The interfaith community of Charleston had the special privilege of being treated to the premiere of the much awaited documentary movie 'The Sultan and the Saint' on Saturday, November 18, 2017. The show, attended by faith and community leaders, intellectuals and academicians, was held at the School of Sciences and Mathematics building at the College of Charleston.
The proceedings began with a translation of the opening chapter of the Holy Qur'an followed by a Christian Prayer. PICNA's President, Chaudhry Sadiq, then welcomed the audience and spoke about PICNA-UPF partnership that continues to grow and prosper. Chaudhry apprised the audience of the challenges of peacemaking in a politically charged environment and reiterated PICNA's commitment to strive for peace, goodwill and understanding between people of all faiths and cultures.
Alex Kronomer, the reputed American Muslim moviemaker and the co-founder of Unity Productions Foundation (UPF), who had especially flown into Charleston for the occasion, then held the audience captive with his personal story and the evolution of UPF. He then introduced the movie 'The Sultan and the Saint', enlightening the audience of the valiant struggle of Sultan Mohammad Al-Kamil of Egypt, the nephew of the great Sultan Salaheddin Ayyubi and St. Francis of Assisi that culminated in an end to the Crusades.
The movie was thoroughly enjoyed by the audience who were then treated to light refreshments. The guests later informally gathered around Alex Kronomer who answered their inquiries and appreciated their keen interest in this highly professional movie depicting Muslim-Christian peace in a troubled period of history. Alex disclosed that the movie had already won many awards and will be shown nationwide on PBS the day after Christmas.
In the evening, a private fundraiser was held at the Wiled Dunes residence of Ameena Khan Sterling in the scenic environment of the Isle of Palms. Alex Kronomer, the UPF co-founder addressed the informal gathering and shared with them very private details of his conversion to Islam as well as his passion for peace. This beautiful 'gathering of many faiths' produced a unique environment of goodwill, understanding and mutual affection that PICNA and UPF are striving to create in our diverse society.