2003, 2004, & 2005 ARCHIVED WEBLOG OF PROJECTS, NEWS, & ARTICLES

Ethnic Jihad by Imam Hamza & Imam Zaid 12/28/05 MeccaOne Radio: Ethnic Jihad Shaykh Hamza & Imam Zaid (www.zaytuna.org) RealAudio: Listen | MP3: Listen

 

 

Christmas In The Islamic Republic of Iran (Persia) 99% Muslim CountryChristians Find Muslim Allies to Defend Christmas 12/24/05 Source: Ottawa Citizen Christian groups battling the "war on Christmas" have found surprising allies in Jewish and Muslim groups, especially in the United States, who say any religion is more hospitable than aggressive secularism. read more>>>

 

Spread Thin: 30 to 100 Million Estimated Chinese Muslims 12/23/05 Imam Guiyue Ma discussed the state of Chinese Muslims living under the Communist government of China.  A few of the key points were lack of Chinese Muslim involvement with the Communist Party, due to the conflict of interest in Communist ideology vs. Islamic ideology.  The Muslim community does not have a base economy to build on.  Most Chinese Muslims are spread thin throughout the country with little or no technology connecting them.  The Muslim community lacks foreign investments and has an interest in building a Waqf system.(Islamic Community Development) China supports Atheist/Marxist/Leninist ideology and does not help other communities of faith.  The fate of Chinese Muslims is similar to that of Jews and Christians within China.  Imam Guiyue Ma was more concerned with interaction and conflict resolution between faiths and how they co-exist with one another. Imam Makuye's Khutba: Muslims In China (mp3) >>>

 

MFU Meeting With Chinese Imam Includes Interfaith Discussion With Rabbi Rosen Of Congregation Kol Ami, Imam Shuaib of Khadeeja Mosque, Bobby Darvish of The Forum And Others 12/23/05 Bobby Darvish of the Forum, Rabbi Rosen of Kol Ami, Imam Shuaib of Khadeeja Mosque and many others met with a delegate from China, Mr. Guiyue MA -Imam, East Mosque today (Fri. Dec. 23, 2005). The purpose for this meeting was to give the delegate a chance to discuss the following: How charities are managed. This includes funding mobilization, fraud detection, program evaluation and the building of interfaith constituencies. Religious tolerance and interfaith dialogue (discussion about managing clashes within a religious group etc.) Educating and legislating for religious tolerance. Coalition building for community action possibly concentrating on a group that is concerned with environmental issues (WHALE for instance). The facilitators at that meeting were: Dr. David Randle and Ms. Marsha Pilgeram who represent the Utah United Religious Initiative. 

 

The Muslim Forum of Utah Screens and Reviews "Munich", The New Movie By Steven Spielberg, by Abdul Malik Muhammad 12/22/05 A thought-provoking, action packed look at the political, moral and historical ramifications of an aspect of terrorism from a side that is rarely seen or discussed, this is new territory for everyone" Abdul Malik-Muslim Forum of Utah

The story begins with the slaughter in Munich and how, immediately afterward, Avner (Eric Bana), a Mossad officer and devoted family man, is recruited by Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir (Lynn Cohen) to lead a covert team of "Mission Impossible"-like operatives to wreak revenge. The vigilantes include a South African getaway driver (Daniel Craig, a.k.a. the new James Bond), a Belgian toymaker-turned-bombmaker (Mathieu Jassovitz), a German forger (Hanns Zischler), a "clean up" man (Ciaran Hinds) and their liaison officer (Geoffrey Rush).

The movie boiled down to one major encounter where the assassins end up in the same Hotel room as a couple of body guards for a man they want to assassinate. Avner has a heated exchange with one of the body guards who says " Soon the whole world will see why we act the way we do in our cages" I had an exchange with a relative of mine who made a comment one day about "Your crazy brothers who are suicide bombers in Palestine" I replied by saying "You have to wonder what would drive a person or a group of people to go to such lengths to make a point when the point still does not achieve the ultimate objective" In essence, what I had considered about five years ago was that there has to be some extreme conditions for a group of people to take the measures that we have witnessed on our Televisions. This is to provoke thought on both sides of the argument.

In Munich, the Israelis often question their brutal mission and the ambiguous motives of their informants. "All this blood comes back to us," one observes. And the grave conclusion that any all-out war on terrorism will, inevitably, continue the cycle of killing has already become controversial in the US with peoples protest of the War in Iraq.

There is a Hadith(saying of Prophet Muhammad) where a person asks "Oh Rasullulah(Messenger of God) we understand how you help an oppressed person but how do you help an Oppressor. The Prophet said "By preventing them(Oppressor) from their oppression." It is to say that it is axiomatic for the Oppressor to suffer from the act of their oppression. I am writing in this mode because there is no grey area on the issue of Palestine. People look at the situation as an Arab and Israeli argument over land where the Israeli government is obviously more powerful in terms of Security and one of the top five Armies in the World. One is looked at as an Oppressor, the other as Suicide Bombers/Terrorists. Rather you are for Jews or Arabs/Muslims. They have to share the land, their cultures but most of all they have share their humanity. This movie is relevant but both extremely incendiary and important. You decide.........

"Munich" By Steven Spielberg 12/13/05 The Muslim Forum of Utah was invited on December 13th to screen the pre-released version of the new movie by Steven Spielberg called "Munich" A historical thriller set in the aftermath of the 1972 massacre of 11 Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics.  The film recounts the dramatic story of the secret Israeli squad assigned to track down and assassinate 11 Palestinians believed to have planned the 1972 Munich massacre -- and the personal toll this mission of revenge takes on the team and the man who led it. Eric Bana ("Troy") stars as the Mossad agent charged with leading the band of specialists brought together for this operation.  Inspired by actual events, the narrative is based on a number of sources, including the recollections of some who participated in the events themselves.

Director: Steven Spielberg
Writer(s): Tony Kushner
Cast: Eric Bana, Daniel Craig, Geoffrey Rush, Mathieu Kassovitz, Hanns Zischler, Ciaran Hinds

Release Date: December 23 2005
Official Site: MunichMovie.com
Distributor: Universal Pictures
Genre: Drama
Rating: Not Available

The Muslim Forum of Utah will be giving a review of the movie screening in the next following days.  Please stay tuned for more information.

MFU Gains New Consultants 11/30/05 Dr. Muhammad Sbai (Academic Consultant) and Prof. Maged Senbel (Urban Planning Consultant) of the University of Utah have joined the Forum to help foster a better understanding and implementation of Educational and Community Development.  The last noteworthy professional to join our team before this new development was Dr. Rokneddin Darvish (Psychological, Sociological, and Behavioral Consultant) of the USDC. We are honored to have such intellectual and professional additions to an already great team.  May we see a new year of progress in our community with the help of such people inshallah.

 

Islam 101 At West High School 11/30/05 As part of The Forum's tradition of Education, Social Work, and Interfaith projects since the year 2003; Bobby Darvish (MFU Pres.) and Abdul Malik Muhammad (MFU PR Dir.) gave a presentation on Islam 101 at 10:30am to 12:00pm, November 30th, 2005 at West High School, located in Downtown Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.  The Forum was contacted by West High School in order to give an American Muslim personal touch to their World Religions Studies.  If you would like to have the Forum present at your local school or institution, please contact us so we can arrange a time for you inshallah.  Please stay tuned for pictures and videos from the event.  As always, this is a free service for our community. 

