Lifting the Veil on Islam #23 – A Taste of Ramadan – May 24, 2018

A Taste of Ramadan

The Islamic Society of Augusta invites our CSRA neighbors to join us in celebrating a night of the Holy Month of Ramadan.

Muslims fast from before sunrise to sunset during the month of Ramadan.

Please come and join us as we break our daily fast, on Thursday May 24th.

Presentation about Ramadan starts at 7:30 PM

Iftar (Dinner) after Sunset Prayer (8:40 PM)

Lifting the Veil on Islam #22 – Muslim Christian Relations – April 12, 2018

Muslim Christian Relations

pdf of PowerPoint presentation is available by clicking Muslim Christian Relations in 21st

Review the Quran’s guidance and Prophet Muhammad’s examples regarding Interfaith relations.  Reflect on Muslims’ Interfaith relations over the centuries.  Then focus on the position taken by modern Islamic scholars and Imams regarding The Bible vs. The Quran.  What are the consequences of the Muslims’ position?

Links from presentation:

A Common Word:  The ACW Letter | A Common Word Between Us and You

Marrakech Declaration:  Marrakesh Declaration
Nostra Aetate: Nostra aetate

Lifting the Veil on Islam #17 – “The Quran, Unique and Miraculous” – November 2, 2017

“The Quran, Unique and Miraculous”
Presented by Imam Jawad Rasul


Muslims believe that the Quran is the word of God. The Quran plays a major role in the Muslim life and it occupies a prominent space in their minds and hearts.
This presentation will dive deep into the literary miracles of the Quran. We will look into the marvels of eloquence that can be found in the Quran with regards to word choices, sentence composition, numerical balance, as well as the divine wisdom and foresight in some of the social and legal principles laid out in the Quran. Get ready to be amazed by the miracle that is the Quran!

A video of this session is available on YouTube (Click Here).
We apologize for the less than ideal quality.  The quality is better in person. 😉

Lifting the Veil on Islam #16 – The Ideal Islamic Character – October 5, 2017

The Ideal Islamic Character

  1. Did Islam invent its own moral setup?
  2. What are the moral priorities for a Muslim?
  3. Muslims versus Muhammad: do today’s Muslims present an “authentic” Islamic model?
  4. Taqyiah: Does Islam teach lying?

Speaker: Dr. Mohammed Elsalanty

Follow Up:

Click Here for a pdf copy of the slides from the presentation.

Click Here for the Prophet’s Farewell Sermon pdf file.

Lifting the Veil on Islam #15 – ISLAM, JIHAD and 9/11 – September 7, 2017

ISLAM, JIHAD and 9/11

7 pm Thursday September 7th 2017

Note due to the interest and importance of this topic, and the timing of the sunset prayers, this session is expected to end later than usual.  The presentations and Q&A are expected to last at least until 9:00 pm.  Guests are encouraged to attend even if they do not expect to stay until the end.

Outline: Some of the most intriguing questions of our time will be taken head on in this session of “Lifting the Veil” series. What does Jihad mean? Does Islam promote terrorism? Was 9/11 an act of Jihad according to Islam? Do all Muslims wish to destroy the west? This and many other similar questions will be addressed.

Speaker: Imam Jawad Rasul – Imam of the Islamic Society of Augusta

Follow Up:


This link is to a religious edict issued by one of the major organizations in America and signed by countless others.

Lifting the Veil on Islam #14 – Purification of the Soul (Tazkiatul Nafs) – August 3, 2017

Purification of the Soul (Tazkiatul Nafs)

I. Introduction/ Definition: The process of purification of the soul

II. Some of the diseases that sully the soul

a. Arrogance (Kibria’)
b. Greed (Tam3)
c. Envy (Hiqd)
d. Persistent disobedience of God (Allah)’s will (Ma3siyya)

III. How does one keep the soul pure and healthy

a. Prayer (Salaat)
b. Fasting (Saum)
c. Charity (Zakaat)

IV. Once a person identifies a problem in his soul, however, specific additional actions must be taken to resolve the issue and return the soul to a state of purity.

V. Conclusion: A Muslim strives to have a pure and wholesome soul that allows him or her to love all people and hasten to help others in any way possible

Speaker: Adel A. Bakr, Ph.D.

