Recently, the Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans has witnessed “anti-Sharia” legislation introduced in several states that are a threat to religious freedom in the United States. In Minnesota, Senate File 2281, which was aimed at targeting Sharia Law, was recently introduced, then withdrawn during the 2012 MN Legislative Session.
In response to such legislation, Lori Saroya. President of the Council on American-Islamic Relations Minnesota has stated, “Across the nation, similar anti-religious freedom bills are being used by Islamophobic extremists to demonize Islam and marginalize American Muslims.” Overall, these recent developments signify the need to build more awareness around the topic of Shariah Law.
SF 2281, and bills like it, represents a fear and misunderstanding of Shariah Law and Islam that has been prevalent across America. A mind captured by fear often times resorts to committing injustice through blind assumptions. To tackle this problem, it is crucial to research some basic facts about Shariah Law for maintaining tolerance and for meaningful discussions on this issue. For a quick overview, Qasim Rashid has an article on the Huffington Post titled, “Shariah Law: The Five Things Every Non-Muslim (and Muslim) Should Know.”
Later this week, there will be a public forum to openly discuss Shariah Law:
“Shariah Law: Myths & Facts” by Odeh Muhawesh
Ridgedale Regional Center, Robert H. Rohlf Room
12601 Ridgedale Dr., Minnetonka, MN 55305
Saturday April 21, 2012 12:00-3:15pm
Free and open to public,*RSVP requested*
Prayers on the Prairie showing on April 26th!
Prayers on the Prairie: Muslim in Minnesota
Photo by Alex Nok Phasy
It is estimated that 150,000 Minnesotans are Muslim, yet their religious traditions are little understood by the mainstream. Join us over lunch for a brief introduction to Islam, background on the Prayers on the Prairie: Asian-Pacific Minnesotan Religious Practices project, and conversation about what it means to be Muslim in Minnesota.
When: Thursday, April 26, 2012 from Noon.-1:15 p.m.
Where: Minnesota Humanities Center, 987 Ivy Avenue East, St. Paul (map)
Intended Audience: Everyone welcome!
This event is part of the Lunch and Learn programming that amplifies collaborative work with partners. Each presentation features a leader from the community who engages participants in learning and discussion around this collaborative humanities work over the lunch hour.