 

MFU Winter Internship 11/23/05 The Muslim Forum of Utah is taking new interns (volunteers) for upcoming winter projects, please let us know if you are interested by filling out a volunteer application and sending it back to us.  Once your service is completed we will provide you with a recommendation letter regarding your internship.  Download Application>>>

 

Wedding Congradulations Going Out To Mohanad Mossalam! 11/10/05 Our brother Mohanad Mossalam is getting married.  Saturday, November 12th.  There will be a ceremony at Khadeeja Islamic Center and a reception at The University of Utah Union Building by invitation only.  May the blessings of Allah (swt) be upon our brother and our sister who are enjoining one of Islam's most sacred institutions, which is Marriage between a man and a woman. 

 

Salt Lake City Downtown Library Eid Festival!  11/10/05 Starts at 2:00pm Sunday Nov. 13th 2005.  Eid Songs, entertainment, food, and more!  Come down and join Salt Lake's Muslim community celebrate the end of Ramadan at one of the most popular locations downtown. 

 

The Association of Muslim Social Scientists Presents Second Annual Utah Regional Conference, Islam and Pluralism: Examining the Muslim Mosaic in America.  11/9/05 Sub-themes: (1) Identity politics: interrogating the boundaries of faith, nationalism and citizenship in post-9/11 America (2) Negotiating multiple ethnicities: balancing pluralism and unity (3) Muslim women in the American mosaic: challenges and possibilities. On November 12 and 13 At The University of Utah Guest House 110 South Fort Douglas Blvd (Stay right on the junction of Wasatch Blvd. and Medical Drive. The first street on your right is Forth Douglas) Salt Lake City, UT 84113 (801) 587-1000 Program: Saturday, November 12, 2005 Session One 1:00pm - 5:00pm, Guest House, Conference Room C Session Two (Dinner Session) 6:00pm - 9:00pm, Guest House, Commander House Sunday, November 13, 2005 Session Three 9:00am - 1:00pm, Guest House Conference Room C Co-sponsored by The University of Utah Middle East Center and promoted by The Muslim Forum of Utah. Download/Print Flyer

 

Eid Festival At The University of Utah Union Building 10/31/05 Sponsored by the ISGSL Al Furssan Boy Scout Troop, Muslim Girl Scouts of Utah Troop 496 and the University of Utah's MSA.  Please come by and enjoy everything that they have to offer on the premises like: Halal Food (Zabiha from our friends at Desi Market, owned and operated by Br. Afridi and family ZZZZZ Top Rated by the MFU Biz Reviews), Pool Tables, Clothes, Moonwalk, Clowns, Magic Tricks, Bowling, Cotton Candy, Popcorn, Islamic CD's, Books, Toys, Games, Booths, Prizes, and even an Obstacle Slide!  Time & Date: Sunday, Nov. 6th, 2005 from Noon to 5:30pm.  Free parking in the Visitor's Parking Lot.  You can visit the U of U MSA website at www.msauu.com for more information inshallah.

 

The Islamic Society of Greater Salt Lake Eid Ul-Fitr Celebration 10/31/05

The Eid Ul-Fitr prayer will be held at the South Towne Expo Center.  The day of Eid Ul-Fitr could call on Thursday (Nov. 3rd) or most likely on Friday (Nov. 4th).  Please bring prayer rug, blanket or sheet to the prayer hall for yoru family.  Play area will be provided for mothers with small children.  Please be advised to call either Mosques on Wednesday night after 10:00pm to confirm the Eid day or visit the website.  In order to avoid the telephone line-jam on Wednesday night, please pass on the news to your friends.  For more information contact the ISGSL at Alnoor Mosque (801-364-7822 Imam Ali) or Khadeeja Mosque (801-972-6555 Imam Shuaib).  Also, the ISGSL homepage: www.utahmuslims.com.  Location: 9575 S. State Street, Sandy, Utah Time: 8:45am

 

Russian Muslim Newspaper Wants MFU's Help 10/29/05 Bulat Yulbarisov, of The Muslim Newspaper “Risalat” that is published in Bashkortostan, Russia  wants to do research on Muslim involvement with political life in the USA. So, that they can publish this research in order to help their predominately Muslim Republic in Bashkortostan, Russia to implement these programs and be able to create a peaceful and progressive approach to Muslim politics and interest in that nation.  Some of the research questions are: Are American Muslims engaged in political life? Do American political party’s (Democrat and Republican) consider Muslim interests. Do Muslims have any Islamic Legal conceptions about the form of political life in The American social sphere? And,  How much does religion play a factor in influencing American political life? Please contact us if you feel you can help us with this research project. info@muslim-forum.org

 

ZAWAJ.COM Muslim Matrimonials and More!  10/29/05  The Partner Manager of Zawaj.com was very impressed with our homepage and asked us to place a link to Zawaj.com.  They are an Online Islamic marriage and family magazine, with articles, advice, wedding photos, regional Muslim wedding customs, recipes and Islamic knowledge resources. Plus thousands of Muslim matrimonial ads from all over the world with photos and confidential mailboxes.  We are proud to have Zawaj.com recognize our efforts and reward us by becoming our affiliate.  Hopefully this will be of help to those young brothers and sisters,  who are susceptible to the dangers of zina, to reach their goal of nika inshallah.

 

FREE FALL Membership Drive! 10/28/05 The Muslim Forum of Utah is having a free fall membership drive.  The usual member dues are $20 a year which are tax deductible (The MFU is a faith based 501c3 Non-Profit Corp. registered with the State of Utah).  Please join us in "Empowering Utah's Muslims" through Education, Civil Rights, Social work, and Interfaith activities.  Since our inception in the year 2003 (Pictured on the left is our inaugural event in 2003: The Festival of Abraham at The Salt Lake City Library Downtown.  Zaid Barzinji and Bobby Darvish pictured sporting their official MFU badges, while distributing Islamic Da'wah material and answering the public's questions) we have been striving to push our community forward in hopes that our youth may inherit a better community that is awake and knows the problems it faces.  Years have gone by while the intellectuals, professionals, youth, women, ethnic and sectarian communities have been pushed aside and virtually ignored.   We have witnessed the creation of pseudo-programs that have been created to neutralize the efforts of our predecessors and our own efforts as if there is no need for these efforts.  However, the need is today more necessary than ever.  We ask nothing of you, not even money, because we do this work in the way of Allah (SWT).  The only thing that we hope to see from our community is a sign of support inshallah, whatever that may be.  When the time comes and you have the confidence you need in our organization, you are welcome to donate to this worthy cause.  In this time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.  If you want to join us and take part in the most cutting edge American Muslim organization in Utah and teach about The Religion of Islam...a religion of peace and tolerance, please click here to register: FREE MFU Membership

 

“Wasn't All That Bad, It Just Wasn't Great...” by Abdul Malik Muhammad 10/15/05 Kingdom of Heaven was released on DVD October 11. By Thursday night October 13, you could not find one copy of the movie along the Wasatch front at any Target Retail store.   Target sold out of every DVD version. Download PDF (Full Text)>>>

 

Islam Awareness Week Reported by  U of U MSA Correspondent: Layla Ismail 10/11/05 Islam Awareness Week, a series of events, lectures, presentations, and even a dinner, all packed into a weeks worth of time. Please download poster and schedule here:

Islam Awareness Poster  |  Ramadan Fast-A-Thon Flyer

 

Islamic Scholars From Mali Visiting With The Muslim Forum of Utah 10/13/05 We will be meeting with guests of the U.S. State Department Thursday, Oct. 13th who are Islamic Scholars from the Country of Mali, which is in West Africa.  They will be visiting to learn about Islam in America and about how Muslims interact with their Non-Muslim neighbors so that they can learn to implement the same techniques in Mali.  Also, you can meet the delegates at Khadeeja Mosque on Friday October 14th for the Friday (Jumah) prayer.  Please stay tuned for updates on the meeting with the international delegates inshallah.