Dr. Bakr is a U.S. Citizen who was born in Egypt. He obtained his Ph.D. degree from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in 1976. He has over 40 years of experience. He is professor at the Georgia Military College since 2005. He has worked in consulting with a number of firms subcontracted to support the Department of Energy at the Savannah River Site in South Carolina, the Hanford site in Washington State. And the Yucca Mountain Project in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Dr. Bakr has over 35 years of experience as a volunteer and later consulting chaplain at various state and federal prisons in several states including Washington, Ohio, South Carolina and Georgia in that order. He has been an active member in interfaith activities, teaching, and other related activities in the various communities where he lived.

Lifting the Veil Session on Islam #13 – Islam is a Way of Life: A Fresh Perspective – July 6, 2017

Lifting the Veil on Islam in Augusta – Session #13

Thursday July 6th at 7:00 pm.

Islam is a Way of Life: A Fresh Perspective”. 
Outline: Overview of basics of Islam as a way of life and how Muslims could assimilate in different cultures including the US.
The Speaker: Azza El-Remessy, PhD, RPh, FAHA
Sr. Azza El-Remessy is a pharmacist and research scientist originally from Egypt who moved to Augusta in 1996 to start graduate school and called Augusta home. She is the former Director of the program in Clinical and Experimental Therapeutics, College of Pharmacy, University of Georgia and currently, she works as a pharmacist.
Over the past 20-years, she has been actively involved with the ISA community as an Arabic teacher in the Sunday school since 1997, served as women representative in 2005 and active member along with her husband and twin boys: Kareem and Ibraheem.

Lifting the Veil on Islam #12– A Taste of Ramadan – June 1, 2017

Taste of Ramadan – Presentation and Dinner – June 1

Ramadan is a month of generosity

June 1, 2017, 7:00 pm
The Islamic Community Center of Augusta
465 Old Evans Rd, Martinez, GA 30907

Muslims observe the lunar month of Ramadan by fasting from dawn to sunset. For Muslims, it is a special month of increased repentance, prayer & charity.

One of the main features of that month is hospitality. Members of the Muslim community come together to break their fast, sharing food with friends and strangers.

Our monthly Lifting the Veil program for June is combined with our annual Taste of Ramadan dinner. This will also be an opportunity for our guests to meet our new Imam Jawad Rasul.

The Islamic Society of Augusta is extending the invitation to our friends and neighbors to join us in having our iftar, the meal which breaks the fast.

Program Schedule
7:00 pm: Welcoming Guests
7:05 pm: “An Islamic Experience”; A video presentation
7:40 pm: “Ramadan: Past and Present” A Presentation by Imam Jawad Rasul
8:10 pm: Open Q&A
8:30 pm: Preparation for Breaking the Fast
8:40 pm: Maghrib (sunset) call to prayers with quick breaking of the fast.
8:45 pm: Maghrib prayer
9:00 pm: Dinner


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Lifting The Veil on Islam #11 – Motherhood in Islam – May 4, 2017

Motherhood in Islam

7:00 pm on Thursday May 4th

The honor and the high status given to mothers by Allah and the importance of earning the blessings of our mothers in Islam.

Where do you find Paradise?

The Prophet Muhammad ? said, “Paradise is at the feet of the mother.”

Speaker: Sr. Ugur (Victoria) Clare

Victoria was born and raised in Turkey, and moved to the US 34-years ago.

She holds an MBA from the University of South Carolina and a bachelor’s degree in Business from Aegean University in Turkey. She worked in Production Planning at Club Car and Procurement at Bechtel National.

Earlier in her career, she completed the Leadership Aiken Program and worked in community service at various agencies in Aiken County, including United Way.

Perhaps more relevant to tonight’s program, Victoria studied Islamic theology and practice in numerous programs under various scholars in the US and abroad, including completing a diploma course from iSyllabus in the UK.  She developed and taught a continuing education course entitled “Islam Exposed: Facts and Myths” at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.  In addition, she taught analysis of the Quran and “Islam 101” in several contexts in the US and the UK.

Victoria is active in numerous Islamic, interfaith, and charitable activities.  She co-founded interfaith dialog programs both in Augusta called CSRA-Women Interfaith Network and in Las Vegas called “Women in Dialog for Understanding.” She established and served in various homeless feeding programs continuing successfully in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Lifting the Veil on Islam #10 – Introducing the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) – April 13, 2017

Introducing the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)

April 13, 2017 7:00 – 8:30 PM
At the Islamic Community Center of Augusta
465 Old Evans Rd, Martinez, GA 30907

Presentation Outline:
The Life and Character of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)
To be truly Islamic requires emulating Islam’s living example (Muhammad pbuh) and its revealed life manual (the Qur’an).

