“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)           

IONA Hosts City Council President Pro Tem, Mr. James Tate, and Council’s Chief of Staff Keyontay Humphries

[Warren] – Yesterday, Imam Mustapha Elturk, Ameer of IONA and Director of Operations, Naveed Ashraf, hosted Mr. James Tate, Detroit City Council President Pro Tem, along with the council’s chief of staff Keyontay Humphries

The introduction between Imam Elturk and Councilman Tate was facilitated by Rev. Stancy Adams, Chair of the InterFaith Leadership Council of Metropolitan Detroit (IFLC), where Imam Elturk previously served as treasurer for several years.

Councilman Tate, who has been faithfully serving the city of Detroit as a council member since 2009, expressed a keen interest in gaining insights from a Muslim leader regarding the events and conflicts in Gaza. It was noted that he had already engaged with Jewish leaders to understand their perspectives.

During the meeting, Imam Elturk shared a comprehensive slide presentation originally prepared for a lecture at his mosque, titled “The Plight of the Palestinians.” The presentation delved into the historical background of the Zionist movement, the Balfour Declaration in 1917, the British mandate, the Nakba of 1948, the 1967 Six-Day War with Arab states, and the first and second Intifadas, providing a historical context for the recent crisis in the Holy Land. Emphasizing that the crisis has deep roots spanning decades. Imam Elturk highlighted occupation and oppression as the root cause of the ongoing violence.

Mr. Tate inquired about the slogan “from the river to the sea, Palestine will be free,” seeking clarification on its various interpretations. Imam Elturk offered insights into the diverse perspectives associated with the slogan including the concept of a one democratic state.

Following weeks of deliberation, the Detroit City Council ultimately passed a resolution supporting a ceasefire in Gaza and the immediate release of all hostages. Notably, two out of the nine-member council, Council Pro Temp James Tate and At-Large Member Coleman A. Young II dissented. Mr. Tate preferred not to vote on matters he felt less informed about.

The meeting, conducted over lunch, provided an educational platform for Mr. Tate to gain a holistic understanding of the Jewish and Muslim perspectives on the conflict, empowering him to make more informed decisions in the future.

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IONA’s mission is to transform its members and help transform the surrounding communities to righteous, God-fearing people, who collectively strive for the highest moral standard and constantly seek forgiveness from our Creator to earn His pleasure. We seek His compassion and mercy in this life and in the hereafter. We rejuvenate our soul through internal struggle and spiritual exercise in worship of our creator God. The strength of our belief in God gives us the courage to establish good and forbid evil, thus promoting a system of justice for all mankind.