Find Your Lane: A Free Activism Engagement Fair

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Are you ready to join the resistance but don’t know where to sign up?

Date: Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Time: 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Location: Metropolist, 2931 1st Ave S, Seattle
Information: Event website

Event Details

Are you ready to join the resistance but don’t know where to sign up? Has Trump and Bannon’s assault on social justice, human rights, the environment, and the rule of law galvanized you to get involved, but you don’t know how?

On Wednesday, March 15, Find Your Lane presents an activism fair. Hear some inspirational words from lifelong activist and former Seattle City Councilman Nick Licata and Randy Engstrom, Director of Seattle’s Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, then meet with up to twenty organizations on hand to describe what they do and how they do it, answer your questions and recruit you!

Whether it’s helping refugees, fighting racism and intolerance, or reclaiming the electoral landscape, there are people working on it, and they need your help. Find your lane and get active!

 

Worldwide Peace Vigil In Memory of Srinivas Kuchibhotla

 

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Srinivas Kuchibhotla, right, poses with his wife Sunayana Dumala in Cedar Rapids. (photo: Deccan Chronicle)

Please join our brothers and sisters for a Peace Vigil in honor or Srinivas Kuchibhotla, slain last week in Kansas.

Update: See photos of the rally here.

Date: Sunday, March 5, 2017
Time: 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Location: Crossroads Park, 16224 NE 8th St, Bellevue, WA
Information: Event website

Event Details

We South Asians of Greater Seattle are uniting against hate. We are hosting a event called #WeBelong Peace Vigil: In honor of the Late Srinivas Kuchibhotla, who died in a hate crime in Kansas last week. Leaders, faith communities, organizations across the city will gather at Crossroads Park 16244 NE 8th Street, Bellevue, from 3:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 5th.

It is a gathering of peace, to be resilient, to persist, to speak up and most importantly to state that we belong here and we are not complacent. We can not let fear dictate us. We also want to honor our brothers and sisters who risk their lives to protect this delicate fabric of society.

Two minutes of silence will be observed around the world: in Hyderabad, London, Chicago, New York, San Fransisco, Albuquerque, and many more cities.

This event is support by a growing list of local organizations below.

  • Tasveer
  • ACLU Washington
  • ACT NOW – Seatle
  • Washington State India Trade Relations Action Committee (WASITRAC)
  • National Federation of Indian American (NFIA)
  • Federation of Indian Associations
  • Indo American Friendship Forum Foundation
  • Indian Association of Western Washington
  • Washington Telangana Association (WATA)
  • Washington Telugu Association (WATS)
  • The Kiran Anjali Project
  • Americans for Refugees & Immigrants
  • Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
  • Bo M. Karlsson Foundation
  • Indian American Muslim Council
  • API Chaya
  • One America
  • Seattle Tamil Sangam
  • India Arts & Heritage Society
  • Sikh Center of Seattle Gurudwara
  • Wing Luke Museum
  • Asian Counseling and Referral Service (ACRS)
  • Oriyas of Greater Seattle
  • Pratidhwani
  • Kerala Association of WA
  • Jewish Family Service
  • Khalsa Gurmat Center
  • Sahyadri Kannada Sangha
  • Shruti Seattle Music Band
  • Ithna-asheri Muslim Association of the Northwest (IMAN)
  • CRY Seattle

Film: The Sultan and the Saint, A Story of Muslim-Christian Peacemaking

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Seattle premier of film on Muslim-Christian peacemaking narrated by Jeremy Irons, with opening remarks by the producer.

Date: Saturday, February 25, 2017
Time: 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Location: Cinemark Theater Lincoln Square
700 Bellevue Way NE
Bellevue, WA  98004
Information: Event website

During the Crusades, Saint Francis of Assisi risked his life by walking across enemy lines to meet the Sultan of Egypt, the Muslim ruler Al-Malik al-Kamil. This remarkable encounter, and the commitment to peace of the two men behind it, sucked the venom out of the Crusades and changed the relationship between Muslims and Christians for the better.

Featuring dramatic reenactments and renowned scholarship, this amazing story is brought to life. Scholars interviewed include Michael Cusato (St. Bonaventure University), Sr. Kathy Warren (Sisters of St. Francis), Suleiman Mourad (Smith College), Homayra Ziad, Institute for Christian & Jewish Studies, Paul Moses (The Saint and the Sultan), and others.

Join us for this film premiere to learn about the remarkable spiritual exchange between the Sultan and the Saint, and the great risks they took for peace.

