Press Release: RI Faith Leaders Support Muslim Community

Press Release, December 15, 2015

RI Faith Leaders Unite in Support of Muslim Community;

Imam Farid Ansara also announces the first in a series of
open-house gatherings at local mosques 
this Saturday, December 19 at
The Islamic Center of Rhode Island,  39 Haskins St, Providence.

Providence — The Rhode Island Community for Muslim Advancement today held a press conference as a forum for leaders of the state’s faith communities to speak out and show support for the local Muslim community. Among the speakers were:

Bishop Nicholas Knisely – Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island
Bishop James Hazelwood – New England Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
The Rev. Dr. Thomas Wiles – American Baptist Churches of Rhode Island
The Rev. Andrew Mook – Sanctuary Church
The Rev. Dr. Don Anderson – The Rhode Island State Council of Churches
Rabbi Sarah Mack – Rhode Island Board of Rabbis
Toby Ayers – Rhode Island for Community and Justice
Jim Vincent – NAACP

Imam Farid Ansari, of the Islamic Center served as moderator and invited all Rhode Islanders to visit a mosque in the coming weeks. “Come see who we are and what we’re about,” he said. The first open house will be held this Saturday, December 19, from 1 to 3 pm, at the Islamic Center of Rhode Island, 39 Haskins St, Providence. The public is warmly invited.

According to Imam Ansari, “We join all faith communities and people of conscience in condemning the heinous actions, such as in Paris and San Bernadino. Openly and unambiguously, we declare that these acts do not represent Islamic faith and practices. Through all this, in recent weeks the American-Muslim community has seen unprecedented support from public officials, law enforcement, faith communities and fellow citizens, and we are indeed grateful.”

“With Donald Trumps’ call to block Muslims from entering the United States, he becomes the very definition of demagogue,” said Rev. Dr. Donald Anderson, Executive Minister of the Rhode Island State Council of Churches, “who preys upon and takes advantage of peoples’ fear and ignorance for his own political aims. We need leaders who will stand up for the rights of citizens without tarnishing the Muslim community. This is an issue of morality and those who would ostracize and demonize an entire community are just plain wrong,” he said.

For more information, please call Imam Farid Ansari at (401) 274-3986
or Rev. Dr. Don Anderson at the Rhode Island State Council of Churches (401) 461-5558. ###

Press Conference Scheduled

The Rhode Island Council for Muslim Advancement

Announces a Press Conference In Support of the Muslim Community in Rhode Island

The following faith and community leaders will express their support for the Muslim Community in Rhode Island:

Bishop Nicholas Knisely – Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island

Bishop James Hazelwood – New England Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

The Rev. Dr. Thomas Wiles –  American Baptist Churches of Rhode Island

The Rev. Dr. Don Anderson – The Rhode Island State Council of Churches

Rabbi Sarah Mack – Rhode Island Board of Rabbis

Toby Ayers –  Rhode Island for Community and Justice

Jim Vincent –  NAACP

WHEN:
Tuesday, December 15, 2015 at 8:00 AM

WHERE:
The Islamic Center of RI
39 Haskins Street,
Providence, RI 02903

CONTACT:  Imam Farid Ansari   401-529-4251  or 
Rev. Dr. Don Anderson   401-578-0388

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Statement of Islamic Society of North America Regarding San Bernardino

ISNA Offers Condolences to the Families of the Victims of the San Bernardino Shootings
(Plainfield, IN 12/3/15) The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) is outraged by the horrific attacks at Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California.

We mourn with the families of the victims and pray for their ease and comfort during this time of difficulty.

According to shootingtracker.com, there have been 355 mass shootings (4 or more victims) in the last 336 days. Gun violence is a serious issue in America and we urge our leaders to take decisive action towards gun control.

In a statement ISNA President Azhar Azeez said “ISNA sends its condolences and prayers to the families of the victims. We urge the community to stand united against violence and to promote peace and understanding. We also ask that the media reports responsibly by fact checking its stories and by not engaging in fear-mongering rhetoric that may lead to further backlash against American Muslims.”

ISNA encourages all Islamic centers and masajid (mosques) to address this topic in their upcoming Friday prayer services.

The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) is the largest and oldest Islamic umbrella organization in North America. Its mission is to foster the development of the Muslim community, interfaith relations, civic engagement, and better understanding of Islam.

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Syria and the Refugee Crisis

Syria and the Refugee Crisis

We write with shared concern for the growing tragedy of Syrian refugees and with concern for the instability of the region.

At Brown on the evening of Wednesday, December 2 at 7 pm in Lower Salomon an important program offers us all a chance to learn more about the Syrian crisis and to reply with generosity to the plight of the refugee.

Please share this invitation with your community?

Together we hope to mobilize support for the White Helmets, a group committed to saving civilian lives in Syria by providing urgent medical care after bombardments, and to launch our advocacy initiative in favor of welcoming Syrian refugees to Providence.

An interfaith coalition comprised of students involved with Brown RISD Hillel, the Brown Students Association, the Brown RISD Catholic Community, the Brown Christian Fellowship and the Brown Baha’ Club have come together to organize this Middle East Studies-sponsored event with the co-sponsorship of the Office of the Chaplains and Religious Life.

If you are not able to attend but wish to make a contribution please contact the Office of the Chaplains at (401)863-2344, or send a contribution made payable to Brown University: Office of the Chaplains and Religious Life with a notation for “White Helmets.” Thank you.

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