Support pours in for veiled Quebec Muslim
MONTREAL – Reacting to reports that a Canadian Muslim citizen was refused litigation right to restore her car for donning Islamic headscarf, a crowdfunding support campaign has raised more than $20K to pay for court fees and buy her another car.
“I am receiving support from everywhere, because I know I said the truth,” Rania El-Alloul in a phone interview from her home in Montreal with CBC on Saturday, February 28.
“The headscarf is my choice and my faith.”
El-Alloul appeared in a Quebec court last Tuesday to apply to get her car back after it was seized by Quebec’s automobile insurance board, the SAAQ.
Her car was seized after police stopped El-Alloul’s son for driving with a suspended license. Trying to release the car, she applied at a Court of Quebec judge to make a request.At Quebec court on Tuesday afternoon, Judge Eliana Marengo told El-Alloul that the that she was not suitably dressed, to fit the secular nature of the courtroom.
She told El-Alloul she had a choice: remove her headscarf immediately or apply for a postponement in order to consult a lawyer. Annoyed by the reports, Nouman Ahmad, along with his friend Rayan Rafay, launched a campaign to raise money to help her buy a car.
With no experience in crowdfunding before, they were were pleasantly surprised when their campaign spread rapidly over social media, receiving 400 donations which surpassed their goal of $20,000 in just over 24 hours. Read Full Article…
11 reasons to explore Islam
Within Islam it is both legitimate and right to ask the question: “Why Islam?” Every tenet in Islam is subject to analysis and contention. No other religion is willing to subject its basic fundamentals of faith to such questioning. For example, Saint Thomas Aquinas, the most rational of Christian theologians, stopped the use of reason when it came to the basic fundamentals of Christian faith. He then tried to justify faith. So to ask “why Christianity?” is an illegitimate question. However, Allah invites the question as to “why Islam?”. Read Full Article…
Why I No Longer Support Israel
Herb Silverman Founder and president of the Secular Coalition for America
My family shed “tears of joy” on May 14, 1948, when the Jewish State of Israel was established as a safe haven for Jews. I was five at the time and didn’t quite understand its significance, but I had been taught that an integral part of Judaism was anti anti-Semitism. A number of Jewish displaced persons (DPs) lived in my neighborhood, some of whom had been in concentration camps. I also had relatives who had died in the Holocaust, and my parents warned me to never trust the Goyim (Gentiles).
When I grew up and evolved from Orthodox to secular Jew, I still felt a non-religious affinity to my Jewish “homeland.” I had no desire to make Israel my home, but I viewed it as a prophylactic against future Holocausts. I later learned that the establishment of Israel was not a day of unadulterated joy for everyone — because Jews settled in a country inhabited by other people and forced many of them to leave. In other words, Israel created Palestinian DPs. Nevertheless, I continued to support Israel, focusing mostly on the anti-Semitism of countries in the Middle East that denied Israel’s right to exist. However, I had a more nuanced view that required balancing security for Israelis with human rights for Palestinians. Read Full Article…
NYC public schools to have Muslim holidays off
NEW YORK (AP) — The nation’s largest public school system will observe the two most important Muslim holidays starting next fall, a policy change hailed Wednesday by Islamic leaders in New York City.
Under the new policy, the city’s 1.1 million-pupil public school system will close on Sept. 24 for Eid al-Adha, which is also known as the Festival of Sacrifice. The holiday of Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of Ramadan, will be observed during summer school in 2016.
“Hundreds of thousands of Muslim families will no longer have to choose between honoring the most sacred days on their calendar or attending school,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said in his announcement.
Muslim leaders welcomed the announcement. Read Full Article…
Muslim women in Arizona promote World Hijab Day to spread information and modesty
World Hijab Day, which is celebrated on Feb. 1 encourages women to experience Muslim head scarves also known as hijab, for one day. This year, a group of Muslim Arizonans organized an event outside of Tempe Public Library during which they shared Islamic literature and distributed scarves, water and donuts to locals.
