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DC: CAIR to Host Catholic-Muslim Dialogue

WHAT: American Muslim-Catholic Dialogue: A Model for Communal Understanding

WHO: Rev. Francis Tiso
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)
Secretariat for Ecumenical and Inter-religious Affairs

Dr. Muzammil Siddiqi
Director of the Islamic Center of Orange County, California

WHY: For more than a decade, American Muslims and Catholics have engaged in substantive exchanges. Father Francis Tiso and Dr. Muzammil Siddiqi will share analysis and forward thinking about the meaning of the dialogue for the two religious communities and for American society as a whole.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2007, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
CAIR's Capitol Hill Headquarters
453 New Jersey Avenue, S.E.
Washington, D.C.

RSVP: Seating is limited and reservations are required. Please RSVP via email to events@cair.com or call 202-742-6409

Refreshments will be served.

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NY: Catholics Visit Mosque, Learn About Islam
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In late July, carloads of curious Catholics caravanned north from their church to a mosque in the next county.

Three dozen Catholics who regularly attend Mass at the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement's Graymoor Spiritual Life Center in Garrison accepted a Muslim visitor's invitation to attend services at Masjid Al-Noor, his mosque in Wappingers Falls.

Entering the two-story white frame building, the visitors placed their shoes alongside their host's on wire racks lining one wall of the foyer.

The women, already modestly covered from chin to ankle, pulled on scarves to cover their hair. The men were directed through double doors to a large simple, rug-covered room on the first floor and the women were invited upstairs to a balcony overlooking the same prayer room.

The walls of the prayer room were sparsely decorated with metal plaques proclaiming God's greatness in Arabic, a large clock and several bookshelves with various editions of the Quran and devotional books. The front of the room had a small, raised carpeted platform for the imam, the religious scholar who led the service.

People greeted one another quietly and lined up, shoulder to shoulder, in rows that stretched across the room. Everyone faced east, the direction of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Islam's holy city. Folding chairs in the back of the two prayer areas were used by people who had difficulty sitting and kneeling on the floor, or accomplishing the deep bows that punctuated the prayers.

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CAIR-NY: Muslims Volunteer at Food Pantry

(NEW YORK, NY, 8/13/07) - Representatives of the New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) recently joined others community members to volunteer boxing and distributing food to the needy at the Yorkville Common Pantry (YCP) in Harlem.

Muslim support of the event is part of CAIR's annual "Muslims Care" campaign designed to encourage volunteerism in the nation's Muslim community.

SEE: http://www.cair-net.org/muslimscare/

YCP is the largest, nonsectarian, neighborhood-based provider of emergency food in New York. The pantry's services are provided in Upper East Side and East Harlem.

"We share in YCP's mission to reduce hunger and promote self-sufficiency and dignity," said CAIR-NY Civil Rights Coordinator Aliya Latif. "Feeding the hungry is part of a nationwide effort by Muslims to serve the community and their needs."

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Sami Yusuf Unites Muslims, West

NEW YORK Touted by British Time magazine as "Islam's biggest rock star," British Muslim star Sami Yusuf hopes his songs could help bring the Muslim world and the West together.

"What I am doing is unique in the sense that it's bringing together so many different influences and cultures and it's kind of saying, 'Look it works, we can all live together and we can all share and just chill,'" Yusuf told Reuters in an interview Saturday, August 18.

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Southern California mosques are holding open houses Sunday

More than a dozen Southern California mosques, including two in the Inland area, are holding open houses Sunday to introduce area residents to Islam and to improve interfaith relations.

The Islamic Center of Corona, 465 Santana Way, and the Islamic Center of the Temecula Valley, 42188 Rio Nedo, Suite A, in Temecula, will host the events from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The fifth annual open houses will feature food, displays of clothing, tours of the mosques and presentations on Islam.

The Islamic Shura Council of Southern California, an umbrella organization of mosques and Muslim organizations, is sponsoring the events.

The other mosques are in Los Angeles and Orange counties.

