Arab Voices Community Calendar/Announcements

The events listed below are not necessarily endorsed or sponsored by Arab Voices. Listing them on this site is a service to the community to be aware of activities and events in the Greater Houston Area. To include an event on this calendar, send e-mail to
 2017 Past Events

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April 24, 2017  -  Community Discussion on Immigration Town Hall Meeting with Mayor Turner
Community Discussion on Immigration
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner Town Hall Meeting with Muslim Community
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Houston Chief of Police will hold a Town Hall meeting, in coordination with the Islamic Society of Greater Houston (ISGH), with the Houston Muslim Community.
Date: Monday, April 24, 2017
Time: 5:30 pm
Location: Marquee Event Center, 11040 Southwest Freeway, Houston, TX 77074
Click here for event flyer.


April 22, 2017  -  Immigrants for Sale Documentary Film Screening

Hosted by Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston

Date: Saturday, April 22, 2017
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston, 1900 Bering Dr, Houston 77057
Amidst the fury of the ongoing immigration debate, we’re often denied the personal stories of human suffering and loss that result from the crisis. The Brave New Films documentary Immigrants for Sale follows several families who are stuck in the crosshairs of the immigration epidemic, and serves as a deeply intimate and compassionate portrait of the suffering caused by the ill-conceived laws designed to contain it.
The film also points to a far more insidious and sinister dynamic which lies at the heart of many of these laws and policies: the capturing of illegal immigrants, and the destruction of their families, for the benefit of politics and profit.
For more info, click here.


April 20, 2017  -  In the Eye of the Storm: Archaeology in the Midst of the War in Syria
Date: Thursday, April 20, 2017
Time: 6:30PM
Location: Houston Museum of Natural Science - Wortham Giant Screen Theatre
5555 Hermann Park Dr. Houston, TX 77030
A presentation with Dr. Giorgio BUCCELLATI, Director, Mesopotamian Lab, Cotsen Institute of Archeology, UCLA, Dr. Marilyn KELLY-BUCCELLATI, Director, Mozan/Urkesh Archaeological Project, and Dr. Charles STEWART Associate Professor, Art History University of St. Thomas
Presented by Crossroads Cultural Center
While ISIS threatens the history and cultural identity of the populations under its control, people are fighting their influence to defend their cultural heritage. Uncovered three decades ago by an international team lead by UCLA Archeologist Giorgio Buccellati and his wife Marilyn Kelly Buccellati, Urkesh, one of the oldest cities in history located a few miles from the Turkish border in northeastern Syria, has become a beacon of hope to the people of the town of Amouda.
How is it that an archaeological excavation may have social relevance in today's Syria? What is the impact of these findings on contemporary history and culture? What do this discovery and need for preservation tell us about our own humanity and sense of identity?
Crossroads Houston invites you to a lecture with Drs. Giorgio and Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati, with opening remarks from Dr. Charles Stewart.
Tickets are subject to availability. Tickets may be purchased at the Houston Museum of Natural Sciences Box Office or by phone at 713.639.4629, use coupon code Lec$6off. Advance purchase is recommended. To purchase tickets online, click here - please note coupon code will not work with online purchase.
For more information, click here.


April 18-23, 2017  -  "Stories of Refuge" and "Camp Pause"
Dictaphone Group

Stories of Refuge

Follow the story of three Syrian refugees who fled the war in Syria and sought refuge in Munich, Germany. Each was given a discreet camera and asked to film a day in their lives in the refugee camp. The installation is outfitted so that the audience watches these films while lying in bunk beds, as if characters in the unfolding scenes.
Tue 4/18/17–Sun 4/23/17
MATCH Gallery, 3400 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002

Tue 4/18/17
Opening Night Celebration at the MATCH beginning at 6pm


Camp Pause

Four films are projected onto the four walls of a gallery. Each film follows a Palestinian resident of a refugee camp on the coast of Lebanon, walking from their dwelling to the sea. Along the way, they speak of the history of the land, their arrival, and everyday life in the camp.

Tue 4/18/17– Sun 4/23/17
Video Installation
The Brandon at Brasil, 1709 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX 77006

Fri 4/21/17
Opening Reception from 7-9pm at Brasil Cafe'

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March 31, April 1, 2 & 8, 2017  -  Annual Lebanese Festival
Join us for THREE days of amazing cultural exhibits, delicious food, continuous entertainment, and fun activities that will transport you to the land of the cedars. It will be a one of a kind experience as attendees are whisked away on a memorable and exquisite journey to explore all that Lebanon has to offer. The 3rd Annual Houston Lebanese Festival will be unlike any other festival before. It will be filled with surprises that take you to the streets, the sights, and the sounds of Lebanon.
This event is hosted by the American Lebanese Cultural Center (ALCC). We have had tremendous success during the last 2 festival years as more than 10,000 visitors joined us per weekend. We hope to see you at Jones Plaza in downtown Houston on March 31 – April 2, 2017!
FRIDAY 5:00 PM till 11:00 PM
SUNDAY 11:00 AM TILL 9:00 PM
Admission: $10 for adults and $5 for children (ages 2-12: kid’s games are included in admission tickets). Infants 2 years and under are FREE. A portion of admission proceeds will be donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
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April 8, 2017  -  Open Mosque Day: Building Alliances - Bettering Communities
ICNA Houston in collaboration with MAS Katy Center and GainPeace has organized an Open Mosque Day on Saturday, April 8th, 2017 from 12 pm-3 pm at MAS Katy Center (Masjid ArRahman), 1800 Baker Road, Houston, TX 77094.

It is important for the Muslim community to portray Islam in its true essence as a religion that teaches respect, compassion and coexistence. The Open Mosque Day is a great Dawah opportunity for Muslims to build alliances, better communities and create lasting friendships with their fellow Americans.

This event is designed exclusively for non-Muslims to ask questions, dispel misconceptions and solidify the impact that Muslims make in America.

You are requested to invite your non-Muslim neighbors, friends, coworkers, clients, customers, classmates and roommates to this event.
It is our sincere hope that this event will build alliances, better communities, and create lasting friendships.
Event Highlights:

• 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm: Welcome, Lunch, Social Hour, Henna Design, Face Painting, Tour of the Mosque, Islamic Art
• 1:30 pm - 2:00 pm: Break for Muslim Prayer
• 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm: Short Presentation: Myths Vs Facts, What is Islam & Muslim, Women in Islam, Sharia Law, American Muslims' Contributions in last four centuries
• 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm: Open Forum: Q&A and discussion; conclusion with final remarks
Keeping the objective of this program in mind, we respectfully ask that if you are planning to attend then please bring at least one non-Muslim guest with you InshaAllah.
Please RSVP at

Event Organized By:
ICNA Houston, MAS Katy Center-Masjid ArRahman, and GainPeace

Sultan Salahuddin 1.832.725.8572
Dr Sabeel Ahmed 1.800.662.ISLAM; E-Mail: Sabeel@GainPeace.Com
Invitation Video (YouTube)   -   Event Flyer (English)   -   Event Flyer (Spanish)


April 7, 2017  -  PCRF Houston Chapter Meeting

Please join The Palestine Children's Relief Fund (PCRF - Houston) on Friday, April 7th as we celebrate PCRF's achievements in Houston and share the exciting plans we have for the future of the Chapter!
For more information click here and please RSVP by sending an email to
We look forward to seeing you again and having your continued support in our mission to give these children the care that they need.


April 4, 2017  -  Israel's Politics of Fear and the Palestinians
Rice University History Department presents: Israel's Politics of Fear and the Palestinians with Dr. Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian
Date: April 4, 2017
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: Sewall Hall 307, Rice University
The talk will be based on Professor Shalhoub-Kevorkian's newly published book about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict entitled Security Theology, Surveillance and the Politics of Fear. By drawing attention to violence against Palestinians, and by pointing to legal, symbolic and material means of dehumanization, Professor Shalhoub-Kevorkian will explore the production of racialized and violent forms of surveillance and fear that results in human suffering. In connecting the structures of Israeli power with the invisible and mundane lives of the colonized Palestinian people, the talk will share data, including photos, videos, and relevant laws, to show how the personal has become profoundly politicized. Moving from the dead to the newborn, from the graveyard to the womb, from the attack on home to homeland, Shalhoub-Kevorkian will discuss the way in which intimate agonies are political sites of colonial governance. Prof. Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian is the Lawrence D. Biele Chair in Law at the Faculty of Law-Institute of Criminology and the School of Social Work and Public Welfare at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Parking is available in Founder’s Court lot, located on the map, and is the most easily accessible parking for the lecture. Additional visitor parking is available near the football stadium, please note that this will include a short walk across campus.
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March 27-30, 2017  -  Israeli Apartheid Week 2017
Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) is an international series of events that seeks to raise awareness of Israel’s settler-colonial project and apartheid system over the Palestinian people and to build support for the growing Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.
This year will mark 100 years of Palestinian resistance against settler colonialism, since the inception of the Balfour Declaration. IAW will be an opportunity to reflect on this century of resistance and further advance BDS campaigns for the continued growth and impact of the movement. The BDS movement continues to build linkages and solidarity with other struggles to achieve freedom, justice, and equality.
For IAW at UH, we have organized a week of events that will demonstrate the challenges that Palestinians face in the occupied territories, educate students on how we can show solidarity with the Palestinian struggle and how the Palestinian struggle intersects with other struggles around the world. We will also be hosting and co-hosting these upcoming events throughout the week:

  March 27 & 28, 2017  -  Mock Apartheid Wall

Date: Monday (3/27) + Tuesday (3/28)
Time: 10am-4pm
Location: Butler Plaza, University of Houston
For more information, click here.


