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Salt Lake American Muslim Festival 2006 – August 26th & 27th 8/24/06
The Festival will run from about 3pm to 7pm on Saturday and Sunday.  It will take place at Washington Square (Between 1st and 2nd East on 4th South) in Salt Lake City, Utah.  We will be tabling Saturday & Sunday Aug. 26th and 27th at around 3:30pm.  You may sign up at the booth to volunteer, join, or donate to The Muslim Forum of Utah.  Utah’s only all inclusive Sunni, Shia, Sufi, & Non-Sectarian Muslim 501c3 non-profit organization that does not compromise it’s morals and ethics.  The festival will go on today from 2 to 8 p.m., and Sunday from 3 to 7 p.m., the Salt Lake American Muslim Cultural Festival will be in full swing in Washington Square at the Salt Lake City and County Building, 451 S. 200 East. The festival will include music, food, merchandise, family activities, dance and even a rock-climbing wall. Concurrently, and in cooperation with the SLC Film Festival and Downtown Library, there will be films shown for free in the City Library Auditorium from 2 to 6 p.m. today, and from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The cultural celebrations are open to the public. For more information and the film schedule and descriptions,, e-mail or call 801-671-6709.  SLTRIB ARTICLE 1SLTRIB ARTICLE 2 | SLTRIB ARTICLE 3KCPW ADGoogle Listings | SLAM 2005 VIDEO | SLAM ‘O3 ’04 & ’05 FESTIVAL PICTURES | Ghulam Hasnain & Imam Shuaib on KCPW Radio | Ghulam Hasnain’s Festival Homepage (SLAM Festival) 


Celebrating The Prophecy of The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) 8/24/06 The celebration will take place at Alrasool Islamic Center (470 E. Stanley Ave. in Salt Lake City, Utah) Thurs Aug 24 after sunset and night prayers with an informal speech and refreshments. Formal program to celebrate the “Besat” and the birthdays of Imam Husain, Imam Zain ul-Abideen and Hazrat Abbas will take place on Saturday Aug 26 after sunset and night prayers with dinner provided by the Center.  There is a formal program being planned to celebrate the birthday of Imam Mehdi.  Details to follow in a separate message next week…God willing.


KVNU 610 AM Radio Interview With Bobby Darvish & Abdul Malik Muhammad of The Muslim Forum of Utah  8/17/06 Tom Grover of the Tom and Ryan show on KVNU 610 AM Radio, which usually features radio personalities like Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh and Dr. Laura; interviewed Bobby Darvish & Abdul Malik Muhammad of The Muslim Forum of Utah in an hour and a half long session about current events that features a question and answer session by radio listeners calling into the show.  The interview was at 7pm on Wed. & Thurs. night (Aug. 16 & 17) on 610 AM (KVNU) Radio.  Listen/Download Part 1 mp3 | Listen/Download Part 2 mp3


Relief on Foiled Terror Plot 8/16/06 "As a representative of mainstream American Muslims, MPAC reminds the international community during this sensitive time that Islam does not tolerate the use of terrorism for any purpose, regardless of who the aggressors are and what their justifications might be. It is a time for solidarity, not division, for the British and American people, regardless of race or faith, to fight against the evil of terrorism."  Learn more about Islam's condemnation of terror:


Speech & Potluck Dinner at Alrasool Islamic Center 8/16/06 Death of Imam Musa Kazem will be observed at Alrasool Islamic Center on Aug. 19th Saturday after  Sunset and Night prayers with a speech and a potluck dinner.  There will also be a gathering for ladies at 6pm on that day.

Special Report: Who is a Muslim? The 5 Traditional Schools within Islam 8/9/06 The renowned al-Azhar Theological school in Egypt, one of the main centers of Sunni scholarship in the world had a ten year long exchange with a Shia scholar. After a long period of discusions, they announced the following on July 6, 1959:

"The Shi'a is a school of thought that is religiously correct to follow in worship as are other Sunni schools of thought."  - Al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt

Today, both Shi'a and Sunni students graduate and study at the Al-Azhar university.This statement has been received with a variety of responses, the most hostile being from the Salafis (Wahabis).  A copy of the fatwa can be found here.  A copy of all the exchanges between the Sunni Scholarship and the Shia Scholarship can be found here.

Hazrat Ali Ibn Abu Talib's (as) Birthday Celebration at Alrasool Islamic Center 8/8/06  There will be a brief program to celebrate Hazrat Ali's (as) Birthday at Alrasool Islamic Center.  First on the actual day , which is Tuesday Aug. 8th after Sunset Prayer.  Then on Saturday, Aug. 12th after Sunset Prayer.  Followed by a speech and potluck dinner!  Please bring a dish to share. 

