Outreach

8/3/18: Another Amazing Day of Dialogue, Bridge Building, Brotherhood and Guidance at IHW

Another Amazing Day of Dialogue, Bridge Building, Brotherhood and Guidance at IHW.

Almost Two Hours of Interfaith Session, Questions and Answers!

Some members of a non-denominational Church from Memphis, Tennessee drove 13 hours to reach to Dearborn MI to visit Islamic House of Wisdom, meet with Imam Elahi and ask questions about Islam.

Imam Elahi asked the delegation about taking the hardship of 13 hours driving to get to IHW and the answers were so inspiring and humbling.

They said they came to Dearborn to ask their questions directly from Muslim sources. They pointed to the current gap and division in the country and irrational fear of Islam, called Islamophobia!

They mentioned that they are tired of fake news from the Fox News and some other media about Islam and interested to have a discussion about all these issues.

Imam Elahi welcomed the guests and passionately appreciated their thirst for the truth. Imam answered all the questions faithfully and friendly. 

From prayer to politics, war and peace, the Quran and the Bible, Jesus and Mohammad, Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Judaism and Zionism, gay and abortion, mosques and churches, faith and family values……

No doubt the interfaith interaction is a great way to end the ignorance and injustice and to bring better understanding and cooperation among this nation of immigration. 

IHW is a community center and also an interfaith platform, welcomes delegations from any community and culture interested in fact finding and truth searching.

Watch Highlights of the Discussion: HERE

 

 

 

7/20/18: Last Friday-4 hours of interfaith Presentation, dialogue and bridge building at islamic House of Wisdom!

Last Friday- 4 hours of interfaith Presentation, dialogue and bridge building at Islamic House of Wisdom!

Dozens of faithful Christians from all over of the US and Canada attendedFriday prayer service at IHW and spent another 3 hours of questions, answers and chatting with Imam Elahi and some IHW members after the prayer!

A big part of conversation was aired live and it gave opportunity to the viewers to send their comments and questions!

Although the questions were mainly religious and spiritual, imam Elahi added some social and political aspects specially on the current Islamophobia viruses in the media and social networks!

Some of the questions were answered by imam Elahi included:

Islamic views on the nature of relationship between Muslims and Allah

Islamic understanding of God’s justice and forgiveness!

Christians believe that Jesus can forgive sins, do the Muslims share this concept or they believe that forgiveness of sins related to God only?

What are the words of comfort the Muslims exchange with the families who lost their beloved ones, especially during the tragic incidents?

How do Muslims find peace with God in this violent world?

How the Muslims experience God’s love in their personal life?

What the Muslims mean by saying all God’s prophets were Muslims?

How the Muslims can prove the truthfulness of Mohammad as the last messenger and the Quran as the final revelation?

What are Muslim beliefs about the end times?

There were much more questions and imam Elahi tried to keep the answered short to cover as many points as possible!

At the end IHW distributed some Islamic publications related to interfaith among the guests!

Some members of IHW interfaith committee joined the Imam and participated in the discussion!

Both Christian delegations and members of IHW were so delighted with this deep and faithful dialogue and continued chatting even after the meeting officially ended!

We thank God for yesterday passionate opportunity and pray to Him to guide the forces of hatred, greed, warmongering, animosity and arrogance to the straight oath of peace, justice, love and humanity!

7/13/18: Expression of Appreciation to an Old Friend!

Expression of Appreciation to an Old Friend!

Shared by Imam Elahi-

I love Hajj Hussein Hamoud. When I arrived at the Islamic Center of America in Joy Road, Detroit 27 years ago in 1991, the Hajj was the chairman of the board. I have so many good memories from the hajj’s iman, integrity, hard work and commitment to serve the Creator and the community.

He is now over 90 years old and can’t walk without walker, yet his mind, heart and soul as sharp as the first time I saw him!!

His wife passed away few years ago and his son Ali died few months ago, yet the other children rotate daily to spend time with him.

His daughter Mona though decided to be with her dad and to live with him, she is doing a big sacrifice, bless her heart! Sadly Mona went through a heavy car accident recently though hamdellah miraculously survived and was visiting her doctor the time I visited her dad this afternoon.

The touchiest part of today’s visit was when hajj Hussein said mawlana during my daily prayers recently sometimes; I don’t trust my memory and feel that I might miss the order or some words! Can you please listen to my prayer and tell me if anything I missed?

