Community News V14-16

Dr. Warsi receives distinguished faculty recognition award

warsiST.LOUIS, MO–Linguistic expert Dr. Mohammad Jahangeer Warsi, lecturer in South Asian languages and culture, has been selected as a 2011-2012 recipient of the James E. McLeod Faculty Recognition Award by the Washington University.

Warsi, a gold medallist linguist from Aligarh Muslim University and a West Bengal Academy award holder, has had a brilliant academic career.

He is also the recipient of “unsung Hero” award from the University of California at Berkeley in 2005, and a recipient of UP Hindi-Urdu Literary Award 2011.

Mosque lends space for church service

SACRAMENTO,CA– When a Church in Sacramento couldn’t renew its lease last week it turned to a mosque for help. The Spiritual Life Center’s leaders approached a mosque to lend its space for Easter services. The  Sacramento Area League of Associated Muslims (SALAM) mosque readily agreed and the services were held.

“I am so grateful to their open-heartedness and their generosity and really living and demonstrating the spirit of Islam, which is peace,” said Rev. Michael Moran of The Spiritual Life Center in an interview to the press.

Dr. Irfan Haq of SALAM said he also hoped to promote peace by offering up their worship space.

“We are all children of Abraham,” he said. “We need to create a better world, a world of peace, a world of love; and a way people accept each other, enjoy each other, interact with one another, and build a better planet.”

Norwalk mosque hearing postponed

NORWALK,CT–The Norwalk Zoning Commission has postponed until April the continuation of a public hearing on a plan by Al-Madany Islamic Center of Norwalk to build a new mosque. The proposal calls for constructing a 27,000-square-foot building that would include a prayer hall and community center/gymnasium on the 1.6-acre property. It has received both opposition and support from the larger community. Many faith leaders have supported the plan.

Some neighbors say the proposed building is too large for the property and would create unacceptable levels of traffic.

According to city officials the next meeting will be held at the Concert Hall to accomodate the public that may want to attend.

Muslim Spelling Bee held in L.A.

LOS ANGELES,CA–The World’s First Muslim Spelling Bee™ hosted its second regional spelling bee competition here at Orange Crescent School March 17 which was attended by students from across the West Coast.

The following is a list of the spelling bee winners by age groups:

Group A: first place winner Aaminah Fatimah Mohammed, Natoma Station Elementary; second place winner Seif Hesham El Askary, Orange Crescent School.

Group B: first place winners Maya Ghanem, Earths Magnet School and Safiyah Amin Lakhany, Orange Crescent School; second place winner Neha Farhan, Lincoln Alternative School.

Group C: first place winner Maryam Arshi Bharucha, Daar-ul-Ilm Institute of Knowledge; second place winner Sana Zehra, The Harker School.

The World’s First Muslim Spelling Bee competition is conceived and promoted by TMA Worldwide. More information on the idea and concept can be obtained by visiting

CAMP to host summit April 21, 2012

Muslim Americans from across the U.S. will convene at the Council for the Advancement of Muslim Professionals (CAMP)5th Annual Leadership Summit Saturday, April 21 in Plainsboro, New Jersey. The summit entitled “Emerging and Evolving as a Leader,” includes workshops on effective networking, negotiations and communication strategies, and panels on the leadership mindset and the role of the Muslim-American professional.

Hosain Rahman, CEO and founder of Jawbone, a consumer electronics company specializing in mobile devices; and Hayat Sindi, a biotechnologist who co-founded Diagnostics for All, a non-profit medical organization, are keynote speakers.

Additional speakers include: Maria Ebrahimji, director and executive editorial producer at CNN;Edina Lekovic, director of policy and programming for the Muslim Public Affairs Council; and Mustafa Tameez, political campaign advisor and founder of Outreach Strategists.

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