Issues Of The Day 2010

 

Al Aqsa

 

JORDAN

 

Bin Al Hussein, His Majesty King Abdullah ii (p. 34)

 

HM King Abdullah II of Jordan is the custodian of the Muslim holy sites in the city of Jerusalem. He maintains a unique prestige in the region. He has gone on record in March 2010 to condemn Israel’s inclusion of West Bank religious sites in its national heritage list. The Awqaf and Islamic Affairs ministry announced in 2010 a donation of over 2 million Jordanian Dinar from HM King Abdullah II for projects around the Al Aqsa compound.

 

 

 

Green Revolution (Iran)

 

IRAN

 

Moussavi, His Excellency Mir-Hossein (p. 88) [new]

 

“Where is my Vote?” became the slogan of the ‘Green Movement’ that gained speed in the aftermath of Mousavvi’s loss in the 2009 presidential campaign. The movement garnered international attention after millions of protesters went out to the streets to call for a recount and ignited a violent confrontation with the basij forces–under the Revolutionary Guard. The cause reaped global support, specifically in various social media outlets such as Twitter and Facebook. Mousavvi has since headed an NGO called the Green Path that comprises six main members and various other reformist movements to demand the implementation of the constitution and political

 

reform in Iran.

 

 

 

U.S. Foreign Policy in the Muslim world

 

UNITED STATES

 

Hussain, Rashad (p. 121) and Pandith, Farah

 

Since President Barack Obama’s appointment of Rashad Hussein and Farah Pandith as liaisons to the Muslim world, they have come to global attention. Although Muslim communities in the US and abroad receive the outreach with skepticism, positive feedback from Hussein and Pandith’s initial tasks could potentially lay the ground for improved relations between the US and the Muslim world. Hussein is Deputy Associate Counsel and US envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference. Pandith continues to serve as Special Representative to Muslim Communities for the US Department of State, since her appointment in 2009.

 

 

 

Gaza

 

PALESTINE

 

Omer, Mohammed [new]

 

An award-winning journalist, Mohammed Omar has been credited with reporting on the crises in Gaza for major media outlets. He was raised in Rafah refugee camp and despite calamities faced by his family–his father was imprisoned, his teenage brother was killed, his mother was injured in a demolition–he dedicates himself to journalism and reporting on the crisis. He is the recipient of the 2008 Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism.

 

 

 

Interfaith

 

GLOBAL

 

The ‘a common word’ group This group of 138 Islamic scholars and clerics is the catalyst behind a global bridge-building effort between Christians and Muslims. ‘A Common Word Between Us and You’ is an open letter issued from Muslim leaders to Christian leaders about the common ground between both religious communities, highlighting points of commonality found in the commandment to love God and one’s neighbor; (www.acommonword.com).

 

 

 

Environment

 

NORTH AMERICA/ USA

 

Nasr, professor Dr Seyyed Hossein (p. 89)

 

Nasr has tackled issues regarding the environment from a scholarly perspective, leading a movement to use Islamic teachings to help in the fight against climate change. The term Nasr employs is ‘eco-theology’. His is an important figure in advocacy that promotes environmentalism underscored as a matter of religious duty.

 

 

 

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

 

Al Nahyan, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed (p. 114)

 

Al Nahyan is the president of one of the fastest-growing nations in the world, the United Arab Emirates. He is funding the construction of the world’s first eco-city, Masdar, with zero carbon emissions which will run mostly on renewable energy. The cost of Masdar is estimated between $15-30 billion.

 

 

 

ASIA/MALDIVES

 

Nasheed, His Excellency Mohamed

 

As the president of the Madives, Nasheed is one of the most environmentally conscious state leaders in the world. In the earliest stages of his political career, Nasheed was imprisoned for his crticism of his country’s government and became an Amnesty Prisoner of Conscience. Today, Nasheed has managed to make the Maldives carbon-neutral within a decade by moving the country’s energy reliance to wind and solar power only. Time magazine named Nasheed #1 in the ‘Leaders & Visionaries’ category within its annual list of Heroes of the Environment in 2009.

 

 

 

AIDS/HIV

 

SOUTHERN AFRICA/SOUTH AFRICA

 

Esack, Farid

 

Farid Esack runs a faith-based organization in the field of HIV/AIDS. His organization, Positive Muslims, was established in 2000. It offers services from an Islamic perspective and encourages compassion, mercy and non-judgementalism towards all humankind. South Africa is one of the areas worst affected by the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

 

 

 

ASIA/INDIA

 

Engineer, Asghar Ali (p. 102)

 

The Asian Muslim Action Network (AMAN), of which Engineer is chairman, seeks to build awareness and capacity among Muslim communities in Asia so that they may effectively respond to the growing problem of HIV/AIDS.

 

Al Aqsa

JORDAN

bin al hussein, his majesty king abdullah ii (p. 34)

HM King Abdullah II of Jordan is the custodian of the Muslim holy sites in the city of Jerusalem.

He maintains a unique prestige in the region. He has gone on record in March 2010 to condemn

Israel’s inclusion of West Bank religious sites in its national heritage list. The Awqaf and Islamic

Affairs ministry announced in 2010 a donation of over 2 million Jordanian Dinar from HM King

Abdullah II for projects around the Al Aqsa compound.

Green Revolution (Iran)

IRAN

moussavi, his excellency mir-hossein (p. 88) [new]

“Where is my Vote?” became the slogan of the ‘Green Movement’ that gained speed in the aftermath

of Mousavvi’s loss in the 2009 presidential campaign. The movement garnered international

attention after millions of protesters went out to the streets to call for a recount and ignited a

violent confrontation with the basij forces–under the Revolutionary Guard. The cause reaped

global support, specifically in various social media outlets such as Twitter and Facebook. Mousavvi

has since headed an NGO called the Green Path that comprises six main members and various

other reformist movements to demand the implementation of the constitution and political

reform in Iran.

U.S. Foreign Policy in the Muslim world

UNITED STATES

hussain, rashad (p. 121) and pandith, farah

Since President Barack Obama’s appointment of Rashad Hussein and Farah Pandith as liaisons to

the Muslim world, they have come to global attention. Although Muslim communities in the US

and abroad receive the outreach with skepticism, positive feedback from Hussein and Pandith’s

initial tasks could potentially lay the ground for improved relations between the US and the

Muslim world. Hussein is Deputy Associate Counsel and US envoy to the Organization of the

Islamic Conference. Pandith continues to serve as Special Representative to Muslim Communities

for the US Department of State, since her appointment in 2009.

Gaza

PALESTINE

omer, mohammed [new]

An award-winning journalist, Mohammed Omar has been credited with reporting on the crises in

Gaza for major media outlets. He was raised in Rafah refugee camp and despite calamities faced by

his family–his father was imprisoned, his teenage brother was killed, his mother was injured in a

demolition–he dedicates himself to journalism and reporting on the crisis. He is the recipient of

the 2008 Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism.

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