 

U.S. Muslims Urged to Help, Pray for S. Asia Quake Victims 10/9/05
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/9/05) – CAIR today called on American Muslims and other people of conscience to help the victims of yesterday’s massive earthquake in South Asia.  The Washington-based Islamic civil rights and advocacy group asked those wishing to offer earthquake relief to visit the web site of a Muslim task force set up to help alleviate the suffering caused by Hurricane Katrina. Relief organizations associated with the Muslim Hurricane Relief Task Force (www.mhrtf.net) are offering aid to areas of Pakistan, Afghanistan and India devastated by the 7.6-magnitude earthquake that left at least 30,000 people dead.
The Association of Pakistani Physicians of North America (APPNA) has also established the “APPNA Earthquake Relief Fund 2005.” Checks may be sent to: APPNA Earthquake Relief Fund 2005, 6414 S. Cass Avenue, Westmont, IL, 60559 TEL: 630-968-8585, E-Mail: appna@appna.org (APPNA is seeking physician volunteers to help in the earthquake areas.) CAIR urged Americans of all faiths to pray for those killed, injured or left homeless by the earthquake.  “Just as Americans came together to help the victims of recent Gulf Coast hurricanes, we must do whatever we can to help those suffering from natural disasters in other parts of the world,” said CAIR Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.

ACTION REQUESTED:

1. Go to www.mhrtf.net or www.appna.org to find Muslim relief groups offering aid to quake victims.

2. Contribute in any way you can. Monetary contributions are best, but you can also donate supplies or volunteer your time.

3. Pray for the victims.

 

Wasatch Front Muslims Are Observing Ramadan (Deseret News Article) 10/8/05 "Bobby Darvish, president of The Muslim Forum of Utah, said most Utahns would likely be surprised there are now seven Muslim worship centers in the Beehive State, including one in Orem that serves a handful of Utah County adherents along with students from Brigham Young University.  ...In an attempt to capitalize on the interest, Darvish said the Muslim Forum is considering a variety of ways to reach out to the wider community in an attempt to educate people who are interested. The holidays are centered on self-restraint, including abstinence from food, drink and sexual relations from dawn to dusk, as well as creating a sense of unity, oneness and charity. Many seek to do good deeds or make extra charitable donations.  In partnership with the local Islamic Society, the groups are considering a billboard project along major freeways aimed at promoting goodwill between Muslims and neighbors, that may feature a saying on charity or kindness from Mohammed or the Quran, with a the tagline, "a message from your Muslim neighbors." A donation drive is currently underway within the community to see if the funding can be collected to make it happen, he said.  They've also discussed a fashion show for the female Muslim community, Darvish said, featuring clothing that is stylish while adhering to Islam's guidelines for dressing modestly. A lecture series and concert featuring Muslim musicians are also being considered.  The fact that Utah has such a large and active Muslim community would also likely come as a surprise to many in the Middle East, Darvish said, so the fact that a photojournalist working for a large Saudi magazine is documenting Muslim life here should be of interest, he said. Saudi Aramco World magazine is "similar in content to National Geographic" for the Muslim world, Darvish said, and the six-month documentary project is under way to provide detailed stories and photos of life in the Beehive State.  There is no word yet on when the publication is scheduled. For information, see the Muslim Forum Web site at www.muslim-forum.org." Read more of the article in The Deseret News by Carrie Moore.

The Muslim Forum of Utah Is Trying To Partner With The Islamic Society of Greater Salt Lake & The Alrasool Islamic Center To Launch "Billboard" A Public Awareness Campaign 9/28/05 Islam Awareness Week, which started on the 29th, aims to improve understanding of the Islamic religion and remind people that their daily lives are not much different from those of non-Muslims. The campaign's goal is promoting good will between Muslims and their neighbors.  Starting with "Even a Smile is Charity"™,  each billboard will continue with the theme of co-existence, unity, and kindness.(During the month of Ramadan) Included will be the statement "A message from your Muslim neighbor."™ The Billboard Campaign will be initiated in Salt Lake City adjacent to major freeways. The cost of one billboard, near a freeway, ranges from $3000 to $8000. With the support of the Muslim community, this campaign can become a reality. Please listen to the interview with Bobby Darvish (MFU Pres.) and Ben Winslow of KSL Radio 1160: mp3

 (™ by Abdul Malik Muhammad - MFU PR Dir. & The Muslim Forum of Utah) Donate Today!>>>

 

Taraweeh Prayers At Khadeeja & Alnoor Islamic Centers 10/05/05 Taraweeh Prayers will be held at Khadeeja and Noor Mosques every night. Please attend inshAllah. There is more news to read from The Islamic Society of Greater Salt Lake here: more info>>>

 

The Alrasool Islamic Center (470 E. Stanley Ave. / 3180 S.) Hosting Formal Ramadan Program 9/30/05 starting Wed. Oct. 5th, 2005 when the holy month of Ramadan is expected to begin. The program will include fast breaking (iftar), prayer (salat), a potluck dinner, the reading of the Holy Quran, and a lecture by Shaykh Haydar Shirazi, who will be visiting from London and will be here through the entire month of Ramadan. Shaykh Shirazi, will also help perform the acts of The Night of Power as well as for the nights of the 19th and the 21st, which is the martyrdom of Hazrat Ali (ra). Please join and earn blessings during this auspicious month and make this a successful Ramadan God willing.

 

The Islamic Society of Greater Salt Lake Hosting Fast Breaking (Iftar) Dinner 9/16/05 The planned date is the 15th of October but the date is variable so please check back for confirmation.  All of Utah's Muslims are invited to join in this occasion.

 

The Islamic Society of Greater Salt Lake Online! 9/13/05

The ISGSL is working on two websites that will help support the efforts of The Muslim Forum of Utah.  The first website is www.islamslc.org which has been around for a few years, but has not really been utilized other than a contact page.  The other website is www.utahmuslims.com, which is supposed to be a center for event listings, somewhat similar to The Event Announcements that are put out by The Forum.  Inshallah these endeavors help unite Utah's 25,000 and growing Sunni, Shia, Sufi, and Non-Sectarian Muslim population.  The Muslim Forum of Utah has worked since 2003 in order to establish a United Muslim Community in Utah that is all inclusive of the various schools of thought in Islam, which include Sunni: Maleki, Hanafi, Shafi'i, Hanbali; Shia: Jafari, Zaidi, Ismaili; Sufi: Sunni & Shia; and Non-Sectarian Muslims. 

