Community News (V13-I40)

September 29, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Muslim Society of Central California free health care

FRESNO,CA–There was a big turnout at Fresno’s Manchester Center last week, where dozens of doctors joined together to offer free medical services to the public.

The Muslim Society Of Central California hosted its second health clinic of the year, giving free medical care to both children and adults, ABC News reported.

Patients walked in to see 40 Doctors and 100 other workers who volunteered their time Sunday.

Organizers say the need for basic healthcare is great, with many people uninsured or unable to pay. “We have everything from pediatrics to general medical, to blood draws, podiatry, dermatology, EKG’s, blood testing. We have everything,” said Brenda Alvarez with the Muslim Society Of Central California.

The Muslim society holds two health clinics each year. Sunday’s clinic also included dental and vision screenings.

Man disrupts Princeton MSA event

PRINCETON,NJ–A man claiming to be part of the Knights Templar was arrested last Saturday night after allegedly interrupting Princeton University Muslim Student Association welcome back dinner, the student newspaper reported. The man, Adam Pyle, 26, of Princeton Township, had apparently been present for part of the actual dinner at Campus Club, said Sohaib Sultan, the University’s Muslim life coordinator.

Public Safety officers arrested Pyle and charged him with bias intimidation, criminal attempt, disorderly conduct, harassment and defiant trespass.

Public Safety ordered Pyle to stay away from campus for the next 90 days, and the department intends to ban him permanently.

Interfaith reception held in Reno

RENO,NV– In a remarkable interfaith gesture, clergy belonging to different religions and denominations held a  reception for Meredith Cahn, new Rabbi of North Tahoe Hebrew Congregation in Tahoe Vista; Evon J. Yakar, new Rabbi of Temple Bat Yam in South Lake Tahoe and Abdelwahed Ali Awad, new Imam of Northern Nevada Muslim Community Center in Sparks, Nev.

The reception, organized by Nevada Clergy Association, was held at India Kabab & Curry Restaurant.

Imam Awad, born in Upper Egypt, started studying Islam and memorizing Quran when he was 15. He holds bachelor of science degree in geology from Egypt’s Assiut University, and besides Egypt, has traveled to Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Niger, Benin, Burkina Faso and Ghana lecturing on Islam. Mission of Northern Nevada Muslim Community includes “to promote the values and teachings of Islam” and its activities include Friday prayer, monthly potluck dinner, and Sunday school.

Muslims, Christians, Interfaith Cooperation

DALLAS,TX– North wood Church and Islamic Center of Frisco sponsored a joint program at North wood church to promote trust and compassion between the two communities.
More than three thousand Muslims and Christians attended the program.

Addressing the gathering Pastor Right emphasized on mutual cooperation and promotion of understanding between two faiths, for which we need to cultivate resources and provide opportunities to have awareness of each other’s faith.He said that we are not gathered here to change each other’s faith but to learn from each other. He said that he has never seen this many people in his church.
Muslim community leader Azhar Aziz while addressing the gathering explained that Hazrat Mariam is the only woman who is mentioned by name and a whole chapter is designated on her name in which her chastity and high morals are discussed.

He said Muslims believe in brotherhood and peace.

Pastor Josh during his address stressed upon this type of gatherings to promote understanding between communities and this can send a message of peace and love to the rest of the world.
While relating the gesture in Tennessee where a church had given Muslims a portion of their church to Muslims, while the construction of a mosque was underway, he said he received calls from residents of Kashmir that they had wanted to help build a church in Kashmir the same way and they did built a church.

Lunch for 3,000 attendees was arranged with Zabiha Halal food for Muslims. People attending the event said that they have never seen any event like this before and they are very pleased to be here. Christian volunteers greeted Muslims in this occasion.


Southeast Michigan Upcoming Events

April 8, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 


Mark Your Calendars! Arab American Service Day is May 15

access Arab American Service Day 2010For the sixth year in a row, thousands of volunteers across the nation will come together on Saturday, May 15 to give back to their communities through service projects. You can be a part of this amazing event by joining ACCESS staff, volunteers and AmeriCorps to demolish a blighted house in the Old Redford neighborhood in Detroit, paint a mural and clean up a park. There also will be a Free Market with household items, perishables and clothing. ACCESS is partnering with Motor City Blight Busters and Lowe’s for Service Day. All ages are welcome. Contact Sue Makki, 313-842-1933 or or Arwa Algharazi, 313-843-2844 or to sign up. See you there!

ACCESS 39th Anniversary Dinner

ACCESS intends to host its 39th annual anniversary dinner on May 1, 2010.  The event will show many of ACCESS’s sponsors and will host political  leaders from all levels (national, state, and local).  For questions, contact Rose Assi at or 313-842-4749.

ACCESS will honor Peter Tanous, founder of the American Task Force for Lebanon, at their dinner, with the Arab American of the Year Award.  He is an accomplished author and is a graduate of Georgetown University.

Other ACCESS Events

ACCESS sponsors many free and useful events, hosted mostly at their center in Dearborn on Sheaffer Street, which you can see on their calendar at (


Bloomfield Muslim Unity Center

Monthly Dinner and Friday Night Lecture Combined:

Citizenship and Civic Engagement in a Non-Muslim Society, with speaker Jamal Badawi.

