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The next meeting of the Long Island Chapter of The Interfaith Alliance will be:

Thursday, October 25th at 2:00pm

Islamic Center of Long Island (ICLI)
835 Brush Hollow Rd
Westbury, NY 11590
Telephone: 516-333-3495
Website: www.ICLINY.org


Upcoming Events and Announcements

Events scheduled for September

September 19th presentation of the documentary 5 Broken Cameras at Cinema Arts in Huntington.
September 19th course Islam for Open Minded Americans  presented by Bob Nuxoll at UUCSR
The Long Island Council of Churches, the Long Island Multi-Faith Forum, and Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual Organization –BKWSU invite you to An Interreligious Service of Prayer for Peace in a Post-9/11 World on Thursday, September 20,2012 to commemorate the UN’s International Day of Peace. This event will be at:
Global Harmony House (GHH),
46 South Middle Neck Road, Great Neck NY 11021(516-773-0971).
Click here for letter re this event
Click here for flyer
Hofstra University will be holding the International Scene Lecture Series, "Election 2012: A Citizens Guide to U.S. Foreign Policy"
For details, click on the following links:
Cornell West, "Making Abolish Poverty a Priority in the Presidential Election"
Three Lectures by:  (1) Jeremy Scahill;  (2) Cornell West,
(3) Michael Cohen and Carolyn Eisenberg

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Meeting Minutes

Click here for Minutes of past meetings

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TIA-LI Board member Sr. Jeanne Clark spoke about two widely reported issues regarding Catholic sisters. Click here for links to her remarks at our August meeting as well as links to newspaper reports. 
The Guardian of Britain has reported on religious violence in Burma (Myanmar) between the majority Buddhists and minority Muslims which broke out in early June. Violence has caused many Muslims to flee Burma for Bangladesh. However, the Bangladesh authorities have refused to accept the refugees and ordered international charities helping the refugees to stop operations in Bangladesh. The United Nations says that the refugees are among the most persecuted people in the world.

Click here for a report on Burmese Muslims seeking refuge in Bangladesh.

Anti-Bullying Improv Theater

Numerous religious organizations and other concerned groups have spoken out against bullying. While we all know that bullying harms children’s emotional health, many are not aware that it also leads to a significant number of suicides in the U.S. For instance, the Interfaith Alliance of Iowa, in unison with other anti-bullying groups, convened a rally in Des Moines on April 24th to honor the memory of a 14 year old Iowa student who committed suicide after facing relentless bullying at school and on Facebook.
See Des Moines Register blog at http://blogs.desmoinesregister.com/dmr/index.php/2012/04/24/des-moines-anti-bullying-rally-honors-memory-of-kenneth-weishuhn for details.

This weekend the Islamic Center of Long Island (ICLI) will be hosting an Improv Theater presentation to help spread the message, “Stop Bullying Now.” ICLI points out that bullying is real and affects lots of kids, especially minorities. Please come to this event (and bring your children and/or grandchildren, if possible), to better understand the harmful effects of bullying and how best to respond to these incidents.

The Imrpov Theater presentation will be:
DATE/TIME: Sunday, April 29th, 3:00pm
LOCATION: Islamic Center of Long Island
835 Brush Hallow Rd, Westbury, NY 11590
DIRECTIONS: Click here for directions
TELEPHONE: 516-333-3495

Click here for flyer for this event.

Land of the Free and Home of the Brave;
Do We Still Believe It?

TIA-LI Board Members Bob Nuxoll and Habeeb, in cooperation with Maryann Slutsky of LI Wins, submitted a letter to Anton Papers titled “Land of the Free and Home of the Brave; Do We Still Believe It?” In that letter, the trio claim that fear is causing Americans to allow Congress to pass laws abrogating our civil rights in favor of the increased security which politicians claim to provide. They remind us that past incidents of abrogating habeus corpus and due process led to severe mistreatment of Native Americans, African-Americans and Japanese-Americans and brought shame on our country. We are doing this again, the writers claim. They also tell us we cannot simply blame our elected officials since we allow their policies because of our fear.

Click here to view the entire letter at the Anton website.

Local Anton Weekly Newspaper Columnist Bob McMillan
Issues Misinformed Editorial on Sharia Law

Muslim Attorney Responds, but her Rebuttal is not Printed

Click here for details and to read the Column and Rebuttal.

