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Issue 104

Asalaaam wa Aleikum & EID MUBARAK!

What's Going On?

Eid Mubarak!

Eid Mubarak! The WNYMuslims' Editorial Board would like to wish everyone celebrating the end of Ramadan a very special Eid Mubarak! As a celebration gift, we will be handing out bags of candies to children at Masjid An-Noor, Masjid Taqwa, and Masjid Al- Huda! Hope to see you there! 

WNYMuslims Presents: 'No Apology' a Short Film Premiere

WNYMuslims is excited to announce that on Thursday August 29th at 6:00 pm we will be premiering our latest short film, 'No Apology.'  The event will take place at the University at Buffalo North campus student Union Assembly Hall 330.  The film will be shown in its entirety for the first time, followed by a discussion and refreshments.  

Production on this film began at the end of April, shortly after the tragic Boston Bombing.  WNYMuslims staff and local youth felt it necessary to speak out about the constant stereotyping and negative portrayal of Muslims and Islam in the media.

This event is free and open to the public. WNYMuslims encourages community members, political leaders and the media to join us in viewing the film and participating in a discussion. You can view a trailer for the film HERE.  

One Big Misunderstanding: Correcting My Misconceptions about Islam

By: Frank Slauson 

  I was raised Roman Catholic, but I struggled with my beliefs as I got older. I had concerns about major concepts in the religion. For example, I was never comfortable with the trinity, especially the idea that God could have a son. Catholicism lacked a personal accountability and seemed grounded in a mysticism I did not understand. When I explored these questions, my curiosity was misinterpreted as disobedience. I was never encouraged to ask these questions or even to read the Bible. I never felt further from God than when I was a practicing Catholic. I walked away from my religion, and I struggled with that for a long time. When I began learning about Islam, all of these questions and concerns confronted me again. However, this religion held me accountable for my actions, and it inspired me to push and to question.
    Many friends and family saw my Islam as a sort of intellectual surrender. They believed original thought and my personality ended where my Islam began. In reality, knowledge is essential to the believer of Islam. Read More!

WNYMuslims Presents: 'Muslim Journeys' Adult Reading and Discussion Program

WNYMuslims is excited to announce that it will be hosting an Adult Reading and Discussion Program this fall titled 'Muslim Journeys.'  Thanks to the award of a grant from the New York Council for the Humanities WNYMuslims is able to offer this program to the public free of charge.  

The program will consist of four 90 minute meetings once a month (September to December) where we will be discussing three books provided by the council.  The three books include Acts of Faith: the Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation by Eboo Patel, Minaret by Leila Aboulela and How Does It Feel to Be a Problem?: Being Young and Arab in America by Moustafa Bayoumi.

 If you are interested in participating in the program please contact Samantha Long at (716) 923-4386, smanthal@wnymuslims.org.  

Featured Photograph of the Week

This week's feature is by veteran Radiologic Technician Gary Zakrzewski of a grain elevator on the Buffalo River that still functions.