“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)           

Warren’s Imam Steve Mustafa Elturk To Receive Interfaith Award

WARREN — Imam Steve Mustafa Elturk, president of the Islamic Organization of North America, will receive the Robert A. Bruttell Interfaith Leader Award on Feb. 22.

Elturk is a leader of Warren’s faith community, where his mosque, the Islamic Organization of North America, is based. He co-chairs the Imams Committee of the Michigan Muslim Council and has been active in outreach to Metro Detroit’s diverse religious communities. The InterFaith Leadership Council is organizing the award ceremony.

A strong partnership formed between his congregation and the interfaith community when the mosque faced anger and resistance when first planned. The award organizers says Imam Elturk has worked to help the wider Detroit community understand what it means to be a Sunni Muslim. As co-chair of the Imams Committee of the Michigan Muslim Council he has been instrumental in actively connecting with all faith groups.

The imam has been a voice of conscience on the issue of safe, clean affordable water for the Religious Leaders Forum, affiliated with the InterFaith Leadership Council, which took a public stand on the moral issue.

The virtual event will be held at 7 p.m. and will feature interviews with each of the awardees, a presentation by a guest speaker and video about the InterFaith Leadership Council’s recent activities and accomplishments. Registration is available at IFLCdetroit.givesmart.com DION (Detroit Interfaith Outreach Network) and Fr. Norm Thomas of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Detroit will also be presented awards.

“During a year of national and local challenge and conflict, we believe that positive interfaith relationships, education and conciliation are more important than ever,” said Rev. Stancy Adams, chairperson of the InterFaith Leadership Council. “We are pleased to honor Father Thomas and Imam Elturk as unwavering positive examples of interfaith leadership in our community. The Detroit Interfaith Outreach Network brings together individuals of diverse faiths and backgrounds to develop understanding and friendships through interfaith services, cultural and educational activities.”


InterFaith Covenant Leaders (from left) the Rev. Michail curro, the Rev. Fr. Gary Shulte, the Rev. Roger Facione and Imam Steve Elturk at an event in Warren, Mich. (Courtesy Steve Mustafa Elturk)

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