For more information, call the Shura Council at 714-239-6473 or go to www.shuracouncil.org.

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DC: Interfaith Dialogue Helps Promote Tolerance
Muslims, Christians, Jews, others strive to improve interfaith relations

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People from different religious backgrounds can achieve a better understanding of one another's beliefs and cultural traditions through interfaith dialogue, says U.S. State Department official Kareema Daoud.

"Talking to other faiths makes us stronger in our convictions and helps us to understand our neighbors better," Daoud said during an August 4 USINFO Webchat. "It is a dialogue and not a compromise. I have a position, you have a position."


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Bridge Building in Australia

Australian women find truth behind the veil
 
A group of Muslim women joined the battle to win hearts and minds in a unique women-only event at Randwick Town Hall last Friday.

The event, titled "My Dress, My Image, My Choice", brought women of all creeds together in an afternoon of fashion and food to lift the veil on Islam.

The project, which began six years ago in Victoria, made its debut in Sydney to a sell-out crowd of 200 women.

Guests were treated to a Muslim fashion parade (including bridal and sportswear collections) and a discussion of the controversial hijab before sampling traditional Muslim cuisine.

Organiser Saara Sabbagh said the project aimed to "humanise religion" and that she was "ecstatic" with the turnout. ...
 
"It is absolutely essential to build bridges. People fear the unknown; there are so many preconceived ideas. Since Muslims have been making the effort to reach out to the wider community there have been less incidents of harassment."  ...
 
"I really support breaking down the barriers,"
The acting deputy state director from the Department of Immigration and Citizenship, Julie Keenan, said that the department was proud to fund the project to enable it to travel interstate.

"The project is fantastic," she said. "To hear the women talking about their experiences is really quite moving. Their commitment and passion in trying to help the broader community understand Islam is quite extraordinary."
 
 

 

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Bridge Building in Indiana

Disturbed by the blemished image of their faith, a group of American Muslims in the state of Indiana are holding a multi-purpose event to paint an accurate picture of the Islamic faith, reported The Indianapolis Star daily on Saturday, August 25.

"We hope we can define Islam to our fellow Americans (instead of the way) the national media and some misguided Muslims are now defining what Islam is and what Muslims are," said Salah Elsaharty, a spokesman for the Alhuda Foundation.

The Fishers-based Foundation is organizing the "Friendship Feast" event on Saturday to clear misconceptions about Islam.

The event, to be held at a mosque and Eman Elementary School on Lantern Road, features an "Ask the Imam" forum to answer questions by attendees about Islam.

It will also see food banquets and soccer games to help promote friendship between followers of the different faiths.

Church and synagogue leaders, neighbors and FBI officials in the town have been invited to the event, which drew 200 attendees last year.

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US Co-sponsors ISNA Convention

In an effort to reach out to the Muslim minority, the US Justice Department is co-sponsoring a major convention that draws tens of thousands of Muslims from North America every year, The Washington Times reported on Monday, August 27.

"This is an important outreach opportunity, and a chance to reach a community that is at once very much discriminated against, and very wary of the national government and its willingness to protect them," Susana Lorenzo-Giguere, acting deputy chief of the Voting Rights Division, said in an e-mail obtained by the daily.

The annual convention of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), the largest Muslim umbrella organization in North America, opens on Friday, August 31, and runs through September 3.

It will feature musical entertainment, community service, political activism and book signing.

"It would be a great step forward to break through those barriers," said Lorenzo-Giguere.

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CAIR-CA: Open Mosque Day a Chance for Harmony

Source: San Bernardino County Sun
 

"This is not about a religious debate, nor about a religion conversion, it's about mutual understanding."

That's what Hussam Ayloush, executive director of the Southern California chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations said about Open Mosque day.

The Islamic Center of Redlands is celebrating the day Sunday afternoon.

Open Mosque is a day dedicated to opening mosques around Southern California to community members who are not familiar with Muslims or Islam to learn about the culture and the religion. The main focus is to dispel misconceptions about Islam, Ayloush said.