Roles of Religious Leaders In A Democracy 7/24/06  The MFU, representing American Muslims, hosted a meeting with an Afghan delegation who are guests of the U.S. Department of State. There were 5 delegates   (all Sunni and Shia Muslim leaders from Afghanistan) and 2 interpreters accompanying them. The delegates visited the US to learn about the role of religious leaders in a democracy – more specifically the political, social, and civic roles and responsibilities of religious leaders in our society. In addition, they explored topics such as interfaith understanding, advocacy and activism by religious communities and organizations, and religious diversity; which The Muslim Forum of Utah are specialists at. One of the delegates, Mr. Abdul Qadir Emami's daughter; Jamila Emami (Film Maker: Afghanistan Unveiled) is President of "Women's Eyes Media Organization Afghanistan".  Women's Eyes is working to encourage women access to the Media through filmmaking education.  The meeting took place Monday, July 24th at 5:30pm.  Special thanks goes out to Samantha from the UCCD, which consistently works with the MFU to foster education, civil rights, social work and interfaith projects in Utah through citizen diplomacy.  If you would like to take part in such events, or invite us to meet with you, please contact us:

Celebration of The Birthday of  Sayeda  Fatima Al-Zahra (The Prophet's Daughter) 7/10/06  In honor of the Prophet Muhammad's daughter, The Alrasool Islamic Center will be having a program for her birthday.  Saturday July 15, 2006. Program: 8:45 – 9:15pm Introduction to:  Not in My Mamma’s Kitchen, Caffee & Caffee Tobacco Prevention Program,  Salt Lake County Community Access to Technology Computer Training Program (free one-on-one training) Employment Agency specializing in Ethnic Minority hiring 9:30pm. Prayer at 10pm.  Speech by Maulana Hassan Al-Habhab from Detroit, Michigan. Dinner.

The Muslim Forum of Utah Homepage Statistics Report 7/10/06 The Muslim Forum of Utah Homepage has been rated the #1 Utah Muslim Media Website.  It has been rated 3/10 points on the Google ranking system, which is the highest in Utah for any Islamic related page.  The current statistics reflect a program start date of July 10th, 2006.  Since then we have had 292,253 unique requests (hits).  In the last 7 days we have had 13,876 requests (hits) alone!  Download Monthly Report>>>

Iqra Academy Updates 7/10/06 (Posted Monday, 5th Jun '06) Please read the transcript of The Islamic Society of Greater Salt Lake President Nadeem's speech to the community with crucial updates on Iqra Academy.  The Iqra Academy used to be located in the prestigious east bench Ft. Union area, however it has now been moved to be adjacent to The Khadeeja Islamic Center (West Valley City, Utah) as well as being assimilated into the Islamic Society of Greater Salt Lake.

Holy Qur'an Recitation For The Deceased 6/28/06 Father of Dr. Amir Jabini and Hamid Jabini passed away in Iran June 26th. There will be Khatme Quran at Alrasool Islamic Center.  Starting at 8pm on Thursday June 29 to conclude by Maghrib for 'ithalay thawab' for the departed soul.  Refreshments will be served.


World Refugee Day 6/23/06 Learn of refugee life in Salt Lake City, Utah.  A family event that has entertainment, food and art.  Please attend tommorrow Saturday, June 24th from 6pm to 10pm at The Gallivan Center Plaza.  Many Muslim refugees have come to Utah from Afghanistan, Bosnia, Iraq, Somalia, Sudan,  and various other countries because of ethnic, economic, secular, political, religious and other reasons.  The organization that has been working to ensure that refugees get the help they need include organizations like The Utah Consortium of Multicultural Groups.  Dr. Buba Roth, CEO of the Utah Peace Institute, and Stanford Aderibigbe of the Utah Consortium of Multicultural Groups on the plight of international refugees resettled in Utah. They say many refugees are living in conditions worse than that of refugee camps in their homelands and it's time to do something about it.


First Muslim Student President at University of Utah Named To Utah State Board of Regents 6/12/06 Ali Hasnain, the first Muslim student body president at the University of Utah, has been selected to represent public college students on the state Board of Regents. He replaces U. student Gaby Kingery.  Ali Hasnain is the son of Ghulam Hasnain, who is the main founder of the SLAM Festival which The Muslim Forum of Utah help co-found and will be having it's 4th Annual SLAM Festival coming up on August 26th and 27th. Salt Lake Tribune Article>>> | Governor Huntsman's Official Homepage - Article>>>


Wafat Program: Syeda Fatima (as) 6/11/06 "According to one rewayah the wafat of Sayyeda Fatima aleha assalaam falls on June 17 Saturday.  We will be observing this occasion after Maghrib/Isha salaat with a brief program and a dinner provided at The Alrasool Islamic Center.  Those of you interested and willing to bring something are encouraged to bring cooked rice for the dinner as other elements of the dinner will be provided." - Ghulam Hasnain (Alrasool Islamic Center Rep.)


A Practical Guide To Muslim Unity 6/11/06 A practical look at the dynamics of creating healthy, empowering, and enriching brotherhood, sisterhood, and communities according to the highest ethical and social principles of Islam. Addressing a topic about which so many Muslims sloganize but few present useful solutions, this program will provide insight on what divides us and implementable guidance on how to genuinely bring the hearts of the Muslims together. A Practical Guide To Muslim Unity Sessions will cover:

Movie Review: V for Vendetta - Muslims Shipped To Internment Camps & Citizens Executed For Owning a Holy Qur'an 6/4/06  "The most daring film of the year… hands down. Forget Munich, forget Paradise Now." The Muslim Forum of Utah screened the movie V for Vendetta and found it to be worth seeing and of interest to Muslims and Non-Muslims alike, especially because it features a couple of scenarios that feature Muslims and Islamic themes.  The film's story takes place roughly twenty years from now. Britain has transformed from monarchy to a 1984-styled Christian totalitarian regime led by Adam Sutler (John Hurt resembling Hitler). Society is ruled with an iron fist of fear. Art and self-expression are censored. Homosexuals, minorities, and Muslims are shipped off to internment camps. Nightly curfews are enforced by corrupt secret police. You could be executed for owning a Holy Qur'an.  Even real butter is saved for the rich and elite.  Visit the official Warner Bros. "V for Vendetta" homepage for more information:  V for Vendetta


