Storybank | Audio & Video

This audio and video collection shares stories of Muslim Americans and members of the American interfaith community. The podcasts and videos range from short stories of Muslim American lives to in depth discussions of interfaith dialogue.  Click on the links below to discover more about Muslim Americans and the interfaith community.

Podcast: What it Means to Stand Together

“Legitimacy can be established through credentials … or it can be established through a track record and work experience, that you have indicated through some type of continuous effort that you are someone worth listening to.” “Our bigger challenge today is … the amount of indifference that exists.  That you see injustice taking place in front of you, and you have the ability to do something about it, and you still don’t.  You can have a perspective on a person or a community that they represent, without having ever met someone from that community.” “Find the courage to go and be with those who are different rather than waiting for them to be with you.” In this episode of our free podcast series “NYC Faith Leaders,” Maggi Van Dorn interviews Imam Khalid Latif, who shares with us his experience as the first Muslim chaplain of NYU, the emerging faith leadership of young adults, and how conviction inspires and necessitates a person to work across faith lines. We’re pleased that this episode will be the first entry in the Storybank of Religions for Peace USA’s “Our Muslim Neighbor” initiative, a long-term collective impact effort geared toward combating Islamophobia with a positive, informed, and consistent message of Islam and Muslims in the U.S. We hope you will not just listen to this series, but download the podcasts to hear while driving, jogging, or washing the dishes.  And subscribe in order to be alerted when new installments are available.  It’s a great way to learn about the faiths of our New York City neighbors. What it Means to Stand Together...

Our Muslim Neighbor Conference in Nashville, TN 2015

On September 26th 2015, the Our Muslim Neighbor conference was held in Nashville Tennessee. We welcomed over 130 attendees of many races and religions who gathered for a day of workshops, lectures and community networking to build a stronger movement in the fight against islamophobia. Our keynoters were: Dr. Ingrid Mattson, Rev. Richard Cizik, and Maj. Gen Douglas Stone Check out the video to the...

Our Muslim Neighbor Initiative – Nashville United For Chattanooga Families Fundraiser

The Muslim Community and Interfaith Partners in TN respond: Launch fundraiser for attack victims’ families  The Chattanooga families lost fathers, brothers, and sons in a deplorable act of violence on July 16th.  We wish to send a powerful message of unity and compassion through action. This is why the Faith and Culture Center | Our Muslim Neighbor initiative in coordination with the Muslim community in Chattanooga, the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga and our interfaith partners are leading efforts to raise $20,000 for the families of the five victims by July 31st. We cannot do it alone, we need your help.    All of the funds contributed will be verified and dispersed through the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga 7-16 Freedom Fund to cover college scholarships and educational expenses for spouses and children of the affected families. If you would like to mail a check, please make the check out to Faith and Culture Center, and mail to: P.O. Box 112045  Nashville, TN 37222. Please note in the memo: 7-16 Freedom Fund. Faith and Culture Center | Our Muslim Neighbor will cover all administrative and processing fees associated in this effort, so your gift will have the maximum impact. We strongly urge you to take part in this action; give and help our community...

Our Muslim Neighbor Initiative Nashville | Faith and Culture Center

The partnership between Faith and Culture Center and Our Muslim Neighbor Initiative Nashville allows staff to resource, equip, and educate members of the Middle Tennessee community to fight Islamophobia. Faith and Culture Center brings Americans of all faiths together in Nashville, TN. The Our Muslim Neighbor Initiative began in 2012 as a national campaign by Religions for Peace USA. A Seat at the Table is an annual event from the Our Muslim Neighbor Initiative Nashville that educates members of the Middle Tennessee community about Muslims and Islam. A Seat at the Table is an informal, interfaith discussion over a meal to encourage interfaith dialogue and knowledge. Other Our Muslim Neighbor Initiative Nashville | Faith and Culture Center  programs and events that help promote interfaith dialogue are: Nashville Annual Community Iftar, Religious and Community Leaders Conference of Middle Tennessee, Media Training for Community Leaders, Community Forums, and Our Muslim Neighbor Conference....

Religions for Peace USA : What You Can Learn from the Fight to End Islamophobia

This webinar is the third in the series of educational webinars that teach people how to advocate for peace and justice through the interfaith movement. The goal of these webinars is to equip and educate ourselves to advocate in our communities. In addition, there is a deep need in the interfaith movement to connect local leaders across the country and see how leaders of all faiths can work towards peace together. Previous webinars have covered topics such as immigration reform and Islamophobia....

2nd Annual Iftar Celebration – Our Muslim Neighbor Initiative Nashville

200 members of Middle Tennessee’s community leaders participated in the 2nd Annual Iftar Celebration.  During the dinner, people of all faiths and background discussed the importance of interfaith dialogue and creating a peaceful environment for all people. The Iftar celebration was hosted by Our Muslim Neighbor Initiative, a public education campaign to increase understanding of Islam and Muslims in Middle Tennessee.  ...

Rashmee Sharif – Muslim Neighbors in Middle Tennessee

Rashmee Sharif is an Internal Consultant for CIGNA Health Insurance and is on the Board of Directors of Faith and Culture Center. Sharif has never experienced Islamophobia herself, which she credits to being from Alabama. Sharif says that by wearing a scarf and representing her religion, she is lucky to have a platform to spread her ideas and represent Islam. Sharif loves the vibrant Muslim community in Middle Tennessee. What draws Sharif to the region is the sincere commitment in Nashville to make the city welcoming to all people of all faiths....

Kamel Daouk – Muslim Neighbors in Middle Tennessee

Kamel Daouk, originally from Lebanon, is the Vice President of MKD International, which he started with his two bothers in 1988 in Nashville, Tennessee. Nashville stood out to the Daouk brothers to start their business because of the great distribution possibilities. Following the ethos of the American Dream, Daouk believes that it does not matter where you are from or who you are when it comes to achieving great things, what matters is what you bring to the table. Daouk is originally from Lebanon and is involved in the Muslim community in Nashville. He wants to educate Americans on Islam and help bring to everyone’s attention that Muslims are a part of American society. Daouk notes how many of the principles of Islam overlap with the principles of  a democratic society. In his free time, Daouk loves to hike locally in Nashville and in Tennessee....

Rashed Fakhruddin – Muslim Neighbors in Middle Tennessee

Rashed Fakhruddin serves as the President of the Mosque at the Islamic Center of Nashville. At the Center, Fakhruddin encourages people of any faith to come and meet Muslims and learn more about Islam. He is passionate about fighting bigotry and racism and promoting a peaceful environment. Fakhruddin enjoys speaking to youth at local schools about a variety of topics, including professionalism. Fakhruddin, an electrical engineer, moved to Nashville when he was 1 year old from Bangladesh....

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