The Interfaith Fellowship of Augusta and
the Islamic Society of Augusta
In partnership with
CSRA Women’s Interfaith Network,
Unitarian Universalist Church of Augusta, and Aiken Interfaith Partners.
In December 2015, the political rhetoric against Muslims was
escalating. Dr. Larycia Hawkins, an African American political science
professor at Wheaton College—a prestigious evangelical school outside of
Chicago—wanted to show support for Muslim women. She posted a photo of herself
in a hijab on Facebook. “I love my Muslim neighbor,” she wrote, “because she
deserves love by virtue of her/his human dignity… we worship the same God.”
Within days, Wheaton’s Provost suspended Dr. Hawkins,
eventually moving to terminate her tenure.
“Same God,” directed by Wheaton alumna Linda Midgett,
follows the journey of Dr. Hawkins while exploring the polarization taking
place within the evangelical community over issues of race, Islam, religious
Mohammad H. Fadel is a graduate of Evans High School (1984) and is now a Professor of Law at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, which he joined in January 2006. He wrote his Ph.D. dissertation on medieval Islamic law while at the University of Chicago. He received his JD from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1999, was admitted to the Bar of New York in 2000 and practiced law New York City between 2001-2005. 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 liberals
Imam Jawad Rasul is the Imam of the Islamic Society of
At the age of 17, he became the Imam in a Masjid in Queens.
He remained busy continuing to develop, holding several positions in different
institutions throughout his career, he has delivered well over a thousand
speeches, lectures, or presentations in mosques, Muslim Student Associations
and other organizations.
Imam Jawad also holds a bachelor’s degree in Media and
Communications Arts with a major in Film and Video Production and an unofficial
minor in Political Science from City College of New York.
Victoria Ugur Clare
She holds an MBA from the University of South Carolina. She
worked in Production Planning at Club Car and in Procurement at Bechtel
Victoria studied Islamic theology and practice in numerous
programs under various scholars in the US and abroad, including completing an
Islamic Study diploma course from iSyllabus in the UK
Victoria is active in numerous Islamic, interfaith, and
charitable activities. She co-founded
interfaith dialog programs in Las Vegas, called “Women in Dialog for
Understanding,” and in Augusta, called CSRA-Women Interfaith Network.
Dr. Adel Bakr
Dr. Adel Bakr holds a Ph.D. in Water Resources (Hydrology)
from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology. He is now a professor
at Georgia Military College since 2005.
He has been active in interfaith dialogues and in presenting
various Islamic topics to civic and religious institutions in the US for over
35 years. He offered a series of lectures on Islam and Islamic arts and culture
to the Academy of Lifelong Learning of the University of South Carolina-Aiken.
The Islamic Society of Augusta (ISA) condemns in the strongest possible terms the horrific attack on Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh on Saturday (October 28, 2018). We join with all Muslims and other faith organizations across the country, noting that the heinous and cowardly attack is totally inconsistent with the tenets of our faiths. Islam’s holy book, The Qur’an, says (paraphrased) “If one murders an innocent person, it is as if he murdered all of mankind.” Indeed, American Muslims today feel as if they were attacked along with America’s Jews.
Our hearts are filled with grief and sympathy for the congregation of Tree of Life, especially the families of those killed or injured in the attack. We express our solidarity with the Jewish community during this time of shock and grief.
Our members with means are contributing to national Muslim organizations who are collecting donations to support the synagogue. Muslim representatives in Pittsburgh offered to assist the suffering congregation, whatever their needs.
Just as important as tending to short-term needs is finding a way to eliminate mass killings in the future. These tragedies are becoming a recurring phenomenon of our society. They happen with increasing frequency in schools, concerts, and other public places, but, most sinisterly, in places of worship. We recall vividly the similar attacks on a Sikh temple in Milwaukee in 2012, an African-American church in nearby Charleston in 2015 and a church in Sutherland Springs, TX in 2017.
Our national leaders are not taking seriously the need to curb religious intolerance and gun violence, so it falls upon individual citizens to do so. Americans must come together to restore civilized values to our society and embrace respect and understanding between all faiths and races. We must demand an end to political rhetoric that inflames bigotry and breeds violence, whether it is overt or by inference. We must not elect politicians who embrace extremists.
We pray that God will enable our efforts to engender the peace that we so desperately desire.
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?
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. 😉
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
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 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
WJBF New 6 coverage of the June 1st Taste of Ramadan Open House Event
WJBF New 6 coverage of the June 1st Taste of Ramadan Open House Event
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.
April 13, 2017 7:00 – 8:30 PM At the Islamic Community Center of Augusta 465 Old Evans Rd, Martinez, GA 30907 Contact: email@example.com
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.
March 2, 2017 7:00 – 8:30 PM At the Islamic Community Center of Augusta 465 Old Evans Rd, Martinez, GA 30907 Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
February 2, 2017 7:00 – 8:30 PM At the Islamic Community Center of Augusta 465 Old Evans Rd, Martinez, GA 30907 Contact: email@example.com
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.
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:
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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?