I listened to hajj Hussein's entire prayer and said sobhanallah, my dear hajj you didn’t miss any single word or deed anywhere in your prayer. Your prayer was perfect, May the Almighty continue His grace and blessings on you and provide your daughter Mona with a speedy recovery.

I like to ask our community members to let me know of any other senior brothers or sisters that I should go and pay a visit. As you know I am extremely busy and don’t have enough time even for my own family, yet my community members are also like my family members, I love to meet and listen to their life stories and memories of their journey that they love to share. So despite of my busy schedule I would do my best to make that happens Insha’Allah.

 

7/13/2018: A Tragic Death that Hurt everyone's heart

A Tragic Death that Hurt everyone’s Heart!

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Since the disastrous departure of a member of our community, late Rabih Talal Othman, Imam Elahi was looking for the first opportunity to go to their house and express his deep sadness and solidarity with his family.

Imam Elahi was impressed with patience of Rabih’s father, Ostad Talal (AbuAli) Othman and his brothers Ali, Mahmoud and Osama! Looking at Maryam, the Rabih little innocent daughter really hurt my heart.

The things that inspired me the most were the faith, sincerity, patience and good spirit of this suffering family.

Imam Elahi thanked hajj Haidar Ouza for coordinating this blessing visitation.

Before saying goodbye, Imam shared a beautiful hadith from Imam Sajjad (SA) about God’s rewards for the patient!

جزاء الصابرين

رُوي عن الإمام علي بن الحسين زين العابدين ( عليه السَّلام ) أنه قال : 

"إِذَا جَمَعَ اللَّهُ الْأَوَّلِينَ وَ الْآخِرِينَ يُنَادِي مُنَادٍ أَيْنَ الصَّابِرُونَ لِيَدْخُلُوا الْجَنَّةَ بِغَيْرِ حِسَابٍ!

قَالَ: فَيَقُومُ عُنُقٌ مِنَ النَّاسِ فَتَتَلَقَّاهُمُ الْمَلَائِكَةُ.

فَيَقُولُونَ: إِلَى أَيْنَ يَا بَنِي آدَمَ؟

فَيَقُولُونَ: إِلَى الْجَنَّةِ.

فَيَقُولُونَ: وَ قَبْلَ‏ الْحِسَابِ!

فَقَالُوا: نَعَمْ.

قَالُوا: وَ مَنْ أَنْتُمْ؟!

قَالُوا: الصَّابِرُونَ.

قَالُوا: وَ مَا كَانَ‏ صَبْرُكُمْ‏؟

قَالُوا: صَبَرْنَا عَلَى طَاعَةِ اللَّهِ، وَ صَبَرْنَا عَنْ مَعْصِيَةِ اللَّهِ حَتَّى تَوَفَّانَا اللَّهُ عَزَّ وَ جَلَّ 

.قَالُوا: أَنْتُمْ كَمَا قُلْتُمْ، ادْخُلُوا الْجَنَّةَ فَنِعْمَ أَجْرُ الْعامِلِينَ"

مسكّن الفؤاد عند فقد الأحبة و الأولاد:

7/6/18: Interfaith Leadership Lunch Turned to a successful dialogue!

Interfaith Leadership Lunch Turned to a Successful Dialogue!

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Some of the statements made by the speakers:

God Cares about Your Hearts More than your Race, Religion and Nationality.

If some people get united for common evil, we should be able to get united for common good!

We need deeper friendship, bridge building, connection fostering and more appreciation for diversity.

Living in a frustrating world, we may not have solution for every problem, but giving up should not be an option.

In the darkest hours of history always some people rise up and make deference!

When one of us is hurt, all of us should hurt! If we don’t suffer when others are suffering, we don’t deserve to be called human beings!

The conclusion was to find more ways to foster more dialogue, more exchange of ideas, knowledge and experiences among our communities and our nation!

Let’s thank Islamic Center of America for hosting this great interfaith lunch!

6/28/2018: Some words by Imam Elahi in Saturday's Protest in front of the Saudi embassy in Washington DC!

Some words by Imam Elahi in Saturday's Protest in front of the Saudi embassy in Washington DC!

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It was an inspiring experience to be with hundreds of faithful from different States gathering in front of Saudi embassy in Washington DC to protest the kingdom's crimes against humanity including demolishing the historic spiritual sites in particular the Shrines of 4 Imams and many righteous companions in Baqi in the holy city of Al-Medina!

