ISB Atlanta
SEPTEMBER 9, 2016
 
 
 
ISLAMIC SPEAKERS BUREAU OF ATLANTA RECOGNIZES
"40 UNDER FORTY" GEORGIA MUSLIMS AWARDS AT OCTOBER 1 GALA
 
(ATLANTA, GA) - Following a call for nominations in February for their 2016 "40 Under Forty Georgia Muslims" awards, The Islamic Speakers Bureau of Atlanta (ISB) will recognize the honorees at the annual gala on October 1. The gala will be held  at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta., with Kevin Riley, editor of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution as emcee. Presenters include Kenny Blank, executive director of the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival; Renay Blumenthal, president of the Grady Foundation, and John Eaves, chairman of the Fulton County Commission. The "40 Under Forty" Gala is open to the public and tickets are available via the ISB website at www.isbatlanta.org.
 
Through the "40 Under Forty" initiative, The Islamic Speakers Bureau of Atlanta recognizes individual Georgia Muslims for their work and how that work -- and their lives -- help to make an impact on the community at large. Twenty-four young leaders have been chosen, in fields as far ranging as medicine and science to law, business, and community action. Nominations were submitted from around Georgia and a panel of judges, selected from leaders in the wider community, made the selections based on the uniqueness of the person’s role, the impact of their position/accomplishment on society at large, academic achievement, and their honors and recognitions.
 
"We are very excited about the 40 under Forty initiative," says Soumaya Khalifa, founder and executive director of the The Islamic Speakers Bureau of Atlanta.  "These 24 leaders provide amazing narratives about the contribution and leadership of American Muslims not only in GA but across USA,  These narratives are regrettably absent from the national conversation and we want to bring them where they should be -- front and center!"
 
The gala will be 225 Baker Street, NW, in Atlanta, and begins at 6:30 p.m. For complete information, sponsorship opportunities, and  reservations, as well as a complete list of honorees,  visit www.isbatlanta.org.

 

In an inclusive and collaborative way, The Islamic Speakers Bureau of Atlanta builds bridges in our communities through dialogue, civic engagement, and education. A world that embraces all in the spirit of religious uinderstanding civic cooperation.
 
 

June 12, 2016                                                   

 

 

GEORGIA MUSLIMS DENOUNCE MASS SHOOTING IN ORLANDO AND STAND BY FAMILIES AND FRIENDS AFFECTED BY THIS TRAGEDY
 
ATLANTA (GA) -- It is unbelievable and heartbreaking that, once again in America, a mass shooting has occurred, taking the lives of fifty individuals and injuring at least 53 more. As Muslim Americans, we condemn totally this insane action, and the man who perpetrated it. We stand with the people of Orlando and with the LGBTQ community of that city, and across America. As Muslims, we believe in religious freedom, civil rights, and human rights. Hatred has no place in America, and we will continue to work against hatred and prejudice, no matter towards whom it is directed.
 
As Muslims we offer our prayers to all the people affected by this horrendous and insane act murder. We offer our condolences to the families and friends of those killed and wounded, and to all Americans who grieve for this tragedy. As President Obama said in his remarks this morning, let us stand together in our grief and outrage, and in our solidarity with the victims and their families.
 
"We mourn the loss of innocent life," said Soumaya Khalifa, founder and executive director of the Islamic Speakers Bureau of Atlanta. "Our prayers are with the family and friends of the victims. And we thank the brave men and women of law enforcement for their courage in bringing this massacre to an end."  

 

The Islamic Speaker Bureau works to become the Islamic source for faith and civic collaboration promoting community, civility, and religious understanding and inclusion, bringing education about Islam and world religions to the public sphere within the Atlanta and Georgia community. The organization teaches and collaborates in an open way to build a better tomorrow.
 

July 1, 2016                                                   

 

 

GEORGIA MUSLIMS DENOUNCE ATTACK ON ISTANBUL AIRPORT

 

ATLANTA (GA) -- It has been less than a month since the Islamic Speakers Bureau of Atlanta (ISB) issued a statement regarding the attacks in Orlando and yet, once again, we must raise our voices in horror at another attack, this time at Ataturk Airport in Istanbul, Turkey. While no group has yet claimed credit, it is thought to be the so-called Islamic State and, this time, people from all over the world, from all faiths including American Muslims, were the targets, in a predominantly Muslim country during the holiest period of the Muslim religious calendar. "They" are not only targeting the West. And while the bombinbgs in Paris and Brussels were horrific, so is this most recent act of terror by a group of fanatics who seem to have no goal except to bring destruction and chaos to the entire world. We urge the media to focus just as much attention on the attack in Turkey as they did on those in Europe.

And tragically, as we have seen too often. hatred breeds hatred. Within hours of the attack in Istanbul, a small mosque in Perth Australia was bombed just as worshipers were gathered for evening prayers. We are thankful that no one was injured, but the message was clear.

As Muslim Americans, we condemn totally this most recent attack. Muslims see these acts as the antithesis of every ideal and belief taught by Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him and upon all Prophets and Messengers) . Indeed, these and other repugnant acts contradict the basic principles of justice, compassion, and tolerance enshrined in the Quran, the Islamic Holy Scripture.

The Quran forbids compulsion in religion: “There shall be no coercion in matters of faith" It also forbids the killing of innocent people and sanctifies human life: "…if anyone slays a human being—unless for murder or spreading corruption on earth [by law]—it shall be as though he has slain all mankind; whereas if anyone saves a life, it shall be as though he has saved the lives of all mankind..."

Prophet Muhammad, revered by Muslims as the last prophet of God, commanded his followers to “show mercy to Earth's inhabitants so that the One who is in Heaven will show mercy to you.”

He also reportedly said, "One will not enter Paradise if his neighbor is not safe from his harm. "Our prayers are with the family and friends of all the victims. These terrorists are creating fear throughout the world and their primary targets are Muslims with over 90% of their victims being Muslim," said Soumaya Khalifa, founder and executive director of the Islamic Speakers Bureau of Atlanta. "Too many lives are being lost, we are being torn apart by fear and, too often, double standards exist where different lives are valued differently."


The Islamic Speaker Bureau works to become the Islamic source for faith and civic collaborationpromoting community, civility, and religious understanding and inclusion, bringing education about Islam and world religions to the public sphere within the Atlanta and Georgia community.

The organization teaches and collaborates in an open way to build a better tomorrow.