Mosaic Foundation brings together Denver’s prominent people over a friendship dinner

Date posted: November 20, 2013

Multicultural Mosaic Foundation in Denver, Colorado, recently held its traditional Dialogue and Friendship Dinner at one of the city’s prestigious venues, Cable Center. Having the author-journalist Mustafa Akyol, on his “Islam without Extremes” promotion tour, as its keynote speaker, the event saw the attendance of several assembly members and senators of the states Colorado and Wyoming. Celal Afsar, a Turkish philanthropist and businessmen, was the honorary guest of the night.

Ismail Akbulut, Multicultural Mosaic Foundation President, in his address, reviewed the foundation’s activities and mission since its outset. Next, Mustafa Akyol took the floor to speak on his book “Islam without Extremes.” In parallel with the book, Akyol argued media can lead to misunderstandings with its portrayal of cultures and communities. He claimed that the acts by extremist groups dominate the media coverage on Islam is the reason behind the Westerners’ negative view of Muslims. That said, Akyol underscored that media people should make a self-criticism and function as bridges between communities and religions, in order to be able to eliminate that negative perception.

The bans and wrong practices against women in certain Middle Eastern countries, Akyol concluded, result from misinterpretation of the Prophet Muhammad’s tradition and the long-established, authoritarian culture in the region. The very same authoritarian notion makes itself evident in Turkey’s understanding of secularism, Akyol noted. He therefore urged that the Qur’an and prophetic traditions need to be re-interpreted for advancement of Muslim communities. “Faith can only be offered but not imposed,” Akyol added.

The event came to a close with a calligraphy demonstration.

Published [in Turkish] on Zaman Amerika, November 15, 2013

Source: HizmetMovement.Com , November 20, 2013

Related News

Kerry Tells Turkish Foreign Minister Coup Accusations Irresponsible

Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday he told Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu that it was irresponsible for his country to accuse the U.S. of involvement in Friday’s coup attempt.

Enes Kanter – A Dervish in the NBA

The first time I went to Oklahoma City, I was wondering, how am I going to do this? I’m a Muslim player, I pray 5 times a day, fast, eat halal food. So when I got to OKC, I told the chefs, the organization, I’m a Muslim, I need to do this, this, this. They were so respectful.

Journalists seek asylum in Canada amid Turkish crackdown

Duncan Pike of the Toronto-based Canadian Journalists for Free Expression said the decline of press freedom in Turkey has been a growing concern as the Tayyip Erdogan regime continues to use the coup as a pretext to crack down on opposition critical of his government. “Reporters are stripped of press credentials. Publishing houses are closed down. Authors, journalists, teachers and academics are detained and investigated,” said Pike.

Online Interfaith Dialogue Workshop

Respect Graduate School, Bethlemem, PA has launched an online “Interfaith Dialogue Workshop.” The workshops aims to provide basic principles of inter-faith work and empower students with foundational skills to serve in a religiously diverse social context.

International Conference on Hizmet Movement in Taiwan

Formosa Institute and Taiwan Association of Islamic Studies (TAIS) are organizing a conference titled “Hizmet Movement and the Thought and Teachings of Fethullah Gülen: Contributions to Multiculturalism and Global Peace” to be held on December 8-9 2012 and calling for papers. Objective The need for peaceful coexistence among the people of various cultures has long been […]

Refugee mother overjoyed after reuniting with daughters

“There are many Turkish refugees in Canada in the same situation and separated from their families. I hope Canadian officials can use their discretion and do the same thing for them to be together,” said Baris. “I’m still missing my husband. My daughters are missing their father. Hopefully, he can join us soon.”

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

KADİP’s 1st international photography contest held for peace

The fate of prosecutors

Mongolia’s Elite Schools sponsor reading halls at pediatric hospital

Turkey seeks three consecutive life sentences for Zaman journalists on coup charges

Atyrau student wins silver in Brazil research competition

Fears for Gulen-inspired Turkish schools in Pakistan grow

Pacific Dialogue Platform in Philippines was opened with Iftar

Copyright 2023 Hizmet News