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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

Muslims offer ‘wonderful’ gesture of support to local synagogue after…

etz-chaim-synagogue-0.pngA group of Muslim men have offered a “wonderful” gesture to their local Jewish community, after a synagogue was targeted with racist graffiti.

The swastika and a racial slur were daubed on the sign outside the Etz Chaim synagogue in Leeds on Tuesday night, shocking the community.

In response, four local Muslim men brought flowers to show support and solidarity, where they were welcomed by the synagogue. ….more:  independent.co.uk

CATS AS FOOD: 500 FELINES HEADED TO LOCAL RESTAURANTS RESCUED BY POLICE IN CHINA

Image result for CATS AS FOOD: 500 FELINES HEADED TO LOCAL RESTAURANTS RESCUED BY POLICE IN CHINAPolice were tipped off about the cat thief after a man identified as Yang contacted authorities regarding his cat, who he believed had been stolen. Yang’s cat was nursing five kittens just a few days before she went missing.

Upon the search for the cat, police discovered the area where Sun had been temporarily hiding dozens of cats crammed in seven or eight cages in a village near Jiujiang, a police report said. Sun was said to have been preparing to transport the animals to various restaurants for sale when authorities arrived and arrested him…more: http://www.newsweek.com

Muslim grandfather, 81, was ‘racially abused then beaten to death yards from his home as he walked to prayers at his local mosque’

“The community has come together united in sorrow at the loss of our husband, father and friend.

“Mushin was a loving, friendly man and he would want us to try and bring something positive out of our grief, in the hope that no other families should ever have to go through this pain.”

Dale Jones and Damien Hunt punched, kicked and stamped on Mushin Ahmed (pictured) as he made his way to prayers at the mosque in Rotherham, a court…more:  .thestar.co.uk

Local Muslim leaders, law enforcement discuss plans to prevent terrorism

Wednesday to lay out plans to stop terrorist threats at the local level.Muslim leaders, law enforcement discuss terrorism prevention photo

Several local imams of the American Muslim Leadership Council promised to be the eyes and ears of law enforcement within their religious communities.

They said they will be the ones watching and reporting any acts of extremism within local Muslim communities…MORE:  .wftv.

American Stand for America’s Core Values: “SLO County residents come together to support local Muslims”

“These words stand for things I believe in and it seemed like a good opportunity to represent these values and support our diverse community,” said resident Will Jones, whose sign read: “Peace. Love. Compassion. Acceptance. No more fear.” Community and business leaders, local residents and members of other faith communities gathered in the mosque’s courtyard after the afternoon prayer had ended, some clutching homemade signs and holding them up high to face the constant stream of traffic on Walnut Street…MORE:

CAIR-MA Calls for Increased Police Protection of Local Mosques

BOSTON, MA, 11/23/15)  – The Massachusetts chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations Council on American-Islamic Relations(CAIR-MA) today called for increased police protection at local mosques because of a spike in anti-Muslim rhetoric and direct threats against Muslim houses of worship nationwide since the recent Paris terror attacks.

SEE: A Running List of Shameful Islamophobic Acts Since the Paris Attacks

CAIR-MA has been in conversation with local police and the FBI to alert them……more:  cair.com/

Local faith leaders hold casino repeal rally

Local faith leaders hold casino repeal rally

Story and photos by Rebecca Drake
SPRINGFIELD – The promise of jobs and a remedy for a sick economy are the enticements offered by companies and local leaders who want

to build a casino in downtown Springfield.

But a gathering of about 30 local clergy and lay leaders today presented a litany of statistics suggesting that a casino would instead take away jobs, hurt or close Springfield businesses, harm the moral fabric of the community and prey upon the poor.

At the Faith for Casino Repeal Interfaith Rally this afternoon at the Greek Cultural Center on St. George Road, here, six clergy members and a lay representative of the Springfield Diocese presented concise statements to an audience of media representatives and interested residents of Springfield and surrounding communities. more  http://www.iobserve.org