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04 2 18

Kashmir dispute an impediment to growth

Baltimore, April 02 (KMS): Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai, Secretary General, World Kashmir Awareness Forum, has said that the Kashmir dispute has an international dimension because it has the sanctity of the United Nations Charter and the United Nations Security Council resolutions and has become a big obstacle in the growth, peace and stability of both India and Pakistan.
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03 14 18

2018 Advocacy Day by USCMO

It’s 2018 election year. Let’s make it a larger and louder Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill
Starting January 10, 2018, the US Council of Muslim Organizations’ (USCMO) has opened registration for the fourth annual National Muslim Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., May 7th and 8th, 2018.
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02 5 18

ICNA CSJ Partners with Toyota for Super Bowl ad

WASHINGTON D.C. (February 5, 2018) – The ​​ICNA Council for Social Justice (CSJ) expresses its appreciation for the opportunity to work with Toyota for their Super Bowl commercial entitled “One Team” and provide consultation.
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01 17 18

Interfaith Efforts to Address Religious-Based Bullying

By Helga Luest, M.A., Huffington Post
Through the 2016 election cycle and since inauguration there has been as serious uptick in youth bullying, violence, vandalism, and hate crime in schools and online.
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12 17 17

Crowds gather around world to protest Jerusalem decision

From the day the U.S. recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, after which OIC members declared east Jerusalem as capital of Palestine, the chain of protests on the side of Palestinians have been getting larger not only in the region, but around the world.
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12 17 17

Thousands Protest Al-Quds Decision in D.C.

Thousands of people have held rallies in Washington, protesting at US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize al-Quds as the Zionist entity’s capital.
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12 16 17

Thousands Respond to Jerusalem Rally in D.C.

(WASHINGTON, D.C, 12/16/17) – American Muslims, Jews, Christians and others assembled near the White House to protest President Trump’s recent recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
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10 19 17

Quebec Bill 62 Is a Direct Attack on Religious Freedoms of Muslim Women

Joint Statement by National Canadian Muslim Organizations
MONTREAL and TORONTO, Oct. 19, 2017 /CNW/ – The Canadian Council of Imams (CCI), the Canadian Council of Muslim Women (CCMW), the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) Canada, and the Muslim Association of Canada (MAC) are extremely concerned about the repercussions of the decision by the National Assembly of Québec.
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10 10 17

Catholics & Muslims come together for dialogue & dinner

By Thomas Erik Bascome
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Members of the Catholic and Muslim faiths came together today for an annual dialogue and dinner aimed at promoting harmony between the two religious groups.
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09 15 17

USCMO Meet Myanmar, OIC, Turkish Ambassadors

USCMO Demands Halt to Rohingya Ethnic Cleansing
(Washington, D.C., 9/15/17) – The US Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO), the largest coalition of leading national and local Muslim organizations in America, met separately in the last few days with the ambassadors of Myanmar, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, and Turkey.
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09 14 17

Burma: Where Were The Muslims?

By Imam Khalid Griggs, September 5, 2017
Just imagine the year is 2100 CE, long after we are all dead. A school child is studying Muslim history of the last century. He finds extremely disturbing events that took place at the beginning of that century.
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09 11 17

ICNA CSJ hosts protest in front of Burma embassy

Washington D.C. (Sept. 11, 2017) – ICNA Council for Social Justice (CSJ) in partnership with Dar al-Hijrah, CAIR, American Muslims for Palestine, Dar al-Noor, ICNA VA Mosque, Muslim Ummah of North America, and Muslim American Society-DC, hosted a protest in front of the Myanmar (formerly Burma) Embassy in D.C. to demand a stop to the ethnic cleansing of its Muslim minorities known as Rohingya.
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09 6 17

Keep pressure on Myanmar to stop Muslim’s genocide

Washington D.C. (Sept. 11, 2017) –ICNA Council for Social Justice (CSJ) in partnership with Dar al-Hijrah, CAIR, American Muslims for Palestine, Dar al-Noor, ICNA VA Mosque, Muslim Ummah of North America, ADAMS, and Muslim American Society-DC, hosted a protest in front of the Myanmar (formerly Burma) Embassy in Washington, D.C. to demand a stop to the ethnic cleansing of its Muslim minorities known as Rohingya.
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09 5 17

