In a sermon titled “How to be religious today,” Muslim speaker Ahmet Selim Tekelioglu asked the 100-plus members at the Islamic Community Center of Lancaster how they could leave last Friday’s call to prayer as confident Muslims who are “proud in our skins and proud in our identity and aware of our obligations to Allah.” It is, he said, a matter of choice, but a choice fraught with challenges.Continue reading »
The Philadelphia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, says the new travel ban is unconstitutional, just like the last one. “This is just another attempt to unlawfully restrict the immigration of people who practice Islam, and people who hail from different parts of the globe that the president has demonstrated some form of xenophobia towards,” said CAIR’s Timothy Welbeck.Continue reading »
Seorang Yahudi telah dipilih untuk memimpin masyarakat muslim. Jacob Bender, dengan tubuhnya yang tipis, rambut keperakan, kata-katanya yang lirih, dan jemarinya yang sibuk menandai bulir-bulir tasbih berkepala Bintang Daud, senantiasa memiliki sesuatu bagi umat Islam Amerika Serikat. – 9 July 2017 – Download PDFContinue reading »
Other immigrants, such as those from Germany, Italy, and Asia, often got the cold shoulder, too, but it was not as severe. The U.S. always has been a little bipolar on immigration — elated at the idea of a Land of Immigrants, but some of us not so keen when the new arrivals don’t look like us.
Muslims are the latest to arrive in numbers, and they carry the additional burden of being associated with terrorism. “Bad luck,” as with Japanese immigrants in California at the outbreak of World War II, observes Jacob Bender, executive director of the Philadelphia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. For Muslims, 9/11 created “a level of suspicion that was heretofore unknown to their community.” Bender happens to be Jewish.Continue reading »