Mohammed Amjed for Clive City Council
DES MOINES, IA–Mohammed Amjed is running for the Clive City Council in the Nov. 3 election. He will face off four other candidates.
A physician Amjed is very active in the civic and community organizations in the area.
The available council seats are currently held by Paul Leighton, who is seeking re-election, and Ronni Begleiter, who will not run for another term.
A third seat will likely open up if Councilman Scott Cirksena wins his uncontested race for mayor. The council would then decide in January whether to hold a special election or appoint someone to fill the empty seat.
Beloved Imam says good bye to Auburn area
AUBURN, NY– Imam Abdur-Rahim Muhammad, who served for 25 years in the state prison chapel, has retired from the position and will now move to Texas. He had played a leading role in interfaith growth and was part of Community Wide Dialogues and the Interfaith works of Central Work.
His work with other communities had earned him a reputation among all communities. Last Sunday, a special ceremony was held for Imam Muhammad and his family during the morning services at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Auburn.
The Rev. Philip Windsor said that he has become good friends with Muhammad throughout their years of working with one another.
â€œWe, as a community, are going to miss him terribly,â€ Windsor said. â€œHe has always been a strong voice of peace and understanding within our community.â€
Arson cause of fire at Muslim business site in Columbus
COLUMBUS, MO–Investigators at a site where a fire destroyed several businesses in Columbus this Monday have identified arson as the cause. The two story building housed several Somali owned businesses including an Islamic book store, a cafe, and a tax service. The building is also next door to a Mosque which is in dispute with its landlords.
The Masjid Salama was not damaged in the fire. The present leaders of the mosque are reportedly in legal dispute with the property manager, who also manages the building that burned.
Mohamed Hassan Adam, who holds the lease for both buildings, had filed a civil lawsuit against the mosqueâ€™s leaders last week alleging that they have occupied the building since August without a valid sublease and havenâ€™t paid rent.
The mosque leaders were also served an eviction notice but have refused to vacate the premises. An eviction hearing is now scheduled for Nov.3.
Plans for a new mosque in Gwinnet County opposed
LILBURN, GA– Plans for a new mosque in Lilburn have been opposed by area residents who fear that it will disturb their small-time life. The Dar-e-Abbas group has plans to build a 10,000 square foor mosque which will include a cemetery.
But residents near the property at U.S. Highway 29 and Hood Road are poised to protest a rezoning to allow the mosque, a cemetery and recreation elements.
He says the neighborhood is peaceful and the big facility will disturb that.
Peace promoted at GWU interfaith dinner
WASHINGTON D.C.–Peace was the main theme at the Interfaith Dinner at George Washington University. Azra Hyder, a member of the Muslim Students Association, was the eventâ€™s keynote speaker, the Hatchet student newspaper reported.
â€œWe are trying to affect peopleâ€™s lives in a way that will invoke peace,â€ University President Steven Knapp said. â€œPeace is a more dynamic word, one about helping people flourish.â€
This idea, Knapp said, comes at a time where the world is seeing peace as a multi-dimensional idea. He said he believes this theme is connected with the recent announcement of President Obama as the winner of this yearâ€™s Noble Peace Prize.