June 3, 2016
WILLIAM PENN once wrote that "governments, like clocks, go from the motion men give them. " Mayor Kenney moved Philadelphia a step forward this week by adding two important Muslim holy days to the official list of school holidays. Beginning in the 2017-18 school year, the district will be closed, so Muslim students and staff can observe Eid al-Fitr and Eid-al-Adha. The first marks the end of Ramadan, which is the Islamic holy month of fasting. The second celebrates the trials and triumph of the Prophet Ibrahim, known at Abraham in the Old Testament.
January 31, 2016
Answer: Indonesia. Though more than 80 percent of Indonesia's population is Muslim, more than 80 percent of Bali's population is Hindu.
January 23, 2016 |
Philadelphia City Council on Thursday called on the city and the school district to officially recognize two Muslim holidays, which would give students and employees those days off. Speaking before a chamber packed with Muslim men wearing prayer caps and women wearing hijabs, Councilman Curtis Jones Jr. said the change would impact an estimated 200,000 Philadelphians who practice Islam. Jones said a friend had questioned his timing, considering the recent shooting of a Philadelphia police officer by a man who said he had acted on behalf of Islam.
January 23, 2016 |
As Philadelphia City Council returned Thursday for its first meeting of the new term, bills were offered that would add teeth to minority hiring, look hard at how schools have been hurt by years of budget cuts, and shed light on the businesses that receive big tax subsidies. But the meeting's most compelling moment came when a nonbinding resolution was offered suggesting that two Muslim holidays become official city and School District holidays. Speaking before a chamber packed with men wearing Muslim prayer caps and women wearing hijabs, Councilman Curtis Jones Jr. said an acquaintance had questioned his timing, considering the recent shooting of a Philadelphia police officer by a man who said he was acting on behalf of Islam and the tension surrounding calls for Muslims to be banned from entry to the United States.
January 16, 2016
By George Parry At last week's press conference following the attempted murder of Officer Jesse Hartnett, Police Commissioner Richard Ross discussed the motive for the attack. Under police questioning, suspect Edward Archer is reported to have said, "I follow Allah. I pledge my allegiance to the Islamic State and that's why I did what I did. " Ross further explained that Archer "believed that the police defend laws that are contrary to the teachings of the Quran. " It was also disclosed that Archer, described by his imam as a devout Muslim, had traveled to Saudi Arabia in 2011 and Egypt in 2012.
January 14, 2016 |
ABOUT 100 Muslim Americans marched to a city police station Tuesday to demonstrate their support for Officer Jesse Hartnett, who was shot last week, authorities said, by a man claiming to be an Islamic State supporter. Waving signs saying that they backed police, Hartnett, and peace, the group - most in it students - denounced the shooting and terrorism. "These are the real Muslims," said Ozzy Khalil, a spokesman for the Muslim American Society of Philadelphia, which operates a school, mosque, and community center near the Whitaker Avenue station house shared by the 24th and 25th Police Districts.
January 13, 2016 |
LATE LAST WEEK, as darkness draped the streets of West Philadelphia, Edward Archer was caught on video walking up to a police cruiser, extending his arm, and pumping 13 bullets into the vehicle, hitting Officer Jesse Hartnett three times. The gravely wounded officer returned fire, hitting the fleeing suspect, and Archer was captured shortly thereafter. But it wasn't the shooting that shocked the city. Nor was it the irony of Archer shooting Hartnett with a police service weapon that had been stolen from an officer's home in 2013.
January 13, 2016
THREE WEEKS AFTER two Muslim terrorists murdered 14 people in San Bernardino, Calif., a national Muslim organization held its previously scheduled annual convention there. After condemning the terrorism, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, U.S.A. seized the opportunity to launch a campaign called "True Islam and the Extremists. " It is composed of online endorsements (at www.TrueIslam.com ), fliers, public meetings, open mosque events, and outreach to interfaith groups. Ahmadi Muslims have about 70 mosques and 20,000 adherents in the U.S., and are so devoted to nonviolence and accepting other religions that I think of them as the Quakers of Islam.
January 12, 2016 |
ASIM ABDUR RASHID, imam of Masjid Mujahideen on south 60th Street in West Philadelphia, said he was stunned Friday when his son called and said that someone near the mosque shot a police officer in the name of Islam. "I said, 'What?' " Rashid recalled yesterday. Friday afternoon, Rashid denounced the shooting and said he did not know the gunman, whom police identified as Edward Archer, 30, of Philadelphia and Yeadon. A few hours later, members of the masjid set Rashid straight by citing Archer's Muslim name.