As Ramadan begins, local Muslims adjust to new reality

first_imgby Beverly ChurchFor Muslims throughout the world, the month-long celebration of Ramadan begins Thursday evening. Traditions include fasting from sunup to sundown, a special evening prayer and a community-wide celebration at the end of the month, called Eid Al-Fitr.Like other faith traditions, Muslims are making adjustments this year to their services and celebrations, because of the COVID-19 pandemic.Fasting and prayerImam Wahaajuddin Mohammed (Contributed)According to Imam Wahaajuddin Mohammed of the Tawheed Center in Farmington Hills, there are two main acts of worship during Ramadan. The first is fasting, during which all able adults give up food and drink during the day. The second is a special evening prayer after sunset, in addition to the five usual daily prayers.“The purpose of fasting is so that you become conscious of the Almighty,” said Imam Mohammed. “Eating and drinking are things that we are always allowed to do. Yet in the month of Ramadan, we are giving up those things. You will not know if I am fasting or not — it is something that is just between me and God. When you do that for 30 straight days, (God) is training you (to be) somebody of good character.”At the end of each day, Muslims gather for a special evening prayer. This year, the evening prayer will be streamed live on YouTube.“Over the course of 30 days, we recite the entire Qur’an, our holy book,” said Imam Mohammed. “We break it into portions. It is an opportunity for the entire community to hear the entire Qur’an recited in the month because we believe that the revelation of the Qur’an began in the month of Ramadan.”Waheed Ahmed is pictured with his three daughters at a Ramandan celebration. (Contributed)Although children are not required to fast during Ramadan, some choose to. Waheed Ahmed, who attends the Tawheed Center along with his wife, Shabana, and their three daughters, said his oldest daughter, who is 10, wants to fast this year.“Humaira is very much interested and I think, since we are all home now, it will be a real encouragement for her,” he said.YouTube videos proving popularIn the weeks leading up to Ramadan, the Tawheed Center posted special videos on their YouTube site focused on topics such as the rules of fasting and the importance of charity.“Two weeks ago, we had about 28 subscribers,” said Imam Mohammed. “Now we have 1,300! We are still trying to maintain that sense of community, and we’re using online tools for that now.” Imam Mohammed said he sees some advantages to increasing their online presence.“There are people at the mosque who come daily to pray,” he said. “And there are other people who are still part of our community but they don’t come as regularly. They don’t know all that the mosque has to offer, but now, since all of the mosque programs…have gone online, it’s been a way to expose the larger community to what we have to offer.”Breaking the fastAfter breaking the fast each day, people often gather at the mosque for a meal or with extended family and friends. This year, that won’t be possible.“People cook and invite friends and family over to eat and break the fast,” said Imam Mohammed “Perhaps we could still go and drop something off to our neighbors, but inviting people over is out of the question.”And since Ramadan is also a month of giving, Tawheed Center usually hosts two fundraisers – one for the mosque and one for the school associated with the mosque. This year, those fundraisers will also move online.The monthly pantry, however remains an ongoing part of Tawheed’s community outreach. Boxes of food are available the third Saturday of every month from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Tawheed Center, 29707 W. 10 Mile, just west of Middlebelt.“The pantry is open to everyone – it doesn’t matter what faith you are,” said Imam Mohammed. “We just want people to know that, if you’re in need, you can come and food will be provided. Come and we’ll help you out in whatever way that we can.”Getting creativeAt the end of Ramadan, two large celebrations, called Eid Al-Fitr, are typically held at the Tawheed Center, drawing well over 1,000 people each.“This year will be very, very different and I believe we’re going to have to be very creative” to keep the spirit of the celebration alive, said Imam Mohammed. “I think families will probably coordinate with one another and give each other ideas of how to make the day memorable.” Reported by Farmington Voice Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)last_img read more

