Minnesota Muslim Activist Defends His Faith Against Radicalism

first_imgFaithLifestyle Minnesota Muslim Activist Defends His Faith Against Radicalism by: – July 13, 2011 36 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Share Sharecenter_img Tweet Abdirizak BihiAs part of the Washington Post’s “Under Suspicion” series’ examination of the lives of American Muslims since the Sept. 11 attacks, Eli Saslow has profiled Abdirizak Bihi, whose story is another example of just how complicated those lives and our perceptions of them can be.The Somali-American man is the founder, director and sole employee of a community-based counterterrorism program in Minneapolis. He has testified at the controversial Capitol Hill hearings on Muslim radicalization, and the FBI and the Justice Department rely on his help during investigations of terrorist threats.Meanwhile, he struggles to gain financial support from the politicians who endorse his efforts, and operates with little funding from an area where at least 25 young men, including his 17-year-old nephew, have disappeared to fight for the militant Somali group al-Shabab in the past three years.Many mosques, elected officials and even law enforcement agencies have hesitated to address the radicalization of a small percentage of U.S. Muslims, because the topic itself is so divisive. The focus on homegrown jihad is considered either the next front in the war on terrorism or an Islamophobic witch hunt sure to create more ill will.Bihi describes himself as an observant Muslim who prays daily and fasts during Ramadan. He said it is his responsibility to “save the religion I love from a very small number of extremists.”Officially, Bihi is the director of the Somali Education and Special Advocacy Center, but in truth he is the center, aided only by a Samsung cellphone and a donated desk in the offices of Mo’s Building Maintenance. His program is part of an emerging movement that Washington officials refer to as “CVE,” or “countering violent extremism.” The idea is simple: Inoculate young Muslims against the risks of radicalization by making them feel entrenched and happy in their communities. The execution is much more complex.The Root Sharelast_img read more

England team triumph for teenagers

first_img Essex teenagers Dulcie Sverdloff and Sophie Madden won the international team event for England at the Irish U18 open stroke play championship. They were two shots clear of Ireland A in the team competition, which was played over the first two rounds of the 54-hole championship at Roganstown. Their achievement was all the more notable because they played in a team of two which meant both their scores counted in each round. Their main rivals were in teams of three and were able to discard one score each round. Both Dulcie and Sophie went on to be among four players tied for second place in the individual event, two shots behind Ireland’s Olivia Mehaffey. Dulcie claimed the silver pendant awarded to the runner-up on countback. Dulcie, 18, from Garon Park, is the English schools’ champion and the 2012 winner of the British Colleges Sport national title. Sophie, 16, from West Essex, is the English U15 champion and was runner-up at the Scottish U16 championship earlier this month. She trains with England Golf’s Select East squad. Both girls were in the winning Essex team at 2012 County Finals. Caption: Mary McKenna, president of the Irish Ladies Golf Union, presents the team trophy to England’s Sophie Madden (centre) and Dulcie Sverdloff. (Image courtesy Irish Ladies Golf Union). Leading final scores Par 71, SSS 73, CSS 73 220 Olivia Mehaffey (IRE) 72 77 71 222 Dulcie Sverdloff (Garon Park) 75 73 74; Marthe Wold (NOR) 75 71 76; Sophie Madden (West Essex) 74 74 74; Marina Hedlund (SWE) 72 76 74 227 Mary Doyle (IRE) 77 74 76 International Team Event 296 ENGLAND Sophie Madden 74 74, Dulcie Sverdloff 75 73 298 IRELAND A Ariana Coyle Diez 75 [78], Mary Doyle [77] 74, Olivia Mehaffey 72 77 300 SWEDEN A Marina Hedlund 72 76, Sarah Nilsson [86] 76, Desiree Anderson 76 [84] Full details: www.ilgu.ie 22 Apr 2013 England team triumph for teenagers last_img read more

Stay healthy during Thurston County fair time!

first_imgChriste Smith is the owner of Rock Bottom Personal Training. Rock Bottom serves all of Thurston County and offers customized fitness services in homes, workplaces, local parks and other locations to cater to the client. Rock Bottom has many Professional Certified trainers to help you with all your health needs About Rock Bottom Personal Training: So stay active at your cook outs and Thurston county fairs, all the while eat clean/healthy! most of all have a great happy and healthy Thurston county  summer! Facebook2Tweet0Pin0By Christe Smith I don’t know about you but I love the summer time here in Thurston County. So many  summer cook outs with friends & family, plus all the fairs that Thurston county has to offer and not to mention all the AMAZING food! I know for myself this is one of the hardest times of the year to stay on a clean/healthy eating lifestyle. The other thing that I love about cook outs  and Thurston county fairs, are all the fun physical activities. For example, this past 4th of July, I had the pleasure to be invited to our friends, that live on Thurston counties Long Lake. Since they live on Long Lake, I got to paddle boat out to middle of the lake to watch the fireworks. Before that we danced to great music and we even jumped on the trampoline like kids! So with Thurston counties Lake Fair approaching think of how you can be active….like go into the bounce house with your kids or ride your bike to the fair. Just remember that children learn by our examples…so take advantage of all the physical activities that Thurston county Lake Fair has to offer! So while you are chatting & laughing away at all these Thurston county events this summer, remember the 80 /20 rule. The rule is that, 80% of the time you eat and drink super clean/healthy plus exercise (with your favorite  Rock Bottom trainer :)) so that when the fair or cook out rolls around, you can step out of the clean/healthy eat box a little…and I do mean a LITTLE!  Please remember that when you do step out of the box,  it can be very…very hard to step back in. What I like to do is always bring a side dish that I know is clean to the cook out.  That way I can always eat clean/healthy at the event and not feel like I am missing out or be as tempted to reach for one of those same old cookout menu items that everyone brings. I also bring my own protein ( turkey burger, chicken dog, fish) to grill, because we all know what is in that commercially processed hamburger and hot dog..YUCK!!!!  While preparing for that day or evening at the  fair,  pack clean/healthy snacks and stay way from all the fried foods. Better yet look for grilled items that the vendors offer.last_img read more