November 19, 2013

Newsletter – March 2013

Cordoba Initiative Newsletter
March 2013

On the Forefront
Taking A Stand
Christian Houses Burnt Over Blasphemy
It is with sad hearts that we mourn the burning of the homes of our Christian brothers and sisters in Pakistan this past weekend. Such violence can never be justified, and the targeting of innocents is a tragedy for all of Pakistan.

As Muslims we must remember that even if we perceive someone to be hostile towards us or our faith, the Qur’an is very clear that violence is never an acceptable response: “And let not the hatred of some people in shutting you out of the Sacred Mosque lead you into transgression and hostility on your part.” (Qur’an 5:2) As Imam Feisal wrote recently, Pakistan must champion Islam as a religion of peace and not allow a handful of extremists to define it for all Muslims; such extremists confuse ordinary Muslims into thinking that Shari’ah law is about punishment rather than about promoting harmony and human flourishing.

We hope and pray that the afflicted families will receive every assistance as they rebuild their lives in the wake of this tragedy, and that their assailants be brought to justice. As Imam Feisal recently said, “We can’t do enough to combat the militancy that you see in Muslim countries in various parts of the world against their fellow countrymen who are Christian.”

Changing the Discourse on American Muslims in the Media
What Muslims Want in a New Pope

Article in Religion News Service
Quoting Imam Feisal

Shariah Law is the development of law that reflects the 10 commandments, which is common to our Christian & Jewish traditions…

Imam Feisal on The Art Lewis Show with
Dr. Waheed Akbar

“What we need today is a non-violent movement of
Muslims, Christians, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, atheists & others to come together….”
From Ground Zero to Common Ground: Faith in Memphis on Imam Feisal
Building Bridges
Sermon at Calvary Episcopal Church, Memphis, TN
Imam Feisal with Reverend Eyleen Farmer of Calvary Episcopal Church
February 25, 2013:  Imam Feisal gave a sermon at Calvary Episcopal Church, as part of the Lenten Preaching event, a series that takes place every day, Mon-Fri, during the season of Lent. View press.
Creating an American Muslim Identity
Saginaw Valley State University, MI
Imam Feisal at Saginaw Valley State University
March 7, 2013 – Imam Feisal discussed “Creating an American Muslim Identity” as part of the Raana Akbar Memorial Lecture Series. On Friday, March 8, Imam Feisal delivered the Friday khutba at the Islamic Center of Saginaw. View photos and press.

A New Vision of Islam in America
Rhodes College, Memphis, TN 

Imam Feisal addresses audience at Rhodes College
Imam Feisal signs a copy of Moving the Mountain;
In Back: Mark W. Muesse, Department of Religious Studies.
February 25, 2013 – Imam Feisal spoke to a gathering of academicians, addressing some of the conflicts and challenges in the lives of Muslims living in the United States.  This was followed by a book signing.. View press. View photos.
Moving the Mountain 
Moving the Mountain 
Now Available in Paperback!

Imam Feisal’s latest book, Moving the Mountain, is now available in paperback! 
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Upcoming Events 
Monday, April 6, 2013 – (Boston, MA)
Imam Feisal at the Islamic Center of Boston, Wayland Annual Fundraising Dinner
Imam Feisal to deliver to keynote address at the Islamic Center of Boston, Wayland Annual Fundraising Dinner on April 6, 2013, 6:00 pm, at ICB Wayland (126 Boston Post Road, Wayland, MA). Click here to download the event flyer.

(Schedule subject to change)
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