March 27, 2017  -  The Black Radical Tradition and Palestine, with Dr. Gerald Horne

Join Students for a Democratic Society and Students for Justice in Palestine at UH as we kick off Israeli Apartheid Week with an important talk from Dr. Gerald Horne.

Date: Monday, March 27, 2017
Time: 6 PM - 8 PM
Location: Agnes Arnold Auditorium 2, University of Houston, 4800 Calhoun Rd., Houston
As Donald Trump’s hardline right-wing administration launches attacks on working and oppressed communities, new questions arise for the present and future of the Black liberation struggle in the United States. On the belief that democracy as a whole in the U.S. has historically been led by, and has always depended on the strength of support for, the Black liberation struggle, SDS would like to open up questions on the direction of that struggle in light of the past. What strategy should the Black struggle adopt—domestic or internationalist? What alliances should it form? How can students and progressives best provide support? The Black Radical Tradition has historically advocated for building international alliances, strengthening bonds of solidarity and action between the targets of the U.S. at home and abroad. In the recent past, the working relationship between Black and Palestinian organizations has become an especially bright flashpoint of international solidarity, building a movement across borders based on fighting common oppression. Join us for a discussion with Dr. Gerald Horne, John J. and Rebecca Moores Chair of History and African American Studies, on the history of the Black Radical Tradition and the enduring importance of its ties to the Palestinian liberation struggle.
For more information, click here.


March 28, 2017  -  Spoken Word with Remi Kanazi: Resistance and Palestine

Date: Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Time: 6 PM - 8 PM
Location: Social Work Auditorium #102, University of Houston
With the support of BDS Houston, day two of IAW (Israeli Apartheid Week) welcomes Palestinian-American performance poet Remi Kanazi. Remi is a poet, writer, and editor based in New York City. He is the author of Poetic Injustice: Writings on Resistance and Palestine (RoR Publishing, 2011) and the editor of Poets For Palestine (Al Jisser Group, 2008).
His political commentary has been featured by news outlets throughout the world, including Al Jazeera English, GRITtv with Laura Flanders, and BBC Radio. He has also taught poetry workshops from Oklahoma to the West Bank.
Students: FREE, Community members: $10
For more information, click here.


March 29, 2017  -  "Ayny" & "House" Short Film Screening & Discussion
Date: Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Time: 6 PM - 8 PM
Location: A. Arnold Room 204, University of Houston
Join SJP for a screening of "Ayny" & "House" two films by the Oscar Award-Winning Palestinian film director Ahmad Saleh. We are so excited to screen these beautifully evocative pieces during our Israeli Apartheid Week!

The screening will follow with a discussion on the films with the director.

Ahmad Saleh is a writer & director based in Germany. His first work was a stories collection titled Zowwadan, which was awarded the A M Qattan's Young Writers Award in 2004 in Palestine. His first short film "HOUSE", which he made in his Master’s in Digital Media at the University of Arts Bremen in Germany, had a successful tour since it was released in 2012. The film earned several important awards in Europe, USA, Iran and Jordan. Recently, he finished another Master’s study in film, in which he wrote and directed another two short films and started writing his first feature. His graduation project “Ayny” won a golden Oscar at the Student Academy Awards 2016 in the foreign animation category.

Based off of a true story, a cruel war has destroyed two brothers’ home. Their mother protects them under her arms and fosters the seed of their new life. Yet, she is anxious her sons could fall into danger if they leave the house. The boys chase their dream to play a musical instrument they’ve fallen in love with, a magnificent oud. Trouble follows; but as strong birds will always fly, the two boys become one to overcome their trauma.

For generations a family lived in a spacious, beautiful and generous house. The generosity of the house had become part of their life. Guests were always welcome to enjoy a pleasant stay. Until one guest arrived with a different plan in mind. House is an artistic portrait of Palestine and a simple narration of the artist's conception of the situation. The film detaches all the complicated layers that are put by the mass media on top of the situation, and tells the complete story — origins and consequences — in a level that any human in the world can understand.
For more information, click here.


March 30, 2017  -  Screening of "Speed Sisters" and Discussion
Date: Thursday, March 30, 2017
Time: 6 PM - 8 PM
Location: A. Arnold Room 204, University of Houston
Join us Thursday for a documentary screening of "Speed Sisters" followed by a brief discussion. Watch the trailer to learn more here: 
The Speed Sisters are the first all-woman race car driving team in the Middle East. Grabbing headlines and turning heads at improvised tracks across the West Bank, these five women have sped their way into the heart of the gritty, male-dominated Palestinian street car-racing scene. Weaving together their lives on and off the track, SPEED SISTERS takes you on a surprising journey into the drive to go further and faster than anyone thought you could. You won't want to miss seeing this incredible film!
"The documentary focuses on Marah, Noor, Mona, Betty and team captain Maysoon. Noor boxes and lifts weight, Maysoon plans her marriage while driving along the walls that divide Israel, Marah shares the racing zeal of her dentist father, Mona tends to get into wrecks and Betty has a ferocious desire to win. They are dedicated to the auto-cross racing of navigating obstacles and cones on small tracks, a fitting metaphor for the geographical and political constraints that define Palestine." Read more here:
For more information, click here.

Hosted by Students for Justice in Palestine at UH. For more information, click here.


March 26, 2017  -  Islamic Arts Day

Maryam Islamic Center hosts a day of learning for the family featuring ceramic art, paintings, live Ebru, amazing calligraphy, and much more.
Admission is FREE!
Click here for event flyer.




March 25-26, 2017  -  Houston Palestinian Festival
Featuring: Folkloric & Contemporary Music & Dance, Traditional Food & Drinks, Grand Bazaar, Palestinian Culture Tent, Kids Fun Zone, Art Exhibit, and more.
Two nights of performances by Dalal Abu Amneh & the Palestinian Ladies of Ya Sitti, with host musical director, Hanna Khoury.
As well as performances by Jabour, DJ Ashraf, Aladeen Alhayek, Salem Omran, the Houston Band, and many more!
When: Saturday-Sunday, March 25-26, 2017
Location: Jones Plaza, 601 Louisiana St., Houston
Admission Tickets: $10, free for kids 12 and under
Presented by The Palestinians American Cultural Center.
For more information, click here.


March 25, 2017  -  Free Workshop for Home Buying and Mortgage Refinancing
Date: Saturday, March 25, 2017
Time: 1.30 pm
Location: Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd, Houston 77099

Free workshop presentation for:
- Your path for a home ownership
- How to get the best mortgage
- Understand your closing costs
- Be a successful home owner
Food and Refreshments will be served.
FREE Admission, but registering is required. For reservation please call 832-351-3366 / 281-687-8213 or email:



March 25, 2017  -  "A Tale of the City" by Ammar Alobaidi
Closing Reception
March 25, 2017 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The O’Kane Gallery at the University of Houston-Downtown is honored to present a solo exhibition of paintings and sculptures by Ammar Alobaidi. Alobaidi was born in Baghdad, Iraq in 1969, but recently came to the United States as a refugee. Before arriving in America, he first had fled to Jordan. It is in Jordan that he studied with Mohr Aldeen, and in 2007 began exhibiting art at venues such as the Muhtaraf Alrimal Gallery, The Royal Cultural Center, and Zara Gallery, among other places. Through his work, Alobaidi desires to counteract the loss and sorrow of displacement.
Making art for Alobaidi is an act of joyful outreach on an inspiring scale. Small canvases cannot typically contain his exultant vision. His is a language of abstraction and brilliant color on the one hand, then of rhythmic, graphic, black and white patterns on the other. Texture is implied with areas of checkerboard, dots, or wavy lines, while compositions are constructed with the careful precision of an engineer. The human figure is often suggested, but each character is joined together in harmonic continuity as one form overlies another in a manner reminiscent of later Picasso or Matisse. Visual bonds between men and women stand as a visual allegory for societal reunification. Before a world disfigured by wars and what the artist calls the "horrors" that lead the human being towards his lowest instincts of individual and collective destruction, Alobaidi seeks to reveal the strength of love, solidarity, and the exchanges of generosity that can spontaneously happen.
For more information, click here.



March 25, 2017  -  Skype Interview With Syrian Artist Fadi Yazigi
Skype Interview with Syrian Artist Fadi Yazigi
Moderated by Deborah M. Colton
Date: Saturday, March 25, 2017
Time: 3:30pm
Location: 2445 North Boulevard, Houston, TX 77098
Complimentary valet
For more information: please call (713)869-5151.
Click here for event flyer.



