Islamic extremists in the UnitedStates since September 2001 is just 21 — less than two per year — and none of them on airplanes. Statistically speaking, you’re several times more likely to be fatally attacked on an American schoolyard: in just the year and a half since the December 2012 Sandy Hook attack, 28 people have been killed in US school shootings. And meanwhile, right-wing extremists — virtually all of them white — have killed 37 people since 2001. MORE vox.com/
An opinon: some time we need to renounce
Monday is the Day of Eid Al-Fitr and;
Prayer will be hold at Masjid and there will be:
1- Prayer for : 7. 30 am
2- Main Prayer is at: 9.30 am.
May Allah accept your fasting, forgive your sins, and guide us all to the Straight Path.
May Allah bless us all , and throughout the year, with His forgiveness, mercy, and peace, and bring us all closer to Him and to each other.
WEST SPRINGFIELD — Prayers for the victims of the April 15th Boston Marathon bombings will be offered, and an appeal for donations on their behalf made, during an interfaith program on April 25 at 5:30 p.m. at the Islamic Society of Western Massachusetts, 377 Amostown Road.
Iman Wissam Abdul-Baki, society president, will make opening remarks and lead the prayer….more: .masslive.