Sharif Omar: Alleged May Be Wrongly Accused of Financing Terrorism 6/1/06 "I walked into Wells Fargo Bank on 33rd South and State Street to deposit a check. While at the counter with the Teller, I was shocked to see Sharif Omar walk into the Bank. I did not want to bother the brother but decided to give the greetings anyway. He was happy that I recognized him and was relieved that I gave him the greetings. We have decided to post the MFU Press Release that was written at the request of our local Salt Lake City Weekly Newspaper." -Abdul Malik Muhammad  Please download the MFU Press Release.  Related to this case is the FBI Press Release that may give a better understanding of what Sharif Omar is being accused of.  Also, related news featured in The Deseret News by our friend Ben Winslow may also be noteworthy.  Some say If these charges are proven false and Sharif Omar was wrongly accused, it could lead to a lawsuit or even a class action lawsuit in which Sharif Omar may sue and be given compensation for damage done to the mental health and livelihood of his family, himself and those around him.  In addition the damage done to his reputation and that of Muslims living in Salt Lake City, Utah.  Some also say that organizations such as CAIR may step in and provide legal help and advice if necessary.


Alrasool Islamic Center Feast 6/1/06 Birthday of Syeda Zainab (as) will be observed at Alrasool Islamic Center on Thursday, June 1st after Maghrib Prayers.  Please contact Br. Ghulam or call The Alrasool Islamic Center for more information: 470 Stanley Avenue (3180 South) Salt Lake City, UT 84115 - 801-467-3978


Utah Muslim Civil Servant 6/1/06 On behalf of the citizens of the State of Utah and the Muslim Forum of Utah, we would like to congratulate Abdul Malik Muhammad (MFU PR Dir.) on his recent appointment to Governor Huntsman's Black Advisory Council. Abdul Malik understands that he is a temporary custodian of the position of responsibility. With this service will come a strong sense of duty, obligation and integrity. Abdul Malik will be completing his 1st year appointment by County Mayor Peter Caroon to the Commission on Youth Board (COY) on June 30, 2006.(COY)


Alnoor & Khadeeja Mosque's Sunday School Students Graduation 5/27/06 Assalamu Alaikum...Students of the Sunday school's of both Noor and Khadeeja Masjids will be graduating next month and everyone is invited to take part! *Noor Masjid Graduation: When? *June 4th at 11:00am **Khadeeja Masjid Graduation:
When? **June 11th at 11:00am (During the Sunday school hours) Invitation is open to all community members and there's also going to be a BBQ at each graduation!

Alnoor Mosque Children’s’ Summer Camp 5/26/06 A seven week program full of Islamic learning & fun for kids Insha’Allah! (Quran, Fiqh, Tawheed, Seerah … plus … field trips to Hole Zoo, Children’s Museum, BBQs at the Canyons, University of Utah tour, community service activities and much more!) Download The Flyer>>>

Reinventing The Wheel 5/26/06 Something that has come to our attention is the popular emails we have recieved and the talks that people have had about the state of our community and the lack of infrastructure being built to educate Utah's Non-Muslim population about Islam and Muslims and help them get a better understanding of Islam from a truly American Muslim perspective.  Of course by teaching Non-Muslims it is implied that it is also teaching Muslims themselves who are not aware of the wide spectrum of the Muslim community, which includes traditional Sunnis, Shias, and Sufis.  For example, many Utah Muslims themselves don't know that Sunni Malekis and Shia Jafaris pray in a similar manner with their arms down at their sides instead of folded.  Of course this lack of knowledge has to do with the fact that the majority of knowledge in the community has been taught by a few Salafi and Deobandi Muslims in the community that have a literalist interpretation of Islam, which is limited to one or two schools of thought out of the five major schools accepted by The Sunni Zaytuna Institute in Hayward, California, USA; The Sunni Al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt; and The Shia Hawzah Ilmiyah in Qum, Iran.  These five schools include of course the Hanafi, Maleki, Shafi'i, Hanbali, and Jafari schools of thought.  The first four being Sunni, while the last is Shia.  Unlike the rest of the Muslim organizations in Utah, The Muslim Forum of Utah is not exclusive, it is in fact all inclusive of the various Muslim community groups.  Members of the MFU are of various schools of thought and ethnicities ranging from Sunni, Shia to Sufi Muslims.  This of course is the greatest strength of the MFU.  The MFU has been engaged in Education, Civil Rights, Social Work and Interfaith activities since March of 2003.  There has been a newsletter (The Forum Monthly) published from March of 2003 until May of 2004, however due to the lack of community support it stopped in May of 2004.  This lack of support that has been encouraged by specific sectors of the community has only made The Muslim Forum of Utah stronger with many more disenfranchised Muslim and Non-Muslim supporters and sponsors alhamdolillah. Our online weblog has taken the place of our printed newsletter, because it is available internationally.  With our homepage getting over a few thousand hits a month, we have recieved emails and support from all over Utah, the nation and the world!  If you would like to voice your muted opinion and join our team of Muslim Professionals, Academics & Community/Business Leaders; please email us at


Islamic Society of Greater Salt Lake Re-Launches Al-Maghrib Newsletter 5/12/06 The ISGSL finally re-launched it's old Al-Maghrib Newsletter that featured information about the ISGSL.  During the absence of the Al-Magrib Newsletter there were two other Muslim Community Newsletters launched, however due to the lack of community support and discouragement by certain individuals in the community, both newsletters stopped publishing.  The two newsletters included The Muslim Forum of Utah's "Forum Monthly", who's editor was former MFU President Nadeem Tusneem and The Salt Lake American Muslim's "SLAM Newsletter", who's editor was SLAM Director Ghulam Hasnain (Founder of the annual SLAM Festival that is held on August 26th & 27th at the Salt Lake County Building).  The MFU's "Forum Monthly" archives are available in our "Newsletter" page.