 

Presentation on Islam At The Downtown Salt Lake City Library 9/24/05 You are cordially invited to attend A Multimedia Interactive Presentation Followed By Q/A Session on: ISLAM 101  Beliefs/Practices/Misconceptions… “Invite your neighbors, friends or co-workers” Saturday, September 24th, 2005 @ 2:00 PM At The City Downtown Library Room A/B 210 EAST 400 SOUTH Salt Lake City, UT download and distribute flyer>>>

 

University of Utah Muslim Student's Association Picnic!! 9/12/05
MSA Picnic, the  first event of the year kicks it all off. Come meet new friends, have fun and enjoy a nice summer afternoon with all your Muslim friends. Everyone's invited, so come hungry because they got a lot of food. They are also going to discuss plans for the upcoming year, including Islam Awareness Week and the West Zone Conference, which will insha'Allah be held here at the U!!! TAKBEER!!!!! read more>>>

 

University of Utah Muslim Student's Association T-Shirt Design Competition 8/10/05 - As part of a fundraising campaign for this up coming academic year, they are making and selling a large number of T-shirts and therefore are in need of designs before the 26th of August. 3 Best Designs will win prizes such as CD sets, Free t-shirts, and more.
Rules:
1. Original design's (and if not, then please provide info on copyright ownership)
2. Reflect an Islamic identity. (Calligraphy, Masjids, ...)
3. Reflect a local identity (Utah, SLC, the University ...)
4. Be eye catching and not too complicated (the simpler the better)
5. Could be intended for the back of the t-shirt, or the front, or the sleeve, or any combination of these.
6. Please submit all design's to msauu@yahoo.com in either a JPG format (the larger the size the better), or in PDF.
7. Deadline for accepting designs is insha'Allah Friday 26th, August, 2005. read more>>>

 

"Help Hurricane Victims" Says The Newly Formed Utah Muslim Association 9/3/05 - In addition to the donation drive by The Muslim Forum of Utah, the newly formed Utah Muslim Association (U.M.A.) who are former MFU members, have put together a donation drive to help those in need, that were hit by the hurricane.  We are collecting non-perishable food, clothing, hygienic kits, as well as money.  We plan to donate it to the Red Cross and organizations here in Utah that will help out the 1000 people coming to Utah Inshallah.  If you would like to donate please drop your donations at one of the locations listed below or call 918-4488 or 641-6200 to reach the UMA, for The Muslim Forum of Utah please call 859-3769 to arrange a pick up or drop off. Drop off locations>>>

 

Shabab For Sawaab Muslim Youth Organization Inaugral Meeting 9/3/05 - "Shabab For Sawaab" (Youth For Reward), finally a youth organization that brings Islamic learning and fun all in one...will be having their first meeting on Saturday, September 3, 2005 from 5pm to 7pm (sharp) @ The Khadeeja Mosque (1019 W. Parkway Ave / 2455 S., West Valley, Utah 84119.  Ages 15 to 25 are invited.  The Shabab for Sawaab Group will Inshallah be doing some of the following activities: Islamic Learning, Taleem and Tafseer, Sports: Basketball, Football, Soccer, Outdoor Activities: Hiking, Camping, Picnics, Fun Events: Dinners, Lagoon, Barbeques, and Skiiing, Learning Arabic, and much more.  They need our support, so please go to the first meeting where they will be planning future events for Shabab for Sawaab.  There will also be Pizza and Refreshments. 

 

Ali Hasnain, U of U Student Body President

Ali Hasnain, University of Utah's Student Body President 9/2/05 - On behalf of the Muslim Forum of Utah, the Islamic Society of Greater Salt Lake and Masjid Al Rasool, we would like to congratulate Ali Hasnain (right) on his new position as the University of Utah's Student Body President. Ali was sworn in during the month of May by April Heiselt, the Cheif Justice of the ASUU Supreme Court with John Poelman (middle), the Vice President for ASUU.

 

The Muslim Forum of Utah Raising Money To Donate To The Hurricane Katrina Victims! 9/01/05 - Please donate money in order to help the victims in New Orleans and the rest of the areas devastated by Hurricane Katrina.  All you have to do is click here to donate: DONATE TODAY TO SAVE LIVES.  If the proper support and help does not reach the people of New Orleans the number of deaths will most likely increase.  The Health department said that people could be in danger of dying from Cholera, Typhoid and other diseases as well as the present anarchy, looting, and shootings that are happening.  Your contribution could save the lives of the survivors of this devastating cataclysmic event.  We are open to working with other organizations on joint fund raising events for this tragedy, inquiries are welcome.  CAIR's Message>>>

 

An Evening of Middle Eastern Food & Friendship at Desi Market 9/17/05 - (Saturday, September 17, 2005, 6:30pm - $15 per person - reservation required) UCCD members & friends are invited to a very special evening at the Desi Market.  We will enjoy a feast including Samosa, Lamb Curry, Chicken Kabob and Rice, Salad and Tople, learn about Middle Eastern spices and cooking, and meet with special guests from our Salt Lake Muslim Community.  In our complex world the need to understand people of  other faiths, traditions and cultures is vital, and as we all know, there is no better place to do that than over the dinner table.  Guest speakers will include Sami Kergaye (Former member of The Muslim Forum of Utah) and Maysa Kergaye who will present information about Islam, and hope to dispel stereotypes of Muslims in America.  The Muslim Forum of Utah itself has had a tradition since 2003 of giving luncheons and dinners inviting the public (Muslims/Non-Muslims) to share ideas and meet each other.  The mandate of The Muslim Forum of Utah is to improve the image and condition of the Muslim community in Utah by providing educational opportunities for Muslims and non-Muslims; to foster the correct representation of Islam in the mass media; and to develop and establish programs that will improve the conditions of all Utahans. In keeping with that tradition, the Executive Members of The Muslim Forum of Utah were invited by The UCCD to attend this evening of Islamic Hospitality inshallah.

 

The Islamic Society of Greater Salt Lake To have Islamic Cultural Festival In April 8/27/05 - Imam Shuaibudeen said in an interview with the Deseret News that The Islamic Society of Greater Salt Lake is working on putting on another Islamic Cultural Festival in April.  "We have something to say" as Imam Shuaibudeen put it, and we are awaiting to hear it at The Muslim Forum of Utah.  Please stay tuned and watch for our booth at the April Festival inshallah.

 

The Muslim Forum of Utah "In The News" 8/29/05 - Bobby Darvish, president of the Muslim Forum of Utah, sat behind stacks of books whose covers were a filigree of gold ink, as a small wooden incense burner wafted sweet smoke into the air. The books' title was, "The Noble Qur'an: English Translation of the Meaning and Commentary."   "It's actually going very well," he said of the festival. As the sun sank, and the day cooled, more people would come, he hoped. Dedicated to improving the image and condition of Muslims in Utah, the forum does projects such as working for civil rights and helping with a soup kitchen for the homeless.
Why are so many cultures present at the festival? "One of the biggest Muslim philosophies is straight from the Quran. . . . " he began, and searched on a computer for a quotation from the religion's holy book. But his computer would not immediately connect, so he paraphrased: "All races being equal."  The tradition involves different peoples learning from each other, Darvish added, like the American ideal of the cultural melting pot. Read the rest of the article in The Deseret News>>>

 

The 3rd Annual Salt Lake American Muslim Festival Has Come and Gone! 8/29/05 - Thank you to all the masses that came and supported us during the festival and may Allah bless you for your intention and efforts.  During The SLAM Festival, The Muslim Forum of Utah met with Mayor Caroon and many other Salt Lake dignitaries.  Brian Vikander did a great job taking photos and recording information for the Saudi Aramco World Magazine article project that he is working on with the MFU, which will be covering Utah's 25,000 strong and growing Muslim Community.  Also, Ossama Elshamy of Bridges TV was there covering the Festival and interviewing people.  A highlight of the festival was when Ghulam Hasnain, the organizer of the festival, was jamming to some Indian tunes.  Stay tuned for further reporting on the end of the festival along with pictures!. 

