“I lost my job because I couldn’t work at the time that I had the stroke,” Tilley told News4Jax. He also lost his insurance. With no money to pay the bills, he wasn’t able to get the medical treatments he needed — until someone referred him to the clinic.
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Now, Larkin and a cadre of officers are regular guests at a half-dozen mosques across this gambling mecca as part of a concerted outreach effort to the Muslim community. They grasp the tensions between Shiite and Sunni factions and have learned to observe key Islamic customs — officers remove their shoes, and female officers don hijabs during Friday prayer sessions. In an effort to build trust, they have emerged as empathetic problem solvers, helping religious leaders cut through city red tape, responding to reports of vandalism and cleaning up trash and abandoned…more: washingtonpost.
The food drive, started by Larry El-Amin in 2011, is held by the Muslim Center every three months. While December has mostly been associated with holidays such as Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa, El-Amin said that’s only more reason to give.
“Christmas is coming up so we try to help those in need get through the holidays,” El-Amin said. “It’s a season of giving for Christians, so it’s an opportunity to have a season of giving for Muslims as well.” ….more: montgomeryadvertiser
Students and their Imam are all wanting America to stay true to its core values “To protect this country, you have to have all the people of the country being together…unite, United States,” said Imam Wissam Abdul Baki with…