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The Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha will be celebrated between August 20th and August 21st this year! Eid-al-Adha, also known as the Feast of the Sacrifice, is an important holiday and those observing may wish to take the day off from work to celebrate with family and friends and attend to religious practices like attending mosque.
To learn more about Eid al-Adha and its potential impact on the workplace, read our Eid al-Adha Fact Sheet!
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The holy month of Ramadan is approaching! This year, Ramadan will begin on the evening of May 15th and will come to a close on June 14th.
Muslim employees observing Ramadan may be fasting during this period. Some may request scheduling accommodations and your company may find that more employees require space for prayer during this time.
To learn about other tips and considerations regarding scheduling, dietary restrictions, and greetings, read and circulate our Ramadan Fact Sheet.
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BREAKING NEWS! You can now find Tanenbaum’s Diversity in Islam fact sheet in National Geographic’s official Partner Toolkit for the second episode of Katie Couric’s docuseries America Inside Out, currently airing on National Geographic TV.
Episode two, “The Muslim Next Door,” airs on Nat Geo TV tonight at 10/9c. We encourage you to watch, and then order your free Partner Toolkit, which provides a copy of “The Muslim Next Door” and Tanenbaum’s fact sheet so you can host an informed discussion about this critical topic: What is it really like to be Muslim in America? What does it mean to be American?
Katie Couric and Nat Geo tell us that half of Americans say they have never met a Muslim. It is long overdue that we get to know “The Muslim Next Door.” Here’s an episode sneak peek.
Watch TV to be a more informed, inclusive citizen? Count us in!
Joyce S. Dubensky
P.S. Please share our NEWS on social media. Let your friends, neighbors and colleagues know we invite them to host a discussion about this issue. Anyone can get a free copy of “The Muslim Next Door” and our Diversity in Islam fact sheet (part of Tanenbaum’sCombating Extremism campaign).
P.P.S. MALA, a fellow America Inside Out partner, invites all Muslims to help elevate public dialogue on Muslim-American identity in the 21st Century by sharing their story. This storytelling campaign aims to empower the narrative of American Muslim’s vast and thriving contribution to the diverse fabric of our nation’s society.
For 25 years, Tanenbaum has worked for a world where differences are respected. And that means we ask the hard questions…
- Is your America the country that turns away human beings—fleeing a death sentence in their home countries?
- Is your America the country that says only persecuted Christians deserve protection?
- Is your America the country that says every person who follows Islam is a suspected terrorist?
- Is your America the country that protects freedom of religion—but only for some people?
If you answered no… here are 5 actions you can take…
1. INSIST ON THE FACTS
- USE Tanenbaum Fact Sheets
- Get facts on refugees, displaced persons, and Syrians
- Stay informed
- Sign up for our weekly “Religion in the News” updates
2. HELP TEACHERS TEACH THE FACTS
- Share Tanenbaum’s Combating Extremism.
- Explaining Extremism and Addressing Islamophobia: A guide for parents and educators.
- The Backlash Against Teaching about Islam: Why teaching about religions (including Islam) is good for students.
3. SHARE AND LISTEN WITH THOSE WHO DIFFER
- Identify your own biases. What prevents you from hearing your neighbor who differs from you?
- Respectfully share an article that moves you with someone who disagrees with you. Let them know you wanted to share it— because it was important to you. And openly listen when they respond.
4. BE AN ALLY FOR JUSTICE AND INCLUSION
- Stand up for Persecuted Christians – and also for Muslims, Sikhs, Jews, Druse, Hindus, Buddhists, Atheists, Yazidis, Bahai’i and people of all religions.
- Say out loud that good people can have different views.
- Call or email politicians who oppose the ban to thank them.
- Use Social Media and be a voice for justice and inclusion (share good ideas—including this email!)
5. BE HEARD—ADD YOUR VOICE
- Oppose the “Executive Order Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Entry into the United States by Foreign Nationals” – and urge President Trump to rescind it!
- Sign a Moveon.org petition that opposes the Muslim ban—in the language that resonates for you (some are more partisan than others). Here are some popular petitions currently circulating:
From my vantage point, these five actions help to combat extremism—because extremism is not only random, unexpected acts of violence. It’s also the hatred, exclusion and venom that breeds violence.
Stand with us for the country we love and our right to be different, respected and safe. We can do that…if each of us works together.
Joyce S. Dubensky
Religious leader Imam Maulama Akonjee and his associate, Thara Uddin, prayed together at the Al-Furqan Jame Mosque in Queens before walking outside into the sunlight. Minutes later, they were executed, leaving a community, and a nation, in fear, anger and mourning.
We can’t begin to imagine how a person becomes a cold-blooded killer, possessed by such hatred that they are brazen enough to execute people on a summer afternoon. We may never understand the real motive, but we know the heart-wrenching impact that the deaths of these two men is having on our community.
