Peace Islands Institute hosts iftar in NY

The iftar event in Columbia University, was attended by numerous prominent members of the community.(Photo: AP)
The iftar event in Columbia University, was attended by numerous prominent members of the community.(Photo: AP)


Date posted: July 10, 2015

SEZAİ KALAYCI / NEW YORK

An iftar was held in Columbia University, bringing together numerous prominent members of the community.

The event, organized by the Peace Islands Institute (PII), the New York Interfaith Center and Columbia University’s religious studies department, hosted former US Vice President Al Gore’s daughter Karenna Gore and prominent Indonesian religious figure Imam Shamsi Ali.

Sarah Sayeed, director of the New York Interfaith Dialog Center, hosted the program that started with breaking of the fast as the adhan (call to prayer) was heard. School of engineering Dean Dr. Mary Boyce, expressing their honor to be hosting the iftar, said: “We have hosted many different events in this auditorium, but this event is very different from the others. We are very happy to host and know you.”

Karenna Gore, one of the organizers of the iftar, said she had fasted for the first time in her life, adding she wanted to share the feelings of Muslims who are fasting.

Among the attendees were New York State Assembly Member from Manhattan Richard N. Gottfried, Burton L. Visotzky, a professor of Midrash and Interreligious Studies at the Jewish Theological Seminary and several other American academics, as well as members of non-governmental organizations and diplomats from the United Nations.

Adile Osmanoğlu, a grandchild of Abdülhamid II, one of the last Ottoman sultans, also attended the event.

 

Source: Today's Zaman , July 09, 2015


Related News

Lawyers for Gulen Call Flynn’s Comments ‘Troubling’

Gulen has never been charged with a crime in the U.S., and he has consistently denounced terrorism as well as the failed coup in Turkey. One of Gulen’s lawyers, Jason Weinstein, called Flynn’s comments about Gulen “troubling” but said the extradition process is a legal matter in the hands of the Department of Justice.

‘Even deeper than 9/11’

In my humble opinion, following the tragic events in Boston, there are two questions before us that we must contemplate deeply on. First, despite all the efforts of the Obama administration to ease the tension in the air, why is the US still being subject to terrorist actions that Muslims seem to have taken a […]

PA State Rep. Margo Davidson reflects on her visit to Turkish refugees in Greece

We heard about mothers being imprisoned right after birth in Turkey. And it’s just really a horrible shame; and that they’re still being tracked by the Turkish government at this point is just really frightening. Turkey had achieved democracy, but now it’s under a single person’s rule–which is what we call a dictatorship.

Religious leaders in Philippines defend Turkish NGOs being linked to terrorism

De La Salle Philippines president Bro. Armin Luistro and leaders of religious groups on Tuesday expressed support to two non-government organizations being linked to terrorist organizations, noting the NGOs’ track records in peace-building.

Canada’s Green Party leader on human rights violations in Turkey: I am entirely horrified

Canada’s Green Party leader and lawmaker Elizabeth May said during a panel discussion held at the Canadian Parliament in Ottawa on widespread human rights violations in Turkey that “I am entirely horrified by the behaviour of the Turkish government. We need to be more speaking out loud.”

US Congressman: No Credibility In Charges By Turkey Against Gülen

US Congressman Brad Sherman said on Thursday that charges against US-based Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen by the Turkish government and Turkey’s autocratic President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan have no credibility and that he would not be treated with justice if he were in Turkey.

Latest News

Fethullah Gülen’s Condolence Message for South African Human Rights Defender Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Hizmet Movement Declares Core Values with Unified Voice

Ankara systematically tortures supporters of Gülen movement, Kurds, Turkey Tribunal rapporteurs say

Erdogan possessed by Pharaoh, Herod, Hitler spirits?

Devious Use of International Organizations to Persecute Dissidents Abroad: The Erdogan Case

A “Controlled Coup”: Erdogan’s Contribution to the Autocrats’ Playbook

Why is Turkey’s Erdogan persecuting the Gulen movement?

Purge-victim man sent back to prison over Gulen links despite stage 4 cancer diagnosis

University refuses admission to woman jailed over Gülen links

In Case You Missed It

Dismissed police officer dies of heart attack in German refugee camp

Refugee mother overjoyed after reuniting with daughters

Turkish schools behind Turkey’s soft power in Middle East

At least 275 including elderly woman detained over Gulen links over past day

Political predictions for 2014

Self-exiled Islamic scholar Gülen rejects Khomeini analogy for potential return to Turkey

Two additional Turkish schools to open in Casablanca

Copyright 2024 Hizmet News