Interfaith Alliance President Criticizes Newt Gingrich's comments on "our religions"

Interfaith Alliance’s national president, Rev. Welton Gaddy posted a response to Newt Gingrich’s divisive statement about “our religions” at the Huffington Post website. Gaddy’s article began:
  "Our religions," Newt Gingrich said, "I think we need to have a government that respects our religions. I'm tired of being lectured about respecting every other religion on the planet. I want them to respect our religions." These, unbelievably, are the words of a man seeking to occupy the highest office in our government, a man charged with defending the Constitution of the United States.
Gaddy went on to ask:
  “Is candidate Gingrich actually suggesting that the faiths of some Americans are more worthy of respect than others?”
Gaddy also pointed out that both the Baptist religion of Gingrich’s birth and his adopted religion of Catholicism would not have been considered “our religions” in colonial America.
Click here to read Gaddy's comments

Controversial NYPD Training Film on Muslims

"In Police Training, a Dark Film on U.S. Muslims," New York Times, 1/24/2012.  Click here to read article.
"A Police Training Film About Muslims: 2 Views," New York Times, 1/30/2012.  Click here to read article.
"Kelly Says Anti-Muslim Film Shouldn't Have Been Screened," New York Times, 1/27/2012.  Click here to read article.
To view the controversial training video, click here

Supreme Court authorizes religious discrimination in hiring

"Religious Groups Greet Ruling with Satisfaction," New York Times, 1/11/2012.  Click here for details.

Lowe's Drops Sponsorship of Muslim Family TV Program Following Protest  by Florida Family Association

"Lowe's stands by decision to pull ads from TV show," Charlotte Observer, 2/6/2012.  Click here for details.

Hate Crimes in Queens and Long Island

"Firebomber Picket Targets to Settle Personal Scores, Police Say," New York Times, 1/3/2012.  Click here for details.

Nuclear Contamination of Suffolk County Ground Water?

"The Atomic States of America": Exploring a Nation's Struggle with Nuclear Power, Democracy Now, 1/24/2012.  Click here for details.
"The Nuclear Neighborhood," New York Times, 11/12/2006. Click here for details.
"Brookhaven National Lab's Statement on Kelly McMaster's book, Welcome to Shirley: A Memoir from an Atomic Town."  Click here for details.

National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)  

There was much alarm in December, 2011 over the proposed NDAA, which many feared would greatly harm civil liberties.  Various groups claimed that the bill would allow for the military detention of American citizens and other U.S. residents suspected of terrorism.  As the NY Times reported, the President signed a NDAA bill in December, but only after obtaining some concessions from Congress and after issuing a "Signing Statement" objecting to some of the bill's provisions.  The legislation, HR1540, became Public Law 112-81 upon the President's signing.

For further information, click here for the article in the NY Times.

Published Reports

ACLU Reports

ACLU Report: ACLU has published A Call to Courage: Reclaiming Our Liberties Ten Years After 9/11. The report is available on their website.
Click here to view the ACLU report.
NYCLU Report: The New York Chapter of ACLU has published a report titled RELIGIOUS FREEDOM UNDER ATTACK: The Rise of Anti-Mosque Activities in New York State.
Click here to view the NYCLU report.

Ongoing Events

Muslims in America program video available
First Amendment Center

The full video of Muslims in America, a program of the Religious Freedom Education Project at the Newseum on July 28, 2011, has been posted on the website

Click here for further details.
Recent Events

Numerous events are scheduled for July and August

  July 20th and July 22nd appearances by Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf at ICLI in Westbury and at St. Bartholomew's Church in Manhattan.
  August 5th Interfaith Iftar (meal to break the daily Ramadan fast) at ICLI.
  August 8th Commemoration of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings.
  August 16th TIA meeting.

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Sharia Seminar in April

This Islamic Center of Long Island, in concert with TIA-LI and others, will sponsor another of its seminars on Sharia in March.  This series is designed to help non-Muslims better understand what Sharia is and to dispel some of the many myths and fears which have been so widely published since the terrorist attacks of 9/11/2001.

