Press Release

PRESS RELEASE – Wednesday, 14 November, 2018

— Appeal for donation for the Victims of Camp Fire —

The deadliest fire in California’s history has destroyed homes and devastated lives to a degree that defies imagination. As of today, the death toll from Camp Fire has climbed to 48, and shows no sign of abating. Hundreds remain missing while survivors, made mute by immeasurable grief and loss, huddle in cold. Food and shelter remain scarce. The entire town of Paradise, with a population of 27,000 and just over 200 miles from our Evergreen Islamic Center in San Jose, has been gutted to the ground. It is particularly tragic because the town was filled with older people – median age 50 – and retirement communities who only wished to spend their remaining years in peace and tranquility.

At this urgent hour of need, we must reach out to our fellow Californians and do everything we can to bring succor to the survivors who have lost everything and who confront a terrifyingly bleak future. With Thanksgiving upon us, let us give thanks by coming to the aid of those in desperate need of the most basic amenities of life: food, water, warm clothes, blankets, toiletries. Remember, however, that sending money is almost always the most efficient way to help in a disaster.

Here are some links to reputable organizations to which we can make donations to reach those most in need:

https://www.launchgood.com/project/camp_fire_victim_relief_fund#!/

https://www.gofundme.com/cause/californiafires

https://www.calfund.org/wildfire-relief-fund/

http://www.cafirefoundation.org/programs/supplying-aid-to-victims-of-emergency/

http://www.caring-choices.org/home.html

https://www.enloe.org/enloe-foundation/enloe-foundation

Hasan Zillur Rahim
(hasanzr@msn.com)
Director of Media Outreach
Evergreen Islamic Center


PRESS RELEASE – Saturday, October 27, 2018

— Condemning the Act of Terror in a Pittsburgh Synagogue —

We members of the Evergreen Islamic Center (EIC) of San Jose are devastated by the terrorism unleashed at ‘The Tree of Life Congregation’ synagogue in Pittsburgh by a gunman that left at least eleven people dead and several wounded. We express our support and solidarity with the Jewish community in Pittsburgh and throughout America following this deadly attack.

We agree with Rabbi Jeffrey Myers, the leader of the congregation, who wrote: “Despite continuous calls for sensible gun control and mental health care, our elected leaders in Washington knew that it would fade away in time. Unless there is a dramatic turnaround in the midterm elections, I fear that that the status quo will remain unchanged, and mass shootings will continue.”

There is a horrifying outbreak of hate and bigotry across America today. Our schools, public venues and places of worship are under assault by the intolerant and the violent. Yet we must not give up hope. We must continue to build alliances with majority Americans to stop the violence and the intolerance that are ripping our country apart. We pledge to work unceasingly with our fellow-Americans in ensuring that people of all persuasions and color are safe from acts of lone-wolf or organized groups involved in terrorism or bigotry. We also urge all registered voters to vote their conscience in the midterm elections on November 6, only a few days away.

Hasan Zillur Rahim
(hasanzr@msn.com)
Director of Media Outreach
Evergreen Islamic Center


PRESS RELEASE – Friday, 12 October, 2018

— Appeal for donation for the Victims of Hurricane Michael —

Hurricane Michael has devastated the Florida Panhandle when it made landfall on October 10, leaving thousands homeless and penniless, shutting down hospitals, polluting water supplies, destroying schools and institutions,
leaving in its wake a scene of such staggering destruction across six states as to defy the imagination.

Our hearts go out to the victims of Hurricane Michael. As members of the Evergreen Islamic Center of San Jose, California, we must reach out to our fellow-Americans in their hours of extreme need. Please donate whatever you
can to bring some relief to the hundreds of thousands whose lives have been turned upside down by this monster of a hurricane.

While we encourage you to make your donations to the most effective relief organizations working in Florida now, based on your own research, here are some links to help you make your donations quickly and urgently:

https://www.americares.org/en/what-we-do/emergency-programs/ep–hurricane-michael/

https://secure2.convio.net/akf/site/SPageNavigator/df_id/2018michael.html

https://feedingthegulfcoast.networkforgood.com/projects/59836-hurricane-michael

https://www.habitat.org/donate/?keyword=promo1–home&link=972

https://www.savethechildren.org/us/what-we-do/emergency-response/hurricane-michael

Hasan Zillur Rahim
(hasanzr@msn.com)
Director of Media Outreach
Evergreen Islamic Center


 PRESS RELEASE – Thursday, February 15, 2018

— We cannot allow America’s schools to turn into killing fields —

We members of the Evergreen Islamic Center (EIC) of San Jose are beyond horrified by the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, that has claimed the lives of 17 of our fellow-Americans, most of whom were students and teachers.

