One Heart Initiative

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.

New Speakers Training

Every year ISB conducts “New Speaker Training” to train and orient individuals interested in joining ISB as speakers. The intensive training is a daylong session and is broken down into modules. Spaces are usually limited and filled on a first come basis.

Whether you would like to learn how to handle difficult questions about Islam and Muslims or become a certified speaker with the ISB this professional level training is a great way to enhance your skill set.

 

Airport Friday Prayers

The ISB has been offering Jummah (Friday) prayers at Hartsfield Jackson International Airport for the past 11 years. This service provides a convenient option for prayer services for travelers at the world’s busiest airport.

Summer Lunch Program

Every summer, dedicated volunteers from the ISB and the Islamic Community Center of Atlanta (ICCA) join local churches and synagogues to provide free lunches to school-aged children in Fayette County. The teams of volunteers work together to prepare and serve meals to children on summer vacation who normally receive free lunches during the school year.

We are grateful to our partners ICCA, donors, volunteers, and drivers who have been dedicated to making our program a success!

Subscribe below or contact us to stay in touch to find out ways to support our summer lunch program.

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