Seminar Details:

DATE/TIME:  Sunday, April 15th
LOCATION:  Islamic Center of Long Island (ICLI)
                  835 Brush Hollow Rd, Westbury, NY 11590
SPEAKER:  Dr. Azizah Y. al-Hibri, Esq.
    Dr. al-Hibri is the Founder and Chair of KARAMAH: Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights and a professor at the University of Richmond Law School.

For further information on Dr. al-Hibri and on KARAMAH, visit the website www.karamah.org

DIRECTIONS  to ICLI: Visit the website: www.icliny.org and click “Contact Us” in the upper right portion of that webpage. Then scroll down and click on “Get Directions (or call 516-333-34950)


A fourteen week session course examining the life of Jesus from a historical (not faith) perspective.
Who would be interested in this course?
The course presenters expect many Unitarian Universalists, as well as Jews, Muslims, Christians and those not from the Abrahamic faiths who have only seen Jesus and early Christianity presented from a faith perspective.  This will enable them to judge Jesus' life and teachings from an objective historical foundation.

Click here for Event Details

There is no fee for this course.

Voices of Faith for Peace

Gathering of Light Multifaith Spiritual Fellowship is having their fifth annual VOICES OF FAITH FOR PEACE event on:
DATE/TIME:  Saturday March 24th at 1:00 PM
LOCATION:  St. Lawrence of Canterbury Church
                  655 old Country Rd, Dix Hills, NY
DIRECTIONS: Click here to visit the St. Lawrence of Canterbury website, then scroll to bottom of webpage for directions.                 
(GPS directions are incorrect)

This is an afternoon of sacred sounds (chants) from 13 different faith traditions.  Each faith has 10 minutes where they repeat a chant/prayer. Then the next faith continues after they are done.  There is no talking for 2 and 1/2 hours!

Everyone is invited to participate. It is not a show. It is totally experiential.

It is a very powerful event. There is no cost to participants.

Rev JoAnn Barrett
Gathering of Light Multifaith Spiritual Fellowship

Hydraulic Fracturing in New York State

There is great concern that this technology to remove natural gas from the ground will contaminate ground water and devastate the environment by injecting harmful chemicals into the ground.

At our August 11, 2011 meeting, TIA-LI went on record as being opposed to Hydraulic Fracturing ("fracking"). 

Click here to view a recent NY Times article on fracking in New York.

You can also view the advocates' website at www.gaslandthemovie.com

Kairos Dinner

Long Island Alliance for Peaceful Alternatives will hold their annual Kairos Dinner to honor peacemakers the first Saturday in December.
EVENT Kairos Dinner
PRESENTER: Long Island Alliance for Peaceful Alternatives
DATE/TIME Saturday, December 1, 2011 at 6:00pm
LOCATION Hofstra University, Student Center, Plaza Rooms
   (North Campus)
Hempstead Turnpike (West of Nassau Coliseum)
Hempstead, NY
Website: www.longislandpeace.org
LI Alliance Phone 516-741-4360
Directions to Hofstra www.hofstra.edu
Admission $75 per person

Global Day of Listening

The goal of the Global Days of Listening project is to have interested people connect via phone or Skype to young people in Afghanistan and other war-torn countries without the media hype and spin – thus enabling them to put names, faces and human relationships to the statistics and hyperbole that create "mass judgment" about others in different cultures and countries.

Volunteers are available to come to your group, show a 20-minute video presentation and answer questions.

Click here for further details about this most worthwhile project.

Besa – A Code of Honor

Museum Exhibit: Besa – A Code of Honor - documents the heroic efforts of Albanian Muslims to rescue Albanian Jews during the holocaust.
EVENT Museum Exhibit: Besa – A Code of Honor
PRESENTER: Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County
DATE/TIME Fall, 2011
LOCATION Welwyn Preserve
100 Crescent Beach Rd, Glen Cove, NY 11542
Website: www.holocaust-nassau.org
Phone 516-571-8040
Email mainoffice@holocaust-nassau.org

Journey of the Universe

EVENT: Journey of the Universe:  The Epic Story of Cosmic, Earth, and Human Transformation
This film weaves a compelling story of the unfolding universe and humanity’s place in it.
PRESENTER: Benefitting Homecoming / Sophia Garden
DATE/TIME: November 19th, 10:00am:
LOCATION: Cinema Arts Centre
423 Park Avenue, Huntington, NY 11743.
FEE: Tickets $15 ($1.00 service charge additional
Advanced Tickets Required!
Includes Continental Breakfast, Screening & Panel Discussion.
View Flyer for Event Click here for flyer
Movie Trailer Click here for trailer for this movie
For More Details Advance tickets required. Call 800-838-3006
or contact Elizabeth @ 6310842-6000, ext 307
or send email to sophiagardengrow@aol.com

Muslim-Jewish Twinning Weekend

Islah and Tikkun Olam: The Moral Imperative in Islam and Judaism
to Repair the World and Help People in Need.