Fundraiser: Rebuild the Islamic Center of the Eastside

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Please join our brothers and sisters at the Islamic Center of the Eastside for this important fundraising event.

Date: Sunday, February 5, 2017
Time: 5:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Location: Muslim Association of Puget Sound (MAPS)
17550 NE 67th Ct
Redmond, WA  98052
Information: Event website
RSVP: RSVP here
Donate: Donate here

Islamic Center of Eastside (ICOE) is one of the oldest masjids in the Seattle area and has been in operation for more than 20 years. On January 14, it was burnt down in an arson attack. The fire consumed the walls, the imam’s musallah, the sisters’ area, the roof, and other parts of the building. ICOE is a place of prayer, dawah, children’s classes, relief, youth and women activities. Hundreds of families live close to the masjid and hundreds of people attended the masjid every day. It is time to help one of our oldest institutions back on its feet. The community is rallying to rebuild the ICOE masjid and is requesting your assistance in this effort. Please attend the fundraiser if you can, and donate to their relief effort.


Anti-Semitism Awareness Act Would Damage Free Speech

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Wheeler Hall at University of California, Berkeley. (photo: Los Angeles Times)

By Liz Jackson / Los Angeles Times
December 6, 2016


The State Department standard . . . conflates criticism of Israeli policies with anti-Jewish hatred, shutting down debate by suggesting that anyone who looks critically at Israeli policy is somehow beyond the pale. It has no place on college campuses in particular, where we need students to engage in a vigorous exchange of ideas.


Since Donald Trump’s election, a wave of hate attacks have targeted Jews, Muslims and other vulnerable groups.

What’s the government doing about it? Nothing.

But the U.S. Senate did pass a bill last week called the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act, which cracks down on the constitutional rights of college students and faculty to criticize Israel. The House will vote on it any day now.

The Anti-Semitism Awareness Act endorses the State Department definition of anti-Semitism, which includes “delegitimizing” Israel, “demonizing” Israel or holding Israel to a “double standard.” The bill directs the Department of Education to consider this definition when investigating complaints of anti-Semitism on campus. But the bill does not add any new protections for Jewish students; the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Department of Education’s interpretation of the statute, already protects Jewish students against discrimination.

Continue reading “Anti-Semitism Awareness Act Would Damage Free Speech”

Don’t Forget: Human Rights Day Celebration!

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Artwork by Ethar Hamid

Please join our brothers and sisters at the Rachel Corrie Foundation for this important event.

Date: Saturday, December 10, 2016
Time: 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
(dinner and drinks)
Location: Abigail Stuart House
1002 Washington St SE
Olympia, WA  98501
Cost: $35.00 (includes dinner and two drinks) (register here)
Information: Event website
Questions: 360-754-3998
Contact the Foundation

Join the Rachel Corrie Foundation for the 2016 Annual Human Rights Day Celebration for an evening of food and knowledge. Gather together for an evening with friends and enjoy delicious food prepared by local Olympia chefs, wine and locally-brewed beer donated by Three Magnets Brewing Co., a musical performance by Benjamin SittingBull, a Plains Indian singer, flutist and drummer, and a discussion on environmental and political activism.

[Continue reading here . . . ]


Event: 2016 Human Rights Day Celebration

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Artwork by Ethar Hamid

Please join our brothers and sisters at the Rachel Corrie Foundation for this important event.

Date: Saturday, December 10, 2016
Time: 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
(dinner and drinks)
Location: Abigail Stuart House
1002 Washington St SE
Olympia, WA  98501
Cost: $35.00 (includes dinner and two drinks) (register here)
Information: Event website
Questions: 360-754-3998
Contact the Foundation

Join the Rachel Corrie Foundation for the 2016 Annual Human Rights Day Celebration for an evening of food and knowledge. Gather together for an evening with friends and enjoy delicious food prepared by local Olympia chefs, wine and locally-brewed beer donated by Three Magnets Brewing Co., a musical performance by Benjamin SittingBull, a Plains Indian singer, flutist and drummer, and a discussion on environmental and political activism.

[Continue reading here . . . ]


One-Day Conference on Shariah

Assalamu Alaykum / Peace be upon you

Please join our brothers and sisters at the Muslim Association of Puget Sound (MAPS) for this important event.

