Papers & Presentations 2019

Muslims in Southeast Asia: Past, Present, and the Future

October 27th, 2019
Unitarian Universalist Church of East Aurora

The recent actions of the Indian parliament to undo article 370 and 35a of the Indian constitution has annexed the disputed territory of Kashmir between India and Pakistan and has resulted in the Kashmiri lockdown by the Indian security forces. Whereas it has created a human rights catastrophe, it has also contributed to bringing two nuclear armed neighbors eyeball to eyeball. America has been caught in the middle because India is America’s new favorite strategic partner and Pakistan is the previously designated most allied ally of the past. The Kashmir dispute stokes religious fervor and ideological divide on both sides of the border.

Peace Justice and Mercy for A New World


28th International Congress of the Union of Muslim Communities          

ESAM - Economic and Social Research Center, Ankara Turkey

USA and The Muslim World 

October 24th, 2019
Orchard Park Senior Center

Know Thy Neighbor

The Concept of God

October 23rd, 2019
St. Joseph University Parish Buffalo, NY/ WNY Muslims

The program started with a brief introduction by sister Jeremy Midura followed by a speech by Ms. Farina Mirza who explained the concept of God in Islam and pondered upon its distinctive nature and how it affects the belief system of a Muslims believer. Later, Prof. Faizan Haq was invited to the podium, he explained how faith in Allah, Islamic terminology universally used for God among Muslims, keeps them on Sirat – e- Mustaqeem, the righteous path. Further on Deacon Ted Pijacki elucidated the Christian point of view regarding the existence of God based upon Hebrew and Biblical scriptures. Lastly Ms. Maria spoke about the belief of common Christians and how they perceive God.