“Islam teaches us that we are not merely physical beings but spiritual beings as well. But while most people acknowledge the need to nurture our bodies through sustenance and exercise, we tend to neglect the same for our souls,” writes Ahmed Rehab in the Chicago Tribune.
Children bear the burden of a day Americans will never forget.
Dina was too young to remember much about the 9/11 attacks, but the Egyptian-American says she has felt the hatred toward Muslims. She hopes to become a Fox News anchor to help repair the tarnished image of Islam.
The lawsuit filed by the Council on American-Islamic Relations’ Chicago chapter alleges discrimination based on race, religion and national origin. The suit also says Mustapha was denied his First Amendment right to freedom of association, which bars the government from imposing guilt by association. It calls for Mustapha’s immediate reinstatement.
The Council on American Islamic Relations is considering legal action regarding the ads. Ahmed Rehab, executive director of CAIR-Chicago, said organizations such as Geller’s are not qualified to lead domestic violence initiatives.
But Rehab suspects that’s not their primary goal. Instead, he said, they are intentionally creating an uncomfortable work environment for Chicago’s cabdrivers.
“I do believe that there are special places on Earth that should have a zone of solemnity around them,” Quinn told reporters when asked about the issue. “I would strongly urge those who are thinking of putting a mosque within that zone to rethink their position.”
“The 9/11 attacks were caused by terrorists. Terrorists shouldn’t build a mosque in proximity to ground zero, or America for that matter,” said Ahmed Rehab, executive director of Chicago’s Council on American-Islamic Relations.
Ahmed Rehab, executive director of the Council for American-Islamic Relations, said he doesn’t agree with the principles of Hizb ut-Tahrir, but believes the group is entitled to freedom of speech and assembly like any other group in the U.S.
“They are a minority group among Muslims and their ideology is considered sensational by mainstream communities,” Rehab said. “Despite their best efforts, they are neither persuasive nor effective.”
“We are all about reconciling Islam and the West,” Rehab said. “We challenge those who attempt to drive a wedge between Muslim and being American. That’s really the life cause of Tariq Ramadan as an academic and philosopher and media personality. He often says that he’s culturally Western, nationally Swiss, ethnically Egyptian and religiously Muslim. For him and for us as well, there is no inherent schism between being Muslim and being American.”
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