“Indeed, God commands justice, doing good to others, as well as courtesy to close relatives. He forbids indecency, wickedness, and aggression. He instructs you so perhaps you will be mindful.” (16:90 )            “For every day on which the sun rises, there is a (reward from God) for the one who establishes justice among people.” (al-Bukhari)            “And thus have We willed you to be a community of the middle way, so that [with your lives] you may bear witness to the truth before all humankind. . .” (2:143)            “Dispensers of justice will be seated on pulpits of light beside God.” (Muslim)            “Do not spread corruption in the land after it has been set in order. And call upon Him with hope and fear. Indeed, Allah’s mercy is always close to the good-doers.” (7:56)           “Even an ant in its hole and fish (in the depth of water) invoke blessings on someone who teaches people goodness.” (al-Tirmidhi)            “O believers! Remain conscious of God, and be with those who are truthful in word and deed.” (9:119)           “God does not judge you according to your bodies and appearances, but He looks into your hearts and observes your deeds.” (Muslim)            “The parable of those who spend their possessions for the sake of God is that of a grain out of which grow seven ears, in every ear a hundred grains: for God grants manifold increase unto whom He wills; and God is infinite, all-knowing.” (2:261)           “Charity does not diminish wealth.” (Riyadh al-Salihin)            “Let there be a group among you who call ˹others˺ to goodness, encourage what is good, and forbid what is evil-it is they who will be successful.” (3:104)           “Avoid cruelty and injustice...and guard yourselves against miserliness, for this has ruined nations who lived before you.” (Riyadh al-Salihin)            “Do not forget to show kindness to each other. Surely God observes your actions.” (2:237)           “(Allah) has revealed to me that you should adopt humility so that no one oppresses another.” (Riyadh al-Salihin)            “It is We who sent down this Reminder (al-Quran) and it is We who shall preserve it.” (15:9)           “The best among you are those who learn the Quran and teach it (to others).” (al-Bukhari)            “So remember Me; I will remember you. And be grateful to Me and do not deny Me.” (2:152)           “There are two blessings that many people lose -- health and free time for doing good.” (al-Bukhari)            “Say: 'O My servants who have transgressed against your own souls, do not despair of God's mercy, for God forgives all sins. It is He who is the Forgiving, the Merciful.'“(39:53)           “Happy is the man who avoids dissension, but how fine is the man who is afflicted and shows endurance.” (Abu Dawud)            “And you love wealth with immense love.” (89:20)           “Being rich does not mean having a great amount of property, but (it) is being content (with what one has).” (al-Bukhari)            “Every soul is held in pledge for its deeds.” (74:38)           “Make things easy and convenient and don't make them harsh and difficult. Give cheer and glad tidings and do not create hatred.” (al-Bukhari & Muslim)           

Mosque Raises Interfaith Issues

‘Meet Your Neighbors’ symposium aims to calm fears about new house of worship in Warren.

WARREN — Some people believe Christians, Jews and Muslims pray to the same God. And some make it their business to spread the word.

Muslims and city officials in Warren have cleared the way for the first mosque in the city, on Ryan near 12 Mile. The process is smoother now than it was a few months ago, when the Muslims who are establishing the mosque were confronted by intolerance at a municipal meeting and elsewhere.

Much of the improvement is due to a dedicated interfaith group of activists who helped to assuage fears about the mosque and Islam. Today, those activists are asking residents to “Meet Your Neighbors,” at a symposium on the shared heritage of faith.

The event is from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Warren Community Center Auditorium, 5460 Arden. “Unfortunately, many Christians are having trouble with this issue of the mosque,” said Steve Spreitzer, the director of Interfaith Partners for the National Conference of Community and Justice, who helped organize both the symposium and the months-long interfaith support for the Islamic Organization of North America Mosque of Warren. “One guy always tells me, ‘Every time I see a “ Muslim, I think they are here to take over the country.’

The Rev. Sharon Buttry will moderate the symposium. Guest speakers include the Rev. Gary Schulte, of St. Sylvester Church in Warren; Dawud Walid, executive director of the Council on American Islamic Relations in Michigan; Barbara Sollose, president of the Central Home Owners of Warren; and Imam Steve Mustapha Elturk, president of the Islamic Organization of North America.

“I think the way people get over that is to engage in personal contact,” said Buttry, a Baptist minister and director of Reaching for Excellence and Community Hope (REACH) at the Acts 29 Fellowship in Hamtramck.

“Once you are face to face with someone, it is hard to have some hate or fear for them.” “To see our brothers and sisters from different denominations come forward and support us was astonishing in some ways but no surprise, in others,” Elturk said. “I came across a verse in the Quran that explains: ‘If it had not been for God repelling some people by means of others, we would have seen monasteries, “ churches, synagogues and mosques destroyed.’

You can reach Gregg Krupa at (313) 222-2359 or gkrupa@detnews.com.

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