New Film: St. Francis of Assisi and the Sultan of Egypt

Unity production films is about to release their new film “The Sultan and the Saint,” about the encounter of St. Francis of Assisi and the Sultan of Egypt in the midst of the Crusades.

Planning is underway for an interfaith viewing and discussion of the film. Save the date!

Interfaith Passover Unity Seder

Led by Rabbi Laurie Hahn Tapper and Father George Aranha, this interfaith celebration of a Passover Seder will include Jewish, Christian and Muslim participants. Members of other Faith traditions are welcome, as well.

RSVP by March 20 to Carol Rossi, 408-264-9786 or rossitwo@sbcglobal.net

Questions: contact diane@jvalley.org or call 408-357-7504

Unity Seder Flyer

Hands Around the Mosque

Love is the only force capable of uniting a divided nation

We Muslims, Arabs and South Asians are honored and grateful to our fellow American from diverse communities and faiths for standing with us in this climate of hate and division.

Let us send a profound and sacred message of our unity to the world as we reaffirm our commitment to stand by and support each other as one nation, the United States of America

Please join us for an interfaith/inter‐community gathering and move “From fear to friendship”

Tea and snacks will be served; Family event, children are welcome.

A special request to our faith leaders: Kindly wear your religious attire for the event.

Register at EVENTBRITE

SiVIC is one of the many partners for this event.

Meet a Muslim

You are invited to join us and meet a Muslim, someone who likely lives in your own community. These conversations have allowed many of your neighbors to participate in an open dialogue; sharing honest questions and thoughts, receiving equally honest answers about Islam and the everyday life of a Muslim.

Please bring an open mind and your questions; nothing is off limits.

Eid Festival: Celebration of Muslim Holidays

This Holiday Season  Please join us to experience how Muslims celebrate their holidays. A Holiday to build a “Beloved Community.”

All faiths encourage their followers to love their neighbors.
To love our neighbors, “We must know our neighbors.”

“National Know your neighbors” is AMV Foundation’s campaign to build a culture of hope, inclusion and peace.  We are encouraging all Americans to move “From Fear to Friendship.”

Highlights of the Festival:

Complimentary Gourmet Pakistani Lunch, Desserts from around the world, Interfaith panel sharing religious holidays, cultural performances, Mehndi Tattoos (Henna). Have fun dressing up with ethnic dresses, enactment of Eid visit to friend’s home and Bangles for girls.

Register at eventbrite.com

 

Show of Solidarity for Evergreen Mosque

Several community groups are planning a silent, peaceful show of solidarity outside the Evergreen Islamic Center this Friday, December 2, from 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm, during their Friday afternoon prayer service.  The community usually starts arriving around 1:00, and the service ends around 2:00.  Participants are encouraged to bring signs showing support (eg. “You are welcome here”, “You belong here,” “Stronger in our diversity,” “San Jose supports you” etc.).

The Evergreen mosque was one of the communities across the nation that received a hate letter; police are investigating (story here). Evergreen Islamic Center started out as a satellite mosque and community center in the Evergreen foothills under the South Bay Islamic Association (SBIA) umbrella. SBIA is a multi-cultural, community service, and religious organization that was established in 1978 with the goal of providing Islamic services to the community.

Islam, Citizenship, and Religious Liberty with Hamza Yusuf

America was founded in part on the concept of religious freedom. Many today consider Muslims a grave threat to that founding principle. Is Islam incompatible with the free exercise of religion? Grasp the concepts, understand the propositions, then you be the judge.

Hamza Yusuf will offer a lecture and then engage in a dialogue with Professor Farid Senzai of the Political Science Department (SCU) and the audience.  Coffee/tea/water and light snacks will be provided.

Please register here.

Hamza Yusuf is president, co-founder, and senior faculty member at Zaytuna College, the first Muslim liberal arts college in the United States.  He is also an advisor to Stanford University’s Program in Islamic Studies and the Center for Islamic Studies at Berkeley’s Graduate Theological Union. Yusuf serves as a member of the board of advisors of George Russell’s One Nation, a national philanthropic initiative that promotes pluralism and inclusion in America. In addition, he serves as vice-president for the Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies, which was founded and is currently presided over by Shaykh Abdallah bin Bayyah, one of the top jurists and masters of Islamic sciences in the world. Most recently, Yusuf contributed to the writing of the Marrakesh Declaration (2016) in Morocco affirming the rights of religious minorities in Muslim-majority countries, and met with Pope Francis in Rome to discuss the implications of this declaration.

Meet a Muslim

You are invited to join us and meet a Muslim, someone who likely lives in your own community. These conversations have allowed many of your neighbors to participate in an open dialogue; sharing honest questions and thoughts, receiving equally honest answers about Islam and the everyday life of a Muslim.
Please bring an open mind and your questions; nothing is off limits.

With Moina Shaiq, a Muslim resident of Fremont for 33 years, mother of four and active member of the community.