Wednesday, January 29, 2014

  • Verse of the Day: Speak for Justice 
    "Show forgiveness, speak for justice and avoid the ignorant." Quran, 7:199
    The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "Dispensers of justice will be seated on pulpits of light beside God." Sahih Muslim, Hadith 844
  • CAIR-WA: 500 Washington State Muslims Lobby Lawmakers on MLK Day
    Today, an estimated 500 Washington state Muslims from almost 40 state legislative districts are scheduled to meet with some 120 of their state lawmakers in Olympia as part of the annual "Washington State Muslim Lobby Day" organized by that state's chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-WA), the nation's leading Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization.
  • CAIR: GOP's Uncomfortably Anti-Muslim Committeeman from MichiganMichigan may not have a huge Muslim population, but it has a sizable Arab-American one which may not draw a distinction regarding intolerant remarks, saidCorey Saylor, with the Council on American-Islamic Relations. He said, "Christian Arabs feel just as put upon by Agema's comments as Muslims do."
  • CAIR-LA: Muslims to Pray for Rain Amid Drought, Fire (LA Times)
    People of all faiths are invited, according to the Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Council on American-Islamic relations. The special prayers -- prompted by the Colby fire, which broke out Thursday and has consumed more than 1,900 acres -- are aimed at relieving "the ongoing drought impacting California residents and agriculture," the group said in a news release. "Islam's Prophet Muhammad offered similar prayers during times of drought," the release said, reciting some of the traditional supplications, including: "Oh God, give us a saving rain, good and productive, general and heavy, now and not later, beneficial and not harmful."
  • OH: Arabs-Americans, Others Feel Overlooked, Undercounted (Toledo Blade)
    The Blade begins a special project — Mideast in the Midwest — to document the people in the Toledo area who trace their heritage to the Greater Middle East, a region extending from Morocco in the west to Afghanistan in the east, Turkey in the north to Yemen and the Horn of Africa in the south.

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