In order to fight misconceptions about the Muslim faith and educate people about specific aspects of Islam, the Notre Dame Muslim Students Association (MSA-ND) is hosting its first Islam Awareness Week from Tuesday to Friday of this week.S.M. Moududul Islam, MSA-ND secretary, said the organization began planning the week last semester, using other universities’ Islam Awareness Weeks as models.He said the goal of the week, which is funded by a Graduate Student Life grant, Campus Ministry, the Islamic Society of Michiana South Bend Mosque, the Center for Social Concerns and the Kroc Institute for International Studies, is to provide a series of unified events that allow the Notre Dame community to ask detailed questions about the Muslim faith.“The idea of Islam Awareness Week is to have multiple events within a week so that we can draw the attention of the people here on campus and let them know about Islam, and also to let the people ask questions,” Islam said. “We are having different talks and different … events at which there can be close interaction between the audience and the speaker. It is good to have that forum where you can ask questions.”MSA-ND vice president Md. Itrat Bin Shams said the week would also be an opportunity to learn about certain facets of Islam, such as the pilgrimage to Mecca and the concept of the hijab, in more detail.“[The goal is] to let people know about specific aspects of Islam, some things that are maybe known to us but not to people who believe in other faiths,” Shams said.The week will begin with two events focused on Hajj, the fifth Pillar of Islam, in which Muslims make a pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca. On Tuesday, there will be a screening of the documentary, “Seven Wonders of the Muslim World,” which features seven mosques in the Islamic world and tells the story of seven pilgrims’ journey to Mecca.On Wednesday, during Campus Ministry’s regular “Prayer from Around the World,” Dr. A. Rashied Omar, a research scholar of Islamic Studies and peace building at the Kroc Institute, will give a talk on Hajj.“We always see the image of the Kaaba in Mecca on TV, but we don’t exactly know any people who are non-Muslim who know what is going on there,” Islam said.“So the idea is to have a lecture, and in addition to the lecture we are having a video demonstration on the pilgrimage to Mecca … [Dr. A. Rashied Omar] will be discussing the spiritual aspect as well as the rituals.”Directly following Omar’s lecture will be a dinner titled “I Believe In . . .” which will consist of small-group discussions of each participant’s faith.On Friday, MSA-ND will provide transportation for 12 students to the mosque at the Islamic Society of Michiana for a prayer service.“Some students from Notre Dame can come with us to see how we perform our prayer and also, there’s a speech just before the prayer by the imam, the leader in the mosque,” Shams said. “They can see the whole picture. The mosque, for us, for Muslims, is not only the place for the prayer, [but] it is [also] a community center, so they can see how these things connect with each other.”The week will culminate with a lecture by Hisham Mahmoud, an instructor of Arabic at Harvard University and prominent scholar of Islam on Friday evening. Mahmoud will discuss the importance of Jesus and Mary in the Islamic tradition.Tags: dr. a. rashied omar, hisham mahmoud, Islam, islam awareness week, islamic society of michiana, kroc institute for international studies, mosque, MSA-ND, muslim faith, muslim students association, notre dame muslim students association, SM Moududal Islam
The St. Louis Cardinals 5th grade boys basketball team played their 4th game of the season tonight and defeated the Laurel Yellow Jackets by a score of 40-35.It was a hard fought victory over a very good Laurel team that happened because of good defense and excellent teamwork. The Cardinals were down by two points at the end of the 3rd quarter and then outscored the Yellowjackets 9-2 to secure the win.The team was led in scoring by Charlie Schebler (15), Alec Bunselmeier (8), Ben Harmeyer (7), Noah Tuveson (6) and Nate Vankirk (4). Frank Forbeck, Nate Reder, Luke Meer, and Jack Hollins also made significant contributions in the win!The next game will be tomorrow night, Wednesday, November 18, at home against Greendale at 6:00pm. Please come out to the game and cheer on the Cardinals!Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Ryan Schebler.The Saint Louis 6th grade boys basketball team was back on the road against Laurel Tuesday evening November 17th. It was a tough, gritty hard fought game from the opening tip until the final buzzer. But, when the dust settled the Cardinals were on top 33-29.It was an effort to find the bottom of the basket. Joseph Suttman, CJ Grote, Cody Mohr and Thomas Raver were able to put up the points with Raver leading all scorers followed by Mohr. CJ Grote hit a big contested basket late in the game to give theCardinals a 4 point lead. The defensive load was heaped onto the shoulders of Adam Vogelsang and Hunter Laudick and they put forth a great effort against Laurel’s two really good ball handlers and scorers.The boys responded well to the adversity and did all the work necessary tosurvive. Defense, rebounding, getting to the free throw line and hittingtheir foul shots were the fundamentals the boys responded with to come awaywith the victory.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Jim Mohr.
