CAIR-PA Representative Meets with Muslim Leaders from the Republic of Bulgaria
CAIR-Philadelphia Outreach Director Rugiatu Conteh, along with other interfaith representatives met with a delegation* of Bulgarian Muslim leaders on Tuesday to discuss the role of religion in the United States. The delegation is visiting Philadelphia to observe and examine the role of government in religious affairs, religious education in the larger society and common practices of intercultural and interfaith dialogue. Among the leaders was a representative from Bulgaria’s Chief Mufti’s Office. They took note of the importance of interfaith relations in creating an environment of understanding, respect and acceptance. Bulgarian Muslims are facing many challenges (see VIDEO: Bulgarian Muslims pressured ahead of elections), and it is hoped by the leaders that they can implement some of the interfaith strategies that they learn from U.S. faith-based organizations in their communities.
*The delegation’s program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor’s Leadership Program. The International Visitor’s Council is hosting the delegation while they visit Philadelphia.
CAIR-PA Speaks at Local Church
CAIR-Philadelphia Executive Director Moein Khawaja presented an Intro to Islam and Muslims and Open Question & Answer session at the First United Methodist Church of Germantown on Sunday, September 25th. The presentation, attended by 30 people, included basics of Islam for the audience, along with a frank, open Q&A session for the participants to ask any question on any topic regarding Muslims. The hour and a half presentation addressed many misconceptions and all participants left with a better understanding of the Muslim faith and their own Philadelphia Muslim neighbors.