Not only were they abruptly taken from their families, neighbors and the Al-Furqan Jame Mosque, but the horrific crime is fueling anxiety in Queens and across the nation. Everywhere you look, people are on edge because of rhetoric in the media, hate crimes and acts of terrorism (perpetrated by individuals of varied religions and beliefs). The result is mistrust and division.
This is where we all need to step in, to stand together and not allow fear to break our neighborhoods apart. As a unified group of individuals from different religious and belief traditions, cultures and ethnicities, our call for justice is louder than the fear. It’s time to stand tall and be loud!
Joyce S. Dubensky Mark E. Fowler
CEO, Tanenbaum Deputy CEO, Tanenbaum
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
04:30 PM Central Daylight Time
Duration: 1 Hour
Why teach about extremism? Not teaching about it can put students in danger. Lack of education about religious diversity has left students—particularly Muslim and Sikh students—vulnerable to bias and bullying by classmates and teachers who don’t understand the full context of religious extremism. This hostility can make it difficult for students to learn and even puts their physical safety in jeopardy. Expanding your students’ knowledge of world religions—and the diversity that exists within them—is critical to combating these dangerous stereotypes and fostering empathy in the school community.
Join us and our friends from the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding for this one-hour webinar, and learn try-tomorrow strategies that can help you teach about extremism accurately and safely, such as discussing extremism across multiple religions, examining the economic and political contexts in which extremism arises, highlighting religious peacemakers and empowering your students to make their school more inclusive.
You’ll receive a certificate of completion once you finish this webinar!
At the exhibition – America to Zanzibar: Muslim Cultures Near and Far
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If you teach in the New York metropolitan area, we hope you will check out the new exhibit at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan: America to Zanzibar: Muslim Cultures Near and Far. Tanenbaum is pleased to recommend this immersive, interactive exhibit, which gives children of all ages the opportunity to explore the great diversity of Muslim cultural and artistic expression.
To help you get the most out of America to Zanzibar: Muslim Cultures Near and Far, we’re proud to offer free, downloadable resources that can be used in conjunction with the exhibit to deepen elementary school students’ understanding of Islam and other religions:
Finally, we’re excited to extend an invitation from the Children’s Museum to a special event at the exhibit:
Educators, join us for a free anti-bullying workshop on Monday, May 2nd!
The Children’s Museum of Manhattan is pleased to invite you to a free educational, interfaith program facilitated by The Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom on Monday, May 2nd from 4pm-6pm.
(Registration begins at 3:30pm.)
This special workshop will take place in our new exhibit, America to Zanzibar: Muslim Cultures Near and Far. Facilitator Dr. Nadia S. Ansary will share the tools to help you identify, address, and prevent bias-based bullying or persistent peer victimization based on one’s appearance, perceived identity, culture, race, ethnicity and/or religion.
Click here to learn more and RSVP
Free entry to the Children’s Museum and light refreshments are included!
*Space is limited to 50 participants and participation will be on a first-come, first-served basis. RSVP is required by April 15.*
All photos: Aoommie Photography
Have you seen the recent #Notinmyname social media campaign? It’s an initiative led by young British Muslims to show defiance and solidarity against ISIS and the terrorist group’s actions. Their goal? To see how a “simple message” can show the world how ISIS misrepresents Islam.
Projects like this remind us of the great diversity among followers of Islam (and indeed all religions).
No one group is the voice for all Muslims.
Today, Tanenbaum therefore shares another practical resource for you to use at home, in the classroom, with your congregation or in your community.
- Diversity in Islam: A fact sheet explaining the different groups within Islam.
- QUESTIONS for Students and Educators: A question sheet that may be used alongside the Diversity in Islam fact sheet.
Read, download, and share! Challenge others to ask questions, research the answers, and counter those who stereotype an entire religion. Know the facts and stand up against Islamophobia!
Together, we can become more informed citizens as we work to prevent violent extremism. Peace begins with us.
Yesterday President Obama addressed thousands of American-Muslims at the Islamic Society of Baltimore during his first visit to a mosque in the United to condemn anti-Muslim rhetoric.
“We applaud President Obama for his important demonstration of solidarity with the Muslim community – yet we also believe his speech is long overdue,” said Tanenbaum | Center for Interreligious Understanding CEO Joyce Dubensky. “In this climate of increasing religious bias and discrimination, he has taken an important step forward in demonstrating how respect can be put into practice, as modeled by our First Amendment.”
Tanenbaum said that as citizens, we should encourage our political leaders to unify divisions within Americans, including religious differences. Regarding the upcoming political election, Dubensky stated, “Regardless of political affiliation, it’s the responsibility of our next president to take an early stance against the stereotypes, hate and alienation that result when people think that terrorism and Islam are synonymous.”
Tanenbaum offers a range of educational curricula and other materials including its Combating Extremism resources, which help teachers and individuals address extremism constructively in classrooms and communities.