Tag: Interfaith

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

Interfaith Campus Ministry Summit

The University’s Albert and Amelia Ferst Interfaith Center hosted its first Interfaith Campus Ministry Summit in October 2018, at which religious officials from across the state gathered to share ideas and promote campus ministry and inclusive efforts. Guest speakers included…

Dear Friend:
I will never expect a person to apologize for the fiendish acts of people who are nominally members of any religion. I can not apologize for the many white Christians who try to terrorize Muslims and Jews, or who are racists. The judgement is on their heads. But I must stand for people of peace against attacks. Your  pain is felt by many people who know better than to point fingers and demand apologies and condemn.
You are in my prayers
Peace
Patrick

ISLAM DENOUNCES TERRORISM

The Quran turns our attention to the high value of human life, whether it is Muslim or Non-Muslim and makes it absolutely forbidden to take an innocent life unjustly. The gravity of such a crime is equated, in the Quran,…

Muslim attorney speaks at Interfaith Council

 GREENFIELD — Several hot topics and the state of affairs in general for Muslims in America brought civil rights attorney Tahirah Amatul-Wadud to the Interfaith Council of Franklin County on Thursday at the Second Congregational…more:

Lesson to Learn From Hijrah

  In the Glorious Qur’an, Allah, Most High, says, (Those who believe, and migrate and strive in Allah’s cause, with their goods and their persons, have the highestrank in the sight of Allah: they are indeed the successful people. Their…

Interfaith prayer service held in Springfield to show solidarity with city’s immigrant community

 

A large crowd gathered Thursday night at the South Congregational Church in Springfield to partake in an interfaith prayer service, offering support and expressing solidarity with the city’s immigrant community.

The event comes on the heels of an announcement on June 16 that the church, along with five other congregations, will pursue the establishment of sanctuary spaces in their buildings for undocumented immigrants and families in danger of deportation….MORE: MASSLIVE.COM

‘Confronting Religious Violence’ focus of interfaith talk

Not-in-Gods-Name-US-cover.jpgWEST SPRINGFIELD – The pubic is invited to an April 5 interfaith discussion at the Islamic Society of Western Massachusetts that concludes a group study of an award-winning book written by an English-born rabbi about the need to lessen intolerance among religious faiths. The concluding gathering for Rabbi Jonathan Sacks’ “Not in God’s Name: Confronting Religious Violence” includes dinner and will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the society’s headquarters, 377 Amostown Road. It is sponsored by the Interfaith Council of Western Massachusetts, South Hadley’s Center Church, First Church Congregational, United Church of Christ, and the society….more: masslive.