“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 Supports The Take On Hate Campaign

Last night, at the Take on Hate rally event at the University of Michigan Dearborn campus, a host of politicians, including US congress people, Debbie Dingell, Andy Levin and Rashida Tlaib; Lieutenant Governor of Michigan, Garlin Gilchrist II; Christian, Jewish and Muslim clergy and community leaders were joined by activists and members of the community to address the issue of Hate. Imam Mustapha Elturk, was among the invited clergy to offer a prayer.

The event focused on all forms of hate against all people, Arabs, Muslims, Jews, Blacks, Latinos, among other minorities. The rally called on ending the hateful rhetoric.

Hate is still happening and it will always be wrong.

Carolyn Normandin, the Michigan Regional Director of the Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL), revealed statistics about the rise of hate crimes, anti-Semitism and white supremacy.

Rep. Andy Levin’s message was focused on “Love”. “In the Torah, the most repeated commandment in different forms is to love the stranger as yourself,” Levin said.

Rep. Debbie Dingell, who called for the rally stated, “We are one. United we stand, divided we fall.” “We stand up to hate and leave here with the message: we will fight those who hurt our neighbors no matter who they are,” Dingell said.

Clergy from different faiths traditions offered prayers. Imam Elturk, president of the Islamic Organization of North America, called for God’s peace to descend upon all present and asked for a blessing of grace and wisdom.

He invoked God to “enable us to overcome hate and intolerance, to help us learn forgiveness, kindness and acceptance.” And to “help us turn toward each other with mercy, compassion, and love, not with cruelty and hate,” “to turn the hearts of those who feel superior to others from wickedness to goodness, from harshness to gentleness and kindness, from injustice to justice and from hatred to love.” And “to lead us to the path of righteousness, truth and justice.”

Participants held signs that read, “make racism wrong again” and “hate has no home here.”

The Take on Hate campaign goal is to end “the hate and divisive rhetoric that is occurring in our country and our communities.”

Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist II (left) with Imam Mohammad Elahi of the Islamic House of Wisdom of Dearborn Heights and Imam Steve Mustapha Elturk, president of the Islamic Organization of North America at the Aug. 29 Take on Hate rally held on the University of Michigan–Dearborn campus.

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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.