Members of the local Muslim community are blasting President Donald Trump’s executive order that temporarily closes the nation’s borders to refugees, immigrants, and other travelers from seven predominantly Muslim countries.
Reports in Western media tend to perpetuate stereotypes that Islam is a violent religion and Muslim women are oppressed.
More than 200 Democrats of all ethnicities and religions came together Thursday night at Maverick Plaza in La Villita for an iftar, a meal that is typically served after sunset during the holy month of Ramadan, hosted by the Muslim Democratic Caucus of Texas to kick off the 2016 Texas Democratic Convention.
Dance, when you’re broken open
Dance, if you’ve torn the bandage off
Dance in the middle of the fighting
Dance in your blood
Dance, when you’re perfectly free
– Jalaluddin Rumi
A great sense of peace and openness flowed throughout the Whitley Theological Center at the Oblate School of Theology as Professor Mehmet Oguz, regional director of the Dialogue Institute of the Southwest, introduced the evening’s events with a tribute donning the traditional Mevlevi Sufi attire honoring 13th century mystic poet Jalaluddin Rumi and the night’s featured event – the Whirling Dervishes of Konya, Turkey.
A quarter of a century ago, the entire Muslim community of San Antonio would have fit into the small space of a cleared-out corner store for Eid, the celebratory community prayer at the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.
“I like Ramadan because it helps us to feel hungry, like poor people,” nine year-old Ayesha thoughtfully said. Her sense of care for the needy and her compassion give hope in a world where people often put themselves first.