"Seeking Justice Together"
“O you who have believed, be persistently standing firm for Allah, witnesses in justice, and do not let the hatred of a people prevent you from being just. Be just; that is nearer to righteousness.” (5:8)
Welcome to the Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion 2019 Ramadan Appeal homepage.
This is the fifth consecutive Ramadan Appeal, begun by our former board chair and dear colleague, Ghalib Begg.
During the 78 years, the Roundtable has been standing against harm to our neighbors because of their religion, race or other identities, we have enjoyed a long history with the Muslim community.
Salaams dear fellow Muslims,
As concerned community members, Imams, and board members of MRDI, we join our fellow board members, President and CEO, Steve Spreitzer, and the entire MRDI team to wish you the best as you and your family engage in worshipping the Almighty, Most Merciful in the Holy Month of Ramadan.
Every day, we feel endlessly grateful for the Muslim scholars and faith leaders who lead and inspire our collective fight for social justice. Our 79 years of work to end oppression and religious, racial, and all forms of discrimination would not exist
You who believe, uphold justice and bear witness to God, even if it is against yourselves, your parents, or your close relatives. Whether the person is rich or poor, God can best take care of both. Refrain from following your own desire, so that you can act justly, if you distort or neglect justice, God is fully aware of what you do.
without the support from our Muslim allies. We recognize and fully appreciate your focus of charitable giving to shift towards those impacted by the COVID-19 virus, as they are part of the communities we continuously advocate for. We humbly ask you to also consider donating to the MRDI to keep our social justice fight and strong ally-ship alive.
Over the years, the MRDI has served as a vehicle for Muslim leaders to both safely engage with and mobilize their religious neighbors. The Roundtable has also benefitted from this relationship with leaders from the community serving on the board, participating in a range of programs and providing generous financial support over the years. The MRDI has refused to remain silent when hatred towards Muslims have been expressed by the broader public, various institutions, and communities. Our trusting relations with Muslim organizations, mosques, and the broader community have developed because of you, and we hope to continue strengthening these partnerships for years to come.
The MRDI actively collaborates with MMCC and CAIR and works with local mosques and Muslim neighbors to help increase awareness and foster relationships. Building upon this work, we are preparing a multi-year collaboration with all faith communities and people of color to stand against the deep-seated racism present in all individuals and systems. We will look to renew our work the Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative and engage all Muslim institutions.
May we stand up for justice for all, particularly the marginalized communities, and may we take advantage of this blessed month to apportion part of our charitable contributions to this cause.
Will you please join us in support of the Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion by making your electronic donation on this page or by mailing a check to 3031 W. Grand Blvd., Suite 525 New Center One Building, Detroit, MI 48202. Our Tax Identification Number is 20-3122779.
Jazakumullahu khair and Ramadan Mubarak,
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“The Interfaith Partners of the Michigan Roundtable were among the first to support our cause, opening the first mosque, ‘IONA Masjid and Learning Center,’ in the city of Warren. Today, there are at least eight masajid and Islamic Centers in the city. Praise be to God. We are grateful for their support. You may want to consider supporting them financially by donating what you can so they may continue to support social justice causes."
Steve Mustapha Elturk