37th Dem primary candidates talk about COVID, budget

first_img jonihubred Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) On Tuesday, August 4, local Democrats will decide which of three candidates will run in November against Republican Mitch Swoboda for the 37th District House seat held by term-limited State Rep. Christine Greig (D-Farmington Hills).We asked Michael Bridges, Randy Bruce, and Samantha Steckloff* how they would approach their first term in the State House, given the challenges Michigan faces due to COVID-19, racial unrest, and a budget deep in the red:Randy Bruce (Contributed)Randy BruceBruce’s top priority will be the state’s budget and filling an estimated $3 billion COVID-related deficit. He favors immediate use of a $1.2 billion “rainy day” fund to support Michigan’s economy and lobbying Washington to help with COVID losses.“One of the things I will not do is vote for any budget that cuts funding to education and local government,” Bruce said. “That seems to be the areas the state looks at first to cover budget holes. We have to hold those harmless, and we have to look to other places to cut or raise revenues as best we can.”As a practicing psychologist, Bruce said, he is “good at listening to what other people are trying to say, figuring out what’s motivating them, and addressing their concerns.” While he foresees painful decisions, he said, “we have to look at what opportunity is there as well.”Bruce said lawmakers must address the causes of systemic racism and ensure equal justice. He believes education plays a large role, and Michigan needs “a well funded education system that is fair to everybody.”“If we don’t have an education system that works equally for everybody, we’re going to continue to have long term issues,” he said, adding that includes proper charter school regulation.Bruce sees protests that followed the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis as a “safely valve” that allows people to release some of their frustration, as well as bringing important issues to light.“It’s forcing a real discussion in this country about how we address this,” he said. “I’m hoping that we can see real change because of all the people pushing back.”Samantha Steckloff (samanthasteckloff.com)Samantha SteckloffSteckloff said lawmakers need to not only work together, but with officials at all levels, to address of systemic racism, COVID-19 impacts, and other tough issues like women’s rights and health care. But that may not be easy in today’s angry political climate.“There was always conflict between parties, but there never used to be that hatred. It’s really debilitating for all of us,” Steckloff said. She believes the relationships she has developed with Michigan leaders, from Congress down, will give her an advantage in negotiations.Among her early initiatives, Steckloff wants a legislative committee on race relations, with representatives from across the state doing a deeper dive into related issues. As larger cities take more immediate action, like prohibiting police from using choke holds, lawmakers should take time to look at all agencies.Steckloff said defunding police isn’t necessary in suburban cities like Farmington Hills, where residents fund the local department through a dedicated millage. She said city officials are best able look through records to weed out “bad actors”.In the wake of COVID-19, Steckloff believes lawmakers have to become job creators, by bringing together unions, organizations, and strong corporations. She’d like to see health care coverage for all Michiganders, an unemployment system that better serves residents, and more protections and guarantees for furloughed employees.“The budget is a moral document dedicated to our residents, and we are going to have to take a deep look into it,” Steckloff said. “We need to make sure we are showing our residents that we are dedicating all of our funds to them.”Michael Bridges (Contributed)Michael BridgesHaving attended a recent Citizens Research Council seminar on how COVID-19 has affected Michigan’s budget, Bridges said the $3 billion deficit will have a “significant impact on our ability to provide services to state residents that they want and deserve.”“I’m mindful of the fact that we need to make sure we balance the budget, and protect those programs and services that are vital to the state’s success,” he said.In addition to budget impacts, Bridges said, “COVID-19 revealed significant disparities among victims, whether mortality or people who got the disease.”“Clearly, we need to make sure public policy reflects the reality that there are significant racial disparities with regard to health care, education, job opportunities, and the environment,” he said. “I’ll be a clear thinking person, and I will seek common ground.”While Farmington Hills has a very good police department, Bridges said, “we have some opportunities to improve.” He believes strongly in body cameras for all police officers.“In my time on city council, I’ve been a very forceful advocate for diversity and inclusion, making sure the police department reflects the population of Farmington Hills,” he said. “I don’t support any policy toward defunding (police). I think we should stress training, sensitivity training, and making sure we have the right officers on the job.”*Mr. Swoboda did not return an email requesting an interview.  Reported bylast_img read more

