12th Anniversary of September 11th

The WNYMuslims Editorial Board would like to begin this newsletter by acknowledging the many innocent lives that were lost during the September 11th tragedy. Our hearts go out to all those remembering the anniversary with sadness over the loss of loved ones.  We also commend and remember those brave individuals who risked and lost their lives to save others.  We encourage our readers to watch an excerpt of our 'Beyond September 11th' documentary in honor of this anniversary.

Our 'No Apology' Premiere Recap! Thank You!

WNYMuslims would like to thank everyone who came out to our 'No Apology' short film premiere on August 29th. The event was the first of its kind with WNYMuslims, and the reception the film received was amazing. It seemed as if the subject matter of our short film, which touched on the constant negative stereotyping of Muslims in the media, really hit home with those present. Towards the end of the premiere, many members of the audience even approached the stage to share personal experiences and struggles they've dealt with over the years due to the racism and ethnocentrism of Muslims and Islam. Words of hope were also exchanged...making the evening a complete success in our eyes! To view the rest of the photo album click here!

To watch the 'No Apology' trailer click here!

To host a screening of 'No Apology' in your area or classroom, feel free to contact us at 716-923-4386. wnymuslims@wnymuslims.org

Us and Them

Us and Them

By Frank Slauson

I hear the terms “Islamic World” and “Western World” thrown around a lot. I know I am guilty of using them myself. This dichotomy is dangerous. It is a demonstration of how the prejudices and misunderstandings between Muslims and non-Muslims are coded into language itself. It suggests that there are no Muslims in the West, at least no real Muslims. It suggests that Western ideology is incompatible with Islamic teaching. It is an equation of us and them. When I began my journey into Islam, I saw these and other lines being drawn. 

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WNYMuslims Presents: 'Muslim Journeys' Adult Reading and Discussion Program

WNYMuslims is excited to announce that it will be hosting an Adult Reading and Discussion Program this fall titled 'Muslim Journeys.'  Thanks to the award of a grant from the New York Council for the Humanities WNYMuslims is able to offer this program to the public free of charge.  

The program will consist of four 90 minute meetings once a month (September to December) where we will be discussing three books provided by the council.  The three books include Acts of Faith: the Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation by Eboo Patel, Minaret by Leila Aboulela and How Does It Feel to Be a Problem?: Being Young and Arab in America by Moustafa Bayoumi.

Register for 'Muslim Journeys' HERE

Featured Photograph of the Week

This week's photo is by veteran Radiologic Technician Gary Zakrzewski, taken of neglected ticket windows at the Central Terminal train station.

“For some unknown reason, I’m attracted to old, deteriorating things. They are my favorite subjects to photograph. I have an interest to our area’s industrial past and it’s comforting to know that much of it today is being preserved.”

Gary has been a photo enthusiast for over 40 years; just about the same time he got his start in x-ray. “Imaging must be in my blood.”

If you have taken a photograph that you think should be featured, please send it in with a description of the shot, and a little bio of yourself to WNYMuslims@WNYMuslims.org

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