Four women accepted the challenge to wear the hijab for the entire day. Curious stares from the public aren’t anything new for Muslim women. However, for one of the World Hijab Day participants, it was very strange as she felt amazed by the attention she received after wearing the hijab. Read Full Article…
Law alone can’t dismantle Islamophobia
With the Feb. 10 shooting in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, that left them dead, they joined a long list of people who have been injured or killed by violence and appear to have been targeted for their faith, national origin or race. There are many others — 15-year-old Abdisamad Sheikh-Hussein, who died in December after a driver plowed into him, almost severing his legs, outside the Somali Center of Kansas City, Missouri; Paramjit Kaur, a mother of two who was among six Sikhs killed by a white supremacist at a Sikh place of worship in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, in August 2012; and Sunando Sen, a Hindu Indian who was shoved into the path of a train at a subway station in New York City. These are only a few of the acts of violence committed against Muslims, Arabs, South Asians, Sikhs and Hindus since 9/11.
In all these instances, the families of the victims and community-based organizations rightly demanded that they be characterized as hate crimes and prosecuted as such. In fact, from 2001 to 2011 (PDF), the Department of Justice (DOJ) prosecuted 50 defendants in 37 cases involving violence, threats, vandalism and arson against South Asians, Muslims, Arabs and Sikhs. These prosecutions send a clear message: As a nation, we will not condone such vicious targeting and will pursue perpetrators through the justice system. Read Full Article…
Imam of torched Houston mosque meets Islamophobia with love
After the Houston fire, Joshua Gray, a truck driver from Catersville, Georgia, took to Facebook and accused Muslims in the United States of not taking a stand against Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
He called Muslims “scum,” in one comment, and in another post he wrote that he hoped a mosque “burns for every American killed by these terrorists.”
Zahid responded to Gray by inviting him to Quba. Gray, already driving through Houston area, accepted. Then he spent five hours at the mosque speaking with its members and seeing them in prayer.
“It just changed my opinion on a lot of the things I’ve seen and heard by just going in and actually talking to him face to face,” Gray, who said he never met Muslims prior to visiting Quba, told Al Jazeera. Read Full Article…
The compassion of the Prophet towards those who abused him
Prophet Muhammad started the message of Islam in Arabia at a time when human rights had no meaning, might was right and the society was entrenched in paganism. In this environment Prophet Muhammad taught a message of justice, peace, human rights, animal rights and even environmental rights as ordained by God, the One True Creator of all that is in the universe.
God has shown us in the character of Prophet Muhammad the model of a companionate person. He treated every one, friends and foe, man and woman, young and old, with kindness and respect.
Even when the pagan Arabs reacted to the message of the Prophet with extreme hatred he showed love and kindness. See Full Article here…
Speaking Against Terrorism
God describes himself as the guarantor of world peace to His creation. His guidance speaks to this clearly. But people acting on his behalf have done everything possible to destroy it. Can we Muslims, Jews, Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, atheists and everyone else come together to stand for each of us and fight the menace jointly rather than using religious or nationalistic labels to vent our anger and serve the political agenda of the power elite? The Muslim community is waiting to hear a call of unity in action in defense of all human life and dignity in any part of the world. See Full Article …
The Outcome Of Belief In One God
Observing the One God in Relations with Others – According to the Torah, Bible & Quran.
The Quran endorses the moral commandments of the Torah (2:83), and describes the Torah as containing “guidance and light” (5:44), and as “clearly spelling out everything, and [thus providing] guidance and grace” (6:154). As for God’s message revealed in the Gospel, the Quran states that in it “there is guidance and light, confirming the truth of the Torah that has preceded it, and [it was revealed] as a guidance and admonition unto the God-conscious” (5:46). The Quran urges the Jews to follow the Torah (5:43), as it urges the Christians to follow the Gospel (5:47), and has promised the good of this world’s life if they do (5:66), in addition to the greatest reward of God in the eternal life to come. Read Full Article…
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