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Ramadan in Schools and 20 Under 20 Georgia Muslims

June 1st, 2021 by

What You Need to Know to Support Muslim Students During Ramadan

 

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Taking Action in Black History Month

June 1st, 2021 by

For Black History Month, we would like to share this video by Mr. Atiba Saleem Jones, Executive Director of SAVE Institute, on what Black History Month means to him and how he uses it to take action

 

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day – Keep On Moving Forward…

May 28th, 2021 by

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we would like to encourage everyone to keep moving forward and to do good. In light of the pandemic, many of us have been home. It can be easy to become stagnant and to lose hope. We would like to remind all of this inspiring quote from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We encourage everyone to take time for themselves as well as serve others with kindness. Let’s all make today count as it is a day on not a day off.

 

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StoryCorps – Mohannad Malas and Yasmine Malas

October 21st, 2020 by

Islamic Speakers Bureau of Atlanta collaborated with StoryCorps and American Pathways to bring Muslim stories to StoryCorps. The StoryCorps Archive comprises one of the largest born-digital collections of human voices, featuring conversations recorded across the United States and around the world.  In this conversation Mohannad Malas talks to his niece, Yasmine Malas, about growing up in the Middle East, his education, his family’s business, emigrating to the US, and his passion for real estate.

https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/mohannad-malas-and-yasmine-malas/

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StoryCorps – Alan Howard and Soumaya Khalifa

October 21st, 2020 by

Islamic Speakers Bureau of Atlanta collaborated with StoryCorps and American Pathways to bring Muslim stories to StoryCorps. The StoryCorps Archive comprises one of the largest born-digital collections of human voices, featuring conversations recorded across the United States and around the world.  In this conversation Alan Howard talks to his friend and colleague Soumaya Khalifa about his activism, his spiritual journey, losing his first wife to cancer, the importance of interfaith and anti-racism work, meeting his second wife in Turkey, and fatherhood.

https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/alan-howard-and-soumaya-khalifa/

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StoryCorps – Zaheer Faruqi & Reem Faruqi

October 21st, 2020 by

Islamic Speakers Bureau of Atlanta collaborated with StoryCorps and American Pathways to bring Muslim stories to StoryCorps. The StoryCorps Archive comprises one of the largest born-digital collections of human voices, featuring conversations recorded across the United States and around the world.  In this conversation Zaheer Faruqi is interviewed by his daughter Reem Faruqi about some of his adventures as a young adult when he moved to the U.S. as a student, his interest in aviation, being profiled for his Muslim identity after 9/11, and his value of education

https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/zaheer-faruqui-and-reem-faruqui/

Recording organization grants to StoryCorps a nonexclusive, non-transferable, royalty free, fully-paid, worldwide, revocable, non-assignable, limited license to use, reproduce and display the Recording Organization’s logo, name and website (the “Recording Organization IP”) solely in connection with the Services as outlined in the Agreement, including but not limited to StoryCorps permission to use Recording Organization IP in promotional activities in print and digital form.



One Heart Initiative

September 23rd, 2020 by

The Challenge:

The recent tragic deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Jacob Blake and too many others are a clear sign that our country still suffers from racism.  Racism divides communities and divides hearts.  The Atlanta Muslim community is not immune.  We, too, struggle with understanding each other’s experiences of systemic racism.  This division has kept us from becoming one Muslim community.

We are taught that the Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon Him) said, “The Muslims in their mutual love, kindness and compassion are like the human body where when one of its parts is in agony the entire body feels the pain, both in sleeplessness and fever.” (Bukhari and Muslim).

We need to heal our divided heart.

What is the One Heart Initiative?

The One Heart Initiative (OHI) seeks to build a community where Atlanta Muslim leaders forge bonds of brotherhood/sisterhood and mutual respect by understanding our histories and biases with the goal of dismantling racism and amplifying harmony.

One Heart Program Overview:

The goal of OHI is to unify hearts by developing meaningful interpersonal relationships. The One Heart Initiative is a three- month program based on universal Islamic values to bring out the tough discussions between leaders of different ethnicities, backgrounds  and races in an effort to identify areas of improvement, develop an action plan for dismantling racism and promote a unity of purpose.

We want to develop deeper relationships within our community and unify the hearts of all of our communities.  We believe you are part of that equation.

Program Structure:

The cohort will meet one Saturday a month for three months.  Each of these Saturdays will cover key topics  with in-depth and open conversations in an effort to develop deeper relationships with one another.

Participants will also be assigned a smaller Study Group where they will meet after the workshops to talk about what they have learned.  Participants will be working on a joint project to benefit the community

As leaders of our community, participants are expected to use their new understandings and strong friendships to influence others, change attitudes and actively continue the work of healing.




Georgia Senate Resolution for ISB

March 23rd, 2020 by
The ISB was presented with a Georgia State Senate resolution on Thursday, March 5, 2020. Co-sponsored by State Senators Shaikh Rahman and Zahra Karinshak the resolution commends ISB for its “continued good work in this great state.”
ISB’s Executive Director, Soumaya Khalifa, was joined in the Senate Chamber by Dr. Nabile Safdar, president of the ISB board of directors, Ms. Amanda Shaikh, a key ISB volunteer, Mr. Tariq Abdul-Haqq the co-leader of the ISB Leadership Institute, Mr. Greg Cole, Honorary Chair of ISB’s Advisory Council, and Rev. Dr. Gerald Durley, ISB Advisory Council member. Many other ISB friends and supporters were seated in the Senate gallery.
Senate Resolution 743 praised ISB for its work to provide awareness and inclusion training to officials in city, county, and 8 state law enforcement agencies, leadership programs, volunteerism, and its dedication to providing “unparalleled service and support and remains steadfastly committed to the principles of skill, integrity, and responsibility.” Ms. Khalifa thanked the Senators and remarked that Georgia’s diversity is important to her and her community: “The diversification of our economy and the growing diversity of our population are advances that we celebrate and embrace every day. We are proud to call Georgia ‘Home’”.
While in the State Capitol, ISB leaders met with Governor Brian Kemp. “We are grateful that the Governor could take time out of his schedule to meet with us. It is important for Muslim citizens of Georgia, and all citizens, to interact with our government leaders,” said Ms. Khalifa.
The ISB would like to thank each of our ISB current and past members who contributed to making the ISB what it is today. Thank you to our board leadership for their vision, leadership, and guidance through the years. Thank you to our donors, our partners, our advisory council, and many more.
We would like to extend an additional thank you to our ISBLI class of 2019 who attended the ceremony at the Capitol Building.
You can read the resolution here.



Pathways Magazine: Intersections of Faith

December 26th, 2019 by

Pathways is the annual journal for Diocese of Atlanta, the Episcopal Church in Middle and North Georgia.  Bishop Robert C. Wright and Soumaya Khalifa sat down with Pathways for an honest conversation about interfaith understanding.  You can read the interview here.  And you can watch the interview here.




Georgia Public Broadcasting

December 26th, 2019 by

Georgia Public Broadcasting interviewed ISB Executive Director Soumaya Khalifa about Ramadan.  To find out more about Ramadan, the history behind it, and what compels Muslims everywhere to devote themselves to an entire month of fasting and prayer click here to listen.




A Year of Influence!

2019 Year in Review