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Rumi Forum, located in Washington DC, is a well-known nonprofit organization with the mission of fostering intercultural dialogue, promote tolerance and understanding, and strengthening democracy and global peace.

Latest Episodes

Challenges of Survival: Religious Minority Communities in a Secular Melting Pot Nation

The Jewish-Islamic Dialogue Society of Washington along with the Rumi Forum presented this event that examined religious minority communities in America. January 21st, 2018 2:30 p.m.– 5:00 p.m. Temple Rodef Shalom 2100 Westmoreland Street Falls Church, VA 22043 America is rightfully celebrated for how it protects all religions. Yet our nation is not simply shaped by its religious freedom laws but also by a melting pot culture that has grown increasingly secular. For our minority religions, the desire to assimilate into that culture has become more of a threat with each successive generation. Come hear members of the Muslim, Jewish and Sikh communities reflect on these potentially existential challenges to the survival of their communities on these shores. Nisa Muhammad Assistant Dean for Religious Life at Howard University GaganNarang Director- Organizational Development and Learning atPublic Company Accounting Oversight (PCAOB) Dr. Ira Weiss A scholar who frequently lectures on Pa...

47 MIN2018 JAN 31
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Challenges of Survival: Religious Minority Communities in a Secular Melting Pot Nation

Findings from Pew Research Center’s 2017 Survey of U.S. Muslims

Senior Researcher Besheer Mohamed of the Pew Research Center joined the Rumi Forum for a presentation on a survey of U.S. Muslims on January16th. Date: Tuesday, January 16th, 2018 Time: 6:30 pm to 7:00 pm (Reception) 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm (Main Event) Daniels Run Peace Church 3729 Old Lee Highway Fairfax, VA 22030 The early days of Donald Trump’s presidency have been an anxious time for many Muslim Americans, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. This new survey asked U.S. Muslims; a diverse and growing young population that is currently estimated at 3.35 million, about a wide variety of topics, including religious beliefs and practices, social values, views on extremism and political preferences. The survey was conducted from Jan. 23 to May 2, 2017, on landlines and cellphones, among a representative sample of 1,001 Muslim adults living in the United States. This is the third time Pew Research Center has conducted a comprehensive survey of U.S. Muslims (2007,2011). Besheer M...

33 MIN2018 JAN 24
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Findings from Pew Research Center’s 2017 Survey of U.S. Muslims

American Muslims in 2017

On December 7th Meira Neggaz of the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding joined us for a detailed presentation on American Muslims. Date: Thursday, December 7th Time: 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm Location: 11200 Waples Mill Rd. Suite 360 Fairfax, VA 22030 Who are American Muslims? What do they hold dear? What do they believe in? What are their concerns, their fears, their dreams? Who is my neighbor? This discussion aims to open up all of these questions, among others that you, your friend, your community and your country has had. American Muslims have been thrown into social and political debates since the aftermath of the devastatingevents of 9/11 that sent the entire country into mourning. Many of those who lost theirlives during the attacks were American Muslims. Yet, because of the actions that were takenby a few extremists against American civilians, it was this group that waspunished for their actions. In 2015, 14 years after that fateful day, physical assaults against Muslims ...

48 MIN2018 JAN 24
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American Muslims in 2017

Peaceful Communities: Faiths for Social Justice

On October 19th Fairfax Presbyterian Church hosted the Rumi Forum for a discussion on social justice through the context of faith. We define social justice as a concept of fair and just relation between the individual and society andstruggle over how to promote and achieve that perfect equality. There are various ways toapproach social justice from embracing your community, to celebrating diversity, to listening more to others, adopting a politician, etc. For thisevent, however, we will approach social justice from a faith perspective. There are many elements of social justice that are referenced in various religious texts and this event aims to highlight those through the three Abrahamic faiths. By doing so, we hope that the community can learn from each other and ways to channel their religious beliefs into social justice action.

61 MIN2017 DEC 8
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Peaceful Communities: Faiths for Social Justice

Realizing the Civil Rights Dream: Diagnosing and Treating American Racism

We sat down with author Ken Bedell on October 11th to talk about his new bookRealizing the Civil Rights Dream: Diagnosing and Treating American Racism. Book Synopsis: This book explains why America can realize the civil rights dream in the 21st century—if U.S. citizens take actions as individuals as well as work together for equality. It has been more than 53 years since Martin Luther King Jr. made his “I Have a Dream” speech. Why has the United States still not been able to make King’s dream a reality after a half a century of effort and progress? Is there still hope of full participation for all in America? In Realizing the Civil Rights Dream: Diagnosing and Treating American Racism, author Kenneth B. Bedell proposes a civil rights dream that grows out of American history and speaks to the 21st-century reality. He makes the case that by adopting a larger perspective of the role of racism in preserving U.S. social, cultural, economic, and political institutions and practices, A...