Kenyan Muslim Film Maker "Salim Amin" In Utah 5/10/06 The Muslim Forum of Utah attended Kenyan Muslim Film maker Salim Amin’s documentary screening followed by a discussion, hosted by The SLC Film Center.  The SLC Film Center is proud to host Salim Amin, son of the legendary journalist, Mohammed Amin, and narrator of award winning Mo and Me.  Salim will deliver remarks and hold an open discussion after the screening. Mo and Me is about Mohamed "Mo" Amin, the photojournalist whose TV footage first brought Ethiopia's 1984 famine to the world, launched Live Aid and We Are The World. It has been feted at film festivals in Los Angeles and Paris, and will premiere at the New York Film Festival on May 9th. Long acknowledged as Africa's greatest photographer-cameraman, Mohamed Amin photographed and filmed the major events of Africa, Asia and the Middle East from the 1950's until his untimely death. He was driven by a dream that Africans should tell their own stories. He wanted to portray not just Africa's pain, but its beauty and successes as well. His courage and drive in the face of extreme adversity are shown as he survives incarceration, torture and, later, amputation in his unrelenting quest to give voice to the voiceless.  In 1996 he was aboard an Ethiopian aircraft that was hijacked by Muslim extremists, Mo died on his feet as he attempted to negotiate and reason with the terrorists. In 1997, the renowned international news bureau, Reuters, set up the Mohammed Amin Award in honor of Mo, to recognize outstanding contributions to TV news made by unsung heroes of journalism. This award has become one of the most prestigious in the industry.  FREE ADMISSION - Westminster College - 7pm, Wed. May 10, 2006.  Watch Video>>>

The Muslim Forum of Utah Radio Podcast 4/29/06 You can now listen to The Muslim Forum of Utah's Podcast by subscribing here: MFU RADIO RSS PODCAST FEED.   Speeches, news and commentary of The Muslim Forum of Utah and other community members should be available in the coming months inshallah.  Please stay tuned for more proactive American Muslim related education, civil rights, social work and interfaith related news and activities.


Prophet Muhammad's Birthday Brings Utah's Sunni, Shia, and Sufi Muslim Community Together 4/23/06 A packed theater of Utah's Sunni, Shia, and Sufi Muslims gathered at The University of Utah Post Theater on Sunday, April 16th to celebrate the Prophet Muhammad's (pbuh) Birthday by discussing his life and achievements as well as singing Nasheeds & Naats (Islamic Music) in his honor.  "Naats and Nasheeds have been a part of the tradition of the Prophet (pbuh) since the beginning of Islam" said one of the speakers at the celebration. Please check out the highlights here as they are uploaded: Video 1 | Video 2 | Video 3 | Video 4 | Video 5 | Video 6 | Video 7 | Video 8


Khadeeja Islamic Center Sirah Program (Prophet Muhammad's Biography) 4/10/06  Some Muslims (who follow the Deobandi and/or Salafi interpretations of Islam) do not celebrate the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and instead choose to review his biography as an alternative.  The traditional Sunni, Shia, and Sufi community does tend to celebrate the Prophet's Birthday, which is called "Milad Un-Nabi".  You can look at pictures and listen to mp3 audios from this note worthy event.  Audio & Picture Gallery>>>


A Round Table Discussion With 16 Foreign Journalists, Participants of The U.S. Department of State Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists 4/20/06 'How are America and Americans perceived abroad? What is the role that journalists can play in expanding mutual awareness and understanding between nations? How do the media shape public opinion at home and abroad? ".  On Tuesday, April 18th at The University of Utah, The Muslim Forum of Utah heard first hand from 16 leading journalists from the Near East and Europe about their views regarding the United States, our people and our media.  Learning about their perspectives on how are perceptions or misperceptions shaped about the region and the people from the Middle East and the Muslim World. Observing first hand what role journalists can play in expanding mutual awareness and understanding between the nations. Distinguished panelists that were invited: Mr. Geoff Fattah, journalist Deseret Morning News.  Ms. Keri Wilcox, Executive Producer KSL TV.  Mr. Larry Smith General Manager KUED 7 TV.  Mr. John Greene, General Manager KUER Radio.  Stay tuned for video footage!


Leading To Read 4/17/06 (SLC,UT) The Muslim Forum of Utah is inviting any members of the community to participate in this year's "Leading To Read" program.  The Office of Ethnic Affairs, Rose Park Elementary & University of Utah David Eccles School of Business are excited to offer the “Leading to Read” program.  The program includes a FREE mini-literacy backpack to children who qualify, emergent literacy training for parents, and story time, & one scholastic book Date: Wednesday, April 26, 2006 Time: 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (Reading sessions begin every 30 min.) Download Flyer>>>


Leena Omar Ahmed Saif Passes Away In Car Accident 4/16/06 (SLC,UT) It is with great sorrow that we learned today that Sr. Leena, who is the sister of Sr. Dana has died early this morning in a severe car accident. Words are insufficient to express the MSA members' sorrow about this loss. "Those who met Leena know how kind and religious she was, may Allah grant her paradise. May Allah give her family, relatives, and friends patience to overcome this crisis. 

