The Minnesota Muslim community came out strongly in support of the Sikh community in the wake of Wisconsin shootings. The Indian American Muslim Council (Minnesota chapter) and the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) sent out press releases expressing solidarity with Sikh Americans.
While the motive of the shooter remains unclear at this time, the FBI is treating this terror rampage as "domestic terror."
The Indian American Muslim Council (Minnesota chapter) released the following press release:
Senator Amy Klobuchar at the Islamic Center of Minnesota's Annual Ramadan Dinner
The Minnesota Muslim community marked the commencement of the month of Ramadan with special late night prayers called the Taraweeh prayers that started at 10:45 PM and lasted until midnight. Most Muslims will wake up around 3 AM to have a light meal called Suhur. Around 4 AM, they will pray the first prayer of the day called the Fajr prayer. Some may decide to take a short nap while others may immerse themselves in reading the Qur'an.
It certainly promises to be a long day but the Muslim community looks forward to the first day of fasting and takes this opportunity to grow spiritually, purify physically, exercise self-control, and increase empathy for the poor.
I dedicate this blog entry to all the fathers who are making a difference in the lives of their children. Mothers and fathers are the pillars of any healthy society. Islam acknowledges their great contributions to human civilization. Respect, love, compassion, and obedience to parents is not an option but an obligation in Islam.
“Your Lord has decreed that you worship none but Him, and that you be kind to parents. Whether one or both of them attain old age in your life, say not to them a word of contempt, nor repel them, but address them in terms of honor.’ (Qur'an 17:23)
Here I feature two Minnesota Muslim dads and their reflections on fatherhood.