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Peacewalk Pilgrimage to Commemorate September 11th
On September 11th 2004 you are invited to participate in a solemn walk for peace.
The Islamic Center of New Mexico, Congregation Nahalat Shalom, The Muslim-Jewish PeaceWalk, the Center for Peace and Justice, Hillel at UNM, the Muslim Students Association of UNM, Hearts of Peace, the Out ch'Yonda Theatre Company and other communities and individuals concerned with the escalation of violence in our world will walk on a pilgrimage of prayer between the Islamic Center, the Center for Peace and Justice and Hillel at UNM to give witness to our conviction that peace is possible.
We mourn the tragic loss of life in so many places around the world, especially the children.
We pray for the families and friends of those who lost their lives in the flames of September 11th and for those who gave their lives trying to save others.
On this day of sadness and memory, we especially pray for the people of Afghanistan, Iraq and Palestine that they may know peace and justice in our day.
We, who walk today, place our trust not in military might, but in the human capacity for love and justice as the true pathway to peace.
The PeaceWalk will begin at the Islamic Center of New Mexico at 8:00 am, then proceed to the Peace and Justice Center on Silver and Harvard, and then to the UNM Campus.
The total walk is less than 2 miles, so we encourage all to participate in this walk of prayer for peace. This is not a march or protest but a pilgrmage of prayer. So please no political banners other than ones that say Salaam, peace, etc.
For specific information please contact us.
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Read this article by an attendee of the recent Philadelphia Peace Walk.
Interfaith Peace Walk for Jewish-Muslim Reconciliation
May 2, 2004
By Adab Ibrahim, Palestinian-America
Muslims, Jews, Christians, and Buddhists were part of the 500+ who walked 3 miles in the heart of Philadelphia to promote peace and reconciliation between people of all faiths.
The Interfaith Peace Walk for Jewish Muslim Reconciliation begins at Al-Aqsa Islamic Society; a mainstream, Arab-American community, in North Central Philadelphia.
It was nearing 1 p.m., on that Sunday afternoon. Large crowds began forming in front of this urban masjid. In the midst of people greeting each other and friendly chatter, the call to prayer resonated through the front doors, and out to the PA system speakers. It was the noon time prayer, and our walkers were ready to observe our 5x’s daily ritual, salat(prayer).
Women and men began filing into the segregated prayer halls. The shoes, as vast and diverse as their wearers, were removed as people entered.
As one of the organizers of this event, it was my job to help orchestrate the Islamic segment of the day. Arranging the non-Muslim women into a series of straight, neat lines was certainly a remarkable task! The second call to prayer silenced the room and prompted me to join my Muslim sisters swiftly in the first rows ahead. During the time I was performing my salat, I prayed that Allah would guide our journey, and bless this endeavor; as well as hold off the variable clouds and scattered thunderstorms broadcasted for the day.
Our program continued outside, where I welcomed the walkers, and introduced our Imam and guest speakers. The distinguished guest speakers were the founders of the Jewish-Muslim Peace Walk, from Albuquerque, New Mexico. Rabbi Lynne Gottlieb is a multitalented artist, and human rights activist committed to interfaith peace building. She has been outspoken regarding the rights of Palestinians and their struggle for national independence. She is the originator of the Jewish-Muslim Peace Walk. Br. Abdul Rauf Marqetti is a Muslim scientist, and peace activist, whom she contacted at her local mosque. She invited him to be part of the peace walk just two years ago. The two have since been promoting a nationwide movement of building Jewish-Muslim relations by interfaith workshops and services.
Their speeches rang out words of endearment, and hope. They spoke about justice and freedom for all people. They pleaded for an end to war, and to stop bloodshed and violence. They told us to live in peace and harmony, the way God intended for us all. These proclamations were the ‘common ground’ that indeed, helped develop this interfaith effort. It was what this assembly of Muslims, Jews, and Christians undertook by playing a proactive role in our commitment to peace.
What called out to me, among the promising words of inspiration, was the proposal of Rabbi Lynn. She said that we all needed to get friendly with each other, and that we had three miles to do so! This was the perfect opportunity for diminishing stereotypes, as well as exploring curiosities. Or, it was simply a good way to meet new and interesting people, while walking for a truly good cause.
