Unit 6 – Definitions

A hate crime is a crime in which the perpetrator targets a victim based on his or her affiliation with a certain group, usually defined by race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, nationality or ethnicity.

Islam in Arabic means the voluntary surrender to The Almighty God (Allah). The religion is focused around the holy book Qur’an, which promotes peaceful, non-violent resolution to conflict. Islam is second to Christianity in the number of followers worldwide. The 1.2 billion people who practice Islam are called Muslims.

Terrorism is the use of violence against civilians with the intent to cause fear or panic. Terrorists commit violent acts to bring attention to their cause.

South Asian refers to people from India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and The Maldives.

A social service agency is an organization that through programming and other opportunities seeks to improve the life and living conditions of members of a community.

A Non-profit organization is an organization that uses its profits solely to continue the pursuit of its mission and goals. Most non-profit organizations engage in community, cultural or artistic work.