Protesters rally in Detroit against violence in Gaza

Press Release: July 13, 2014
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Today (Sunday, July 13) at 1:00 pm activists from all over the metro Detroit area rallied in support for the people of Gaza/Palestine and for the residents of Detroit facing water shutoffs.
The Freedom for Gaza Rally, From Detroit to Gaza started at the Max M. Fischer Music Hall in downtown where droves of multi-ethnic protestors took to the street chanting “Free Palestine!” and “No Hate No War”. Americans from all walks of life participated.
Protesters rally in Detroit against violence in Gaza b 7-13-14 Protesters rally in Detroit against violence in GazaArabs/Palestinians, Muslims, Christians and Jewish groups were all present. The rally then marched up Woodward Ave to an open park at Warren Ave by Wayne State University where several speakers including Imam Dawud Walid from CAIR-MI and Rashida Tlaib, member of the Michigan House of Representative, called for the end of the military bombardment of Gaza that killed hundreds mostly civilians and children. They also spoke of the unjust shut off of water to over 100,000 homes in the city of Detroit for overdue utility bills. This collective punishment of 

Detroiters is a joint injustice in Gaza where water, food and medicine have also been cut off. 

The solidarity of Detroiters with Gaza was made clear overwhelmingly by the voices of the mass of protestors. IONA members including Ameer Mustapha were marching and participating throughout the rally. 

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IONA’s mission is to transform its members and help transform the surrounding communities to righteous, God-fearing people, who collectively strive for the highest moral standard and constantly seek forgiveness from our Creator to earn His pleasure. We seek His compassion and mercy in this life and in the hereafter. We rejuvenate our soul through internal struggle and spiritual exercise in worship of our creator God. The strength of our belief in God gives us the courage to establish good and forbid evil, thus promoting a system of justice for all mankind.

 
IONA Denounces ISIS’ Declaration of Caliphate

Press Release: July 7, 2014

IONA Denounces ISIS’ Declaration of Caliphate

The Islamic Organization of North America (IONA) condemns the barbaric and un-Islamic actions of the militant extremist terror group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Their actions of beheading people and desecrating shrines and houses of worship is repugnant to the teachings of the Qur’an and Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him). Islam calls for the protection of monasteries, churches, synagogues and mosques not their destruction.

Top clerics, jurists and scholars from around the world have condemned ISIS’ aspirations of Islamic Caliphate as illegitimate and that their actions are criminal. In their recent statement concerning the declaration of a “caliphate” by the Islamic State in Iraq and Levant (ISIS), the International Union of Muslim Scholars led by Sh. Yusuf al-Qaradawi said that the caliphate declaration is “null and void” and “lacks any realistic or legitimate standards.” “Linking the concept of caliphate to an organization known to be extremist does not serve Islam,” the scholars said.

IONA agrees with Sh. Yusuf al-Qaradawi who stated that the declaration of an Islamic caliphate by the militant Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) violates sharia law.

We caution our brothers and sisters especially the youth from being brainwashed and falling prey to ISIS’ misleading propaganda through the internet or any social media outlet in an attempt to recruit fighters from the US.

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IONA’s mission is to transform its members and help transform the surrounding communities to righteous, God-fearing people, who collectively strive for the highest moral standard and constantly seek forgiveness from our Creator to earn His pleasure. We seek His compassion and mercy in this life and in the hereafter. We rejuvenate our soul through internal struggle and spiritual exercise in worship of our creator God. The strength of our belief in God gives us the courage to establish good and forbid evil, thus promoting a system of justice for all mankind.

 
IONA’s Community Service Award Ceremony

Press Release: May 26, 2014

IONA’s Community Service Award Ceremony

On Saturday, May 24, 2014, the Islamic Organization of North America (IONA) held a Community Service Award Ceremony, honoring two companies and three individuals for their volunteer work. State Senator Steven Bieda and Mayor James Fouts from Warren attended as honorary guests. The ceremony commenced with a verse from the Qur’an (chapter 3:177) that highlighted righteousness and its relationship with serving the community.

