Category: Community News

Who is Alex Azar? Former Drugmaker CEO and HHS Official Nominated To Head Agency

Alex Azar Azar, whose grandfather immigrated from Lebanon 100 years ago, is the epitome of the American dream, his father said Monday. “It’s pretty amazing – only in America,” Dr. Alex Azar, who has practiced ophthalmology for more than 30 years in the Maryland community where Azar grew up, told The Daily Times in Salisbury. While he comes from a medical family, Azar has said he ended up in health care “largely by accident.”…more: usatoday.com

Dear Friend:
I will never expect a person to apologize for the fiendish acts of people who are nominally members of any religion. I can not apologize for the many white Christians who try to terrorize Muslims and Jews, or who are racists. The judgement is on their heads. But I must stand for people of peace against attacks. Your  pain is felt by many people who know better than to point fingers and demand apologies and condemn.
You are in my prayers
Peace
Patrick

Birmingham’s bearded heroes

Image result for Birmingham's bearded heroesThe Bearded Broz are a volunteer group that help residents in the West Midlands, offering practical help and an emergency food service.
They shot to fame with the Birmingham bin strike, when they helped local residents clear their rubbish.
Spending time with the group, BBC Stories finds a group of volunteers who feel religious organisations are not doing enough for local communities…more: http://www.bbc.com/

Nadia Saleh is Australia’s First Elected Hijabi Councillor

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Lebanese descent, has won a seat in the city council of Canterbury-Bankstown, Sydney. Nadia is the first elected hijabi councillor in the country.

She won the race for the country’s largest city council in terms of population along with other two Muslim councillors, Mohammad Huda and Mohammad Zaman, from the same Sydney suburb….MORE: mysalaam

Houston Mosques Opening Up as 24-hour Shelters for Harvey Victims


Houston’s Muslim community is at the forefront of helping those affected by Tropical Storm Harvey, which has flooded much of the fourth most populous city in the United States. Dozens of mosques have either opened their doors for shelter, aided in rescue operations or provided goods, such as food, blankets and bottled water for those in need. “In the whole Greater Houston area, people are helping people; neighbors are helping neighbors and we are trying everything we can to help people,” said MJ Khan, the president of the Islamic Society of Greater Houston. The Islamic Society of Greater Houston represents 21 Islamic centers in the area. Khan said all types of evacuees, including a number of families, have come to find shelter at the places of worship. “Our volunteers there got together with the first responders to rescue people. Since 9/11 was inundated and were only dealing with life threatening situations, our volunteers knew where people were stranded, boated into their homes and brought them to the mosque”, Khan told Middle East Eye.

Islamic Society to collect for Harvey victims during Eid al-Adha observance

Cars drive through flooded streets from Tropical Storm Harvey in Orange, Texas, Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017.On its website, the society notes the work of Islamic Relief USA, which has a four-star rating from Charity Navigator, in assisting the victims of Hurricane Harvey.

IRUSA has been helping to manage the “mega shelter” in the Dallas Convention Center, and is arranging to serve a special meal to those there who observe Eid al-Adha.

IRUSA’s disaster relief team was the first Muslim organization to partner with the Red Cross. It provides such relief both in this country, including distributing 300,000 bottles of water during the lead-tainted water crisis in Flint, Mich., and abroad….more:  masslive.com