Tag: ANNUAL

The star of the annual Muslim convention was a Jewish man from Brooklyn

Why calling Bernie Sanders a 'radical' is nonsenseThis Labor Day weekend, thousands of Muslim Americans descended on Houston, Texas, for the annual three-day Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) convention. This year’s ISNACON featured many well-known figures, such as Trevor Noah, who shared his story of growing up in South Africa and joked about the ups and downs of “The Daily Show.”

Noah wasn’t the only draw. Well-known Muslim Americans, including Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib and Women’s March organizer ….more CNN

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

Annual migrant deaths in Mediterranean fall to 2,262: UNHCR

The European Union has been working with north African countries, particularly conflict-wracked Libya, by offering aid money and help with border patrols in a bid to stem the flow of peopleThe number of migrants who died or went missing attempting to cross the Mediterranean fell by more than a quarter in 2018 over the previous year, to 2,262, the UN refugee agency said Thursday.
The number of migrants who arrived in Europe after surviving the sea crossing also dropped by roughly the same proportion last year to 113,482 after 172,301 in 2017, according to the UNHCR’s full-year figures….MORE: FRANCE24

Muslim athletes speak about Islam in annual LAMP Speaker Series

“I was at the peak of my dream, I was right there, about to grab onto it, and I was told I couldn’t play,” Abdul-Qaadir said. “I started to question wearing hijab, I started to question who I was. I felt like once basketball was taken away, I lost my identity. For years, I was a Muslim basketball hooper. When basketball got taken away, I was just a Muslim.”

Abdul-Qaadir, who played basketball from the time she was 4 years old, was stopped from playing basketball internationally because of regulations preventing the use of headwear by the International Basketball Federation…more:  thedaonline.com

 

Imam Wissam of ISWM Spoke at the115th Annual Diocesan Convention of The Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts

The Rev. Daryl Lobban addresses last year's annual convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts. The Respected Wisam Abdul-Baki, Imam of the Islamic Society of Western Massachusetts, brought warm greetings of peace from the Muslim community. He spoke about our commonalities, our appreciation of coming together in faith without fear. He spoke of common beliefs in the Muslim and Christian communities—most importantly that we are all connected to God.,,more:  https://www.diocesewma.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Journal-of-2016-Convention.pdf

Taste Of Ramadan

Coordinating an interfaith event with the Muslim Coalition of CT called Taste of Ramadan, Sister Samia Hussein, an active member of ISWM, with the Muslim Coalition of CT,  did a great Job. May Allah reward her with His best, and all…

Interfaith program to incorporate prayers, collection for bombing victims

interfaith.jpgWEST 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.