Category: Community News

AMJA Resolutions on Contemporary Dawah Issues in non-Muslim Lands

AMJA OnlineWhat is meant by renewing the Dawah Message is freeing its content from any stain of extremism and harshness, renewing the manner in which Dawah is given to make it appropriate for the time and place of those being addressed, changing juristic conclusions when the causes have changed and distinguishing between a renewal that is approved by the Shareeah vis-a-vis a blameworthy distortion of the Shareeh…more:

Chapel Hill killer jailed for life for 2015 murder of Muslim students

Craig Hicks in court in 2015Craig Hicks fatally shot newlyweds Deah Barakat, 23, and Yusor Mohammad, 21, and Yusor’s 19-year-old sister Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha in Chapel Hill.
He pleaded guilty to three counts of first-degree murder and was given three life sentences.
Hicks was not charged with hate crimes, despite the victims’ families insisting they were targeted for their religion….more: BBC

Muslim Members Of Congress Host A Historic Iftar In The Capitol

On Monday evening, three Muslim members of Congress ― Reps. André Carson (D-Ind.), Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) ― hosted a historic iftar in the U.S. Capitol to recognize the holy month of Ramadan and honor the contributions of the Muslim American community. The gathering to break that day’s Ramadan fast was the first iftar….MORE:  huffpost

Imam Ramadan Message

As-Salaam ‘Alaikum wa Rahmatullah dear Community,
How many beloved has left this world and died,  and they do not have any more chances to fast?
How many are sick and ill  and cannot fast or stand   for prayer at night, even they wish and will?
You  and I are very lucky to reach Ramadan… very lucky indeed!
Therefore, may Allah make  you and me  grateful to  Allah, for allowing us to reach this blessed month.
Let’s thank Allah in our statements, actions, and especially our manners.
Allah says (which means): “Say, “In the bounty of Allah and in His mercy – in that let them rejoice; it is better than what they accumulate.”.
Ramadan Mubarak,
Imam Wissam Abdul-Baki,
Islamic Society.of W. MA

A SHINING PRESENCE

Adam AbdelrahmanThe first thing most people notice about Adam Abdelrahman is his smile – big, bright, ever present.

“It’s like a light that shines around him,” says Denise Roy, one of his advisers at Holyoke Community College, where the 23-year-old Springfield resident will graduate June 1 with high honors and his associate degree in criminal justice. “He has a pretty big presence here and in the community, and he has affected so many people. His heart is so big and he wants to do so much.”

Abdelrahman will be honored May 3 at the State House in Boston…more: hcc.edu

ISWM Local residents take part in 3rd annual Open Mosque Day

Image result for Islamic Society of Western Massachusetts, BAJWAMore than a dozen mosques across Massachusetts took part in the third annual “Open Mosque Day.”

Dozens of people of all faiths came together Sunday afternoon at the Islamic Center of Western Massachusetts to learn about the Islamic faith.

Following multiple violent attacks on places of worship, the Islamic Society of Western Massachusetts felt it was important for people to meet their Muslim neighbors.

Islamic Society’s president Mohammed Dastigir said, “There’s a lot of misconceptions out there, unfortunately, around what Islam really is about. Islam really means ‘peace’ that’s really what it stands for and that’s really what we believe in.”..more : wwlp

Hampshire Mosque participates in ‘Open Mosque Day’

The smells of spinach-and-cheese-stuffed pastries and vegetable fritters filled one corner of the Hampshire Mosque on Sunday. A large crowd was on hand to eat that food, though mostly the visitors were socializing, meeting new friends or greeting neighbors. Mohammed Abdelaal, a board member at the mosque, said the atmosphere reminded him of a passage in the Quran: God “created you into nations and tribes that you may know one another.”

“That should be the essence of religion,” said Abdelaal….more:.gazettenet