Mark Your Calendars! Arab American Service Day is May 15
Arab American Service Day 2010For the sixth year in a row, thousands of volunteers across the nation will come together on Saturday, May 15 to give back to their communities through service projects. You can be a part of this amazing event by joining ACCESS staff, volunteers and AmeriCorps to demolish a blighted house in the Old Redford neighborhood in Detroit, paint a mural and clean up a park. There also will be a Free Market with household items, perishables and clothing. ACCESS is partnering with Motor City Blight Busters and Loweâ€™s for Service Day. All ages are welcome. Contact Sue Makki, 313-842-1933 or email@example.com or Arwa Algharazi, 313-843-2844 or firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up. See you there!
ACCESS 39th Anniversary Dinner
ACCESS intends to host its 39th annual anniversary dinner on May 1, 2010. The event will show many of ACCESSâ€™s sponsors and will host political leaders from all levels (national, state, and local). For questions, contact Rose Assi at email@example.com or 313-842-4749.
ACCESS will honor Peter Tanous, founder of the American Task Force for Lebanon, at their dinner, with the Arab American of the Year Award. He is an accomplished author and is a graduate of Georgetown University.
Other ACCESS Events
ACCESS sponsors many free and useful events, hosted mostly at their center in Dearborn on Sheaffer Street, which you can see on their calendar at (http://accfea.convio.net/site/Calendar?view=MonthGrid).
Bloomfield Muslim Unity Center
Monthly Dinner and Friday Night Lecture Combined:
Citizenship and Civic Engagement in a Non-Muslim Society, with speaker Jamal Badawi.
Bring your family Listen to Br. Gamal Badawiâ€™s lecture and join other Muslim Unity center families
For: Our Monthly Dinner; April 16th; 7:00-9:00 P.M.; Pre- Registration is required; Advance Purchase Ticket Prices: $10/ Member, $12/ Non- Member; At the Door: $15.
On April 24th, 2010, BMUC will hold a fundraiser.
* Tickets are available for sale at the office and with Br. Samer Soukfeh
* Ticket Prices: $500/ adult and $200/student
* No other fundraising activities will take place.
The BMUC is seeking artists to display their work at the Open House this year. For information, call 248-857-9200.
Michigan Radio to explore life of â€œMuslims in Michiganâ€
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Michigan Radio is partnering with the University of Michigan Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies to launch a new project examining the religious, ethnic, and social lives of the stateâ€™s diverse Muslim population. This â€œMuslims in Michiganâ€ initiative will consist of a five-part radio series, film events, speakers, and a community conversation.
The Muslims in Michigan radio series, which airs April 12-16, will explore topics such as sharia law, halal meats, and the construction of a new mosque in Grand Rapids. Additionally, Michigan Radioâ€™s reporters will profile individual Muslims who have recently converted to Islam. The series will include contributions by reporters Jennifer Guerra, Sarah Hulett, and Dustin Dwyer. The station will broadcast these reports all next week during Morning Edition at approximately 6:20 and 8:20 am, and during All Things Considered between 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm.
The Muslims in Michigan Community Conversation supplementing this radio series will take place on Thursday, April 15, at 7 pm at the Arthur Miller Theater on the University of Michiganâ€™s North Campus. This event will be an opportunity for listeners and members of the community to learn more about Michiganâ€™s Muslim population. Information about this event, and others associated with this project, can be found at muslimsinmichigan.org.
MuslimFest, presented by Soundvision
On April 11th at 4PM, there will be a large event insha`Allah at Burton Manor in Livonia.
Soundvision is sponsoring â€œMuslimfest,â€ with keynote speaker Tariq Ramadan, who will speak on the subject of â€œJihad within Young Hearts: Toward a Positive Engagement.â€
The event is billed as â€œan inspiring family evening to think together for our future in America. This fundraising dinner will include a multimedia presentation on the alarming findings of latest research regarding Muslim youth in America and some innovative strategic thinking to meet the new challenges. Tariq Ramadan books will be available as well.
All those purchasing admission will also receive a Tariq Ramadan book. Ticket price is $100 per adult, student discount is $50. Children 2-9 can enter for $15 per child.
For more information, see www.soundvision.com/TariqRamadan.
There will also be a Mini MuslimFest for Muslim children, with the mascot Adam from Adamâ€™s World. There will be live interactive storytelling, film clips on a 96 sq. ft. screen, dinner, and â€œmuch more.â€
For more information please see www.soundvision.com/Muslimfest.
You can also volunteer for the event: www.soundvision.com/about/volunteer.asp
Obamaâ€™s America & the Muslim World
ISPU is hosting a dinner on April 24th at the Hyatt Regency in Dearborn (600 Town Center Dr., Marquis Ballroom) at 6PM. The keynote speaker is Juan Cole, professor of history at the University of Michigan. His most recent book is Engaging the Muslim World, and he also recently authored Napoleonâ€™s Egypt: Invading the Middle East. He has been a regular guest on PBSâ€™s Lehrer News Hour and has also appeared on ABC Nightly News, Nightline, the Today Show, Charlie Rose, Anderson Cooper 360, Countown with Keith Olbermann, Democracy Now! and many others.
He has appeared several times in The Muslim Observer as well.
For more information you can contact Sadia Shakir at 1-800-920-ISPU or 1-800-920-4778.
Al-â€™Aqabah Islamic Community Center
Al-â€™Aqabah Islamic Community Center (AICC) announces that their offer to purchase a 6,308 ft2 building in central Detroit was accepted. The building is intended as a Musalla and a social hall for the community.
According to the CIOM email statement, â€œAICC was founded by Imam Mika`il Stewart Saadiq (an educator for over ten years and student of the late Imam Luqman Abdullah). Masjid Al-â€™Aqabah is committed to serving the social and religious service needs of the people. AICC has a critical program with practical objects. AICC is currently raising funds to purchase the new building; the total price is $275,000 minus the $76,000 needed to occupy the space.â€
You can speak with Imam Mika`il at 313-717-8921.
Islamic House of Wisdom Fundraiser
The Islamic House of Wisdom (IHW) will hold a fundraiser on April 25th at 3PM at 22575 Ann Arbor Trail, Dearborn Heights. The ticket donation is $50.
CAIR Arranges for Forensic Pathologist to Review Imam Luqman Autopsy and Photos
After months of delay, CAIR-MI on Friday was given seventy-five autopsy pictures of Imam Luqman Ameen Abdullah, including pictures of his corpse laying in a trailer, by the Wayne County Medical Examiner.
The autopsy report and photographs will be turned over to a renowed forsenic pathologist this week for the purpose of obtaining an authoritative independent review.
Islamic Shura Council of Michigan
The Islamic Shura Council (ISCOM) is sponsoring its annual â€œDay of Goodnessâ€ on Saturday April 17, 2010 at 5:00 PM at the Westin Hotel, 1500 Town Center, Southfield Michigan.
The theme is â€œbringing out the goodness of the ummah for the betterment of all,â€ with keynote speaker Dr. Gamal Badawi.
ISCOM intends to use money raised to support its normal projects including Muslim Family Services, Huda Clinic, various soup kitchens, Food Pantry Program, Humanitarian Day, and more.
Contact Mouhib Ayas at 248-705-9137.