When Muslims want to describe prophet Muhammad (PBUH), we say he is a mercy to mankind.

Even before he received the first revelation of Quran he was known for his honesty and wisdom. After he received the revelation he has endured all the accusations and harassment from the people of Mecca exercising patience and compassion. He went to Madinah after Meccan leaders plotted to kill him.

In Madinah he established the Islamic state the way it should be done with protecting lives, property and religious freedom. He transformed a tribal society to a civil society governed by covenants covering all segments of the society. He was not just a spiritual leader, he was also a civic leader.

Speaker: Noha Bakr
Noha Bakr graduated from the University of South Carolina. She studied Islamic law at Princeton University.
She was the director of development and communication for Junior Achievement Worldwide across 13 countries of the middle east.
She was the middle east regional representative for Quaker Service, a Christian international development organization.
She has consulted for department of justice to educate law enforcement officers on approaching the American Muslim community and she has spoken at the Capital on Shari’a
She has completed a master of Science in nursing and she is practicing at the Children’s Hospital of Georgia.

Lifting the Veil on Islam #9 – Rebutting Terrorism and Bigotry, March 2, 2017

March 2, 2017 7:00 – 8:30 PM
At the Islamic Community Center of Augusta
465 Old Evans Rd, Martinez, GA 30907

Presentation Outline:
Who are the Muslims in the United States?
What do Muslims believe?
What do Muslims practice?
What is Sharia and how does it affect human rights in general and women’s rights?
What are extremism, radicalism and terrorism?
Why is Islamophobia is the wrong answer to terrorism?

This event is open to the Public. A question and answer session will follow the presentation. Refreshments will be serve

The Speaker
Mr. Edward Mitchell
Executive Director at Council on American Islamic Relations Georgia
Former Prosecutor at City of Atlanta
Studied Law at Georgetown Law
Studied Political Science at Morehouse College

Lifting the Veil on Islam #8 – Living Racial Equality in Islam – February 2, 2017

February 2, 2017 7:00 – 8:30 PM
At the Islamic Community Center of Augusta
465 Old Evans Rd, Martinez, GA 30907

Islam’s Prophet, Mohammad, taught that people of one race were not superior to those of another race.  Rather, he said, people should be judged on the strength of their relative piety. This teaching was nearly 1,400 years before Dr. Martin Luther King said “I look to the day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

The eighth session of Lifting the Veil on Islam at 7:00 pm on Thursday February 2, 2017 will address racial equality in Islam.  The Qur’anic basis for inter-racial relationships will be cited; stories involving inter-racial relationships in the life of Our Prophet, Mohammad (pbuh) will be told; inter-racial events in Muslim communities over the centuries will be noted, especially in contrast to then-current world-wide trends.  Finally, observations will be made regarding Islamic race-relations in the US, yesterday and today.

Lifting the Veil on Islam #7 – The Abrahamic Faiths – January 7, 2017

The Abrahamic Faiths – Thursday January 12th at 7:00 PM

Islam is considered as the continuation of God’s message since Adam (peace be upon him). Abraham was the father of the prophets in Judaism, Christianity and Islam. The Quran states:

  1. 285    The Messenger believes in what was sent down to him from his Lord, as do the believers. Each believes in God, His angels, His books, and His messengers. “We make no distinction between any of His messengers.” And they say, “We hear and obey. Thy forgiveness, our Lord! and unto Thee is the journey’s end.”

Join us to learn the Similarities and the differences between these religions and the importance of mutual understanding and cooperation between people of faith.

Lifting the Veil on Islam #6 – Sharia- December 1, 2016


Imam Jamal Daoudi will address important issues related to Sharia.
What is the definition of Sharia?
What are the sources of Sharia?
Why there are different interpretations of Sharia?
What are the common misconceptions about Sharia?
Can American Muslims implement Sharia in their own affairs?

Thursday December 1, 2016  7:00 – 8:30 PM
Islamic Community Center of Augusta
465 Old Evans Road, Martinez, GA 30907
Contact: 706-210-5030

Lifting the Veil on Islam #5 – Islam and Democracy- November 10, 2016


Professor Mohammad Fadel will discuss common questions related to the problem of democracy and religion broadly and in the case of Islam particularly.

What is the relationship of religion to democracy?
Does religion support democracy or undermine it?
How do such questions play out in the context of Islam?