Bring your family Listen to Br. Gamal Badawi’s lecture and join other Muslim Unity center families

For: Our Monthly Dinner; April 16th; 7:00-9:00 P.M.; Pre- Registration is required; Advance Purchase Ticket Prices: $10/ Member, $12/ Non- Member; At the Door: $15.

BMUC Fundraiser

On April 24th, 2010, BMUC will hold a fundraiser.

* Tickets are available for sale at the office and with Br. Samer Soukfeh

* Ticket Prices: $500/ adult and $200/student

* No other fundraising activities will take place.


The BMUC is seeking artists to display their work at the Open House this year.  For information, call 248-857-9200.


Michigan Radio

Michigan Radio to explore life of “Muslims in Michigan”

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Michigan Radio is partnering with the University of Michigan Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies to launch a new project examining the religious, ethnic, and social lives of the state’s diverse Muslim population. This “Muslims in Michigan” initiative will consist of a five-part radio series, film events, speakers, and a community conversation.

The Muslims in Michigan radio series, which airs April 12-16, will explore topics such as sharia law, halal meats, and the construction of a new mosque in Grand Rapids. Additionally, Michigan Radio’s reporters will profile individual Muslims who have recently converted to Islam. The series will include contributions by reporters Jennifer Guerra, Sarah Hulett, and Dustin Dwyer. The station will broadcast these reports all next week during Morning Edition at approximately 6:20 and 8:20 am, and during All Things Considered between 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm.

The Muslims in Michigan Community Conversation supplementing this radio series will take place on Thursday, April 15, at 7 pm at the Arthur Miller Theater on the University of Michigan’s North Campus. This event will be an opportunity for listeners and members of the community to learn more about Michigan’s Muslim population. Information about this event, and others associated with this project, can be found at      



MuslimFest, presented by Soundvision

On April 11th at 4PM, there will be a large event insha`Allah at Burton Manor in Livonia.

Soundvision is sponsoring “Muslimfest,” with keynote speaker Tariq Ramadan, who will speak on the subject of “Jihad within Young Hearts:  Toward a Positive Engagement.”

The event is billed as “an inspiring family evening to think together for our future in America.  This fundraising dinner will include a multimedia presentation on the alarming findings of latest research regarding Muslim youth in America and some innovative strategic thinking to meet the new challenges.  Tariq Ramadan books will be available as well.

All those purchasing admission will also receive a Tariq Ramadan book.  Ticket price is $100 per adult, student discount is $50.  Children 2-9 can enter for $15 per child.

For more information, see

There will also be a Mini MuslimFest for Muslim children, with the mascot Adam from Adam’s World.  There will be live interactive storytelling, film clips on a 96 sq. ft. screen, dinner, and “much more.” 

For more information please see

You can also volunteer for the event:

Obama’s America & the Muslim World

ISPU is hosting a dinner on April 24th at the Hyatt Regency in Dearborn (600 Town Center Dr., Marquis Ballroom) at 6PM.  The keynote speaker is Juan Cole, professor of history at the University of Michigan.  His most recent book is Engaging the Muslim World, and he also recently authored Napoleon’s Egypt:  Invading the Middle East.  He has been a regular guest on PBS’s Lehrer News Hour and has also appeared on ABC Nightly News, Nightline, the Today Show, Charlie Rose, Anderson Cooper 360, Countown with Keith Olbermann, Democracy Now! and many others.

He has appeared several times in The Muslim Observer as well.

For more information you can contact Sadia Shakir at 1-800-920-ISPU or 1-800-920-4778.

Al-’Aqabah Islamic Community Center

Al-’Aqabah Islamic Community Center (AICC) announces that their offer to purchase a 6,308 ft2 building in central Detroit was accepted.  The building is intended as a Musalla and a social hall for the community.

According to the CIOM email statement, “AICC was founded by Imam Mika`il Stewart Saadiq (an educator for over ten years and student of the late Imam Luqman Abdullah).  Masjid Al-’Aqabah is committed to serving the social and religious service needs of the people.  AICC has a critical program with practical objects.  AICC is currently raising funds to purchase the new building; the total price is $275,000 minus the $76,000 needed to occupy the space.”

You can speak with Imam Mika`il at 313-717-8921.

Islamic House of Wisdom Fundraiser

The Islamic House of Wisdom (IHW) will hold a fundraiser on April 25th at 3PM at 22575 Ann Arbor Trail, Dearborn Heights.  The ticket donation is $50.



CAIR Arranges for Forensic Pathologist to Review Imam Luqman Autopsy and Photos

After months of delay, CAIR-MI on Friday was given seventy-five autopsy pictures of Imam Luqman Ameen Abdullah, including pictures of his corpse laying in a trailer, by the Wayne County Medical Examiner.

The autopsy report and photographs will be turned over to a renowed forsenic pathologist this week for the purpose of obtaining an authoritative independent review.


Islamic Shura Council of Michigan

The Islamic Shura Council (ISCOM) is sponsoring its annual “Day of Goodness” on Saturday April 17, 2010 at 5:00 PM at the Westin Hotel, 1500 Town Center, Southfield Michigan. 

The theme is “bringing out the goodness of the ummah for the betterment of all,” with keynote speaker Dr. Gamal Badawi.

ISCOM intends to use money raised to support its normal projects including Muslim Family Services, Huda Clinic, various soup kitchens, Food Pantry Program, Humanitarian Day, and more.

Contact Mouhib Ayas at 248-705-9137.