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ISB-DFW at Fort Worth Country Day Event
ISB-DFW Supports Islamic Art Film Screening
Know Your Rights: Religious Freedom in Schools
Editorial: Bigotry on the Playing Field
ISB-DFW Events Update

"The doors of goodness are many...enjoining good, forbidding evil, removing harm from the road, listening to the deaf, leading the blind, guiding one to the object of his need, hurrying with the strength of one's legs to the one in sorrow who is asking for help, and supporting the feeble with the strength of one's arms; all of these are charity prescribed for you..."
(Prophet Muhammad)
   

ISB-DFW Makes a Difference in Changing Perspectives

Assalaamu Alaikum (Peace be with you)

Dear all,

At no other time has the work of ISB-DFW or your support for this work been more important as the nation faces the most extreme campaign of hate against Muslims and Islam. In order to prevent an escalation of harassment, bullying, and discrimination against Muslim students and employees, we need your support to expand our work across the DFW area and provide ordinary American Muslims with the tools that we have developed to help them organize and speak for themselves and defend Muslims and their faith, while building relations with all Americans. It is especially important to do this with the most vulnerable members of our community, our children attending public schools.

The ISB-DFW board, speakers and volunteers are doing their part to accomplish the mission of ISB-DFW, that is to 'Build Bridges of Understanding between Americans of all Faiths'. In this short span, we have accomplished a lot:
 - Reached out to more than 2 dozen organizations, including schools, colleges and churches
 - Conducted several Mosque open houses
 - Participated in numerous interfaith events and activities
 - Trained and Certified more than 20 speakers

Today, we are in dire need to raise funds to not only sustain our activities, but also to expand it beyond what we are doing today. Please consider donating to ISB-DFW in any amount you can and help us move forward. You may donate securely by clicking here or on the donate link below. ISB-DFW is 501c(3) non-profit organization and your donations are tax-deductible.


Thank You

ISB-DFW Board of Directors
E-Mail: info@isb-dfw.org
Phone: (972) 652-0786
Address: P.O. Box 941293, Plano, TX 75094-1293

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ISB-DFW at the Fort Worth Country Day School Events

The Fort Worth Country Day (FWCD) School hosts an annual Diversity Day to bring a topic that their student body may be unfamiliar with. In the fall of 2011, FWCD made the decision to devote their 2012 Diversity Day to the topic of Islam! FWCD contacted ISB-DFW to ascertain a speaker and discuss possible events for the day. ISB-DFW was humbled and excited by this amazing opportunity. When all the planning was said and done, all of the emails and phone calls had taken place, FWCD and ISB-DFW had an informative full days worth of events scheduled for their student population to engage with.

To start the day Alia Salem delivered the presentation "Getting to Know Muslim Americans and Their Faith" to the student, teacher and parent population of about 400 audience members. After the morning presentation the students broke into 5 groups. Alia and 4 other speakers led interactive discussions on specifically chosen topics with each of these groups throughout the course of the day.

Sumreen Asim led the discussion "Are men and women equal in Islam?" Imam Nadim Bashir led a discussion on "Does Islam teach the hatred or subjugation of non-Muslims?" Muhammad Al-Amin led a discussion on "Is Islam at odds with Democracy? Why are so few Muslim countries democratic?". Adil Ali led the discussion topic "I have heard Muslims refer to Shariah. What does that mean?"  Finally Alia Salem led the discussion topic "Is there a conflict between being Muslim and American?

The students participated by asking engaging questions and challenging each other at times on their own pre-conceived notions or statements. The facilitator's in turn kept the discussion alive by injecting thought provoking statements in line with the topic that would generate new threads of conversation to delve into.

The goal was to give the students an opportunity to learn about Islam in a safe and pressure-free environment, but to also give them a chance to see and interact with Muslims as normal human beings part of the greater American society. After every discussion, students and teachers alike made it a point to thank the speakers for their contribution and how important they felt it was to expose the children to Islam in this way.

At the end of the day one of the teachers who was a retired member of the U.S. Armed Forces and asked some tough questions during the discussions, complimented the organizer of the event and exclaimed that she "hit it out of the park" on both the subject matter and discussion format but also for the speakers ability to present the discussions so effectively.

As ISB-DFW looks forward to engaging more and more with students and schools for the purpose of educating others about Islam in this type of academic format, we are grateful to have had this outstanding opportunity. An all around success and taste of great things to come for our DFW community as we work towards building bridges and increasing awareness about Islam and Muslims in a positive light.


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ISB-DFW Supports Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World Film Screening

The film screening for Unity Productions Foundation's latest high profile documentary is just around the corner and seats are filling up fast! The team of the Islamic Art Revival Series is working day and night to finalize the preparations for the event and is looking forward to March 31st with great anticipation!

The film screening will be held at the historic Dallas Museum of Art in the Horchow Auditorium. The Horchow is a 342-seat fully equipped auditorium featuring state-of-the-art acoustic and audiovisual equipment. The space is ideal for presentations, performances, and film screenings.

This film titled Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World is the latest installment in the growing collection of high quality films by Producers Alex Kronemer and Michael Wolfe of the Unity Productions Foundation. With such credits to their names as Prince Among Slaves and Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet, this successful team has hit it out of the park yet again.

