Thursday, June 26, 2008

Hartford Connecticut Conference July 2008: Window To Islam


It is with great pleasure that we invite Connecticut residents to attend a "Window to Islam" at our national annual convention being held at

Connecticut Convention Center, 100 Columbus Blvd, Hartford, CT 06103 on Saturday, July 7th, 2008, 10 am to 5 pm.

This symposium is organized by the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), a north America-wide, non-ethnic, non-sectarian grassroots organization. The symposium ( is day 2 of the conference of ICNA/MAS held July 4-7) is a diverse interactive gathering providing a forum for people of all faiths and backgrounds to discuss a range of socio-religious issues pertaining to Islam and America. This entire day program features Informative Sessions, Extensive Q&A Sessions, Cultural Bazaar, Art Exhibitions, Cross Culture Interaction and much more! Lunch will be served and guests will be presented souvenirs. There is no admission fee and certificates will be provided to all participants.

This symposium will address common questions such as Islam & Democracy, Muslims in America, The Danish Cartoon Controversy, Islamic Culture and Heritage through History, Role of Women in an Islamic Society, What's the Sharia, The common God of Islam, Christianity and Judaism, Myths and Facts about the Quran, etc. All sessions will be interactive with participants having maximum time for Q&A. Read more..

Program is designed to be as interactive as possible giving the audience an opportunity to speak their heart out. We have attempted to cover topics that are of importance in understanding the Muslims of today and also to provide a chance to address the prevalent misconceptions about Islam and Muslims in the American society in this day and age.

10:00 am
Welcome Address and Introduction
10:15 am
Interactive Session #1

Monotheism...Why or Why Not?

The Concept of God in Islam

Selected Names & Attributes of God in Islam
Islamic Worship - Ritual or Spiritual?

Moderator: Yusuf Estes

11:15 am
Break and Refreshments

11:30 am
Interactive Session #2
The Quran - Myths vs. Facts

The Scientific Miracles in the Quran

The Miracles in the Language

The Sharia - What is it?
Moderator: Jamal Zarabozo

12:15 pm

1:00 pm
Guided Tours (Prayers, Expo & Much More)

1:30 pm
Interactive Session #3
Family - A Pillar of Society in Islam

Rights and Responsibilities of Family Members

The Pivotal Role of Women in Society

Poligamy in Islam, Why and Why not?

Family Life of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)
Moderator: Chantal Carnes

2:10 pm
Break and Refreshments

2:30 pm
Interactive Session #4
Contributions of Muslims to Civilization
The First Islamic Caliphates - Freedom, Justice, Equality
Islamic Culture & Heritage thru History
Moderator: Khalid Griggs

3:45 pm
Break and Refreshments

4:00 pm
Interactive Session #5

Islam & Democracy

Muslims in the West

Radical Islam, Moderate Islam?

The Danish Cartoon Controversy
Moderator: Siraj Wahhaj

4:40 pm
Concluding Remarks

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