March 24, 2017  -  ACC Ladies' Night Out
The ACC Ladies' Night Out Group at Bait Al-Arab (ACC)
Date: Friday, March 24th
Time: From 6-9pm
Location: Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd, Houston 77099
Happy Mother's Day
The ladies at Bait AlArab invite all community ladies to our ladies night gathering for for Arabic Mothers Day celebration on Friday March 24th at 6 pm at the ACC.
Come join us for a night full of fun and entertainment
- Join us celebrating Mothers Day With Dance show followed by dance class
- Performance by Asil AlGazi
- Bring your waist ties and be ready to move
- Dance,Games,raffle Door prize and much more
- Bring a home made dish to Share

Kids between age of 3 and 12 will have to be in a separate room with the babysitter, No exceptions please!  Babysitting will be charged $5.00/child.
The ACC does not bear responsibility for any harm that could happen to your child who is not baby seated.
To book a table for the Bazaar, please contact (832) 351-3366.



March 22, 2017  -  Sketches of the Syrian Diaspora: A night of Music and Storytelling
The Middle Eastern Studies Program, Honors at the University of Houston is partnering with Interfaith Ministries and the Syrian American Coalition on an event, "Sketches of the Syrian Diaspora: A night of Music and Storytelling" showcasing a Syrian refugee musician, Syrian refugees catering, etc.
Join us for live performances of traditional Middle Eastern Music performed by Mohamed Horo, a refugee from Syria, and Michael Fares, professor of Arabic at UH. There will be readings of poetry from the refugee experience, and Dr Kimberly Meyer will be reading from her recent work on refugees in Houston. Speakers also include Ali Al Sudani from Interfaith Ministries Refugee Services, and Carmen Montoya from the Ghana Think Tank.
Come enjoy performances featuring traditional Arabic music, storytelling, and poetry.
When: Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Time: 4 p.m.
Location: Honors Commons, University of Houston
Tea and light refreshments provided by the Houston Syrian refugee community will be served.
Seating is limited.
Click here for event flyer.



March 21, 2017  -  Beyond the Arab Muslim Ban: Feminist Futures and Joint Struggle
The College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and The Arab-American Education Foundation Chair in Modern Arab History at the University of Houston welcome you to
the Nijad and Zeina Fares Arab-American Educational Foundation Annual Distinguished Lecture in Modern Arab Studies: Beyond the Arab Muslim Ban: Feminist Futures and Joint Struggle by Professor Nadine Naber (University of Illinois at Chicago).
Professor Nadine Naber is a leading Arab-American feminist scholar, author, and social justice advocate. She is an associate professor in the Gender and Women's Studies Program and the Global Asian Studies Program and the director of the Arab American Cultural Center at the University of Illinois, Chicago. Professor Naber is author of Arab America: Gender, Cultural Politics, and Activism and editor of Race and Arab Americans; Arab and Arab American Feminisms (winner of the Arab American Book Award 2012); and The Color of Violence.
When: Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Reception 6:00 PM, Lecture begins at 6:30 PM
University of Houston Alumni Association O’Quinn Great Hall, 3204 Cullen Blvd.
Nearest Parking: TDECU Stadium Garage
Click here for event flyer.



March 11, 2017  -  Palestinian American Cultural Center Annual Gala
Seventh Annual PACC Gala honoring Acclaimed Lebanese Composer, Oud Master, and Singer Marcel Khalife.
Performance by Palestinian Global Singing Sensation Omar Kamal.
Including the Abu Obeida Community Service Award, the Palestinian Bazaar, Art and Culture.
Date: Saturday, March 11, 2017
Time: 7 pm
Location: Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd, Houston 77099
Click here for event flyer.

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March 11, 2017  -  Becoming the Prophet's Companion

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March 5, 2017  -  Ilm Academy Fundraising Gala
Leading the Way. Please join us on Sunday, March 5 at 5:00pm in the Omni Houston Hotel at Westside for an evening of inspiration as our students present the glowing lights in their lives whom they follow today to lead the world tomorrow.
Our esteemed guest speaker will be an alumnus from ILM Academy's first graduating class of 2016. Our alumnus will be joined by Sh. Joe Bradford, a leader himself in the Muslim community and long-time supporter of ILM Academy.
To share in an evening of inspiration with the ILM Academy family, please purchase your tickets of $50 for adults (ages 12+) and $25 for children (ages 2-11). Take another step and invite your friends too by sponsoring a table starting at $2,500. Contact us at to make purchases or ask questions.

We look forward to having you with us!


March 3, 2017  -  Know Your Rights Workshop
Join us in an effort to prepare for unexpected situations that may arise regarding our rights as American citizens.
This event is for both men and women.
Q & A after presentation.
Dinner will be served.
Date: Friday, March 3, 2017
Time: 8 PM - 9 PM
Location: Asia Center, 618 Barringer Ln, Webster, Texas 77598

Presentation by CAIR-Houston
For more information, click here.


February 25, 2017  -  Iman Academy Job Fair

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February 25, 2017  -  ISNA Conference in Houston- Power of Faith: Transforming Self and Society

ISNA Conference in Houston in collaboration with ISGH and Risala Foundation
Power of Faith: Transforming Self and Society

Date: Saturday, February 25, 2017
Time: 9 AM - 9 PM
Location: WISE Learning & Sports, 8800 W Sam Houston Pkwy S, Ste 107, Houston 77099

- Azhar Azeez, ISNA President
- Mehdi Hasan
- Linda Sarsour
- Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf
- Dr. Muzammil Siddiqi
- Imam Siraj Wahhaj

Event Highlights
- Main sessions
- Youth/ MSA Sessions
- Bazaar
- Saturday Banquet with keynote address
- Childcare and more
Basketball Youth Camp with Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf for boys and girls age 10 and up.
For more information, visit


February 25, 2017  -  American Lebanese Medical Association (ALMA) Biennial Gala
The American Lebanese Medical Association cordially invites you to its biennial gala honoring Dr. Fadlo R. Khuri, President of the American University of Beirut.
Date: Saturday, February 25, 2017
Time: Reception at 7:00 pm, Dinner at 8:00 pm
Location: Hyatt Regency Galleria, 2626 Sage Road, Houston, Texas 77056
It's a wonderful opportunity to socialize with Lebanese American professionals and help fund scholarships for the health professions students.
Click here for more details.


February 24, 2017  -  Q&A with FBI Houston
A Panel of Top FBI agents in Houston Area will Answer Your Questions

Bring your questions
Bring your concerns
When: February 24, 2017
Time: after Isha
Location: Multipurpose Hall, MAS Katy Center, 1902 Baker Rd, Houston, TX 77094
Everyone is Invited!
For more information, click here.



February 24, 2017  -  A Concert for Peace: Sami Yusuf Performance and Q&A
Risala Foundation and ISNA are pleased to announce Sami Yusuf's visit to Houston as part of his US campus tour for a performance and Q&A on the exquisite tradition of Islamic music, from the East to the West.
Sami Yusuf will be performing traditional Islamic devotional music rarely presented in the US. His album Barakah focuses on a wide variety of traditional music from Muslim cultures.
When: February 24, 2017
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: University of Houston, 4800 Calhoun Rd., Houston, Texas 77204
“Barakah is specifically my response to the atrocities being carried out in the name of my faith, and it celebrates over 1,000 years of sacred Islamic music. Contrary to what extremists would want us to believe, the traditional understanding is that, in Islam [and] I believe in all the great traditions, the default position is one of beauty, love, and compassion.” - Sami Yusuf
This will be a ticketed event; tickets to go on sale soon.
For more information, click here.



February 22, 2017  -  The Legacy of Japanese American Internment and Muslim American Discrimination Today
7:00pm I Asia Society Texas I 1370 Southmore Blvd.
Join us to remember Japanese American internment, evaluate the current status of the community, and consider what it means to be Muslim American in the 21st century.

To register for this event, and for additional information, click HERE.



Visual Art Classes

Join us for Art classes at the Arab American Cultural and Community Center. Classes will be offered once a week, with the option of either attending the Monday or the Saturday session.
Start Date:
Monday Classes will start January 30, from 10- 11:30 a.m. Ends May 14th
Saturday classes will start Saturday February 4, from 10- 11:30 a.m. Ends may 20th

There will be no classes in the Week of March 13th- 18th due to Spring Break

Class Cost: $60/Month (one class per week)
Full Payment Discount: $205 All classes
Supplies: Students are responsible to bring their own supplies

This Workshop will challenge the student to express individual observations, ideas, and thoughts through various painting techniques.

The students will start by learning the basic painting vocabulary. Then, and as class progresses, the students will learn to:

-Paint with different objects
-Experiment technique in watercolor and acrylic
-Use gesso surface for acrylic
-Demonstrate the proper use of tools and equipment for painting
-Create paintings from direct observation, imagination and experience
-Drawing a still life
-Explain the material needed
-Work on different kind of techniques by artists. (cross hatching, rubbing).
-Use dark and light values in a composition to create form and dimension.
-Use collage for a still life
- Understand the 2Design
-Design and create painting expressing personal solutions and expressions
-Use mixed media and collage
-Employ and apply a variety of media within one single composition
-Develop a painting exploring color theory
-Mix colors and apply them on canvas
-Discover possibilities of painting on surfaces other than white paper and canvas
-Explore painting with rice, sand and salt, ceramic... etc.

The teacher will be also assisting and helping student in their art work they bring to class.


To reserve your seat, please click HERE.

For more details, please contact the ACC at 832-351-3366.