Read more>>> | KUTV News Article


MFU Invited To Radio Al-Mahaba "First Women's Only Radio in Iraq" Press Conference 4/13/06 (SLC,UT) Born in Baghdad, Iraqi-Canadian Bushra Jamil now works as the Human Rights Officer in Baghdad. She is also the management consultant of Al Mahaba radio Station. Iraq's first Women's only radio station! Radio Al-Mahaba is non-sectarian, non-religious, and non-political. The Muslim Forum of Utah along with Senator Orin Hatch and Governor Huntsman have been invited. Please come and join us at the Gateway Olympic Plaza at 11am on Monday, April 17th, 2006. Related articles: Chicago Tribune, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Deseret News.

Leadership Development Program 4/12/06 The Muslim Forum of Utah is pleased to announce a new organizing and leadership development program for immigrant and refugee leaders from Utah to train in Portland, Oregon.  The project aims to develop leadership and cross-cultural analysis within and between emerging and historically disenfranchised immigrant and refugee communities.  Airfare and hotel is paid for!  We have room for one more individual.  During the next twelve months: Group Training Sessions are June 17-19, December 8-10, and March 9-11 2007.  Three times through the nine months all participants will meet in Portland, Oregon for three days of workshops and training on organizing, community issues, and relationship building. Participants in the program must be able to attend all group trainings and attend for the full three days.   The application postmark deadline is April 28th, 2006.  To be considered, please contact us to request an application:


MSA West Zone Conference 2006 At The University of Utah - Videos Online 4/7/06 Watch clips from the MSA West Zone Conference 2006 hosted at the University of Utah by the Muslim Students Association.  Clips include Anwar Arafat, Nidal Sharif, Ahmed Sidky (MSA National VP), Yassir Butt, Imam Shuaib (from Khadeeja Mosque being awarded), and Imam Ali (from Alnoor Mosque being awarded).  For those who were not able to make it this time, inshallah we will see you there next time!  Watch video clips>>>


Quran Reading For The Benefit of Deceased Brother Aladdin Al-Abbas 4/6/06 The Alrasool Islamic Center will be having a gathering in memory of Br. Aladdin Al-Abbas who passed away Sunday, April 2nd at around 2:30pm in a motorcycle accident.  The Quran Reading will be on Saturday, April 8th from 7pm until Sunset Prayer (Maghreb).  Please contact Alrasool Islamic Center for more information: Alrasool Islamic Center, 801-467-3978. 


Prophet Muhammad's (pbuh) Birthday Observed At Alrasool Islamic Center 4/6/06 Alrasool Islamic Center in Salt Lake City, Utah will be observing the Prophet's Birthday (Milad Un-Nabi) and his grandchild's (Imam Sadiq) birthday on April 16th inshallah.  April 7th is the Martyrdom of Imam Hasan Askari (Who's Golden Mosque  in Samarra, Iraq was bombed recently by terrorists). Please check back with the Alrasool Islamic Center for more information: 801-467-3978.


Prophet Muhammad's (pbuh) Birthday Event At Khadeeja Islamic Center 4/5/06 The Khadeeja Islamic Center in West Valley City, Utah will be having a special Milad Un-Nabi (Prophet's Birthday) event on April 7th at 6:30pm.  Please contact The Khadeeja Islamic Center for further information:, 801-972-6555.


The Muslim Forum of Utah Book Recommendation: The Face Behind The Veil by Donna Gehrke-white 3/29/06  'For years, the image of the Muslim woman in America has been shrouded in secrecy, as mysterious as the face behind the veil. In this timely and moving book, journalist Donna Gehrke-White provides a rare, revealing look into the hearts, minds, and everyday lives of Muslim women in America and opens a window on a culture as diverse as it is misunderstood. "The Face Behind the Veil" is an insightful chronicle of identity and faith, a celebration of women who are changing the face of America and Islam.' We have recieved comments from Muslim women in Utah recommending this book.  It is available in your local Barnes & Nobles or you can Buy From


University of Utah Hosting MSA West Zone Conference Starting March 31st to April 2nd 3/26/06 The University of Utah will be hosting the MSA West Zone Conference starting on March 31st to April 2nd inshallah.  The Muslim Forum of Utah will be present at the conference as attendees.  Please register as soon as possible. 

Late Registration $40 until Tuesday March 28th Until Midnight>>>


Judge Michael Kwan Visiting Alrasool Islamic Center 3/20/06 Judge Michael Kwan will be visiting the Alrasool Islamic Center on Friday, March 24th at 7:30pm for a social services program.  Judge Kwan will be giving a presentation on topics of interest to low income people such as contesting traffic tickets, small claims court, tobacco survey, etc.  (Judge Michael Kwan has served the Taylorsville Justice Court since 1998. Judge Kwan received a law degree from Whittier College School of Law and was certified in Chinese law by the East China University of Politics and Law in 1993. Judge Kwan has served in many professional organizations. He also founded the Utah Multi-Cultural Legal Center and the Utah Organization of Chinese Americans. Judge Kwan served as a pro tempore judge in Third District Court from 1996 to 1998. He received the Quality of Justice Award in 2001. His Domestic Violence Program was awarded the Peace on Earth Award from the Salt Lake Area Domestic Violence Advisory Council in 2002. He is currently serving on the Utah Substance Abuse and Anti-Violence Council and on the Supreme Court's Rules of Evidence Committee. Judge Kwan was editor of the National Conference of Special Court Judges journal and is the chair of the Board of Justice Court Judges.) Alrasool Islamic Center Upcoming Program Schedule>>>


