Friday, January 15, 2010

Muslim Groups Helping Haiti

Due to tragedy the Haitians are facing, many groups around the world are helping in different ways, from collecting goods, supplies and monetary donations. Be careful of responding to scams. If you are not sure what to do, stick with legit organizations like the following:

Islamic Society of North America



World neighbors

American Red Cross

Clinton Foundation

Doctors Without Borders

International Rescue Committee

Oxfam America

U.S. Committee for UNICEF

There are other organizations helping, but the above is to give you an idea and a place to start. I am not being compensated by any of these organizations to list them. I just want to offer some legit resources.

Remember the Haitians in your thoughts and prayers. Also remember those who face tragedies, natural and man made, every day.

Friday, May 15, 2009

It Seems that YOU my Dear "Friend" Are the Problem.

With all due respect, I tolerate points of views and differences, unless you are indirectly attacking me for my beliefs. And that is what one of my, I thought friends is doing. I have known her before she started attending Bible Studies.

However, when she attends Bible Studies, she begins to have some attitude against me--but in a passive aggressive way. I have been tolerant so for, ignoring many of her indirect insults, because she is an older lady and I like to give her the benefit of the doubt. However, my patience is running thin.

The other ladies in my coffee group are great and very respectful at least in front of me. The Bible Studies student jumps on my case when we talk about pork products or other "Christian" topics. Some of the other ladies and I have made it a joke every time someone mentions pork products. We would laugh. But the Bible Studies student will arrogantly say, "So what. I had ham the other day." or "I like pork chops." etc. I don't care what a person eats, that's their business.

The irony of all this is that Bible Studies student was never like this with me until she started attending Bible Studies. I am not naive. I have had Christian friends tell me that some of the churches and Bible Studies programs promote hatred towards Muslims and other faiths. These are things that make you go hmm.

Don't be surprised if her and I get in another tiff. I say tiff because she vehemently stood against the Gazans when they were enduring a humanitarian crisis. I found out her true identity, when she wouldn't let me talk about it. We didn't talk for a few months. We mended relations, but I don't think it will go back to the way it was.

I thought when you study a religion, you become more spiritual and tolerant of diversity and those of other faiths, not the other way around. An arrogant person disrespectful of others' faiths.

It seems that YOU my dear friend are the problem.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Since We Are Starting Fresh...

I thought since we are starting fresh on this blog, that I would start with a POSITIVE quote by our President Barack Obama during his inauguration speech. President Obama truly showed the true colors of United States. He acknowledged the three monthesim religions and other major ones.

"We know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness.

We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus – and nonbelievers.”

Barack Obama
January 20, 2009