PICNA, established in 2011, is now five years old. In keeping with it's vision and mission, PICNA has been striving for peace and harmony between people of various faiths and cultures, as well as enlightening the society about true Islamic values and principles.
PICNA activities and programs have focused on creating awareness about Islam and removing misconceptions about Islam and Muslims. We have partnered with academic institutions and faith based organizations to convey Islam's message of peace and compassion to the society at large. PICNA has also been actively participating in the Month of Interfaith Harmony events held in January for the last four years in South Carolina.
In an effort to create awareness about Islam, we participated in 'Gathering of Faiths' events organized by Interfaith Partners of South Carolina (IPSC) in Newberry Church grounds, an historic opera house, as well as at the Metropolitan Conference Center in Columbia, SC. PICNA conducted a series of programs at Hilton Head, SC, including a prayer service and an execution on Muslim heritage during an International Association of Religious Freedom (IARF) convention in 2012.
We held a number of high successful programs on Islam and peace in partnership with the University of South Carolina and the University of Utah. Other programs included a seminar on Islam at Newberry College, an event entitled 'Compassion in Our Many Faiths' in Columbia, as well as an event entitled 'The Spirit of Tolerance in Islam' at the University of South Carolina.
During a well attended press conference held at the South Carolina state capitol IPSC declared their strong support for Islam and Muslims in the current politically charged environment where US Muslims are subjected to negative propaganda. Nearly half a dozen television channels and newspapers were present to cover the press conference as well as to interview the faith leaders that included Chaudhry Sadiq, PICNA president. Chaudhry has been frequently interviewed by various television stations and newspapers as national and international media discuss stories about Muslims around the world.
In recent years, PICNA has built strong partnerships with the University of South Carolina and IPSC in furtherance of it's vision and mission and meeting it's goals and objectives. PICNA is now entering it's next phase of growth and embarking upon a new journey to combat challenges of Islamophobia and bigotry against Muslims. PICNA has forged a new partnership with a reputed media organization, Unity Productions Foundation (UPF) that has produced award winning documentaries highlighting stories of Muslim heroes in history. A series of joined programs between PICNA and UPF were held during the weekend of May 20th 2016 in Columbia.