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SANChildhood Obesity

Childhood Obesity: One third of children in the U. S. is overweight or obese, and this number is continuing to rise. Preventing kids from becoming overweight means making choices in the way your family eats and exercises, and how you spend time together. Helping kids lead healthy lifestyles begins with parents who lead by example. What Causes Obesity in Children? The most common causes are genetic factors, lack of physical activity,  unhealthy eating patterns, or a combination of these factors. Only in rare cases there may be a medical condition such as a hormonal problem. Today, the average child spends approximately four hours each day watching television. As computers and video games become increasingly popular, the number of hours of inactivity may increase. What Health Problems Can Obesity Cause?   Obesity puts kids at risk for medical problems that can affect their health now and in the future. These include serious conditions like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol — conditions all once considered adult diseases. They are also at risk for: Bone and joint problems Shortness of breath that makes any physical activity more difficult. Breathing problems at night such as obstructive sleep apnea. A tendency to mature…


ASK A MUSLIM SCHOLAR DECEMBER 2019

Why should I as a Muslims vote? I have no hesitation in stating that it is a religious duty for Muslims to vote. Here are the reasons: 1) Voting in a democratic system is one of the few ways to affect social changes, and as Muslims it is our civic and religious duty to strive to move the society forward as closely as possible to the ideals of justice, fairness, equity and compassion for all; 2) Muslims are mandated by the Qur’an to work in cooperation with everyone for common causes that are beneficial to all people. Allah says, “And cooperate ye with one another on virtue and God-consciousness.” (Qur’an: 5: 2) Moreover, the Prophet, peace be upon him, said, “If I were called upon to join together (with anyone regardless of race or religion) for the mission of restoring justice for all and standing behind the weak and the oppressed I would hasten to join the same!” In another report, he is reported to have said, “I would prefer the same to owning the whole world as a treasure!” 3) Muslims are mandated to work to remove injustice, discrimination and xenophobia in their societies whether directed against Muslims or…


ASK A MUSLIM SCHOLAR OCTOBER 2019

Are we allowed to eat animals that have been machine-slaughtered? I hear some people insisting that only hand-slaughtered meat is halal. Is this correct? There is no basis in Islam for making a distinction between hand-slaughtered meat and machine slaughtered meat. It is not warranted by the principles of Shari’ah nor by the rules of Fiqh. The only valid question to ask is whether the slaughter fulfills the prescribed standards of slaughter. The rules of the Islamic slaughter are quite precise and straightforward. Let us list them here: Invoking the name of Allah, cutting the throat/arteries with a sharp knife/instrument, thus administering a quick death and sparing the animal unnecessary torture and suffering. In reply to a question about lawful slaughter, the Prophet (peace be upon him) stated: ” As long as one invokes God’s name, and the animal is slaughtered with a sharp instrument letting the blood flow, you may eat it.” (Reported by Bukhari and others). In other words, the instrument used should be sharp enough to cut the arteries letting the blood flow efficiently thus sparing the animal of torture or inflicting unnecessary pain. In another hadith, he states: “Allah enjoins benevolence in all things we do:…


Halkee baad joogtay Oktoobar 15 – Oktoober 21, 1969

Maalintu waa ARBACA Bishu waa Oktoobar 15, 1969 Magaaladu waa LAASCAANOOD Maalintu bishu ay ahayd 15ka Oktoobar 1969, dadweynaha ree Laascaanood waxay la soo tooseen farxad iyo rayn-rayn. Waxay u diyaar garoobeen in ay soo dhoweyaan Madaxweyne Cabdirashiid Cali Sharmaarke (AHN). Maxadweynu wuxu socdaal ku marayey goboloda dalka. Madaxweyne Cabdirashiid waxa madaxweyne loo doortay sannadkii 1967. Wuxuu doorashada ka heley Aadan Cabdile Cisman(AHN) oo muddo todoba sannadood dalka madaxweyne ka ahaa. Cabdirashiid wuxu Raisal Wasaare u mgacaabey Moxamed Xaaji Ibrahim Cigal(AHN). Madaxweyne Cabdirashiid wuxu bishii oktoobar 1969 bilaabay in uu socdaal ku soo maro gobolada dalka. Maalintii bishu ahayd 15ka Okboobar 1969 Madaxweynuhu wuxu ku soo socday Magaalada Laascaanood. Dadweynaha reer Laascaanood waxay maalintaas u diraar groobayeen in ay soo dhoweeyaan Madaxweynaha. Farxad iyo rayn-rayn buu waagu ugu baryey. Waddooyinka magaalada Laascaanood waxa isugu soo baxay yar iyo weyn. Waxa ay ruxayeen calanka buluuga ah ee Soomaaliya. Caroorii waxa la safay wadooyinka hareerahooda. Dadka wejigooda waxa laga garanayey sida ay u rabaan in ay Madaxweynahood soo dhoweeyaan. Dadweynaha reer Laascaanood waxay ku talo galeen in ay baro dheereysiiyaan magaalooyinkii kale ee uu Madaxweynuhu soo maray. Maxaase dhacay!!! Ninkii gabyey wuxu yiri “markaan ku tashado wax taransaba, soowtii Alle meel ma…