 

The 3rd Annual Salt Lake American Muslim Festival Has Arrived! 8/28/05 - Sunday August 28, 2005 from 12 Noon to 9pm Downtown SLC Public Library Square at 210 E 400 South.  The festival celebrates the American & Islamic ideals of inclusion of multi-ethnic diversity, mutual understanding and tolerance...

 

"There was once a civilization that was the greatest in the world. .. Within its dominion lived hundreds of millions of people, of different creeds and ethnic origins.. .Its armies were made up of people of many nationalities, and its military protection allowed a degree of peace and prosperity that had never been known.
When other nations were afraid of ideas, this civilization thrived on them, and kept them alive... the civilization I'm talking about was the Islamic world..."

- Mrs. Carly Fiorina, CEO of Hewlett-Packard, "What does our future demand of leaders today," September 26th, 2001, Minneapolis, Minn.

 

...The festival is first and foremost a free, fun, family non-commercial celebration where all multi-ethnic communities can have a good time and meet each other. read more>>>

 

MFU President and PR Director Attended The Islamic Conference at Al-Noor Mosque 8/7/05 - Bobby Darvish (MFU Pres.) and Abdul Malik Muhammad (MFU Dir. of PR) attended the Islamic conference that is being sponsored by ISGSL, and Masjid Al-Salam of Ogden, Utah.  The actual conference started on Friday and ended on Sunday.There were books and other gift items for sale at the conference.  If you have any photos please email them to info@muslim-forum.org.

 

Ben Winslow of KSL Radio 1160 Contacts The Muslim Forum of Utah 8/2/05 - Bobby Darvish (MFU Pres.) was contacted regarding the new Fatwa Against Terrorism put out by the Fiqh Council of North America.  The Islamic Society of Greater Salt Lake will actually be doing the Interview with KSL 1160 to discuss the Fatwa Against Terrorism that is also supported by CAIR (The Council on American-Islamic Relations) and The Muslim Forum of Utah. God willing we will keep you updated on who will actually be interviewed from The Islamic Society of Greater Salt Lake.

 

U.S. Muslim Religious Council Issues Fatwa Against Terrorism 7/28/05 -

The Fiqh Council of North America wishes to reaffirm Islam's absolute condemnation of terrorism and religious extremism.  Islam strictly condemns religious extremism and the use of violence against innocent lives.  There is no justification in Islam for extremism or terrorism. Targeting civilians’ life and property through suicide bombings or any other method of attack is haram – or forbidden -

and those who commit these barbaric acts are criminals, not “martyrs.”  The Qur’an, Islam’s revealed text, states: "Whoever kills a person [unjustly]…it is as though he has killed all mankind. And whoever saves a life, it is as though he had saved all mankind." (Qur’an, 5:32) read full text >>>

 

The Muslim Forum of Utah Recieves Threatening E-Mail 7/24/05 - The MFU recieved an E-Mail today from a Nazi Terrorist, threatening to kill all Muslims: "Please all white man join under one force and kill the muslim...".  Thanks to good Internet security and cooperation with local Utah law enforcement officials, The MFU was able to obtain the IP address of the genocidal maniac and submit it to the Police and FBI.  read full e-mail>>>

 

The Muslim Forum of Utah Condemns Attacks in London 7/7/05 - The Muslim Forum of Utah is shocked and horrified about several attacks committed on the people of London during their rush hour mass transit.  We join everyone in condemning such acts of terror and senseless violence.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their loved ones at this tragic moment.  We trust that the authorities will determine those responsible for these barbaric acts and bring them to justice quickly. Download Official Press Release>>>

 

The Islamic Society of Greater Salt Lake Condemns Attacks In London 7/7/05 - The Islamic Society of Greater Salt Lake was appalled to hear of the terror attacks in London yesterday, July 7, 2005, resulting in the deaths and injury of innocent men, women, and children.  On behalf of all Muslims in the Greater Salt Lake City area, the Society condemns such reprehensible acts and strongly asserts that the killing and harming of innocent victims is contrary to the teachings of Islam. Download Official Press Release>>>You need real player or real one available at www.realplayer.com

 

ISGSL Working With MFU On Joint Projects 7/13/05 - Nadeem Ahmed (ISGSL Pres.) and Bobby Darvish (MFU Pres.) will be meeting for the second time tonight on 7/13/05 to discuss joint projects and future plans to improve things in the community and to create a strong and contributing Muslim Community through the use of technology and other resources. Some of the important topics include the online presence of the Muslim Community, Intra-faith, Women's Society, and Youth Programs.  If you want to see the results from the first meeting, click here to read the report: Previous Meeting Results.  Currently the ISGSL website has not been maintained, however with the new results from the last meeting, this may change! Also, The MFU will be trying to schedule a meeting with AIC (Alrasool Islamic Center) in order to achieve the same goals.  The meeting should be between Bobby Darvish (MFU Pres.) and The President of AIC.

 

Peace Trees Salt Lake City 2005  7/12/05 - Peace Trees & The MFU are  working on a joint project to help foster friendship between Muslim and Non-Muslim Youth in Utah.  Sara Eubank (Peace Trees Coordinator) and Karen Johnson (Peace Trees Volunteer) met with Bobby Darvish (MFU President) and Abdul Malik Muhammad (MFU Dir. PR) regarding having Muslim Youth volunteer for the Peace Trees program.  Youth from 14-20 will be working together on trail and reclamation work projects along the Jordan River Corridor.  Basecamp is The Utah National Guard's Camp Williams.  Dorms, mess hall and leadership building and communication workships will be held there.  It will be going on from July 19th to July 28th, 2005.  The participant fee is $250.  Scholarship is available, so please don't let fees stop you! apply today>>>

 

Delegates From Bangladesh 6/2/05 - Bobby Darvish (MFU Pres.) met with Abdul Awwal Khan Chowdhury (Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat Bangladesh Central Missionary), Dr. Aka Firowz Ahmad (University of Dhaka, Dept. of Public Administration, Professor), and Arkanullah Harooni (ATN Bangla/Multi Media Production Co. Ltd., Islamic Programme, Vice Pres.) the three delegates that were guests of the US Department of State from Bangladesh about the "Role of Religion in America" in regards to The Muslim Community in Utah.  It was a successful meeting that even featured Brian Vikander taking pictures for the Saudi Aramco World Magazine Article. 

 

A Joint Statement from the Muslim Council of Britain and Churches Together in Britain and Ireland 7/7/05 - Deepest sympathy is expressed at the death and suffering which the series of co-ordinated attacks in London has caused to the families and loved ones who have been the victims of this terrible atrocity.  read more>>>

The Role of Religion in America 6/2/05 - The MFU will be meeting with U.S. Department of State guest delegates from Bangladesh, who are here to study "The Role of Religion in America".  The meeting will take place on Monday, July 11th, 2005 in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. 

