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American Muslims offer condolences to Jewish Community

Islamic Society of North America:

In a statement, ISNA President Imam Mohamed Magid said:

"Our thoughts and prayers go out for the victims and families of this tragic shooting at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City. Extremism and hate-motivated actions have no place in our society. We stand in solidarity with the Jewish community and people of other faith traditions in challenging hate and intolerance that feeds these unjustified acts of violence." 

Council on America Islamic Relations:

"American Muslims join their fellow citizens in standing in solidarity with the American Jewish community in condemning this deadly hate attack and in offering condolences to the loved ones of those killed and injured. We are saddened by this vicious act of hatred. Americans of all faiths must join together to reject the kind of extremist ideologies that can lead to such inexcusable and unconscionable acts."

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"It’s not because you believe in the Truth that Truth belongs to you. You belong to the Truth, Truth doesn’t belong to you."

— Tariq Ramadan (via tariqramadan)

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"In 44 of the 50 states, the largest single “mental institution” is a prison or jail."

— Dr. Tom Insel, Director of the National Institute for Mental Health

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"Not all toxic people are cruel and uncaring. Some of them love us dearly. Many of them have good intentions. Most are toxic to our being simply because their needs and way of existing in the world force us to compromise ourselves and our happiness. They aren’t inherently bad people, but they aren’t the right people for us. And as hard as it is, we have to let them go. Life is hard enough without being around people who bring you down, and as much as you care, you can’t destroy yourself for the sake of someone else. You have to make your wellbeing a priority. Whether that means breaking up with someone you care about, loving a family member from a distance, letting go of a friend, or removing yourself from a situation that feels painful — you have every right to leave and create a safer space for yourself."

— Daniell Koepke (via internal-acceptance-movement)

I had to remove a toxic person from my life last year. It was really hard, and really painful, and that person totally doesn’t get why I had to do it, which makes it even worse.

Still, I’m so glad that I did, and I’m much happier without that person in my life.

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"When oppressors join in the struggle for liberation they almost always bring with them the marks of their origin … which include a lack of confidence in the people’s ability to think, to want, and to know. They believe that they must be the executors of the transformation. They talk about the people, but they do not trust them."

— Paulo Friere

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"This study adds to a growing body of research that suggests that even the hardest to serve in our communities can be successfully housed and that housing with necessary supportive services not only leads to better outcomes for individuals but is cheaper for the community,” says Lori Thomas, an assistant professor at UNC, who led the study."

Housing The Homeless Saves Money—Here’s The Research That Proves It (via fastcompany)

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Among the many problems with the 2013 compromise transportation law is that it failed to minimize the harm done to low-income Virginians when raising the state sales tax. Yes, raising taxes does affect everyone who pays those taxes, but the sales tax isn’t based on anyone’s actual ability to pay…

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"The whole of the Islamic world is under the tutolage of market economy. Countries apparently Islamic from the viewpoint of laws and government, for example Saudi Arabia or other petrokingdoms, are the most integrated economically with the neoliberal system founded on speculation and immersed in interest transactions (in reference to usury)."

Tariq Ramadan, Globalisation: Muslim Resistances  (via tothebatfax)

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"The church must never become a government factory, carrying on a nationalized industry of religion with the people as the bolts and nuts; with God reduced to the role of cramped advocate of current national policy. Surely the pages of history are replete and the examples in many a foreign country convincing that this kind of church-state union — whatever the original motives, or however noble the original purposes — winds up with a state that is less than stable and a church that is less than sanctified, and with the poor still hungry."

Glenn Archer

I love this quote. It speaks to the dangerous things that can happen at the intersection of power and religion. Faith should empower individuals, especially the vulnerable. It should be used to keep power in check, not be a tool of power over the people. Isn’t this a problem in so many Muslim majority countries? Islam has become just another tool of the state.

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