LOS ANGELES–Bollywood director Karan Johar and four other media personalities received the Muslim Public Affairs Council Media Awards at a glittering ceremony held at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles, CA.
The recipients in the categories were as follows:
* Director KARAN JOHAR for the groundbreaking Bollywood film â€œMy Name is Khanâ€, blending of love story with the harsh realities of being a South Asian Muslim in the U.S. post-9/11
* Pulitzer-nominated author DAVE EGGERS for his bestseller â€œZeitounâ€ about a Muslim American family facing the fallout of Hurricane Katrina
* First-time writer/director CHERIEN DABIS for her award-winning independent film â€œAmreekaâ€ about a family of Palestinian immigrants grappling with intolerance and identity against the backdrop of the 1991 Gulf War
* ABC TELEVISION for a touching episode of â€œGreyâ€™s Anatomyâ€ called â€œGive Peace a Chanceâ€ featuring a Muslim character in a positive role.
â€œWe are thrilled to be able to recognize these talented and inspirational voices for bringing humanizing and multi-dimensional portrayals of Muslims to millions of television and film viewers,â€ said MPAC Executive Director Salam Al-Marayati.
Dr. Sultan Sikander Ali Khan obtains fellowship American Society of Hypertension
NEW YORK–Dr. Sultan Sikander Ali Khan, MD, FACP, FASH, has been granted the prestigious fellowship of the American Society of Hypertension. There are only 113 Fellows of American Society of Hypertension in the US.
The Hyderabad, India, born Dr. Khan is a Diplomate American Board of Internal Medicine, Diplomate American Board of Clinical Lipidology and Fellow of American College of Physicians.
He has published several articles in leading medical journals.
He is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at New York Medical College and has a private practice in Staten Island and Brooklyn.
Board recommends approval for Sheboygan mosque
SHEBOYGAN, WI–The Town of Wilson Plan Commission in Wisconsin unanimously recommended approval for a conditional use permit to allow to convert a former health food store into the countyâ€™s first mosque.
Commission Vice Chairman June Spoerl, who chaired Monday nightâ€™s meeting in the absence of commission Chairman Doug Fuller, said Mansoor Mirza, the owner of the building at 9110 Sauk Trail Road had satisfied â€œquite a few of the concerns we had,â€ including well, septic, fire code and occupancy issues.
The buildingâ€™s 25 parking spaces also are adequate, officials said, but stipulated that no on-street parking be allowed and that if the parking lot is to be expanded, there would be no runoff onto neighboring property.
No public comment was allowed before the Plan Commission but will be taken when the Town Board meets at 6 p.m., on Monday, May 17, to consider final approval of the mosque.
If approved, the permit would be for two years at which time the mosque would have to apply for permit renewal.
Florida mosque firebombing condemned
JACKSONVILLE, FL–Political and religious leaders in Jacksonville have condemned the firebombing of the Islamic Center of Northeast Florida.
In a statement issued to the press Florida. Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp said, â€œI strongly condemn the alleged Monday night attack at the Islamic Center of Northeast Florida. No one in this country should ever be concerned for their safety when they practice their chosen faith. The free exercise of religion is one of our most cherished rights as citizens of this great nation. Ironically those targeted were exercising that right while gathered in prayer inside the Islamic Center as this act of hatred was carried out.
I have full confidence that federal, state and local law enforcement authorities will conduct a thorough investigation and bring to justice the person or persons responsible for this crime.â€
The Interfaith Council of Jacksonville issued the following statement, â€œThe Interfaith Council of Jacksonville deplores and condemns the attempt to bomb the Islamic Center of Northeast Florida, one of our most faithful member communities. The attempted bombing on Monday night was a cowardly andmorally reprehensible act. Such an act besmirches the good name of our city and exposes how much work there is yet to do in teaching the values of religious tolerance and brotherhood. There is no more place in our city for this sort of religious intolerance and hatred than there is for racial bigotry. The IFCJ calls on all responsible citizens of our community to bear witness that this sort of violence will not be tolerated in our midst.â€