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For Western leaders, Ramadan is a time to reassure the world of Islam

AT LEAST since 1805, Western heads of government have been making delicate judgments over how exactly to signal their respect for the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. On December 9th of that year, Thomas Jefferson changed the time of a White House dinner from the usual 3.30 pm to “precisely at sunset”. The shift was made to accommodate the religious obligations of a guest from Tunis who was playing an important role in… ..more: economist.com

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Interfaith meeting shows support for Western Massachusetts Muslims

Before an overflow crowd at the Islamic Center of Western Massachusetts, speakers from different faiths and from law enforcement on Thursday night spoke in support of followers of the Islamic faith and against those who commit acts of terror in the name of Islam.

More than 250 people packed the hall. Organizers continued to add seats throughout the program as more people entered the back of the hall.

The interfaith meeting was intended to bring people of different faiths together in the spirit of unity, and to push back against the wave of what was called “anti-Islamic rhetoric” in the media and even on the presidential stump by those who equate the religion with acts of Islamic extremists committing acts of terror….more:  .masslive.

Imam Wissam of ISWM Spoke at the115th Annual Diocesan Convention of The Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts

The Rev. Daryl Lobban addresses last year's annual convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts. The Respected Wisam Abdul-Baki, Imam of the Islamic Society of Western Massachusetts, brought warm greetings of peace from the Muslim community. He spoke about our commonalities, our appreciation of coming together in faith without fear. He spoke of common beliefs in the Muslim and Christian communities—most importantly that we are all connected to God.,,more:  https://www.diocesewma.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Journal-of-2016-Convention.pdf

Islamic Society of Western Massachusetts celebration draws over 1,000 to Stanley Park in Westfield

@work: The Man in the Mosque: A visit with spiritual leader Wissam Abdul-Baki at the Islamic Society of Western Massacchusetts

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Islam has never gone away, and now it is in a rebirth,” he says, referring to the rising number of worshipers worldwide. But this rebirth has brought us a lot of pain and headache.”

Abdul-Baki is referring to the many times in recent decades that extremist factions have hijacked the image of Islam for military and political purposes. “Those people do not represent Muslims,” he says. “My religion stands for the freedom of people to choose. God created you free, and people need to be free. Liberty, equality, freedom, justice — these are essential parts of my faith. Not violence.”…more:  valleyadvocate