Human beings have the responsibility to work for the common good. Freedom, justice, and equality are inalienable rights for everyone. Islam provides every individual the rights and protection of five essentials – religion, life, property, intellect and dignity. The American constitution also provides the rights and protections of individuals, groups and people. The Bill of Rights’ First Amendment is freedom of religion and expression, which guarantees everyone in America to practice their religion freely.
Unfortunately, the actions and behaviors of some people amongst us are far from the scope of this understanding. The current issues of hearings on Muslim Radicalization, Qur’an burning, increased oppositions to Mosques/ Islamic center constructions, and killing innocent aid workers are all forms of blind extremism.
Humanity desperately needs harmony, cooperation, coexistence, and mutual respect. People of faith and good will need to stand together against all forms of racism, bigotry, and extremism.
The Islamic Civic Society of America, in joint with Dar Al-Hijrah Mosque, is pleased to bring an evening of education and inspiration for the Twin Cities community. A distinguished panel consisting of Islamic scholar Dr. Jamal Badawi, Congressman Keith Ellison (D-MN), and Jewish scholar Rabbi Amy Eilberg of the University of St. Thomas will discuss how we can cooperate mutually despite our differences. They will speak on the theme of “Creating a Climate of Cooperation between Islamic and Western Civilizations.” Some of the questions they will answer include:
· Are Democracy and Islam Compatible?
· How are Muslims Contributing to Civic Discourse in America?
· How Can We Overcome Bigotry and Prejudice in a Pluralistic Society?
On behalf of the Board and Administration of the Islamic Civic Society of America, I cordially invite you to this private Banquet Dinner with our above distinguished panel.
Date & Time: Saturday, May 7, 2011 at 5:30 – 8:30 PM.
Location: Ties Building, 1667 Snelling Avenue N, St. Paul, MN 55108 (Intersection of Snelling and Larpenteur Avenues).
Admission fee: $30 for early registration until April 30th, 2011, and $ 40 starting May 1-6, 2011