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|Some things your MSA should do|
|09/13/01 at 01:18:15|
|[*] Start an Escort Service/Buddy System on your campus. |
This is a time when anyone who is identifiable as Muslim may be targetted. It's a good idea for sisters, and brothers, to stay in groups on campus and when walking home. Get some brothers to volunteer to walk sisters to their destination in pairs, brothers walk in groups. If this is not possible have a phone-ring, call a specific person when leaving home and then again when arriving at your destination.
Also, this is *not* a time for playing hero. Be careful, do not take unnecessary risks. If someone provokes you, do not respond in kind out of a desire to defend Islam or Muslims.. the best thing to do is stay calm and remove yourself from the situation asap. Again, do *not* respond to aggression.
Get in contact with Dean of Students/Head of Student Life and let them know that there is a real risk of hate crimes being perpetrated against Muslims on campus, and request a beefing up of security for Muslim students. Lock down your MSA office and Prayer room, as they may be targetted. Have security at any known Islamic events, like Salatul Jummah, weekly Halaqa’s etc.
[*] Have a Contact Person for Hate Crimes
Designate one person to be in charge of any incidents of harassment, whether physical or verbal, on your campus and in your community. Let people know that this is the person that should be contacted if anything happens. Make sure his/her reports are given to the police, on-campus security, and to CAIR. This person can also report actual incidents to the media instead of relying on speculation and rumors.
[*] Strategic Plan for Media
Come up with a plan on how to deal with local media. One thing to consider is issuing to the local tv stations, radio stations, newspapers etc, an official statement for your MSA that includes contact info for ppl willing to be interviewed. Have a meeting where you discuss *exactly* what to say when interviewed; hype on sympathy for those who were victims of this and their families, that Islam does not sanction violence and Muslims condemn terrorism in the strongest terms possible. Yes, injustice has been committed against others, but two injustices do not make a right and this is not the time to address such issues. Keep your comments clear, direct, and focused on Muslims in America and their outrage at this act.
Also have some people keep a close watch on local media coverage; have people call in to radio shows, request television stations to have more fair coverage and to interview Muslims in the area.
[*] Be Active on Campus
Get in touch with other religious groups on campus and get involved in any and all inter-faith activities or vigils in the coming days. Get local Imam’s to speak, and get as many Muslims as possible at these events to show that Muslims do not in any way condone what has happened.
Also, try to get involved if there is a blood drive on campus.
wAllahu 'alam.. feel free to add any suggestions you may have.
|Re: Some things your MSA should do|
|09/13/01 at 01:42:35|
From MSA Nat'l VP...
Please pass this on to as many as you can.
Assalam Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatu
Alhamdulillah muslims all across the country are coming together to help out
those who most need it.
We at MSA National encourage all MSA's to some of the following ideas.
1. Donate Blood. I received word that they are extremely short on O positive
and O negative in the NY area. Br Altaf Husain (MSA National President) and
Faisal Matadar (DC Council Chair) are currently standing in line at the Red
Cross waiting to donate blood. I encourage more of you to come out. Let them
know the muslims care.
2. Condemn the act. Talk to the media, write to local newspapers, call up
radio stations. Voice your opinions. Let America know how muslims despise of
3. Talk to University officials, Deans, student affairs, local police
departments regarding the issue and the safety of muslims on your campuses.
Remind them that it is unfair and that there is no need for muslims to
recieve backlash because of what happened. MSA's formulate a program of
rides, so that people dont have to worry about walking alone.
Here is a summary of events from different campuses. Please let us know what
you're doing, so that we can use in different parts of North America. We
have much to learn from everyone.
Here What we are doing as U of Guelph, ON (CANADA):
1-We typed a condemnation that has been sent to you earlier, it is posted at
our office door, handed in to the Ontarion, our campus weekly paper.
2- We have been approched by a reporter from the Guelph Mercury daily
paper. We have input and it took more than two thirds of his report.
under the title "Attacks deplored by Muslims"
You can read this report in their paper. search for Guelph mercury.
