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Township’s Faith Traditions Join In ‘Solidarity And Brotherhood Prayer’

Township’s Faith Traditions Join In ‘Solidarity And Brotherhood Prayer’

Representatives of a handful of faith traditions in the township showed their support for one another March 11 in a “Solidarity and Brotherhood Prayer” held at Temple Beth El on Hamilton Street. The idea of leaders at Masjid-e-Ali Mosque, the event was held during the synagogue’s Shabbat Zachor, or “Sabbath of Remembering,” an observance held […]








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Priest: Catholics Need To Reclaim ‘Counter-Culture’ Role, ‘Engage The Structures Of Injustice’

Priest: Catholics Need To Reclaim ‘Counter-Culture’ Role, ‘Engage The Structures Of Injustice’

Catholics must use the current political and social climate to reclaim the Church’s original “counter-culture” role and “engage the structures of injustice,” a group of St. Matthias parishioners was told Feb. 11. Speaking to the group of about 50 parishioners in a special Black History Month program, Fr. Aniedi Okure, executive director of the Africa […]








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Balaji Temple Ushers In New Year In Traditional Way

Balaji Temple Ushers In New Year In Traditional Way

Chanting, the ritual bathing of a Hindu god’s idol and the lighting of 21 oil lamps highlighted the Srivari Sri Balaji temple’s first New Year’s Day observance. The 2,000-square-foot prayer hall, located on Elizabeth Avenue, was packed Jan. 1 with members of the temple who had come to pay respects to the idol of their […]








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Public Menorah Lightings Help Commemorate Hanukkah

Public Menorah Lightings  Help Commemorate Hanukkah

Hanukkah, the “Miracle of the Lights,” was commemorated Dec. 27 in two public ceremonies in the township. The Chabad Center for Jewish Life of Hillsborough held a menorah lighting ceremony at the Somerset ShopRite on Old New Brunswick Road, and Temple Beth El held its annual menorah lighting gala at the Hamilton Street temple. The […]








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Masjid-e-Ali Mosque Celebrates Birthday Of Muslim Prophet Muhammad

Masjid-e-Ali Mosque Celebrates Birthday Of Muslim Prophet Muhammad

More than 100 members of a township mosque gathered there Dec. 17 to celebrate the birthday of the Muslim Prophet Muhammad. The faithful gathered at the Masjid-e-Ali mosque on Cedar Grove Lane to hear several speakers talk about Muhammad, and equate his life to the present day. “It’s not just that we celebrate the day […]








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Honorary Renaming Of Cedar Grove Lane Wins Township Approval, Now On To County

Honorary Renaming Of Cedar Grove Lane Wins Township Approval, Now On To County

A proposal to honorarily rename Cedar Grove Lane “Interfaith Lane” received the town’s approval, and has an advocate on the county level. That’s important because any move to place an honorary name on the county owned road would require approval from the Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders. The Township Council at its Dec. 13 […]








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Middlebush Reformed Church Aiding Annual Coat Drive

Middlebush Reformed Church is serving as a drop-off point for the 29th annual Jersey Cares Coat Drive. Gently used winter coats are needed, especially those for children. Deadline for donations is Dec. 4. The church is located at Amwell and South Middlebush roads. Jersey Cares plans to collect and distribute more than 30,000 coats to children […]








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Area Muslims Commemorate Life Of Their Imam Husain, Strengthen Resolve For Social Engagement

Area Muslims Commemorate Life Of Their Imam Husain, Strengthen Resolve For Social Engagement

Hundreds of Muslims gathered Nov. 5 at Masjid-e-Ali Mosque to celebrate the life and mourn the death of one of the most significant prophets in Shi’a Islam, and to renew their commitments to social justice. More than 14 centuries ago, Husain Ibn Ai and about 70 of his followers were killed in Karbala, in present-day Iraq, after […]








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Township Mosque Commemorates One Of Shia Islam’s Most Sacred Days

Township Mosque Commemorates One Of Shia Islam’s Most Sacred Days

One of Shia Islam’s most sacred days was commemorated Oct. 11 at the Masjid-e-Ali Mosque on Cedar Grove Lane. Shab-e-Ashura – literally, “The Night Before the 10th – is the day before the day that the grandson of the Muslim Prophet Muhammad and 71 of his followers were killed in Karbala, Iraq, by the army […]








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Matters Of Faith: Muharram Most Sacred Month In Islamic Calendar

Matters Of Faith: Muharram Most Sacred Month In Islamic Calendar

Submitted by Imam Syed Rizwan Rizvi. Muharram is the first month of the Islamic calendar. It is held to be the most sacred of all the months, excluding Ramadan. The tenth day of Muharram is the Day of Ashura, which to Shīʿah Muslims is part of the Mourning of Muharram. The months of Muharram and Safar […]








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