WEST SPRINGFIELD – The last day of Ramadan, the month-long fast observed by Muslims around the world, concludes Saturday, May 23, with Eid al-Fitr or the Festival of the Breaking of the Fast.
However, the annual prayer and celebratory gatherings that mark Ramadan’s end will be reduced to a smaller scale this year as many mosques in Massachusetts elect to remain closed in response to the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic. masslive
Several thousand Muslims across Ethiopia in recent days have protested against the burning of four mosques in the Amhara region. The attacks last Friday in Motta town, more than 350km (217 miles) north of the capital Addis Ababa, also targeted Muslim-owned businesses. Muslims have called for the perpetrators to be brought to justice…Amhara regional officials said they have arrested 15 suspects in connection with the attacks. Police commander Jemal Mekonnen told state media the attacks appeared to be triggered by news of a fire that broke out in an Orthodox church a few days earlier…more: ALJAZEERA
Balbir Singh was a kar sevak who participated in the razing of the Babri Masjid. Today, as Mohammed Amir, his goal is to repair and rebuild 100 mosques.
The talk is of madness. The powerful hold it can take on one, and how the fear caused by the idea of madness can in itself be maddening.
Mohammad Amir, physically nondescript, with a triple Masters in History, Political Science, and English, and an itinerant pilgrim, should know what he is talking about: Long ago, 25 years to be precise, he had a dalliance with insanity.
Houston’s Muslim community is at the forefront of helping those affected by Tropical Storm Harvey, which has flooded much of the fourth most populous city in the United States. Dozens of mosques have either opened their doors for shelter, aided in rescue operations or provided goods, such as food, blankets and bottled water for those in need. “In the whole Greater Houston area, people are helping people; neighbors are helping neighbors and we are trying everything we can to help people,” said MJ Khan, the president of the Islamic Society of Greater Houston. The Islamic Society of Greater Houston represents 21 Islamic centers in the area. Khan said all types of evacuees, including a number of families, have come to find shelter at the places of worship. “Our volunteers there got together with the first responders to rescue people. Since 9/11 was inundated and were only dealing with life threatening situations, our volunteers knew where people were stranded, boated into their homes and brought them to the mosque”, Khan told Middle East Eye.
The Justice Department announced today that Martin Alan Schnitzler, 43, was sentenced to one year and a day in prison for calling two mosques in Pinellas County, Florida, and threatening to firebomb them and shoot their worshippers…more: justice.gov/
There are almost 1,900 mosques in the United States today, according to the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life.
Beginning in 1982, the Islamic Society of Western Massachusetts in West Springfield was the first place of worship in western New England built specifically as a mosque. Its construction was financed solely by members and supportive Muslims in the surrounding area…MORE: iipdigital.usembassy.gov