He showed outstanding understanding and pointed out how the society is
going wrong pointing with accusation to islam and muslims.
3- A round-table descussion is to take place in the Guelph campus radio
station that hosting campus ministers of chrestianity, Islam,and other
faiths also a muslim student will be there. that will be transmitted on
4- contacts with the Human rights office in campus and the city have been
made and a meeting between one of our students and the office has been held
some officers of the Student board have approached us to offer us any help
possible in this regard and even they used our islamic greetings
" Assalamu Alaikum".
Univesity of Michigan Ann Arbor:
We met with the Student Activities and Leadership and made them aware
of our concerns for the safety and well-being of the Muslims on campus
they expressed solidarity and supported many of our efforts to try to
serve the needs of Muslim students on campus.
We also met with Sgt. Gary Hicks of DPS and requested that security be
tightened, especially around areas with concentrations of Muslims as well
as public places. Sgt. Hicks was quite helpful and is ready to offer any
assistance. He can be reached at 936-4167 if any concerns need to be
taken up with DPS.
Also, a letter expressing sympathy, condemning the acts of terror and
showing solidarity as a diverse campus was spearheaded by the MSA which
was then sent to various student groups to be signed. Insha'Allah this
will be in the Daily tomorrow.
We also had a meeting that included assemply leaders, VP of Student Affairs
Royster Harper, and other administrative and campus leaders. We
discussed ways to help the students cope and deal with any potential
backlash. The administration was very concerned with the psychological
and physical well-being of the Muslim students. As a result of the
meeting, one could say the tone of increased tolerance of the vigil was
established and the email from VP Harper was sent to all students on
campus with a similar tone. We also were allowed a speaker at the vigil,
which I hope most of you attended. Alhamdulilah, I think it had a
positive impact on the image that Islam and Muslims have on this campus
with respect to the rest of the student body. We were blessed to be able
to get Dr. Jackson in time (jazahu Allahu khairan).
Tomorrow we will meet with the Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs to
discuss how to address the concerns of the Muslim/Arab students and
possibly set up support centers if needed.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
12:00-(Open Ended) Reflection Day at Krannert Amphitheater
Thursday 7-8 pm at Krannert Great Hall
A Time for Remembrance and Unity
Chancellor is the MC
Many Groups including Muslims will be presenting their ideas.
For the Next Continuous Food, Clothing, and Donation
Few Weeks Collection in the masjid at 106 S. Lincoln between Green
Proceeds will be going to the Red Cross
Oct 1-5 Blood Drive. For more info contact: http://vip.union.uiuc.edu/
If there are other MSA's with some different ideas, or/and are doing
somethign different pls contact me immediately.
jazak Allah khair
May Allah help the muslims and those in need
wa salam alaikum
University of Illinois @ Urbana Champaign
VP-US MSA National
|Re: Some things your MSA should do|
|09/13/01 at 01:38:24|
From ALIM organizer...
start writing in to the papers immediately. we have
to have our voices heard. Here are some samples that
I sent. You have to write in a manner that
dissociates us, as god-fearing Muslims, from the
extremist fringe. People argue that this is defensive
but I think it is proactive. let's not make the
mistake of clinging to the argument that Oklahoma City
was somebody else so this must be. The evidence this
time is not looking good and we should dissociate
ourselves from extremists in any case.
Don't Indict Faith and Execute Core American Values
Let us not indict the entire faith of Islam and
summarily execute our core American values of justice,
liberty, and tolerance. This is a tragedy for all
Americans, American Muslims included. I cried when I
saw Tuesday's carnage just as much as any other
American. But I also cried at the thought that, as an
American Muslim, my life had changed more than any
other American. Islam does not believe or teach that
suicide attacks lead to heaven yet this is what I
heard all over the media. If these attackers are
found to be "Muslim" then they should be understood
to be part of an extreme brainwashed fringe that has
nothing to do with the hundreds of millions of
god-fearing Muslims around the world that were just as
scared and shaken as any other human being with a soul
Tuesday. Let us show restraint and not teach
misplaced intolerance and hatred to our children.