This is the 18th school shooting in 2018, with only 45 days into the New Year! Each year, more than 32,000 Americans are killed and 80,000 are injured by gunfire. More Americans have been killed by gun violence since 1968 than in all the wars the U.S. has fought, starting with the Revolutionary War (1775-1783).

It is an affront to the dignity of the dead and to the family of the victims in Florida to issue lame ‘thoughts and prayers’ statements. If we cannot protect our school-going children from killers, we have surely descended from a ‘shining city upon a hill’ to a lawless jungle of anarchy and violence.

We cannot stand silently by while the carnage continues. We call upon all conscientious Americans to demand stricter regulation of gun ownership and purchasing rights, including military-style rifles and high-capacity magazines. It is our moral and constitutional obligation to run for office and vote only for candidates whose main goal is to stop gun violence in America once and for all.

Hasan Zillur Rahim
(hasanzr@msn.com)
Director of Media Outreach
Evergreen Islamic Center


 

PRESS RELEASE – Sunday, December 17, 2017

— Condemning the Killing of Christians Celebrating Christmas in a Church in Pakistan —

The sickening frequency with which we at EIC are putting out press releases condemning man’s inhumanity to man is becoming, well, sickening. Yet we must take a stand against terrorists whose only ‘religion’ is to kill and who have nothing but contempt for God and His creation.

When we learned this morning that two suicide bombers had attacked a pre-Christmas service in a church in the Pakistani city of Quetta, killing nine worshipers and wounding more than 50, we were stunned into silence by the massacre of our Christian sisters and brothers. It breaks our heart to mourn people whose lives were snatched away with such cruelty and whose devastated families are left to grieve their unimaginable losses in this season of peace and goodwill.

The only thing we can do now is to pray from the heart for the victims and figure out some ways in the coming days of helping the grieving families cope with their losses. In this moment of moral and spiritual crisis around the world, we resolve anew to work with people of all creed and color to root out terrorism from the face of our ailing earth.

Hasan Zillur Rahim
(hasanzr@msn.com)
Director of Media Outreach
Evergreen Islamic Center


PRESS RELEASE – Monday, December 11, 2017

— Condemning the Act of Terror in New York Subway and Gratitude for Minimum Damage —

We members of the Evergreen Islamic Center (EIC) of San Jose condemn the act of terror committed by a terrorist in New York’s Port Authority Subway. We stand in solidarity with what New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said: “The choice of New York is always for a reason, because we are beacons of the world. And we show that a society of many background and many faiths can work.” We are grateful to God that the damage, which could have been much higher, was limited to four non-life-threatening injuries. We pray for the quick recovery of the injured.

No grievance, real or imagined, can justify any act of terrorism. Terrorism is anti-humanity. It seeks to undermine the values on which America was founded, including freedom of religion, expression and press. We pledge to work with our fellow-Americans in ensuring that our country is safe from cruel and delusional terrorists.

Hasan Zillur Rahim
(hasanzr@msn.com)
Director of Media Outreach
Evergreen Islamic Center


PRESS RELEASE – Friday, November 24, 2017

— We condemn the barbaric attack in Egypt that took the lives of over 235 worshipers –

The barbaric attack in a mosque in Egypt’s Sinai Coast that took the lives of over 235 worshipers during the Friday congregational prayers leaves us with unspeakable outrage. How is such depravity and senseless cruelty even possible? These cold-blooded killers and cowards kill indiscriminately and only when their victims are at their most vulnerable. One day it is Christians, the next day it is Jews, and the day after it is Muslims. You either embrace the nihilism of these murderers or you become a target.

At Evergreen Islamic Center, we hope and pray that the killers are brought to swift justice. At the same time, this and similar horrific massacres here and around the world must force us to look inside our hearts and reflect on what we are doing, individually and collectively, to remove the suffering of people around us.

Right here in the middle of prosperous Silicon Valley and the Bay Area, the homeless count has reached 35,000, many of whom have become homeless simply because they could not afford to pay rent and buy food, even though they work in one capacity or another.

In this season of Thanksgiving, let us count our blessings of family, home, health, friendship, job, food, cars and other amenities of life while acting on our responsibilities toward those for whom, through no fault of theirs, a square meal a day and a roof above have tragically turned into distant dreams.

