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Archive for July, 2006

07 29 06
 

ICNA asks US Government to Demand a Cease Fire in Lebanon

 
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JAMAICA, New York (July 29, 2006) – The Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), a grassroots organization of American Muslims, requests the government to demand a cease fire between Israel and Lebanon as the UN, and EU have already done.
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07 29 06
 

ICNA Condemns Attacks on Jewish Center in Seattle

 
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JAMAICA, New York (July 29, 2006) – The Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), a grassroots organization of American Muslims, strongly condemns the attack on the Jewish Center in Seattle. ICNA offers condolences to the families of those killed or injured in this attack.
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07 20 06
 

Times Ledger: Young Queens Muslims commit Quran to memory

Most hafiz begin when they are about 8 or 9, many dedicating their time exclusively to the challenge. Once achieving the goal, some later enroll in Islamic schools to study to become an imam, or the director of a religious center .

Hafiz Zafeer Ali, imam of the Islamic Circle of North America mosque in Jamaica, said memorizing the book added to his understanding of Islam, and also was pleasing to God.

"We think that it is the word of God, and we get blessings… for the Day of Judgment" for reciting it, he said.

Zafeer, 34, who has been a hafiz since he was 10, moved from India and now lives in Brooklyn.

Ali said it takes about three years to learn the entire book, and many, such as Ali, study it before understanding Arabic. It was not until several years later that he learned the language and then the meaning of the words he was memorizing.

Ali said the task of memorizing was not anti-intellectual as some critics of rote memorizing charge.

"It gives you a good memory," he said, which helped him later on in his studies. "It opens the mind, the memorization."

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07 12 06
 

ICNA Condemns Train Blasts in India

 
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JAMAICA, New York (July 12, 2006) – The Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), a grassroots organization of American Muslims,  condemns the train blasts in Mumbai, India that has killed about 183 people and wounded more than 700. In a statement, ICNA president Dr. Khurshid Khan said: “The train blasts in India are inhumane and are barbaric acts. We express our strongest condemnation and anguish at the perpetrators, whosoever may be behind this heinous and cowardly attack”.
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07 10 06
 

U.S. Muslim Coalition Condemns Israeli Actions In Gaza

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/10/06) – The American Muslim Taskforce on Civil Rights and Elections (AMT), a national coalition of 11 major American-Muslim organizations, today said Israel's continued targeting of the Palestinian civilian and infrastructure is a "war crime" that should be condemned by the Bush administration.
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07 1 06
 

Hartford Courant: A Love For Humanity

Muslims in America deal with many of the same issues that affect other American families, but also contend with racial and ethnic profiling in an atmosphere of fear.
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