Palestine’s Olympic Athletes
The Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago
WASHINGTON- Today, Rep. Joe Walsh (IL-08) defended comments made at Elk Grove Villageon Wednesday evening concerning the danger radical Muslims pose to American families.
“The threat that radical Islam poses to American families and our way of life is not anything new. It is a real threat. The Committee on Homeland Security, of which I am a member, has held five hearings that examined the threat of Muslim radicalization, especially radicalization within the Muslim-American community. Members of the Committee are not alone in this—even Attorney General Holder and Janet Napolitano of the Obama Administration have warned about the dangers of radical Islam.”
“We cannot let political correctness blind us to reality. While most Muslims in America and around the world are as peace loving as the rest of us, we would be foolish to ignore the fact that there is a radical minority that simply wants to destroy America and the values that we stand for. A recent Pew Poll said that 15% of Muslim-American men between the age of 18 and 29 could support suicide bombings. How people can dismiss things like that, I don’t understand, but I won’t. It is our responsibility as Members of Congress to protect American families.”
CIOGC congratulates the MECCA Community! After a long struggle to gain approval for the construction of an Islamic Center to serve the growing Muslim community we finally get to celebrate the groundbreaking of a new Muslim Educational and Cultural Center! See press release here.
On behalf of the Council we are delighted to share yet another Ramadan with you. It has been a challenging year for Muslims here at home and around the world; and we are grateful to Allah for our community’s strength and determination to uphold its principles of human dignity, peace and justice. Together, we advanced through difficult times, we mobilized our youth to put forth their best Muslim self in the way of service, learning and civic education; we brought together our community leaders and interfaith partners for press conferences from speaking out against Islamophobia to congratulating the Egyptian people in their fight for self determination. The Chicago Crescent has become the place to learn about the great work our community is involved in, and we embarked on advocacy trips to Springfield on behalf of issues that affect all Illinoisans from violence, health-care, public education to Islamophobia.
Together we must continue to advance. The Council can facilitate these critical initiatives, but it is all of us, working together as a community, that makes all the difference. Will you support us to continue this work?
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All Girls Private-Islamic School in Bridgeview, Illinois
Seeking Qualified, Certified Elementary Teachers
as well as Experienced, Certified Jr. High & High School Math & Science Teachers.
Day 6: Among the large themes of the past few workshops have been respect of time, as well as a focus on human sensibilities, aspirations, and hope as a way of moving people forward. Reflecting upon this I am reminded of the many prophets who became both movers and shakers of society by aligning their own interests with communities they were originally considered to not be a part of. I am reminded of our duty as Muslims to similarly continue this legacy of striving to craft a larger methodology of identification and belonging for all. I am reminded of Sherman Jackson’s words at the CIOGC annual dinner:
”Finally, we need to have a conversation about the pluralistic nature of Islam. Enlightenment liberalism did not invent tolerance. And anyone—Muslim or non—who studies Muslim history knows that as a fact —not as propaganda, as a fact. And one of the most devastating and heart-wrenching tragedies for me is to watch modern Muslim communities totally squander their own legacy of pluralism and tolerance. We have to have a conversation about this.”
If you are not part of your problem, how can you be part of your solution?
Ramadan dispatches, Ramadan mubarak.