‘Togetherness has been key’ – Baggaley

first_imgCity Women currently occupy sixth position in the Women’s Super League table after an undefeated start to the season and Baggaley believes the squad’s willingness to work hard and fight for one another is a major factor in their successful start. “The togetherness of the the team and the fight that we have shown on the pitch is what has pleased us most about the start to the season, we’ve all bought into the game plan and the principles that we have given and that is what has allowed us to come away with these results.”, said Baggaley. The undefeated start to the season saw City Women pick up a win on the opening weekend against Brighton and Hove Albion as well as a draw against both, Chelsea and Manchester City and the under-23 Lionesses says the side have taken great confidence from their performances.“The mood in the camp is great and these results have given us confidence to go into every game with the belief that we can get a result. “Looking back at the start of the season, if you were to say that we would pick up results against Chelsea, Man City as well as a win against Brighton then we would have snatched that with two hands.”last_img read more

We’re playing with a chip on our shoulder – Delpeche

first_imgThe Flyers fell by a single point in the final possession when the teams met three weeks ago, after trailing by as many as 20 points in the third period.Speaking ahead of Saturday’s clash in the Cup, Delpeche said: “We need to be able to put them away – we had multiple opportunities to do that when we played them in preseason.”Anything can happen if we let it come down to the final possession, so the biggest thing for us is to keep on pushing if we build an early lead.last_img read more

Delany’s move to Bears halted

first_imgThe 11-cap Ireland international was due to arrive in the West Country ahead of the 2020/21 Premier 15s season but she will no longer be joining the squad.“I’m extremely disappointed that I will no longer be joining Bristol Bears Women,” said Delany.“A lot has changed for me in my personal life in a very short period of time, which means that I’m no longer able to relocate to the South West from Manchester and link up with what would have been my new teammates.“It’s a club going in the right direction with a talented group of players and fantastic coaches, and I’m gutted I won’t be able to represent the club.I would like to thank Kim and the Bristol Bears for their understanding on the matter and I wish the club all the best for the upcoming season.”Head Coach Kim Oliver added: “We’re disappointed Lauren will not be joining us ahead of the new season, but we wholeheartedly understand and support her in doing what is right for her at this time.“Lauren is a talented player and it’s a shame we’re not going to get to see her in Bears colours this season and we wish her the best of luck for the future.”last_img read more

Media tries different path in picking SEC race

first_imgAuburn football coach Gus Malzahn’s team is picked to win the SEC.Auburn football coach Gus Malzahn’s team is picked to win the SEC.HOOVER, Ala. – Struggling for more than two decades at picking the champions of the conference they cover, Southeastern Conference media on Thursday tried an exotic approach with the trending spread offense, so to speak.Voting reporters picked Auburn to win the SEC overall title, yet the overall vote spread to select Alabama to win the SEC West, which is impossible. But this is the same league that LSU won with an 8-0 record in 2011, including a win at Alabama, but Alabama beat LSU in the BCS national championship game.“For the first time in the 23-year history of the poll, media were divided on divisional champion and overall SEC champion,” the SEC office’s release stated.Auburn received 96 votes to win the overall title to 80 for Alabama. Auburn also beat Alabama, 108 to 92, in votes to finish first in the West, but it’s not that simple. More than just first place votes are tabulated. Alabama won the West election because its overall voter point total for the West precinct was 1,405 to Auburn’s 1,362. This was because more reporters voted Auburn to finish in fourth place or lower in the West than they did Alabama. The Tide received just three votes for a finish lower than third, while Auburn received 26 votes for a finish of fourth or lower. Points were awarded on a first-through-seventh place basis in each division.LSU was voted to finish third in the West with 10 first place votes and 870 points. It was the second straight year that the Tigers were voted third and it is the second consecutive season LSU enters a season with major questions at quarterback. The Tigers, 8-5 overall and 4-4 in the SEC last season for fifth, have not been picked to win the SEC since 2007.Arkansas was voted fourth, followed by Ole Miss, Texas A&M and Mississippi State. Georgia was voted to win the East with 166 first place votes and 1,498 points to 36 votes and 1,231 points for Tennessee. Missouri was voted third, followed by South Carolina, Florida, Kentucky and Vanderbilt.“We’re hoping to repeat the same performance offensively as we had in 2013,” Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said earlier in the week of his team of two years ago that reached the BCS national championship game. That will have to be with a new quarterback in junior Jeremy Johnson, but Malzahn is known for winning with young quarterbacks.“He’s a guy who’s been a backup for two years, but handled himself extremely well,” Malzahn said. “Now, he’s in the starting role. We feel very good about where he’s at and really a leader of our team.”Auburn finished second in the SEC in total offense and rushing offense in 2014, but lost four of its last five games to finish 8-5 overall and 4-4 in the SEC as it struggled to stop opponents, finishing 12th in pass defense and ninth in total defense. But now Malzahn has defensive expert Will Muschamp as defensive coordinator after his firing as head coach at Florida.“Will Muschamp, in my opinion, is the best defensive mind in all of football – not just college football,” Malzahn said. “Our defensive players have taken on his personality, which I really like. Our front seven (with senior linebacker Kris Frost and junior defensive end Carl Lawson) should be the strength of our team.”SEC Media Days reporters are 5-18 at picking the SEC champion since 1992. The only teams to win the title after being voted to win it were Alabama last year, Florida in 2008, LSU in 2007 and Florida in 1994 and ’95.The SEC office will the preseason All-SEC teams on Friday.last_img read more

