PICNA and Masjid Noor ul Huda Hold a Major Awareness Event
prominent mosque in Columbia, SC, for an evening of learning, sharing and
positive engagement. PICNA and the mosque have traditionally held the Ramadan
Sharing event for many years now.
with spirituality, enthusiasm and dedication. Fasting is one of the five pillars of
Islam that instils the traits of sharing, caring and sacrifice in the believers.
law enforcement agencies, media and other organizations. The program
commenced with addresses by Imams of Masjid Noor Ul Huda and Masjid As-
Salam as well as President PICNA, Chaudhry Sadiq. A short documentary showing
fast breaking on a massive scale at the Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, United Arab
Emirates where over 30,000 Muslims were fed every evening throughout the
fasting month of Ramadan, depicted superb organization and exemplary
professionalism on the part of UAE authorities.
led to further awareness about Islam and Muslims. The guests witnessed
Maghreb (Sunset) Prayers before being treated to a delicious meal that was
shared in a very friendly environment. Leaders who spoke at the event and shared
their feelings included Rev. James Thomas of Lutheran Seminary, Pastor Julie Bird
of the McGregor Presbyterian Church, Carl Evans, former Chairman of IPSC –
Interfaith Partners of South Carolina and Sheriff Leon Lott of Richland County.
separate men’s and women’s shelters where they enjoyed the dinner. All the
guests appreciated the opportunity to learn about Islam and Muslims and emphasized on the need to organize, on regular basis, such programs of positive
engagement to foster goodwill and understanding between our various faith
communities. They were all praise for PICNA and the Masjid for the prominent
role these organizations are playing for enhancement of goodwill and
understanding in our society.