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_imgDrive down Main Street in Enterprise, Alabama, and you may be surprised to find yourself staring up at a 13-foot-tall statue of a woman in Grecian robes holding a bug. Yes, a bug. As a matter of fact, the Boll Weevil statue is the only monument in the world dedicated to an agricultural pest.As a young boy growing up in Alabama, I learned the story of the Boll Weevil and the impact it had on Alabama agriculture. Until the early 1900s, the cash crop in Alabama was cotton. Entire economies relied on it … that is until the Boll Weevil arrived. The Boll Weevil is an ugly little bug from Mexico that moves fast and loves cotton. By 1909 the Boll Weevil had made its way into Alabama, and by 1915 into South Alabama. In one year, 60% of the cotton crop was destroyed leaving communities in turmoil. Within a few years, the Boll Weevil nearly devastated the economy of the South.  What to do? Up until the late 1800’s, most Americans gave little attention to the peanut. Only after P.T. Barnum began to sell them at his famous circus, and George Washington Carver crusaded on their behalf, did people begin to take notice. It turns out that Alabama has the perfect climate for growing peanuts. That, coupled with its desperate need for a new cash crop, catapulted South Alabama into a new prosperity as the leading peanut producer in the world. All due to a bug.2020 has brought a new bug into our lives that has altered norms and methods of doing business. For many of us, before 2020, “Zoom” was a television show from the 1970s and Corona was just a beer. Businesses and credit unions that thrive are the ones that have recognized the opportunity to evolve during times of Crisis. Many credit unions have found unique ways to serve their members from by-appointment-only meetings, remote consultations, and extending forbearance on loans.Although credit unions are in the business of serving members, some credit unions have opened themselves to huge losses. Because of the higher number of vehicle repossessions, Pete Hilger, CEO and President of Allied Solutions, is quoted in CUToday.info as saying “credit unions could face large collateral losses, and unwanted car sales on their lots in the coming year if their repossession processes are not in good working order and plans are weak.” Jake Aschendorf, Founder of Collateral Mitigation Services says “in addition to assisting members, credit unions need to also mitigate their own losses. Stewardship is as important as service”. Although Covid 19 is a bug of a different name, I don’t believe we will be erecting a statue in its honor in the future. I do believe, however, that credit unions that look for innovative ways to not only serve their members, but mitigate loss will define the new normal in years to come. 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Patrick Henry Patrick Henry is an author and speaker from North Carolina. As a former Nashville songwriter and humorist on the SiriusXM Radio Family Comedy Channels, he delivers funny and entertaining keynote … Web: www.patrickHenrySpeaker.com Detailslast_img read more

first_img“This is to inform you thathenceforth, all communication and special concerns of all Departments and/oragencies of government needing the attention of the Office of the Presidentand/or Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas (OPAV) withinRegion 6 shall be coursed through Assistant Secretary Anthony Gerard Y. Gonzales,”stated the memorandum signed by Diño. He added that OPAV’s presence inWestern Visayas will be more visible this time since he will visit the regionmore often. “We have been extending our servicesto the Visayas, and we want to expand and reach more audiences in order toserve more people,” said Gonzales. As a first major project for theregion, according to Gonzales, the Serbisyong Malasakit for local governmentunits will be launched in Western Visayas./PN “We are hopeful that through this, itwill strengthen the relationship between local government units and NGAs, andtherefore, bring the Filipino people closer to the Office of the President,”Gonzales said. ILOILO City – Office of thePresidential Assistant for the Visayas’s (OPAV) Assistant Secretary JonjiGonzales has been designated by Secretary Michael Lloyd Diño as representativefor special concerns in Western Visayas.center_img Gonzales said the designation willgive OPAV a chance to maximize its reach in the Visayas. PA Michael Dino, Asec Jonji Gonzales and Deputy Mike Pato. Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas Aside from the assistance that OPAVcan give to the local government units through coordination with nationalgovernment agencies (NGAs), OPAV is also planning to expand its SerbisyongMalasakit, a one-stop shop for government services into all other areas of theVisayas. This will allow the grassroots peopleto avail themselves of the services offered by the different NGAs in onesetting. last_img read more