Magazine article Islamic Horizons

Giving Ways

Magazine article Islamic Horizons

Giving Ways

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The arrival of Ramadan reminds us of charity. In this issue, we examine the aspects of charitable giving in Islam, ISNA's role in helping North American Muslims fulfill their religious obligation of giving, the development and role of ISNA's fundraising activities, and the problems associated with giving charity in the post-9/11 environment. As a community service organization, ISNA supports efforts designed to improve Muslim organizations. Recently, ISNA launched the HRH Prince Alwaleed Talal Fellowship in Nonprofit Management with the collaboration of the Kingdom Foundation. This fellowship, which is open to all, does not oblige its scholars to work for ISNA; rather, its main goal is to offer trained managers to the nonprofit sector.

In this issue, we present the "Muslim Code of Honor" agreed upon by several major North American Muslim organizations. By adhering to its provisions, we hope that the growing sectarianism abroad will not poison the atmosphere of dialogue that we enjoy here with non-Muslims and Muslims of all schools of thought.

Altaf Husain, writing on the theme of the 44th ISNA Annual Convention, highlights both aspects of "Upholding Faith, Serving Humanity."

This issue also features a study on how a peculiar fundamentalist interpretation of Prophet Jesus' ('alayhi al-salam) teaching and its growing influence has helped to deform American policy toward the Muslim world, resulting in strife, particularly the targeting of Muslims.

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