EVENT: International Muslim-Jewish Weekend of Twinning Kickoff Event
PRESENTER: Islamic Center of Long Island and local Jewish & Muslim leaders.
DATE/TIME: Sunday, November 13, 2011 3-5 PM
LOCATION: Islamic Center of Long Island
835 Brush Hollow Road, Westbury, N.Y. 11590
FLYER: Click here to view flyer for this event.
The panel will be moderated by Habeeb Ahmed of the Islamic Center of Long Island and Walter Ruby of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding.

There will be a question and answer period followed by a discussion about how the Jewish and Muslim communities can work together to help the poor and homeless people on Long Island during this time of great economic distress.

Attendees are encouraged to bring canned food, toiletries and used clothing which will be distributed to homeless people.

Queens Unity Walk

Visit Flushing houses of worship

EVENT: Queens Unity Walk
PRESENTER: Pax Christi Metro New York and others
DATE/TIME: October 30th, 1:00PM
LOCATION: Starting at Sikh Center of Flushing
38-17 Parsons Blvd., Flushing, Queens
View Flyer for Event: Click here for flyer.  NOTE: This two-page flyer contains a street map for the area of the walk.  Use Google Maps or Mapquest for directions to Flushing.
Lunch:  - Lunch available at the Sikh Center before the walk
 - Refreshments served at the Quaker Meeting House after the walk!
For more details: For more information, contact (212) 420-0250
or send email to nypaxchristi@igc.org

Creating a Bold New Future

Explore a new global vision built on sustainability,
spiritual fulfillment and social justice

EVENT Creating a Bold New Future
PRESENTER: Long Island Council of Churches
DATE/TIME Saturday, October 29, 2011;  9:00am - 3:30pm
LOCATION First Baptist Church
1018 Northville Turnpike, Riverhead, NY 11901
Suggested Donation $20
View Flyer for Event Click here to view flyer for this event
For more details: contact Polly Howells at phows@aol.com
Registration: Register online at www.AwakeningTheDreamer.org

Let's Do Justice
A Primer on Justice in the Law

St. Anthony Church in Oceanside will present "Let's Do Justice," which discusses Justice in Christianity, in Islam, and in Jewish Law.

Event Details:

EVENT: Let's Do Justice: A Primer on Justice in the Law
PRESENTERS: Jay Jorgensen and Maureen Jorgensen
St. John of Vianney, NJ Social Justice Ministry and JustFaith Facilitators
DATE/TIME: Wednesday, October 19th, 7:30 - 9:30
LOCATION: St. Anthony's Church, 110 Anchor Ave, Oceanside
Directions to St. Anthony http://stanthonyoceanside.org/contact/location
Flyer for this presentation: Click here for flyer for this event.

Abraham's Children

The documentary Abraham's Children will be shown at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock on Monday, Oct. 17.

Abraham's Children is a documentary giving viewers a real sense of the living experience of being an American Muslim. Scenes in this documentary — warm and humorous, engaging and uplifting — lie in stark contrast to the constant and inaccurate drumbeat of angry and threatening Muslims as portrayed in mainstream media.

You may watch a trailer for this video at the website:
EVENT: Abraham's Children (Documentary)
PRESENTER: UUCSR Program Committee
DATE/TIME: Monday,  October 17th, 6:30 - 9:30
LOCATION: Art Gallery
Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock
48 Shelter Rock Rd, Manhasset, NY 11030
UUCSR Website: www.uucsr.org
Directions to UUCSR: www.uucsr.org/find.asp
Trailer for this documentary: www.abrahamschildrendoc.com/trailer/
NOTE: There are also plans to show this documentary on Friday, October 21 at PARK51, the Islamic Cultural Center / mosque being planned for downtown Manhattan.  Further details will follow.