Time for Congress to Pass Harvey Emergency Funding

By Rep. Al Green (TX-09), Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (MS-02) and Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18), SEPT 5, 2017
Historically, during times of national emergency, Americans unite to meet the challenge. In 2005, Hurricane Katrina altered the lives of thousands of Americans throughout Louisiana and Mississippi, damaging cities that have not been the same since. But, no matter our differences, we as a country have always come together in the face of tragedy. Now, it is time we act in unison once more.
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08 26 17

Muslim Heritage Day celebrates Calgary’s diverse community

Education Minister says Albertans can fight racism by ‘coming together’ and using a ‘sense of empathy’
By Ryan Rumbolt, CBC News, Aug 26, 2017
Muslim-Albertans invited all Calgarians to learn about their religion and dispel misconceptions surrounding Islam at the 10th-annual Muslim Heritage Day celebrations.
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06 26 17

Indian-American Muslims Find Some Hope Against Anti-Muslim Animus

Growing up in the western state of Gujarat in India, Harish I. Patel didn’t think being Muslim was out of the ordinary. His early childhood memories include celebrating Hindu and Sikh festivals and living in an inclusive Indian community in the city of Vadodara.

Patel moved to Chicago in 1999 at the age of 14 but continued to visit his hometown leading up to the 2002 Gujarat riots, where approximately 1,000 people — mostly Muslims — were killed. He said that was when he realized that things were changing.

“Those divisions were becoming more visible,” Patel, a community activist, told NBC News.

India is home to roughly 172 million Muslims making up 14.2 percent of the country’s total population, according to the country’s 2011 census. A 2015 study by the Pew Research Center estimates that by 2050, India is expected to have the largest population of Muslims in the world. Pew also estimates that there were 3.3 million Muslims living in the U.S. in 2015 — about 1 percent of the U.S. population —and projects that the religious group will grow to 8.1 million people by 2050.

A protester holds a sign at San Francisco International Airport during a demonstration to denounce President Donald Trump’s executive order that bars citizens of seven predominantly Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S. on Jan. 28 in San Francisco. Marcio Jose Sanchez / AP

But despite the growing number of Muslims in both countries, a recent survey found that only 33 percent of Hindus in India considered a Muslim their close friend, according to the Times of India. And in the U.S., 60 percent of Muslims reported experiencing some form of religious discrimination in 2016, according to a survey by the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU).

“Fear of ‘the other’ is deeper than it has ever been,” Patel said.

In 2014, Narendra Modi was elected the prime minister of India, making some Muslims even more wary of their status due to Modi’s apparent strong pro-Hindu stance and a right-wing nationalist ideology, Patel noted. When Donald Trump won the 2016 U.S. presidential using anti-Muslim rhetoric in his campaign, some saw a parallel.

“Modi and Trump made institutional bias, racism, and sexism come out in particular,” Patel said. “Now you know who these people are and those who cover up for them don’t have a place to hide.”

The circumstances in both countries particularly affect Indian-American Muslims, who are concerned about their footing in the two places they call home.

Protesters shout and hold up signs at San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco, California on January 29, 2017. JOSH EDELSON / AFP – Getty Images

While some in the ruling party in India are advocating for a country wide beef ban owing to the cow’s holy status in the Hindu religion, Trump and his administration have attempted to ban nationals of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States.

According to the ISPU survey, nearly 20 percent of Muslims Americans under 30 have made plans to leave the U.S. if necessary since the 2016 election and nearly half of young Muslims fear for their personal safety.

Waqas Syed of the Islamic Circle of North America, an Islamic North American grassroots organization, told NBC News that a few of his Muslim friends in America decided to invest money in India to buy property in the country.

Zakir Quraishi, a 26-year-old software engineer in Chicago, confirmed.

“Muslims are under a lot of pressure,” he told NBC News.

“I’ve definitely said that I’ll get out of America,” he added, talking about his initial reaction to Trump’s election. But he noted that it wasn’t a practical step because “we’ve so much invested here.”

