A panel of medical professionals from the Al-Salam Foundation and Masjid Al-Fajr communities has determined a set of Mosque Reopening Guidelines that cover details from risk factors, resources and safety recommendations, and spiritual/mental wellness needs.

Note: This guidance seeks to advise Indianapolis mosque leaders on how best to resume congregational services safely from a medical perspective. It is understandable that every mosque board makes different decisions. These guidelines are intended to aid community leaders in making such decisions.

Committee Members:
Dr. Nadeem Ikhlaqee
Dr. Shamaila Waseem
Dr. Faisal Khan
Dr. Sakib Khalid
Dr. Rahila Qazi
Dr. Mohammad Alhaddad
Dr. Sarfraz Ahmed
Dr. Waqar Mahmoud
Dr. Eyas Raddad

Indiana Muslim Community Statement of Solidarity

The Muslim Alliance of Indiana and Muslim Hoosiers across the state stand firm in our commitment to amplifying the voice of those seeking justice from oppression. Our support is with the African American community and the wider BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) community across the nation as they strive towards this cause. We stand in solidarity with peaceful protests across the country calling for change, as more and more people of color are disproportionately victims of police brutality, hate crimes, racism and bigotry.  We commit ourselves, as a community, to take the necessary steps to collaborate with and listen to our black and African American communities, and plan to share the next steps in the coming weeks. 

We also urge the law enforcement community throughout the state of Indiana as well as across the nation to respond with calm as protesters exercise their Constitutional right to free speech and assembly.  

The Quran says “O you who have believed, be persistently standing firm in justice, witnesses for Allah, even if it be against yourselves or parents and relatives.” (Surah An-Nisa, Ayah 135). 

We call on all Muslim Hoosiers to uphold the tenets of our faith, in collaboration with our brothers and sisters of all faiths and backgrounds, in combating oppression, regardless of race, faith or ethnicity. There can be no justice for one without justice for all.

In peace and solidarity,

Fatima Hussain
Board President
Muslim Alliance of Indiana 

Hiba Alami
Executive Director
Indiana Muslim Advocacy Network

Ahmed Alamine
Imam
Indianapolis Muslim Community Association

Osama Saad
Imam
Al-Azhar Foundation

Richard A. McKinney, BSW
Former President
Muncie Islamic Center

Sarfraz S. Khan, MD
President
Geist Community Center (Masjid Omar)

Ismail Abdul-Aleem
Amir/Imam
Masjid al-Mumineen

Nadeem Ikhlaq, M.D.
Chairperson
Al Salam Foundation

Shamaas Nyazee
President
AlHussnain Seminary
Board member
Masjid E Noor

Hydre Abdullah
Shura Member
Muslim Community Center

Arman Siddiqui, MD
President
Alhuda Foundation

Seyed R. Zarabadi
President
Islamic Association of Kokomo


If you are an Indiana Muslim organization and would like to add your signature, please send an email to info@indianamuslims.org.

This morning, the Muslim Alliance of Indiana was made aware of a drive-by shooting that occurred at an Indianapolis mosque, Masjid-E-Noor, on Sunday, May 24th after the evening prayer. While the building did retain some damage, we are extremely grateful that no one was hurt physically. No faith community should have to worship in fear for their lives, ever.

We understand that the Masjid-E-Noor leadership has been working with law enforcement to seek answers and ensure the safety of their congregation before making a public announcement. The mosque is also working on taking several precautions including installing bullet proof windows and arranging for police patrol/protection. We encourage anyone who has any information to reach out directly to law enforcement, and avoid spreading any information that has not been confirmed by the mosque’s leaders. However, this unfortunate incident must serve as a reminder for local mosques as well as law enforcement to work diligently to prioritize the safety of our faith communities, especially on days of religious celebrations.

For more information, please see the advisory issued by Indiana Muslim Advocacy Network below and tune in to the press conference tomorrow morning.

Media Advisory: click here to read

Apply for your absentee ballot form completely online in 2 easy steps:

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The form must be received by Thursday, May 21 at 11:59pm in your time zone.

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Did you know?

  • Roughly a quarter of American Muslims remain disengaged at the ballot box.
  • Muslim young adults’ participation in the midterms is sluggish in contrast with their generational peers in the general population (52% vs. 72%) as well as compared to their elders in the community (71%).
  • Some good news: The 2018 midterm elections witnessed historic numbers of Muslim candidates running for public office. That year, 23 Muslims declared candidacy for statewide or national office.