Islam, Shari'ah and Religious Freeedom in the U.S.

The Islamic Center of Long Island (ICLI) will host a Seminar on Sharia Law. Dr. Azizah al Hibri, Professor of Law University of Richmond, and Founder and Chair of KARAMAH Washington DC will speak about Islamic Law in American courts.   Speakers also include Engy Abdelkader, human rights attorney and member of KARAMAH's Board as welll asTIA - Long Island Chair Rev. Mark Lukens.
     Their talks will be followed by a public discussion and a Q&A session.
     Click here for a flyer for this seminar.

Event Details:

EVENT Seminar on Sharia Law
PRESENTER: Dr Azizah al Hibri
DATE/TIME Sunday October 2nd, 3:00pm to 5:00pm
LOCATION Islamic Center of Long Island (ICLI)
835 Brush Hollow Rd
Westbury, NY
Flyer Click here to view flyer for this event
ICLI Website: www.icliny.org
Directions to ICLI Click here for directions
Then scroll  down to "Get Directions, Click here"
Sponsors: This event is sponsored by:
   Islamic Center of Long Island (ICLI)
   KARAMAH: Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights
   The Interfaith Alliance - Long Island Chapter

First Amendment

EVENT First Amendment - Power Point Presentation
PRESENTER: Bob Nuxoll - TIA-LI Board Member and AU-LI President
DATE/TIME Sunday, September 25, 2 pm – 4 pm,
LOCATION Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Huntington.
109 Browns Road, Huntington
Website: http://uufh.org/
Directions: http://uufh.org/directions.html

Not in Our Town: Light in the Darkness

Jay Keller of our national  Interfaith Alliance (IA) office announces that IA is a partner  in promoting the PBS documentary Not in Our Town: Light in the Darkness, which deals with the 2008 killing of Ecuadorian immigrant Marcelo Lucero in Patchogue.  He calls the documentary “a moving account of a community dealing with a hate crime.”  The documentary will premiere on Channel 13, Wednesday, September 21st at 10pm. 

You can view the comments of Interfaith Alliance National President Rev. Welton Gaddy, titled “No One Is Exempt From the Responsibility to Combat Hate at the website:


You can also view a flyer about this documentary at the website:

Program Name Not in Our Town: Light in the Darkness
Broadcast Date: Wednesday, September 21st at 10pm.
Re-Broadcast: Friday, September 23rd, 3:00 AM
Saturday, September 24th, 2:00 PM


Civil Liberties: Ten Years after 9/11
A Commemorative and Educational Event

DATE/TIME: Thursday, September 8th, 6:30pm
PLACE: Touro Law School, 225 Eastview Drive, Central Islip
FLYER: Click here for flyer with additional information
FURTH INFO: Questions? Email Suffolk@nyclu.org or call 631-650-2301

Interfaith Commemoration of
the 10th Anniversary of 9/11

Living as People of Faith in a Fearful World

DATE: Sunday, September 11th
TIME 3:30 - 6:00 PM
LOCATION: Temple Sinai of Roslyn
425 Roslyn Road
Roslyn Heights, NY
(516) 621-6800

Click here for a flyer for this event


9/11 Commemorations at other Houses of Worship

The Long Island Council of Churches (LICC) newsletter lists numerous commemoration services held at local churches, synagogues and mosques throughout Long Island. 

Click here for the LICC listing of 9/11 Memorial Services.

9/11/11 Emergency Mobilization
Against Racism, War & Anti-Muslim Bigotry

TIA-LI has voted to endorse the 9/11/11 Emergency Mobilization
Against Racism, War & Anti-Muslim Bigotry. 
Click here for a flyer about this event.
Click here to view the text of call to action which TIA-LI endorsed.  (Statement appears on page 2, following identifying info on page 1.)

Master Jinge, Korean Zen meditation
to speak at Riverside Church, Manhattan

DATE/TIME: Thursday, September 15th
LOCATION Riverside Church
490 Riverside Drive
New York, New York 10027

Click here for further information


Muslim Victim pleads for Texas
to spare the life of his assailant.

Mark Anthony Stroman, of Dallas shot and killed two people whom he believed were Arabs in retaliation for the 9/11 attacks.

