CHARLOTTE, NC–Saâ€™idah Sharif-Sudan, an advocate for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, is starting a shelter for Muslim women in Charlotte. She had earlier started a shelter in New Jersey in 2003.
At a luncheon sponsored by the Domestic Violence Advocacy Council this week Sudan said the shelter, the first of its kind in Charlotte, would be officially would be launched in the coming months.
Sudan says she would also like to sensitize social workers to the needs of Muslims. â€œIâ€™d like to educate the social workers, the police departments,â€ she said. â€œThey donâ€™t know much about the Muslim community and domestic violence.â€
For starters, she said, it is important to keep in mind that domestic violence is not just a problem in the Muslim community.
â€œDomestic violence has no religion, no color, no face â€“ itâ€™s everywhere,â€ Sudan said. â€œIf Muslim husbands beat their wives, they are not practicing what they say they believe (as Muslims). But neither are Catholics or Baptists when they beat their wives.â€
Syed Muzzamil wins scholarship
SOMERVILLE,NJ–Syed Muzzamil is a recipient of the 2009 New Jersey Center for Tourette Syndromeâ€™s 2009 Childrenâ€™s Scholarship in the amount of $500. Muzzamil, who graduated from North Brunswick Township High School, was selected for his academic achievement, community service and accomplishments as an individual with Tourette Syndrome.
Muzzamil served as student government president; played varsity golf; participated in the Model U.N. program; was a member of the National Honor Society and was a member of his schoolâ€™s robotics team. Muzzamil took part in the Robert Wood Johnson Mini-Medical Seminar and volunteered at St. Peterâ€™s Hospital in New Brunswick, the physician office of Dr. Saleha Hussaidn and the Muslim Center of Middlesex County.
NJCTS congratulates Syed Muzzamil on his achievements and wishes him continued success in his academic and career endeavors.
The NJCTS Childrenâ€™s Scholarship Award is given to outstanding high school seniors in the state of New Jersey who have excelled in their schools and communities in the face of living with Tourette Syndrome.
Miss. group gets initial OK for mosque
CANTON,Miss.–The Mississippi Muslim Association has been granted the initial permission required to build a mosque in the city of Madison. The county supervisors voted 3-2 for the zoning exemption. Opponents have fifteen days to appeal the decision.
The mosque when constructed will be called Magnolia Islamic Center. Muslim association spokesman Azzam Aburmirshid says more than 100 families who attend a mosque in south Jackson want to worship closer to their homes in Madison County, north of the capital city.
Before the mosque can be built, the Muslim association must show building plans to county officials. It also must verify water and sewer service are available. Islamic school to open in Minneapolis.
Minneapolis private school to open
MINNEAPOLIS,MN–The Abubakar As-Saddique Islamic Center, the largest mosque in the state, will open a private school this fall. The leaders of the project say the mosque will fight the â€˜youth crisisâ€™ among local Somalis by teaching students to embrace their unique identity.
The mosque has raised about $760,000 in private donations to help pay for the school.
The Islamic school is expected to open in September with classes for kindergarten and first grade, but the mosque hopes to expand the offerings as the school grows. In addition to core subjects such as math and English, the school will also offer classes teaching the Somali language and Islamic studies. â€œIqraâ€ means â€œreadâ€ in Arabic.
The renovated space will also house the mosqueâ€™s weekend Islamic school and summer programs.
The mosque needs to raise an additional $173,000 to pay for the project.