Dar al-Hijrah Sustainability Committee Wednesday, February 10

February 9, 2016

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Asalaamu Alaikum,

Tomorrow, Wednesday February 10 from 4-5:30 PM (Dar al-Hijrah Library) you are invited to join me and others environmental leaders in our community to discuss how to can collectively turn Dar al-Hijrah into one of the greenest mosques in North America insh’Allah.

Over the past few years, a number of individuals have put in considerable effort to work on green projects within the Dar al-Hijrah community. From Ramadan (and beyond) recycling programs to community gardens, Alhumudullilah community members have dedicated a lot of time and effort to growing closer to Allah through their service to our masjid. May their efforts and intentions be accepted. Ameen.

I am excited to announce a new initiative that seeks to combine our efforts into one committee. It is through our systematic collaboration insh’Allah that the sustainable practices of our beloved Prophet Muhammad SAW can grow within our own hearts and spread to the brothers and sisters we prostrate besides in our prayers.

The idea here is the play the long game; to directly change the culture of Dar al-Hijrah to be one of moderate consumption and care for all of creation.

The committee format relies upon all segments of our community to participate–raising their voices, and acting upon their intentions.

Please be on time for the meeting. JAK

Agenda:

Welcome
Introductions
History
Reflection
Small Group Discussion
Share-Out
Next Steps

Questions? Please contact me at 608.509.3346


Yalla Vote 2016 Register Now!

February 8, 2016

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Register TODAY to vote in the 2016 Primary Election

Virginia’s Primary Election registration deadline is TODAY. Virginia has always been and will continue to be a decisive battle ground for candidates on both sides of the aisle, so don’t sit out this important opportunity to make your Arab American vote in Virginia heard. Residents can register to vote online, by mail, and at any local voter registration office. If you are unsure if you are registered to vote in Virginia, you can check on the Virginia Voter Information Center’s website here.

Our Yalla Vote homepage and the Virginia state page include key election and civic engagement resources, as well as last year’s state voter guide and voter fact sheets. The 2016 editions will be published following the primary elections.

More news from our weekly Election News Round Up…

Virginia’s Redistricting Problem Still Under Review

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court decided that the new Virginia congressional district lines set by a federal court will be used for the upcoming federal elections. The Justices’ decision effectively denies a lower court petition to keep the previous district lines for 2016 voting. The old district map, created by the Virginia legislature after the most recent census, was criticized because of the way the 3rd district was drawn to include large communities of black voters in one district. Under the new map, over 1million voters have a new district designation. The Supreme Court is still considering the constitutionality of the old district map, and if a decision is issued later this year finding the old map is found to be legal it may cause mass confusion. Such a scenario would have Virginia officials scrambling to put together a third congressional election this year or to cause mass electoral confusion if the justices revert their decision later this year. Read more about Virginia here

Arab American Institute · United States


Pastor Preaches Against Islamophobia

January 29, 2016

Here’s the link: http://unitarianuniversalistchurchofarlingtonva.yourstreamlive.com/ Just click on archive. It is the sermon for 1/22/16.

Anti/Islsmophobia sermon by pastor of UUCA church.


Dr King reminds us: What affects one of

January 24, 2016

Dr King reminds us: What affects one of us direcly affects all of us indirectly. http://ow.ly/i/g08en


Imam Johari: CNN – Trump Proposed Ban on Muslims

January 9, 2016


REMEMBERING IBRAHIM RAMEY, A CELEBRATION OF LIFE

January 5, 2016

FRIENDS OF IBRAHIM INVITE YOU:  REMEMBERING IBRAHIM CLAYTON RAMEY, A CELEBRATION OF LIFE

The memorial will take place on Dr Martin Luther King weekend

Saturday January 16 at 3:00 p.m. at
Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ
5301 North Capitol Street, NE
Washington, D.C. 20011
202-723-5330
We will be celebrating his life in his words, writings, music, song. A small reception will follow.


Ibrahim Clayton Ramey, Muslim Human Rights Activist Passed Away (12/11/15) Last Night

December 12, 2015

imageIbrahim Ramey
Title:
Director of the Civil Rights Division of the Muslim American Society
Position:
Pro to the question “Is It Appropriate to Build a Muslim Community Center (aka the ”Ground Zero Mosque”) near the World Trade Center site?”
Reasoning:
“Muslims, like other people in America, have first amendment rights in terms of freedom of religion, but the more important thing is that we reject the notion of collective guilt. We are not collectively guilty for actions that are taken by some people in the name of Islam…
…Muslims have a legitimate role to play in the social fabric of this country and are a part of the interfaith mosaic of the United States. But more than that, I think that this particular group in the Cordoba Institute can do a huge amount of good, not only for Muslims in New York, but also for interfaith relations around the country.”
CNN debate with Pamela Geller of Stop the Islamization of America, July 15, 2010
Theoretical Expertise Ranking:

Organizations/VIPS/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Involvement and Affiliations:
Director, Civil Rights Division, Muslim American Society, 2006-present
Board member, Muslim Women’s Institute
Board member, Temple of Understanding
Board member, the Climate Crisis Coalition
Vice President, Steering Committees, Religious NGO Community at the United Nations
Associate, Fellowship of Reconciliation, 2006
Education:
BA, University of Pennsylvania, 1972
Contact Info:
Phone: 202-552-7414
Fax: None found
Email: info@masfreedom.org
Website:iamramey.blogspot.com
Select Publications:
“A Response to the ADL’s ‘Anti-Israel’ Tag,” http://www.iamramey.blogspot.com, Oct. 18, 2010
“Is the Anti-Shar’ia Hysteria Just a Smokescreen for Islamophobia?,” http://www.iamramey.blogspot.com, Oct. 12, 2010
“It’s September 12th, and Islamophobia Is Still Alive and Un-well in America,” http://www.iamramey.blogspot.com, Sep. 15, 2010
“On August 6th, We Should Take One Small Step to Abolish Nuclear Weapons,” http://www.iamramey.blogspot.com, Aug. 6, 2010
“A New Victory in a Long Struggle: Lower Manhattan Mosque Gets Green Light for Construction!,” http://www.iamramey.blogspot.com, Aug. 5, 2010
“Propaganda May Rage, But It Still Isn’t Truth,” http://www.iamramey.blogspot.com, July 19, 2010
“Is True Religious Freedom in America in Danger?,” http://www.iamramey.blogspot.com, July 15, 2010
“Has President Obama Sold Out the People of Palestine,” http://www.iamramey.blogspot.com, July 7, 2010
“Is the War in Afghanistan About Protecting Democracy or Protecting Capital?,” http://www.iamramey.blogspot.com, July 1, 2010
Other:
Recipient, Distinguished International Service Award, National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, 2004
Recipient, Better World Activist Award, Muslim American Society, 2000
Quoted in:
• 1. Is It Appropriate to Build a Muslim Community Center (aka the ”Ground Zero Mosque”) near the World Trade Center site?


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