Your presence is requested-Feasting and Fasting: a Dialogue between Muslims and Jews
On Monday, January 29, 2018 from 6:30-8:30 PM
Arnold Hall, 96 Wentworth Street, Charleston, SC, 29403 (College of Charleston Jewish Studies Center)
Second Annual event. Please join fellow community members for a conversation about cultural and religious points of view between Jews and Muslims regarding Festivals and Fast days in their respective calendars.
The program begins with dialogue between Muslim Scholar Br. Haris Qudsi and Rabbi Michael Davies, moderated by Elijah Siegler, Professor of Religious Studies at the College of Charleston.
Following the moderated discussions, attendees will form breakout groups and discuss issues beyond food, including Jewish and Muslim prayer practices, pilgrimage, clothing, scripture and charity. Discussions will coincide with a sampling of traditional Jewish (Kosher) foods and Halal dishes from the Muslim world.
You all are requested to participate at College of Charleston’s Second Annual Celebration of Food and Faith!
Free Admission! All welcome Questions: email@example.com
Sponsored by College of Charleston &The Christian Jewish Council of Greater Charleston
Assalamualaikum Wa Rahmutallahi Wa barakatuhu
Shifa clinic welcomes you and invite you all to their Sixth Annual Banquet on Jan 27th 2018. Please click on the link for details of the event, registration info, dinner choices and speaker info.
Your support is vital for the continued efforts of the clinic to bring the much needed services to our community.
Dear Community Members,
“Challenges and Opportunities for Muslims in America”
When: Sunday October 29, 2017 at 2:00 PM
Where: Charleston Central Mosque– 1082 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403
Featuring: Mark Berkson, PhD, Director of Religious Studies, Hamline University
Dr. Mark Berkson is Professor of Religion at Hamline University. He earned a B.A. from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, an M.A. from Stanford University in East Asian Studies, and a Ph.D. from Stanford University in Religious Studies and Humanities. His scholarly work has addressed topics such as comparative religious thought, religious ethics, death and dying, and interfaith dialogue. In addition, Mark Berkson has created two 24-hour lecture DVD & book series with great courses on “Cultural Literacy for Religion and Death”, “Dying and the Afterlife: Lessons from the World Cultures”.
The Christian Jewish Council of Greater Charleston is an organization that seeks to build bridges of understanding to promote sensitivity, tolerance, respect and fellowship among all faith groups.
This lecture is free and open to the public.
Co-sponsored by Roper/ St. Francis Mission Department and the College of Charleston Religious Studies Department.
Assalamualaikum Wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu
The Voters is a series of articles exploring the demographic groups of Americans who will choose the next president.
Our very own Sr. Ruby is featured in it.
Filed under The Voters
Published Oct 11, 2016
Greetings of Peace !!
CMC welcomes all to the Congregational Friday Prayers at 1.30 pm and/or the 5 daily prayers. The Masjid (Mosque) is open daily for prayers. Jumm’ah / Friday Prayer starts at 1.30 pm sharp, every Friday, all year round. All are welcome to join in or observe.The prayer commences with an obligatory sermon followed by the short congregational prayer. Doors open early! Usually lasts 45 mins to one hour. Additional Parking is available under Romney street bridge.
Dress Info: Modest outfit with long pants or skirt / dresses. Ladies typically wear long sleeves and a head scarf.
Dress code contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
ALL WELCOME. MEET YOUR MUSLIM NEIGHBORS! COME ONE COME ALL with Friends & Family!
Help Each Other
“…Help ye one another in righteousness and piety, but help ye not one another in sin and rancour: fear Allah…” (The Holy Quran, 5:2)
O mankind! We created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that ye may know each other. Verily the most honored of you in the sight of God is (he who is) the most righteous of you. And God has full knowledge and is well acquainted (with all things). (The Holy Quran, 49:13)
Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be on him) said: ‘O people, listen carefully, your Lord is one Lord, there is no doubt about it. Your ancestor, is one ancestor, there is no doubt about it. Listen well to my words: no Arab has any superiority over a non-Arab, and no non-Arab is superior to an Arab. No black is superior to a brown or red, and no red superior to any black. If there is any superiority in anyone it is due to his God–fearing qualities. (Al-Jamili Ahkam al-Qur’an, 16:342)
No Compulsion in Religion
Let there be no compulsion in religion: Truth stands out clear from Error: whoever rejects evil and believes in God has grasped the most trustworthy hand-hold, that never breaks. And God hears and knows all things. (The Holy Quran, 2.256)
Murder and suicide
…if any one slew a person – unless it be for murder or for spreading mischief in the land – it would be as if he slew the whole people: and if any one saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of the whole people….(The Holy Quran, 5.32)
O ye who believe! Eat not up your property among yourselves in vanities: But let there be amongst you traffic and trade by mutual good-will: Nor kill (or destroy) yourselves: for verily God has been to you Most Merciful! (The Holy Quran, 4:29)
O ye who believe! stand out firmly for justice, as witnesses to God, even as against yourselves, or your parents, or your kin, and whether it be (against) rich or poor: for God can best protect both. Follow not the lusts (of your hearts), lest ye swerve, and if ye distort (justice) or decline to do justice, verily God is well-acquainted with all that ye do. (The Holy Quran, 4:135 )
“Do not let your hatred of a people incite you to aggression.” (The Holy Quran 5:2)
“And do not let ill-will towards any folk incite you so that you swerve from dealing justly. Be just; that is nearest to heedfulness.” (The Holy Quran 5:8)
Peace with Superior Good
Good and evil are not equal. Repel (evil) with that which is good, and you will see that he, between whom and you there was enmity, shall become as if he were a bosom friend (of yours). (The Quran: 41:34)
A man asked the prophet (peace and blessings be on him), “what in Islam is the best?” He answered, “To feed people and to say salam (greetings of peace) to everyone whether you know them or not.” (Bukhari and Muslim)
Do no mischief on the earth, after it has been set in order, but call on Him with fear and longing (in your hearts): for the Mercy of God is (always) near to those who do good. (The Quran, 7:56)
Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be on him) said:”Those who show mercy have God’s mercy shown to them. Have mercy on those here on earth, and the One there in Heaven will have mercy on you.” (Imam Ahmad)
Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be on him) said:”A believer is not the one who eats his fil while his next door neighbor goes hungry.” (Al-Bukhari)
Jihad is an on-Going Struggle against Evil
For Muslims and in fact all of mankind, the struggle between good and evil began with eating from the forbidden tree and it will continue at personal, family, community, national and international levels till the end. The real and ultimate success in this life-long struggle is for those who are good in their hearts and good in their works, and God is good. Let us help and cooperate in piety and God-fearing with our hearts and with our works and distance ourselves from sin and rancor with our hearts and with our works, for the sake of God and for the love of God.
