Park 51 Project: NY Children Exhibit

•June 27, 2011 • Leave a Comment

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•March 18, 2011 • Leave a Comment

TODAY I AM A MUSLIM, TOO rally @ Times Square March 6 2011

•March 11, 2011 • Leave a Comment

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TODAY I AM a Muslim, TOO rally ~~ March 6 @2PM TIMES SQUARE

•March 5, 2011 • Leave a Comment

PLEASE COME .. MARCH WITH US AGAINST PURE IGNORANCE, HATRED AND FEAR MONGERING. MUSLIMS and NON. We are children of GOD or in Arabic term .. it is ALLAH.

Today I Am A Muslim, Too rally promo: Imam Shamsi Ali

•March 4, 2011 • Leave a Comment

The National Day of Saudi Arabia falls on the 23rd of Sept., and on Oct.15, its Permanent Mission to the UN hosted a dinner celebration at the UN HQ in NY. Mr. & Mrs. Kader of the US Federation for Middle East Peace were among the honorable guests

•October 16, 2010 • Leave a Comment

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Imam Shamsi Ali, Chairman of The Indonesian Muslim Community in N.Y., Inducted into 2010 AACUSA (Asian American Coalition USA) Inc. Hall of Fame

•September 26, 2010 • 3 Comments

by Arita Soenarjono

    On September 18, inductees to the 2010 AACUSA (Asian American Coalition USA) Inc. Hall of Fame Awards were announced during a ceremony held at the Hindu Temple Community Center Auditorium in Flushing, New York. Organized in its second season, the event which commemorated the group’s Fourth Cultural Extravaganza, honored seven outstanding individuals within their respective Asian communities. An Indonesian born revered Quran scholar was recognized for his relentless dedication and contribution to interfaith outreach.

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NY MuslimVoices Festival: Singer Youssou D’Nour performs for peace and tolerance

•June 13, 2009 • Leave a Comment

by Arita Soenarjono



Youssou D'Nour & The Etoile De Dakar Band

Youssou D'Nour & The Etoile De Dakar Band

“Muslims don’t just pray at mosques. We want to have fun, too” Youssou D’Sour

When tensions flare in the Middle East, some Americans don’t see them through lenses of political, historical or socio-economic grievances. They opt to equate Muslims as congenital terrorists. Although the media has much at fault for fueling misconceptions, the US government failed to close a widening chasm with the Muslim world. Meanwhile there are approximately seven million Muslims in the US of which 600,000 reside in New York City.

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Preserving the American Dream: 2009 Ellis Island Medals of Honor recipients turn challenges into opportunities

•June 9, 2009 • 1 Comment

by Arita Soenarjono


Highest Congressional Non-Military God Medal for Outstanding Immigrants

Highest Congressional Non-Military Gold Medal for Outstanding Immigrants

    He had seen her from afar, yet her message of hope remains clear. By May 9, after over a decade of residing in New York, Syamsi Ali visited Lady Liberty to receive the 2009 Ellis Island Medal of Honor. The first Indonesian-born was among 100 accomplished immigrants saluted for inspiring others to renewing the American Dream.

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Celebrating a dream: First-class student, nearly calling it quit

•June 5, 2009 • 5 Comments

by Arita Soenarjono

Ayesha Siddiqui and family

Ayesha Siddiqui and family

Ayesha Siddiqui First Pakistani Muslim Valedictorian

It was a dream, years in the making; so precious, she held on to near and dear, from  homelands across a continent in the Middle East to adopted neighborhood in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn.

It was “unapproachable and distant” at time.  Yet by June first, through constant prayers, courage and perseverance, Ayesha Siddiqui who is a 34 year-old Pakistani Muslim, finally claimed her dream and was awarded gold medal in honor of her distinguished academic records.

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