Arabic Calligraphy Workshop Series

Teacher: Mr. Munther Yousef

Join us at the Arab American Cultural and Community Center for a Series of Calligraphy Workshops

Enroll in our workshop to learn the beautiful art of Arabic Calligraphy. There is no requirement of knowing the Arabic language. This workshop is suitable for all ages (from 7 to 90 plus!). The Kickoff Workshop will be the basics of Arabic Calligraphy.
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Advanced Level Workshop: Advanced Roq'a Arabic Script

Saturday January 14th - Saturday March 25th
Time: From 12 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Students are expected to have completed the Introduction to calligraphy workshop. Students will learn the Roq'a script. Roq'a is often the first font introduced to beginners as it is relatively easier than other sophisticated Arabic calligraphy scripts.

Classes consist of 9 weeks plus a final week of working on a project (Total of 10 weeks). There will be no class on Saturday March 18th due to Spring Break.

The class will culminate with a project under the teacher supervision.
Workshop Cost (10 weeks): Total $176 + Any supply kit

Early Bird Discount (up to January 21st): $150 (Enter Promotional Code: EARLYBIRD)

Partial Payments: Will be handled at the center, after the minimum down payment of $60 is paid online

To register: Please click here.
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Intermediate Level Workshop: Thuluth Script

Saturday January 14th - Saturday March 25th
Time: From 1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.

Classes consist of 9 weeks plus a final week of working on a project (Total of 10 weeks). Students will learn the Thuluth script. The class will culminate in a masterpiece project under the teacher supervision.

There will be no class on Saturday March 18th due to Spring Break.
Workshop Cost (10 weeks): Total $175 + Any supply kit
Early Bird Discount (up to January 21): $150 Enter Promotional Code: EARLYBIRD

Partial Payments: Will be handled at the center, after the minimum deposit of $60 is paid online

To register: Please click here.


For more details and to enroll, please contact the ACC at 832-351-3366.



English Classes for Adults دورات لتعلم اللغة الإنجليزية

يعلن المركز العربي الأمريكي فى هيوستن عن دورات للكبار لتعلم اللغة الإنجليزية وذلك كل يوم سبت 

يقدم البرنامج مستويين: المستوى الأول ، يناسب المبتدئين. المستوى الثانى، يناسب الذين يريدون أن يحسنوا اللغة لهدف العمل أو الدراسة المتقدمة أو بسبب دوافع أخرى

مبدئيا، تنعقد المحاضرات مرة واحدة أسبوعيا ، كل يوم سبت من الساعة الواحدة وحتى الساعة الثالثة بعد الظهر وذلك بالنسبة للمستويين . قد تتغير المواعيد أو الأيام الخاصة بالمحاضرات لاحقا ، وذلك سيكون طبقا لطلب الدارسين

رسوم الدراسة رمزية وفى المتناول
لمزيد من المعلومات، يرجى الإتصال برقم: 3366-351-832
أو أرسل استفسارك على البريد الإلكترونى التالي

للمركز الحق فى إلغاء أى فصل دراسي، إذا كان عدد الدارسين أقل من 8

المركز العربي الأمريكي فى هيوستن
10555 Stancliff Rd.
Houston, TX 77099

English Classes for Adults at the Arab American Center

The Arab American Cultural and Community Center (ACC) announces resuming English classes for Adults every Saturday.

We offer two levels: Level 1 (beginners) suitable for those with no prior formal knowledge of English. Level 2 is appropriate for those seeking to improve on their English for work or school advancement purpose, or for their own self-motivation.

Initially, both levels meet weekly at the ACC on Saturdays from 1 to 3 p.m. with the respective teachers. The meeting times could be later changed per the students' request and preferences.

The fees are reasonably priced. For more information, please call (832)351-3366 or email

The ACC reserves the right to cancel classes if the minimum number of 8 students is not attained.

The Arab American Cultural & Community Center in Houston
10555 Stancliff Rd. Houston TX 77099

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February 18-19, 2017  -  10th Annual Bilateral Model Arab League

In Partnership with the National Council on U.S. Arab Relations
The Bilateral U.S. – Arab Chamber of Commerce welcomes your participation in the 10th annual Bilateral Model Arab League (MAL) regional conference. Student delegates from various universities across the U.S. will convene and engage in a competitive and simulated dialogue concerning political, social, economic, and cultural affairs to reach consensus and craft solutions to current issues affecting the Arab World.
Model Arab League affords students with leadership development and critical skills including diplomacy, public speaking, policy-making, among others. By passing resolutions, creating alliances, and attaining consensus, students achieve a deeper understanding of Middle Eastern history, culture, policy, and current affairs.
This year’s agenda will focus on a number of timely issues which include the following topics, among many others:
- Examining the progress made in combating illicit trafficking of small arms in the region, and preventing the proliferation of such weapons among extremist groups
- Evaluating the League’s role in diplomatically resolving regional conflicts, with particular consideration for the ongoing war in Syria
- Discussing ways in which the League can promote women’s involvement in society, including political and civic integration
- Exploring alternative and sustainable water resources in lieu of nonrenewable groundwater currently utilized in arid zones in order to meet agricultural and developmental demands
- Addressing the benefits and challenging trends associated with migrant workers in the Arab world, particularly regarding citizen unemployment and remittances
- Investigating and mitigating current security threats to refugees in official settlements, as well as internally displaced persons in active conflict zones.
Date: February 18-19, 2017
Location: University of Houston Clear Lake, Houston, TX
Register now to reserve the country assignment of your choice. To learn more and/or register, contact us at

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February 18, 2017  -  Town Hall Arab Youth Meeting
If you are 18 to 30 years old and of Arab descent, we invite you to attend a Youth town hall meeting at the Arab American Cultural and Community Center (ACC). This meeting is especially designed to our community youth to:
1) provide a platform for you to share how you envision the center to cater to your age group needs
2) divide attendees into focus groups to brainstorm about ideas for functions and programs you aspire to see along with a plan to execute your vision.
Youth are the future leaders of this community and we want your voice to be heard. You will be entrusted to continue the mission of celebrating our Heritage and sharing it with others and our image as Arabs and strengthen our positive role in society.
Saturday, February 18, 2017
1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd, Houston, TX 77099
Agenda: from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. We will start at 1 p.m. promptly.
1:00 p.m.: Mingle and Lunch
1:30 p.m.: Town hall meeting and Focus Group
3:30 p.m.: Summary and adjourn
Please invite all your friends and family within this age group. The event is free and open to our youth, but registering your name is required so we can plan for seating and food. A fun prize will be given to the group with most innovative ideas and action plan!
For more details or questions please contact the ACC at 832-351-3366 or email


February 18, 2017  -  The Post-Malcolm Generation
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February 17, 2017  -  Love Thy Neighbor Rally in Clear Lake!

Date: February 17, 2017
Time: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Residents from across the southern suburbs of Houston will be publicly showing our support for our Muslim neighbors and for refugees and immigrants from predominately Muslim countries. Recent efforts to restrict immigration, turn away refugees, and incidents of anti-Muslim violence and harassment make this an important time for us all to come together and let our voices of respect and compassion be heard.
On Friday February 17 at 1:00pm, the Bay Area Unitarian Universalist Church in Clear Lake will be welcoming all of our neighbors from every religious tradition, culture and background to gather for a HUGE rally to demonstrate our support for the members of the Clear Lake Islamic Center, their families, and their friends as they arrive for their weekly Friday worship. We’ll gather along the private road (Beacon Street) which leads from El Camino Real to the Islamic Center with signs of support for Muslims and for immigrants and refugees in Houston, across America and around the world.
We invite you to join us in this local, passionate and positive event! This rally will be non-partisan and is aimed at expressing of our shared values of inclusion, compassion and respect for diversity in these challenging and difficult times. It is not a protest but a celebration of the gifts of unity and community. We’ll be rallying and then enjoying snacks and refreshments together with our Muslim friends.
The Rally will take place on Friday February 17 starting at 1:00 at 17503 El Camino Real in Clear Lake (near the big blue water tower off of El Camino Real, just south of Bay Area Boulevard and just north of NASA Road 1). For more information or directions, please visit or call 281-488-2001.

Come, bring your friends, bring your positive signs of support and love for our neighbors, and help us make a joyful noise as we stand on the side of love together!
For more details, visit
Organized by Bay Area Unitarian Universalist Church.


February 17, 2017  -  Town Hall Forum on Protecting Marginalized Communities

The event will be held February 17 at the Eldorado Ballroom (2310 Elgin St.) at 7PM and will include panelists that represent various communities affected by recent executive orders.

Free Press Houston will host a town hall forum focused on discussing how marginalized groups can protect themselves and each other given the recent executive measures by Donald Trump. It is our deeply held belief that such marginalized communities as Muslims, the LGBTQIA community, undocumented community, Latinx, African Americans and women are facing a stream of proposed legislation and executive orders that compromise the safety and freedom of these groups and our community.

Date: Friday, February 17, 2017
Time: 7 PM - 9 PM
Location: Eldorado Ballroom, 2310 Elgin St, Houston, Texas 77004
Mission: It is our hope to create an open dialogue within the Greater Houston area where we can meet face-to-face with community leaders/servants as well as learn about resources such as the ACLU, immigration assistance agencies and nonprofit organizations that can work on their behalf. More than anything, we hope to galvanize momentum for regular meet ups and constructive dialogues within and between these groups.

