Category: Community News

Virginia County to Pay $500k for Blocking Muslim Cemetery

Muslim Advocates on Twitter: "RELIGIOUS FREEDOM VICTORY: After we sued a Virginia  county for blocking construction on a Muslim cemetery, the county agreed to  let construction begin and will pay our clientsWASHINGTON, DC — On Friday, a Muslim nonprofit agreed to accept a $500,000 settlement payment from Stafford County, VA. The Stafford County Board of Supervisors and Stafford County, VA, previously voted 4-2 to settle a religious freedom lawsuit brought forth by the All Muslim Association of America Inc. (AMAA)…more:muslimadvocates

Two decades after 9/11, Muslim Americans still fighting bias

… A car passed, the driver’s window rolled down and the man spat an epithet at two little girls wearing their hijabs: “Terrorist!”

It was 2001, mere weeks after the twin towers at the World Trade Center fell, and 10-year-old Shahana Hanif and her younger sister were walking to the local mosque from their Brooklyn home.

Unsure, afraid, the girls ran.


Lebanon Loses One of Its Great Scholars, Sheikh Khalil Al-Mays

Lebanon loses one of its great scholars, Sheikh Khalil Al-MaysThe Lebanese scholar Sheikh Khalil Al-Mays, the mufti of Zahle and the Bekaa region (central) passed away on Thursday at the age of 80 after a struggle with illness.
According to a statement issued by the Lebanese Dar Al-Fatwa, the Grand Mufti of the Republic, Sheikh Abdul Latif Derian, mourned Sheikh Al-Mays.
Derian said that Lebanon, Muslims and Arabs have lost a great scholar, an accomplished jurist and one of the country’s top Muslim scholars. The obituary statement stated that Sheikh Al-Mays, the eminent scholars of Dar Al-Fatwa, the most prominent of them in the jurisprudence of Imam Abu Hanifa Al-Numan, has held many important religious positions where he contributed to its development and activation….more:middleeast

Lebanon (Muslims and Christians) Mourning the Loss of the Grand Mufti Al-Mays

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The President of the Republic, Michel Aoun, expressed his pain for the passing away of the Grand Mufti of Zahle and Bekaa, Sheikh Khalil Al-Mays, announcing that he was awarded the National Cedar Order of the rank of Commander in appreciation of his spiritual, social, educational and humanitarian contributions…more: imlebanon

“The Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Elie Ferzli, mourned the loss of the Grand Mufti of Zahle and the Bekaa, Sheikh Khalil Al-Mays, and stated in the obituary: “The State of  Bekaa, Lebanon and the Arab and Islamic world, are grieving the loss  of the giant, the creative and eminent scholar, the most virtuous Sheikh of the sheikhs, the unique and venerable scholar, the ascetic and devout worker, the noble scholar, the intelligent shining reverent, the Grand Mufti Shaykh Khalil Al Mays, brilliant orator and upright scholar , articulate, eloquent, silver-tongued, builder  of  prominent  palaces for science and knowledge. The  builder and mentor of  national unity  and moderation. Grief and sorrow are occupying  my soul and  my  eyes. Eye shedding tears and crying for the departed. His light like a glance penetrates our thoughts and conscience. May God bless him with his vast mercy and make him dwell in the vastness of heavens and make him in the highest” alkalimaonline



ISWM Eid al Adha Prayer Information

Asalamu Alaikum Dear Community Members, Please bring your own prayer mat, folding chair for elderly and an umbrella to cover yourself from sun or rain. WHAT: Eid al Adha Prayer WHEN: Tomorrow Takbeerat Start at 8AM Salat Al Eid at…


Donate Now | SUMMER SUFFERFEST by West Springfield Boys & Girls ClubSUMMER SUFFERFEST IS BACK and this year the reigning champion, Mayor Will Reichelt, and Adam Jaber are inviting YOU to join in on the Summer Sufferfest fun! All you need is a bike and the Strava app (free) The event is virtual so you can ride a bike anywhere, anytime, and any distance. Each week we’ll recognize individuals who have rode the most miles, most elevation, and the single longest ride. Plus, if you log 100 miles in a week you’ll be entered into a raffle that we’ll pull each Monday. The competition begins Thursday, July 1st and it will end with a celebration at the West Springfield Boys & Girls Club on Saturday, July 31st. .… See More…