Outreach and Interfaith Partnership Activities
Invite (all) to the Way of your Lord with wisdom and beautiful preaching; and argue with them in ways that are best and most gracious: for your Lord knows best, who have strayed from His Path, and who receive guidance. (Holy Quran 16:125)
Ja'afari Islamic Center promotes understanding and respecting other faiths through interfaith partnership and activities. Our faith dictates us in serving our community through all possible avenues. We have frequent dialogues and activities with other religious organizations. We also engage in various voluntary activities in shelters, packing food, and donating blood, to name a few. The media appearances below are a few of the many activities we have held; they provide a glimpse of how active we are in the larger community.
JIC Honors 9/11 Victims
About 150 people from the community attended an open house and multi-faith service hosted by JIC on Sunday, September 11, 2011 in commemoration of the 9/11 tragedy. The event also highlighted a blood drive that according to the Memorial Blood Center will save 105 lives.
The event was aired and captured on Fox 9, Channel 5, Star Tribune and MPR.
Channel 5 (Video and Article)
Star Tribune (Video and Article)
Minnesota Public Radio (Picture 6)
Eid Celebrations at JIC
Muslims at JIC ended the Holy Month of Ramadhan with Eid celebrations which included a Carnival. JIC has been holding this carnival for since 2006 to emphasize the importance of Ramadhan and Eid to their children. The 2011 celebrations were captured as part of the community events by Sun Post.
Sun Post - Eid Celebrations at JIC
JIC Shares Ramadan Dinner
The Holy Month of Ramadan is about fasting in order to obey the command of God and feel the pain of those deprived with basic needs of life. JIC invites and hosts over 100 members from community to share the "breaking of the fast" meal which is very special for Muslims.
JIC was mentioned for its hospitality in Pioneer Press (Aug 2, 2011) as well as Star Tribune (Aug 9, 2011)
Pioneer Press - JIC Sharing Ramadhan Dinner, appeared Aug 2, 2011
Star Tribune - JIC Sharing Ramadhan Dinner, appeared Aug 9, 2011
Interfaith Food Packing Event
JIC partnered with Kids Against Hunger to hold an interfaith food packing event for the people of Haiti on Wednesday, Jan 12, 2011. The event was hosted by JIC in our very own Multi Purpose Center building and was aired on Channel 5 on Sunday, February 14, 2011 as part of the Jason Davis show "On the Road: Helping Haiti". The event was also mentioned by Star Tribune as remembrance of the people of Haiti during the 1st year anniversary of the tragic earthquake.
Startribune – Interfaith Food Packing For Haiti on Jan 12, 2010
Christians and Muslims Stand in Solidairty Against Burning of Quran
Members of various churches from community attended a gathering at JIC on Saturday, Sept 10, 2010 to stand in solidarity and condemn the burning of the Holy Qur'an. The event was also aired in Kare 11.
Kare11 News – Burn The Qur’an Solidarity Event on Sept 10, 2010
JIC Remembers the Needy in Ramadan
JIC started the Holy Month of Ramadan by remembering the victims of Haiti and packing food for them. The highlight of the event was collaboration by Muslims and Christians practicing the common values of their faith. The event was run on MPR on Saturday, Aug 21, 2010.
MPR – Interfaith Food Packing for Haiti on Aug 21, 2010
JIC Packs Food for Haiti
Members of the JIC joined Minnesotans to pack meals for the victims of Haiti on Sunday, March 7, 2010 as part of the 1,000,000 meals campaign by "Kids Against Hunger". JIC illustrated that is Islam is the religion of humanity to those present at the event as well as others who watched on Fox News.
Fox News – Food Packing Event for Haiti on March 7, 2010
Muslims-Jews Partnership Event
JIC and Beth El Synagogue, one of the largest Jewish communities in Minneapolis, came together in an effort to foster understanding between them over a dinner gathering on Friday, Nov 13, 2009. This event was a part of the "Weekend of Twinning", a campaign aimed at strengthening Muslim-Jewish relations in the United States and Canada. The event was mentioned in Star Tribune.
Star Tribune - Muslims and Jews Get Together, Nov 17, 2009