CAIR President Dr. Azmat Qayyum initiated CAIR sponsored Tennis Tournament to promote healthy living among the muslim community. This program truly fits to one of the CAIR missions; to empower local muslim community. Insya Allah, this will become an annual sport program sponsored by CAIR Pittsburgh. This year, nineteen players showed up (after several players dropped out due to conflicting schedule) from many different areas and muslim congregation in Pittsburgh. Br. Abdul Rahman, from MCCGP, came out strong and dominated both the single and double tournament. In double, Dr. Azmat Qayyum joined the first place with him. Came out second in the double are the team of br. Mohsin Rasheed and Saleem Ahmad.
The Round Rubin game was played on Saturday from 1 pm at the Club – Monroeville and alhamdulillah the competition went exciting and full of enthusiasm. CAIR congratulates all the participants and thank the community for the generous support. Past CAIR President; br. Asim Kokan, congratulated and awarded the winners at the end of the game. Alhamdulillah. The participants for this year are; Br. Abdul Rahman, Dr. Mohammad Idrees, Br. Mohsin Rasheed, Br. Hashim Raza, Br. Shazi Raza, Dr. Azmat Qayyum, Manal Piracha, Br. Sami Iren, Dr. Amjad Jalil, DR. Owais Rahim, Dr. Imran Bajwal, Rashed, Br. Khalid and Rashed Harun from ICP, and br. Sayeed.
Sr. Rugiatu Conteh – Outreach Coordinator of CAIR Philadelphia presented Talk on School Bullying to Pittsburgh muslim community during the Family Night program of the MCCGP (Muslim Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh). This is a collaborative program between CAIR Pittsburgh and MCCGP aimed to educate the community about the religious rights in public schools and how to identify and deal with bullying.
Issues to address:
In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful
Council on American-Islamic Relations
801 N. Negley Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Friday September 14, 2012
CAIR-PA Pittsburgh Chapter
CAIR-PA Pittsburgh Chapter, and the entire Pittsburgh Muslim community, are deeply disturbed and mourn the deaths of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other distinguished diplomatic servicemen, and we pray for their families. CAIR unequivocally condemns the violence in Libya, Egypt, Yemen, and other countries. This violence is unrelated to any religious teachings or tradition, thus the violence can only be due to militant political motivations. The perpetrators must be brought to justice. We also deplore the sad creation of the profane video posted on the internet, replete with fabrications designed solely to insult Muslims, as an abuse of our cherished right to free speech; such abuses do not honor great American traditions and civility.
Azmat Qayyum – Chapter President
IMPRESSIONS AND STATEMENTS OBTAINED FROM LEADERSHIP OF PITTSBURGH AREA MUSLIM CONGREGATIONS.
ISLAMIC CENTER OF PITTSBURGH (ICP).
Assalam Aleikum (may peace be upon you) My deepest condolences to the families of our fallen diplomats and officers. And may God bless their families and God bless America.
Imam AbduSemih Tadese.
Director and Outreach Principal, ICP
According to Islamic teachings, representatives of foreign countries, and their belongings should be protected and highly respected. The killings that took place at the U.S. Consulate in Libya and the violence that is unfolding at other U.S. Consulates throughout the Middle East completely contradict these teachings. There is absolutely no justification for this type of behavior. Not only are those responsible committing an injustice against the United States, but they are committing an injustice against their own countrymen who have been working to build a better future for their nation.
Religious Director of ICP
MUSLIM WOMENS ASSOCIATION OF PITTSBURGH (MWAP)
We’re appalled at the senseless murder. Violence is the worst response to inflammatory insults. It overshadows all the good teachings of our religion.
Sarah Jameela Martin, Past president of MWAP.
MUSLIM COMMUNITY CENTER OF GREATER PITTSBURGH (MCCGP)
MCCGP categorically condemns the killing of American diplomats and violence on the embassies in Egypt, Libya and Yemen. There is absolutely no justification for these actions. This behavior is contrary to the traditions of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
Sameer Balagamwala – President – MCCGP
MUSLIM AMERICAN SOCIETY (MAS)
Our condolences go to the families of the victims of this violent attack, and we hope that the perpetrators are brought to justice soon.
Killing of U.S. Ambassador to Libya and three other Americans in a mob attack in Benghazi has no place in the tradition of Islam. This is an action perpetrated by the people who are ignorant of their own faith. Their action is cowardly and contradicts the teachings of Islam.