Hasan Zillur Rahim
(hasanzr@msn.com)
Director of Media Outreach
Evergreen Islamic Center


 

PRESS RELEASE – Sunday, November 5, 2017

— We must collectively work to banish the madness of gun culture in America —

Peaceful worshipers gathered at a small Baptist church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, this morning to sing the praise of the Creator when a homicidal gunman walked in and opened fire, killing at least 26 of our fellow-Americans and injuring at least 20 more. We are horrified by this cold-blooded massacre, and while we offer our thoughts and prayers to the families of the victims, we recognize how inadequate this gesture has become, and how ineffective. We join millions of our fellow-Americans in calling for a strict gun control policy to stop the senseless deaths of innocent Americans that keep occurring with sickening frequency in our country. The times demand a new interpretation of the Second Amendment. There is enough consensus to defeat the gun lobby and the cowardly lawmakers beholden to the NRA. Meanwhile we, members of the Evergreen Islamic Center in San Jose, CA, urge Muslims in and around the San Antonio area in Texas to donate blood for the injured in the deadly shooting today and to bond in solidarity with the families who lost their loved ones. Amen.

Hasan Zillur Rahim
(hasanzr@msn.com
Director of Media Outreach
Evergreen Islamic Center


PRESS RELEASE – Tuesday, October 31, 2017

— Unequivocal Condemnation of the Act of Terror in Manhattan —

We members of the Evergreen Islamic Center (EIC) of San Jose unequivocally condemn the act of terror committed by a deranged and dangerous man in Lower Manhattan, NY, today. This man does not represent Islam and Muslim-Americans in any way. We call upon Americans of all faiths and persuasions not to give in to divisive rhetoric and stand united and resilient in the face of terror. We are all linked together by the common goal of keeping our country safe and secure from the malevolent and the violent.

Eight of our fellow-Americans (so far) have lost their lives in this brutal attack. We mourn them and offer our heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims, knowing that no word can adequately express our sorrow.

Hasan Zillur Rahim
(hasanzr@msn.com)
Director of Media Outreach
Evergreen Islamic Center


PRESS RELEASE – Monday, October 2, 2017

— Devastated by the Mass Shooting in Las Vegas, We Call for a Stricter Gun-Control Policy —

We members of the Evergreen Islamic Center (EIC) of San Jose are devastated by the mass shooting in Las Vegas that took the lives of 58 (so far) of our fellow-Americans, with over 500 injured, many of whom are now fighting for their lives.

Gun violence is an issue that affects communities in every state across the country, and has taken the lives of too many promising innocent people.  Each year, more than 32,000 people in America are killed and 80,000 are injured by gunfire. As politifact has pointed out, (https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/02/opinion/mass-shooting-vegas.html) more Americans have been killed by gun violence since 1968 than in all the wars the U.S. has fought, starting with the Revolutionary War (1775-1783).

Hardly a week passes without another instance of a mass shooting or street violence involving firearms that are only too easily available. We cannot let this deathly situation continue. We urge our political leadership to forego their differences and work together to put an end to the scourge of gun violence in America once and for all. God willing, and with the help of our fellow-Americans across the political spectrum, we hope to soon see a strict and sensible gun-control policy in our country.

Hasan Zillur Rahim (hasanzr@msn.com)
Outreach Director – Evergreen Islamic Center


PRESS RELEASE – Tuesday, September 5, 2017

— Stop the genocide against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar —

Rohingya Muslims, considered the world’s most persecuted minority, have lived for centuries in Myanmar’s far western Rakhine state. Denied citizenship by the military junta since 1982, they have been stateless and without the most basic human rights, thus prey to indiscriminate rape, torture and killing by Myanmar’s militants and allied mobs.

In recent days, however, eyewitness accounts of mass rape, killing and ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims have horrified the world. Families, including newborns, have been slaughtered and burned alive. Whole regions have been bombed and targeted for mass killings.

United Nations officials report that tens of thousands of Rohingya women, children and men are streaming into neighboring Bangladesh after trudging through treacherous ravines and jungles, many falling along the way.

We, members of the Evergreen Islamic Center in San Jose, CA, call upon our elected officials and lawmakers, as well as all Americans of conscience, to demand that Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel Peace-prize winner who is the de facto leader of Myanmar, stop the torture and killings of Rohingya Muslims. She has not said a word so far, a stance that has been denounced by many governments but unfortunately, not ours. Her silence has only emboldened Myanmar’s militants and security forces in their relentless, seemingly state-sanctioned genocide of Rohingya Muslims. 

We further call upon our government to demand that the Myanmar government give Rohingya Muslims citizenship in a country where they have lived for centuries, and to accord them the same dignity, safety and security that the Buddhist majority enjoy. We also call upon our government to provide humanitarian aid to the refugees streaming into Bangladesh, and to sponsor and enforce a resolution in the UN Security Council to immediately stop the genocide of Rohingya Muslims. 

Rohingya

Hasan Zillur Rahim
(hasanzr@msn.com
Director of Media Outreach
Evergreen Islamic Center