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November 6, 2011
The Islamic Society of Western Maryland hosted a prayer and celebration for the Muslim holiday of Eid ul-Adha on Sunday. A formal prayer was held at Hager Hall on Dual Highway to accommodate a gathering of about 700 people, said Dr. Shahab Siddiqui, who represents the Islamic Society of Western Maryland. People came from as far away as Warfordsburg, Pa.; Romney, W.Va.; and Cumberland, Md., he said. Afterward, about 400 people attended a social event at the mosque, on Day Road, that included food and fun activities for children, he said.
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by JULIE E. GREENE | January 29, 2003
julieg@herald-mail.com Washington County religious leaders are trying to determine how to respond to a series of vandalism acts against the Islamic Society of Western Maryland in the wake of the most recent incident. The society announced Tuesday it is offering a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for vandalizing or stealing their sign at the intersection of Day Road and Landis Road. Last Friday, the sign was found to have been cut off with a chain saw, Washington County Sheriff's Deputy Greg Woelfel has said.
NEWS
By JOSHUA BOWMAN | September 11, 2008
HAGERSTOWN -- In the early 1980s, as he prepared to move to New York from the south, Mohammad Haq's neighbors warned him to buy a weapon. "Everyone said, 'It's dangerous,' you better have a gun,' and I believed them," Haq said. After moving, Haq quickly realized he would be fine in New York. He said his neighbors' fears were rooted in images from TV. "We develop images about other people based on a very narrow window of understanding," Haq said Wednesday at the beginning of a yearly open house conducted by the Islamic Society of Western Maryland.
NEWS
by ERIN CUNNINGHAM | January 1, 2007
HAGERSTOWN - They began the day in prayer. And later, they stood, hugged and said, "Eid Mubarak. " The phrase means "Blessed Eid," a day that about 500 area Muslims celebrated Sunday at the Islamic Society of Western Maryland in Hagerstown. Abdul Waheed, chair of the Islamic Society, said Eid occurs on the 10th day of the lunar month Zulhajj. Eid is celebrated as a day of sacrifice, remembering that the prophet Abraham sacrificed his most precious thing, his son, for God. Muslims slaughter animals on Eid, Waheed said.
NEWS
January 12, 2004
Plans for building an Interfaith Task Force/Habitat for Humanity House in Washington County will be discussed Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Hagerstown Community College's Kepler Theater. Sherry Browne Cooper, director of Habitat for Humanity, will speak, as will members of the Interfaith Task Force representing the Washington County Council of Churches, Islamic Society of Western Maryland and Congregation B'nai Abraham, and others interested in interfaith dialogue. For more information, call 301-733-3565 or 301-791-2510.
NEWS
BY SCOTT BUTKI | May 3, 2002
scottb@herald-mail.com If members of different faiths tolerate each other and are just, they can build a foundation of peace that cannot be destroyed, not even by terrorists, Shahab Siddiqui, a member of the Islamic Society of Western Maryland, said Thursday. "We should all be fair and just to each other," said Siddiqui, who is a doctor. He made his comments at an interfaith conference held Thursday to strengthen bonds and promote tolerance among Jews, Muslims, Christians and those of other faiths.
NEWS
By ERIN CUNNINGHAM | December 20, 2007
HAGERSTOWN - Gathering with other Muslims to pray isn't something Nariman Badirov takes for granted. The 21-year-old Hagerstown Community College student was once persecuted and discriminated against in his native Russia. He has been in the United States for about two years and said he was glad to share Wednesday - Eid al-Adha - with the local Muslim community. He was one of about 500 people celebrating the day of sacrifice at the Islamic Society of Western Maryland in Hagerstown.
NEWS
By ERIN CUNNINGHAM | December 19, 2007
HAGERSTOWN ? Gathering with other Muslims to pray isn't something Nariman Badirov takes for granted. The 21-year-old Hagerstown Community College student was once persecuted and discriminated against in his native Russia. He has been in the United States for about two years and said he was glad to share Wednesday ? Eid al-Adha ? with the local Muslim community. He was one of about 500 people celebrating the day of sacrifice at the Islamic Society of Western Maryland in Hagerstown.
NEWS
November 12, 2003
Preparedness day set at medical center The second annual Citizens' Emergency Preparedness Day on Saturday, Nov. 15, will have something for everyone who wants to learn what to do in a crisis, whether local or global. Held again this year at the Robinwood Medical Center, blue or silver entrances, the event begins at 9 a.m. and will conclude at 1 p.m. Last year, approximately 300 people attended the event, according to organizer Verna Brown, Emergency Management Agency coordinator in Washington County.
NEWS
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | December 8, 2008
View the slideshow HAGERSTOWN - On a day of celebration and sacrifice, Esam Omeish had a broader message of equality and achievement for local Muslims. In a sermon during Monday's holiday prayer service, Omeish encouraged Muslims to establish themselves and break new ground where they live in much the same way Abraham is said to have founded monotheism in Arabia. Omeish, a member of the Islamic Society of Western Maryland, which held Monday's Eid al-Adha event, said he likes to give a "state of the community" address to make people think.
