The Islamic Society of North America, a leading Muslim umbrella group, is partnering with the National Temperance and Prohibition Council to work on reducing alcohol consumption. The council, which includes Christian-based temperance groups, was hosted for its annual meeting in mid-March at the Islamic headquarters in Plainfield, Indiana.
“We share the same feeling about temperance and prohibition and consider this a sacred campaign,” Sayyid Syeed, secretary-general of the society, told council members, according to the Associated Press. The society joined the temperance council last year—“a powerful boost for us,” said Allen Rice, a clergyman with the Michigan Interfaith Council on Alcohol Problems. “They will bring numbers, resources and inspiration.”
My two cents
Wow, I wish I could have gone to the annual meeting to see how it turned out. I wonder if it was just a one-off collaboration, or if it was the beginning of a long-term alliance. I hadn’t thought of describing the movement as a ‘sacred campaign’, but after hearing it, I like the description. I can’t seem to find the proceedings of the meeting though.
When it comes to prohibition, is an exception made for communion wine though? Is this the difference between prohibition and temperance, or are they one and the same?
The Christian Century. (2004). Muslim group partners with temperance body. Available: http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2004-05/muslim-group-partners-temperance-body. Last accessed 16th Jan 2013.