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Islamic Society of Western Massachusetts, Interfaith Council to hold vigil of solidarity

Ambulance staff take a man from outside a mosque in central Christchurch, New Zealand, Friday, March 15, 2019. Forty-nine people were killed in mass shootings at two mosques full of worshipers in what the prime minister called terrorism and "one of New Zealand's darkest days.” The Islamic Society of Western Massachusetts and the Interfaith Council of Greater Springfield will hold a vigil of solidarity in response to the New Zealand mosque shoot ings Sunday, March 17, at 6:30 p.m. at the center, 377 Amostown Road.
“We have had an outpouring of messages of sympathy and solidarity from our neighbors and interfaith colleagues,” said Dr. Mohammed Saleem Bajwa, a Holyoke physician and society member, of the event being held in the aftermath of the Friday shootings at two New Zealand mosques that has been labeled as terrorism and that left 49 people dead…more: masslive

Islamic Society of Western Massachusetts, Interfaith Council to hold vigil of solidarity

Ambulance staff take a man from outside a mosque in central Christchurch, New Zealand, Friday, March 15, 2019. Forty-nine people were killed in mass shootings at two mosques full of worshipers in what the prime minister called terrorism and "one of New Zealand's darkest days.”

 …“We have had an outpouring of messages of sympathy and solidarity from our neighbors and interfaith colleagues,” said Dr. Mohammed Saleem Bajwa, a Holyoke physician and society member, of the event being held in the aftermath of the Friday shootings at two New Zealand mosques that has been labeled as terrorism and that left 49 people dead. “We have planned the interfaith event because everyone wants to come and show support.” Bajwa said the center’s Friday night prayer service attracted a “relatively larger crowd” than usual. “There was a sense of surprise: ‘How could it happen?’ People expressed a lot of sadness, fear and concern,” said Bajwa of reaction to the attack that occurred during similar services in Christchurch, a city of about 400,000 on New Zealand’s South Island.
“Imam Wissam Abdul-Baki preached about peace, tolerance and respect for humanity. He led the prayers for the victims of this brutal act of killing and also prayed that justice, mercy and peace will prevail.”…more: masslive – more ISWMFaceBook

Don’t Hold Your Breath for Democratic Change in the Middle East

Algerian protesters take part in an anti-government demonstration.…With so much international media focused on the demonstrations in Hong Kong, one might be excused for forgetting that people in Sudan, Algeria, and Morocco were out in the streets months before Hong Kongers began venting their anger at Chief Executive Carrie Lam and Beijing. There were also protests in Egypt, though they were quite small, and larger demonstrations that are ongoing in Iraq and Lebanon….more: Foreignpolicy

‘Thank God For Ramadan’ Locals Praise Muslims Who Woke Neighbours As Grenfell Blaze Took Hold

“….and that you run with the force of your legs to answer the cry of one in distress…” -Prophet Muhammad

Muslims who were awake late to eat before resuming their Ramadan fast may have saved lives in Grenfell Tower, HuffPost UK has been told. As a blaze took hold of the west London building in the middle of the night, many of its residents were fast asleep. But Muslims were awake for Suhur, the meal before they begin fasting again during daylight hours. HuffPost UK spoke to people at the scene who said that their actions in rousing their neighbours almost certainly saved lives. One local woman told HuffPost UK: “Thank God for Ramadan.”..more: HUFFINGTONPOST.CO.UK

UW professors hold after-sunset finals for Muslims fasting during Ramadan

Students take their final for Introduction to Physiology at the University of Washington. Professor Bryan White held after-hour final exams for Muslim students observing Ramadan. (Bryan White/UW)Two other professors at the UW heard about White’s gesture and decided to do the same. One of them, Rania Hussein, is also Muslim.

White says that besides the food and the timing, students who feel they belong do better on tests.

“I’ll have my students chant, ‘I am meant to be in this Intro to Physiology,’” White said. “I know that’s corny, but … I want them to think, ‘this class really cares about each other.’seattletimes

We are not Here to Judge Life According to What we Expected From it and What it has Delivered, We Must Find the Courage to Ask What life Expects of us?

Search ResultsWe are not open to the various sources of meaning, which according to Frankl, are:

1. Creating a work or doing a deed;
2. Experiencing something or encountering someone (love);
3. The attitude we take to unavoidable suffering.

The first is a classic source, defined as ‘life purpose’ in the self-help literature. Our culture expects happiness, yet Frankl says that it is not something we should seek directly. He defines happiness as a by-product of forgetting ourselves in a task which draws on all our imagination and talents. The second is important as it makes experience (inner and outer) a legitimate alternative to achievement in a society built around achieving. The third gives suffering a meaning, but whatmeaning? Frankl admits we may never know, or at least not until later in life. Yet just because we do not comprehend meaning, it does not mean there is none….MORE: Man’s Search for Meaning  ( [PDF]Man’s Search for Meaning)

 

Birds Hold ‘Funerals’ for Dead

By Matt WalkerEditor, BBC Nature Some birds, it seems, hold funerals for their dead. When western scrub jays encounter a dead bird, they call out to one another and stop foraging.The jays then often fly down to the dead body…