Understanding Breast Cancer

Understanding Breast Cancer Breast cancer is a disease in which cells in the breast grow out of control. Breast cancer can spread outside the breast through blood vessels and lymph vessels. When breast cancer spreads to other parts of the body, it is said to have metastasized. What Causes Breast Cancer? No one knows the exact cause (s ) of breast cancer. What is known is that breast cancer is always caused by damage to a cell’s DNA. Did you know that 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime? What are the Known Risk Factors of Breast Cancer? Women with certain risk factors are more likely than others to develop breast cancer. A risk factor is something that may increase the chance of getting a disease. Some of the risk factors can be avoided while others cannot be avoided. Having a risk factor does not mean that a woman will get breast cancer. Many women who have risk factors never develop breast cancer. Risk Factors You Cannot Change or Avoid: • Getting older. The risk for breast cancer increases with age; most breast cancers are diagnosed after age 50. • Genetic mutations. Inherited changes…


SOMALI MUSEUM PRESS RELEASE

Somali Museum of Minnesota Receives $50,000 in Minnesota State Arts Board Grant Saint Paul, MN — The Minnesota State Arts Board has awarded a grant, totaling $50,000, to the Somali Museum of Minnesota. At its September meeting, the Arts Board approved 23 Folk and Traditional Arts grants. They are project grants to support the artistic traditions and customs practiced within community and/or cultural groups that help to identify, document, preserve, present, and honor Minnesota’s folk arts and traditions. This is the second of four rounds of grants the board will award this fiscal year. Grants in the Folk and Traditional Arts program total more than $525,000. The Somali Museum of Minnesota will use the funding to build Somali artists’ capacity to teach and advance the art forms of weaving and dance in the Twin Cities, Mankato, Saint Cloud, Rochester, and Willmar. Folk and traditional arts refer to artistic traditions that come from and are rooted in the cultural life of a community. Community members may share a common ethnicity, geographic or regional identity, occupation, language, or tribal affiliation. Folk and traditional arts are learned and passed on through community based systems of training and education where younger generations learn and…


VIOLENCE AND DRUG ABUSE AMONG SOMALI YOUTH SHOCKS THE COMMUNITY

2019 has been a deadly year for Somali American youth in the twin cities. There has been over 25 murders and countless overdose deaths involving Somali adolescents just this year. The Somali community is in shock and very helpless to say the least. Many are asking themselves, “where did we go wrong?”, said Ali Bokhor who has a nephew who recently succumbed to an opioid overdose. Gang wars have erupted among rival groups and it seems like there is gun violence on a daily basis nowadays. Between the violence and the Opiod abuse, the Somali community continues to mourn. Almost every Somali person we spoke to knows a young person who either got killed by a gun or prescription drugs. Mohamed Ali, a local businessman and a longtime resident of Minneapolis said, “This is the direct results of absent fathers, identity crisis, and a careless community who value the wrong things in life”. Ali seemed optimistic that the community is finally discussing the crisis among the youth openly and that itself is a positive step forward. Religious leaders are talking about the problem at mosques, treatment centers are opening for East African clients and the urgency to do something has…


Governor Walz, Lieutenant Governor Flanagan Announce Hiring of Chris Taylor as Chief Inclusion Officer

Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan today announced the hiring of Chris Taylor as the Chief Inclusion Officer. Taylor is currently the Chief Inclusion Officer with the Minnesota Historical Society. “I am excited to hire Chris Taylor as the Chief Inclusion Officer for the State of Minnesota,” Governor Walz said. “Chris demonstrates a deep commitment to supporting diversity and equity in everything he does. The Lieutenant Governor and I could not ask for a better partner to lead the One Minnesota Council on Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity, and make sure our institutions across the state look like and support the people we are working for.” “We are better as an office, a community, and a state when the perspectives of all Minnesotans are at the table and empowered to use their voices,” Lieutenant Governor Flanagan said.“Chris approaches his work through the lens of equity, and has deep relationships with important stakeholders, including our communities of color, Native communities, school districts, and higher education institutions. I look forward to collaborating on an issue close to my heart.” “We are fortunate to live in a state that affords us the opportunity to learn from so many cultures. As the Chief…


Top 10 List of Immigration Considerations for 2019

1. Become a U.S. citizen If you have had your green card for at least 5 years (3 if you are married to a U.S. citizen), you should seriously consider becoming a U.S. citizen. Only citizens can vote for President, and citizens can almost never be deported. And in some situations, we can help you become a citizen without taking the citizenship test! 2. Apply for a Green Card If you are married to a U.S. citizen, or you were previously married to an abusive citizen-spouse, you may be eligible to receive permanent residence – green card. Or if you have held asylum or refugee status for at least one year, you may be able to get a green card. 3. Renew your Green Card Don’t wait until you need to travel outside of the United States, or renew your driver’s license, and learn that your green card is expired! Green Card renewals can take a year or more, so, do it now. 4. U-Visa In some circumstances, regardless of your immigration status, if you were a victim of a certain crime, we can file for your U visa and eventual permanent residence. If this applies to you, call our…


Amy Klobuchar Declares to Run for President

Amy Jean Klobuchar, the third term senior senator from Minnesota, stood before chanting crowds and braved frigid temperatures on the 10th of February to make formal what many have long anticipated, her candidacy for the president of the United States of America. She is the first woman elected to the senate from the state of Minnesota, and if successful in her bid, will become the first woman to ascend to the highest office of the land. The Democrat senior senator boasts an impressive resume. As the older of two girls born to Rose Katherine and John Klobuchar, Amy went to Yale University for her undergraduate studies and later the University of Chicago for Law from which she graduated in 1985. She was a partner at two law firms before being elected to serve as Hennepin County’s attorney in 1998 through 2006. Amy was seen as the DFL (Democratic Farmer-Labor Party) favorite to succeed Mark Dayton who in 2005 announced he will not seek reelection for his senate seat. After securing the DFL nomination, she comfortably defeated her opponent in the general election by a margin of 20 points and became the first woman elected to the senate from the State….