Rais Bhuiyan, 37, who survived after Mr. Stroman shot him in the face at close range, has asked Texas to spare Stroman's life

Click here to read the story

Click here for Mr. Bhuiyan's website, World Without Hate
Globally, the goals of World Without Hate are to:
1) Engage in 9/11 events to heal from the past and build a more peaceful future.
2) Educate people through speaking engagements about hate and ignorance then show them the path to forgiveness.
3) Provide support to victims of hate crimes for education, housing, and basic needs.

Iftar at Islamic Center of Long Island (ICLI) and
at Nassau County Executive / Legislative Building

Join with our Muslim neighbors in their breaking of the fast and dinner celebration at either or both of these annual events.
LOCATION:  Nassau County Executive / Legislative Bldg, Mineola
HOST: County Executive Edward P. Mangano
DATE: Friday, August 26th
TIME: 6:30 PM
RSVP: by August 22nd to Habeeb

Click here for flyer


Iftar at Islamic Center of Long Island (ICLI)

Join with our Muslim neighbors in their breaking of the fast and dinner celebration at either or both of these annual events.
LOCATION: Islamic Center of Long Island, Westbury
HOST: ICLI Members
DATE: Sunday, August 21st
TIME: 6:30 PM
RSVP: to Habeeb
Click here for flyer

Hearing on the impact of 9/11 on the rights and liberties of Arabs, Muslims, Sikhs and South Asians

DATE: Saturday, August 20, 2011, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Asian American/Asian Research Institute
at 25 West 43rd Street, 19th Floor, New York, New York.

(Interfaith Alliance national is a co-sponsor of this event, and TIA-LI is an endorser.)

Click here for event website

Crash Course in Islam

Hesham El-Meligy received the 2009 “peacemaker” award from Peace Action, and was recently assigned as a trustee to the Muslim Foundation of America.

At this Sunday's worship service, he will explore the fundamentals of Islam as found in the Quran and Sunnah, as well as touch upon the events that unfolded in Egypt this year, Hesham’s country of origin. There will be an opportunity for questions.

DATE/TIME:  Sunday, August 21st, 10:00 AM
LOCATION: Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock
                  48 Shelter Rock Road, Manhasset, NY 11030
DIRECTIONS:  Click here for directions to UUCSR

Sharia: What It Is and What It Isn't

Rev. Dr. Welton Gaddy, President of Interfaith Alliance, and Asifa Quraishi, Law Professor at Univ. of Wisconsin, were interviewed by Sally Steenland of Center for American Progress on August 1st.  The interview dealt with public misconceptions about Sharia as well as the difference between religious and civil law.

You may read or listen to this most timely interview at:

Hiroshima Day Commemoration
Wednesday, August 3rd at 7:00PM
Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock (UUCSR)
(See above for directions to UUCSR)

Featured Speaker:
     Amy Goodman
- Award winning journalist and host of radio/TV program "Democracy Now"

(Click here for flyer with additional details.)

On Monday, June 20th, U.S. Mayors meeting in Baltimore at the annual Conference of Mayors Asked Congress to End Iraq and Afghanistan Wars and to Reroute Money to U.S. Cities.
Click here for:
(1) NPR's written report on this vote. 
(2) NPR's video of the conference.  The debate on the resolution starts a little more than two hours in!)

In March, TIA-LI signed statement developed by a coalition of civil rights, immigrant rights, Muslim and Interfaith groups objecting to NY State Senate Homeland Security hearings.
 - See Page 1 of April Minutes for details.
 - View Statement which TIA signed.

Imam Shamsi Ali of the Islamic Cultural Center, E. 96th St. in Manhattan, gave a presentation on Islamic Law (Shari'ah) on Sunday, April 3rd at the Islamic Center of L.I. 
 - View the handout about Islamic Law which was distributed at this talk.
 - View a brief report on Imam Ali's talk. (Page 3 of the minutes for the for April 7th TIA meeting.)

