EUREKA,CA–In order to obtain cultural/inter-religious harmony in the community through diffusion of information, the Humboldt County Human Rights Commission and the Humboldt County Library are co-sponsoring a one hour presentation on â€œUnderstanding Islamâ€ by Abdul Aziz, professor emeritus at Humboldt State University.
It will be held from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the Conference Room of the Humboldt County Library, 1313 3rd St., Eureka, on Saturday.
Fundamentals of Islam including issues such as the concept of God, the life of Prophet Muhammad, Muslim beliefs, modes of worship, various forms of Jihad, status of women, suicide bombing and terrorism with reference to the current political and social environment will be discussed in light of the teachings of the Quran. However, any question on Islam will be welcome.
Aziz has taught an off-campus HSU course, â€œIntroduction to Islamic Culture,â€ for a number of years. He is also a past Humboldt County Human Rights commissioner.
There is no cost to attend. Everyone is invited. For more information, call 707-822-8217
Fast-a-thon to be held at UNM
The Muslim Studentâ€™s Association at the University of New Mexico will hold its annual Fast-A-Thon this week to raise money and awareness for famine in the eastern horn of Africa.
Last yearâ€™s fast raised roughly $1,200 for flood relief in Pakistan. This year organizers says they hope to raise even more money and more awareness to help end world hunger.
â€œJust because now they donâ€™t talk about it that much in the media, doesnâ€™t mean people arenâ€™t starving to death anymore,â€ said MSA President Mustafa in an interview to the student newspaper. â€œWe need to keep focus and attention on people who need help, not just because itâ€™s a news story, but because as human beings we all need to take care of each other.â€
The event is not exclusive to Muslim students.
â€œThis fundraiser is a human issue, meaning we want people of all different faiths, cultural backgrounds, different political ideologies, etc. to come help and support the people of the eastern horn of Africa,â€ she said. â€œAs fellow humans we should bear the responsibility in making sure that we all help each other out, and this fundraiser is just another opportunity for doing so.â€
New York cabbies win rights to veto racy ads
NEW YORK,NY–New York City cabbies who object to driving taxis topped with ads for strip clubs have won the right to veto the racy ads.
The cityâ€™s Taxi and Limousine Commission approved a new rule last week that lets cabbies who own their vehicles say no to the racy ads.
Several cabbies told the commission they hated the provocative roof ads.
Previously the owners of taxi medallions could decide what ads to put on the cars. Many taxi owners do not own the medallion.
The racy ads were objected to not only by Muslim taxi owners but also others. A Sikh owner told the board that his six-year-old granddaughter had told him she wanted to become a dancer after seeing an advert for Flashdancers on his taxi.
â€˜We should keep [the advertisement] there to tell the children that it is good?â€™ he had asked.
Dupage County approves mosque without dome
CHICAGO,IL–The DuPage County board voted last week to allow a mosque and Muslim community center to be built along Roosevelt Road near Lombard.
It will be built just east of Interstate Highway 355, at the southwest corner of Roosevelt Road and Lawler Avenue. Plans are for a main building with place for worship, a gym, a library, a learning area and a conference room.
But the board did not allow the Muslim group to build a 50 foot high dome to cover the prayer area. This is the second Muslim development in unincorporated DuPage County that has recently modified construction plans because the board denied approval for a dome.
The county sets a height limit of 36 feet in residential areas, and only grants variances to exceed that limit on a case-by-case basis.