Steve Mustapha Elturk, Imam and President of IONA, gave a brief presentation on IONA and its activities. “IONA has grown from 200 families to nearly 1000 families since IONA established its first Mosque and Learning Center in the city of Warren in May of 2007,” Imam Elturk stated. He further explained, “The principle by which we live is verse 13 from chapter 49, ‘O mankind, We created you from a single male and female (Adam and Eve), and made you into nations and tribes so you may know one another.’” He also said, “We don’t simply tolerate people of other faiths, we accept them, we are brothers and sisters in humanity.” IONA has consistently been assisting and meeting the needs of the community (Muslims and non-Muslims alike) through its outreach and community service programs.

James Fouts, the Mayor of Warren, in his speech said, “I commend Imam Elturk who is a tireless worker for the organization and a strong advocate for human rights and fairness in this community…you are letting the people of Warren and in the United States know that Muslims are no different than anyone else.”

In acknowledging the efforts and hard labor bringing the community together, Mayor Fouts quoted the resolution that was unanimously passed by Warren City Council in 2010, ‘Re-affirming the American Core Values of Freedom Equality and Justice.’ He quoted, “WHEREAS, the City of Warren is united in speaking out against any expression of prejudice, intimidation, hate, or violence that is aimed at hurting or excluding an individual, a family, or a group of people because of who they are. We are committed to nonviolent solutions to human suffering and injustice, and join together to work for economic well-being and social justice for all.”

The Mayor welcomes with open arms the hundreds of new families that moved to the city of Warren and recognized the many free programs IONA offers all residents of Warren, including assisting neighbors in need and the bi-weekly free medical clinic. The Mayor ended his speech by saying, “Let’s keep building the bridges of understanding so that any fears or comments made toward one group or another will be permanently eliminated.”

Senator Bieda in his brief remarks acknowledged those who serve our country, who have come from different ethnic backgrounds and faith traditions including Christians, Jews and Muslims. He admires the diversity of our country. “The diversity makes us stronger,” he affirmed. Inspired by the saying of Muhammad (peace be upon him) which was the theme of the ceremony, “The best of people are those who are beneficial to others,” Senator Bieda was reminded of John F. Kennedy’s quote from his inaugural address, “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” He acknowledged, “…the folks we are honoring here today… gave to the community, they participated and made life better for everybody else… this is a very high calling for somebody to become involved.”

The Senator commended the Mayor for his support in response to the controversy over the mosque. He called Imam Elturk a friend and said that it was his honor to invite him to the State Capitol where he recently gave a wonderful invocation to the State Senate during Muslim Day at the State Capitol (May 13, 2014). Senator Bieda thanked the volunteers for being part of the community and for working with others to help build a better community, city, state and better country.

iona-community-service-award-ceremonyThe awards were then presented by the Senator and Mayor to Mr. Terry Hamilton, President of St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, for their support in providing staff and lab work to the annual IONA Free Medical Clinic open to the public, Mr. Mansoor Ahmad from Dazzle printing who supported IONA’s printing needs free of charge, Dr. Taufiq Ahmad Khan for giving back to the community free medical checkups, and Dr. Sirajul Haq for the bi-weekly free medical clinic at IONA. The last award went to Mr. Jamshed Malik for his IT support to IONA.

Imam Elturk explained that in the Islamic tradition Muslims don’t usually like to be recognized since the work they do is for the pleasure of God, however, Imam Elturk recalled the saying of Prophet Muhammad, “Whoever does not thank people has not thanked God.” The awards were simply a token of appreciation.

The event was well attended. Members from many chapters of IONA as well as other guests including Karen Smith, the Executive Director for Leadership Macomb and her husband were among the attendees.

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IONA’s mission is to transform its members and help transform the surrounding communities to righteous, God-fearing people, who collectively strive for the highest moral standard and constantly seek forgiveness from our Creator to earn His pleasure. We seek His compassion and mercy in this life and in the hereafter. We rejuvenate our soul through internal struggle and spiritual exercise in worship of our creator God. The strength of our belief in God gives us the courage to establish good and forbid evil, thus promoting a system of justice for all mankind.