March and Rally
Bring the Troops Home
Condemn Terrorism
Fight Against Islamophobia

Date/Time: Saturday, April 9th, 12:00pm
Place: Union Square, 14th St & Broadway, Manhattan
Additional Information:
Call UNAC at (518) 227-6947 or
Click here to view a flyer for this March/Rally

Imam Feisal Rauf to speak at Shelter Rock Forum
Thursday, March 24 at 7:30pm

Imam Feisal of Masjid al-Farah mosque in Manhattan, will deliver a talk at Shelter Rock on Thursday, March 24th.  Imam Feisal, who was part of a group that set to build a Muslim community center in Lower Manhattan, will speak about this book, A Search for Meaning A New Vision for Muslims and the West, which the Christian Science Monitor rated among its five best books of 2004.  Come listen to his message of understanding between people of all creeds.
Date/Time: Thursday, March 24 at 7:30pm
Place: Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock (UUCSR)
48 Shelter Rock Rd, Manhasset
Directions: Visit the website
Flyer: Click here for a printable flyer for this event.

Peacemaker Award to Habeeb and Seemi Ahmed
Sunday, March 13, 5:00pm

Pax Christi, the Catholic Peace Groups, will present its annual Peacemaker Award to Habeeb and Seemi Ahmed of the Islamic Center of Long Island (ICLI) in gratitude and support for their work as Peacemakers.  Habeeb and Seemi are members of TIA-LI; Habeeb is also Chairman of the Board of ICLI.
Click here for details of the Peacemaker Award ceremony

RALLY: “Today, I Am A Muslim Too” Rally

Date: Sunday, March 6th, 2011
Time: 2:00 p.m – 5:30 p.m.
Place:  Times Square - 42 Street and 7th Avenue
Click here for copy of Imam Ali's Press Release

In anticipation of Rep. Peter King's hearings on
"The Radicalization of Muslims in America," Imam Shamsi Ali of the 96th Street Mosque and others are organizing a rally themed
“I am A Muslim Too.”

Muslim and non-Muslim alike will be shoulder to shoulder, making our collective voice heard.
  We will show that in our friendship we are united, we stand together, and the goals and mutual trust that we share will not and cannot be divided.

Extensive Media Coverage for
Feb. 22nd Pray-In at
Rep. Peter King's District Office

Click here
for index to coverage of this Pray-In.

Academic Analysis of
Muslim Terrorism since 9/11/01

  • University of North Carolina (UNC) Professor Charles Kurzman issues study of terrorism since 9/11/01. 
  • Rep. Peter King tells media that the report was "skewed" and "biased." 
  • Kurzman issues statement citing inaccuracies in King's comments.

Attempted Assassination of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords

It was with great sadness that TIA-LI learned of the Jan. 8th Arizona shooting, in which six people were killed and thirteen others injured, including Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. 

Click here to read a statement by Rev. Mark Lukens, TIA-LI Chairman regarding this terrible crime. (Then, scroll to the Tuesday, Jan 11th entry "Gunfire and Rhetoric" to read his statement).

Click here to listen to Rev. Welton Gaddy, President of the national Interfaith Alliance, who was interviewed by Rachel Maddow on Tuesday evening.


Stand Up Against Islamophobia
Saturday, January 8th

The Muslim Peace Coalition provided training on
Saturday, January 8th, to organize for peace and against Islamophobia.  Topics covered included a history of the peace movement in the U.S. and discussion of why Muslims must be part of the peace movement as well as provide strategies for mobilizing against Islamophobia.

TIA-LI members and other faith leaders joined the members of the Islamic Center in the afternoon for a show of interfaith unity.  Representatives of various faiths spoke at that meeting to express their solidarity with the Muslim community.

Date: Saturday. January 8th, 2011
Time: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm (Registration begins @ 9:00am)
Place:  Islamic Center of Long Island (ICLI)
           835 Brush Hollow Rd, Westbury, NY 11590

Click here for a FLYER for this event

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Inter- Faith Thanksgiving Celebration
for Religious Freedom in America


Sunday, November 28th at 5:00pm
         (October minutes had the wrong time)
(Thanksgiving Weekend)


Islamic Center of Long Island
835 Brush Hollow Road Westbury, NY 11590
Telephone: 516-333-3495

Click here to read text of speech given by Rev. Mark Lukens of TIA at this occasion

Click here for flyer with details
Go to www.icliny.org for directions
Christians, Muslims, Jews, Sikhs, people of every faith and no faith came together in this non-partisan event to celebrate and give thanks for Religious Liberty and the diversity of religious faith in America. On November 28th at 5pm at the Islamic Center of Long Island, 835 Brush Hollow Rd. Westbury, NY, people of all faiths came together to stand together as Americans and to give thanks for our liberty to worship as we are called to do and to pledge to stand for the rights of the other as well.

