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

Tuesday, December 15, 2015 at 8:00 AM

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, 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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