– Canton, MI
We're No Israel
George Will, and many others, have used the extremely
disturbing comparison of the unwarranted attack
against our soil to the situation of Israel. We
should not compare ourselves to an oppressive and
terrorist state that has committed too many atrocities
in the name of statehood to list here. Let me also
remind our readers of the USS Liberty and Israel's
vicious attack on America. They are not an ally for
us, why do we associate ourselves with them and put
our own security at risk? We are only associating
ourselves with illegal occupation and state-sponsored
terrorism, the very thing we are condemning and
|Re: Some things your MSA should do|
|09/13/01 at 01:44:39|
Here's a list of major newspapers/magazines and their email addresses. Use
the power of the pen. Write to them and express your sorrow and disapproval
as American-Muslims at yesterday's horrific terrorist attacks against our
friends, relatives and fellow citizens. To view statements made by The
Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) condemning the attacks,
Please write an email to each newspaper and magazine. You could even email
one standard statement to each of the addresses listed below if you would
like. Unless we speak for ourselves and articulate our position, we will be
portrayed by the media in a manner that is both detrimental to our community
and which constitutes a gross misrepresentation of our beliefs. It only
takes a few minutes. Do it now!
Los Angeles Times email@example.com
Chicago Tribune ctc-TribLetter@Tribune.com
Chicago Sun Times firstname.lastname@example.org
Washington Post email@example.com
USA Today firstname.lastname@example.org
New York Times email@example.com
The Boston Globe firstname.lastname@example.org
Time Magazine email@example.com & firstname.lastname@example.org
US NEWS email@example.com
|Re: Some things your MSA should do|
|09/13/01 at 01:48:45|
From ALIM buddy...
Since the "attack against america" my phone has been of the hook, media has
been calling me as well as many members of my msa asking me what they should
do. Since I am a Muslim sister and MSA president, many people turned to me
for the answers to their questions. Our campus asked us to write a letter
and many people have been emailing me with support and understanding to what
has been happening. We have remaind low key and tried to let the words speak
for themselves. Here is our editorial.
MUSLIMS SPEAK OUT
In light of yesterday's tragedy, we Muslims find it incumbent to
publicize our stance on the attacks against this country. Islam does not
condone any form of violence committed against innocent civilians; one of the
fundamental focuses of Islam is peace. Violence is not a means to achieve a
Muslims around the world have been under intense scrutiny and have
been assumed by the media to be the culprits of such a catastrophe. We
Muslims in Gainesville, as well as the local Islamic Center, have been
targeted and have experienced threats on the basis of these
assumptions-despite our blatant condemnations of such acts.
In lieu of all of the threats that Muslims have received since the
time of the attack, it is extremely important that the American public not
foster any biases or prejudices toward Muslims. To do so would diminish the
very rights, freedom, and justice that the United States felt were attacked
with the assaults that occurred yesterday.
Just as the media incorrectly jumped to conclusions with regards to
the Oklahoma City bombing, the media has again pointed their collective
finger at the Middle East.
Timothy McVeigh, an American, was responsible for the Oklahoma City
bombing. That does not mean that Americans supported, condoned, or even
understood the reasoning behind his terrorist actions.
Similarly, we Muslims do not support, condone, or even understand the actions
of what happened. To blame us would undermine the very fundamental beliefs of
this very country.
Simply because we Muslims walk on the same campus as other students
does not mean that they should be discriminated against or held at fault for
the actions against our country, America. To judge all Muslims by extremist
acts is simply wrong and unjust.
Ultimately, we, as Americans, must focus all of our efforts in the
relief and aid of the victimized. It is far more important for us Americans
to unite and do anything we can to help our country and its victims. Pointing
the finger in haste as to who and why such acts were committed is not our
most pressing issue at this point.
Our hearts go out to the families that have been victimized by such a
horrendous act. The Islam on Campus Organization will do everything possible
to help in the relief efforts and have strongly encouraged blood donation
among its members. We urge everyone to pursue active measures to help our
county in need. May God Have Mercy On All Mankind.
Islam on Campus
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