Category: Community News

Islamic Society of Western Mass hosts International Open House

On Sunday afternoon, people from all over the community have come through to check out what the Islamic society is all about. Many different stations including food and conversation are here at the Islamic society so that people can learn more about this religion. Free henna is offered to anyone who comes in. and many people took advantage of trying out the temporary tattoo tradition. There is also a station where you can try on a hijab…more: westernmassnews.com

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Thanks, but a ‘Love a Muslim Day’ isn’t enough to counter Islamophobia

A Muslim woman wearing a hijab talks on her mobile phone.Muslim women were picked out and slotted in a special category – as we’re used to – with points being offered to those who pulled off hijabs from women’s heads.

There may not have been a major incident, but “Punish a Muslim Day” did what it was designed to do – strike fear in the hearts of individual Muslims and those already being impacted by hate crime and racism.more:  theguardian

The Myth of the Criminal Immigrant

Image result for The Myth of the Criminal ImmigrantAccording to data from the study, a large majority of the areas have many more immigrants today than they did in 1980 and fewer violent crimes. The Marshall Project extended the study’s data up to 2016, showing that crime fell more often than it rose even as immigrant populations grew almost across the board….more:  nytimes.

Salah’s Success Decreases Hate in UK: Report.

Mohamed Salah celebrates scoringTheir faith can be seen in their mannerisms on the pitch – cupping hands in silent pre-kick-off prayer or prostration after hitting the back of the net.

For Salah, who has 23 Premier League goals for Liverpool this season, his religion has become the unlikely inspiration for some Liverpool fans to rewrite the lyrics to 1996 hit Good Enough by Dodgy…more: BBC

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT RELEASES RELIGIOUS LIBERTY SECTION FOR U.S. ATTORNEYS’ MANUAL

Image result for JUSTICE DEPARTMENTOn October 6, 2017, the Attorney General issued a Memorandum for All Executive Departments and Agencies entitled Federal Law Protections for Religious Liberty. The guidance was accompanied by a memo directing Department of Justice components and United States Attorney’s Offices to use the religious liberty Memorandum in litigation, advice to the Executive Branch, operations, grants, and all other aspects of the Department’s work….more: justice.gov

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno’s Statement About the Deadly Fire That Killed Three Members of the ISWM Community

ISWM SUPPORTSpringfield Mayor Domenic Sarno issued a statement to 22News saying: I am heartened, but not surprised by the outpouring of support that continues to come in the aftermath of the tragic fire at 49 Belmont Ave. – we’ve always been a very caring city. Special thanks goes out to all our city departments, especially Fire Commissioner BJ Calvi’s ‘hands on’ approach, state public safety officials, the American Red Cross, PVTA, First Student, South End Citizens Council, Paul Picknelly of Hilton Garden Inn, neighborhood residents especially Judy Arrington, Maxine Stein and Deirdre Griffin of Jewish Family Service, Fire and Police Chaplains Rev. Cofield and Father Hamilton, and property ownership and management. When we called, they were there. A very special thanks goes out to my friend Imam Wissam Abdul Baki and his team, who when I called came on our site to play an important and pivotal role, not only in facilitating communication with all the involved families, but just as important allowing us to respect Muslim culture and traditions…more:  wwlp.com