In this picture taken March 1, 2002, an Indian policeman looks on as a row of shops burn in Ahmedabad. An Indian court on August 29, 2012 convicted a former state minister and 31 others over one of the worst massacres during religious riots in Gujarat in 2002, lawyers said. STR / AFP/Getty Images

“A lot of the Indian Muslims with green cards fear that their green cards may be rescinded,” Kaleem Kawaja, executive director of the Association of Indian Muslims of America, told NBC News. “They feel that as Muslims they’re the visible target.”

But, Abdul S. Raheman Nakadar, founder of the American Federation of Muslims of Indian Origin, dismisses these fears, highlighting the contribution of the Muslim community in the American society.

“How can someone alienate us from this country,” Nakadar said, adding that he isn’t concerned about Muslims, but about America as a country because “no country can progress based on hatred.”

“What is very heartening in America is that many white Americans in power spoke up against the Muslim ban,” Kawaja said. “Unfortunately we don’t see as many mainstream Indians speaking up.”

Kawaja added that he feels the anti-Muslim wave in the U.S. is a “passing phenomenon” because it has been met with a strong reaction. In India, it’s ingrained in some political parties, he noted.

Syed agreed, pointing out that any attempts of the current administration in the U.S. to marginalize Muslims haven’t been successful because of the support the group receives from government institutions, the justice system, and the media, which he said the religious group doesn’t receive in India.

“In India, the faith that the general population has on the system — courts, political, or electoral system — is generally low,” said Syed. “And that faith has weakened especially with Muslims.”

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, second right, greets media along with Bharatiya Janata party president Amit Shah, right, as he arrives for a meeting to name the party’s nominee for the post of India’s president in New Delhi, India, Monday, June 19, 2017. Manish Swarup / AP

Nakadar, who resided in India for more than 20 years before moving abroad, is actively involved in supporting Muslim literacy in the country and continues to study the status of Indian Muslims. Like others, he agreed that the current administration wasn’t doing enough to check the political and religious turmoil yet he said he had faith in India’s value system.

“No other country has lived with the culture that we have in India — Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Jains, Christians, living together,” he said. “Those values are really strong and they will prevail.”

NBC News

06 13 17

The Muslim-Latino Collaborative Is A New And Welcome Voice For Justice

Islamic Circle of North America, Council for Social Justice – California, Joins the Muslim-Latino Collaborative in Orange County, California.
by Susan Schwartz, 13 JUN, 2017
As Islam becomes more and more woven into the fabric of American society, new groups are being formed as part of Islam’s historic communitarian outreach toward and concern for civil society in general. A recent organization that bears very honorable mention is the Muslim-Latino collaborative.
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05 2 17

Muslims on Capitol Hill learn how to lobby

By: Aysha Khan and Lauren Markoe, RNS
WASHINGTON (RNS) In the community room of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, the nerve center of a two-day Muslim lobbying campaign on Capitol Hill, both first-time and veteran lobbyists compared notes:
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04 14 17

Dr. Fai highlights student led mass movt. at ICNA conf.

Baltimore, Maryland: Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai, Secretary General of ‘World Kashmir Awareness Forum’ voiced his continuing belief that the conflict over Kashmir cannot be resolved through military means. Kashmir is a political issue and has to be resolved through political means by involving all parties to the conflict – the Governments of India & Pakistan and the legitimate leadership of the Kashmiri resistance. He was speaking on the subject of Kashmir at the 42nd Annual Convention of ‘Islamic Circle of North America’ (ICNA) at Baltimore Convention Center. More than 20,000 people participated in this year’s convention. Other panelists included: Mr. Adem Carroll, Dr. M. A. Dhar, Dr. Nakibur Rahman and Br. Tariq Rehman.
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04 14 17

Konferensi Tahunan, Komunitas Muslim Amerika Lakukan Kegiatan Sosial

Rep: Marniati/ Red: Esthi Maharani
REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, BALTIMORE— Islamic Circle of North America’s (ICNA) mengadakan konferensi tahunan di pusat Kota Baltimore, Maryland, Amerika Serikat. Diperkirakan 20 ribu Muslim dari seluruh negeri akan menghadiri konferensi ini. Selain mengadakan dialog, dalam konferensi ini, ICNA juga mengadakan kegiatan sosial bagi masyarakat sekitar.
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