Open to the Public – Free Admission
Thursday November 10, 2016 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Islamic Community Center of Augusta
465 Old Evans Road, Martinez, GA 30907
Contact: 706-210-5030

Mohammad H. Fadel is Associate Professor at University of Toronto Faculty of Law, which he joined in January 2006. Professor Fadel wrote his Ph.D. dissertation on legal process in medieval Islamic law while at the University of Chicago. Professor Fadel was admitted to the Bar of New York in 2000 and practiced law with the firm of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in New York, New York, where he worked on a wide variety of corporate finance transactions and securities-related regulatory investigations. Professor Fadel also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Paul V. Niemeyer of the United States Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit and the Honorable Anthony A. Alaimo of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia. Professor Fadel has published numerous articles in Islamic legal history and Islam and liberalism.

Professor Fadel attended public schools in Columbia County from elementary through high school. He graduated from Evans High School in 1984.

Lifting the Veil on Islam #4 – Islam a Faith Hijacked- October 6, 2016


Thursday October 6, 2016 7:30 – 9:00 PM
Islamic Community Center of Augusta
465 Old Evans Road, Martinez, GA 30907
Contact: 706-210-5030

The most essential foundations of Islam have been overshadowed completely by both “Muslim” religious and political leaders as well as western political and media interests, to name a few.
The time has come to reclaim Islam from all those who have hijacked it for their own interests.
Over a billion Muslims, however, practice an Islam whose foundation is God’s loving embrace of humankind and His guidance to all through angels, prophets, and Holy Scriptures.
In the Qur’an, God says, “We have not sent you, [O, Muhammad] except as a mercy to all mankind”. (Qur’an 20:107)
Where loving mercy is absent, Islam is also absent.
Practicing Islam properly helps one embody characteristics like love, humility, mercy, charity, kindness, prayer, and service. Yet the daily barrage of atrocities committed by so called Muslims, tells the world a different story.

Lifting the Veil on Islam #3 – Women in Islam Part 2 – September 1, 2016

Happy family with several members in education process

The family is the cornerstone of the society. Islam provides the guidelines for a loving family. The relation between husband and wife is based on affection and mercy. Islam enhances family values such as gratitude to parents, kindness to the young children and respect for elders.

“And among His Signs is that He created mates for you from among yourselves, that you may dwell in tranquility with them, and He established affection and mercy between you. Verily in that are Signs for those who reflect.” Ar-Room, Chapter #30, Verse #21

Please join our next session of “Lifting the Veil” series about “Women in Islam- Part 2”

Thursday September 1, 2016 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Islamic Community Center of Augusta
465 Old Evans Road, Martinez, GA 30907

Lifting the Veil on Islam #2 – Women in Islam Part 1 – August 4, 2016


Before Islam, women were marginalized with no rights. Islam came more than 1400 years ago to restore women as an integral part of the society. Islam gave women their rights and responsibilities the same way men were given rights and responsibilities.

“O mankind! Reverence your Lord, Who created you from a single soul and from it created its mate, and from the two has spread abroad a multitude of men and women. Reverence God, through Whom you demand your rights of one another and family relations.” Quran Chapter 4 Verse 1. Women

Today Muslim women are involved in all fields of human life. They are doctors, attorneys, engineers, teachers and much more. So do not be surprised that one of them became the first Muslim woman astronaut.

Anousheh Ansari was the “First Female Private Space Explorer& First Space Ambassador” in year 2006.

Our session of “Lifting the Veil” series about “Women in Islam.”
Thursday August 4, 2016 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Islamic Community Center of Augusta
465 Old Evans Road, Martinez, GA 30907


Lifting the Veil on Islam #1 – About Islam – July 7, 2016

Islamic Society of Augusta

Lifting the Veil Series
Session 1: About Islam

Come meet your Muslim neighbors and ask questions. Invite your friends and come to the first session of our monthly open dialogue program to answer your questions and to listen to your concerns.

July 7, 2016 at 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Who are the Muslims and what does it mean to be one?
Who was Muhammad and what did he want?
What is the Quran and how do Muslims today relate to it?
What is Hadith? Shariah? Jihad? And other terms Muslims use?
What do Muslims want to achieve in the West?

Further Readings on Islam is available at by clicking Further-Readings-on-Islam-.

The pdf of the Presentation is available by clicking About-ISLAM-ISA-Dialogue-Program-2016.

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