PH vaccine experts not under pressure to give preference to Russia, China vaccines — DoH

first_imgSIGN UP TO DAILY NEWSLETTERCLICK HERE TO SIGN-UP The Philippines’ vaccine experts panel is not under pressure to give preference to COVID-19 vaccines made by Russia and China which are being preferred by President Duterte, the Department of Health (DoH) said.(PIXABAY / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)DoH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said that all vaccines that will enter the Philippines will have to go through the country’s regulatory process.“Hindi naman. Walang pressure. Katulad ng sabi natin kung ano man ang dadating na bakuna dito sa ating bansa (Not at all. No pressure. As we’ve said, whatever vaccine comes to our country), it will go through the usual and our regular regulatory process,” she said.“Kung ano man yung meron tayong mga regulations sa bansa, ipapatupad natin (Whatever regulations we have in the country, we will implement),” she added.Duterte last Monday said that they will prioritize vaccines developed by Russia and China if they are proven safe and effective against COVID-19.Vergeire said that the country is still in talks with other vaccine developers in order for the Philippines to have access to potential vaccines.“Maraming pag-uusap na ginagawa tayo when it comes to the procurement of vaccines. As I’ve said, all efforts are being strengthened para tayo ay magkaroon ng posisyon para we can also access vaccines (We are engaged in a lot of discussions when it comes to the procurement of vaccines. As I’ve said, all efforts are being strengthened so that we can have a better position for us to have access to vaccines),” she said.last_img read more

Ovie and the Franchise – July 23rd, 2020 [PODCAST]

