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Zafar Siddiqui

Interfaith Leader, Educator

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January 11, 2015
#JeSuisAhmed and #JeSuisDalia

#JeSuisAhmed and #JeSuisDalia

The generalizations that we see in response to the terrorist attack in France are blurring the reality. These two hashtags give us a better understanding of the reality - an individual who paid with his life to protect others, and another individual who is being asked to answer for someone else's crime.
Your Voices
January 8, 2015

U.S. Muslims Condemn Paris Terror Attack, Defend Free Speech

U.S. Muslims Condemn Paris Terror Attack, Defend Free Speech
Your Voices
December 25, 2014

Muslims Love Jesus

Yes, it is the truth that Muslims love Jesus (peace be upon him).
Your Voices
December 19, 2014

A Reading of the Chapter of Mary in the Qur'an

The program will focus on the similarities between Christianity and Islam by honoring Mary, the mother of Jesus, and the birth of Jesus. There will be a reading from the Chapter of Mary (surah Maryam) from the Qur'an, the Muslim holy book.
Your Voices
December 17, 2014

On Condemning Terrorism

Coming on the heels of the terror in Sydney, wreaked by a deranged lunatic, who happened to be Muslim, this tragedy in Pakistan shocked the world to its core. The savagery of this terrorist act can be gauged by the fact that even the Afghan Taliban issued a condemnation of this action by the Pakistani Taliban.
Your Voices
November 11, 2014

Meet a Minnesota Muslim Veteran

I joined the Army National Guard in 1992 and since that time I have been committed to the Guard. Right now, I have a family and I'm still committed to the Guard and everything I did before. I served two years in Iraq, between 2005 to 2007, with the Red Bulls Minnesota Army National Guard. And right now I work with my engineering degree as a product development engineer in one of the leading companies in Minnesota
Your Voices
November 3, 2014
Minnesota Achieves a Unique Distinction in Christian Muslim Relations

Minnesota Achieves a Unique Distinction in Christian Muslim Relations

In 1989, Minnesota saw the birth of the Muslim Christian Dialogue program jointly organized by the Islamic Center of Minnesota (ICM) and the Minnesota Council of Churches (MCC). The largest Islamic center in Minnesota and a major Christian umbrella organization coming together for such an edifying project set the tone of Muslim Christian relations in our state. The increasing Muslim population and an overriding need for Muslims and Christians to understand each other in a deeper way was a major motivator behind the initiation of this program.
Your Voices
October 4, 2014

Hajj - The Abrahamic Connection

Hundreds of Minnesota Muslims are currently in Saudi Arabia to perform the Hajj as part of the several thousand strong contingent from the United States. Hajj is the fifth pillar of Islam and is a religious obligation that must be performed at least once in a person's lifetime if one is financially and physically capable.
Your Voices
September 26, 2014

Indian Prime Minister's Visit to the U.S. Cannot Be Divorced from His Past

The camaraderie between the world's oldest and the world's largest democracies is no surprise. However, the current prime minister of India was a persona non grata in the United States until just a few months ago. He was denied entry into the country in 2005 on the grounds of a religious freedom violation under the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998, the first and only time such a denial had been issued. Modi was the Chief Minister of the Indian state of Gujarat when violence against minorities was carried out under his watch in the Gujarat pogroms of 2002.
Your Voices
September 23, 2014

Minnesota Muslims to Host Seminar for Law Enforcement

The first annual POST-accredited seminar is organized by 15 Muslim community organizations, in collaboration with law enforcement officers statewide.
Your Voices
September 4, 2014

American Muslim Organizations Condemn ISIS Terrorism

The murder of innocent civilians is immoral, illegal, barbaric, and in direct contravention of the major tenets of Islam and Islamic law. No cause or purpose is served by this heinous act other than a clear manifestation of this group's cruel and un-Islamic nature.
Your Voices
August 15, 2014
Siad Ali will be an asset to the Minneapolis School Board

Siad Ali will be an asset to the Minneapolis School Board

Ali exudes a deep love of education. He speaks with great passion about topics that are close to his heart – addressing the achievement gap for Minneapolis students, increasing pay for teachers, and nurturing partnerships between schools and neighbors.
Your Voices
August 3, 2014
Brother Ali on Palestinian/Israeli Conflict

Brother Ali on Palestinian/Israeli Conflict

Minnesota based world renowned hip-hop recording artist and rapper, Brother Ali (a.k.a. Ali Newman) shared his thoughts on the ongoing Palestinian/Israeli conflict.
Your Voices
July 28, 2014

