Wednesday, December 18, 2019
The Jaffarya Islamic Center
10300 Transit Rd.
East Amherst, NY 14051
For the third time, WNYMuslims and St. Joseph University Parish are getting together in their collaborative interfaith effort called “Know Thy Neighbor” (knowthyneighbors.org #get2KTN), which was created from the perspective of conversing about religious articles of faith, worship, traditions, intentions and sacred texts of both faiths.
On December 18, 2019, from 7 PM-8:30 PM the public is invited for “Know Thy Neighbor’s” third conversation, Putting Religion Into Daily Practice. Panelists and guests will share their knowledge of Christian and Muslim faiths for the purpose of educating, finding commonality and joining in shared projects of good works and charity that benefit our community. This is a free event. (Refreshments will follow).
We hope that the individuals, communities, and organizations, who want to foster peace and understanding between our communities will join our caravan. We are Looking for partners to help create opportunities for friendship. Women and men are invited to assist and participate.
“We believe in developing new bonds, strengthening interfaith relationship and spread the awareness about religious and cultural values through social exchange and Know Thy Neighbor will serve as an interfaith networking channel to promote understanding and exploration of different religious traditions, which will further fortify the bond between the two faith communities and strengthen the diverse neighborhood of WNY.” Prof. Faizan Haq, Founding President, WNYMuslims.
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.
October 24th, 2019
Orchard Park Senior Center
October 23rd, 2019
St. Joseph University Parish
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.