Author: Wisconsin Muslim Journal

Ahmad Murrar: Milwaukee’s special sense of community and hope for its more equitable future

A graduate of Georgetown University Law School and involved in community engagement at the White House under President Obama, Ahmad Murrar recently returned to his hometown of Milwaukee to plant roots for his professional career. With a passion for the law, he remains focused on public service and involved with helping to empower Muslims in the region. | Q&A with Ahmad Murrar Where do you work and what makes your role awesome? I’m an Attorney in the downtown Milwaukee office of an international law firm, Foley & Lardner LLP. It’s the largest law firm in the city, one of...

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Muslim community donates food to federal airport staff working without pay

Among the federal workers in Minnesota working without pay due to the partial government shutdown are Transportation Security Administration staff at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. So the airport and the airlines that serve MSP did them a favor this week: They brought lunch. Airport spokesperson Pat Hogan said that the airlines paid for the meals and airport conference center staff packed nearly 500 breakfast and lunch box meals Monday. Those meals went to federal workers at screening checkpoints where more than 30,000 people a day pass through at the two terminals. The federal government has a huge role...

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Advocates deliver petitions for relief to Congress on anniversary of Trump’s Muslim Ban

One year after the Supreme Court allowed ‘Muslim Ban 3.0’ to go into effect, individuals impacted by Trump’s policy were joined by organizations to deliver petitions signed by more than 150,000 individuals and endorsed by more than 27 organizations. The petitions, delivered to the offices of Representatives Judy Chu, Senator Murphy, Senator Van Hollen, and Senator Hirono, urge the next Congress to take immediate action to rescind the ban. Avideh Moussavian, Legislative Director, National Immigration Law Center: “A year after the Supreme Court devastated communities across the globe by allowing a permanent version of Trump’s Muslim Ban to go...

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Hayat Pharmacy offers help to federal employees affected by government shutdown

Families of federal employees are feeling the financial sting of the government shutdown, and one Wisconsin company is making sure that members of the local community can still get their expensive but life saving prescription medicines. The government of the United States of America has been partially shutdown since midnight, December 21, 2018. This has been the longest shutdown in the nation’s history, affecting 800,000 federal workers directly, and about 4 million contractors across the country. No state in the Union has been unaffected, including Wisconsin. Many workers have been furloughed, or are performing vital jobs without pay. Congress...

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IRC Book Review: Big Red Lollipop

Elise Bellin, MLIS is the IRC Librarian and this book review is part of an ongoing series that focuses on a range of books within the IRC collection as a service to the community. Big Red Lollipop by Rukhsana Khan, illustrated by Sophie Blackall, © 2010 – ISBN: 9780670062874 Rukhsana Khan is probably one of the most well-known Muslim children’s book authors in the West. Her books have routinely gone up for and/or won numerous awards each. She has been named Writer in Residence of the Toronto District School Board, Artist in Library at Fairview Public Library by the...

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Muslim youth clean up national parks during Trump’s shutdown of U.S. government

Members of a Muslim youth group collected trash and cleaned up national parks around the U.S. recently in an effort to relieve some of the damage done during the government shutdown. Dozens of people associated with Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association, the largest national organization for Muslim youths, cleaned up litter, emptied trash cans and swept the grounds in places such as the Everglades National Park in Florida and Joshua Tree National Park in California. More than a dozen young Muslim men also reportedly picked up trashed at the Independence Mall in Philadelphia, the site of Independence Hall and the...

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