Please Note: Free Press Houston is respectfully asking that no one from a political party, large or small, come to the event if they intend to recruit on the behalf of that political party. This will be a space for people to discuss and forge ways to receive protection and community assistance from established organizations and not a place to promote a specific political party. The forum is open to anyone and everyone, however we respectfully ask that members of these groups be given the opportunity to speak first and foremost. We also encourage attendees to network yet ask that you not use this forum as a point for recruitment.
Scheduled Panelists:
Ray Hill - Senior Activist
Secunda Joseph - Co-Founder and Director of Smart Media and Activism with ImagiNoir / BLMHTX
Bryan Parras - Co-Founder of Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services (TEJAS)
Alexis Melvin - Consultant; Equality and Transgender Rights Activists; Transgender Foundation of America - Member, Board of Directors; Houston Transgender Unity Committee - Chair; Houston GLBT Political Caucus - Member Board of Trustees
Maha Khalil - Immigration Lawyer, Modi Law Firm
Karen Yesenia Martinex - UH Undocumented Grad Student
And more to be announced
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February 17, 2017  -  The Road Ahead - Fundraiser / Dinner / Guest Speaker
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February 17, 2017  -  African American Muslims: The Heart of Islam in America
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February 17, 2017  -  ACC Ladies' Night Out Group At Bait Al-Arab (ACC)

Date: Friday, February 17, 2017
Time: From 6-9pm
Location: Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd, Houston 77099
Valentine Celebration
The ladies at Bait AlArab invite all community ladies to our ladies night gathering for Valentine Celebration on Friday February 17th at 6 pm at the ACC.
Our theme for the month is Love to be loved.
Come join us for a night full of fun and entertainment
• All Ladies are welcomed to dress in red or pink.
• Comedy night prepare jokes and fun stories to tell and share.
• Dance, Games, Raffle Door prize and much more
• Bring a Dish to Share
• Join us for a questions and answers session about immigration and admission for Refugees with attorneys Wafa Abdin and Jill Yaziji.
Kids between age of 3 and 12 will have to be in a separate room with the babysitter, No exceptions please!  Babysitting will be charged $5.00/child .
The ACC does not bear responsibility for any harm that could happen to your child who is not baby seated.
To book a table for the Bazaar, please contact (832) 351-3366.


February 16, 2017  -  Strategies for Building Mutual Trust and a Better American Future
8:00pm I River Oaks Islamic Center I 3110 Eastside St.
A continuation of the Jewish-Muslim Dialogue Series, Dr. Mahmoud El-Gamal, Rice University Professor of Economics and Statistics, and Rabbi Steven Morgen of Congregation Beth Yeshurun discuss issues holding back positive relations between Jews and Muslims and strategies for overcoming them.
This event is free and open to the public.


February 16, 2017  -  Dinner Dialogue - Exploring Houston's Faiths: A World of Neighbors

Date: Thursday, February 16, 2017
Time: 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Location: Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston, 3303 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002
If you have any questions about this event, please contact Carol Flores in our Interfaith Relations Department. Carol can be reached at or at 713-533-4909.

For more information, click here.



February 12, 2017  -  Immigrants' Rights and the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas
9:30am I St. Philip Presbyterian Church I Room 201
The ACLU of Texas is dedicated to reclaiming constitutional and civil rights for all Texans, regardless of immigration status. Immigrants in Texas contribute to our diversity and enrich our economy, but immigrant communities continue to be profiled, harassed, detained and demonized by extremist politicians and the militarized law enforcement agencies they control. Edgar Saldivar, Senior Staff Attorney for American Civil Liberties Union of Texas, shares his passion to seek justice for the most vulnerable and underserved in our society.
This event is free and open to the public. For additional information, click HERE.



February 12, 2017  -  Worldwide Alumni Association of the American University of Beirut (WAAAUB) “Meet & Greet Social Hour”

The Worldwide Alumni Association of the American University of Beirut (WAAAUB) Houston Chapter cordially invite you to “Meet & Greet Social Hour”.
Date: Sunday Feb 12, 2017
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Simone on Sunset, 2418 Sunset Blvd., Houston, TX 77005

Please RSVP no later than 06 Feb 2016 by emailing us at or texting us at 281-352-5732.
We hope to hear from you and look forward to your active participation.


February 11, 2017  -  Panel Discussion about "Immigration Ban Statement"

The Arab American Cultural and Community Center (ACC) is holding a panel of local immigration lawyers and experts to help address our community concerns and help clarify questions in regards to the immigration ban that was put in Effect January 27th.
Date: Saturday, February 11, 2017
Time: 3 p.m.
Location: Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd. Houston 77099
The panel event is free and open to the public and all are welcome to attend. Our Esteemed Panelist are listed below (in Alphabetical Order) along with their bio:
Wafa Abdin, Esq.
Vice President of Immigration and Refugee Services
Catholic Charities, Catholic Charities, 2900 Louisiana Street, Houston, TX 77006
Wafa Abdin is Vice President for Immigration and Refugee Services at Catholic Charities. She oversees the Cabrini Center for Immigrant Legal Assistance, the largest non-profit provider of immigration legal services for low-income and indigent non-citizens and Refugee Resettlement Program. Ms. Abdin has more than fifteen years of experience in Immigration Law and is a frequent lecturer at Immigration conferences and has also written several articles and papers on Immigration law topics. In recognition of her outstanding work and dedication, Ms. Abdin was awarded the Chrys Dougherty Legal Services Award in 2010 by the Texas State Bar.  Tel: 713.874.6549

Norma Ayoub
Law Firm of Ayoub & Associates, PC, 2323 Voss Road, Suite 545,Houston, Texas 77057
Nermin "Norma" Ayoub has been practicing law for about 18 years. Earlier in her career she handled international corporate matters while working overseas. Upon returning to the United, she opened her own office and has handled strictly immigration matters for the past 16 years. Licensed in Both New York and Texas. Admitted in various appellate courts. She speaks fluent Arabic.  Tel: 713.532.0110

Nejd Jill Yaziji,
Yaziji Law Firm, 1001 Texas Street, Suite 1400 Houston, TX 77002
Attorney Nejd Jill Yaziji has been practicing Immigration & Asylum Law for more than a decade. She represents clients from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Pakistan, Sudan, Egypt, Ukraine and other countries. She is a graduate of the University of Texas School of Law, and is Editor-in-Chief of The Houston Lawyer magazine (2016-2017), the official publication of the Houston Bar Association.  Tel: 713.481-9490
The panel event is free and open to the public and all are welcome to attend.

يعلن المركز العربي الأمريكي عن عقد ندوة والتي ستدار بواسطة محامين متخصصين فى شئوون الهجرة للرد على جميع الإستفسارات والتساؤلات وذلك بشأن التأثيرات والنتائج المترتبة على قرار حظر الهجرة
تنعقد الندوة يوم السبت الموافق الحادي عشر من شهر فبراير / شباط في : المركز العربي الأمريكي فى هيوستن
10555 Stancliff Rd. Houston, TX 77099: العنوان
فى تمام الساعة الثالثة بعد الظهر

علما بأن الحضور مجانا ومتاح للجميع الراغبين فى الحضور



February 11, 2017  -  Texas Grand Mawlid

Alhamdullilah we are pleased to announce that Texas Grand Mawlid is back in 2017! Join us with Imam Khalid Latif and many more great scholars for a gathering of remembrance and praise of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم

Please get your tickets soon, as there is limited seating for this years Mawlid!

Imam Khalid Latif
With Nasheeds by:
Sidi Muaz al-Nass

Date: Saturday, February 11th, 2017

Welcome, Registration & Green Carpet Reception 5:00 PM
Maghrib Prayer: 6:15 PM
Doors Open: 5:30 PM

Do not hesitate in purchasing your tickets as seating will be limited this year! Your ticket fee includes halal dinner and babysitting will definitely be provided!

IMAM KHALID LATIF is a University Chaplain for New York University, Executive Director of the Islamic Center at NYU, and a Chaplain for the NYPD. He is also the co-founder of Honest Chops, the first-ever all-natural/organic halal butcher in NYC, the Muslim Wedding Service, an agency specializing in providing charismatic and inspirational marriage officiants for wedding ceremonies, and a partner in the MKO Group, an investment group that owns and operates multiple Edible Arrangements franchises in Manhattan.

He was appointed the first Muslim chaplain at NYU in 2005. He was also appointed the first Muslim chaplain at Princeton University in 2006. Spending a year commuting between these two excellent institutions, he finally decided to commit full-time to New York University's Islamic Center where his position was officially institutionalized in the spring of 2007. Under his leadership, the Islamic Center at NYU became the first ever established Muslim student center at an institution of higher education in the United States.

Other speakers to be confirmed very soon Insha'Allah!

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February 8, 2017  -  Let's Feed 800!

