CAIR-Chicago Lecture on Faith Based Activism at Marquette University
By Sandy Abdallah, CAIR-Chicago
April 28, 2008
CAIR-Chicago Communications Coordinator, Reem Rahman, spoke about faith based activism at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on April 16 and 17, 2008. Rahman discussed the theological, historical, and the current narratives that inform and shape faith based activism by Muslims.
Rahman discussed verses from the Quran and the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad that encourage Muslims to serve their communities in any number of ways such as caring for all people, regardless of race, ethnicity, age, or religion. “As Muslims we’re taught to emulate the prophetic traditions of spreading mercy to all of humanity,” said Rahman.
Rahman further discussed the rich history of contributions by Muslims to America dating back to before the era of slavery. She concluded with a discussion of the primary current needs and types of activism being led by American Muslims such as advocating for civil rights and challenging stereotypes.
“To believe in and work for the common good is a call from all of the world's great religious traditions, and Islam is no different,” said Rahman.
The lectures were followed by a lively discussion between Rahman, host professor of sociology Louise Canker, and the student attendees.