Harris Hassan joins the hallway rush of teens bound for the one place students feed their need for food and face time: the cafeteria.
s a chapter of the largest Muslim Civil Rights organization in the United States, it is our duty to empower our local constituents with services that protect their rights in the case of religious discrimination, biased media reporting, problems in attaining citizenship status…etc.
Carol Turoff’s tirade in the Conservative Voice, “Reflections on Ramadan: The Pope Must Die” (September 28th, 2006), is so severely devoid of intellectual integrity that it does not merit a formal response.
However, the piece is worth analyzing as a case study of the machinations typically employed in America’s thriving Islamophobic industry.
Chicago attorney Janaan Hashim will begin fasting for Ramadan the morning after the new moon is first sighted over North America, probably tonight. Her husband will start when it’s seen over the Middle East.
(SPRINGFIELD, Ill., 11/18/05) – At the same time that Congressman Mark Kirk stays defiant on explaining or apologizing to his constituents over the bigoted comments he made about the Arab and Muslim communities, strong deference to the many adherents to the Muslim faith in Illinois is being paid by State Senator Peter Roskam (R-Wheaton) who recently introduced a measure to recognize October as the holy month of Ramadan in Illinois.
The high holidays are behind us, together with their emotional and spiritual peaks. Whether these peaks occurred in a synagogue, outside in a Sukkah, or on a street filled with dancing Torahs, they have all left their mark. How they will shape our year remains to be seen.
When Kifah Shukair celebrates the end of the sacred Muslim month of Ramadan this week, she will rise before dawn with her family and attend morning prayers. The rest of the day will be spent in a flurry of festivity–visiting relatives, exchanging gifts, feasting on delicious foods.
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/31/05) – A prominent national Islamic civil rights and advocacy group today asked Muslim communities nationwide to take advantage of the upcoming holiday marking the end of Ramadan to collect funds for earthquake relief in South Asia.
On the October 27 edition of Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor, host Bill O’Reilly called the idea of closing public schools for the observance of Muslim holidays “absurd in a Judeo-Christian country.”
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/26/05) – “CAIR is calling on Islamic centers, mosques and Muslim organizations nationwide to do their part in supporting its important civil rights and advocacy work by raising at least $1,000 for the “$1 MILLION FOR ISLAM IN RAMADAN” annual fundraising drive. (Scholars say CAIR is able to receive Zakat.)