 

Independence Day 6/2/05 - On July 4, 1776, we claimed our independence from Britain and Democracy was born. Every day thousands leave their homeland to come to the "land of the free and the home of the brave" so they can begin their American Dream.  The United States is truly a diverse nation made up of dynamic people. Each year on July 4, Americans celebrate that freedom and independence with barbecues, picnics, and family gatherings. Through the Internet we are learning about and communicating with people of different nations, with different languages and different races throughout the world. Bringing the world closer with understanding and knowledge can only benefit all nations.  We invite all nations to celebrate with Americans online this Fourth of July.  Happy Birthday, America! July 4, 2005. Advice to Muslims from Imam Hamza Yusuf Hansen. Imam Hamza Yusuf Hansen

 

The Vatican Meets With The Muslim Forum of Utah 6/24/05 - Bobby Darvish, MFU Pres. and Abdul Malik Muhammad, MFU Dir. of PR met Monsignor Coppola on Monday, June 27, 2005.  Monsignor Coppola is an expert on foreign relations and The Middle East and is interested in talking to Muslims in America, and also would benefit by learning about the interfaith relations between Muslims and other faiths in Utah. pictures>>>

 

 

To Flow From The Inner Side Of The Human Equation 6/22/05 - Bobby Darvish, MFU Pres. and Abdul Malik Muhammad, MFU Dir. of PR met with award winning photographer / photo-journalist Brian Vikander.  The Muslim Forum of Utah will embark on a 6 month journey to capture the sites, sounds and feelings of Utah's Muslim population. For the Saudi Aramco World Magazine.  Vikanders imagery artfully examines the natural beauty, cultural history and human fiber of more than 80 countries on six continents. The design of the coverage is to create a faithful, visually realistic and arresting impression of each locale, offering a glimpse into the substance of that area from that region's perspective.  With predominantly Utah Mormon culture and Brian's coverage of a unique Muslim community that has the  fastest growing religion in the world.   The project should turn out to be a classic illustration of Muslims inner side of the Human Equation. Additionally, Brian has been a guest lecturer at the prestigious YPO (Young Presidents' Organization) Universities (India and Hong Kong), the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Plexus (international organization studying complexity) and many other professional business groups, globally. His photographs are part of over 200 museum, government, corporate and private collections around the world including: The Government of India (New Delhi); The GETTY Museum (Los Angeles); and The People's Republic of China (Beijing)and MGM Inc. He has participated in over 40 exhibitions and solo shows.

 

The President of The Islamic Society of Greater Salt Lake Meets With The President of The Muslim Forum of Utah 6/22/05 - The Wednesday meeting between Bobby Darvish (MFU Pres.) and Nadeem Ahmed (ISGSL Pres.),  the two leaders of the Salt Lake Muslim Community, was an important one because it is a recognition of the MFU as a viable and respected addition to The Muslim Community in Utah.  Also, it is a recognition of cooperation between the two independent organizations.  Things that were discussed by the two leaders included: 1) The MFU assisting in the development of the ISGSL's Internet presence, 2) Proper representation of the MFU within the community, 3) Cooperation between the MFU and ISGSL, 4) Shared Office Space, 5) The SLAM Festival,   6) Funding a documentary to be shot by Bridges TV (First American Muslim Satellite TV Network).  Both leaders agreed that these things are necessary for the community and plan to implement these things as soon as it is possible. 

 

The 2005 Salt Lake American Muslim Festival (SLAM Festival) 6/15/05 - A festival that is held once a year in Salt Lake City, Utah by local Muslims who wish to express the heritage, faith, food, and culture of Islam. There are Muslims of various ethnic and sectarian heritages that bring with them their unique culture. You will probably hear the Sunni and Shia Azan (Call to prayer)! You might get to see people from the Hispanic, African American, and European Muslim ethnic groups as well as many others from Asia, South America, The Middle East and other places. Non-Muslims and Muslims are invited to come and enjoy the festivities...look for The Muslim Forum of Utah booth at the festival and buy a book or any other souvenir that you can find! Aug. 28, 2005, 12 Noon, @ The Salt Lake City Library read more>>>

Muslims Feeling Welcome In Utah - Tammy Walquist, Deseret Morning News, 6/11/05 Nadeem Ahmed used to be more in the minority.  As an immigrant from Pakistan and follower of the Islamic faith, he was outside what most would consider mainstream in Utah.  However, the Islamic population in Utah has been steadily growing over the past few years, increasing by about 40 percent. This is partially because of the migration of Somalians and Bosnians, but the demographic also includes Arabs and Pakistanis, said Ahmed, the newly elected president of the Greater Islamic Society of Salt Lake City.  The following boasts 25,000 members statewide, as well as three mosques. The Khadeeja Mosque, located in West Valley City, is not only the largest in Utah but also in the Western states.  Ahmed has felt that the religion has been well-received thus far.  "Overall, we don't have any complaints about anybody," he said. "We feel very blessed. We also feel a special thanks to the LDS Church. We have a very good relationship with them." Ahmed also said Muslims haven't felt tension with other Christian churches in the community. Last summer, when Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun from West Jordan, a practicing Muslim, was thought to be captured in Iraq, an outpouring of care and concern was poured out upon his family - and light was placed upon the Muslim community.  The increased awareness of the community may help Ahmed fulfill his vision of integrating the faith more into Utah.
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ABC National News Segment on CAIR Quran Campaign - 6/9/05
It turns out there is one organization trying to influence public opinion on Islam by giving away the Muslim holy book. This group is not targeting believers, instead they're trying to get the Koran into the hands of Americans who've never seen one before. ABC 's Bill Blakemore has that story.
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Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. Visited The West Valley Mosque (Khadeeja Islamic Center) for the first time - 6/6/05 While his wife, Mary Kaye, and their oldest daughter Mary Anne covered their heads and sat in the balcony with the women, the governor sat cross-legged among the men on the main floor until it was his time to address the young people. "As governor, it's an honor to be with all of you," Huntsman said. "I consider you friends and important contributors to the state of Utah. We share a common destiny - peace, happiness and tranquility." It is so important for Utah's more than 25,000 Muslims to train their children in the faith so they can share it with others who know nothing about Islam, he said. After the program, Huntsman told The Salt Lake Tribune he was "impressed by the young faces. They represent a cross section of different countries, many of them war-torn." Someday, the governor said, "one of them may be governor." Read more of the Salt Lake Tribune article >>>

 

CAIR Launches Muslim Volunteerism Campaign - Washington, D.C., - 6/1/05 CAIR today launched an initiative, called "Muslims Care," designed to promote volunteerism in the American Muslim community.  The summer-long campaign offers Muslims the resources and information they need to help improve the communities in which they live by volunteering for worthwhile activities and causes. "Muslims Care" is designed as an annual effort, with a focus this year on health awareness, helping the needy and activities for the youth. CAIR launched its campaign through a new website, www.muslims-care.org, at which potential volunteers may download a toolkit containing information about how to become a volunteer and suggesting volunteer activities such as blood drives, health awareness fairs and student tutoring.