Iranian American Community of Utah "Bringing People Together" 3/18/06 The IACU features freeway billboard (Along I-15 and 6th South - Martin Luther King Drive Exit) that says "Happy Iranian New Year!" in order to express multi-cultural diversity through such public awareness campaigns.  Aiming at promoting goodwill between Iranians and neighbors, that features a saying with the tagline, "Bringing People Together".  You can learn more about the Iranian American Community of Utah and abroad by visiting,, or


Spring Internship: The Muslim Forum of Utah 3/16/06  The Muslim Forum of Utah is taking Spring internship applications.  You must be at least 18 years of age and be able to accomplish the tasks assigned to you in order to receive your recommendation after your internship is completed.  The Muslim Forum of Utah is a United American Muslim Community organization and council that is all inclusive of Sunni, Shia, Sufi, and Non-Sectarian affiliated Muslims.  We are one Ummah (community) so we should start acting like one!  Our goal is to create a more positive image of Islam and Muslims through Muslim unity, education, civil rights, social work, and interfaith related activities.  Contact us if you would like to open a Muslim Forum chapter in your state! If you think you have what it takes to work with us and help your community as an intern; please download, complete and mail/e-mail the Internship Application>>>


Alrasool Islamic Center Arbaeen Program & Dinner 3/15/06 On Sunday, March 19th, 2006 after Maghrib (Sunset) and Isha (Night) prayer there will be a program to observe the Arbaeen (40th Day after Martyrdom) for Imam Hussain (as) at Alrasool Islamic Center inshallah.  Alrasool Islamic Center is located at 470 E. Stanley Ave. (3180 S.), Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.  For more information please contact Br. Ghulam Hasnain from The Alrasool Islamic Center: 801-671-7609


Sunni-Shia Dialogue Featuring Dr. Muzzamil Siddiqi (Sunni) & Imam Al-Qazwini (Shia)  3/12/06 Dr. Muzzamil Siddiqi, Religious Director of The Islamic Society of Orange County, meets with  Imam Al-Qazwini, the founding Imam of The Islamic Educational Center of Orange County along with a mixed council of Sunni and Shia leaders in California to discuss unity and cooperation between Sunnis and Shias in a time when Muslims are facing increased internal and external threats.  You can listen to this dialogue with quicktime: Sunni-Shia Dialogue (Part 1)>>>Sunni-Shia Dialogue (Part 2) >>>


Danish Cartoon Controversy Interview With Bobby Darvish of The Muslim Forum of Utah 3/12/06   Bobby Darvish of The Muslim Forum of Utah speaks of the Danish Cartoon Controversy and how it affects Utah with Enid Greene of 820 AM Radio "Ask A Woman" Program. Bobby Darvish the son of a prominent Utah State Psychologist has been one of Utah's leading Muslim young adult community leaders for about two years as The Muslim Forum of Utah's President.   MP3 (22 min.): Download>>>


MFU Surveys Two Las Vegas Mosques 3/11/06 Bobby Darvish (MFU Pres.) and Sara Fayyaz (MFU CWA Dir.) visited Las Vegas to survey the Mosques in Las Vegas.  Two of Three Las Vegas Mosques were surveyed: Masjid As-Sabur and Jamia Masjid.  The discrepancy between the two mosques were visible from the location and condition of the Mosques.  The discrepancy is similar to that of the Khadeeja Mosque vs. Alnoor & Alrasool Mosques in Salt Lake City, Utah.  Further studies and research needs to be done on the ethnic and/or sectarian unity and division between African-American Muslims who some say are the majority American Muslim population, followed by South East Asian and Arab Muslims.  There are  various ethnic and/or sectarian communities that have been marginalized due to predominance of any one ethnic and/or sectarian group taking control of community affairs at various mosques through out the country.  Islamic Law forbids division between Muslims based on ethnic and sectarian differences.


Challenges of Co-Existence (Danish Cartoon Controversy) By Imam Hamza Yusuf Hansen of The Zaytuna Institute 3/11/06  Imam Hamza Yusuf Hansen of The Zaytuna Institute in Hayward, California speaks of the Danish Cartoon Controversy.  An associate of Imam Hamza Yusuf Hansen by the name of Imam Zaid Shakir will be coming to the MSA West Zone inshallah! RealAudio: Listen>>>


Utah Muslims Protest Al-Askari Mosque Attack 3/3/06 Utah Muslims gathered in front of Salt Lake City's Federal Building on Friday to protest the Feb. 22 destruction of The Al-Askari Mosque in Samarra, Iraq. "We're all here to condemn the action of destroying the holy shrine in Iraq," said Nasrin Zand, an Iranian living in Salt Lake City. "My heart is broken." (Source: Jafariya News)


MSA West Zone USA 2006 "Reviving the Forgotten Sunnah: Awakening the Soul" At The University of Utah 3/3/06 Every year MSA National organizes dynamic regional, zonal and continental conferences that focus on students. Conferences are one of the many services MSA National offers to students in the US and Canada. These events combine some of the leading speakers in North America with workshops related to MSA issues. Conferences also provide students with opportunities to network, learn about other MSAs, and explore their faith. U of U MSA Homepage | Official MSAUU Conference WebsiteRegister Today!>>>


Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet (DVD) 2/26/06 A revealing portrait of Muhammad - taking viewers to the world of 7th century Arabia to examine the life and history of the man whom Muslims consider to be the last prophet ...View a 13 minute Clip from the DVD ... Order FREE DVD Here>>>

Muhammad: By Yahiya Emerick (Book) 2/22/06 This newly published, concise biography, written for both a Muslim and non-Muslim audience, presents the remarkable life of the religious visionary, reformer and political leader who impacted the world. Order FREE BOOK Here>>>


The Holy Qur'an: Translation & Commentary by Yusuf Ali (Book) 2/22/06 In today’s climate of heightened religious sensitivities and apparent cultural clashes, now is the time for people of all faiths to better acquaint themselves with Islam’s sacred text, the Holy Quran. Order FREE BOOK here>>>


The Annual Salt Lake American Muslim Festival 2005 Video Added 2/23/06  The Annual Salt Lake American Muslim Festival 2005 Video features Bridges TV's Ossama Elshamy, The Muslim Forum of Utah's PR Director, Abdul Malik Muhammad, and Ghulam Hasnain, the organizer of the SLAM Festival.  Kathem Hamdani, a local artist originally from Iraq, speaks of his art.  In addition there are a lot of other members of the Utah Muslim community represented in the video, like The Islamic Society of Greater Salt Lake, The Alrasool Islamic Center, and The Muslim Girl Scouts.  The SLAM Festival, which started in the year 2003, showcases the united multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, and multi-sectarian Muslim community.  The Muslim Forum of Utah has helped organize the festival in cooperation with Ghulam Hasnain (Festival Organizer) as well as having a booth in the festival in order to present The Muslim Forum of Utah to the public.  Bobby Darvish, the president of the MFU, has hosted the MFU booth along with other members of the MFU from the year 2003 up to the present. The Muslim Forum of Utah has been a supporter of such projects from the start, which would only make sense, because other than the Forum's mission statement, the four mandates that the Forum focuses on is Education, Civil Rights, Social Work, and Interfaith activities.  God willing with the support of our community in Utah, we can see many more years of the SLAM Festival.  If you would like to have a booth at the next SLAM Festival, please contact Br. Ghulam: Salt Lake American Muslim Festival Homepage


New! MFU Video Page Launched: Watch Local, National, & International Videos About Islam & Muslims 2/23/06 God willing, The Muslim Forum of Utah will be providing Local news, events and activities videos along with National and International Videos about Islam and Muslims by using the new "Google Video".  If you have videos you would like to send, please contact us at  You can now watch the videos here: Watch Videos>>>


The Muslim Forum of Utah Condemns The Terrorist Attack on Historical Islamic Site 2/22/06  An explosion destroyed the Mosque shrine of Imam Asqari  (Descendant of the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, also the 11th Imam of The Shia), which is also known as the "Golden Mosque", in the Iraqi town of Samarra. "Gunmen entered the shrine at dawn and planted bombs and blew it up," Abdullah al-Jubaara said. A resident of Samarra said people had started to gather for a demonstration against the the terrorists.  The MFU, which is a united Sunni, Shia, Sufi, & Non-Sectarian American Muslim community is against such sectarian violence.  By Islamic Law, if a Muslim commits forbidden acts, they become Munafiqs (Hypocrits), who's Islam is in question.  Some say that these attacks were done in order to destroy Muslim unity, especially after the unity and resolve shown as a result of the Islamophobic cartoons published in a Danish Newspaper.  Islam also condemns such acts of terrorism and sectarian violence, you can read about how Islam Denounces Terrorism on the following link: Islam Denounces Terrorism>>>


Majlis For Imam Ali Zainul Abideen (as) 2/22/06 The Alrasool Islamic Center (Utah's only Shia community center) will be having a majlis for the martyrdom of Imam Ali Zainul Abideen, the son of the Prophet's grandson Imam Hussain.  Dinner will be provided.  Location: Alrasool Islamic Center: 470 E. Stanley Ave. SLC, UT.  For more information contact Br. Ghulam @ 801-671-6709.


Utah's AM 820 Radio Interviews Bobby Darvish About Anti-Muslim Cartoons 2/14/06 Ken Johnson the producer of "Ask a Woman Radio" contacted Bobby Darvish (MFU Pres.) to conduct an interview in regards to the Islamophobic cartoons that were made in the Danish Newspapers.  Enid Greene who interviewed is a former U.S. Representative from Utah.  The interview took place on Feb. 15th. Utah AM 820 Radio>>> | New! Interview With Bobby Darvish mp3>>>


Clash of the Uncivilized: Insights on the Cartoon Controversy By Imam Zaid Shakir 2/14/06 Imam Zaid Shakir discusses the current situation with the Islamophobic cartoons in an excellent article.  "As the crisis that has emerged in the aftermath of the publication of the infamous cartoons that claim to depict the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings of God upon him, escalates, we would do well by stepping back and attempting to analyze the situation as dispassionately as possible."  Read Full Article>>>


Imam Shuaibuddeen of The Khadeeja Islamic Center Speaks on The Danish Cartoons 2/10/06 Imam Shuaib of The Khadeeja Islamic Center, which is affiliated with The Islamic Society of Greater Salt Lake, an organization that manages the predominately Sunni Mosques in the valley, gave a Friday Sermon (Khutba) about the Danish Cartoons on Friday the 10th of February. Click here to  Listen to Sermon mp3>>>  (You can listen to more sermons on different subjects by Imam Shuaib and others on the Islamic Society of Greater Salt Lake's  Homepage

