Islam Appreciation Month

 

What is Islam Appreciation Month?

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Salaam (Peace) everyone!

One question that is probably on your mind is, “so what is Islam really about, and who are these Muslims?” President Gerald Ford once said: “For nearly two hundred years, our nation has derived its strength from the diversity of its people and of their beliefs. That strength has been greatly enhanced by [the Islamic] religious heritage.” Yet nonetheless, Muslim Americans are increasingly being stigmatized and targeted today, and no other religion is more misunderstood and maligned than Islam.

As we kick off the semester, Islam on Campus cordially invites you to learn more about – and appreciate – Islam at its annual Islam Appreciation Month (IAM), from Feb 1st to Feb 28th, 2016! We invite you to meet your fellow Muslim American peers, as we come together to build bridges and break barriers.

Islam is a belief system and way of life frequently in the media spotlight, and frequently misrepresented. We do not need to mention the negative depictions and narratives surrounding Islam that are abound in the media, pop culture and the halls of power today, nor the distinction between the recent, condemnable actions of the few and the other 1.6 billion Muslims in the world.

We are offering a variety of awesome events throughout IAM that will give you the chance to challenge such misconceptions and appreciate the fastest growing religion in the world. – Discover the diversity of cultures (and food!) within Islam at our annual Islam Fair. (FREE Henna and ethnic food anyone?!) – Get your questions on Islam answered and learn more about what Islam can provide to the religious and spiritual landscape at our Mythbusters: Islam Edition – Clear your mind and enjoy a spiritually reinvigorating night under the stars at our Bonfire & Qiyam – Learn more about the hijab – the headscarf Muslim women wear – and the role of women in Islam at our Hijab Day. – Explore the the rising problems of Islamophobia and racial injustice, their intersectionality, and how to combat them at our “From Charleston to Chapell Hill” event. – Let your creativity flow and express your feelings through Open Mic spoken word. – Find out what being Young & Muslim in America is all about!

All of our events are free and open to the public. We encourage all of you to come out and have a wonderful, uplifting experience and to get to know us!

 

If you have any questions or wish to get involved please contact us at ioc-eboard-2015-2016@googlegroups.co

Islam Fair

 

Monday, February 1st and Tuesday, February 2nd

Event: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Plaza of the Americas

Get up out of bed, take time off your busy schedule, and come stop by the Islam Fair at the Plaza of the Americas from 10AM to 3PM on Monday, February 1st and Tuesday, February 2nd. At the fair, everyone will be able to peruse different countries while getting FREE food, FREE henna tattoos, and FREE tie-dye hijabs, the arabic word for head scarf. Need a fabulous new profile picture? No worries. Stop by our photo booth to pose for a picture in cultural Islamic garb and other fun props! Need more decorative items for your dorm room or apartment? Ask our calligraphy artist to write whatever you want in fancy Arabic script! Have any questions about Islam and what the religion is all about? Check out our Islamic outreach table for more information or check out our event page on facebook!

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Mythbusters: Islam Edition

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February 4th

Event: 7:30 pm

Reitz Union Grand Ballroom

Speaker: Saad Omar

Want to learn more about Islam? Separate misconceptions from reality? Clarify anything you’ve heard or seen in the media about Muslims? Want to attempt some interfaith dialogue? Here’s your chance!

You are cordially invited to Islam Appreciation Month’s signature lecture event, Mythbusters: Islam Edition. Come join our speaker, Saad Omar, as he dissects some of the myths about Islam and brings us all to a mutual understanding of the religion and its people. There will be a lecture event, followed by a Q&A. Food will be provided!

We can’t wait to see you there, inshaAllah (God willing). Bring your friends! Help us spread the word and make this the best IAM ever!

Funded by Student Government

IAM Bonfire and Qiyam

February 5th

Event: 11:00 pm

Hoda Center

5220 SW 13th St, Gainesville, Florida 32608
Salaam IOC family!

The air is still brisk, winter is still hovering in the air, but it won’t be here for long!

This is the season of bonfires! That’s right, IOC will be having its first Spring Bonfire on Friday, February 5th at the Hoda Center. There will be s’mores, hot dogs, and a ton of snacks!

Br. Saad Omar will be the speaker and it is sure to be great! This is defintely one event none of you want to miss out.

Funded by Student Government

From Charleston to Chapel Hill with Margari Hill

February 10th

7:00 pm

Reitz Union Grand Ballroom

On February 10, 2015 in Chapel Hill, NC, Craig Hicks entered the condominium of newly-wed Deah Barakat and Yusor Abu-Salha, and shot them and sister Razan Abu-Salha execution-style in the head. Deah was a Syrian-American second-year student at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Dentistry, his wife Yusor was a Palestinian-American NCSU graduate planning to enter UNC Dentistry School in the fall, and her sister Razan was a student at NCSU majoring in architecture and environmental design. All three were bright and aspiring young Muslim American students who made a tremendous difference in their communities and across the globe.

