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April 2018

Welcoming the Stranger: How can Faith and Democracy Work Together?

April 19, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Georgetown Presbyterian Church, 3115 P St NW
Washington, Washington D.C. 20007 United States
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Join us April 19th as we explore in depth faith and democracy, and how they are compatible in today’s society.

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Abrahamic Perspectives on Preserving the Environment

April 21, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Congregation Ner Shalom , 14010 Spriggs Rd.
Woodbridge, VA 22193 United States
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Join the Rumi Forum for an interfaith conversation on the environment from the perspectives of the three Abrahamic religions.

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Voices of the Heart: Time

April 27, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Ezher Mosque, 10359 B Democracy Lane
Fairfax, VA 22030
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Join us on Friday, April 27th at 7:00 p.m. as we continue our new small discussion series: Voices of the Heart. The second topic we will discuss will be centered around Time. All are welcome!

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May 2018

Fairfax Unity Walk

May 6, 2018
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Leil Shavu’ot and Suhoor

May 20, 2018 @ 2:00 am - 4:00 am
Ohr Kodesh Temple, 8300 Meadowbrook Ln
Chevy Chase , Maryland 20815
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Tikkun Leil Shavuot, also known as “A Night of Jewish Learning,” is an opportunity to show that participants are ready to receive the Torah. Throughout the night, people will gather to study the sacred text, and facilitate a deeper connection with their faith. By staying awake during the anniversary of the Revelation, followers signal to the heavens that they are ready to receive blessings from above. In the morning, many share a Suhoor Meal to precede their Ramadan fast. The…

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September 2018

Latest Trends in Global Rise in Religious Restrictions

September 13, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Rumi Forum, Washington DC, 2000 P st NW, Suite 503
Washington, DC 20036 United States
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Dr. Katayoun Kishi, Research Associate at Pew Research Center, will present findings from the ninth in a series of reports by Pew Research Center analyzing the extent to which governments and societies around the world impinge on religious beliefs and practices. To measure global restrictions on religion in 2016 – the most recent year for which data are available – the study, released in June 2018, ranks 198 countries and territories by their levels of government restrictions on religion and…

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October 2018

Jesus in Islam, Lecture & Book Signing Event

October 5, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Ezher Mosque, 10359 B Democracy Lane
Fairfax, VA 22030
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Dr. Saritoprak’s talk will examine the place of Jesus in the Qu’ran and Hadiths. He will explore Islamic theological perspectives on Jesus, including classical and contemporary theologians’ views of Jesus. Muslims, like Christians, believe in the second coming of Jesus (in Islam, known as the descent of Jesus). Dr. Saritoprak will also discuss the different theological views of the descent. Finally, he will address the important role that Jesus can play in interfaith dialogue. Speaker/Author: Zeki Saritoprak, Ph.D., is Professor…

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November 2018

Book Event: God and the Goalposts: A Brief History of Religion, Sports, Politics, War, and Art

November 14, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Rumi Forum, Washington DC, 2000 P st NW, Suite 503
Washington, DC 20036 United States
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God and the Goalposts: A brief History of Religion, Sports, Politics, War, and Art The interpenetration of sports and religion is as old as history and as wide as geography. The angles of interpenetration have been diverse—from the Bible to the Iliad and the Aeneid, from gladiatorial contests to the Crusades to chess, from the Mayan game of pok-a-pok to Lacrosse to contemporary NBA championship games. Moreover, the sports/religion matrix has always been interwoven with politics (from which religion has…

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January 2019

The Jewish-Islamic Dialogue Society of Washington (JIDS) and the Rumi Forum jointly present: Getting Closer to God: Jewish and Muslim Perspectives on Mysticism

January 27 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Islamic Society of the Washington Area, 2701 Briggs Chaney Rd
Silver Spring, MD 20905 United States
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Mysticism plays an important role in the spirituality of both Judaism and Islam. It is central to developing our relationship with God and in inspiring us to serve humankind. In this session, we’ll consider both the Jewish and Muslim mystical traditions first by hearing from devoted practitioners and then by engaging in small-group discussions. The session will conclude with a short program honoring International Holocaust Remembrance Day; the United Nations has recognized January 27th as such since 2005. Panelists: Gabriel…

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March 2019

Rumi Forum and American Turkish Friendship Association (ATFA) Present: A Survey about American Muslims

March 6 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Rumi Forum, 2000 P Street NW Suite #503
Washington, DC 20036 United States
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Please join AMI’s Executive Director Shahid Rahman as he discusses a recent study looking at the perception of American Muslims in the USA and the DMV area. The research examines the public’s perceptions of Muslim Americans. The “Americans’ Views of Muslims Survey” was conducted leading up to the midterm elections in November 2018 – a time period when myths and misinformation about Muslims have figured prominently in some local, state, and federal elections. The research includes insight into public perceptions…

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