Interfaith Leaders Pledge To Stand By American Muslims, No Matter What

5830bca41a00002500cc8d19Christian, Jewish and Buddhist leaders joined their Muslim neighbors for Friday prayers at a Washington, D.C., mosque, sending President-elect Donald Trump a strong statement of interfaith solidarity.

The religious leaders spoke out against Islamophobia and in support of American Muslims, who have been feeling fearful and uncertain about their future in Trump’s America. They also called on Trump to forcefully denounce anti-Muslim hate crimes, which the FBI reports shot up by 67 percent in 2015.

“We must promise that no one will ever make another American afraid ― not the bigots, not the alt-right, not the chief strategist of the next administration, not the president of the United States,” Rabbi Jack Moline, president of the advocacy group Interfaith Alliance, said at a press conference at the Masjid Muhammad. “No one will make the precious children of this community, of any community, afraid.”

After speaking with media, the interfaith leaders attended a prayer service at the mosque. Also known as the Nation’s Mosque, it’s about two miles away from Trump’s future address at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

FULL ARTICLE FROM THE HUFFINGTON POST 

Chicago Muslims give thanks, 5,000 turkeys

ct-chicago-muslims-5000-turkeys-thanksgiving-video-20161122As a line of schoolchildren obediently marched past the canary yellow lockers Tuesday morning at Woodlawn Community School, two more lines had formed at the end of the hallway — an assembly line of volunteers unloading a semitrailer full of turkeys, and the mothers and grandmothers waiting to take one home to feed their families.

Volunteers also hung a banner advertising the Sabeel Food Pantry, a Muslim-run pantry on the city’s Northwest Side. The mission of Sabeel — an Arabic word meaning “way” — is to give the poor a way to survive, a central obligation of the Muslim faith, volunteers say.

For 16 years, the Chicago Muslim community has distributed free Thanksgiving turkeys to underprivileged families on the South Side. But this holiday season, the group more than tripled the number of free birds from last year to 5,000 and expanded the project to eight elementary schools in three neighborhoods.

Dr. Sofia Shakir, an organizer of the annual turkey drive, said while plans to expand the effort had been underway for almost a year, it was serendipitous that it all came together after what she considered a discouraging presidential campaign — and now amid fears of being viewed as un-American by the administration of President-elect Donald Trump. Last year, just days before Thanksgiving, Trump proposed the government register and track Muslims in the U.S. as part of the nation’s war on terror. Earlier this week, Trump’s incoming chief of staff Reince Priebus said there would not be a registry based on religion but would not “rule out anything.”

FULL ARTICLE FROM THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE 

Interfaith gathering promotes inclusion after divisive election

religious_leaders_unite_against_hatred_0_50118720_ver1-0_640_480Baltimore –

An open discussion to unite people against hatred.  All faiths and races gather for nearly two hours Sunday to talk about how the nation feels after the divisive presidential election.
The meeting had a simple message, inclusion.
Religious leaders from many denominations including Islam, Judaism and Christianity led the open discussion.
The hope was for an open and honest discussion without judgment.
 “The message is the same.  It’s from the same god –love for all and hatred for none,” Mansoor Shams of The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, told ABC2.
That message was the reason behind Sunday’s event “Faiths Unite Against Hatred-Our Reaction To The Presidential Election.”
This inter-faith gathering was organized for all people of all races and religions to have an open conversation about one of the most polarizing elections of our time.
“Since this election has taken place, there’s been a lot of protests on the streets there’s been a lot of divisiveness a lot of worry  a lot of concern so we thought that as faith believing people that it would important to gather everyone together,” Shams said.

Allies took a stand for praying Muslim students at the University of Michigan.

sm3-ebc6d62897b921db309e70e472368fe4Just days after the election, a Muslim student at the University of Michigan  was approached by a stranger who ordered her to remove her hijab under threat that he would set her on fire.

According to Nusayba Tabbah, the internal vice president of the school’s Muslim Students’ Association, this was not an isolated event, but rather, an acceleration of an anti-Muslim climate on campus.