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February 4, 2017  -  Nutrition and Health Skills Challenge

The Houston Muslim Community comes together for a morning of service. In the best of our Islamic tradition we seek to serve the needs of the less fortunate, by providing Exercise and Training through an NFL Skills Challenge, health assessments, charitable smiles, and the hope for a brighter day.
The Youth Football Skills Challenge is a dynamic, 1 day position specific football skills showcase that provides exercise, training tips, and techniques that are extremely valuable in youth athletic endeavors. We will focus on preparing young athletes for the game with comprehensive technique and skills training in a small group setting. Inspired by the NFL combine and collegiate Senior Bowl process, The Youth Football Skills Challenge provides an NFL style combine with position specific drills. Participants will be both boys and girls, ages 7-17.
Participants will be divided into 3 age groups and will compete for prizes in the following events: 40 yard dash, QB distance challenge, QB accuracy challenge, WR catching competition, RB obstacle course, Broad Jump, Three Cone Agility Challenge, Kicking H-O-R-S-E challenge
Health and dental screenings will be offered by the Shifa Clinic and local area Oral Health professionals. Board-certified medical professionals will perform health assessments, including screenings for cholesterol, diabetes risk, blood pressure, weight, and dental health.
Date: February 4, 2017
Time: 7 am - 2 pm
Location: Masjid Warithud-deen Mohammed, 6641 Bellfort Avenue, Houston, Texas 77087
Approximately 100 youth and their families are anticipated to participate. Former professional athletes Dennis & Devard Darling, and members of the NFL Players Association – Former Players Chapters are confirmed.
For more information and to register, click here.



February 4, 2017  -  Evening of Empowerment

Discussions abound about the social, spiritual, environmental, and economic challenges in these current times. Under these auspices, the “Evening of Empowerment” is a special collective of Spoken Word artists, musicians, and motivational speakers meant to bring clarity to these discussions, through faith and diverse, illuminating discourse. Featuring world class artists such as The Reminders, Amir Sulaiman, and Khalid the Future, this is an evening that will make an impression on the heart and spirit. Imam Wazir Ali will speak to the contribution people of faith can make. All entertainers listed are confirmed.
Date: February 4, 2017
Time: 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Doors Open at 6pm Cost: $50 for Two Events
Comedy Show and Evening of Empowerment

Venue: WISE, 8800 W Sam Houston Pkwy S #107, Houston, TX 77099
For more information, click here.



February 3, 2017  -  Super Bowl Weekend #NoBanNoWall Protest

Friday at 4 PM - 7 PM

Westheimer Rd & Post Oak Blvd, Houston, TX 77056
Join us on Friday, February 3rd, at 4PM as we make sure our voices are heard in the fight against Islamaphobia, xenophobia and all other bigotry that has recently been not only emboldened but acted upon.

All eyes are on Houston this weekend for the big game. We will make sure that the rest of the world knows that the home of this year's Super Bowl is outraged by the recent executive orders barring not only refugees, but even permanent residents of the US from coming home.

We hope we can all stand together peacefully as a community in solidarity against the targeting of minority groups in the most diverse country in the world.

For more information, click here.



February 3, 2017  -  "A Smile is Charity" Interfaith Comedy Kickoff

Date: February 3, 2017
Time: 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Doors Open at 6pm Cost: $50 for Two Events
Comedy Show and Evening of Empowerment
Venue: WISE, 8800 W Sam Houston Pkwy S #107, Houston, TX 77099
Hands down, it’s the best of Interfaith Comedy. Featuring comedians Marcus Wiley, Joe Recca, Preacher Moss (Allah Made Me Funny), Musa The Comic (BET), and special guest host May May Ali (Muhammad Ali’s Funniest Daughter), we’ve rolled out one of the funniest, family-friendly, non-stop, bust a gut line-ups to ever grace Houston in the name of fellowship. It doesn’t get any better and it won’t get any funnier than this show. All of these artist are confirmed.
Featured Comedians:
Preacher Moss, Comedian
Marcus Wiley, Comedian
Joe Recca, Comedian
Musa The Comic, Comedian
May May Ali, Muhammad Ali's Funniest Daughter
For more information, click here.



January 31, 2017  -  Texas Muslim Capitol Day

Texas Muslim Capitol Day is an opportunity for community members of all ages to visit the Texas State Capitol in Austin and learn about the political process and civic advocacy.
Attendees will meet with their elected officials. CAIR-Houston will be organizing buses to escort participants to Austin. Lunch will be provided. Scholarships are available based on need. Contact us at or for more information.
Date: Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Time: 9 AM - 4 PM
Location: Texas Capitol, 1100 Congress Avenue, Austin, Texas 78701
For more information, visit


January 31, 2017  -  Bridging the Gender Gap: Female Politicians in Asia and the United States

In January 2017, a record number of women will be part of the 115th United States Congress, the legislature of arguably the world’s most powerful country in economic and cultural influence. Approximately one in four Representatives and Senators will be female, including a previously unachieved tally in minority representation. Asia has its own women in power, namely President Tsai Ing-wen in Taiwan, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in Bangladesh, and Indian National Congress President Sonia Gandhi. Although the history of Asian female government leaders is short, they have made a lasting impression on their generation and inspired many others to follow in their paths. Join Asia Society for a discussion on the globe’s most prominent female leaders and the future of women in politics.
Dr. Elora Shehabuddin is Associate Professor of Humanities and Political Science at Rice University

Dr. Elizabeth Simas is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Houston

Dr. Hans Stockton is Associate Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences and Director of the Center for International Studies at the University of St. Thomas in Houston

Moderator: The Honorable Sean Hassan
Date: Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Time: 6:30 pm Reception with Light Bites, 7:00 pm Program
Location: Asia Society Texas Center, 1370 Southmore Blvd, Houston, Texas 77004
For more information, visit


January 29, 2017  -  Protest to OPPOSE the Refugee Ban (#2)

Protest at Discovery Green to oppose the suspension of the US refugee program and other visa/green card related issues!

We will meet at the corner of Austin and Walker streets at 1:00 and split into smaller groups if needed to avoid blocking traffic.

Yes there is a Super Bowl event at Discovery Green this weekend. It is free to the public and you can enter with bags and small signs but likely not large signs. Large signs will have to stay outside at the entrances.

January 29, 2017
1 PM - 4 PM
Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St, Houston, Texas 77010
For more information, click here.


January 29, 2017  -  Rally Against Hate at IAH

Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) - Terminal E
2800 N Terminal Rd, Houston, Texas 77032
5 PM - 8 PM
Donald Trump has targeted Muslims through a backdoor ban on immigration from specified countries. Americans are rallying across this country to stand up to injustice and to demonstrate that we will not put up with the degradation of American rights in front of our own eyes.

When history looks back on this moment- on this weekend following Holocaust Remembrance Day- let the record show that we were there. That Houston was there.

That America was there.

Meet us at Terminal E, arrivals for action. Carpool or uber if at all possible.

If you are attending the Discovery Green event at 1-4, you may be able to easily coordinate rides from that location.

Thank you for exercising your rights... and solidarity.
For more information, click here.


Ends January 29, 2017  -  Arts of Islamic Lands: Selections from The al-Sabah Collection, Kuwait
Jan 31, 2015 - Jan 29, 2017
Law Building, Ground Floor, 1001 Bissonnet, Houston
The Museum’s landmark partnership with the Kuwait-based al-Sabah Collection and the cultural institution Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah continues with an expanded installation of Arts of Islamic Lands: Selections from The al-Sabah Collection, Kuwait.
The renowned al-Sabah Collection is one of the greatest privately held collections of Islamic art in the world. The collaboration with the Museum, established in 2012, led to the 2013 Houston debut of 67 objects ranging from carpets and architectural fragments to exquisite ceramics, metalwork, jewelry, scientific instruments, and manuscripts.
This newly expanded installation more than triples the display, increasing the art on view to some 250 works that, together, present an impressive and comprehensive spectrum of Islamic art. Objects from the 8th to 18th centuries—made in North Africa, the Middle East, Turkey, India, the Iberian Peninsula, and Central Asia—demonstrate the development of techniques, craftsmanship, and aesthetics in Islamic visual culture.
Among the highlights are a 16th-century Ottoman Turkish prayer carpet; a glass mosque lamp from 14th-century Cairo; an extraordinary earthenware bowl from 9th-century Iraq that transcends its humble function; early gold jewelry from Afghanistan and Syria; and opulent Mughal jewelry crafted in the refined kundan technique, including a brilliant bird pendant fabricated in late 16th-century India from gold, rubies, emeralds, diamonds, and rock crystals.
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January 28, 2017  -  Friends of Egyptian Children with Cancer Gala
Please Join Friends of Egyptian Children with Cancer for the Annual Fund Raising Banquet
When: Saturday, January 28, 2017
Time: 6 pm - 10:30 pm
Location: Double Tree Hilton, Greenway Plaza, Houston, Texas 77046
FECC is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization.
For more information, visit



January 28, 2017  -  Diversity is Destiny: Islam, America and the Road Ahead
Risala Foundation is pleased to host Dalia Mogahed in Houston insha Allah.
As a new President is sworn in on January 20th, Muslims are warily preparing for what happens next. We are all about optimism and action - our faith demands that of us.
Join us for a special event featuring one of the most prominent activists and scholars in our community, discussing the day after - how should we orient ourselves for the years to come, what does research tell us about the factors that have led to this moment and how can we make action our priority - building the bridge to a better future, in sha Allah.
DALIA MOGAHED is a researcher, pollster, author, advisor and consultant who studies Muslim communities.
As director of research at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, Dalia Mogahed keeps her finger on the pulse of the Muslim world. She served on Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships in 2009, advising the president on how faith-based organizations can help government solve persistent social problems.