 

Iranian-American Muslims Open Free Health Clinic In Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - 5/13/05 (Salt Lake Tribune Excerpt - www.sltrib.com) The Maliheh Clinic - pronounced Muh-LEE-ah - is one of four charity clinics in Salt Lake County. While others cater to the homeless or poorest of the poor, this clinic is designed to serve the working poor - those who earn slightly more than $20,000 for a family of four. Built from foundation and corporate donations, the Maliheh Free Clinic, 415 E. and 3900 South, celebrated its grand opening on Thursday. On hand for the ceremony were Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr., legislators, philanthropists, business leaders and volunteers who conducted tours of the outpatient medical facility. "No one will be turned away. But we're really here for the   people who earn too much to qualify for Medicaid, but not enough to buy private insurance," said Mansoor Emam, the clinic's medical director. Emam spent his formative years in Dezful, an impoverished city in southern Iran virtually without medical services. He came to Utah as a teenager to attend school, become a doctor and realize his "lifelong dream" of aiding the sick and poor. To get the clinic online took the good will of many, primarily the Semnani Foundation, which is keeping the operation afloat its first year and covering an estimated half-million dollars in supplies, drugs and utilities. The clinic is named after the grandmother of the foundation's benefactor, Khosrow Semnani. Maliheh is Persian and means "comfort and beauty," said Semnani, founder of the radioactive-waste disposal company Envirocare of Utah. The new clinic is open Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon for scheduled preventive care visits, and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. for walk-ins who need urgent care.  read more>>>

 

New Movie Out May 6th, Depicting The Crusades "Kingdom of Heaven" - 5/04/05 Bobby Darvish, The President of The Muslim Forum of Utah along with other American Muslim representatives recently took part in a screening of “Kingdom of Heaven” They said the film is a “positive” depiction of Islamic culture during the Crusades. They also said that one of the film's most striking messages, that Muslims and Christians can live together in peace, will provide an opportunity for increased interfaith dialogue. In the film, the bad guys are not all Muslims and the Christians are not all angels. Perhaps “Kingdom of Heaven” will do for Muslims what Kevin Costner's "Dances with Wolves" did for Native Americans, humanize a perceived "other." Unfortunately, Internet chat rooms and talk radio shows are already abuzz with the concerns of those who cannot fathom how Muslims can be portrayed as dignified, proud and humane people for whom the ends did not justify the means. Media reports indicated that some conservative Christians are “marshalling their forces” against the film, claiming it is “insulting and unfair.” Perhaps all of us could take a lesson or two from Salahuddin Ayubi (Saladin) the great Muslim general depicted in the film who, even when attacked, upheld Islamic traditions of hospitality, prohibiting the killing of non-combatants and advocating kindness to people of other faiths. read more>>>

New! Kingdom of Heaven: Saladin Costume Replicas!

 

World Refugee Day - 4/14/05 As most of you know, June 20th   is World Refugee Day.   This year local refugee service providers, such as CCS and IRC, have decided to organize a celebration on Sunday, June 19th downtown at the Gallivan Center.  The event will be a great opportunity to educate Salt Lake City on different refugee communities, their cultures and traditions.  We are looking for different ethnic associations who would like to participate in the World Refugee Day celebration – this can be cultural dancing, singing, displaying art/crafts for sale, or having a booth.  Please contact me immediately if you or your association is interested in participating.  I hope to see everyone there! - Marta Woolridge; (801) 328-1091, ext 109; Martaw@theirc.org.

 

MFU President Visits The Cathedral of The Madeline - 04/06/05 Bobby Darvish, The President of the Muslim Forum of Utah visited The Cathedral of The Madeline in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA today in order to pay respects to the late Pope of The Catholic Church.  The Pope was well known in the Muslim community for being the first Pope to apologize for the Crusades on behalf of the Catholic Church.  In addition he kissed The Holy Qur'an during a visit to the Middle East while visiting with Islamic Scholars.  Hopefully the future Popes and other Christian leaders follow his lead in interfaith dialogue and work for the benefit of all humanity. 

 

The US Patriot Act Discussion at The University of Utah - Did you know that your phone can be tapped, your emails can be read, and your voice messages on your cell phone can be heard without your knowledge? Join us in a discussion about what the patriot act is, why the act came into effect, and the vast impact it has had on many in the United States.  Featuring professor Howard Lehman from the political science department and U of U students. Date: April 12, 2005  Time: 2:30-3:30pm Place: Union Theatre (free popcorn!)

 

Muslims join LDS to send tsunami aid

"S.L. society donates $4,000 this month to Mormon relief effort "Salt Lake City's Islamic population is teaming up with leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to keep aid flowing to Indonesian countries still recovering from December's tsunami and recent earthquakes.  The Islamic Society of Great Salt Lake donated about $4,000 to the LDS relief effort for tsunami victims this month, an amount collected in individual donations from the group's members.  "It has nothing to do with religion; it's a humanitarian thing," society member Nadeem Ahmed said. "We were not doing it just for Muslims. It's for human beings."

-By Erin Stewart Deseret Morning News

 

Hayya Ala Al-Falah: “A Call to All Youth, To The Light of The Truth,” is a conference, for the Muslim youth, by the Muslim youth and of the Muslim youth. Set to take place in our beautiful state of Utah , it will be the first of its kind ever to happen here. Nationally renowned speakers will flock in, along with local attendees and those from neighboring states, to increase their faith, strengthen their spirits and join the Muslims in an environment that is nothing less than uplifting. This is a call to all youth, to come to success, to come to prosperity and in due course, come to the light of the Truth. This is our ultimate goal, to achieve success in this life and the next. As Muslim youth, we will stop at nothing in achieving our goal, insha’Allah. Taking it one step at a time, this conference is our first step. For more info visit www.msauu.com or e-mail the MSA at msauu@yahoo.com

 

MFU PR man "Abdul Malik Muhammad" (right) with Moroccan Delegate.Friday March 4, 2005 Abdul Malik Muhammad (R) met with a Delegation from Morocco to discuss and implement a program to conduct business in Morocco.  The U.S. has entered into free trade agreements with Jordan, Singapore, Chile, Australia and Morocco.  Dr. Mokhtar Benabdallaoui (L) is the professor of Islamic Contemporary Thought at Benmsik Faculty of Arts, Hassan II University.  They are also working on an exchange program for African American Muslim students who are interested in studying abroad.  The program will be implemented and dispersed to the Imams and Businesses across America.  The information to create Business proposals for services needed in Morocco will also be passed on to Conveners of the NYAA Business Summit that will be taking place in Charlotte North Carolina on May the thirteenth thru fifteenth of this year.  For more information on the Business Summit log onto www.calltohumanity.org  To check on the Congressional Budget and for FY2005 go to www.usaid.gov (Please go into click on the Business Section to get any details on conducting business in Morocco)

 

Mumtaz Ahmad, Ph.D.Symposium on Contemporary Islam At Brigham Young University Thursday March 17 through Saturday March 19, 2005 (day and evening sessions) Bobby Darvish, the President of The Muslim Forum of Utah and Sara Fayyaz, the Director of the Council on Women's Affairs visit symposium at BYU.  Guest speakers: Mumtaz Ahmad, Aminah Assilmi, Ibrahim Hooper, Aminah Beverly McCloud, and Tahera Qutbuddin. See flyer for details of lectures, times, locations, and speaker bios. Organize carpools and lets go!

 

International and Ethnic World Arts Night at U of U On Thursday March 24 at 8:00 PM in the University of Utah Union Ballroom, Noon Concerts presents the best in International and Ethnic performances at the annual World Arts Night.  In 1976 the Noon Concerts leadership started this event which has continued each year since at the U of U and is free to the public. This year the international and ethnic groups participating include: the U of U Character Dance Ensemble, Folkdancers from BYU, Dionysius Greek Dancers, Samba Gringa, Folklor Latino, the Oom Papas, Eastern Arts, Idylwild, SwingnJive & Swing Kids dancers, the Salt City Saints and more. The concert will feature dance & music from: Afghanistan, America, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Brazil, Chinese Turkistan, France, Greece, Holland, Hungary, Iran, Ireland, Mexico, Norway, Poland, Russia, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and Yugoslavia. The international and ethnic arts evening is funded in part by: ASUU, Salt Lake City Arts Council, Salt Lake County Zoo Arts & Parks Program, Utah Arts Council & National Endowment for the Arts. For more information call 548-7404.  Please send out this notice to everyone you can think of since it is a very diverse event, educational, entertaining and FREE.