A couple of months later, on the evening of June 17, 2015, Dylann Storm Roof entered a Bible Study Group at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church (Mother Emanuel) in downtown Charleston, SC. When participants began praying, he pulled out his gun and shot nine people – six women and three men – while shouting racial epithets. The victims of this largest mass shooting at an American place of worship were all African American, and include senior pastor and state senator Rev. Clementa C. Pinckney, Cynthia Hurd, Susie Jackson, Ethel Lance, Rev. DePayne Middleton-Doctor, Tywanza Sanders, Rev. Daniel Simmons Sr., Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, and Myra Thompson.

These two incidents rocked our nation’s conscience last year, and are part of a growing trend of hate crimes in this country. They have also sparked conversation on the #BlackLivesMatter movement and the hashtag #MuslimLivesMatter due to the double standards many in both communities face. Currently, America is witnessing a slew of hateful rhetoric, bigotry, police brutality, and racism targeting several different minority groups across the country. This has been especially heightened by the upcoming presidential elections and the Syrian refugee crisis. There is no time more critical than today to discuss the issues of Islamophobia and racism.

Join Islam On Campus – UF on Wednesday, February 10th, at the Reitz Union Grand Ballroom, as we honor those that have been victims of injustice and ignorance on the anniversary of the Chapel Hill shooting. We will be hosting Margari Azizi Hill, co-founder and Programming Director of the Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative, in a talk on the intersectional problems of Islamophobia and racial injustice in the United States, and how to counter and combat these issues.

We hope our event, “From Charleston to Chapel Hill: Countering Islamophobia and Racial Injustice,” becomes an opportunity for meaningful dialogue and solidarity. We hope it helps engage the greater UF campus community in the struggle to eradicate Islamophobia and racism, and drive out hatred with love and education.

See you all there on Wed, 2/10, at 7:30 pm sharp!! FREE FOOD will be provided! This event is free and open to the public, and is cosponsored with the Arab Students’ Association at UF, STAAR (Students Taking Action Against Racism), and the UF Center for Global Islamic Studies. It is part of IOC’s Islam Appreciation Month (IAM) 2016.

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Women in Islam – Hijab Day

 

February 15th

Doors open 5:30 pm

Reitz Union Grand Ballroom

Speakers: Suzy Ismail

Have you ever wondered what it feels like to wear an Islamic headdress, known as the hijab? Islam On Campus invites all ladies to try on a hijab for a day! Simply put on the headscarf in the morning, go about your daily business, and then join us for the discussion group at the end of the day!

The discussion group will be held in the Reitz Union Grand Ballroom at 6:30 PM that evening, and EVERYONE is encouraged to attend (participants & observers alike). Here, participants will share their experiences of the day – did people look at you differently? Were you treated differently? Was it difficult to keep the scarf on your head and eat at the same time?! Are you now suffering from ‘hijab hair’?, etc.

In addition, we will be having an amazing speaker, Suzy Ismail, explaining the significance of hijab in the Islamic tradition and addressing the topic of Women in Islam. Both ladies and gentlemen are all encouraged to attend the discussion! Free food and refreshments will be served!

We will be helping put hijabs on participants in Turlington, from 10am-2pm. If you don’t have a hijab, we will have some available for you to borrow for the day! We just ask that you return them after use. Please indicate that you need one on the registration form above. In order to get the full experience, we also ask participants to wear long sleeves and long pants the day of the event..

Words with Friends (Spoken Word)

February 19th

Doors open 6:30 pm

Cimplify: Gainesville FL, 32605

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Salaam Everyone!

As part of Islam Appreciation Month, we would like to invite you all to Words with Friends, an open mic night for to share your thoughts, poems, or any other art forms. IAM is a very demanding month and we are thankful to our members who make it all possible! Come out to Cymplify on February 19th, with a coffee shop environment to hang out with IOC members and to hear some spoken word by fellow members and some good food. If you would like to speak at the event, please contact Azmeer Khamisani.

Young & Muslim in America

February 22th

Doors open 7:30 pm

Reitz Grand Ballroom

With the anti-Muslim rhetoric growing in the media, American Muslims are begining to feel its impact on their daily lives. Who are the faces of one of the most hated religions in the world right now? How do they truly feel about the growing animosity? And what have their experiences been so far?

Islam on Campus proudly hosts “Young and Muslim in America,” an interactive panel of UF Muslims that have grown up in a post 9/11 America. Come join us on Monday, February 22nd to answer these questions and to get to know OUR stories.

Contact Us

Hamaad Rahman:

president@islamoncampus.com

Adil Siddiqui

treasurer@islamoncampus.com