Mogahed is a former director of the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies, where her surveys of Muslim opinion skewered myths and stereotypes while illuminating the varied attitudes of Muslims toward politics, religion, and gender issues. Her 2008 book with John Esposito, Who Speaks for Islam? What a Billion Muslims Really Think, outlines these surprising findings.
When: Saturday, January 28, 2017
Time: 7 pm
Location: ISGH River Oaks Islamic Center, 3110 Eastside St, Houston, Texas 77098
TED Talk: "What Do You Think When You Look at Me?"

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January 28, 2017  -  Qur'an and Science
When: Saturday, January 28, 2017
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: MAS Katy Center, 1902 Baker Rd, Houston, TX 77094
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January 28, 2017  -  سهرة قصائد زجليه Zajal Poetry Night

Narrated by Mr. Elias Assaf & Dr. Dima Suki
Music by Mr. Adam Yaqot
Date: Saturday January 28, 2017
Time: 7 PM
Location: Fadi’s Banquet Hall, 2000 Hwy 6, Houston, TX 77077
$75 Per Person Available

For more information, Please contact Mrs. Maha Barake @ 832-359-0011 OR Mr. Souheil Sean Ghaoui @ 713-412-5440




January 26, 2017  -  Lunch & Learn: Abdullah Antepli

Speaker: Abdullah Antepli
Chief Representative of Muslim Affairs, Duke University/Adjunct Faculty of Islamic Studies
Abstract: A lunchtime lecture sponsored by the Program in Jewish Studies. Abdullah Antepli, Senior Fellow, Duke Office of Civic Engagement
Date: January 26, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Location: Humanities Building 119, Rice University, Houston
Imam Antepli completed his basic training and education in his native Turkey. From 1996-2003 he worked on a variety of faith-based humanitarian and relief projects in Myanmar (Burma) and Malaysia with the Association of Social and Economic Solidarity with Pacific Countries. He is the founder and executive board member of the Association of College Muslim Chaplains (ACMC) and a board member of the Association for College and University Religious Affairs (ACURA). From 2003 to 2005 he served as the first Muslim chaplain at Wesleyan University. He then moved to Hartford Seminary in Connecticut, where he was the associate director of the Islamic Chaplaincy Program & Interfaith Relations, as well as an adjunct faculty member.

He previously served as Duke University first Muslim chaplain from July 2008 to 2014. In his current work at Duke, Antepli engages students, faculty, and staff across and beyond campus through seminars, panels, and other avenues to provide a Muslim voice and perspective to the discussions of faith, spirituality, social justice, and more. Imam Antepli also serves as a faculty member in the Duke Divinity School, teaching a variety of courses on Islam and Muslim cultures.

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January 26, 2017  -  Building Pluralistic and Inclusive States Post-Arab Spring

Now in its sixth year, the political and social upheaval triggered by the Arab uprisings shows little sign of abating. U.S. and international policymakers continue to struggle to respond to the turmoil, including state collapse and the rise of radical jihadism in Syria, Iraq and Yemen; the fragmentation of political authority in Libya; faltering transitions in Egypt and Tunisia; and the longer-term economic and political challenges facing oil-rich Arab Gulf states.

Political, socio-religious and economic exclusion remain among the most significant catalysts of instability. Grievances that initially triggered the uprisings remain unaddressed, youth are further disenchanted and marginalized, and minority voices remain unheard, as Arab states face the rising tide of radicalism and severe economic crises.

The Baker Institute Center for the Middle East, in collaboration with the Carnegie Corporation of New York, hosts a panel of renowned Middle East and North Africa experts to identify effective and sustainable policy options the new U.S. administration may consider to foster more inclusive and pluralistic systems in the region.

Date: Thu, Jan. 26, 2017
Time: 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Location: James A. Baker III Hall, Rice University, 6100 Main St., Houston, Texas 77005
Keynote Speaker: Marwan Muasher, Ph.D.
Vice President for Studies, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace


Amr Hamzawy, Ph.D., Senior Fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Mazen Hassan, Ph.D., Professor, Cairo University

Valentine Moghadam, Ph.D., Nonresident Fellow, Women's Rights in the Middle East Program, Baker Institute; and Director, Middle East Studies Program, Northeastern University

Imad Salamey, Ph.D., Professor and Director, Institute for Social Justice and Conflict Resolution, Lebanese American University

Peter Salisbury, Ph.D., Senior Research Fellow, Chatham House

Moderated by Hillary Wiesner, Ph.D.
Program Director for Transnational Movements, Carnegie Corporation of New York

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January 26, 2017  -  Medea Benjamin & Ann Wright on U.S. Foreign Policy in Trump Administration: What will it be and how will it affect you?
As part of a “Texas Tour,” Medea Benjamin and Ann Wright will speak in Houston. Medea will draw upon her first-hand knowledge of the Middle East to share her insights, and she’ll introduce her latest book, Kingdom of the Unjust; Behind the U.S.-Saudi Connection. Ann was recently – once again – captured in international waters and imprisoned by the Israelis while attempting to reach shore on the Women’s Boat to Gaza. She has also traveled to Japan, Korea, Russia, Germany, Greece, and elsewhere this year and can speak on the human and environmental costs of war and militarism around the globe and the possible effects of a Trump administration’s policies on all of us.

Medea Benjamin is the co-founder of the women-led peace group CODEPINK and the co-founder of the human rights group Global Exchange. She has been an advocate for social justice for more than 40 years. Described as “one of America’s most committed — and most effective — fighters for human rights” by New York Newsday, and “one of the high profile leaders of the peace movement” by the Los Angeles Times, she was one of 1,000 exemplary women from 140 countries nominated to receive the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the millions of women who do the essential work of peace worldwide. She is the author of nine books, including Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control and Kingdom of the Unjust: Behind the U.S.-Saudi Connection, and her articles appear regularly in outlets such as The Huffington Post, Common Dreams, Alternet, The Other Words, and TeleSUR.

Ann Wright is a 29-year US Army/Army Reserves veteran, a retired United States Army colonel and retired U.S. State Department official, known for her outspoken opposition to the Iraq War. She received the State Department Award for Heroism in 1997, after helping to evacuate several thousand people during the civil war in Sierra Leone. She is most noted for having been one of three State Department officials to publicly resign in direct protest of the 2003 Invasion of Iraq. Wright was also a passenger on the Challenger 1, which along with the Mavi Marmara, was part of the Gaza flotilla. She served in Nicaragua, Grenada, Somalia, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Sierra Leone, Micronesia and Mongolia. In December, 2001 she was on the small team that reopened the US Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan. She is the co-author of the book “Dissent: Voices of Conscience.” She has written frequently on rape in the military.
Date: January 26, 2017
Time: 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: Dominican Sisters of Houston Spirituality Center Meeting Room, 6501 Almeda Rd., Houston, 77021
A reception and book signing of Medea Benjamin’s book at 6:30 PM will be followed by their presentations at 7 PM, followed by Q & A and book signing.



January 25, 2017  -  Doctors Without Borders Recruitment Info Session
Put your ideals into practice!
Every day Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) aid workers from around the world provide assistance to people whose survival is threatened by violence, neglect, or catastrophe.

Doctors Without Borders/ Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is recruiting healthcare and non-healthcare professionals of Middle Eastern descent who speak Arabic.
On Thursday, January 25th, medical and non-medical professionals in Houston are invited to join us for an evening presentation to learn more about how you can join Doctors Without Borders’ pool of dedicated aid workers. We’re currently recruiting for a variety of medical and non-medical positions.

Doctors Without Borders recruits:

Medical Personnel: physicians, nurses, obstetricians and gynecologists, nurse-midwives and midwives, specialists in infectious diseases, HIV/AIDS, TB

Operating Room Personnel: surgeons, operating room nurses, anesthesiologists, nurse anesthetists

Para-Medical Personnel: epidemiologists, licensed mental health specialists, pharmacists, laboratory technicians

Non-Medical Personnel: general logisticians, specialists in construction, electricity, mechanics, or water/sanitation, financial administrators, human resources administrators
When: Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd, Houston 77099
An aid worker and Field Human Resources Officer will discuss requirements and the application process, and you'll meet experienced Doctors Without Borders aid workers from the area and hear their firsthand stories of "life in the field."
The presentation will last 90 minutes, including Q&A.
For more information and/or to register, click here.
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January 22, 2017  -  3rd Annual Palestinian Culture Night
Join Students for Justice in Palestine at UH as we celebrate traditional Palestinian culture on our 3rd Annual Culture Night! Although Palestinians have faced oppression for decades, the Palestinian culture continues to thrive and we want to celebrate that here in Houston. We will have a DJ playing Arabic music, dinner, speakers, dabke, raffles, and more!
$40 Adult Ticket
$25 Student Discount (with I.D.) and Child Ticket
$120 Premium Tickets (for 2, see description below)
$500 Sponsor Table (for 8, see description below)
Attire is business casual.
Premium ticket purchases (2 tickets) includes front seating and a bottle of Canaan Fair Trade Organic Extra-Virgin Olive Oil.
A sponsor table purchase (seats eight) includes: ten raffle tickets, eight #Coogs4Palestine t-shirts, recognition in our itinerary for the night, and a bottle of Canaan Fair Trade Organic Extra-Virgin Olive Oil. If you purchase a table, please send t-shirt sizes to or text (713) 820-0915

If you would like to be a sponsor of this event or make any type of prize donation for our raffle/auction, please contact Auruba Alzibdeh or email

As of now, tickets will NOT be sold at the door. This is for planning purposes and we apologize for any inconvenience.

