Tag: Community

Medical Mecca: Muslims Quietly Serving Jacksonville Community

“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.

When in Rome, do as the Romans do: National Police in Las Vegas forge close ties to the city’s Muslim community

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.

Connecticut Muslim Community Forgives Man Who Shot Up Their Mosque

After the shooting, police officers quickly arrested and charged Hakey with intentional destruction of religious property, which is classified as a federal hate crime. But soon after discovering evidence of the shooting, officials at the Baitul Aman — a mosque affiliated with the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, a subset of Islam that believes that a messiah has already come — offered their forgiveness to the then-unnamed shooter. When Baitul Aman outreach director Zahir Muhammad Mannan and others learned that the shooter lived next to their worship community, they were shocked — but remained focused on what they could do to be closer to their neighbors in the future.THINKPROGRESS

Since 2011: Muslim Center of Montgomery Gives Food, Clothes to Community

The Muslim Center of Montgomery held its quarterly Food and Clothes Pantry Saturday morning.635855148832829833-MUSLIM1.jpg

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