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November 6, 2011
The Islamic Society of Western Maryland hosted a prayer and celebration for the Muslim holiday of Eid ul-Adha on Sunday. A formal prayer was held at Hager Hall on Dual Highway to accommodate a gathering of about 700 people, said Dr. Shahab Siddiqui, who represents the Islamic Society of Western Maryland. People came from as far away as Warfordsburg, Pa.; Romney, W.Va.; and Cumberland, Md., he said. Afterward, about 400 people attended a social event at the mosque, on Day Road, that included food and fun activities for children, he said.
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By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | September 26, 2011
A ranking member of the Islamic Society of Western Maryland said there have been two burglaries at the mosque this month. Ali Shafi, a member of the mosque's board of trustees, said the first burglary was Sept. 12 and the second was early Monday. He said he hopes that a recent string of burglaries at the center won't lead to something more sinister. “I'm afraid it could turn violent,” Shafi said in an interview  Monday at the mosque at 2036 Day Road. He said he did not want to blow the incident out of proportion, but he did not rule out the possibility it was a hate crime.
NEWS
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | November 6, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- Dr. Abdul Waheed said the Koran, Islam's holy book, teaches this: "If you save one life, you save the entire human race. If you take a life, you kill the entire human race. " Thursday's mass shootings at the Fort Hood Army base in Texas -- allegedly by a Muslim U.S. soldier preparing to be deployed to a war zone -- violate the beliefs of Islam, Waheed said. "Islam does not condone the killing of innocent people," said Dr. Tanvir Pasha, the president of the Islamic Society of Western Maryland, which has a mosque near the eastern edge of Hagerstown.
NEWS
By ALICIA NOTARIANNI | October 31, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- Dr. Mohammad Haq said there is a common concern expressed among the Muslim community. "The media choose a representative for Muslims who actually do not represent them," said Haq, of Hagerstown. "We feel very frustrated," That fallacious representative, he said, is the Taliban. In an effort to promote a better understanding of Islam, Haq said, the Islamic Society of Western Maryland hosted an interfaith event. Nearly 100 people with varying ideas on faith gathered Saturday at Beaver Creek Country Club for breakfast, a lecture and a question-and-answer session.
NEWS
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | December 8, 2008
View the slideshow HAGERSTOWN - On a day of celebration and sacrifice, Esam Omeish had a broader message of equality and achievement for local Muslims. In a sermon during Monday's holiday prayer service, Omeish encouraged Muslims to establish themselves and break new ground where they live in much the same way Abraham is said to have founded monotheism in Arabia. Omeish, a member of the Islamic Society of Western Maryland, which held Monday's Eid al-Adha event, said he likes to give a "state of the community" address to make people think.
NEWS
By JOSHUA BOWMAN | September 11, 2008
HAGERSTOWN -- In the early 1980s, as he prepared to move to New York from the south, Mohammad Haq's neighbors warned him to buy a weapon. "Everyone said, 'It's dangerous,' you better have a gun,' and I believed them," Haq said. After moving, Haq quickly realized he would be fine in New York. He said his neighbors' fears were rooted in images from TV. "We develop images about other people based on a very narrow window of understanding," Haq said Wednesday at the beginning of a yearly open house conducted by the Islamic Society of Western Maryland.
NEWS
By ERIN CUNNINGHAM | December 20, 2007
HAGERSTOWN - Gathering with other Muslims to pray isn't something Nariman Badirov takes for granted. The 21-year-old Hagerstown Community College student was once persecuted and discriminated against in his native Russia. He has been in the United States for about two years and said he was glad to share Wednesday - Eid al-Adha - with the local Muslim community. He was one of about 500 people celebrating the day of sacrifice at the Islamic Society of Western Maryland in Hagerstown.
NEWS
By ERIN CUNNINGHAM | December 19, 2007
HAGERSTOWN ? Gathering with other Muslims to pray isn't something Nariman Badirov takes for granted. The 21-year-old Hagerstown Community College student was once persecuted and discriminated against in his native Russia. He has been in the United States for about two years and said he was glad to share Wednesday ? Eid al-Adha ? with the local Muslim community. He was one of about 500 people celebrating the day of sacrifice at the Islamic Society of Western Maryland in Hagerstown.
NEWS
November 30, 2007
We can focus on our similarities To the editor: On Wednesday evening, Nov. 21, I was privileged to furnish the music for the 96th annual Interfaith Ecumenical Thanksgiving service at the Hagerstown Church of the Brethren. This event turned out to be a milestone in my professional career that I will never forget. Members of 20 houses of worship in our community, as well as 15 pastors and other local dignitaries, collaborated in this service. Represented were, alphabetically, the Baha'i Faith, Church of the Brethren, Disciples of Christ, Episcopal, Islamic Society, Jewish, Lutheran, Presbyterian, Roman Catholic, United Church of Christ, United Methodist and Unitarian/Universalist congregations.
NEWS
By AIMAN SIDDIQUI / Pulse Correspondent | October 9, 2007
I have looked forward to this Saturday, Oct. 13, for weeks. After a month of fasting I am eager to enjoy the day of Eid al-Fitr - one of the two religious celebrations ordained for Muslims. Eid is given by God to Muslims as a reward for the successful completion of Ramadan. Ramadan takes place during the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. During Ramadan, prayers, daytime fasting, charity and self-accountability are emphasized. On Eid, I jump out of bed around 7 or 8 in the morning, anxious to spend the day in celebration.
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