Classical 89 KBYU FM Interviews Bobby Darvish About Anti-Muslim Cartoons 2/9/06  Rodney Wardle, FM Reporter from BYU TV/Radio interviewed Bobby Darvish (MFU Pres.) today at 4pm,which will be broadcast today and tommorrow .  The Interview is about the racist Anti-Muslim (Islamophobic) cartoons that were published in a Danish Newspaper. Also, the Muslim reaction to these hateful cartoons. Listen To Radio | New! Listen To Interview With Bobby Darvish>>>


Radio 97.5 FM KFMS Interviews Bobby Darvish About Anti-Muslim Cartoons 2/8/06 The Tom Barberi show contacted Bobby Darvish (MFU Pres.) today and conducted an interview around noon in regards to the Muslim reaction to racist Anti-Muslim (Islamophobic) cartoons that were published in a Danish newspaper that has triggered a worldwide response.  The mp3 of the interview will become available as soon as The MFU recieves it from Radio 97.5 FM KFMS. 


What Do The Danish Anti-Muslim Cartoons Mean to Muslims? 2/6/06 Ahmed Younis (National Director of MPAC) discusses the ramifications of the recent publication of a dozen cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad as a terrorist, on PBS' "NewsHour with Jim Lehrer".  Watch>>>


Movie Review: Looking For Comedy In The Muslim World 1/30/06 Abdul Malik Muhammad (MFU PR/Marketing Dir.) and Benan Zahawi (MFU Consultant) and many others attended the showing of Looking For Comedy In The Muslim World.  "This was more about Indian culture, it should have been looking for Comedy in the Indian World" The final product got "thumbs down" all around.  Read More>>>

LDS Women's Conversion To Islam on KSL Radio 1160 1/27/06 Jon Dunn of KSL Radio 1160 contacted The Muslim Forum of Utah to get help in finding out about Utah American Women converting to Islam, he found just that! Here is the KSL Radio 1160 clip featuring local Utah Women who have converted to Islam: Mormon/LDS Women's Conversion To Islam mp3>>>


Alrasool Islamic Center's Muharram & Ashura Program 1/26/06 The Alrasool Islamic Center (Utah's only Shia community center) is putting on a succession of programs for the mourning procession in the  Islamic month of Muharram, in which the Prophet's (pbuh) grandson, Imam Hussain (as) was martyred in the defense of Islam.  Please download the program here: AIC Program Download>>>


Movie: "Looking For Comedy In The Muslim World" Being Reviewed By The Muslim Forum of Utah 1/20/06  Please stay tuned for Utah's only Official Muslim Movie Review organization's report.  The movie is being released Friday, Jan. 20th. 2006 to the general public.  It is rated PG-13.  The MFU recieves invitations to review movies that deal with Islam and Muslims on a systematic basis and is happy to express the viewpoint, values, morals, and approval/dissapproval of the Muslim moviegoer, which in Utah represents 25,000 people. Official movie site>>>


Women Converts To Islam Needed For Radio Interview 1/16/06 If you are a female convert to Islam living in Salt Lake City, Utah, Please contact us for a radio interview that will be on a very popular radio station in Salt Lake City, Utah: (801) 859-3769 or


AIC Celebrating Eid Al-Ghadeer 1/14/06 The Alrasool Islamic Center will be celebrating Eid Al-Ghadeer on Saturday Jan. 21. 2005 after Maghrib and Isha Prayers.  Maulana Ayleya of Seattle, Washington will give a lecture in English followed by a potluck dinner.

ISGSL & BS Eid Festival At University of Utah 1/12/06 The Islamic Society of Greater Salt Lake and The Boy Scouts will be having an Eid Festival targeted towards families and children on Saturday, Jan. 14th from 12 to 5pm at the Union Building of the University of Utah.


AIC Eid Al-Adha Prayer 1/6/07 The Alrasool Islamic Center will be holding the Eid Al-Adha Prayers at 8:30am at The Alrasool Islamic Center on Wed January 11, 2006.  You are welcome to bring sweets to share.  Also, the martyrdom of Imam Baqir will be observed on Saturday January 7th after Maghrib/Isha salaat with a potluck dinner.


ISGSL Eid Al-Adha Prayer 1/6/06 The Islamic Society of Greater Salt Lake will be holding the Eid Al-Adha Prayers at 8:45 am at E Center on 10th of January inshallah. more info>>>


MFU President Bobby Darvish To Recieve Full Hip Replacement Surgery on Monday, Jan. 9th, 2006  1/5/06 Due to an accident that occured when Mr. Darvish was fifteen years of age, he had to have five surgeries, which one of them was a bone graph surgery in order to reconstruct his hip joint (femur head). read more>>>

EXCLUSIVE: Muslim Forum of Utah 2005 YEAR IN REVIEW 1/2/06 2005 MFU HIGHLIGHTS: In its 3rd year, The Muslim Forum of Utah experienced tremendous growth and success. Creating alliances with other organizations in the Valley and meeting with delagates from around the world we sought to create a better atmosphere for Muslims to interact with the broader society in Utah. Download PDF

Arabic And Islamic Culture Paintings & Charcoal by Kathem Alhamdani 1/1/06 Kathem Alhamdani, who's artwork was featured at the annual SLAM Festival this past year will be showcasing his work at The City Library Sprague Branch (2131 S. 1100 E. ) in Sugarhouse on Jan. 3 to Feb. 27, 2006.  Reception is on January 12 from 7:00 pm to 8:30pm. 


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