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On Being Faithful Muslims and Loyal Americans

Resolution of the Fiqh Council of North America

Adopted in its General Body Meeting held in Virginia on September 24-25, 2011

Like other faith communities in the US and elsewhere, we see no inherent conflict between the normative values of Islam and the US Constitution and Bill of Rights.

Contrary to erroneous perceptions and Islamophobic propaganda of political extremists from various backgrounds, the true and authentic teachings of Islam promote the sanctity of human life, dignity of all humans, and respect of human, civil and political rights.  Islamic teachings uphold religious freedom and adherence to the same universal moral values which are accepted by the majority of people of all backgrounds and upon which the US Constitution was established and according to which the Bill of Rights was enunciated.

The Qur’an speaks explicitly about the imperative of just and peaceful co-existence, and the rights of legitimate self-defense against aggression and oppression that pose threats to freedom and security, provided that, a strict code of behavior is adhered to, including the protection of innocent non-combatants. Continue reading On Being Faithful Muslims and Loyal Americans

Muslim-Christian Rapprochement

The Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno invites the community to attend the Muslim-Christian Rapprochement discussion and presentation by Dr Amir Hussein, Friday, October 14 at 7:00 PM.

Muslims and Christians together make up well over half of the world’s population.  Without peace and justice between these two religious communities, there can be no meaningful peace in the world.  The future of the world depends on peace between Muslims and Christians.

The basis for this peace and understanding already exists.  It is part of the very foundational principles of both faiths: love of the One God, and love of the neighbour.  These principles are found over and over again in the sacred texts of Islam and Christianity.  The Unity of God, the necessity of love for Him, and the necessity of love of the neighbour is thus the common ground between Islam and Christianity.

Professor Hussein is a lecturer in the Department of Theological Studies at Loyola Marymount University in southern California.

Islamic Center Marks 9/11 with Unity and Prayers

The Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno hosted the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks by calls for unity, prayers and hope for peaceful tomorrow.  Hundreds of community members from diverse faith and ethnic communities, families and children joined Saturday evening for the anniversary commemoration.

Fresno Mayor Asheley Swearengin spoke during the ceremony and led the recognition of officers from the Fresno Police Department’s Northeast district who were recognized  for their efforts to safeguard the community.  Guest speaker Nancy Meyer spoke on behalf of September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows and called for an end to all violence, especially  in the name of 9/11.  High school student Talia Cherney sang the National Anthem and prayers were recited by Rev. Chris Erdman of  University Presbyterian Church, Rev. Natalie Chamberlain of United Christian Church, Pastor Norman Broadbent of First Congregational Church, Darius Assemi and Kamal Abu-Shamsieh of the Islamic Center.

Children and youth from around the Valley led the participants in releasing doves and send a message of peace and wishes for brighter tomorrow.

The Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno offers its deep appreciation to all the families and individuals who attended the 10th anniversary commemoration of 9/11.  Also, we commend our guest speakers for joining the Islamic Center in calling for unity in the face of challenges that face our nation.

The following are links to media coverage of  the anniversary commemoration.  We thank those who covered the event ; broadcast media and print. Special thanks to Howard Watkins for taking the photos and giving permission to use them.

ABC30 ActionNews: The Valley Remembers September 11th, 10 Years Later

ABC 3O ActionNews: Unity Promoted at Islamic Cultural Center 9/11 Event

Univion 21: 9/11: Centro islámico recordó el aniversario

The Fresno Bee: For Many Valley Muslims, Attacks Led to Prejudice, Questions

The Fresno Bee: Fresno Islamic Center Takes on Peacekeeper Role

The Fresno Bee: Valley Religious Leaders Urge Peace, Tolerance

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