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World Renowned Scholar Dies During State Persecution

October 23rd, 2014

 
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(NEW YORK, NY, Oct. 23, 2014) – The Islamic Circle of North America is saddened by the loss of Professor Ghulam Azam of Bangladesh, one of the foremost Muslim activists in the world, who died on Thursday while serving a politically motivated conviction for war crimes.
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Violence is a contradiction to religion, says Muslim leader

October 22nd, 2014

STEPHEN ACOSTA / GUEST COLUMNIST
ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER Oct. 22, 2014
 
Several renowned religious leaders of different faiths in Orange County gathered at the Dialogue on Scriptural Interpretations of Peace on Oct. 11 at UC Irvine. The event’s purpose was to share how each religion’s scripture teaches and promotes peace.
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Climate Change: A Muslim Perspective

October 21st, 2014

By Naeem Baig
 
Climate change is undeniable by any sane individual. It is evident everywhere around us unless we deliberately choose to ignore it.
 
Last month I joined over 150 faith leaders and environmental activists at a Climate Change conference organized by Religions for Peace USA and GreenFaith at the UN Plaza Church Center in New York City.
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Ebola: What are American religious orgs doing to prep?

October 18th, 2014

Huffington Post | By Carol Kuruvilla
 
Humans crowd closely together in houses of worship — and it’s supposed to be that way. People greet each other with hugs and shaking hands; they pray in close proximity and, in some Christian communities, drink from the same cup and share the same bread.

However, with infectious disease, this normally positive aspect of faith can have unintended consequences.
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Joint-letter calls for reform of government watchlisting

October 17th, 2014

 
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(NEW YORK, NY, Oct. 17, 2014) – The Islamic Circle of North America today joins other civil rights and community organizations in calling for the reform of the recently disclosed government watchlist program. This program “stigmatizes individuals and communities, erodes our privacy, and undermines cherished constitutional rights”. Read the full letter here:
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A Religious Dialogue for Peace

October 17th, 2014

By Religio Mag, October 16, 2014
 
On October 11, 2014, roughly a dozen diverse religious leaders gathered at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) student center in order to discuss the relationship between peace and their respective religious scriptures. Hosted by not-for-profit organization Heavenly Culture, World Peace, and Restoration of light (HWPL), a various spectrum of religious leaders, ranging from Islam, Christianity, Catholicism, Sikhism, Cao Dai, and Baha’i, represented their faith that afternoon in the presence of approximately 40 college-age students, who were also invited to attend the panel session, titled A Dialogue on Scriptural Interpretations of Peace.
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ICNA Observes Int’l Day for the Eradication of Poverty

October 16th, 2014

 
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(NEW YORK, NY, Oct. 17, 2014) – The Islamic Circle of North America joins the United Nations in observing October 17 as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty to promote awareness of the dire need to eradicate poverty and destitution at a global scale.
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Prof. Ali Mazrui passes away

October 16th, 2014

 
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(NEW YORK, NY, Oct. 14, 2014) – The US Council of Muslim Organizations offers its sincere condolences on the death of Professor Ali Mazrui, a renowned and most respected scholar.
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ICNA Volunteers at the County Food Bank

October 10th, 2014

This past Saturday morning, bright and early at 8:30, a group of volunteers arrived at the OC Food Bank in Garden Grove, California to create food boxes for distribution.
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Eid al-Adha: What it means to Muslims

September 30th, 2014

 
By Naeem Baig
 
“Eid al-Adha (the Feast of the Sacrifice) is the second celebration of the year according to Islamic Calendar (called Hijri) for Muslims all over the world. This Eid comes right after the end of ‘Hajj” (the Pilgrimage). The Hajj is the fifth pillar of Islam and is obligatory on both male and female adult Muslims who have the health and financial means to perform this important duty.
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Abraham inspired Eid’s sacrifices

September 29th, 2014

 
By Saulat Pervez
 
Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice inspired the Muslim holiday of Eid-ul-Adha, the Festival of Sacrifice, and exemplifies the worship of the One God, belief in His prophets and righteous living.
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World Peace Conference in Seoul, South Korea

September 26th, 2014

 
By Sh. Abdur Rahman Khan
 
Four members from ICNA were invited by The Heavenly Culture, World Peace and Restoration of Light (HWPL) to attend an international Peace conference in Seoul South Korea September 17-19th 2014. The participants were Chair of ICNA Shariah Council Shaykh Abdur Rahman Khan, Deputy Sec. General Waqas Syed and two youths from Young Muslims, the youth division of ICNA.
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Groups deliver backpacks to Teaneck kids

September 11th, 2014

By Megan Burrow, Managing Editor, Teaneck Suburbanite
 
TEANECK – A long line snaked its way through the gymnasium, stairs and lobby of Eugene Field School on a sunny afternoon last week, all the way through the front doors and along Broad Street, as hundreds of Teaneck children, parents and guardians waited for free backpacks being handed out at the Board of Education office.
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Volunteers Join Habitat for Humanity to Build Homes

September 10th, 2014

 
(LOS ANGELES, Sept. 10, 2014) – At 7:30 this past Saturday morning, a group of dedicated volunteers got on their hands and knees to nail, paint, frame, and clean.
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Hajj: Reflections on the Pilgrimage

September 9th, 2014

 
By Shaykh Abdur Rahman Khan
 
Millions of Muslims from every corner of the globe will converge in Makkah at the end of this month for Hajj, the annual pilgrimage. They come to commemorate and celebrate the extraordinary sacrifices made by two of mankind’s greatest leaders – Prophets Ibrahim and Muhammad ﷺ, upon them be peace, – for the establishment of tawheed, belief in the oneness of God.
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Bank clients want answers on closed accounts

September 8th, 2014

By Paresh Dave, Los Angeles Times
September 7, 2014
 
From Washington state to Florida, surprising letters from banks have turned up in the mailboxes of at least a dozen people.
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ICNA Condemns killings by ISIS

September 4th, 2014

 
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(NEW YORK, NY, Sept. 4, 2014) – The Islamic Circle of North America denounces the horrific execution of journalist Steven Sotloff and hundreds of others by the terrorist organization Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.
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Reflections on Labor Day

September 2nd, 2014

By Naeem Biag, ICNA President
 
I write from the Istanbul airport as I wait for my next flight. The WiFi connection is unstable and I am disconnected from the digital world. This is a good thing because it has given me the opportunity to observe my surroundings. Istanbul airport is continuously bustling with people and the international terminal looks like a small world in itself. People of all colors and ethnicities walk around, lost and confused.
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Honoring Workers this Labor Day

August 31st, 2014

 
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(NEW YORK, NY, August 31, 2014) – The Islamic Circle of North America celebrates American workers on Labor Day, whose efforts and achievements continue to form the backbone of the country’s social and economic strength and prosperity,
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ICNA Observes UN Day for Enforced Disappearances

August 30th, 2014

 
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(NEW YORK, NY, August 30, 2014) – The Islamic Circle of North America joins the United Nations in observing the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances to raise awareness of this terrible practice used as a strategy to spread terror in society.
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