For more information and to register, please visit the Islamic Art Revival Series Website:
http://islamicartrevival.com/

What: Islamic Art Film Screening
When: March 31, 2012
Time: 1:30 pm (Doors open at 1:00pm)
Where: Dallas Museum of Art
Cost: Free with paid admission to the museum
Register: Here


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CAIR-DFW Seminar: Know your Rights - Religious Freedom in Schools

ISB-DFW urges all members and speakers to attend the Know Your Rights: Religious Freedom in Schools seminar being organized by the Council of American Islamic Relations-DFW (CAIR-DFW). The event will be held at the Islamic Association of Collin County (Plano Masjid) on Friday, March 23 at 8 PM. The invited guest speaker is Rebecca Robertson, Director of Public Policy and Advocacy, ACLU of Texas. The seminar will be very beneficial for parents, teachers, school administrators and students. Some of the topics that will be covered include:
- Does the constitution prevent students from praying in school?
- Can school dress codes ban religious attire?
- Can students form a religious club at school?

In addition, there will be a Q&A session after the presentation to address any further questions or concerns. Learn about your rights and what you can do to protect religious freedom for all Texans.

What: Know Your Rights: Religious Freedom in Schools
When: Friday, March 23 at 8 PM
Where:
Islamic Association of Collin County
6401 Independence Pkwy, Plano, TX

RSVP by email or phone:
arab@cair.com, 469-774-5215 or
gwilliams@aclutx.org, 713-942-8146 x114

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Editorial: Bigotry on the Playing Field

Intolerance seems to be part of the message sent to student-athletes on the sporting fields of Texas. Only under legal pressure and public criticism did the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools, which organizes competitions for more than 200 schools, recently agree to accommodate an Orthodox Jewish school and reschedule a basketball game that would have violated the Sabbath.

The association’s ignorance and bigotry toward Islamic schools is more stunning. As reported in The Times, one Islamic high school that sought to join the association, known as Tapps, in 2010 got a questionnaire that asked the school: “It is our understanding that the Koran tells you not to mix with (and even eliminate) the infidels. Christians and Jews fall into that category. Why do you wish to join an organization whose membership is in disagreement with your religious beliefs?” It also asked: “What is your attitude about the spread of Islam in America?”

The school, the Iman Academy SW in Houston, wanted to join the local soccer competition. It filled out the questionnaire and was denied membership. “Our kids are just as American as their kids,” an academy official said. “We just wanted to play ball.” At least two other Islamic schools declined to respond to the questionnaire.

Tapps also has surveyed member schools about allowing in Islamic schools. Sixty-three percent of 83 respondents rejected Islamic schools for membership in 2010, according to school officials. The others said it was in Tapps’s best interest to be open. Ten schools said they would quit Tapps if Islamic members were admitted.

One multidenominational member, Keystone School, refused to participate in the survey. The school’s head, Brian Yager, said Keystone had remained in Tapps to fight bias “rather than removing ourselves from the playing field.” Iman Academy SW has found competition elsewhere. Tapps has yet to explain why Islam and the Koran, not soccer or good sportsmanship, were the issue.

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/12/opinion/bigotry-on-the-playing-field.html?_r=4

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ISB-DFW Events Update

Monday, March 19 2012 (6 - 7:30 PM) - ING is offering a Webinar on the 'Roots of Muslims in America' for certified bureau speakers. Please RSVP to info@isb-dfw.org to participate.

Saturday, March 24 2012 (1 - 4 PM) - ISB-DFW certified speaker Hazem Yassin along with other speakers will present at the Grand Prairie ISD's (GPISD) Multicultural Fair.

Wednesday, March 28 2012 (6-8 PM) - Certified ISB-DFW speakers Nicole Queen accompanied by Alia Salem and Hazem Yassin will be presenting on the 'Roots of Muslims in America' as a part of the Islam Awareness Week at the MSA Collin College. Audience consists of students, faculty, staff and any other interested community members.
Address: 2200 West University Drive, McKinney, TX 75071
Please RSVP to Samira Ismail: msa@collin.edu ; Phone: (214) 914-1666

Saturday, March 31 2012 (1:30 PM) - ISB-DFW collaborates with the Islamic Art Revival Series (IARS) for the Islamic Art Film Screening at the Dallas Museum of Art. The IARS team will also welcome the film’s Academy Award-Nominated and Emmy Award-Winning director, Rob Gardner, to Dallas, Texas for the screening. To register, click here.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012 (1:30 - 3:00 PM) - ISB-DFW speakers will present about Islam and also conduct a Mosque Open House for TCC-Trinity River Campus students of world religions studying Islam.
Address: 300 Trinity Campus Circle, Fort Worth, TX 76102 United States

Sunday April 22, 2012 (5:30 - 7:30 PM) - ISB-DFW speakers will be part of a panel representing the 3 monotheistic faiths for a senior high school confirmation class at the church.
Address: 3650 N. O'Connor Rd, Irving, TX 75062

Saturday, May 26, 2012 (6:30 PM) - ISB-DFW Fundraiser. Location TBD. Invited Speakers: Sh. Yusuf Estes and Dr. Jamal Badawi.

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