NEW YORK– Despite fears that Muslims in the United States may be unfairly targeted or harassed because fears about terrorism, a new survey by Public Agenda finds Muslim immigrants are less likely than other immigrant populations to say thereâ€™s discrimination against immigrants in the United States, no more likely to encounter it personally, and overwhelmingly more likely to say the United States will be their permanent home.
The report released this week by the nonpartisan nonprofit research organization, Public Agenda, follows up on a groundbreaking 2002 survey and tracks immigrantsâ€™ shifting attitudes during a tumultuous period. Conducted in May 2009, and funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, â€œA Place to Call Home: What Immigrants Say Now About Their Life in America,â€ utilized landline and cellular telephones along with oversamples to provide the widest perspective possible from more than 1,100 foreign-born adults overall, and including over 100 Muslims. Of those surveyed, 3 out of 4 Muslims immigrated in 2000 or before.
Some 63 percent of Muslim immigrants say there is no (or only a little) discrimination against immigrants in general in the United States, compared with 32 percent of other immigrants. In addition, Muslim immigrants report encountering discrimination personally at about the same rate as other immigrants, with 27 percent saying theyâ€™ve experienced â€œsomeâ€ or a â€œgreat dealâ€ of discrimination personally compared with 26 percent of all other immigrants.
An overwhelming 92 percent of Muslims say the United States will be their permanent home, (compared with 69 percent among other immigrants). Sixty-one percent of Muslims report that theyâ€™re â€œextremely happyâ€ in the United States (compared with only 33 percent of other immigrants). Muslims are more likely to give the U.S. better ratings than their birth country on key questions, such as having a free and independent media (79 percent say the United States does a better job, compared with 54 percent of other immigrants).
Salim Ejaz running for NYC Comptroller
Pakistani-American accounting professional Salim Ejaz is contesting the NYC Democratic Primary on Sept 15 to become eligible to run for the Office of Comptroller.
Salim Ejaz is the only Democrat candidate for the Comptrollerâ€™s position who is a professional Certified Public Accountant (CPA) who has worked for more than a decade with the State of New York as Director Audit.
With 40 years of financial expertise, including 12 years as Director of Audit of Nassau County in the State of New York, a multi-billion dollar governmental entity, his performance record is stellar, having exposed waste and losses generating savings which exceed $ 500 million through his audit reports and recommendations.
The NYC Comptroller oversees a budget of $ 60 billion and is also responsible for pension funds of $ 120 billion. In these financial turbulent times, it is imperative that the Comptroller, the Cityâ€™s fiscal watchdog, has the right professional qualification and experience and a demonstrated record of achievement, says his press release.
His agenda is what every taxpayer wants: eliminate wasteful spending, lower taxes and achieve job growth, the PR adds.
OCU celebrates diversity with Islam Day
EDMOND,OK–Oklahoma City University hosted Islam Day Sept. 10 to encourage cultural diversity with various campus activities, including a charity fundraiser called â€œiFast.â€
Political science professor and Middle East expert Mohamed Daadaoui organized a list of activities for students and faculty in order to foster cross-cultural dialogue and to spread awareness about the worldâ€™s second largest religion.
Daadaoui established iFast, an aspect of Islam Day when students, faculty and staff are encouraged to donate money to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.
â€œInstead of spending money on lunch, donors will be contributing toward meals for the hungry,â€ he said, noting that Muslim followers are encouraged to donate to charitable causes during Ramadan.
â€œThere are many misconceptions and stereotypical views about Islam,â€ Daadaoui said. â€œIf we can show students and the OCU community what it means to be a Muslim, hopefully it will be a step in the direction of furthering goodwill and understanding.â€
Community organizations such as the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the Institute of Interfaith Dialogue and the Governorâ€™s Ethnic American Advisory Council have partnered with OCU for some of the activities.
Daadaoui organized lectures and interfaith panel discussions with community leaders including Razi Hashmi of the Oklahoma Council on American-Islamic Relations; Imad Enchassi, Imam of the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City and Rabbi Abbey Jacobson of the Emanuel Synagogue in Oklahoma City.
â€œIslam Day is about people of all faiths communicating and learning about the cultures of others,â€ he said.
Free halal meals at Wayne State U.
DETROIT–The Pakistani Student Association is offering all Wayne State University is offering free halal meals as part of the observance for the month of Ramadan. The â€˜cultural dinnerâ€™ is intended to create awareness about Islamic beliefs and practices.
PSA President Harris Khan told the South End News, â€˜We are hoping to create a bridge between the PSA and other Wayne State students.â€™
The event has been called â€œFrom Fast to Feastâ€™â€ and took a month of planning to organize.
Interfaith vigil supports Obama plan
BINGHAMPTON, NY–An interfaith vigil was held in Binghampton supporting President Obamaâ€™s healthcare reforms. It was attended by people of all faiths.
â€œItâ€™s not for one group or another group.
This is for all of us, all together, the children of God on the face of the Earth,â€ said Muslim Speaker Kasim Kopuz.