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Reflections on Current Affairs

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Dear Brothers and Sisters of ISWM

May peace and blessings of Allah SWT be upon you
The election year politics has brought a new dimension to the difficulties we Muslims were already going through.  The situation could be even more stressful for those of us who could be visibly identified as Muslims from their names, clothing or the outlook; but in reality, every non-Caucasian person, Muslim or non-Muslim, could be affected. This is partly due to the political positions taken by Mr. Trump.  Unfortunately, many people have started to use the same language or ideology in their personal interactions with Muslims or anybody who does not conform to their identity. Some of the statements and behavior of some people, which were considered a taboo or unacceptable until just a few years ago, are being tolerated, if not prevented. I do not see any sudden reversal of this phenomenon. In fact, as this year would progress, the situation could very well worsen.   To prevent any wrongdoing, ISWM has always tried to keep a close working relationship with the local State and Federal law enforcement offices. In this regard, we are organizing a community meeting with the staff of the Attorney General Office on April 14 (6PM) in our Community Hall to address some of these issues. We encourage you to mark your calendar and come to this meeting.   At this unpredictable time, we all should be careful and use common sense to avoid any harm to our families and ourselves. I have a few suggestions that might help:   A: Avoid extra risk and confrontation: Keep a low profile and use common sense while going out and avoid places that make you uncomfortable. In case of any harassment, try to avoid any confrontation.   B: Report & record any incident: In case of any incident of harassment or discrimination, make detailed written, video or audio note including where, when and what happened. Make a not of some identifying sign for the other party such as the license car number. Depending upon the type and nature of an incident, you may always consider calling 911, or reporting it to the local police or even FBI. We recommend that you document all incidents, small or large, and share them with the board of ISWM. This would help us with our strategy when we meet and communicate with law enforcement.   C: Follow all laws: Be a law-abiding citizen. It does not matter whatever argument you use to prove that you are on the right path; it is unlikely that anybody would agree with you if you continue to break the law. For example, we see that many people coming for Jumah prayer at the masjid regularly break the law and park at places they should not be parking on. Many also park in a way or walk in a way that disturbs our neighbors or the people trying to leave. This is not the Muslim way. A Muslim has to be a truthful, trustworthy and law-abiding citizen.   C: Be a good Muslim: Make sure that you relate to your neighbors and co-workers in a manner that a good Muslim should be. A true Muslim is really known by his character. This might be the key to prevent any wrongdoing or discrimination.    D: Be proactive and volunteer: A lot of work done by the local political and town offices including schools is accomplished with the help of volunteers. Consider volunteering in a school especially if your child goes to that school. You may also volunteer in a committee of the town you reside in or in a politician’s office. ISWM, with the help of other local agencies, is also active in many local social projects. We strongly encourage you to explore and take part in any of these initiatives.   E: Learn & communicate: Be knowledgeable about Islam and the issues of our time. In case of any difficulty or misunderstanding about any part of the Quran or Hadith or any statement made by any scholar, seek guidance. Our respected Imam is always available to help you understand or clarify the matter. For any non-religious question, consider talking to a senior member of the community.  Communicate with your family especially children and discuss the matters affecting their lives. Also, communicate with your friends and neighbors about matters you and they might be interested in and could talk about. This communication should not just be a lecture about Islam. Most people consider religion as a private matter and avoid any discussion on it.   F: Practice Ihsaan daily: When working in your own business or as an employee, try to do something extra every day that could be beneficial to somebody else.   G: Practice and teach moderation: A good way to learn and teach moderation is to understand the fact that your point of view or line of action might not always be the best or acceptable to others. At the same time, the difference of opinion has its limits too. We live in a democratic society and even our own affairs at ISWM are run based upon democratic principles. Difference of opinion, in a democratic system, on one hand is healthy and acceptable, but should also never reach a point that it threatens our basic tenets or the organization.    H: Pray to Allah SWT for help and blessing on a regular basis. Pray for yourself, your family and also for people you might not agree with you. We know that He is the only one who can make any real difference.   Finally, I like to remind everybody that ISWM, including the masjid, is a volunteer based organization. It can provide any guidance or help only if enough people are willing and available to volunteer. Do your share and volunteer with your time, your effort and/or your resources.  May Allah SWT keep us steadfast on a path beneficial to us and everybody around us, Amen.   M. Zubair Kareem

The Casino Law: Vote ‘Yes’ on Question 3

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Salaam and Peace to all,

There is no doubt that there are benefits to the casino business. However, facts confirm that the harm caused by the casino business are far more greater. It harms our faith, social life and our economy. The presence of a casino in our community has negative effects that is suffered by all members of that community.

The statement of our founding fathers stands clearly against gambling and I would like to quote the words of President Thomas Jefferson :

“In a world which furnishes so many employments which are useful, so many of which are amusing, it is our own fault if we ever know what ennui [weariness; heaviness] is, or if we are ever driven to the miserable resources of gaming, which corrupts our dispositions, and teaches us a habit of hostility against all mankind”
S.E. Forman, The Life and Writings of Thomas Jefferson, (Indianapolis: Bowen-Merrill Company, 1900), p. 266, in a letter to Martha Jefferson, 1787.

On behalf of the Muslim community I do support Yes on Question 3 – the ballot question to undo the casino law.

Wissam Abdul Baki Ph.D. Imam of The Islamic Society of Western MA


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