Imam Elahi was one of the speakers invited by the Baqi organization! The following are some of his words...

"8th of Shawwal is one of the most painful public morning in Islamic history!

In a day like today in 1926 an army of ignorance, injustice and brutality under the authority of the Saudi household and the ideology of Wahhabi-Takfiry demolished the shrines of 4 infallible Imams and many other righteous companions of the prophet under the excuse of sherk and bedaa!

In reality it was and it is not about religion but money, power and domination!

The same thing about the other products of this Takfiri ideology such as al-Qaeda, Alnosra,, Alshabab, bokoharam, isis and Taleban! They all are used as instruments to hijack the Islamic faith!

Protesting the destruction of Baqi is not a Shi’a issue, since those shrines were built, visited and honored by both Shia and Sunni for over 1000 years!

Considering the role of Imam Baqer and Imam Sadeq and their contribution to human salvation and civilization , demolishing of Baqi by the Saudis was an attack to human cultural and educational heritage! So today we must say condolences to every human with conscience anywhere globally!

We are here today to say we never forget this crime, as we never forget Ashura,

We are here today to continue our call for reconstruction of Baqi shrines!

We are here today to ask the UN that if you are powerless to protect those places of worship at least protest their destruction by the forces of darkness and oppression!

How come you protested the destruction of Buddhist statues in Afghanistan but silent of the Saudi and its mercenaries in attacking places of worship in the Middle East?

Off course it takes one phone call from the White House to stop Saudi atrocities in beheading of the innocent and bulldozing the holy buildings!

In the absence of any pressure from the White House the Studies get green light to continue their bloodshed, barbarianism and brutality!

Though we lost our hope in DC politicians but not in the Lord of this world. We continue our prayer and tell the corrupt kingdom of Arabia that the light of the Lord of love, compassion and justice won’t be extinguished with your mouths, money and military! God would complete His light regardless of your evil expression and actions!"

6/28/18: Today's meeting with His Excellency Allen H. Vigneron Archbishop of Detroit at Archdiocese!

Today’s meeting with His Excellency Allen H. Vigneron Archbishop of Detroit at Archdiocese!

Imam Ali (as) Nahj Al-Balaqa Was Presented to The Archbishop!

Continuity of Dialogue to Deepen the Relationship We Already Enjoy Was Emphasized!

It was to thank Catholic leadership for his Ramadan message and for standing for justice, unity and religious liberty!

His Excellency welcomed Imam Elahi and his accompanying delegation from IHW and other community organizations including clergy members sheikh Ali Nassoor, Sayed Alireza Mosawi, Hajja Nawal Hamadeh, Hajj Nasib Fawaz, Imad Hamad,hajj Ahmad Alzaroui, Dr Fras Hamada, Hajja Sabah Beydoun, imam Aref, Dr Alireza Mosawi, Dr Salar and Anaya Shehab!

Imam Elahi thanked the Archbishop for his Ramadan message and for sending a high delegation from the Catholic Church to IHW interfaith Ramadan Iftar dinner!

Archbishop Vigneron expressed happiness that despite of some theological differences between two faith traditions, Muslims and Christian can enjoy respectful relationships and work together for peace, justice and for promotion of religious liberty.

Imam Elahi presented a copy of Nahj Al-Balagha to the Archbishop and read imam Ali’s sermon 160 explaining the purity, simplicity, love and sacrifice in the life of Jesus Christ!

Imam expressed his sadness and also warning of those who claimed passion for Jesus yet using the Bible to justify racism, separation, slavery, Islamiphobia, and discrimination!

This is exactly what the so called Muslim extremists did when justified their crimes in the name of God and the Quran.

Imam Elahi concluded that it’s necessary that the mainstream Muslims and Christians and other faith traditions to stand together against extremism in their own communities and remove the evil of ignorance that causes all those diseases of fear, hate, division and discrimination!

Then the floor opened for an hour of comments and questions from the participating guests and the Archbishop addressed each and every point with sincerity and wisdom.

The continuity of communication and cooperation was a mutual promise of the leadership of the Catholic Church, imam Elahi and the Muslim organizations represented in this visit!

The Muslim delegation left the Archdiocese office while escorted kindly and friendly by the Archbishop Allen Vigneron, David J. Conrad Coordinator of Ecumenical and Interfaith Dialogue and some members of Archdiocese staff.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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6/28/18: Travel Ban, Immoral, A service to Injustice

Travel Ban, Immoral, A service to Injustice!

