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18 I ORLD NEWSW Passion Islam I October 2009
Hawaii Celebrates Islam Day
A resolution passed by the state
Legislature in Hawaii earlier this year
comes to fruition as the Muslim faith is
honored and celebrated in the Islands
as Hawaii marks Islam Day.
The resolution, which
acknowledges the Islamic
contributions to art, science,
philosophy and literature, passed the
state House of Representatives and
Senate overwhelmingly during the
2009 legislative session.
The resolution passed the House
without a vote in opposition, and just
three of 25 senators voted against
the measure, which does not grant
a state holiday and comes with no
funding attached, according to the
Legislature’s Web site. Two of those
opposed were Republicans; the third
said. “Timothy McVeigh (who was ethnically diverse part of Hawaii’s
was a Democrat who said he was
responsible for the Oklahoma City cultural fabric.”
concerned about the separation of
bombing in 1995) was a Christian The Muslim Association of Hawaii
church and state.
and there’s no shortage of atrocities has announced plans to hold a
Senate Majority Leader Gary
committed from people of all different celebration Thursday at Ala Moana
Hooser, D-Kaua‘i and Ni‘ihau, said
religions if you look at history. Beach Park on O‘ahu, featuring live
he voted for the resolution because
“I believe we need to start looking music, food, comedy and a panel
it is just an acknowledgment of
at each other as human beings and discussion on “coexistence in a
the significance of Islam, which he
that we are all related and all part of pluralistic society” that will include
described as “an important force in
the same family.” input from Christian, Buddhist and
the world.”
Jewish quarters.
“I don’t believe we can blame an
Islam in Hawaii The event, which coincides with
entire huge population of people
There are upwards of 1 billion the end of Ramadan’s month of fasting
who have a particular faith for the
Muslims worldwide. According to from sunrise to sunset, will include a
horrendous actions of a few people
the resolution, approximately 3,000 canned food drive, with all proceeds
who also have that faith,” Hooser
practicing members “constitute an going to the Hawaii Food Bank.
Bulgarian PM urges
to keep Islamic
traditions alive
Prime Minister of Bulgaria regarded traditions will play an important role
maintenance of Islamic traditions as in promoting and reinforcing peace
a major factor in reinforcing peace among various nations.
among various nations and races. He stressed: “Bulgaria is considered
According to IQNA’s branch in the a unique country regarding the efforts
Balkans quoting KUNA, addressing a made by the citizens to increase unity
ceremony held on the occasion of Eid among themselves, realize common
Al-Fitr for Arab minorities in Bulgaria, objectives, peaceful coexistence and
Boiko Borisov stressed on peaceful to establish peace among different
coexistence among various faiths. religions and cultures in their country.”
Expressing his congratulations He believed that it is unity among
on the occasion to the audience, he Bulgarian people which has resulted
stated: “improving love, friendship, in coordination of various religious and
kindness and maintenance of Islamic intellectual groups in the country. Mosque in Bulgaria
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