Author: Wisconsin Muslim Journal

Forest Home Cemetery’s Green Burial site is a traditional Muslim-style interment

According to the Green Burial Council, green, or natural burial “is a way of caring for the dead with minimal environmental impact that aids in the conservation of natural resources, reduction of carbon emissions, protection of worker health, and the restoration and preservation of habitat.” About 13 years ago a “Green Movement” started in the United States. Ramsey Creek on the East Coast was the first to provide Green Burials. What they started doing was basically land conservation. By setting aside woods for natural burials, they preserve it from development. At the same time, they put death in its...

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Muslim players help French national football team win FIFA 2018

The French national team was named world champion after defeating the Croatian team 4-2 in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Final in Moscow on Sunday. France won its second World Cup title since it first hosted the 1998 tournament 20 years ago. “We are world champions and France are going to be on top of the world for next four years,” French coach Didier Deschamps said following the game. He called the tournament a “beautiful celebration of football.” With one of the most diverse teams in the league, France’s win in the 2018 Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA),...

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New homeland law further marginalizes 1.8 million Palestinian citizens of Israel

Israel’s parliament on July 19 adopted a law defining the country as the nation-state of the Jewish people, provoking fears it will lead to blatant discrimination against its Palestinian citizens. Israel’s parliament on Thursday adopted a law defining the country as the nation-state of the Jewish people, provoking fears it will lead to blatant discrimination against its Palestinian citizens. The legislation, adopted by 62 votes to 55, makes Hebrew the country’s national language and defines the establishment of Jewish communities as being in the national interest. The bill also strips Arabic of its designation as an official language, downgrading...

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Hesham Sheikh helps a first-generation student attend college

Mentor2.0 is Big Brothers Big Sisters’ technology-enriched one-to-one mentoring program for high school youth that targets low-income and first generation college students. Mentor2.0 maintains the fundamentals of quality mentoring Big Brothers Big Sisters is known for, including one-to-one relationships, professional relationship support, and a focus on positive youth outcomes. Mentor2.0 expands on this model by using technology for weekly mentor-mentee interaction, maintaining monthly in-person meetings, and utilizing a customized college-focused curriculum that supports match interaction. “Without guidance and support in developing skills and knowledge necessary for educational success, each year, thousands of Milwaukee youth will not graduate from high...

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What is ICE and why it is so controversial in Wisconsin

As outrage over family separations at the southern US border continues to boil, protesters and even a number of Democratic politicians are increasingly calling for the abolition of the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, or ICE. Those calls reached a new dramatic pitch on Wednesday when a woman scaled the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty, and at least six protesters were arrested after hanging a banner calling for the abolition of ICE. What is ICE? ICE was created in 2003 when the Bush administration reorganized a number of federal agencies in response to the 11 September 2001...

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The real Muslim problem in Wisconsin is Islamophobia

There’s a common perception that Muslims pose a threat to the security of the U.S., but the real threat is to them. June 2018 was an especially bad month for the status of Muslims in America. First, we learned that a new study showed that many Americans view Muslims in the United States as insufficiently “American,” and almost 20 percent would deny Muslim citizens the right to vote. Then, the Supreme Court upheld President Donald Trump’s decision to institute a ban on immigrants, refugees and visa holders from five majority-Muslim countries in a 5-4 decision. The synergy of these...

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