Date: Saturday, November 19, 2016
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
(lunch and snacks will be served)
Location: Muslim Association of Puget Sounds (MAPS)
17550 NE 67th Ct
Redmond, WA 98052
Cost: $20.00 (register here)
Information: Event website
Questions: 425-861-9555
manager@mapsredmond.org

Have you ever been asked any of following questions:


  • Can a woman lead a Muslim organization under Shariah?
  • What are the rights of a homosexual person under Shariah?
  • Does Shariah allow holding of slaves?
  • What about Shariah rulings concerning severe punishments such as amputation of hands, public lashing and stoning to death?
  • How do we form a position on the use of transgender bathrooms or gun violence under Shariah?
  • What does Shariah even mean for the American Muslim?

Muslims are often ill-equipped to answer such questions. We often resort to narrow interpretations of texts or take an apologetic or denial stance when faced with such questions. Yet, these are the exact questions that everybody, from our children to our non-Muslim friends, want us to answer. Meanwhile, others are answering these questions on behalf of Muslims and the word “Shariah” has become a controversial term in the public opinion.

MAPS is holding a one-day conference led by two eminent guests, Professor Jasser Auda and Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool, on November 19th to further an understanding of Maqasid al Shariah (the Intents of Islamic Law) as both a set of Intents as well as a Strategic Methodology for living as Muslims in a complex and dynamic society. The conference will educate the attendees on the theological foundation to address such questions in a manner consistent with the teachings of Islam.

This event is the second such conference brought by these scholars in the USA. The first successful event was held in Washington DC and sponsored by Adams Center under the leadership of Imam Magid. This is a limited-seat event targeted at community leaders and volunteers who engage in public discourse. Please register below if you would like to attend.

[More information here . . . ]

American Muslims After the Election

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Please join our brothers and sisters at the Muslim Association of Puget Sound (MAPS) for this important event.

Date: Friday, November 18, 2016
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
(refreshments and social at 6:30 p.m.)
Location: Muslim Association of Puget Sounds (MAPS)
17550 NE 67th Ct
Redmond, WA 98052
Cost: Free (register here)
Information: Event website
Questions: 425-861-9555
manager@mapsredmond.org

Agenda

  1. The Political Maqasid and Its Application Today
    Prof Jasser Auda, Founding Director of Al-Maqasid Research Centre in the Philosophy of Islamic Law & Al Shatibi Chair of Maqasidi Studies, International Peace College of South Africa
  2. Countering Extremism Online — Immunizing the Youth!
    Dr Houda Abadi, Carter Center, Associate Director, MENA Region Projects – Conflict Resolution Program
  3. Being American and Being Muslim — Lessons from South Africa
    Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool, Founder Director of the World for All Foundation & Distinguished Scholar in Residence at the Al Waleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, Georgetown University

[More information here . . . ]

Islam in the Public Square

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On Saturday, October 29, 2016, local area leaders and concerned citizens gathered at Town Hall Seattle for an event, Islam in the Public Square, to examine the dynamics that have led to the gap in understanding about Islam in America. We discussed the many issues clouding the image of Islam and Muslims in America, sought to build understanding and tolerance across ethnic and faith lines, and looked into ways all of us can confront and overcome the misunderstandings and fears that divide us. Together, as one Seattle community, we explored ways to work together for peace and justice.

Our humble thanks to the many people and organizations whose contributions of time, effort, and resources made this event such a success.

Below are the events, with links to transcripts, video, and photos.


Introduction & Welcome

Opening Prayer
“Amsa ul husna”
[See video here]

Introduction
Randolph Urmston, Attorney (moderator)
[See video here]

Welcome
Rt. Rev. Gregory Rickel, VIII Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of Olympia
[See video and text here]


Keynote Presentations
“Understanding Islam and Our Muslim Neighbor”

From a Clash of Ignorance to a Dialogue of Civilizations!
Mohamed Jawad Khaki, Founder, Ithna-asheri Muslim Association of the Northwest (IMAN)
[See video and text here]

Video: The Clash of Ignorance
Shafique Virani / TEDxUTSC
[See video here]

Trust in One Another, a Key to a Peaceful Society
Mahmood Khadeer, Founder, Muslim Association of Puget Sound (MAPS)
[See video and text here]

How to Change a Million Minds in 15 Minutes
Varisha Khan, Senior, University of Washington, major in Political Science and Journalism
[See video and text here]

How the “Private Good” of Religion Becomes a “Public Good” for Society
Mark Markuly, PhD, Dean and Professor of Theology and Ministry, Seattle University School of Theology
[See video and text here]


Breakout Session & Call to Prayer

[See video here]


Panel Discussion

[See video here]

Video: American Muslims, Fact or Fiction
Unity Productions Foundation
[See video here]


Table Responses

[See video here]


 Photographs

[See photographs here]


 Event Sponsors