IONA Embraces the Resiliency Project

Press Release: January 15, 2017

IONA Embraces the Resiliency Project

The Islamic Organization of North America (IONA) is one among many organizations that embraced the Resiliency Project initiated by the InterFaith Leadership Council of Metropolitan Detroit (IFLC).

A group of concerned citizens, leaders of organizations and activists united to discuss the Resiliency Project. The large group of participants from every sector of society felt the need to unite against the anticipated rise in hate crimes as well as policies and other actions the new administration may implement that may be unjust and unconstitutional. The result is the following commitment statement.

Commenting on the project, Steve Mustapha Elturk, Imam and President of IONA stated, “We, at IONA, pledge to support the Resiliency Project with words and deeds.” When asked about collaborating with other organizations, he replied, “We have no choice but to come together and fight for our collective rights to freedom, equality and Justice. We, as people belonging to one human family, are obliged to stand together shoulder to shoulder in solidarity against all forms of hate, bigotry, prejudice and discrimination against any people, race or religion. This is our collective calling.”

We encourage you to engage and be part of the movement. You can do so by first endorsing the project by clicking here and when called you will join hands in action to combat the obstacle of discrimination.

We encourage our members and readers to be an active part of the movement. To endorse the statement please go to “Resiliency Project: Commitment Statement”[1] ,

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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 Holds 2016 Annual Convention Open to the Public at Cobo Center

Press Release: November 22, 2016

IONA Holds 2016 Annual Convention Open to the Public at Cobo Center, November 25-27

imam mustapha at 12th ionaconDETROIT, November 22, 2016 – The Islamic Organization of North America is pleased to announce its 12th Annual IONA Convention “Living the Faith: The Struggle Continues - Confronting Challenges, Identifying Solutions.” The event will take place on Friday, November 25-27 in Detroit’s Cobo Center. The convention is open to the public, with lectures and workshops on many challenges which include Islamophobia, drugs, alcoholism, mental health issues among other challenges.

Elaborating on the convention, Imam and President of IONA Steve Elturk shared, “Through our interactive approach, our esteemed speakers and experts will focus on the challenges our community faces through intimate workshops and speeches.” “Our aim is to bring together all sectors of the community including all races and ethnic backgrounds. We are excited to see the community engage in the biggest and most diverse gathering in Michigan at Cobo Center in the heart of Detroit,” concluded Imam Elturk.
More than 30 speakers are scheduled to engage the attendees in a constructive way confronting challenges and identifying solutions. The convention is a family oriented event. Every member of the family from toddlers to youth to adults will enjoy the many programs designed for them.
Ahmed Ismail, the Executive Director of the convention says, “We appreciate Cobo’s leadership and staff. They are very accommodating and cooperative. We also appreciate their understanding and being supportive of our cause.” He added, “We look forward to continue working together for the betterment of our community and city.”
“We hope to see a good turn-out for this event in Cobo Center,” said Claude Molinari, general manager of Cobo Center. “The event brings a great deal of community outreach and organization to the downtown Detroit area at a time of year when it is needed.”

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Contact: IONA Convention, Azer Colakovic, (586) 558-6900

The IONA Convention website can be viewed via this link: ionaconvention.org.
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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.

 
Seek the Welfare of the City

Press Release: September 28, 2016

Seek the Welfare of the City

Last night Imam Mustapha Elturk gave a heartfelt presentation to the collective clergy and community leaders from the Presbyterian Church of the greater South East Michigan area.

The conference titled “Seek the Welfare of the City” was held at First Presbyterian of Birmingham. Many IONA community members also attended. Imam Elturk’s presentation focused on the obligations of charity and good deeds in Islam. He emphasized, “Faith is a personal matter, however, helping humanity, regardless of who they are, is a collective duty upon all people of conscious and faith traditions.” The presentation was followed by a question and answer session.

The Presbyterian leaders welcomed their Muslim guests. They were cordial, warm and friendly. They were gracious enough to serve halal meals in consideration of Muslims’ diet. Our Muslim brothers and sisters sat at different tables in the fellowship hall where meals were served fostering personal relationships with the Presbyterian community. Many new friendships were formed and existing relationships strengthened with the several churches IONA has had interfaith activities with previously.

Commenting on the event, Imam Elturk shared, “We appreciate the opportunity to speak at this event and share our teachings on the Islamic obligations toward the needy and the poor, we also appreciate the hospitality they have shown their Muslim neighbors.” He also added, “Under the present political climate more interfaith events like that are needed.”

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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.

 
In the Wake of the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election

Press Release: November 10, 2016

In the Wake of the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election

Imam Mustapha Elturk, Ameer of the Islamic Organization of North America, delivered a message to the community regarding the outcome of the 2016 United States presidential election. You can view his message by clicking on the image or reading the message below.

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Assalamu Alaikum WRWB,

With every new challenge comes a new opportunity. Allah (SWT) said, “And it may be that you dislike a thing and it may (turn out to) be good for you. And it may be that you like a thing and it may (turn out to) be evil for you. Allah knows and you don’t know.” (al-Baqarah, 2:216)
The Prophet (SAW) once said to Abdullah Ibn Abbass (RAA), “Young man, I will teach you some words. Be mindful of God, and He will take care of you. Be mindful of Him, and you shall find Him at your side. If you ask, ask of God. If you need help, seek it from God. Know that if the whole world were to gather together in order to help you, they would not be able to help you except if God had written so. And if the whole world were to gather together in order to harm you, they would not harm you except if God had written so. The pens have been lifted, and the pages are dry.’ ”
This should be our attitude. No need to panic. Things will be alright, in sha Allah. As a matter of fact, the outcome of the elections has opened up opportunities for us Muslims which we would not have if Hillary had won. Mainly, opportunities of dawa, sharing our beautiful religion and message with others. As Allah (SWT) said in surah Fussilat “Repel evil with good, lest those whom you have enmity with become your close and intimate friend.”
Yes, we need to be cautious, however, there is no need to panic. Be patient and persevere in doing the great work our Faith expects us to do and rest assured that God is with us. In Him alone we place our trust.

Wassalamu alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh!

Mustapha Elturk

 

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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.

 
Orlando Shooting

Press Release: June 13, 2016

IONA condemns the senseless killing in Orlando
 
The Islamic Organization of North America (IONA) condemns in the strongest terms the horrific tragedy and the senseless killing that left 50 people dead and 50 others wounded in Orlando. We extend our condolences to the families of the deceased and pray for the wounded.
 
Such despicable acts are contrary to the teachings of Islam. Islam recognizes the sanctity and sacredness of human life. One may not harm or kill. The Quran emphatically stresses this point, “And do not take any human being’s life – (the life) which God has willed to be sacred – except through (due process of) law.” (17:33)
 
Islam respects the dignity and worth of every human being in his or her own belief and endeavor in the pursuit of life and the truth.
 
We stand by all people of conscience to mourn the death of the victims while we pray for the survivors and their families for quick healing and for peace.

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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.