June 27, 2018, Wednesday- A Group of Conscientious,True American Patriotic, Gathered at Campus Martius to Protest Immorality of Travel Ban! The Ban Became Legal but Not Moral!

The Supreme Court Turned the Travel Ban on 7 Countries, Majority of them Muslims to a Law, But the Ban Still Immoral!

Imam Elahi was one of the speakers at downtown Detroit at Martius Park.

Imam Elahi's Words included:

Today’s ruling is a service to injustice, oppression, discrimination and racism. 

Ban on those Muslim countries that have been fighting isis was a reward to terrorists and a punishment for those who sacrificed all they had to defeat the isis. 

Travel ban is absolutely unjust, it's an attack on the integrity, image and interests of the US in the world. 

Our silence on this is a serious sin, though no fast solution for this dangerous decision, yet not giving up either! We will continue our opposition to this legislation through our determination, dedication, unity and our vote in August!

 

 

6/2/18: Archishop Allen Vigneron's Ramadan Message to Muslim Community at islamic House of Wisdom!

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Archbishop Allen Vigneron's Ramadan Message to Muslim Community at Islamic House of Wisdom!

Imam Elahi Addressed the Interfaith Audience!

Islamic House of Wisdom celebrated its annual interfaith iftar dinner Wednesday successfully, attracting more than 250 religious, civic, business and community leaders, including Bishop Robert Fisher of the Archdiocese of Detroit and a host of imams, pastors, priests and Christian and Jewish leaders.

Dearborn Heights Mayor Dan Paletko thanked Islamic House of Wisdom for its initiative to hold the interfaith dinner and welcome everyone to the city of Dearborn Heights.

The audience included Chief Judge Sam Salamey, Judge Christopher Dingell, Judge Marc Summers , Judge Gene Hunt, former Lebanese ambassador Dr. Ai Ajami, Dr. Ned Fawaz, Dr. Mohammad Ajjour , Message of Hope leader hajj Hussein Elhaf, representatives of Bintjobail cultural center and other community leaders and representatives.

Bishop Robert Fisher related the greetings of Archbishop Vigneron to Imam Elahi and the community during the month of Ramadan. “For many years, the Catholic Church in Detroit has had a close relationship with the Islamic community,” he said.

He also said that As Muslims celebrate this holy month, not only do they fast during the day, they also reap many spiritual rewards from the activities which accompany that discipline, such as increasing the offering of prayers, the recitation of the Quran, as well as increase the doing of good deeds and charity. 

“All of these things, fasting, prayer, and charity, seek to better the human condition and increase the love of human beings for one another, he said.” Please read the complete remarks at the end of story.

Islamic House of Wisdom spiritual leader Imam Mohammad Ali Elahi highlighted the benefits of fasting and how worship benefits the individual and the entire society.

Imam Elahi Thank Archbishop Allen Vigneron for sending Ramadan greetings to the Muslim community through a delegation including Bishop Fisher, Fr. John and Rev. David.

Imam invited other church leaders and interfaith activists to the stage to introduce themselves and their communities.

The imam talked about Ramadan as the month of revelation and the Quran as an interfaith book with over 300 verses about Abraham, Moses and Jesus. He mentioned the main goal of all the prophets to guide humanity to fix their relationship with God, themselves and the rest of the society. 

They all talked about the family as a foundation for the community and how to make this foundation stronger through faith, respect, love and forgiveness and save it from jealousy, greed, and selfishness.

Imam noted the common concerns of interfaith about the youth in our society such as drugs, depression, alcohol, addiction, suicide and spiritual loss.

Speaking about Islamophobia, racism, the culture of violence, the imam mentioned how the media were silent about the religious and political identity of Dimitrios Pagourtzis who killed and wounded over 20 students in a public school in Texas last week and never used the word terrorist for him, while they jump to all the religious details of the criminal even if falsely claims Islamic identity.

Imam Elahi mentioned some other stars of interfaith such as MLK, Mahatma Gundy, Nelson Mandela and Imam Musa Sadr and asked the entire interfaith community to be united in condemnation of injustice and oppression. He mentioned the victimization of 3000 Palestinians in Gaza by the Israeli forces a clear case of faithful concern and condemnation and said as Muslims stood against Isis, the Jews need to save the image of Judaism from this injustice done in their name.

The imam also expressed sympathy with the suffering people in Yemen under Saudi bombardments and Syria under war and terrorism without celebrating their Ramadan season.