Andre Villas-Boas taunted his doubters following Chelsea’s Champions League triumph against Valencia.The Blues boss was under intense pressure ahead of the game at Stamford Bridge, where a defeat or score draw would have sent his team out of the tournament.Didier Drogba’s brace helped Chelsea to a resounding 3-0 win and they ended up finishing top of their group, enabling Villas-Boas to round on those who suggested his future would be in doubt if Tuesday’s result went against him.AdChoices广告“It was a win of human values, spirit, solidarity, responsibility, strength of character and ability to take criticism,” he declared.“This is a great win for Chelsea’s players. They deserve respect which they don’t get. We’ve been continuously chased by different kinds of people and different kinds of pressure. Maybe today we’ve given everybody a slap in the face.“There is a continuous persecution of Chelsea – continuous aggressiveness towards one club. We’ve become your [the media’s] target. We accept that, but you have to accept it was a brilliant win.“That’s unfortunate for you, because it means you will have to report a brilliant win for Chelsea.”Villas-Boas acknowledged that early goals from Drogba and Ramires were crucial in terms of easing the pressure on his players.“It [Drogba’s opener] gave us a full boost of confidence and to get the second goal not long afterwards made the team even more confident,” he said.Follow West London Sport on Twitter
Cristiano Ronaldo will continue to take penalties for Portugal despite losing his touch from the spot for both club and country, coach Fernando Santos said on Sunday.Ronaldo, Portugal’s all-time leading scorer, missed a penalty in the 0-0 draw with Austria in Group F on Saturday and has failed to hit the target in four of his last five penalties for Portugal and Real Madrid. (ALSO READ: Frustration for Cristiano Ronaldo as Portugal, Austria play out goalless draw)”If there is a penalty in the next game, Cristiano Ronaldo will take it and he will score,” Santos told reporters. “He is used to scoring goals, he is a winner and he also reacts well when he makes a mistake. That is what we expect from him.”Ronaldo, who won a record 128th cap on Saturday, has had a disappointing Euro 2016 so far, failing to convert any of several good chances as Portugal have drawn both of their games.Left-back Raphael Guerreiro has increased the pressure on Ronaldo’s place as the free kick specialist after scoring with a superbly-taken effort in a 3-0 friendly win over Norway before the tournament when Ronaldo was not playing.”Cristiano always wants to take the free kicks and it has always been him who has taken them,” said Santos. “If Raphael had not scored that goal, nobody would be talking about this.””We played really well against Austria without scoring and we have to continue with this attitude. We made Austria, who are ranked 10th in the world, look like a small team.”advertisementSantos said Portugal should not be ashamed of “being ugly” and that he had told his family that he would not be coming home until the day after the Euro 2016 final when he expected a party. “Sometimes, I get the feeling that we are ashamed about being ugly, or not being pretty,” he said. “If we have to be ugly and that brings us efficiency, we have to be ugly. I’m ugly by nature and I don’t mind being even uglier.”Portugal need to beat Hungary on Wednesday to make sure of qualifying for the knockout stages but Santos said he would be staying in France until the final on July 10. (FULL EURO 2016 COVERAGE)”I am only going back to Portugal on July 11 and I am going to be welcomed with a party,” he said.