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IIC Celebrates 10th Anniversary With New Direction

The Islamic Information Center, after a hiatus, has returned in a new format and with a more focused mission in order to best service the needs of the American Muslim community. IIC returns on its 10th Anniversary with a brand new webpage, a new dedication to community activism, and with a fresh stance. [FA_Lite id=”35″]

IIC has gone through many changes since its founding in 2002, and in its newest format, will primarily serve as a news organization – dedicated to unbiased, topical, and accurate reporting of stories that are of critical importance to Muslims around the world

Individuals interested in obtaining round the clock information, and the latest updated stories on Islamic issues, can go to the IIC webpage 24 hours a day, and constantly receive the latest updated news. IIC’s new webpage has a modified version of “Islam in 60 Seconds” available throughout the day, with fresh new stories throughout the day – every day. Want to see it?

 

Islam in 60 Seconds November 8 2012

Begun in 2006, Islam in 60 Seconds has been an important news source for Muslims in 30 countries, including the United States, Canada, England, France, and Pakistan. The New IIC returns with Volume VI of Islam in 60 Seconds. Each story is an abbreviated summary of the news, allowing readers to quickly digest a large amount of information relating to Muslims around the world.

Americas and Europe

Anti-Islam film protest outside Google’s London HQ
BBC
Protest groups say more action is planned outside Google headquarters worldwide. Buckingham Palace Road in Victoria was closed for three hours by the demonstration. The protesters called for the trailer for the US-made film, Innocence of Muslims, to be removed from YouTube, which is owned by Google. Google has said the video is “clearly within our guidelines and so will stay on YouTube”. The trailer for the film has provoked anger for its portrayal of the Prophet Muhammad.
After Vatican screening of ‘Muslim Scare’ video, a call for dialogue
Washington Post
When he presented an amateur and xenophobic film about the threat of “rising Muslim demographics” a few weeks ago at the Vatican’s Synod to a group of more than 200 prominent bishops, Cardinal Peter Turkson sent an implicit message: religious pluralism and dialogue with Muslims pose an inherent danger to the Vatican’s New Evangelization, a papal call for the renewed sharing of the Gospel message throughout the world. The video — which has been viewed over 13 million times on YouTube — intends to incite fear among Christians by pointing to untrue statistics about Muslim population growth. Insisting that Europe and North America will eventually become “Islamic states,” the film calls on “believers” to “wake up” and “share the Gospel message with the world.

Middle East

Radical Saudis fund $100m Kabul mosque
GulfNews
Members of the radical “Salafi” Sect of Saudi Arabia are funding a $100m (Dh367,300 million) alleged mosque and Islamic education centre in Kabul that will teach thousands of students a year and help bolster Saudi influence in Afghanistan as the west withdraws. Work on the sprawling 30-hectare hilltop complex is due to be completed by early 2016. “This … centre has several aims, one is to ensure good relations between Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia,” said the acting Saudi minister of Haj and Islamic affairs, Dr Dayi Al Haq Abed.
Salafist Muslims Demand Sharia Law in Egypt’s New Constitution
Turkish Weekly
Several hundred Salafist Muslims have demonstrated in the Egyptian capital Cairo with demands for Islamic law or sharia in Egypt’s new constitution. The number of protesters in Cairo’s Tahrir Square was small because the main Salafist groups decided to postpone their demonstration on the issue to a later date, according to international media correspondents. Egypt’s new constitution is set to replace the 1971 charter suspended by the military which took power when long-time President Hosni Mubarak was ousted in February 2011.

Great Asia

In Corner of Myanmar, Muslims Seek Relief
Wall Street Journal
A Muslim enclave in this scrappy port town on the Bay of Bengal is quickly turning into a prison-like ghetto, highlighting the risk that Myanmar’s dramatic democratic revival could unleash centuries-old ethnic hatreds that had partly been held in check by nearly 50 years of military rule. Sittwe, a town of around 250,000 people, is supposed to be one of Myanmar’s new boomtowns. The main drag is dotted with brand-new banks and India is funding a $214 million new port to open up a route up the Kaladan River to its eastern border, with an eye to turning this strip of Myanmar’s coastline into an international trading hub. But a couple of hundred meters back from where the river empties into the ocean, 7,000 Muslim Rohingyas are crammed into a steadily shrinking neighborhood called Aung Min Glar.
Malala Yousafzai and the Media Frenzy- Exploring Selective Muslim Coverage
Muslim Matters
In recent days, the incident of Malala Yousafzai shot by the Taliban for promoting education for girls has flowed across all media outlets.  It was the story of a young girl who bravely campaigned for female education under the rule of the Taliban. Charging her for “promoting secularism” the Taliban ordered a gunman to shoot her in the head on the 9th of October, 2012. Now, Malala has been flown to the UK for treatment. Former British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, has launched a UN petition in her name using the slogan, “I am Malala” demanding that all children worldwide be in school by 2015.