Supplication For Peace
O God! You are the Peace. The everlasting peace is from You. O Glorious and Bounteous One! You are blessed and majestic. (Sahih Muslim)
Dr. Ishaq Zahid
By Abdul Malik Mujahid
“There was a king who lived long ago, and today my teacher will tell us all about him,” my granddaughter, a kindergartner, recently informed me.
The king she referred to was Dr. Martin Luther King, and though forty years may seem a long time for a small child, we must remember that it was just forty odd years ago that racial prejudice and hatred was codified in laws all across this country and ingrained in every institution of society. Through the struggle of Dr. King and so many others, America has made progress in reducing the injustice of racism.
During Dr.King’s life, racism against African-pAmericans was America’s greatest sin, and since then we have come a long way in making amends. But as Muslims, we are aware that the struggle against injustice must be taken up in every generation, and as Dr. King put it, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
At the time of the Montgomery bus boycott in 1955, Americans accepted segregation, and found it acceptable that a whole class of people would be permanently regarded with hatred and live in poverty. Dr. King and the activists in the Civil Rights Movement did not remain silent about this injustice. The ugly face of racism at that time was on display in every public place in America. Through the struggles of Dr. King and his contemporaries, it is now expected by law and cultural standards that people of every color must be treated with a modicum of dignity in American society. Because of their struggles, a sister wearing hijab, or a brother wearing a beard may not be discriminated against on the basis of their faith or skin color.
But the challenge of racism has not been eliminated. Laws codify the values which society agrees upon, but they do not change the behavior of people. Dr. King said, “All progress is precarious, and the solution of one problem brings us face to face with another problem.” Dr. King’s dream has been realized to the extent that an African-American and a woman are respected candidates for president. On the other hand, presidential candidates speak with open hatred and derision regarding Muslims, Hispanics, and advocate policies which promote economic inequity and place restrictions on basic civil rights and human rights.
Today, Islamophobia is the acceptable form of racism in America, to such a degree that Rudy Giuliani, a Presidential hopeful, could call one-fifth of humankind, “a people perverted” with impunity. Thirty-nine percent of respondents to a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll said they favored requiring Muslims, including U.S. citizens, to carry a special ID. In addition, 500,000 have been interviewed by the FBI and tens of thousands have been deported summarily and a similarly high number left voluntarily because of hostility towards Muslims. Muslims are routinely subjected to racial profiling which has become an acceptable norm in today’s America. As a result of this Islamophobic public policy and public opinion, Muslim wages in America have gone down by 10%, according to the University of Illinois and Columbia University. Seventy-six percent of all young Arab-Americans surveyed in July 2007 by Zogby International say they have been personally discriminated against. Fifty percent of Arab-Americans surveyed in a Yale University study were found to have clinical symptoms of depression. (Please see Islamophobia Statistics USA for references.)
Similarly we are closing our minds and hearts towards Latinos. While all political leaders agree that 12 million undocumented workers cannot be deported, we are treating them very inhumanely, forgetting that they are the creation of God as well. As Europe removes its borders, we fortify ours.
America needs another movement to restore America to its moral height of civil rights and human dignity to remove secret evidence, secret prisons, torture, and other forms of injustice which lower our country in our own eyes. Just as Dr. King and oppressed Americans demanded freedom in the Civil Rights movement, American Muslims and Latinos must join African-Americans in demanding their constitutional freedoms and human rights. And just as Dr. King’s struggle allowed America to rise out of racial blindness and move towards an open society, a country livable for all people, the struggle of American Muslims against Islamophobia and Latinos against xenophobia will redirect America to redirect its energies towards living in harmony with all people of the world, rather than engaging in never-ending war.
In the meantime, I plan to tell my granddaughter the story of Dr. King, who was indeed a king, but one different from those found in fairy tales. He lived just forty years ago. He was a king with vision, dreams and courage. He was a king because he led his people, and America, in shedding the oppressive weight of racism and looking forward to a future of harmony and peaceful coexistence. I will also share with her how he was stoned on the streets of Chicago for his struggle and why today, all of Chicago celebrates his birthday.
Now, I just need to figure out how to explain racism to a kindergartner!
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