The event is organized by the Southern California Islamic Shura Council, an organization that serves as an umbrella to many Southern California Islamic centers.

Mohammad Hossain, director and founder of the Islamic Center of Redlands, said this is an opportunity for many people from Redlands and the surrounding community to ask questions about Islam.

"Many people don't know about Islam," he said. "It's kind of a visual orientation to non-Muslims, so they can get an idea about the Muslims."

For years, CAIR encouraged the Muslim community to open up their doors to allow non-Muslims a chance to get answers about Islam, Ayloush said.

"Islam is misunderstood by a large segment of the American population, and as Americans, we owe it to our neighbors to do our part in promoting activities that will create dialogue, promote understanding and encourage friendship in our own communities," he said. "And this is why an open mosque is a step in that direction.

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CAIR-WA: Seattle Muslims 'Sharing Ramadan' Event
People of all faiths invited for dinner celebrating Ramadan

(SEATTLE, WA, 8/27/07) - On Wednesday, September 19, members of the local Muslim community will reach out to their neighbors of all faiths by hosting a traditional Ramadan iftar, or fast-breaking dinner, at the Islamic School of Seattle.

"As more than one billion Muslims worldwide celebrate Ramadan by fasting and appreciating the blessings given to us, it is important for the American Muslim community to reach out to our neighbors as an example of true Islamic ideals," said CAIR-WA Project Manager Naheel Fataftah. "We are here to show our friends and neighbors that American Muslims will continue to be contributing members of our society." ...

There are an estimated 75,000 Muslims in the Puget Sound area and some seven million nationwide. Islam is one of the fastest growing religions in this country and around the world.

WHEN: Wednesday, September 19, 2007, 6:45 - 8:30 p.m.
WHERE: Islamic School of Seattle, 720 25th Ave, Seattle, WA

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CAIR-NJ: Muslim Youth Urged to Volunteer at Soup Kitchen

CAIR-NJ encourages Muslim youth from New Jersey to volunteer for the "Muslims Serve Day" at the Morristown Interfaith Soup Kitchen. Several Muslim youth are already participating and approximately 10 more youth volunteers are needed. Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) stated, "Help the weak among you, help your neighbor if he seeks your help, feed him if he is hungry."

Muslims Against Hunger is spearheading this project at the Morristown Interfaith Soup Kitchen. The Community Soup Kitchen of Morristown, Inc. is an ecumenical effort supported and run by funding and volunteers from 34 congregations, local and corporate businesses from the greater Morristown area.

Muslims Against Hunger Project was invited to join as a permanent sponsor of CSK in Nov 2005 and was voted by the CSK Board of trustees to represent Muslims on the CSK Board of trustees in Jan 2006.

WHAT: Muslims Serve Day - Youth Volunteer Opportunity
WHERE: Morristown Interfaith Community Soup Kitchen, 36 South St in Morristown, New Jersey 07960
WHEN: Tuesday, September 4, 2007, 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Full work shift (option to work partial shifts i.e. 10 - 11:30 a.m. or 11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. or 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.)

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CAIR-PA Ten-Part Course on Islam Begins Sept. 9
 

Beginning September 9, the Philadelphia office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-PA) will offer a ten-part course on Islam, called "Understanding Islam and Muslims through History and Jurisprudence," at the Central Baptist Church in Wayne, PA.

This course will approach Islam from a historical and jurisprudence perspective, covering the foundations of the religion and then building on the economic, political and cultural institutions that arose in Muslim societies. It will cover the Golden Age of Muslim civilization and then discuss its decline. Contemporary issues faced by Islam and Muslims will also be covered. A final unit will be the involvement of the U.S. in the Muslim world and its ramifications.

CAIR-PA has offered the course through multiple educational and interfaith venues, including Mishkan Shalom, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Delaware County, the Paoli Presbyterian Church and others.

CAIR-PA Chairman Iftekhar Hussain will lead the course.

WHEN: September 9 - November 25, 2007, Sundays: 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
WHERE: Central Baptist Church, 106 West Lancaster Avenue, Wayne, PA

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