Imam Elahi concluded with honoring the birth of Imam Hassan (SA) and his worship, wisdom, and peacemaking role in human history.

Emcee Khalil Hachem, who co-presented the program, said the idea of interfaith is that we are united under one humanity and it is something that brings us together and removes the barriers that divide us.

It starts with love because love changes hearts not laws not legislations. It starts by showing compassion and removing distances between us.

The best way to start is to go back to basics by promoting selflessness. Basic is the concern more with the needs and wishes of others than with one’s own.

This is the powerful image of God and that is the ability to sacrifice and help each other and understand each other. This is what we hope to accomplish during these meetings.

The interfaith participants and the Muslim community leaders expressed their joy and appreciation for IHW initiative and its unifying and inspiring iftar celebration.

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Entire Message Delivered by Bishop Robert Fisher of Catholic Church!

 

Dear Imam Elahi and other honored guests present for this annual dinner here at the Islamic House of Wisdom:

 

I extend to you greetings and blessings to you Imam Elahi and to all who are celebrating this holy month of Ramadan. His Excellency, Archbishop Vigneron, sends his best wishes as you celebrate this holy month of fasting and prayer. Due to his schedule, the Archbishop is unable to attend this evening’s event. He is most grateful for your kind invitation and remembers with affection the many encounters that he has had with you, Imam, as well as members of the Muslim community during his time as the Archbishop of Detroit. He was especially touched by your kind expression of condolence upon the murder of Father Hamel who was killed in northern France in 2016. The Archbishop also appreciated the opportunity to appear with you on the radio program last year as well.

 

For many years, the Catholic Church in Detroit has had a close relationship with the Islamic Community. We have worked together on many initiatives, especially in the area of building community and improving interreligious dialogue. In the years since the Second Vatican Council, beginning with the document Nostra Aetate, the Church has promoted dialogue and humanitarian work which furthers the human condition and improves life for all people. Furthermore, it is the duty of every person, regardless of his or her faith tradition, “to promote together for the benefit of all mankind social justice and moral welfare, as well as peace and freedom” (NA, 3).

It is in this spirit that we join with you at tonight’s Iftar (eef-tar) dinner. As you celebrate this holy month, not only do you fast during the day, you also reap many spiritual rewards from the activities which accompany that discipline. During this time which commemorates the first revelation of the Quran to the Prophet Muhammad, devout Muslims increase the offering of prayers, the recitation of the Quran, as well as increase the doing of good deeds and charity. All of these things, fasting, prayer, and charity, seek to better the human condition and increase the love of human beings for one another.

We Christians have a similar period of fasting called Lent which occurs 40 days prior to the celebration of Easter. During this time we abstain from certain foods and activities that we may better focus our minds and hearts on doing the work of God. In addition, we spend more time in prayer and engage in works of charity and almsgiving. This Lenten observance helps us to be cleansed of sinful behaviors in order that we may more closely imitate Jesus and become witnesses of the Gospel.

While we share many common practices and have come a long way in our dialogue and interaction with one another, there is still much to be done. Increasingly, there are attacks against people because of the way in which they worship. Because of a lack of knowledge about different faith traditions, some people choose to deny certain groups the autonomy to worship and live in peace. This is contrary to what God intends for His world. Together, Muslims and Christians must promote religious liberty and human rights for all people. We need to highlight what is common to both of our faith traditions and work together for the increase of charity and peace in our world. Through prayer, fasting, and works of mercy (which are traits we share in common), we learn more about what God intends for the world and we are challenged to make this world a better place for all people.

As you continue to celebrate this holy month, we ask God the Almighty and Merciful One to bless you and give you his peace. May we continue to live together as brothers and sisters working to bring God’s peace, mercy, and love to all people.

May 30, 2018: Annual Interfaith Iftar at the IHW

Archbishop Allen Vigneron's Ramadan Message to Muslim Community at Islamic House of Wisdom!

Imam Elahi Addressed the Interfaith Audience!

Islamic House of Wisdom celebrated its annual interfaith iftar dinner Wednesday successfully, attracting more than 250 religious, civic, business and community leaders, including Bishop Robert Fisher of the Archdiocese of Detroit and a host of imams, pastors, priests and Christian and Jewish leaders.

Dearborn Heights Mayor Dan Paletko thanked Islamic House of Wisdom for its initiative to hold the interfaith dinner and welcome everyone to the city of Dearborn Heights.

