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Islam Awareness Week

April 4 – April 8, 2011

Islam Awareness Week

Presented by the Muslim Student Association, the week begins with an important Teach-In surrounding the congressional hearings on the radicalization in the American Muslim Community, prompted by congressman Peter King, and ends with a semi-formal Interfaith Jazz Gala: Relief fundraiser!

Monday, April 4

The Congressional Hearings on Radicalization in the American Muslim Community: Religion, Race, and the Enemy Within

11:30 am – 1:30 pm, McLaren 250

This urgent educational forum will address the Congressional hearings led by Representative Peter King within the broader historical, social, and political contexts of state policy and processes of racial categorization in the U.S., linking the current hearings to precedents for the treatment of racialized communities in American history.

Sponsors: Departments of Theology & Religious Studies, Sociology, Rhetoric & Language, Philosophy, History, and Psychology, and the Jewish Studies and Social Justice Program

Kingdom of Heaven Film Screening

7:00 – 10:00 pm, UC 4th Floor Lounge

Muslim Student Association presents the movie Kingdom of Heaven, followed by an engaging discussion around the portrayal of Islam and the Crusades. Dessert and snacks will be served. BYOP (Bring Your Own Pillow [and Blanket]). MSA members please wear your MSA T-shirts to this event!

Tuesday, April 5

Faces of Islam Exhibit Opening and Reception

11:40 am – 12:30 pm

Through this exhibit we hope to open viewers eyes and rid preconceived misconceptions and stereotypes about what Muslims look like. Enjoy photographs submitted by USF Community members of their friends who identify as Muslim, their travels to Muslim countries, and other related photos. This exhibit will also feature a diverse array of photographs of Muslims from around the world as capture by Phil Pasquini. Please join us for the opening of the exhibit.

Light refreshments will be provided

Wednesday, April 6


6:00 – 9:00 pm, Xavier Chapel

Featuring the Executive Director of CAIR-Bay Area (Council on American Islamic Relations),Zahra Billoo, this event will examine the increase in prejudices and fear against Muslims after 9/11 exhibited by the general American population and through U.S. policy.

Chinese food will be served.

Thursday, April 7

Extraordinary Muslim Women: Liberators or Imprisoners?

11:30 am – 1:00 pm, UC402/403

Prof. Hidayatullah will address the popular Muslim argument that "real Islam" uplifts women, a position which often points to exemplary female figures from the Qur'an and early Islamic history as evidence of Islam's progressive treatment of women. This talk will address the complexities and contradictions of such an argument with an eye toward both insider and outsider perspectives on Islam.

The Past, Present, & Future

5:30 – 7:30 pm, Harney 232

Guest lecture by Al-Habib Umar b. Muhammed bin Hafiz
The human experience is inextricably linked to time. The past influences the present and the present shapes the future. Nothing in the universe exists in a vacuum and every time has its challenges.What is the spiritual perspective on time, and how does the prophetic message enable us to navigate the turbulent waters of today?

Friday, April 8

JUMA'A Prayer Under The Sun

1:00 – 2:00 pm, Welch Field (Library Lawn)

Imam Abdul Malik will lead the prayer and discuss the life of the Prophet Muhammad. This is a way for students from all different spiritual backgrounds to learn about the most important figure in Islam. Please wear your traditional/national clothes to this event.

Interfaith Jazz Gala — Relief Fundraiser

7:00 – 10:00 pm, Parina Lounge

A semi-formal evening with live music by “The Different Folks”, Mocktails, Hor d’oeuvres, and an Interfaith discussion with a guest speaker! All proceeds benefit the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, and their humanitarian response to the civil unrest in the Middle East and North Africa.

100% of the proceeds are being donated to the Red Cross Red Crescent Society http://www.ifrc.org/en/who-we-are/vision-and-mission/

Tickets are required for this event:
$5 for Students
$10 for USF Faculty, Staff & Alumni
$15 for General Admission


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Islam Awareness Week is supported by: ASUSF, Middle Eastern Studies, International Studies, Ethnic Studies, European Studies, History Department, Jewish Studies, Media Studies, Peace and Justice Studies, Theology and Religious Studies, African-American Studies, and the Politics Department.

Email MSA at usf.msa@gmail.com with any questions, comments or concerns!

Written by Muslim Student Association