Mayor of Minneapolis Declares July 28 as Eid Al-Fitr Day

Muslims in Minnesota and around the world will be celebrating Eid Al-Fitr (end of Ramadan celebration) on Monday, July 28, 2014.
Your Voices
May 19, 2014

India Election Results Bring Back Focus on Human Rights and Religious Freedom

The United States and India have a great role to play in furthering democratic ideals in the world. The cornerstone of democracy is invariably rooted in how well a democratic country ensures the safety and security of minorities and an equal opportunity for all at the economic table - not just on paper but in practice as well.
Your Voices
May 12, 2014
Siddiqui: Thank you to all mothers

Siddiqui: Thank you to all mothers

To all the mothers out there - I would like to express my deepest regard and offer my sincere thanks for taking on this most noble role! You are the real heroes who nurture the young minds and make our human civilization thrive. The travails of pregnancy that you endure, the unmatched dedication in caring for the newborn, and the selfless compassion that you show; there is no equal to that. Dictionaries will beat a retreat if one were to try to find the right word to say "thank you" to you !
Your Voices
May 11, 2014
A Huge Thank You to All Mothers

A Huge Thank You to All Mothers

To all the mothers out there - I would like to express my deepest regard and offer my sincere thanks for taking on this most noble role! You are the real heroes who nurture the young minds and make our human civilization thrive. The travails of pregnancy that you endure, the unmatched dedication in caring for the newborn, and the selfless compassion that you show; there is no equal to that. Dictionaries will beat a retreat if one were to try to find the right word to say "thank you" to you !
Your Voices
April 14, 2014
Minnesota Loses a Great Champion of Interfaith Dialogue

Minnesota Loses a Great Champion of Interfaith Dialogue

Terry's efforts at the MCDC at the University of St. Thomas were phenomenal. As a member of the advisory board of the MCDC, I had the good fortune of seeing this Center develop into a hub of Catholic-Muslim relations over the years. I am impressed by the great progress the center has made under the leadership of Terry and MCDC's co-director, Dr. Adil Ozdemir. The Center held several events, seminars, conferences, and dialogues involving Muslims and Christians.
Your Voices
April 14, 2014

MN Muslim Group Condemns Shooting at Jewish Centers

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims, families, and the larger Jewish community after today's shooting at the Jewish Community Center & Assisted Living Centers in Kansas City, Missouri.
Your Voices
April 6, 2014
MN Rights Group Testifies at Congressional Hearing on the Plight of Minorities in India

MN Rights Group Testifies at Congressional Hearing on the Plight of Minorities in India

While the US has human rights as part of its US-China strategic dialogue, human rights and religious freedom issues are missing from the US-India strategic dialogue framework. When India is on the brink of electing a prime minister with the blood of 2,000 people on his hands and belonging to a party with an overt record of oppressing minorities, the incorporation of human rights as part of the bilateral framework assumes a great deal of urgency.
Your Voices
March 28, 2014
MN Muslim Experience Since 1880

MN Muslim Experience Since 1880

Tracks in the Snow is the third phase of the Minnesota Muslim Experience project produced by Islamic Resource Group (IRG) through generous support from the Minnesota Historical Society Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund (ACHF). The traveling exhibit is designed to expose Minnesotans to the untold narratives of Minnesota Muslims, a deep-rooted and growing part of the state's community.
Your Voices
January 8, 2014
An Increasingly Diverse Religious Landscape

An Increasingly Diverse Religious Landscape

The religious landscape in the U.S. is changing. Our country is getting more religiously diverse. This change calls for a fundamental change in the way we approach interreligious understanding and outreach.
Your Voices
December 24, 2013

Wisdom of Jesus

Islam has the largest body of texts relating to Jesus (peace be upon him) in any non-Christian literature. Also, Islam is the only non-Christian religion that considers Jesus as the Christ or the Messiah.
Your Voices
December 2, 2013

Rep. Ellison and Rep. McCollum Take a Stand Against Human Rights Abusers

Rep. Ellison and Rep. McCollum do Minnesotans proud by their unwavering and unequivocal support of human rights. By denying human rights abusers like Modi entry into the United States, the message that the U.S. is sending out is clear that Indian democracy is better served by leaders who honor human rights and the rights of all citizens in India.
Your Voices
September 23, 2013

Somali Imams Condemn Terror Attacks in Kenya

Minnesota Somali Imams and community leaders condemn the terror attacks in Kenya.