The audience included Chief Judge Sam Salamey, Judge Christopher Dingell, Judge Marc Summers , Judge Gene Hunt, former Lebanese ambassador Dr. Ai Ajami, Dr. Ned Fawaz, Dr. Mohammad Ajjour , Message of Hope leader hajj Hussein Elhaf, representatives of Bintjobail cultural center and other community leaders and representatives.

Bishop Robert Fisher related the greetings of Archbishop Vigneron to Imam Elahi and the community during the month of Ramadan. “For many years, the Catholic Church in Detroit has had a close relationship with the Islamic community,” he said.

He also said that As Muslims celebrate this holy month, not only do they fast during the day, they also reap many spiritual rewards from the activities which accompany that discipline, such as increasing the offering of prayers, the recitation of the Quran, as well as increase the doing of good deeds and charity. 

“All of these things, fasting, prayer, and charity, seek to better the human condition and increase the love of human beings for one another, he said.” Please read the complete remarks at the end of story.

Islamic House of Wisdom spiritual leader Imam Mohammad Ali Elahi highlighted the benefits of fasting and how worship benefits the individual and the entire society.

Imam Elahi Thank Archbishop Allen Vigneron for sending Ramadan greetings to the Muslim community through a delegation including Bishop Fisher, Fr. John and Rev. David.

Imam invited other church leaders and interfaith activists to the stage to introduce themselves and their communities.

The imam talked about Ramadan as the month of revelation and the Quran as an interfaith book with over 300 verses about Abraham, Moses and Jesus. 

He mentioned the main goal of all the prophets to guide humanity to fix their relationship with God, themselves and the rest of the society. 

They all talked about the family as a foundation for the community and how to make this foundation stronger through faith, respect, love and forgiveness and save it from jealousy, greed, and selfishness.

Imam noted the common concerns of interfaith about the youth in our society such as drugs, depression, alcohol, addiction, suicide and spiritual loss.

Speaking about Islamophobia, racism, the culture of violence, the imam mentioned how the media were silent about the religious and political identity of Dimitrios Pagourtzis who killed and wounded over 20 students in a public school in Texas last week and never used the word terrorist for him, while they jump to all the religious details of the criminal even if falsely claims Islamic identity.

Imam Elahi mentioned some other stars of interfaith such as MLK, Mahatma Gundy, Nelson Mandela and Imam Musa Sadr and asked the entire interfaith community to be united in condemnation of injustice and oppression. He mentioned the victimization of 3000 Palestinians in Gaza by the Israeli forces a clear case of faithful concern and condemnation and said as Muslims stood against Isis, the Jews need to save the image of Judaism from this injustice done in their name.

The imam also expressed sympathy with the suffering people in Yemen under Saudi bombardments and Syria under war and terrorism without celebrating their Ramadan season.

Imam Elahi concluded with honoring the birth of Imam Hassan (SA) and his worship, wisdom, and peacemaking role in human history.

Emcee Khalil Hachem, who co-presented the program, said the idea of interfaith is that we are united under one humanity and it is something that brings us together and removes the barriers that divide us.

It starts with love because love changes hearts not laws not legislations. It starts by showing compassion and removing distances between us.

The best way to start is to go back to basics by promoting selflessness. Basic is the concern more with the needs and wishes of others than with one’s own.

This is the powerful image of God and that is the ability to sacrifice and help each other and understand each other. This is what we hope to accomplish during these meetings.

The interfaith participants and the Muslim community leaders expressed their joy and appreciation for IHW initiative and its unifying and inspiring iftar celebration.

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Entire Message Delivered by Bishop Robert Fisher of Catholic Church!

Dear Imam Elahi and other honored guests present for this annual dinner here at the Islamic House of Wisdom:

I extend to you greetings and blessings to you Imam Elahi and to all who are celebrating this holy month of Ramadan. His Excellency, Archbishop Vigneron, sends his best wishes as you celebrate this holy month of fasting and prayer. Due to his schedule, the Archbishop is unable to attend this evening’s event. He is most grateful for your kind invitation and remembers with affection the many encounters that he has had with you, Imam, as well as members of the Muslim community during his time as the Archbishop of Detroit. He was especially touched by your kind expression of condolence upon the murder of Father Hamel who was killed in northern France in 2016. The Archbishop also appreciated the opportunity to appear with you on the radio program last year as well.