The best way of honoring our prophet (peace be upon him) is to practice his tradition, which in this matter is to honor foreign envoys and missions as sacred guests.
Kadir Gündüz, Director, MAS Pittsburgh
MUSLIM ASSOCIATION OF GREATER PITTSBURGH (MAP)
The MAP unequivocally condemns the killing of U.S. Ambassador to Libya, Mr. Christopher Stevens and his staff, and the attack on US Embassy in Cairo. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. As our Secretary of State Hillary Clinton mentioned, the act has been committed by a group of savage people who did it independently without support from the Muslims, Libyan people, or the government. We also strongly condemn the video that apparently spurred these incidents. While we defend the right of free speech in the American society, these messages on the social media are crafted to offend and evoke outrage in the religious communities, and can be exploited for political motives. The Prophet (peace be upon him ) is loved by over a billion Muslims across the world and no one can take this affection from our hearts.
Usman Chaudhry, MAP
ALLEGHENY COUNTY CORRECTIONS
We mourn the lives of our distinguished servicemen no less than we would if they were our own immediate relatives. The movie “the innocence of Muslims”, an ignorant mockery of Muslim’s sacred values, is no laughing matter; we see extraordinary attention and condemnation when opinions considered racist or anti-Semitic are voiced in public. This anti-Islam propaganda has put the peace and security of Americans overseas in peril. The provocateur that used this defamatory propaganda should be held responsible for the harm caused to the national interests of the United States.
Jibril Abdul-Hafith, Imam, Allegheny County Jail
Come Sunday, when most people would stir out of their beds late mid-morning, a group of Muslim early risers in Pittsburgh begin their Sunday routine.
A sister has risen, preparing 30 food packets – a sandwich, fruit and water bottle. Soon, cell phones begin to ring. It’s 10:00 a.m. – the group is already on their way, the brothers in one car, and the sisters in another. At 10:30 a.m. they converge in a Giant Eagle Parking lot. Bright eyed, they greet one another with “Assalamu Alaikum”.
On most Sundays they are a group of six to seven or even more – brothers full of enthusiasm, and sisters, with smiles, some in hijab, and some without. They stand in a little circle, and say a little prayer to God, reminding themselves that they are doing this for the sake of God alone. Energized by the prayer, they pick up the bags of food, and march towards the overpass bridge.
A big group of homeless people, are huddled under the shade of the bridge, away from the prying eyes of the world; some asleep, some already awake, and some in anticipation. One of them calls out “Assalam Alaikum” with a friendly familiar smile. The brothers and sisters wish them back, walk over to them, hand them the packets, and hang around asking how they were.
Once all of the packets have been distributed, they humbly trod back to the parking lot in deep contemplation.They form the little circle again, and raise their hands in prayer, asking God to give them the strength to do what they have to do, and share God’s bounty with all of His creations.
Who are these brothers and sisters? They belong to the Muslim community of Pittsburgh and represent a wide spectrum of age, ethnicity, profession and community. Sisters who prepare the food are housewives, working professionals or students. And the brothers and sisters who go to the site are students, or professionals or even stay-at-home young moms. But one common thing that binds them is the desire to wake up each Sunday morning and think of the homeless first.
The work of this group may be a drop in the ocean, but it’s a practical beginning, started only 9 months ago. It opened our eyes to the reality around us. Most of us live complaining about things we do not have. One visit to the homeless site would puts things in perspective.
The purpose behind this work is not to convert them to Islam, but to help Allah’s creations, even if it be in the form of one sandwich to one person in the entire week. Being an American Muslim is not just about planting the American flag on our front door, but it’s about being in solidarity with the rest of humanity around us.
With so much stereotyping of Muslims, most Muslims cry hoarse explaining, writing letters to the editor, publishing books debunking Islamophobes, and presenting research findings, in the hope that the stereotyping will stop. But let us stop for a moment. To be an American Muslim in true spirit, we have to prove with actions, not just mere words. When Muslims in hijab are out on the street on a Sunday morning, seen talking to the homeless and inquiring about their needs, they are demonstrating the truth about Islam with their actions.
This project took seed in a masjid gathering where I met Sister Rasheeda from Atlanta who was doing a similar activity in Atlanta. Alhamdulillah, inspired by her encouragement, we have delivered food to the homeless Sunday after Sunday since Oct 2011. Food is prepared in rotation, so that no one is burdened with the task. If you’d like to volunteer, write to: email@example.com.
CAIR Pittsburgh Chapter
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