We took to the streets wearing white and carrying signs that read “Peace, Salaam, Shalom”. There were placards written in different languages of “Peace”, (for those who needed to recognize their own language).
This walk did not allow for political signs or banners, but did give way to large, vivid flags that were not embellished with any words or symbols. They gave a splash of color to spruce up our moderate crowd.
This spiritual journey entailed walking, singing, and visiting various places of worship. We shared the Islamic experience, now it was time for a Christian one, or rather Catholic. Our next stop was an historic Catholic church built in 1796. The Pilipino parishioners anxiously awaited our arrival, and rushed out to greet us. It had been an hour into the walk, which led way to smoldering sunshine, and cool, gentle currents of air. It seemed like God answered the prayers of many of us, who hoped and prayed for fair weather.
Our entrance into the church seemed effortless, as we just pressed forward to fill the benches to the 500 person capacity. We sat, and were helplessly awestruck by the pristine beauty of this house of worship. The remarkable artistry and dynamic architecture could be appreciated by anyone with an eye for splendor.
The service started with the priest, who addressed us and welcomed us into his sanctuary. The guest speakers took their subsequent turns, but the person who made the most impact, it seemed, was our Imam Mohamad. As he stood at the dais, and began reciting the Holy Quran, the eloquence and beauty of his recitation was enormously captivating. His recitation was already highly revered in the Muslim community, but as his voice reverberated through these Catholic walls, it seemed like he had crossed over to a new genre.
Following that notable service, we advanced to the courtyard, under the sun shelter, which supplied us with cold-bottled water and light snacks. By this time, many abided by the Rabbi’s advice, and had begun intermingling and establishing new contacts. Photographs were being snapped, with Muslims, Jews, and Christians sharing poses together. Even a small documentary was being produced. The Muslim filmmaker was capturing the entire footage as well as acquiring interviews with compliant peace walkers. We were feeling the spirit of the walk, and it was clearly apparent amidst the amiable smiles, and pleasant atmosphere.
We were psyched, and ready to reach the Liberty Bell Pavilion, the site of our nation’s Liberty Bell. This symbolic stop was essential because of what this national treasure represents. It is a visible declaration of liberty, justice and freedom for all. Different speakers from the Muslim and Jewish delegations spoke, and roused the crowd. Our Imam recited more poignant Quran. Finally, a local singer engaged us in song. It was a classic favorite, “Let it Shine”, in which she expanded more lyrics which reflected the heart of this event.
It was now time to stride into the heart of Center City, and past City Hall. As we walked, we drew thoughtful stares, and supportive honks from vehicles who stopped until we crossed. Some wondered what drew this diverse crowd to walk through the streets of Philadelphia on a Sunday afternoon?
We were nearing our final destination, the synagogue. It was another historic site, with high windows, and formidable walls, whose massive doors were wide open today. We proceeded through the doors and into an elongated foyer, before entering the sanctuary. It reminded me of the church, with its narrow pathway through the center, and benches that lined opposite sides. These benches were divided into individual seats. As I sat down, I started noticing the differences between the church and synagogue. These walls were not painted with any faces or images. There were no statues or figures, more signs of similarities between our two faiths. Very elaborate, floral designs encircled the Star of David at some points. There were shapes of hands that were above the pulpit, or bimah, which I was told meant priestly blessings. The bimah was very impressive and regal, with marble columns and floors, and pointed arches.
I glanced toward the stage where the Imam, two Rabbis and Abdul Rauf sat; above their heads gleamed a large, shiny brass menorah. It was a ‘picture of the week’ type moment. They addressed us, one by one, about praying for peace and following God’s guidance. A Jewish cantor, who helped organize the event, sang lovely songs of peace on his guitar in Hebrew. Closing that part of the ceremony was the Christian organizer who helped create this Philadelphian effort. He is a man who went on a Peace delegation to the Middle East with Rabbi Lynn and Abdul Rauf, and had seen first-hand the suffering and destitution of the Palestinian people under Occupation. He is a man who enabled many to discover that all Jews do not believe in the aggression and unjust treatment of the Palestinian people. He believed that the message of Peace could be spread through this city of ‘Brotherly Love’, peace throughout the Middle East and all over the world.