SSA program committee member Rami Ebrahim suggested the group gather to pray one of their five daily prayers, ishaa, in public. In doing so, the community would be making a powerful statement, letting those who seek to antagonize them know that they will not be bullied into hiding who they are and what they believe.

FULL ARTICLE FROM UPWORTHY

Germans consider Protestant bishops, Muslim writer for their next president

German writer Navid Kermani arrives for the ceremony to receive the Peace Prize of the German book trade (Friedenspreis des Deutschen Buchhandels) at the Church of St. Paul in Frankfurt(RNS) While Americans watched Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump fighting to the finish in a noisy and polarized campaign, Germans were quietly debating their own presidential election in far different terms.

Among the names put forward as candidates are two leading Protestant bishops — one of them a woman — and even a respected Muslim writer.

That’s not the only way the presidential election in Berlin next February will be different from the American contest.

German presidents are figureheads without real power, nominated by the parties in Parliament and indirectly elected by its members along with representatives of the state assemblies. They spend a lot of time meeting visiting dignitaries, addressing conferences and cutting ribbons.

But one job qualification that stands out is the idea that a president should be a moral leader willing and able to speak about the state of the nation’s soul. Pundits like to call this the “preacher in chief” aspect of the job.

FULL ARTICLE FROM RELIGION NEWS SERVICE 

Vicar And Imam Star In Amazon Christmas Ad

The video shows a real vicar – Rev Gary Bradley from Parish of Little Venice – with an imam played by Zubeir Hassam, the principal of the Muslim School Oadby in Leicester. The pair enjoy a drink together before ordering each other knee pads using Amazon’s service.

Bradley told Christian Today the ad had “a very important message, particularly at this time of year”. He said in his parish “we have people of all faiths sharing the area and it is important that we understand and relate to each other”.

He added: “For the last 15 years people of different faiths have come together, with their faith leaders, to celebrate united worship before Christmas, worship which focuses on peace and the need to strive for unity.”

he two plan to meet regularly after filming together. Bradley said it was a particular pleasure “to consolidate the pastoral and theological concerns which bind us together”.

Simon Morris, director of advertising at Amazon, said it was an “authentic and charming story” adding he had consulted the Church of England, the Muslim Council of Britain and the Christian Muslim Forum before filming.

FULL ARTICLE FROM CHRISTIAN TODAY 

Refuse to Hide: Muslim Americans Speak Out on Trump’s Election, Rise in Hate Crimes

ap-american-muslims-trump-1-jt-161114_31x13_1600A Muslim woman in Ann Arbor, Michigan, was allegedly threatened by a man who said he would set her on fire with a lighter if she didn’t remove her religious head covering, or hijab.

Another Muslim woman in Columbus, Ohio, reported to police that a man verbally attacked her and her family while they were stopped at a traffic light, shouting, “Go back to your f—— country.”

Other adherents of Islam in the U.S. have reported having their headscarves ripped off or ethnic slurs hurled at them in the days since the Nov. 8 election of Donald Trump, and more than 200 bias incidents — mostly against blacks, immigrants and Muslims — were reported over the past week by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Trump said Sunday he was surprised and saddened to hear about hate crimes, racial slurs and threats reportedly made by some of his supporters since the election and told them to “stop it.”

“I am so saddened to hear that,” he said in an interview Sunday with CBS News’ “60 Minutes.” He added that the many demonstrating against him since his election should not be “afraid” of his presidency.

But anti-discrimination advocates say Trump’s positions as a candidate have emboldened some who are prejudiced against Muslims to voice or act out their biases.

On the campaign trail, Trump called for barring all foreign Muslims from entering the U.S. His recent appointment of conservative firebrand and former Breitbart CEO Steve Bannon as chief strategist and senior counselor has drawn heated criticism from anti-discrimination and Muslim groups.

FULL ARTICLE FROM ABC NEWS 

PHOTO: Two women wearing muslim head scarves walk along 57th Street and Fifth Avenue past anti-Trump protestors in New York City, Nov. 13, 2016.