Wednesday, April 2, 2014

  • Verse of the Day: Deeds of Righteousness
    "If anyone does deeds of righteousness -- be they male or female -- and have faith, they will enter Heaven, and not the least injustice will be done to them." The Holy Quran, 4:124
    • Hadith of the Day: The Keys to Paradise
      The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) once asked his companions: "Who has fasted today?...Who (took part in a funeral procession) today?...Who fed a poor person today?...Who visited an invalid today?" He then said: "Anyone in whom (these good deeds) are combined will certainly enter Paradise." Sahih Muslim, Hadith 505
  • CAIR: 'Your Account is Closed' — Banking While Muslim in Minnesota (Daily Planet)
    The letters arrived at the end of a busy semester, the middle of summer, and even as recently as a few weeks ago, according to the Minnesota Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN). They notified Minnesota students, families, and business owners that their TCF Bank accounts would be closed. Despite the fact that none of the letters provided an explanation for the account's closure, TCF Bank maintains that they did not discriminate against their former customers. However, all of the account holders happened to have Muslim-sounding names.

    Since 2012, more than 30 bank accounts of Minnesota Muslims have been closed by TCF Bank. According to CAIR-MN, there are reports that account closures also are happening in other states.
  • CAIR: Fla. Official Denying Reports of Clearing FBI Agent Who Killed Muslim
  • CAIR-LA: ABC Family Scraps 'Alice in Arabia' Following Muslim Outcry (Hollywood Reporter)
    The recently ordered pilot came under fire from Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization Council on American-Islamic Relations and after Buzzfeed reported Friday it had obtained a script for the show, which is "about an American teenage girl kidnapped by her extended royal Saudi Arabian family and forced to live with them."
    CAIR said earlier this week that it had asked ABC Family to meet with leaders in the Muslim community to discuss "concerns about potential stereotyping in the pilot," and on Friday evening the network said it had nixed the pilot. . .
    Following ABC family's decision, CAIR expressed happiness in a statement issued early Saturday. "We welcome ABC Family channel's decision to respond to community concerns by canceling plans for a program that had the potential to promote ethnic and religious stereotyping," said CAIR executive director Hussam Ayloush.
  • MN: Ramsey County Jail Joins Hennepin in Allowing Hijab (Pioneer Press)-
    Although officials had been working on a policy for months, they made it official Thursday, shortly after the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office said that it would allow inmates to wear a hijab, the Muslim head scarf, or other religious headwear in jail, Gustafson said.

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