SLIDES: Masjid Al Hikmah NY


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On November 7, 2010, a group of New York high school students comprising of multi religious backgrounds visited Masjid Al Hikmah in Queens to learn more about Islam; and, how Muslims share common roots with Christianity and Judiasm.

“Your Faith, My Faith,” or “Lakum Dinukum wa liya Diin”

is an ongoing project which Imam Shamsi Ali, Chairman of the Indonesian Muslims Community New York, spearheads each year in order to promote youth’s involvement in upholding religious tolerance, hoping for the students to come away with a message of greater mutual respects and coexistence.

The students raised questions from the significance of hijabs and why small children wear them to definition of extremism and jihad, from the movements in sholat and their significance to the reasons why men don’t need to cover themselves with garbs when sholat. From the group, one student participated in last year’s program; one came from Islamic background, who is of Egyptian decent. Another youth who was not part of the group made the program more complete, when she decided to take Shahadah before everyone to witness.

According to Imam Shamsi Ali, in Islam, no one is allowed to forced onto others to convert into Islam. The willingness has to come from within an individual’s readiness in the heart and mind. It is between she/he and the creator, which Muslims called Allah or simply means God. Everyone has a responsibility to immerse in one’s own background community and religious affiliation. Each one is encouraged to contribute by interacting with others — Muslims and non Muslims.

If you are a Muslim, you guide through real answers pertaining to the Islamic teachings, history, cultures, traditions and how the religion itself begins with peace; how it actually embraces unity in diversity since humans come from similar source, no matter the skin colors, class or ethicity. Hence, the theme of the program, “My Faith, Your Faith.”

When someone approaches and attempts to hurt you, what does a Muslim to do? The answer: Smile; extend your right hand and shake his/her hand; surely, that person will turn the corner and treats you with the same utmost respect and embraces you.
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