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#!/.