Martin Luther King Jr. Day Activities

April 14th, 2019 by

ISB members were involved in a number of MLK Jr. Day projects and programs in the Atlanta area. On Saturday, January 19th, several ISB members and their families volunteered to clean up Washington State Park. It was a dreary, chilly and overcast day, but that did not dampen the spirits of the cleaning team as they worked the park and collected several bags of debris. They were all smiles as they strived to “put in work” to actualize the ISB theme for the weekend: “Service to others brings us all together”.

ISB was honored to have Amin Tomeh be invited to join the panel of distinguished guests to speak at the Ebenezer Baptist Church 51 st annual Commemorative MLK Jr. Day service on Monday January 21st. Amin delivered a powerful message of hope, inclusiveness, and working together across differences to advance the common good of society for all American citizens.

On behalf of ISB, I also attended a 2-day workshop on Nonviolence 365 training at the King Center on January 8th  and 9th. The training session was so timed to be part of the MLK Day celebration.

Additionally, ISB members participated in a number of MLK Day commemorative events in local geographies throughout the metro-Atlanta area, including Fayetteville, Decatur, Roswell and Marietta.

By: R. Tariq Abdul-Haqq

ISB Leadership Institute – A Vision Comes True!

April 14th, 2019 by

Many religious communities as well as minority groups have leadership institutes, but having a leadership institute for the Georgia Muslim community was a vision yet to be realized. While researching how to start a community leadership institute, we found that there were many models followed by various communities. The Georgia Association for Latino Elected Officials (GALEO) provided a framework that best fit the needs of the Muslim community. We are grateful to our friends at GALEO for their generosity with information and their time. The ISB Leadership Institute, we took the GALEO model and worked it to fit our specific needs. We reached out to the ISB circles of supporters and allies, who enthusiastically supported our idea.

We had Fortune 100 companies’ consultants who were excited about our program and offered their training expertise to the ISBLI participants, Kennesaw State University hosted us for all 9 sessions, Roswell Community Masjid hosted the kick-off dinner, and the list goes on.

Our ISBLI participants attend workshops for skills building once a month for a period of months, and they also work in groups to complete a project or tackle an issue faced by a non-profit. We have coaches for each team and project owners from the non-profits. The projects for the 2019 ISBLI class are: developing mental health resources for caregivers and institutions for the Muslim community, creating and marketing a Public Service Announcement about Georgia Muslims and their contributions, and developing a program for a charter school to reengage with their graduates.

Lessons learned to date working on the ISBLI:
1. A vision does come true if organizations work hard and find the right resources to make the vision become a reality.
2. People from all backgrounds want to help others succeed. It is absolutely fine to ask for each other’s help and involvement.
3. A theoretical concept is not the same as a real live project. The impact that we are seeing in the 2019 class is beyond description. People from different backgrounds are working together and getting to know each other at a deeper professional level, the skills learned have been immediately applied in the participants’ careers and lives, and there is a definite sense of pride being part of the ISBLI.

We are looking forward to the recruitment and selection of the 2020 ISBLI Class!

By: Soumaya Khalifa

Hot Meal for TSA Agents During Government Shutdown

April 13th, 2019 by

As a gesture of support, in the aftermath of the government shut down, the ISB decided to serve a hot meal to the TSA agents at Hartsfield Jackson International Airport on Friday February 1st, 2019. It was a great team effort by all the volunteers from ISB who were able to serve over 350 TSA team members.

The ISB volunteer teams visited the TSA break rooms at both the domestic and international terminals, which were just around the corner from the actual TSA checkpoint on both sides of the airport.  Tables were cleaned and food was set up with stereo burners to serve a hot, delicious meal to the hard-working TSA team.

Chaplain Adrien Neely also joined us, as he played a key role in connecting us with the TSA leadership to make the meal a possibility.  He gave the ISB team a tour of the newly renovated chapel, which also displays the name of the ISB as a donor for the artwork on display.

The domestic team was made up of Soumaya, Dr. Mohamed Khalifa, Heba, and ISB supporter Ameer Muhammad, who photographed and video graphed the whole event.  On the International team were Manaal, Amani, Lamia and Huma.  The delicious food was catered by Nasser and included huge trays of lasagna, veggie and meat pasta, salad and bread.  The TSA team was absolutely touched and thrilled and thanked us while we stood waiting on them.  They also packed food to take along with them.  The ISB team thanked all the agents for their professionalism and service and for being there when they were not getting paid during the shutdown.

Everyone was so very appreciative of the gesture.   One lesson that we can carry forward from this event is that we should not wait for events like a government shutdown to be able to do something like this!

By Huma Faruqi.

A Year of Influence!

2019 Year in Review