December 29, 2014 |
About 200 people marched and prayed in Center City on Saturday, the latest in weeks of demonstrations sparked by the deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and other black men at the hands of police. And though the protest at City Hall and LOVE Park echoed previous rallies - chants of "I can't breathe," signs declaring "Black lives matter!" and a "die-in" symbolizing lives cut short - a religious aspect ran through the event. It was organized by Muslims and began and ended with prayers.
December 26, 2014 |
MUSLIMS Mobilized Against Police Brutality, a new organization in Philadelphia, expects hundreds of participants at a march and rally tomorrow in Center City. The event, organized by the Muslim Wellness Foundation, the Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative and United Muslim Masjid, will begin at noon at 15th Street and JFK Boulevard. Kameelah Mu'Min Rashad, a coordinator, said the demonstration is designed to address police brutality directed against the black community. "Over the course of the last few weeks, we've been talking pointedly and having discussions about the political and social and legal implications of the events around Ferguson and New York and the psychological trauma evident in the black community as a result," she said.
December 10, 2014 |
AN ISLAMIC advocacy organization is suing a Bucks County township for discrimination after the town's zoning board rejected an application to erect a mosque. According to the lawsuit filed yesterday by CAIR-Philadelphia in federal court, Bensalem Township is demonstrating "burdensome, discriminatory and unreasonable land use regulations" by blocking local Muslims' ability to build a mosque. The proposed Islamic worship site would be the first in the suburban town just north of Philadelphia.
November 4, 2014 |
The director of a major Muslim group told Muslim and Jewish women gathered Sunday that God "has put the spark of the divine in all of us. " Daisy Khan, executive director of the American Society for Muslim Advancement in New York City, was among the speakers at the Muslim-Jewish Women's Leadership Conference at Temple University. Its organizers called it "the first-ever national gathering of Muslim and Jewish women. " About 100 women participated. Khan urged audience members "to try to see things from God's perspective - that religions are part of the divine plan - and to see ourselves as part of the plan.
October 31, 2014 |
EVERY YEAR the air gets crisp and the leaves change color, and I get suckered into the same debate: Should Muslims living in the United States exercise their right to vote, although the U.S. is not an Islamic state? This topic is passionately discussed in the Islamic community, with both sides claiming to have Sunnah (practice and traditions of the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessing upon him) in support of their stance. For Muslims living in America, voting is not only permissible but, in our present state, also becomes wajib (obligatory)
September 26, 2014
IS PRESIDENT OBAMA an Islamophobe? Does he hate Muslims? Those pushing that lie to inflame Muslims are anti-West, anti-Christian, anti-Jewish, anti-democratic and anti-modernity jihadis. In this regard - and probably in this regard only - President Obama and Pamela Geller are on the same page. They are anti-radical Islam. Obama is careful with his words. Geller, co-founder of the American Freedom Defense Initiative, is not, often extending her disdain to all of Islam.
September 8, 2014 |
They arrived at Camp Saginaw carrying sleeping bags and blankets, hustled about a soccer field, mounted go-karts - even made s'mores. And just after 1 p.m. Saturday, the scores of boys and men turned east, toward Mecca. "There's a time for prayer, and there's a time for play," said Ahmad Chaudhry, 39, as the Muslim attendees prepared to perform two of five daily prayers beneath a canopy in Oxford, in southwest Chester County. So went the gathering of more than 1,000 attendees in the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association, a branch of the national Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.
September 6, 2014 |
A national Muslim youth group will hold its 45th annual retreat this weekend, bringing together more than 1,200 men and boys from around the country to Chester County with the goal of strengthening a sense of community and identity among young Muslims. "They're not anything like the type of Muslims we hear about on television and the radio," said Bilal Rana, president of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association. The organization, which has 71 local chapters and more than 3,000 members, is part of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.
September 5, 2014
IMAGINE IT IS Sunday, the day a law takes effect stripping American Catholics of their rights. Such a law disenfranchised German Jews in 1935. Fewer than 40 years after the Nazis did it, Pakistan disenfranchised its Ahmadi Muslim Community. This Sunday is the 40th anniversary of that tragedy for human rights. When it was carved from India in 1947, Pakistan was to be a safe haven for Muslims, a democracy with freedom of worship. How ironic that in 1974 it declared Ahmadis - with 30 million peaceful followers in 206 countries - to be non-Muslim, heretics.
July 30, 2014 |
AT FDR PARK in South Philadelphia, hundreds of Muslims prayed in unison yesterday as children jumped gleefully in a moon bounce nearby and the smell of barbecue wafted in the air. Munthir Muhammad's son pulled on his father's arm excitedly, urging him toward the fun. "We don't have Christmas or Easter. This is our holiday," said Muhammad, 40, of Grays Ferry. The gathering was the Eid al-Fitr celebration held by the United Muslim Masjid to mark the end of Ramadan and its 30-day fast.