We retired downstairs, into a ballroom with a stage and about 20 tables. This was the part of the ceremony that we inevitably earned after a long day’s walk. There was a generous spread of hummus, baba ghanough, bread, fresh fruit, crackers, cheese, and refreshments. We filled our plates and socialized with now many familiar and recognizable faces. As we dined, we were given a beautiful performance of the odes of the Sufi poet, Rumi. An Arab man recited the poetry in a melodical voice, and the talented Jewish cantor belted it back in Hebrew.
At the end of this day, we succeeded in reaching our final destination, trouble-free . Many experienced new things by entering new places. Hopes were exchanged and ideas for coalition-building were ignited. Acquaintances and contacts were made. Friendships blossomed. The atmosphere of like-minded people gave way to trust and understanding needed among Jews and Muslims to move forward. It was accomplished by putting aside differences, and reaching for our commonly shared values.
This walk will be planned as an annual event, but many do not think that is enough. Before many of us called it a day after many months of vigorous planning, our enthusiastic walkers were already asking for more. We hope to heed this call, and respond to the 900 contacts we have on our sign -in sheet by having an upcoming event very soon!
For those interested in organizing a Jewish -Muslim Peace Walk in your area, please contact:
Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb RebLynn@swcp.com
Abdul Rauf Campos-Marqetti email@example.com
posted by Vanessa @9:45 PM link
Click here to see some pictures of the Jewish-Muslim Peace Walk recently held in Philadelphia. Thanks to everyone for the excellent turnout and the great event.
posted by Vanessa @7:20 PM link
Feed the Homeless
In the Name of Allah the Most Compassionate the Most Merciful
As Salaamu Alaikum Brothers and Sisters:
Next Tuesday April 15th between 4:00pm and 6:00pm we will be feeding the Homeless and the Needy again at Project Share which is just 3 blocks south of the masjid.
Insha'Allah we need ICNM community's help in either of two ways:
1. Bring and donate food, we are feeding approxiately 150 people and or help in serving the food between 4:30pm and 6:00pm.
If you would like to donate food we are looking to serve around 150 people. Large casserole dishes are best.
You can drop off the food at the masjid on tuesday between
4:00pm - 4:30 pm.
If you would like to help serve food, please meet at the masjid at 4:30pm.
Please help there are great blessings from Allah in helping and feeding the needy. The last time we sponsored and served food at Project Share it was a great sucess, thanks mainly to the effort made by our muslim sisters, Al Hamdulillah!!!!!!!!!!
If you are interested in participating or have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at:
(505) 440-8036 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The first international Peace Walk!
Rabbi Lynn and Abdul Rauf will be holding a peace walk in Nelson, Canada on May 7th. More information (including a photo) can be found here.
Hope to see you and good luck to all involved!
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For those in the Philadelphia area
The flyer for the upcoming Philadelphia Peace Walk can be found here. (Adobe Acrobat reader required.)
Sorry about the horrible pop-ups there, but with free hosting sometimes that's what you get!
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Our 6th Walk for Peace!
This weekend the 6th Muslim-Jewish PeaceWalk was held in Tucson Arizona. Past Jewish-Muslim PeaceWalks have been held in the following cities:
Albuquerque, NM (3 walks have been held)
Las Vegas Nevada on Dec. 31, 2003
New York City on Sept. 11th, 2003
Tucson, Arizona on March 21, 2004
The next scheduled walks are:
Philadelphia, Penn on May 2, 2004
Los Angles, CA on August 9, 2004
Albuquerque, NM Fall 2004
These interfaith walks are conducted and Faciliated by a local Masjid, synagogue and church, the Muslim-Jewish PeaceWalk, located in Albuquerque, NM and co-sponsored by the Fellowship of Reconciliation, the Muslim Peace Fellowship and the Jewish Peace Fellowship. For information regarding these walks, or on starting your own, please contact us.
Also. check out this article about the Tuscon Walk.
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