Islamic House of Wisdom Fundraising Dinner a Success!
Semi-Annual Fundraising dinner at IHW was held Sunday, April 22nd with
the presence of Ayatollah Sheik Abdul-Latif Berry, Imams and board
members of local Islamic Organizations, Interfaith clergy, Congressman
John Conyers, Dr. Hussam Diab- General Consulate of Lebanon, Judge David
Turfe, Osama Siblini- editor in Chief of the Arab American News and
hundreds of community leaders and members.
the youth presentation by Br. Ali Najaf and the financial report by IHW
treasurer Rafiq Diab, Imam Mohammad Ali Elahi was introduced by Khalil
Hachem to address the guests of the occasion.
Elahi welcomed and thanked the guests of the dinner by saying, "Life is
time and time is the greatest gift of God to humanity. To spend some of
your time in the house of God is already a great contribution. The
Prophet (pbuh) said, be more greedy about your days than your dollars."
main message of Imam Elahi was about cooperation within the family,
community and universal fellowship. Quranic cooperation is motivated by
piety, sincerity and responsibility and not through sin, selfishness,
greed, evil and injustice. Even the Islamic rituals like our daily
prayer are platforms of not only getting closer to God but cooperation
with humankind. The culture of "we" and not "me" is the spirit of our
is another form of cooperation in the Quran. An order that is repeated
in the Quran 32 times. Cooperation with the mosques by helping them to
serve the faith and the community was the conclusion of Imam Elahi's
mission of the mosque is to rid Islamophobia and ignorance. It is to
save the youth from the danger of drugs, alcohol, and adultery and to
teach the new generation lessons of dignity, determination, compassion,
commitment, generosity, justice, love, logic, prayer, patience,
responsibility, righteousness, sincerity and wisdom.
Mosques won't be successful without the cooperation of the community both by participation and financial contribution.
the sake of time, Imam Elahi dedicated only 5 minutes towards calling
on behalf of IHW for some urgent needs related to the projects and
programs of House of Wisdom. The first contributor was Ayatollah Sheik
Abdul-Latif Berry who pledged $5,000 in the name of religious marjaeyya
(Jurisprudence authority). By the end of 5 minutes the Fundraising goal
was met and more than 400 guests enjoyed a delicious dinner in a loving
faith and family atmosphere.
the dinner Congressman John Conyers and other nominees in the coming
election addressed the community with their post-election outlook and
plans. An award of Islamic Art was presented to Sara Wutwut and her
family for their sincere service to the IHW. Following the dinner,
members of the IHW have begun planning summer activities and programs
that correlate with the Islamic calendar which will lead us into the
Ramadan Nightly Services.