Category: Community News

Service Honors Two International College Students Who Died In River Rescue

…Imam Wissam-Abdul-Baki of the Islamic Society of Western Massachusetts said the two cousins from Saudi Arabia did not hesitate to jump into the Chicopee River when they saw the children struggling in the current.  “And they told everyone: ‘This is our nature. This is my nature when you know me directly’,” said the imam…more:  wamc.

Islamic nonprofit reaches out to community with back-to-school giveaway

Back 2 School GiveawaySupplying free book bags containing school supplies to children is part of the new Islamic Ministries and Community Development’s outreach efforts. Imam Faruq Post chatted with parents and children visiting the nonprofit’s Back 2 School Giveaway on Sunday in Hagerstown’s West End. A canopy was set up in front of the group’s 455 W. Washington St. home with school supplies and information about the nonprofit. They had about 250 book bags to give away….more: heraldmailmedia

American Muslim women don’t need you to save them from Islam. They need your respect.

Hijabs According to a study by The Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, for which I direct research, Muslim American women are among the most educated faith group in the country, and outpace their male counterparts in higher education. The majority polled also see Islam as a source of pride and happiness. The more than 40 percent of American women of the Islamic faith who say they wear hijab tell researchers they do so either as an act of piety (54 percent), to be identified as a Muslim (21 percent) or for modesty (12 percent). Only 1 percent said they wear hijab because a family member requires it. Rather than pity, Muslim American women need respect even when their choices don’t conform to the dominant culture’s idea of what liberation is supposed to look like…more:  usatoday

WHO IS RASHIDA TLAIB? DETROIT NATIVE SET TO BECOME FIRST MUSLIM WOMAN ELECTED TO CONGRESS

Image result for WHO IS RASHIDA TLAIB? DETROIT NATIVE SET TO BECOME FIRST MUSLIM WOMAN ELECTED TO CONGRESSTlaib has previously said that she stood up during the event and demanded to know whether Trump had “ever read the U.S. Constitution,” before shouting: “You need to read the U.S. Constitution!”

In an interview with CNN before the Democratic primary, Tlaib said that she was “detained” after she was ejected from the event, saying that it was “the most American thing I could ever do.”…more: Newsweek

RASHIDA TLAIB BECOMES FIRST MUSLIM WOMAN ELECTED TO CONGRESS

rashida congressTlaib rose to victory in a tight and crowded race, claiming 33.2 percent of the vote and beating Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones, who garnered 29.2 percent of the vote, according to the New York Times. 

Tlaib will replace John Conyers Jr., who had represented the district since 1965 until his retirement last year following allegations of sexual harassment.

Since there are no Republican candidates contesting the seat, Tlaib is expected to enter Congress unopposed after a special election to take place on November 6, 2018, when she will be formally named as Conyer’s successor…..more: www.newsweek.