47 Safety Tips for Muslim Women - Part 2

When traveling by public transportation (bus or train)
- Do not choose the window seat as you may be “blocked in” by a potential assailant. Always select the seat next to the aisle so that you can quickly leave if necessary.

- Sit as close to the driver or conductor as possible if you are taking public transportation alone after peak hours. If you cannot, choose the section of the bus/train that is most crowded. Try to get a seat near the exit as well.

When traveling by taxi
- Avoid flagging taxis. Always order taxis so the driver can be traced if something happens.
- Always check the identification of the driver (usually located near the visor) and ensure that it matches the driver...


Faith in Action - Part 1 Islam vs. Iman

There are three levels to our faith. Islam, Iman, and Ihsan. The central level, Iman, is crucial to the eternal well-being of every Muslim. Although, Islam and Iman may be considered synonymous, we learn from the Qur’an that there is a fundamental difference between the two.

Certainly, all Muslims who attest their faith declaring, “I bear witness that there is no god except Allah and that Muhammad is the messenger of Allah (ash-hadu an la ilaha illa Allah, wa ashahdu anna Muhamaddan rasul Allah),” believing in the basic tenets or articles of faith; faith in Allah, angels, scriptures, prophets and messengers, the hereafter, and the divine decree (qadar); and accepting the modes of worship of Islam; the daily prayers, fasting, giving zakat, and performing hajj if able, are indeed believers. Such believers are considered citizens of the Islamic State regardless of whether one practices or not...

Iona Endorses Imam Council of Michigan's Statement on Abortion

Press Release

Imam Mustapha Elturk, Ameer of the Islamic Organization of North America (IONA, a past Co-chair of the Imams Council of Michigan, led a committee of Imams charged with issuing a statement on Abortion. The Committee consisted of Imam Mwafak Algalaieni of Grand Blanc Islamic Center and member of the Assembly of Muslim Jurists of America (AMJA), Imam Sayyid Mohammed Baqer al-Qazwini of the Islamic Institute of America, Imam Mohamed Almasmari of the Muslim Unity Center, and Imam Dawud Walid, the Executive Director of the Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI). All schools of thought, including the Ja’fari school of thought, were considered while the committee discussed the abortion issue...