To purchase tickets online, please go to,

To purchase tickets with cash or check, please contact Auruba Alzibdeh at (713) 820-0915 1 or email 

Thank you in advance for joining us! We look forward to seeing you there! #Coogs4Palestine



January 21, 2017  -  Arabian Nights: Young Professionals Syrian Relief Gala
Let's put the fun in fundraising! Join us as we dance the night away in an unprecedented young adult gala! Funds gathered will be delivered through IOCC for afflicted families throughout the region.
Please feel free to invite your friends. EVERYONE is welcome. We can only seat 200 guests. Hope you are one of them!
When: Saturday, January 21, 2017
Time: 8 pm
Location: St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church, 5311 Mercer St, Houston, 77005
Ticket Pricing - includes dinner and entertainment:
Early Bird: $50 **Available only until 12/12/16**, Regular: $60 , At the door: $75 door

Table Sponsorships: Silver: $1000, Gold: $1500, Platinum: $2000
Tickets are available at
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January 21, 2017  -  "we are in it" Film Screening & Community Discussion about Refugees and Migrants in Houston
Screening and Community Discussion about Refugees and Migrants in Houston
"we are in it" a film by Dr. Yehuda Sharim
by The Firestarter Group
We are in it features visceral scenes from the everyday lives of Karla, Serges, Hussein, Nancy and Tutu. For all of them, Houston is their common space of struggle, pleasure, and shelter. For them, Houston is a second, third or even fourth city of residence, both home and metropolis of hostility. Here, they are safe, restless, part of a diaspora that struggles to find meaning beyond labels of foreigner, immigrant, undocumented, alien, and refugee.
Date: Saturday January 21, 2017
Time: 6:00 p.m. Film Screening, 8:00 p.m. Audience Q & A
Location: Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd., Houston 77099
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January 21, 2017  -  Judaism & Islam: Building Bridges of Connection and Understanding

Rabbi Annie Belford and Dr. Hamed Ghazali will discuss building connections between the Muslim and Jewish communities in the US. Discussion includes ideas on how to move forward toward common goals and objectives that resolve issues faced by both communities.
Talk and Open Q&A with Guest Speakers.
Date: Saturday January 21, 2017
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: MAS Katy Center, 1800 Baker Rd., Housto

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January 15, 2017  -  Evening with Dr. Mohamad Rateb Al Nabulsi
Rahma Relief Foundation invites you to an evening to benefit Syrian children and refugees with the world-renowned scholar, Dr. Mohamad Rateb Al Nabulsi. This is a lecture and fundraiser event.
Date: January 15, 2017
Time: 5 pm
Location: Masjid Elfarouq, 1207 Conrad Sauer Dr., Houston 77043
For more information, call 713-465-2020 or 832-817-8498.
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January 15, 2017  -  Prince Of Egypt: The Journey of Musa (AS)
Join us for our 4th 1-day seminar with Mufti Mohammed Wasim Khan as we cover the story journey of the Prophet that is mentioned over 130 times in the Quran - even more than that of our beloved Prophet Mohammed (s) - the Prophet Musa (as)

In the story of the Prophet Musa we will draw inspiration and lessons on being steadfast and patient in the decree of Allah, the value of sacrifice, the love between a family, honesty and piety, the importance of seeking knowledge and much much more!

Here is an outline of topics being covered by each hour of the seminar:
Session 1- From the dream to the palace
Session 2- Exile
Session 3 - Return of the Prince
Session 4- Exodus
Session 5- Musa and Khadir: Where the two oceans meet
Session 6- Musa the father of all heavenly religions

Join us on Sunday, Jan 15th for this free, family friendly event at your favorite neighborhood Masjid, ISGH River Oaks Islamic Center

About the instructor, Mufti Wasim Khan: Mufti Mohammed Wasim Khan was born in Dallas, Texas and began his journey in Islamic knowledge at a very young age. After spending considerable months improving his Quran recitation at Jami’atul ‘Ilm Wal-Huda in UK, Mufti Wasim embarked on a decade-long ‘Aalim training program. After studying in 4 different continents, Mufti Wasim graduated in 2010 from the prestigious Dar-ul-Uloom Zacharriyah University. After this Mufti Wasim stayed for another 2 years at the same university to complete the Iftaah course and for further specialization in the sciences of Hadeeth, Tafseer and Fiqh, fields in which he holds multiple ijazaat in. Mufti Wasim currently holds the second shortest sanad in the world to the Prophet Mohammed (s) through the sanad of Maulana Mekki Hijazi. Amongst his most prominent teachers are Mufti Ridhaa ul Haq, Sheikh Makki Hijazi, Sheikh Shoaib Arnaoot, Sheikh Muhammed Awwamah and Sheikh Mohammed Ali Saabuni.

Mufti Wasim is a regular speaker through out North America at conferences, workshops, youth programs and in development programs. In 2015, Mufti Wasim presented his thesis on abortion at the American Muslim Jurist Assembly (AMJA), making him the youngest person to ever present a paper at this prestigious conference. To further his academic interests, Mufti Wasim joined the Insititute of Islamic Education in Illinois as a teacher in 2014. Here he taught Aqeedah, Hadith and Fiqh among other courses full time.

Mufti Wasim is currently a part-time Imam at Madrassah Islamiya in Houston and teaches regular Arabic, Tafseer and Hadith classes through-out Houston masajid. He is also part of many other organizations such as such as Darul Hidayah, Children of Adam, Annaseeha and others. He the Director and Dean of ISRA Foundation, an online institution which develops courses and classes for college students and professionals. Also this year, Mufti Wasim organized a national fatwa hotline comprimising multiple scholars. This hotline has allowed for people to text their questions in and get a response within a day. Mufti Wasim also helps run his family business, Caravan Travel through which he takes Hajj and Umrah groups annually.   
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January 15, 2017  -  Church & Society Series: Gifts from Damascus

Rice University's Boniuk Institute and St. Philip Presbyterian Church present the Spring 2017 Church and Society Series.
Classical concert guitarist Susan McDonald will discuss her work in cultural diplomacy in the Mideast through Remember the River, the international branch of her non-profit Fine Arts Foundation.
Date: Sunday, January 15, 2017
Time: 9:30am
Location: St. Philip Presbyterian Church, Room 201, Houston
Come back at 6:00pm when Ms. McDonald will perform Animal Ballets - Classical Guitar and Film - An evening for the whole family in the St. Philip Presbyterian Church sanctuary.
Susan McDonald has delighted audiences the world over - from community concerts to Carnegie Hall. Her audiences have ranged from Holocaust survivors in a Viennese nursing home to the President of the United States, and her music has been enthusiastically received in concert halls, universities, festivals, elementary schools, hospitals, refugee camps and tiny villages in the Amazon. Susan is a protege of the legendary guitar master Pepe Romero and studied in the University of St. Thomas in Houston, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria and a residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts in the Canadian Rockies. She tours with Texas Commission on the Arts, Mid-American Arts Alliance and Young Audiences of Houston and has created classical guitar programs for the YES Academies in Iraq and Lebanon and is the Artistic Director and Director of International Programs for Fine Arts Foundation.
Both events are free and open to the public. For additional information on the Church and Society Series at St. Philip Presbyterian Church, click HERE.
Presented by the Boniuk Institute for the Study and Advancement of Religious Tolerance.
This event is co-sponsored by St. Philip Presbyterian Church.
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January 13-16, 2017  -  39th Annual “Original” Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Parade and Holiday Celebration

Date: January 13-16, 2017
The annual Martin Luther King Jr. parade hosted by the Black Heritage Society will be held on January 16, 2017.
To inspire, teach, and honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during the weekend of the federal holiday occurring on the third Monday of each January with commemorative parade and celebratory festive community activities throughout the weekend.

The Black Heritage Society has a long history of fighting for equal justice and social accommodations for the rights of all.

The Black Heritage Society Organization subscribes to Activism, Advocacy, and Action on behalf of the underprivileged, underserved, and those seeking justice and equality.
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January 13, 2017  -  Syria and Iraq: The Age of Revolution
Speaker: Wa'el Alzayat
The global refugee crisis has grabbed the headlines and our collective attention, sympathies, and at times, our fears. This discussion will look into developments in Syria and Iraq that have contributed to this crisis, and assess regional and international efforts to address them.
Date: Friday, January 13, 2017
Time: 12:00pm
Location: Rice University, Cohen House
Wa'el Alzayat is Senior Policy Advisor to the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, and an adjunct professor at the Georgetown School of Foreign Service. He focuses on national security, non-proliferation, and humanitarian issues concerning Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, and Turkey. Alzayat previously served at the State Department as a main interlocutor with the Syrian opposition, and in different capacities during Iraqi reconstruction efforts and U.S. military withdrawal from Iraq.
This event is free and open to the public, however seating is limited and reservations are required for this event. REGISTRATION is first-come, first-served.
Presented by the Boniuk Institute for the Study and Advancement of Religious Tolerance.
This event is co-sponsored by the City of Houston Mayor's Office.
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