Muslims seek to make a Global Impact close to home

Staff Writer
I cover the cities of Andover, Blaine and Ramsey. I have worked at ABC Newspapers since August 2007.

For the third consecutive year, a group of Twin Cities Muslim residents will be doing volunteer outreach projects as part of a global initiative to make a difference.

Last year, the AlMaghrib Impact Muslim Group concentrated on helping the senior citizen population. A group visited the Edgewood senior home in Blaine. On July 15, volunteers will be in Anoka and Blaine for projects focusing on assisting the disabled. File photo
Last year, the AlMaghrib Impact Muslim Group concentrated on helping the senior citizen population. A group visited the Edgewood senior home in Blaine. On July 15, volunteers will be in Anoka and Blaine for projects focusing on assisting the disabled. File photo

The AlMaghrib Impact Muslim Group chooses a different cause every year. Two years ago for its first Global Impact Day, they helped the homeless. Last year, they visited with senior citizens. This year’s beneficiary is the disabled, according to Memoona Ghani, AlMaghrib spokesperson.

Volunteer efforts happen globally with local volunteers organizing their own initiatives.

On Saturday, July 15, there will be a morning event in Anoka and a lunch and lecture later that day in Blaine.

Ghani said the volunteer work of the AlMaghrib Impact Muslim Group and other Muslim-Americans is not limited to one day, but having a Global Impact Day gives them another opportunity to be part of the community and build stronger relationships.

On July 15 from 8-11:45 a.m., Muslim volunteers will be at Anoka’s Sunny Acres Park, 3399 Colfax Ave., to help run a Special Olympics Minnesota Bocce tournament. They will distribute awards after the games are completed.

That same day from 2-5 p.m., more volunteers will be at the Muslim American Society, 12175 Aberdeen St. NE, Blaine. Approximately 60 guests from the Minnesota Deaf Muslim Community will be invited to learn about AlMaghrib’s efforts over the past year to teach American Sign Language to Muslims so that deaf Muslims can more easily be part of their community.

“What we have learned from the Minnesota Deaf Muslim Community is that they want some kind of resources where they can learn about religion easily. We are making an effort to use the ASL language to bring that knowledge to them so they don’t have to go any farther than Minnesota,” Ghani said.

There will be a lunch and a presentation of the accomplishments to date and future goals.

Nadia Abuisnaineh, a volunteer organizer for Global Impact Day, said that Omar Suleiman will be coming from his home in Dallas, Texas to be a featured speaker during this event in Blaine. Suleiman is a professor for Islamic Studies at Southern Methodist University and is president of the Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research.

“Our Minnesota chapter has worked tirelessly to make it a memorable experience and to leave a lasting impact on the disabled and chronically ill population,” Abuisnaineh said. “We are demonstrating that, as students of the Islamic tradition, knowledge alone isn’t enough. Only when coupled with action can religious communities make an impact on the environment around them.”

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