Islam Appreciation Month

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What is Islam Appreciation Month?
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, 2018! 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.
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!

 

Questions? Contact us at: ioc-eboard@googlegroups.com

IAM 2018:
One Spark is the Start –
A Community Illuminates the World

IAM WALL PAINTING

When: Sunday – January 28th, 2018
Time: 4pm-6pm
Where: The Wall on 34th Street

The moment you have all been waiting for: IAM 2018 is here!!! To kick off this amazing month appreciating the religion of Islam, we will be painting the wall on 34th street to let the Gainesville community know how proud we are to be Muslims at the University of Florida. Paint and supplies will all be provided at the event. Please wear clothes and shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty or stained (guys – no suits) (girls – no prom dresses). Invite your friends regardless of the religion they practice. This month is all about informing our community about our beautiful religion! See you out there inshAllah!

Hijab-A-Thon!

When: Wednesday – January 31st, 2018
Time: 9am-2pm
Where: Turlington Plaza

Join us for our Islam Appreciation Month kick-off event! Hijab-a-thon! will be on January 31st, 2018. This is your chance to get a first-hand hijab experience, no matter your background. Our Hijab-a-thon! comes just one day before World Hijab Day on February 1st!

Hijab is commonly described as a physical covering, but the reality of hijab encompasses so much more. Hijab calls Muslims, both men and women, towards modesty in behavior, character, and thoughts.
What is it like wearing a hijab?
Come out to Turlington on January 31st to find out!

Hijab-a-thon! After Hours

When: Wednesday – January 31st, 2018
Time: 6pm-9pm
Where: Rion Ballroom East

“Dont wonder if I’m oppressed; ask me.”

Hijab-a-thon! After Hours will be a dinner and discussion event. Join us in the Rion Ballroom to share your experience with hijab and learn more about the experiences of others. Any questions and comments are welcomed and appreciated.
Don’t miss out on a night of insightful discussion and great food! Stimulate your mind and your taste buds. We hope to see you in Rion Ballroom East on January 31st!
Doors open at 6:00 PM.

 IAM Bonfire

When: Friday – February 2nd, 2018
Time: 8pm-11pm
Where: Hoda Center

Come stay warm with IOC as we celebrate the beginning of Islam Appreciation Month! There will be Halal hotdogs and smores so come hungry. We are very excited to continue our tradition of kicking off IAM with our Bonfire and Halaqa! See you there!

Islam Fair

When: Monday + Tuesday – February 5-6th, 2018
Time: 10am-4pm
Where: Plaza of the Americas

Public Jumaa

When: Friday – February 9th, 2018
Time: TBD
Where: Plaza of the Americas

Prophetic Empathy Workshop

When:Friday – February 9th, 2018
Time: TBD
Where: TBD

Flower Tabling

When: Monday + Tuesday – February 19-20th, 2018
Time: 9am-2pm
Where: Turlington

Poetry SLAM!

When: Wednesday -February 21st, 2018
Time: TBD
Where: TBD

Relay for Life

When: Friday -February 23rd, 2018
Time: 3pm-3am
Where: TBD

Closing Ceremony

When: Wednesday – February 28th, 2018
Time: TBD
Where: TBD

 

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