56 MIN2017 NOV 16
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Realizing the Civil Rights Dream: Diagnosing and Treating American Racism

A Discussion of God’s Compassion and Forgiveness

On Saturday, September 16th, 2017 we hosted an interfaith panel around the discussion of God’s Compassion and Forgiveness at the Ohr Kodesh Temple co-sponsored by the Beth El Congregation of Montgomery County. This program was part of the celebrations marking the start of Jewish High Holy Days held at Ohr Kodesh Temple in Chevy Chase. Every year on the Saturday night preceding Rosh Ha-Shanah, they have a late-night service called “Selichot” and this year we had an interfaith panel as part of that service to include speakers from each of the Abrahamic faiths who discussed God’s compassion and forgiveness from each of their faith’s viewpoints. Speakers: Imam Ali SiddiquiClassically educated Imam, Khatib, Interfaith Leader, organizer, Chaplain, and Advocate for Mutual Understanding and Respect, Peace, Economic Justice, and Humane Immigration with 43 years of interfaith experience working with Jews, Christians, Catholics, Mormons, Quakers, Buddhists, Sikh, and the other faiths in t...

37 MIN2017 NOV 16
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A Discussion of God’s Compassion and Forgiveness

The Syrian Refugee Crisis: The Need for a Strategy

On September 6th, 2017Radwan Ziadeh,a Syrian democracy, and human rights advocate joined us for a presentation on Syrian refugees. The Syrian Refugee Crisis: The Need for a Strategy Date: Wednesday, September, 6th Time: 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm Location:11200 Waples Mill Rd. Suite 360 Fairfax, VA 22030 Throughout its internal conflict the “Syria issue” has become more and more complex with issues such as refugees, regional interventions, terrorism, etc. pushing any country, including America, to hesitate to take a position on any of the issues the country faces. The need to address these problems was passed on from the Obama administration to the Trump administration, which has escalated the U.S. military’s role in Syria but has yet to articulate to the public its goals and limitations of those goals, or release a new strategy for the war-torn country to combat ISIL, to deal with the refugee crisis and to push for a political transition to remove Assad.Failure to develop a strategy wil...

37 MIN2017 OCT 17
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The Syrian Refugee Crisis: The Need for a Strategy

Communities Together for Civil Rights and Liberties

The Rumi Forum hosted a community panel event on Thursday, April 6th, 2017 that involved an engaging discussion on civil rights and liberties. Rumi Forum Presents Communities Together for Civil Rights and Liberties Thursday, April 6th, 2017 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m Busboys and Poets (Brookland) 625 Monroe St NE Washington, DC 20017 “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Ben Franklin for the Pennsylvania Assembly in its Reply to the Governor (1755) The context to what we attribute this quote to now is different since moving into the 21st century but, the core of the quote speaks volumes to today’s reality. It is the right of the legislature to govern in the interest of collective security however, it is as well the people’s right to speak out and be heard against those collective decisions to which encroach upon any individual’s rights or liberties. Unfortunately, we have moved into a time where the ri...

45 MIN2017 OCT 17
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Communities Together for Civil Rights and Liberties

Women of Faith’s Contribution to Society: Role Models from History

TheRumi Forum hosted a panel event at Temple B’nai Shalom for a presentation on women of faith and their contribution to society. OnWednesday, May 3rd, 2017 Date & Time: May 3rd, 2017 6:30 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. Venue: Temple B’nai Shalom 7612 Old Ox Road Fairfax Station, VA 22039 The Rumi Forum organized an event highlighting the experiences of women in the three Abrahamic faith traditions. The event featured a panel discussion followed by a question and answer session where audience members had the opportunity to direct questions towards any of the three-panel members, each one representing a different religion.

27 MIN2017 OCT 17
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Women of Faith’s Contribution to Society: Role Models from History

Interfaith Musical Event for Peace and Harmony

On Monday, February 27th Rumi Forum hosted an interfaith musical event featuring performances byHinda Labovitz, Dave Anderson, Rana Shieh. Performers Hinda Labovitz, Dave Anderson, Rana Shieh Date: Monday, February 27th, 2017 630 p.m. 8:30 p.m. Location:Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax 2709 Hunter Mill Rd, Oakton, VA 22124 This was an open and inviting eventmeant to bring together people of diverse beliefs and backgrounds to express faith through music. Nothing is so wholly unifying and dividing than religion, which makes dialogue between faiths unyielding and difficult sometimes. However, music can be used as a tool to foster communications between groups by simply never using any words at all but rather notes and harmonies. Music is non-political and easilyaccessible to allwhichmakes it idealintheeffort to build bridgesbetweencommunities. Throughthis space, we hope people can experience music from other faiths, and engage in peaceful dialogue.