Africa

Ethiopia Muslims rally on Fridays as tension rises
SacBee
As midday prayers came to an end at the Grand Anwar mosque in Ethiopia’s capital, worshippers continued on to what has become a regular second act on Fridays – shouting anti-government slogans.The demonstrations this Friday did not turn violent. But tensions are rising between the government in this mostly Christian country and Muslim worshippers. On Monday, federal prosecutors charged a group of 29 Muslims with terrorism and working to establish an Islamic republic.
Ripping Off the Faithful – the Hajj and Umrah Tour Scam
All Africa
Going on hajj at least once in the lifetime of a Muslim who could afford it is one of the Five Pillars of Islam. However, fraudsters masquerading as travel agents are on the prowl defrauding intending pilgrims in the guise of facilitating the pilgrimage. MAIRO MUHAMMAD MUDI, Abuja and MIDAT JOSEPH, Kaduna beam the klieg light on this multi-million naira scam. The Maharam fiasco has been the major talking point of this year’s hajj operations in the country. However, as the pilgrims are airlifted back to the country after hajj, LEADERSHIP Weekend can authoritatively reveal that thousands of would-be pilgrims failed to make this year’s hajj because they were swindled by fraudulent travel agents. According to an Abuja-based victims who pleaded anonymity, “the agents charged N300,000 for the Saudi visa and N320,000 for the flight tickets. The intending pilgrim could pay more if she also wants the agents to make accommodation arrangements for her in Saudi.” The scam is nationwide and victims cut across all strata of society. Sheik Muhammadu Fadlu, is the Chief Imam of Suleja Main Mosque and one of the intending pilgrims defrauded by the travel agents.

Info Alert: IIC Condemns Attacks on US Embassies Abroad

The Islamic Information Center, joining a statement from UMAA and the Idara e Jaferia, strongly condemns the attacks on the United States Embassies in Cairo, Eypt, Benghazi, Libya, and Sanaa, Yemen. Further, we condemn the murder of US Ambassador Christopher Stevens and that of his staff members. No legitimate goal can ever be accomplished by harming innocent people, and no such behavior can ever be tolerated by the Holy Religion of Islam. We call upon the people of Egypt, Libya, and Yemen to take proactive measures to prevent violence and ensure that such actions can never happen again.
These riots are believed to be the result of an anti-Islam video created in the United States, which while derogatory and insulting, do not justify the harming of innocents. In the Holy Quran, God says that evil must be met with good deeds:

“The good deed and the evil deed are not alike. Repel the evil deed with one which is better, then lo! he, between whom and thee there was enmity will become as though he was a near friend.” (Chapter 41, Verse 34).

The Islamic Information Center condemns all acts of terrorism as deplorable crimes against humanity, as they are completely reprehensible, and there is no legitimate reason for them to occur. Islam is a religion that advocates peace and tranquility amongst all peoples, and for any innocent individual to be harmed, is completely against the teachings of Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him).

Islam, as taught by the Holy Prophet and his family, strongly advocates peaceful dialogue and discussion and rejects wanton violence against innocents. Further, the Holy Prophet Muhammad (May God Bless Him) condemned all forms of terrorism against all people. The individuals who perpetrated this attack blatantly acted against the teachings of Islam and humanity.

IIC Responds to Anti Prophet Muhammad Media

(WASHINGTON DC – September 20, 2012) The Islamic Information Center reaffirms its condemenation of all media material that insults or denigrates Islam and Prophet Muhammad, and all other media types designed to falsely insult or denigrate any other group of people, and is firmly against any efforts to create enmity between Muslims and non-Muslims.

However, IIC believes this is the an excellent opportunity to strike a blow at the perpetrators of hate speech – by engaging in intellectual dialogue. Nearly every media outlet around the world is talking about how materials have been made to insult Prophet Muhammad – but almost none of them are talkign about the actual personality of Prophet Muhammad. This creates a gap in the news, and it is the responsibility of Muslims to fill that gap with the truth in a way that is attractive to a plethora of audiences.

To that effect, IIC calls upon community members to download and distribute the Prophet Muhammad Information Packet, developed by IIC, and use it as a starting point to talk to non-Muslims about the true personality and life of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (May God Bless Him).

