Muslim Community Highlights Its Services during
Ramadan and Plans for the 10th Anniversary of 9/11
By Abdus Sattar Ghazali
American Muslim Voice Foundation and Northern California Islamic Council held a press conference on August 9th 2011 to highlight the Muslim community's services - charity, sharing and caring - during the holy month of Ramadan and to share its plans for the 10th anniversary of 9/11.
The press conference at the Muslim Community Association, Santa Clara, was addressed by Junaid Shaikh, Chair of the Northern California Islamic Council (NCIC); Habibe Husain, Founder of Rahima Foundation; Reshma Inamdar, Founder SEMAH; Abdus Sattar Ghazali, Communication Director of AMV; Andrew Killie, Chair of the Silicon Valley Inter-religious Council (SIVIC); Bhawana Kamil, past president of Muslim American Society (MAS) of Bay Area; Amina Abid from the Council of American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and Master Jian Hu, Abbot of the Zen Center of Sunnyvale.
Samina Sundas, founding Executive Director of American Muslim Voice Foundation, facilitated the press conference.
Member organizations of the Northern California Islamic Council shared about their organizations’ ongoing charitable activities and special Ramadan community services for the homeless and the needy.
The American Muslim Voice Foundation, Muslim Community Association and Northern California Islamic Council along with over 50 multi-faith groups and community organizations will commemorate the 10th anniversary of September 11 with a special dinner gathering at the MCA in Santa Clara.
The evening will include multi-faith prayers for peace while spiritually diverse speakers will share reflections on the past decades and lessons learned. The event will showcase the richness of the Bay Area through a cultural event “Children of the world.” The program will conclude with a candlelight vigil as we “light the night for peace and friendship.”
The American Muslim Voice Foundation also announced its national campaign at the press conference. AMV Foundation along with 50 peace partners and national Muslim organizations first launched the campaign on March 28th 2011 in Washington DC at the Canon House.
“National invite your neighbors to dinner day” will be an annual event on the 1st Sunday of October. AMV Foundation called upon all Americans to join the new campaign to ensure the nation’s safety and to promote better understanding among all Americans. It may be recalled that September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows has endorsed the national effort to develop community spirit among Muslims and non-Muslims.