first_img 1080p HD Major League Baseball is back! The Twins played against the Cubs in an exhibition game Wednesday night in preparation of their regular season opener against the White Sox Friday night (7 p.m., WJON).Jay and Dave talk about watching baseball with no fans, the outlook for the Twins rotation and bullpen, who will lead the team in batting and more.In the second segment, Jay and Dave talk about the NHL’s restart, the NBA’s return and whether we would want to attend NFL games (with limited capacity) this fall. 720p HD 1/1 360p Auto (360p)center_img Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Skip The Minnesota Twins in the Shortened 2020 SeasonDave OverlundTwins PanoramaGet to know your Minnesota Twins for the 2020 season.Getty ImagesJorge PolancoJorge Polanco is expected to be the starting shortstop for the Twins in 2020. He will likey be their #2 hitter.Getty ImagesJosh DonaldsonJosh Donaldson was the big free agent acquisition of the Twins this offseason. He’s expected to add some home runs to the bomba squad.Getty ImagesJosh DonaldsonDonaldson takes batting practice in the cage.Getty ImagesKenta MaedaKenta Maeda came to the Twins in a trade with the Dodgers for hard throwing prospect Brusdar Graterol. Maeda should begin the season in the Twins’ rotation.Getty ImagesNelson CruzNelson Cruz is shagging some ground balls here. He didn’t play in the field last season and isn’t expected to do that this season either. The 40-year old will be the Twins’ full-time DH.Getty ImagesRocco BaldelliManager Rocco Baldelli enters his 2nd season as the Twins’ manager with high hopes for a return trip to the playoffs.Getty ImagesSummer WorkoutsThe Twins are stretching on an overcast day at Target Field.Getty ImagesTwins Working OutMarwin Gonzalez and Nelson Cruz are stretching before practice. Gonzalez is expected to see time all over the diamond again this season including the outfield 3rd base and first base.Getty ImagesWes Johnson and Jose BerriosJose Berrios will be the opening day starter on the mound for Twins. He is the staff ace and is coming off a solid 2019 season. About Connatix V56490 About Connatix V56490last_img read more

Boston stand as one logo

first_img Sign in to follow this   Followers 0 Forums Home Share this post Followers 0 Link to post Sign in to follow this   Share this post SportsLogos.Net Posted May 6, 2013 mrkchrstn 9 0 Sports Logos 9 Couldn’t find one anywhere, so I tried my hand at reproducing it. Sorry if it’s too late to be of any use, but here it is. 9 1,118 posts All Activity Members Sports Logo News 225 anybody have a good look or high res of Boston stand as one logo? Sports Logo News Link to post This topic is now closed to further replies. alxy8s Posted April 21, 2013 SportsLogos.Net 225 139 posts All Activity mrkchrstn Sports Logos Boston stand as one logo Forums Home Share on other sites 225 0 Boston stand as one logo Go To Topic Listing alxy8s Members By mrkchrstn, April 21, 2013 in Sports Logo News Recommended Posts Share on other sites Boston stand as one logolast_img read more

Alaska Aces HOF jersey

first_img Posted February 21, 2015 Followers 0 2,362 Sports Logos Share this post 2x MegaBowl Champion – The Poster Formerly Known As bkknight95 Link to post smzimbabwe Sports Logo News 29 0 Sign in to follow this   Forums Home Followers 0 Sports Logos 3,765 posts By smzimbabwe, February 21, 2015 in Sports Logo News Share on other sites Location:Idaho Favourite Logos:XFLSan Francisco 49ers Share on other sites Favourite Logos:AZ Hotshots Recommended Posts Location:Boise, Idaho 29 Posted February 21, 2015 colinturner95 Sign in to follow this   Link to post All Activity 17,998 2,362 218 biscuit faces of them All Activity BBTV I like it. I like it a lot. Alaska Aces HOF jersey Share this post 218 smzimbabwe Alaska Aces HOF jersey 29 218 1,744 posts Members 1,122 posts Share on other sites Forums Home 17,998 46,550 posts Alaska Aces HOF jersey Share this post Link to post Share on other sites 0 The Alaska Aces (the ECHL team, not the Philippine basketball team) are wearing special jerseys this weekend to commemorate both the beginning of the team Hall of Fame, and the centennial of the city of Anchorage.There will supposedly be a special centennial patch on the jersey as well. 0 BBTV SportsLogos.Net Members Initialisms Suck I like it. I like it a lot. I do too – except for the numbers. Too much of a contrast from an otherwise traditional uniform. Also, could maybe do without all the stripes on the hem, and they could work some red in there to go along with the red around the logo.I really like the double As with the wording in them though. Link to post Looks like an alcoholics anonymous sweater colinturner95 17,998 Posted February 21, 2015 Share this post SportsLogos.Net 0 This topic is now closed to further replies. Go To Topic Listing Posted February 21, 2015 Banned Members biscuit faces of them Sports Logo News 2,362last_img read more