IIC Condemns Violence Against Shi’ites In Pakistan

The Islamic Information Center strongly condemns the atrocities being committed by Taliban and related Takfiri forces in Pakistan against Shia Muslims. According to news, nearly three dozen Shi’ite civilians are killed in daily attacks from the Taliban fighters. Such atrocities are a violation of human rights, and IIC believes that the Pakistani government should take immediate action to prevent further bloodshed.

Furthermore, IIC calls upon the international community to also condemn the attacks that have destroyed countless families, and threaten to destabilize peace efforts throughout the region.

In recent days, there have been bombings, gun attacks, abductions, and beheadings of civilians in the Parachinar, Kurram Agency, Dera Ismail Khan, and Hangu areas of Pakistan. All the victims are of the Shi’ite branch of Islam, and displayed evidence of torture. Fighters are believed to have crossed the border from Afghanistan, or be Takfiri fighters from Pakistan. Despite the fact that local and international media organizations have brought worldwide attention to these attacks, the Pakistani government has not taken any action to halt the violence or restore peace.

 

Muslims Condemn Attack at Fort Hood

The Islamic Information Center, in conjunction with all the major Muslim organizations nationwide, strongly condemns the attack on U.S. Military Base Fort Hood in Texas that took place today. American Muslims stand with their fellow citizens in offering prayers for the victims, and sincere condolences to the families of those killed or injured. While several news reports have cited one of the gunmen to be Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, IIC strongly emphasizes that this attack and its perpetrator are in no way  representative of the Muslim people or the peace-loving religion of Islam.

Eleven people plus a gunman were dead and 31 wounded after the gunman opened fire Thursday on a soldier-processing center at Fort Hood, Texas, officials said. The gunman was a soldier, and two other soldiers have been detained as suspects, Army Lt. Gen. Bob Cone said. For more information about the attack, please read the Google News collection of stories on the topic.

Islam, as taught by the Holy Prophet and his family, strongly advocates peaceful dialogue and discussion. The Prophet Muhammad (May God Bless Him) condemned all forms of terrorism against all people. The individuals who perpetrated this attack blatantly acted against the teachings of Islam and humanity.

The Islamic Information Center, under the guidance of Imam Syed Naqvi, works to bring understanding among people of all faiths and background in an attempt to build bridges for the future to prevent hate crimes through education and tolerance. IIC also works to correct any misinformation about matters relating to the Holy Religion of Islam.

The American Leadership Initiative for Muslims Convention 2010

The Islamic Information Center is proud to announce its second annual convention, the American Leadership Initiative for Muslims, to take place on July 23 – 25, 2010. We are seeking the best and brightest from each community, professionals, students, community activists, and anyone who wants to make a difference to attend this action-oriented convention. Over the past several years, it has becoming increasingly important for American Muslims to take on leadership roles in the community and engage the government in dialogue. Specifically this convention will focus on professionalism, civic engagement, citizenship and activism.

The American Leadership Initiative for Muslims Convention is dedicated to brainstorming actionable ideas, plans, and initiatives to elevate the status of our community in the United States. At the conclusion of the convention, attendees will return to their home communities with specific plans of action to effectuate these goals, and the Islamic Information Center will help to coordinate these nationwide initiatives throughout the year.

This convention includes site visits to crucial U.S. government agencies and meetings with government officials.  Each day, attendees will work together to strategize and establish goals to be achieved enact throughout the year. These meetings will not discuss hypothetical topics – but actual plans to implement the knowledge gained at the convention to help ALL Muslims, both locally and abroad!

The Islamic Information Center is proud to announce its second annual convention, the American Leadership Initiative for Muslims, to take place on July 23 – 25. We are seeking the best and brightest from each community, professionals, students, community activists, and anyone who wants to make a difference to attend this action-oriented convention. This convention is different than any other type of Muslim convention in a few ways:

  • This is an action oriented convention, dedicated to creating new and realistic solutions – nothing at this convention is “hypothetical
  • All attendees participate in discussions on the future of our community in this country
  • This event features organizations that have succeeded in different ways in helping Muslims and other innocents around the world, including Democracy and Human Rights in Bahrain, the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, and more!
  • The convention will also feature various government agencies and elected officials responsible for policies that affect us all, such as the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI); Departments of State, Treasury, and Education; and several current US Congressmen and Congresswomen!
  • Attendees will have the opportunity to tour various government facilities, and see where the US decision making process happens.
  •  The American Leadership Initiative for Muslims will take place at the Capital Hilton, less than THREE BLOCKS from the White House.
  • This is not a “large scale” convention with innumerable attendees, but a convention that seeks to involve community members who want to make a difference.