Welcome to IONA Masjid

Your place of worship and learning

Welcome to IONA Masjid

Your place of worship and learning

What is civic engagement?

Civic engagement is a broad set of practices and attitudes of involvement in social and political life that converge to increase the health of a democratic society. (Encyclopedia Britannica)

Civic Engagement

“You are the best community (ummah) brought forth for (the good) of mankind” (Aal ‘Imran, 3:110).

The Prophet (SAW) did inform, “The best of people are those who are most beneficial to people.” Civic engagement with non-Muslims upholding universal values that include freedom, equality and justice and cooperating with them on matters of goodness and piety is a religious obligation as Allah (SWT) commands, “And cooperate with each other in (matters of) goodness and righteousness, and do not cooperate with one another in sin and hostility.” (al-Ma’idah, 5:2).

The civic engagement must be fundamentally based on justice.

“O you who believe! Stand out firmly for Justice as witnesses to Allah, even if it is against yourselves, your parents and close relatives…” (al-Nisa’, 4:135)

Similarly, Allah (SWT), in the reverse order says,

“O you who believe! Stand up for Allah as witnesses to Justice. And do not let the enmity and hatred of others make you swerve from doing Justice…” (al-Mai’dah, 5:8).

As Muslim minorities, we shouldn’t blame the powers that be if we don’t exercise our right to vote. On the other hand, we should blame ourselves, because we were not engaged in the process that could change the conditions of our society. We have to exercise our consciousness and do the right thing. Voting is another area that may be considered as Amr bil-Ma’rouf and Nahi ‘an al-Munkar, enjoining what is right and forbidding the wrong.

Below is a top down links and contact information for national and local officials.

White House

White House

Lieutenant Governor

Garlin Gilchrist

Michigan Senator

Gary Peters

Michigan Senator

Debbie Stabenow

Michigan Governor

Gretchen Whitmer

Other Important Links And Phone Numbers

Governor’s Office(517) 373-3400
Lieutenant Governor’s Office(517) 373-6800
Department of: 
Agriculture & Rural Development(800) 292-3939
Attorney General(517) 335-7622
Civil Rights(800) 482-3604
Corrections(517) 335-1426
Education(883) 633-5788
Environment, Great Lakes & Energy(800) 662-9278
Health & Human Services(517) 373-3740
Insurance and Financial Services(877) 999-6442
Labor and Economic Opportunity(517) 241-6712
Licensing and Regulatory Affairs(517) 335-9700
Military and Veteran Affairs(517) 481-8001
Natural Resources(517) 284-6367
State(888) 767-6424
State Police(517)-332-2521
Technology, Management and Budget(517) 241-5545
Transportation(517) 241-2400
Treasury(517) 335-7508