 

 

Anti-Mormon and Anti-Muslim sentiments revealed on a comprehensive website called "faith-based.com".  It is interesting to note that the animosity shown specifically to Mormonism, Islam, and other religions on this site is rather disturbing.  Those who have a conscience may want to check it out to see if it is promoting hate or not. 

 

Faith & Ethnic Job Discrimination In Utah has been a subject of constant debate among Muslims and Non-Muslims.  It is necessary to point out that the official stance of the LDS Church is that there should not be discrimination between Mormons and Non-Mormons.  However, there have been individual cases of non-Muslims at various levels of corporations, colleges,  schools and state government organizations doing un-ethical practices that do not adhere to either The Constitution of the United States or the LDS Church.  This is why we are providing a copy of "An Employers Guide To Muslim Religious Practices" for those corporate, college, school, state, and church institutions who wish to have knowledge and be sensitive not only to the hiring and firing practices in regards to Muslims, in addition to help them understand thier Muslim worker/student when they do possibly hire them.  For those Muslims who have had experiences of biggotry or racism involved with thier faith or ethnicity, they may contact CAIR for legal action and/or counseling.

 

TRAGEDY OF EPIC PROPORTIONS - THE MUSLIM FORUM OF UTAH CALLS UPON MUSLIMS AND NON-MUSLIMS TO ASSIST TSUNAMI VICTIMS The biggest earthquake to hit the planet in four decades struck at 6:58 a.m. (local time) the day after Christmas, December 26, off the western coast of Sumatra, Indonesia. The earthquake and ensuing tsunamis it created have killed, at last count, approximately 135,000 people in eleven countries.  Donate to the Tsunami victims today! Donate>>> Also, contact your local Mosques and businesses to see if they are accepting donations for the Tsunami victims.

 

Soup Kitchen feeding the homeless and needy of Salt Lake City during Christmas. Please let me know if you are interested in volunteering this year to prepare christmas dinner at the homeless shelter. I am looking for volunteers X-mas Eve from 1-5 PM to cook in the kitchen, sort clothing, and prepare for the children's party. On Christmas day, volunteers may work in the kitchen 7:30 AM, serve food Noon-2 PM, clean kitchen, 2-5 PM, prepare and deliver takeouts 8 AM-11 AM, help with the children party Noon -3 PM. Thank you! -Abtihal, 573-1504 C, 277-0966 H, 595-5434 W.

 

 

Food Drive for the homeless and needy of Salt Lake City...Collections will be made at Al-Rasool Islamic Center during Christmas.. Donations are to be non-perishable goods ( canned vegetables, canned fruit, soup. sugar, pasta,…etc). For those who want to donate you can drop the items at AL-Rasool Islamic Center. You can also drop them at Noor Masjid and I will make arrangements with The Imam of Noor MAsjid to hold them for us. Other arrangements could be done for those who cannot donate them at either place.  Last year the Muslim Community was able to collect a very generous amount. Please make an effort to donate.

 

Bobby Darvish, President of The Muslim Forum of Utah

Join us..."We are looking for volunteers and members to join The Muslim Forum of Utah and contribute to the enrichment of the community! If you are a professional and would like to volunteer your professional services in the legal, civil rights, social work, and/or Interfaith related fields, that would be appreciated.  The Muslim Forum of Utah is engaged in education, civil rights, social work and interfaith related projects and events.  The event that launched the MFU was The Festival of Salt Lake City, Utah, USAAbraham, however since then we have had other projects and events and hope to have many more in the future. If you have an idea for an event or project, feel free to contact us. Also, the MFU supports the annual Salt Lake American Muslim Cultural Festival (SLAM).  Our first event was "The Festival of Abraham" which was a discussion panel of Jewish, Christian, and Muslim scholars about the common heritage of Abraham.  All three are considered Abrahamic Faiths."

Bobby Darvish, President of The Muslim Forum of Utah

Thursday, 04 January 2007

 

Bobby Darvish, President of The Muslim Forum of Utah in front of The Khadeeja Islamic Center (Mosque) in West Valley City, Utah, USAPlease send us your information if you have any announcements to make or would like us to list or review your business or organization! Please email us at info@muslim-forum.org .

 

 

Eid Ul-Fitr Mubarak! To the 20,000 Muslims and 580,000 non-Muslims who reside in Salt Lake City, Utah. Sunday, November 14, 2004 The moon should be easily visible on the evening of Sat. Nov. 13th throughout North America.  We would encourage everyone to go out to sight the new moon with their friends and families.  It will be visible shortly after sunset, slightly to the left, and above where the sun set. Send out your greetings with the EID stamp!
 

Eid Ul-Fitr Movie Release: Muhammad - The Last Prophet Animated Epic  Order tickets for the new animated film "Muhammad: The Last Prophet" before October 25 and receive 25-40% discounts. The film will be released on Eid ul-Fitr in theaters nationwide. Tickets must be purchased in advance. No tickets will be sold in theaters. To purchase tickets and to view the movie's trailer, go to: http://www.finemediagroup.com Perfect for school trips and eid parties. 
SEE: "Film About Prophet Muhammad to Open in Theatres"  http://www.cair-net.org/asp/article.asp?id=1250&page=NR
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Happy Ramadan! Based on reported crescent sighting in Austin, Texas by two witnesses, the Islamic Shura Council of North America and the Fiqh Council of North America declare ::Friday, October 15th:: the first day of Ramadan. Ramadan Mubarak!  Download the Ramadan Q&A For Employers, Co-Workers, & Friends.  download PDF>>> MFU's Ramadan page click here>>> You are welcome to join the COMMUNITY RAMADAN IFTAR (Fast Breaking) @ Lone Peak Park, Sunday October 31st! download PDF flyer>>>  Also, check out the University of Utah's Muslim Student Association homepage for Ramadan programs, updates and events. click here>>>

 

Islam is the fastest-growing religion in the United States today. According to one recent survey, there are 1,209 mosques in America, well over half founded in the last 20 years. Between 17 and 30 percent of American Muslims are converts to the faith.  read more>>>

 

An Introduction to Islam by Diana Beatty - Islam was not born in the 7th century A.D. Rather, it is the same religion that God revealed through His messengers (peace be upon them) to every people. Islam sometimes seems strange to non-Muslims because it is a religion which impacts every part of life, from eating and sleeping to working and playing. It is not only a personal religion, but also a social one. read more>>> Biblical verses that agree with the Quran read more>>> Also, read The Holy Quran.

 

American MosquesMore than 1,200 mosques and Islamic centers have existed in this country, according to a survey conducted in the latter part of the 1990s, but fewer than 100 were actually designed as mosques. The survey revealed that most Islamic congregations in the United States began in buildings that had been constructed for other purposes -- fire stations, theaters, warehouses, and shops.  read more>>> Also, a very important article for Muslims written by Imam Zaid Shakir of the Zaytuna Institute which is titled "Flight From The Masjid" download pdf here>>>  If you are interested in visiting one of the Mosques in Salt Lake City, please click here to get address information: Utah Mosques

 

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