 
IONA Supports the Take on Hate Campaign

Press Release: June 23, 2014

IONA Supports the Take on Hate Campaign
Detroit, MI - Ameer Mustapha Elturk, Imam and president of the Islamic Organization of North America (IONA) and IONA’s assistant outreach director William Antoun attended the National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC) press conference to announce the local launch of The Campaign to TAKE ON HATE. The press conference was hosted by the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, at the historic Cadillac Place building in Detroit.
TAKE ON HATE is a campaign that challenges the current cultural acceptability of discrimination towards Arab and Muslim Americans. The NNAAC, a project of ACCESS, campaign is supported by many civil rights organizations. The campaign aims to achieve meaningful social change, not only through public education, media and coalition building, but also by providing a platform for Arab and Muslim Americans to speak up and inspire real policy change that challenges institutional discrimination and protects the rights of all communities. “It’s time to confront the ‘acceptable bigotry’ toward Arab and Muslim Americans. Judgment, profiling, slandering, making jokes-no matter how it’s delivered, it’s still hate. It’s still happening. It’s still wrong,” “TAKE ON HATE moves us closer to being a nation that upholds dignity and equality for all-regardless of national origin, ethnicity or religion” said Nadia Tonova, director of NNAAC.
The Islamic Organization of North America (IONA) fully supports the initiative and is committed to working with the local organizers on this very important campaign. “Hate is a vice and is evil. Love is a virtue and is good. We shall confront evil with good and hate with love. ‘Good and evil cannot be equal. Repel evil with good lest your enemy may become a good friend’ (Qur’an, 41:34)”, said Imam Elturk.
To learn more about the press conference please follow the link, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BdEIAQE3vjg
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IONA’s mission is to transform its members and help transform the surrounding communities to righteous, God-fearing people, who collectively strive for the highest moral standard and constantly seek forgiveness from our Creator to earn His pleasure. We seek His compassion and mercy in this life and in the hereafter. We rejuvenate our soul through internal struggle and spiritual exercise in worship of our creator God. The strength of our belief in God gives us the courage to establish good and forbid evil, thus promoting a system of justice for all mankind.

 
IONA, part of Abrahamic Faith Lecture

 

Abrahamic Faith LecturePRESS RELEASE:March 14, 2013

IONA, part of Abrahamic Faith Lecture

On Tuesday night, March 12, St. Fabian Catholic Church in Farmington Hills hosted an interfaith event to discuss and compare the three major Abrahamic faith traditions. Imam Mustapha Elturk from the Islamic Organization of North America, IONA, spoke on Islam. The parish priest Father Jeffrey Day represented Christianity and reform Rabbi Michael Moskowitz from Temple Shir Shalom was there for Judaism.
The evening started at just before 7 pm with Celia St. Charles from St. Fabian coordinating the speakers and setting up the power point for the lectures. Each speaker spoke from his faith tradition covering seven categories. The first category was Scripture. Rabbi Moskowitz, representing Judaism, the oldest of the Abrahamic tradition, went first. He explained the nature of the writing of the Torah and the Talmud. Fr. Day then spoke on when and how the New Testament was recorded and the differences Christian sects had regarding the bible. He also spoke about the history of changes in the Bible and how the Church changed its stance on Jews and Muslims in the 20th century. Imam Elturk gave a thorough talk on the final divine revelation (the Qur’an) the prophet Muhammad (SAW) received and how it was maintained orally. Modes of worship followed with Rabbi Moskowitz leading. This pattern continued with the categories of afterlife and Mary. Imam Elturk quoted the Quran to explain Mary (AS) who is mentioned often and with an entire chapter named after her. Fr. Day and Imam Elturk presented the views of Christianity and Islam on Jesus and the Trinity. Fr. Day articulated what makes Catholic doctrine different from other sects. According to the Catholics, Jesus is perceived to be divine and is one part of the trinity that makes God. Imam Elturk, again using the Qur’an, explained the Muslims’ beliefs regarding Jesus (AS) and the trinity. He quoted the verses that explain the position of Jesus as a messenger of God and that God is one and alone. He neither begets, nor is He begotten. There was a very friendly atmosphere in the room. The three speakers have known each other from interfaith circles. The audience was entertained by their humor and humbled by their humility. The last category was forgiveness. Rabbi Moskowitz led the discussion giving the Judaic tradition of asking for forgiveness through many of their holiday celebrations particularly Yom Kippur. Fr. Day and Imam Elturk shared their faith perspectives on the subject. The event was concluded with questions and answers.Abrahamic Faith Lecture2

More than 300 people attended the event. A group from the Muslim community attended to learn and interact with others. Qur’ans in English and IONA literature were made available for free to the audience. They disappeared within the first 20 minutes of the event. St. Fabian had also graciously laid out a nice table spread which made the evening even more welcoming.

 

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