first_imgIn 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 Islamlast_img read more

first_imgA simple fake to his right was all Alex Halis needed to make Duke midfielder Nick Palodichuk look silly.The sophomore forward then proceeded to do the same to three other Blue Devil defenders, threading a through ball into the box with the outside of his right foot to a streaking Nick Perea.Perea was unable to finish, but the setup was indicative of Halis’ ability to create opportunities in the attacking third.“He’s a spark whether he starts or whether he comes off the bench,” forward Chris Nanco said.Halis made only his second start of the year on Sunday, and he was just that — a spark. Aside from scoring the game-winning goal in the 10th minute, Halis wreaked havoc on the Blue Devils’ back line in the Orange’s 2-0 win that sent it to the semifinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament against Louisville on Friday. He led the Orange (15-2-1, 5-2-1 ACC) in shots on goal and showed that he has the quality to be included in the starting lineup, as he was in 17-of-18 games last season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“No one wants to be a bench player,” Halis said.At times this year, the sophomore has experienced frustration, whether it be with nagging injuries, goal-scoring droughts or starting the game on the bench.In away wins at Binghamton and Connecticut, he was the last one over to the team’s postgame huddle, one time having to be consoled by SU head coach Ian McIntrye and the other by midfielder Juuso Pasanen.But then there’s the other side of him.After scoring the game-winner against Albany on Oct. 7, Halis threw his hands up in delight with an ear-to-ear grin and was mobbed by the SU bench. A hug with a field-side fan and another cluster of teammates surrounding him followed his goal against Duke.Now the frustration seems in the past.“Goals change games but they also change confidence in players,” McIntyre said.Halis said that his performance on Sunday was one of his strongest of the year. Now, he’ll get the chance to follow it up against Louisville, a team he was sent off against on Oct. 17 after receiving a second yellow card.He has one postseason goal already under his belt, and gaining momentum at the right time is something Halis said he’s “grateful” for.“I’ve known him for so long and sometimes even if I’m defending him, I don’t know what he’s going to do,” Nanco said of when Halis gets on a roll. “It’s really hard to stop him.”Nanco added that his longtime teammate deserved to start the Orange’s postseason opener. McIntyre admitted that Halis’ Sunday performance “certainly” forces him to consider giving the sophomore his first back-to-back starts of the season.Halis himself won’t say explicitly whether he thinks he deserves to start, but to him, it doesn’t matter as long as he’s producing.Said Halis: “I don’t really see myself as a bench player, but if that’s how it’s supposed to be, if that’s how I can help the team then that’s fine with me.” Comments Published on November 11, 2014 at 12:07 am Contact Matt: mcschnei@syr.edu | @matt_schneidman Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

first_imgA Pennsylvanian couple is now behind bars after they allegedly faked a pregnancy, the baby’s birth, and the baby’s death in order to scam their friends and others out of money and gifts.Officials say the couple Kaycee and Geoffrey Lang of Somerset, were arrested after one of their friends contacted authorities about the couple’s allegations.The friend told authorities that she became suspicious after photos of the child posted on the couple’s Facebook page matched the appearance of a “look-a-like new born baby doll.” The friend then contacted the funeral home and was told that the alleged baby was not cremated there as the couple suggested.That’s when the friend contacted authorities.Investigators later found that the couple faked the pregnancy and hosted a baby shower where they received at least several hundred dollars in cash and in gifts.The couple then announced the birth of the baby on July 3rd and hours later announced that the baby passed away due to “respiratory distress syndrome.”The couple then made a Gofundme page where they raised $500 for the child’s funeral.They have since been charged with theft by unlawful taking or disposition, theft by deception and receiving stolen property.last_img read more