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This month, Muslims across the world are observing Ramadan. In addition to its copious spiritual and personal benefits, the month provides an excellent opportunity to acknowledge the notion of freedom from hunger, and the extent to which the right to food is met locally, nationally, and internationally.
By Tamim Saidi, Engage Minnesota
Based on my many conversations with Minnesotans about Islam, one of the most frequent criticisms I hear is the so-called “oppression of women.” As Muslims, we acknowledge that there are some Muslim women who are oppressed. But this oppression is not because of Islam, the religion, but rather because of cultures, traditions, politics, ethnic or tribal codes conduct or simply an individual’s desire to have dominion over another individual. Continue reading
Kashif Saroya, board member of the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) was on Fox9 this early Saturday morning discussing Ramadan. To view the Fox9 program click here.
Later tonight is their 2nd Annual Ramadan Dinner. The program this year is titled, “American Muslims: Partners for Peace and Justice.” Speakers include: Mohamed Dini, Ibrahim Hooper, and Congressman Keith Ellison.
The program will include a tribute to the late Imam W.D. Mohammed. John L. Esposito, professor of religion, international affairs and Islamic studies at Georgetown University said of Muhammad: “W.D. Mohammed became a prominent figure in inter-religious affairs. He was the first Muslim to give an invocation in the U.S. Senate and in 1993, he offered the prayer during the first Inaugural Interfaith Prayer Service of President Bill Clinton. On September 11, as Americans commemorate the attacks and tragedy of 9/11, Warith Deen Mohammed will be buried. His passing and the memory of his accomplishments are a witness and fittingly a reminder of the heart of Islam and the vast majority of its followers.” Click here for the whole article.
Banquet Hall, New Brighton Community Center
400 10th Street NW, New Brighton, 55112
Tickets are $10/person.
All are welcome to attend. On-site babysitting will be available for young children and basketball and other games available for older children.
“…we never wanted wars of retaliation that would cause the deaths of innocent civilians in other nations.”
By September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows
Letter via Email
The experience of yet another anniversary of 9/11 provides an occasion to reflect upon the hopes and beliefs that brought the members of September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows together. In response to the terrorist attacks that killed our family members, we never wanted wars of retaliation that would cause the deaths of innocent civilians in other nations. We never wanted hunger for revenge to lead America to violate international law, abandon Constitutional rights, or engage in torture.
By Francisco J. Gonzalez
I was at the March on the Republican National Convention (RNC) in St. Paul that took place Monday Sept 1 and was overwhelmed by the passion, the excitement, the vibrancy of the peaceful participants. I was particularly pleased to see the interaction between marchers: Somali immigrants protesting against the US-supported Ethiopian invasion of Somalia, and Palestinian marchers denouncing the occupation of Palestine and Iraq mingled with socialists, environmentalists, and with pro-immigrant Latino activists.
By Owais Bayunus, Engage Minnesota
Islam places a duty on every Muslim to let their neighbors know what they believe in. Therefore it is incumbent upon all Muslims to practice their religion openly. It is also important for Muslims to know what others believe in. That is why meeting of the interfaith groups is very important, where open and respectful discussion can be carried out and true pluralism can prevail.
By Ramla Bile, Engage Minnesota
Arrests continue Monday afternoon after a wave of pre-RNC raids shook the Twin Cities this past weekend. There are confirmed accounts of pepper spray related injuries, as well as the deployment of rubber bullets and tear gas on demonstrators. For updates, please visit Twin Cities Indymedia.
Thousands of protesters are in St. Paul this afternoon, perhaps embolden after the reckless raids this weekend. The highly militarized pre-RNC effort to intimidate activists and deter dissenters has failed.