Source: American Muslim Poll 2019, ISPU.org

Implications to Indianapolis Area Mosques of Governor Holcomb’s Roadmap to Reopen Indiana

In light of Governor Holcomb’s multi-stage plan for reopening the state, religious institutions are left with a decision to make regarding their plans for resuming congregational services during the reopening plan. In response, a committee of medical doctors in the Muslim community of Indianapolis developed a medical advisory regarding the risks of relaxing the pause on congregational religious services in the Indianapolis area mosques and appropriate measures to control them.

The committee’s assessment is that the risks associated with congregational religious services remain too high for resuming them at any level at this time. The COVID19 caseload and the rate of new cases remain high and, although not accelerating, is not declining. The CDC recommends relaxing social distancing only upon 14 days of decline in new cases. Islamic religious services, performed in closed prayer halls in close congregant proximity, is bound to cause significant spreading of COVID19. No level of precautions and use of personal protective equipment can make this risk low enough to be acceptable at this time.  Therefore, the committee recommends extending the pause on all congregational services, including daily congregational prayers, Jumaa prayers, and Eid prayers, at least for a few more weeks.

The experience during the first few weeks of the state’s reopening plan can offer critical data to reassess the contagion risk and the level of preparedness of the state to test for COVID19, trace contacts, and provide an adequate capacity of health care facilities to manage the cases. Only then can the recommendations above be revisited.

This assessment will be revisited after Eid-ul-Fitr inshaAllah.

Committee Members:
Dr. Nadeem Ikhlaqee
Dr. Shamaila Waseem
Dr. Faisal Khan
Dr. Sakib Khalid
Dr. Rahila Qazi
Dr. Mohammad Alhaddad
Dr. Sarfraz Ahmed
Dr. Waqar Mahmoud
Dr. Eyas Raddad

Congregation during COVID-19 Pandemic: A joint Statement from the Indiana Muslim Community

As Ramadan quickly approaches, the Indiana Muslim community solemnly acknowledges that this month of fasting will deviate from the norm during the COVID-19 pandemic. After consultation with both religious and health experts, we concede that congregation at the mosque puts our local and wider communities at risk, especially our elderly and those with underlying medical conditions. COVID-19 is highly contagious, and prayers or gatherings in large groups can intensify its spread.

We agree that continuing temporary suspension of religious congregation is not only permissible, but necessary for the greater public good. As many of us will be working on the frontlines and fighting for the well-being and safety of our communities, we recognize that social distancing is part of our civic and religious obligation. Islam commands us above all else to preserve and protect human life, a commandment that takes precedence even over obligatory rituals and practices.  There are many instances in the Quran and example of the Prophet Muhammad (S) that highlight social distancing, quarantine, and restriction of congregation for the preservation of health and life in dire circumstances. In this challenging time, Muslim scholars underscore that praying at home is not only recommended but is mandatory when health and well-being are at risk. Allah (SWT) says, “Do not throw yourselves with your own hands into harm.” [Quran 2:195].

We renew our commitment to suspend prayer in congregation and other group rituals until health and elected officials deem it safe to resume. We urge fellow Muslim Hoosiers to follow the stay-at-home order issued by Governor Eric Holcomb, maintain social distancing, and abstain from large gatherings. Given that this is a rapidly evolving situation, we will work closely with local health officials and religious leaders to update the guidelines and best practices as the situation unfolds. As a community, we will continue to explore safe, effective, and mindful ways to engage and enrich our faith during this holy month. May Allah relieve the world from this pandemic and grant us a successful Ramadan. 

Signed in peace and hope, 

Lori Joundi
Executive Director 
Muslim Alliance of Indiana

Hiba Alami
Executive Director
Indiana Muslim Advocacy Network

Ahmed Alamine
Imam
Indianapolis Muslim Community Association (IMCA)

Arman Siddiqui
President, Board of Directors
Alhuda Foundation

Shamaas Nyazee
President
AlHussnain Inc
Board of Directors
Masjid-e-Noor

Ibrahim Eljirby
ISNA Masjid – Plainfield

Salihou Diallo
President , Board of Director
MASJID ALHIKMAH

Heather Akou
Chair, Board of Trustees
Islamic Center of Bloomington

Richard A. McKinney BSW, AS
Board Member, Muslim Alliance of Indiana
Former President, Islamic Center of Muncie

