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eNews: November 2012  

Vote today. Call Congress on Nov 14th.

Assalamu Alaykum

Take action: Vote today. Call your members of Congress on Wednesday November 14th. In addition to voting today if eligible, please call your local member of Congress a week from Wednesday at 202-224-3121 and ask them to pass the Senate-version of the Violence Against Women Act. Many shelters who serve Muslim-Americans have reaffirmed the importance of including immigrants in VAWA. 4VAWA.org is organizing a national call in day in an effort to spur action before the 112th Congress is out of session.

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On the Road to Sakinah

Why local candidates matter for Domestic Violence Victims?
Protecting families who are victims of violence is a bipartisan issue with strong supporters in both parties. We'd like to remind you if you're eligible to vote, to please do so today.

While the focus on this election is naturally on the Presidential candidates, do not ignore your local elections. Those choices can directly affect funding and services for shelters and agencies which serve family violence victims. Local newspapers often publish voting guides which can help you navigate the issues/candidates. You can also Google your state + voting guide for help.

Once again, if you're eligible, please take the time to vote today. Numerous Muslim scholars have spoken out about the importance of voting. If you are unsure where to vote, your voter's registration card should list your local polling place.


Project Sakinah Heads to Northern Virginia
Project Sakinah is pleased to announce the launch of a new team in Northern Virginia, part of the Washington, DC metro area. On Saturday, November 17th, we will launch the team with an event at ADAMS center, a large, multi-site Islamic organization, and the home masjid of Imam Magid, who currently serves as the President of ISNA. This launch is being co-ordinated with help from Peaceful Families Project, who has collaborated with Project Sakinah from its inception. For more details about the coming event, please see the announcement on our website.



Sakinah Healthy Marriage Initiative - Empowering Young Couples

As part of the Sakinah Healthy Marriage Initiative, we are promoting premarital counseling, pre-marriage education, newlywed education so that couples and individuals get information about what it means to be married, before they get married and get some of the skills that they need to make a happy healthy marriage. We are working with Project Sakinah as a collaborator toward this effort.
Dr. Aneesah Nadir,
President, Islamic Social Services Association - USA

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You and Project Sakinah
Project Sakinah is your project. Its success depends upon YOU.  Please do your part.

Share Your Story:  We're looking for more stories of survivors of all types of family violence for our website. Often times, we only highlight those which have a tragic end, but the vast majority do not end in homicide. If you're willing to share your story, on domestic violence, child abuse, or elder abuse we'd love to have it. Knowing that they're not alone can be a great comfort for other survivors. You can remain as anonymous as you like. Please send us your story to MyStory@projectsakinah.org

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Spotlight on The Issue of Child Abuse: What We Should Do

Spotlight on Child Abuse, We Need Your HelpWe have been following ten year old Abdifatah Mohamed's murder since April. Just this month, justice for him was finally achieved when his stepfather was found guilty. The prosecutor plans to ask for the maximum sentence of 25 years to life. In the meantime, we learned about another case of a seven year old boy, Yaseen, who was beaten to death “like a dog” by his mother Sara for failing to learn enough Qur'an during a Hafiz program. She is now on trial along with her husband in Wales (UK) for his murder. Please click here for more details.

While situations like this that lead to murder are rare, Alhamdullilah, reports of parents beating children over learning Qur'an or praying are sadly not. We'd like to start a discussion on this. Will you join us? Will you share with us your stories (anonymous) of abusive child raising practices (emotional & physical) so that we can prevent a future generation from experiencing this? How were you raised? How did it affect your faith, relationship with your parents, self-esteem, etc.? Join the discussion on our blog.