73 MIN2017 SEP 6
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Interfaith Musical Event for Peace and Harmony

Latest Episodes

Challenges of Survival: Religious Minority Communities in a Secular Melting Pot Nation

The Jewish-Islamic Dialogue Society of Washington along with the Rumi Forum presented this event that examined religious minority communities in America. January 21st, 2018 2:30 p.m.– 5:00 p.m. Temple Rodef Shalom 2100 Westmoreland Street Falls Church, VA 22043 America is rightfully celebrated for how it protects all religions. Yet our nation is not simply shaped by its religious freedom laws but also by a melting pot culture that has grown increasingly secular. For our minority religions, the desire to assimilate into that culture has become more of a threat with each successive generation. Come hear members of the Muslim, Jewish and Sikh communities reflect on these potentially existential challenges to the survival of their communities on these shores. Nisa Muhammad Assistant Dean for Religious Life at Howard University GaganNarang Director- Organizational Development and Learning atPublic Company Accounting Oversight (PCAOB) Dr. Ira Weiss A scholar who frequently lectures on Pa...

47 MIN2018 JAN 31
Comments
Challenges of Survival: Religious Minority Communities in a Secular Melting Pot Nation

Findings from Pew Research Center’s 2017 Survey of U.S. Muslims

Senior Researcher Besheer Mohamed of the Pew Research Center joined the Rumi Forum for a presentation on a survey of U.S. Muslims on January16th. Date: Tuesday, January 16th, 2018 Time: 6:30 pm to 7:00 pm (Reception) 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm (Main Event) Daniels Run Peace Church 3729 Old Lee Highway Fairfax, VA 22030 The early days of Donald Trump’s presidency have been an anxious time for many Muslim Americans, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. This new survey asked U.S. Muslims; a diverse and growing young population that is currently estimated at 3.35 million, about a wide variety of topics, including religious beliefs and practices, social values, views on extremism and political preferences. The survey was conducted from Jan. 23 to May 2, 2017, on landlines and cellphones, among a representative sample of 1,001 Muslim adults living in the United States. This is the third time Pew Research Center has conducted a comprehensive survey of U.S. Muslims (2007,2011). Besheer M...

33 MIN2018 JAN 24
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Findings from Pew Research Center’s 2017 Survey of U.S. Muslims

American Muslims in 2017

On December 7th Meira Neggaz of the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding joined us for a detailed presentation on American Muslims. Date: Thursday, December 7th Time: 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm Location: 11200 Waples Mill Rd. Suite 360 Fairfax, VA 22030 Who are American Muslims? What do they hold dear? What do they believe in? What are their concerns, their fears, their dreams? Who is my neighbor? This discussion aims to open up all of these questions, among others that you, your friend, your community and your country has had. American Muslims have been thrown into social and political debates since the aftermath of the devastatingevents of 9/11 that sent the entire country into mourning. Many of those who lost theirlives during the attacks were American Muslims. Yet, because of the actions that were takenby a few extremists against American civilians, it was this group that waspunished for their actions. In 2015, 14 years after that fateful day, physical assaults against Muslims ...

48 MIN2018 JAN 24
Comments
American Muslims in 2017

Peaceful Communities: Faiths for Social Justice

On October 19th Fairfax Presbyterian Church hosted the Rumi Forum for a discussion on social justice through the context of faith. We define social justice as a concept of fair and just relation between the individual and society andstruggle over how to promote and achieve that perfect equality. There are various ways toapproach social justice from embracing your community, to celebrating diversity, to listening more to others, adopting a politician, etc. For thisevent, however, we will approach social justice from a faith perspective. There are many elements of social justice that are referenced in various religious texts and this event aims to highlight those through the three Abrahamic faiths. By doing so, we hope that the community can learn from each other and ways to channel their religious beliefs into social justice action.

61 MIN2017 DEC 8
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Peaceful Communities: Faiths for Social Justice

Realizing the Civil Rights Dream: Diagnosing and Treating American Racism

We sat down with author Ken Bedell on October 11th to talk about his new bookRealizing the Civil Rights Dream: Diagnosing and Treating American Racism. Book Synopsis: This book explains why America can realize the civil rights dream in the 21st century—if U.S. citizens take actions as individuals as well as work together for equality. It has been more than 53 years since Martin Luther King Jr. made his “I Have a Dream” speech. Why has the United States still not been able to make King’s dream a reality after a half a century of effort and progress? Is there still hope of full participation for all in America? In Realizing the Civil Rights Dream: Diagnosing and Treating American Racism, author Kenneth B. Bedell proposes a civil rights dream that grows out of American history and speaks to the 21st-century reality. He makes the case that by adopting a larger perspective of the role of racism in preserving U.S. social, cultural, economic, and political institutions and practices, A...