Nayab Ahmed
Board of Trustees
Geist Community Center

Ismail Abdul-Aleem
Imam
Masjid Al-Mumineen

Michael “Mikal” Saahir
Resident Imam
Nur-Allah Islamic center

Halima Al-Khattab
President, Board of Directors
Indianapolis Muslim Community Association (IMCA)

Ghufran Ahmad
President, Board of Directors
Islamic Society of Columbus Indiana

Osama Saad
Imam
Al-Azhar Foundation

Hassan Mahrouq
President, Board of Directors
Masjid Al-Sahabah

Hydre Abdullah
Majlis Shura Member
Muslim Community Center

Zaim Khalid
Gen Coordinator
Islamic Society of Greater Lafayette

Nadeem Ikhlaq
Board of Trustees
Al Salam Foundation

Rami Musleh
Board of Directors
Northwest Indiana Islamic Center

“The Fiqh Council of North America reiterates:

1: That masajids and Islamic centers shall strictly follow the health and state official guidelines for social gatherings and distancing. The Juma’, Jama’ah, Taraweeh and Eid al Fitr prayer shall be suspended until the ban on congregation is lifted. We hope and pray that Allah SWT brings relief sooner than later but we strongly encourage the Muslim community to follow the local and state instructions to avert possibilities of COVID -19’s transmission. Our acts of devotions include ablution (Wudu), prostration (Sujud) and touching of surface with multiple organs. These acts particularly expose us to wider transmission of this deadly virus. Changing carpet or disinfecting it on daily basis is costly and cumbersome. Therefore closure of masajid, suspension of Juma’, Jama’ah, Taraweeh and Eid al Fitr prayer remains the only viable option to safeguard the community from viral outbreak.

2: That Taraweeh prayers shall be performed at home within a family setting just like the regular daily Jama’ah. The Taraweeh can be done by reciting shorter Surahs, repeating the same Surahs over and over again, holding the Qur’an in hand and reciting from it. It can be established individually and collectively. The Council does not encourage virtual Taraweeh or Eid al Fitr prayers. People can listen to the live or recorded Qur’anic recitation but are not allowed to follow a virtual Imam in Jama’ah. We know of some recent fatwas vis a vis virtual Juma’, Taraweeh and Eid al Fitr prayers but do not recommend that due to multiple Sharai’ reasons.

3: That virtual lectures, reflections, reminders and recitations are encouraged.

May Allah SWT take this pandemic away from us, grant us relief and normalcy. Ameen.   

Witten by Dr. Zulfiqar Ali Shah and approved by the Fiqh Council on April 16, 2020.”

The Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA) is a body of recognized and qualified Islamic Scholars from the United States and Canada who accept the Qur’an and authentic Sunnah as the primary sources of Islam. Furthermore, FCNA is guided by the judicial heritage of the Prophet’s companions and the legal rulings and methodology of established classical normative Muslim Scholarship.

Visit fiqhcouncil.org for more info.

We have created an Indy Muslim Response website to pool together resources from and for the Muslim community in the spirit of collaboration and unity in this time. All resources will be available on the website www.indymuslim-response.com, and we will be highlighting specific ways you can support the community over the next several weeks. Additionally, there is a link to resources if you are in need of assistance.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you have suggestions or additional resources!

This week’s action alert is to DONATE BLOOD

There is a national blood supply shortage due to quarantines. If you are healthy, young, and able, please donate blood through the Red Cross or Indiana Blood center! This counts as an “essential” activity under Stay at Home orders. Check out www.indymuslim-response.com/ for more info.

UPDATE: This year’s Muslim Day at the Statehouse has been cancelled, in an effort to #FlattenTheCurve, and do our part to minimize large gatherings on account of the Coronavirus.

We appreciate and reciprocate all the love and support from our Hoosier community, and pray that you and yours stay well!


Join MAI at the Statehouse to learn about legislation that affects all Hoosiers, and legislation that is specific to the Muslim community. This will be an engaging half-day session with educational panel discussions and a meet-and-greet with state elected officials and candidate.

Light breakfast and lunch will be provided. 

Space is limited, so register early!

For media and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Executive Director Lori Joundi, ljoundi@indianamuslims.org. 

MAI is very excited to announce our new Small Business Saturday Program!

