Muslims Donate 300 Turkeys in Chicago
November 22, 2006 § 3 Comments
Who ever tells you that American-Muslims don’t give back to their communities must not know any Muslims. In fact it is incumbent upon ALL Muslims to practice regular charity, so one way or another if some one is following the religion of Islam and not just a “causal” Muslim (i.e., someone who claims to be a Muslim when it suits their cause), you can bet that they are giving back to their community. Although, admittedly our offerings often fall under-the-radar because many Muslims, like myself, believe it is more worthy of reward from God to give anonymously, which I do probably 95% of the time.
In a more recent act of charity the American Muslims for Activism and Learning (AMAL) in Chicago handed out 300 turkeys for local low-income parent’ s Thanksgiving dinner as reported by my friend Samaha over at Eteraz.org,
“According to the Chicago Sun Times, it is today that parents are lining up around Emmett Louis Till Math and Science Academy’s gymnasium to pick up one of the nearly 300 turkeys donated by AMAL. This is the Sixth Annual AMAL Turkey Drive, an event started before 9/11.” (Samaha, Eteraz.org)
In closing, I just want to mention that I feel strongly about bringing these events to light, particularly in mainstream media because the trend for nearly a decade is to demonize the Muslim. The reality is that Islamic-life is a far far cry from the media-hoopla which often is the extent of American’s knowledge of Muslims. In many respects Islamic-life is synonymous with American ideals which is why I think that contrary to mudslinging-polemicists, Islam and the West are a good fit… Happy Thanksgiving.