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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.”

 …“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

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:

Islamophilia: Hamtramck elects Muslim-majority city council

amtramck, a historically Polish-Catholic enclave of Detroit, rose to national prominence more than a decade ago when its city council gave permission to a mosque to broadcast its call to prayer from speakers on its roof. At the time, opponents were angered by what they saw as an intrusion of Islamic practice onto a public space. The city council’s approval of an ordinance to allow mosques to broadcast the Islamic call to prayer onto public streets  …more: washingtonpost.

Forget French and Mandarin – Arabic is the language to learn, says the British Council

With more than 300 million people speaking it, no wonder the British Council is promoting its teaching in schools.The 10-year-old was looking at the card in front of him which showed an image of a fish. “Samak,” he said decisively..He and his classmates at Horton Park primary school, in Bradford, have been learning Arabic for three years now, courtesy of a drive by the British Council to boost the take-up of the language in state schools.His teacher, Saleh Patel – one of the few Arabic teachers working full-time in a British primary school – had told the class to link the pictures on the cards with the correct word in Arabic to describe them…more: independent.co.uk