Beginning next Saturday, February 8, we will feature a different Muslim-owned business across Indiana. Each Saturday, we look forward to learning about the variety and diversity in products, services, and talents within our state wide community. Want your business featured on our Facebook page? Fill out the form located here: https://forms.gle/yuEiZHGzRTHJVKqq5

The Muslim Alliance of Indiana (MAI) is deeply concerned by the xenophobic and Islamophobic messages posted by Republican councilman candidate Haywood Ware. We join the Greencastle community in calling for Haywood Ware to step down from his candidacy. His comments can be found at www.haywoodware.com.

We encourage our members to join the Greencastle community by signing this petition. https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLSfTYMF6pPHZZKC3qL…/viewform

A Call to Action! Muslims are facing various forms of discriminatory treatment in U.S. prisons. Muslim prisoners struggle to keep even the most basic religious practices while in prison, which is a direct violation of these individuals’ religious freedoms.

What you need to know
Several Muslim incarcerated individuals have filed suit in Southern District of Indiana against the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) over their failure to provide Muslims with access to halal foods. This lawsuit challenges the BOP’s refusal to accommodate Muslim inmates’ religious dietary restrictions by providing alternate halal-certified meal plans and by ensuring that food provided to Muslim inmates is not contaminated with non-halal ingredients.

The BOP has refused to provide such accommodations to Muslims in federal prisons, even though it accommodates the religious dietary needs of other similarly situated religious minorities through their Religious Diet Program. This Religious Diet Program offers kosher meals as well as no-pork and no-flesh options, but none of these are consistent with a halal diet. This keeps Muslim inmates from being able to abide by basic religious laws in their daily lives.

How you can help
To make a difference, we need members of the wider Muslim community rallying to raise awareness around this issue. Take action by contacting the National Chaplaincy Administrator from the Federal Bureau of Prisons to demand that: “Muslim prisoners be fully accommodated with halal certified meals and everything else that is a part of the Religious Diets Program.”

You can contact the National Chaplaincy Administrator by phone: 202-514-9740 or by email: hkugler@bop.gov.

Learn more
Find more information about the case at the University of Michigan Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse by copying and pasting the following link: https://www.clearinghouse.net/detail.php?id=13388, or by sending us an email at info@indianamuslims.org.

Indianapolis, IN, 4/21/2019 – The Muslim Alliance of Indiana (MAI), a statewide organization advocating on behalf of all Hoosiers, is devastated and outraged at the news of horrific attacks at churches and hotels during Easter Sunday services in Sri Lanka. Initial reports indicate at least 207 killed and 450 injured by simultaneous attacks at eight different locations.

In a statement, Aliya Amin, executive director of MAI, said:

“We mourn with all of Sri Lanka today. There is no place in the world for such violence, especially in sacred spaces of worship, and it is saddening that we find ourselves repeatedly and more frequently condemning such despicable acts. Today, especially in the spirit of Easter Sunday, we renew our commitment to solidarity, peace and understanding between communities around the world and at home in Indiana. All life is precious, and as is stated in the Holy Quran and Islamic tradition, ‘Whoever kills an innocent soul, it is as if he has slain mankind entirely. And whoever saves a soul, it is as if he has saved mankind entirely.’ We stand with our Hoosier interfaith family and pray for Sri Lanka.”

MAI requests all Hoosiers to unite in praying for and remembering the victims of the attacks in Sri Lanka, and for all individuals responsible be brought to justice.

For more information, please contact Aliya Amin at aliya.amin@indianamuslims.org

Please support the victims of the Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka and their families by donating to the following campaign:  https://www.launchgood.com/campaign/srilanka#!/.

The Muslim Alliance of Indiana (MAI), a statewide organization advocating on behalf of all Hoosiers, is concerned about the allegations of harassment towards a Muslim student in the IUPUI Kelley School of Business program.

The student, who wishes to remain anonymous at this time, says she experienced harassment by her peers because of her ethnicity, religion and gender. Upon reporting to her professors, the student was met with “victim-blaming and apathy” and one professor went so far as to question her legal and citizenship status. Since sending an open letter to the IUPUI Kelley School of Business community, several current and former students have come forward with similar experiences of discrimination and harassment. While no student should be subject to any level of hostility or bigotry, we hold our academic institutions to a higher standard as a haven for intellectual exchange and growth.

Upon receipt of the letter and outreach from several professors and concerned citizens, including MAI, Kelley School has taken the first steps to address these issues in an official capacity. However, MAI and the author of the anonymous letter would like to see campus-wide acknowledgement and interventions. We urge all students who have faced any level of discrimination to report their incidents to the IUPUI Office of Equal Opportunity via web or by calling 317-274-2306. 