For many years, the Catholic Church in Detroit has had a close relationship with the Islamic Community. We have worked together on many initiatives, especially in the area of building community and improving interreligious dialogue. In the years since the Second Vatican Council, beginning with the document Nostra Aetate, the Church has promoted dialogue and humanitarian work which furthers the human condition and improves life for all people. Furthermore, it is the duty of every person, regardless of his or her faith tradition, “to promote together for the benefit of all mankind social justice and moral welfare, as well as peace and freedom” (NA, 3).

It is in this spirit that we join with you at tonight’s Iftar (eef-tar) dinner. As you celebrate this holy month, not only do you fast during the day, you also reap many spiritual rewards from the activities which accompany that discipline. During this time which commemorates the first revelation of the Quran to the Prophet Muhammad, devout Muslims increase the offering of prayers, the recitation of the Quran, as well as increase the doing of good deeds and charity. All of these things, fasting, prayer, and charity, seek to better the human condition and increase the love of human beings for one another.

We Christians have a similar period of fasting called Lent which occurs 40 days prior to the celebration of Easter. During this time we abstain from certain foods and activities that we may better focus our minds and hearts on doing the work of God. In addition, we spend more time in prayer and engage in works of charity and almsgiving. This Lenten observance helps us to be cleansed of sinful behaviors in order that we may more closely imitate Jesus and become witnesses of the Gospel.

While we share many common practices and have come a long way in our dialogue and interaction with one another, there is still much to be done. Increasingly, there are attacks against people because of the way in which they worship. Because of a lack of knowledge about different faith traditions, some people choose to deny certain groups the autonomy to worship and live in peace. This is contrary to what God intends for His world. Together, Muslims and Christians must promote religious liberty and human rights for all people. We need to highlight what is common to both of our faith traditions and work together for the increase of charity and peace in our world. Through prayer, fasting, and works of mercy (which are traits we share in common), we learn more about what God intends for the world and we are challenged to make this world a better place for all people.

As you continue to celebrate this holy month, we ask God the Almighty and Merciful One to bless you and give you his peace. May we continue to live together as brothers and sisters working to bring God’s peace, mercy, and love to all people.

5/25/18: Menbar is a mighty media and an instrument of Inspiring influence in human mind, heart and soul!

Menbar is a mighty media and an instrument of Inspiring influence in human mind, heart and soul!

Contemporary Islamic Minbar Discourse at Islamic Institute of Knowledge in Dearborn!

It was a very nice initiative by sheikh Baqer Berri and Imams Council to meet at the Islamic Institute of Knowledge and discuss how Islamic message should be shared between Muslims and even non-Muslims in America.

Br. Dawud Walid, Dr. Ali Lila and Shaikh Baker and Imam Elahi were 4 the panelists of the event. Dr. Fras Hamadeh the moderator.

Imam Elahi reflected on the mission of the prophets, quoting Imam Ali describing the goal of the prophets to revolutionize human reason through heavenly guidance, light of revelation and education.

The prophets came to make communications between the people and the creator and to establish justice, peace, morality and unity among people.

The prophets recognized the problems and needs of their avoidance spoke the language of their people and made extraordinary sacrifice to fulfill their Devine duties.

Imam Elahi considered the opportunity of the Menbar as a great platform and opportunity for dawa work which should follow the patterns of the prophets. He called the social network and technology a blessing for spreading the message of the menbar. Interfaith is another channel of communication and opportunity to fight the disease of Islamophobia. 

Menbar is a mighty media and an instrument of influence in minds, hearts and souls!

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5/11/18: Michigan Muslim Capital Day in Lansing!

Michigan Muslim Capital Day in Lansing!

Wednesday, May 9, 2018- Thank you MMCC - Michigan Muslim Community Council, Dr. Mozzamel, Dr. Hadidi, Somayeh Ahmad and the entire team for your hard work and great result.

Thank to our Senators and Representatives and in particular Senator David Knezek and Rep. Abdallah Hamoud for hosting us.

In a world where ignorance, fear, racism and prejudice divide people and cause hatred and confrontation, engagement, communication, listening and learning from one another are the key to change the world and contribute to construction of civil societies!

We spent over 3 hours in the Capital, meeting with some members of the Congress, holding a ceremony at the heart of the Capital building, attending a session and also socializing and interacting with the staff and other visitors of the Capital, very educational experience specially for our Muslim students in our journey.

This is an annual event, but it must be a roadmap for our daily life in this part of our planet!