56 MIN2017 NOV 16
Comments
Realizing the Civil Rights Dream: Diagnosing and Treating American Racism

A Discussion of God’s Compassion and Forgiveness

On Saturday, September 16th, 2017 we hosted an interfaith panel around the discussion of God’s Compassion and Forgiveness at the Ohr Kodesh Temple co-sponsored by the Beth El Congregation of Montgomery County. This program was part of the celebrations marking the start of Jewish High Holy Days held at Ohr Kodesh Temple in Chevy Chase. Every year on the Saturday night preceding Rosh Ha-Shanah, they have a late-night service called “Selichot” and this year we had an interfaith panel as part of that service to include speakers from each of the Abrahamic faiths who discussed God’s compassion and forgiveness from each of their faith’s viewpoints. Speakers: Imam Ali SiddiquiClassically educated Imam, Khatib, Interfaith Leader, organizer, Chaplain, and Advocate for Mutual Understanding and Respect, Peace, Economic Justice, and Humane Immigration with 43 years of interfaith experience working with Jews, Christians, Catholics, Mormons, Quakers, Buddhists, Sikh, and the other faiths in t...

37 MIN2017 NOV 16
Comments
A Discussion of God’s Compassion and Forgiveness

The Syrian Refugee Crisis: The Need for a Strategy

On September 6th, 2017Radwan Ziadeh,a Syrian democracy, and human rights advocate joined us for a presentation on Syrian refugees. The Syrian Refugee Crisis: The Need for a Strategy Date: Wednesday, September, 6th Time: 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm Location:11200 Waples Mill Rd. Suite 360 Fairfax, VA 22030 Throughout its internal conflict the “Syria issue” has become more and more complex with issues such as refugees, regional interventions, terrorism, etc. pushing any country, including America, to hesitate to take a position on any of the issues the country faces. The need to address these problems was passed on from the Obama administration to the Trump administration, which has escalated the U.S. military’s role in Syria but has yet to articulate to the public its goals and limitations of those goals, or release a new strategy for the war-torn country to combat ISIL, to deal with the refugee crisis and to push for a political transition to remove Assad.Failure to develop a strategy wil...

37 MIN2017 OCT 17
Comments
The Syrian Refugee Crisis: The Need for a Strategy

Communities Together for Civil Rights and Liberties

The Rumi Forum hosted a community panel event on Thursday, April 6th, 2017 that involved an engaging discussion on civil rights and liberties. Rumi Forum Presents Communities Together for Civil Rights and Liberties Thursday, April 6th, 2017 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m Busboys and Poets (Brookland) 625 Monroe St NE Washington, DC 20017 “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Ben Franklin for the Pennsylvania Assembly in its Reply to the Governor (1755) The context to what we attribute this quote to now is different since moving into the 21st century but, the core of the quote speaks volumes to today’s reality. It is the right of the legislature to govern in the interest of collective security however, it is as well the people’s right to speak out and be heard against those collective decisions to which encroach upon any individual’s rights or liberties. Unfortunately, we have moved into a time where the ri...

45 MIN2017 OCT 17
Comments
Communities Together for Civil Rights and Liberties

Women of Faith’s Contribution to Society: Role Models from History

TheRumi Forum hosted a panel event at Temple B’nai Shalom for a presentation on women of faith and their contribution to society. OnWednesday, May 3rd, 2017 Date & Time: May 3rd, 2017 6:30 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. Venue: Temple B’nai Shalom 7612 Old Ox Road Fairfax Station, VA 22039 The Rumi Forum organized an event highlighting the experiences of women in the three Abrahamic faith traditions. The event featured a panel discussion followed by a question and answer session where audience members had the opportunity to direct questions towards any of the three-panel members, each one representing a different religion.

27 MIN2017 OCT 17
Comments
Women of Faith’s Contribution to Society: Role Models from History

Interfaith Musical Event for Peace and Harmony

On Monday, February 27th Rumi Forum hosted an interfaith musical event featuring performances byHinda Labovitz, Dave Anderson, Rana Shieh. Performers Hinda Labovitz, Dave Anderson, Rana Shieh Date: Monday, February 27th, 2017 630 p.m. 8:30 p.m. Location:Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax 2709 Hunter Mill Rd, Oakton, VA 22124 This was an open and inviting eventmeant to bring together people of diverse beliefs and backgrounds to express faith through music. Nothing is so wholly unifying and dividing than religion, which makes dialogue between faiths unyielding and difficult sometimes. However, music can be used as a tool to foster communications between groups by simply never using any words at all but rather notes and harmonies. Music is non-political and easilyaccessible to allwhichmakes it idealintheeffort to build bridgesbetweencommunities. Throughthis space, we hope people can experience music from other faiths, and engage in peaceful dialogue.

73 MIN2017 SEP 6
Comments
Interfaith Musical Event for Peace and Harmony