MAI will remain engaged with IUPUI leadership to ensure any kind of discrimination, bigotry and harassment is identified swiftly and dealt with thoroughly. Furthermore, we will work with IUPUI to raise cultural awareness, facilitate proper training for administration, faculty and staff, and establish open lines of communication between the Muslim community and IUPUI.We commend the brave students who have come forward thus far and those who will continue to share their own stories in hopes of preventing other students from facing the same challenges.

Contact:
MAI Executive Director, Aliya Amin, 317-306-1998, aliya.amin@indianamuslims.org

(Indianapolis, IN, 3/15/19) – The Muslim Alliance of Indiana (MAI) is grieving for 49 lives lost in a terror attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand during Friday prayers, condemns the Islamophobic, anti-immigrant hate that was the motivator for the attack and asks all places of worship to remain vigilant and enforce extra security measures for all services.

A gunman opened fire at two mosques during Friday prayers killing 49 people and injuring nearly 50 in what is the biggest act of mass violence in New Zealand’s history. The killing spree lasted for 17 minutes and there are reports that a 73-page manifesto was authored by the 28-year old gunman claiming that he wanted to attack Muslims and praising President Donald Trump calling him a “symbol of renewed white identity.” In addition to the shooting, two explosive devices were found attached to one of the detainee’s cars. 

In a statement, MAI Executive Director Aliya Amin said:
“The Hoosier Muslim community is shattered and heartbroken for our Kiwi sisters and brothers. At this time, we urge all faith communities to take extra security measures during services and sunday schools because all life is precious. While attacks against Muslims have been on the rise, this is the first we have seen on this scale. We call upon our leaders and elected officials to openly and forcefully condemn the hate that was the driving force for this attack before we find ourselves grieving for even more lives. Just as Charleston was unacceptable, Pittsburgh was unacceptable, Christchurch is unacceptable and should be the end of the list of attacks due to any kind of hate. To the families of all victims, we don’t have any words that can give you comfort, but the world is praying for you. May God grant you peace and strength during this devastating time.”

A fundraising campaign has been started for the victims and their families here: https://www.launchgood.com/project/support_for_the_families__victims_of_the_new_zealand_mosque_shootings#!/

Muslim Alliance of Indiana (MAI) is an Indiana-based nonprofit of Muslims working for all Hoosiers to build a community that is inclusive, diverse and capable of effective collective action to preserve the civil rights and liberties of all. 

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Did you know that we have a helpline for Arabic-speaking Hoosiers? If you know of an individual or family that needs help connecting to services or reporting an incident, please pass along the phone number!

All callers can remain anonymous if they wish, and the hotline is not just for Muslims. Please help spread the word! #indianamuslims

Whether you need help finding jobs, educational programs, health care or legal advice – call the helpline to be connected to these resources and more!

If you work with the Arabic-speaking population and would like us to drop off some fliers, please message us or email info@indianamuslims.org

Join us for the vigil on Friday, March 1st: RSVP here

The Greater Indianapolis Muslim community is saddened and disheartened by the recent murder of Mustafa Ayoubi, a 32-year old IU Kelley School of Business graduate, devoted son and brother, and loyal friend. Ayoubi’s friends were present during the shooting and witnessed the alleged shooter shout bigoted and Islamophobic statements at Ayoubi before pulling the
trigger and taking his life.

We strongly condemn the abhorrent sentiments of hate and bigotry and we continue to work closely with IMPD for a transparent investigation into this hate crime.

Our hearts and prayers are with Mustafa’s family and friends, and we appreciate the outpouring support from the interfaith community. We will not tolerate bigotry in our Hoosier State, and with our allies, will continue our work to ensure that no community will grieve because of hate.

Signed in love,

Congressman Andre Carson, Indiana Congressional District 7
Hiba Alami, Indiana Muslim Advocacy Network (IMAN Associates)
Aliya Amin, Muslim Alliance of Indiana (MAI)
Imam Ahmed AlAmine, Masjid Alfajr
Halima Alkhattab, Indianapolis Muslim Community Association (IMCA)
Ashhar Madni, Al Salam Foundation
Michael Saahir, Nur-Allah Islamic Center
Dr. Muhammad Majid, Muslim Community Center
Board of Directors, Alhuda Foundation
Ismail Aleem, Masjid Al-Mumineen