Too much of our media is dominated by the forces of hate- stand up for respect, peace and love. We will read from one another's sacred texts, we have great music and great food. Come out and join us.
Contact me if you need directions, further information etc.

Mark Lukens, Pastor
Bethany Congregational Church of East Rockaway
Chair, Long Island Chapter, The Interfaith Alliance

Star and Crescent: Jewish - Muslim Encounters
by Dramatic Artist Judith Goldsmith

Temple Beth El, Great Neck
Tuesday,  November 23rd, 7:00pm

Click here for flyer with details

Open House at Bay Shore Mosque

Numerous mosques in the New York region and nation-wide held "Open House" during the week of October 17th to October 24th.  One such event was held at Masjid Darul Qur'an in Bay Shore.  These events were held in reaction to the recent anti-Muslim hostility being widely reported in the media.  The purpose of these events was to help their non-Muslim neighbors understand the true meaning of Islam, as opposed to the hateful ideology espoused by terrorists.  As Dr. Hafiz Rehman of Masjid Darul Qur'an said of the 9/11 terrorists, "These people not only hijacked the planes, they hijacked the religion also."

Click here to view a video report of this event by Channel 7, WABC

Click here to read a report of the event in Newsday.
Click here for a listing of other recent events, including:
 - Open House at Local Islamic Centers
 - Rally to Restore Sanity
 - Pax Christi "Day of Reflection"
          (CORRECTION of date given in TIA Minutes)
 - Confronting the Bomb - Lecture on Nuclear Weapons
 - Muslim Peace Coalition Condemns Bill O'Reilly's Remarks
 - Anti-War Meeting

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9/11 Events/news about
anti-Muslim concerns

Click HERE for information on events which were held during the weekend of Friday, Sept. 10th to Sunday, Sept. 12 in memory of 9/11 victims as well as reports about hostility against Muslims in this country.

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Past Events (scroll down)


Great Neck SANE/Peace Action and the L.I. Alliance for Peaceful Alternatives will be holding a ceremony to remember the dropping of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

DATE: Thursday, August 5
TIME: 7:30 PM
LOCATION: Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock
48 Shelter Rock Road, Manhasset

click here for details

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Iftar at Islamic Center of Long Island

The Islamic Center of Long Island (ICLI) invites TIA members and friends to join them on Sunday, August 29th, 2010 at 6pm to a "Break the Fast & Dinner Celebration."  Click here for details.

Website: www.icliny.org
Email: 1icli@optonline.net
Telephone: (516) 333-3495
(Contact the Islamic Center via computer or telephone
if you need directions)

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The Interfaith Alliance - L.I. Chapter hosted the screening of the new documentary, Abraham's Children at its June 24th meeting at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock.  Click here for details.

If your house of worship, school, community group or other organization is interested in viewing this documentary, click here to send email to TIA-LI Recording Secretary Rich Tibbets.

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Following Justice Doyle's sentencing of Jeffrey Conroy to 25 years in prison, Ted Hesson interviewed students at Patchogue-Medford High for their reaction to the sentence.  Click here to read Hesson's report on the interviews.

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Click here to view MINUTES

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Click here for TIA-LI's 2008 Annual Report

State of Belief - weekly radio

The Interfaith Alliance Foundation is excited to announce State of Belief, the weekly radio show on religion and politics, hosted by Rev. Welton Gaddy. The program is available online and as a podcast.

Visit the website www.stateofbelief.com/show/listen to listen online or to download podcasts of current and previous broadcasts of "State of Belief."

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TIA-LI Mourns Loss of Norma Cohen

With deepest sorrow we mourn the passing of our beloved Norma Cohen, who died on Friday, Feb. 20, 2010. Norma was deeply committed to the goals of Interfaith Alliance, which led her to co-found our local Long Island Chapter in 1997. She will be dearly missed by all of us who had the privilege of knowing her and working beside her.

Our thoughts and condolences go out to her husband Harvey and the entire Cohen family.

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For speeches by Rev. Mark Lukens and others, click on the link "Speeches" in listing at left side of this window.

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Mark Twain:  "Patriotism means being loyal to your country all the time and to its government when it deserves it."

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