The reason for my busyness.

Zakiah Ali

This is the press release by he Unitarian Church. I am very happy that the church is helping me and the other Muslims to speak out. People of Quincy, please come and listen to what we have to say. The more educated we become the less ignorant we are, and therefore less fear and less hatred. This press release should have been in the paper this Saturday, but didn’t make the dead line i presume. Therefore I am posting it here.

November 25, 2015

The Islamic Center of Quincy and the Unitarian Church of Quincy are co-hosting a public forum, Islam: Fact vs Myth, Saturday, December 5, 10:00am-noon at the Unitarian Church, 16th & Hampshire.

The format will include a panel discussion of the basic tenets of the Islamic faith, myths and common misconceptions, and differences between the teachings of the Qur’an and the recorded sayings of the Prophet Mohammed. Issues related to current events, as well as the role of the media, both traditional and social, will also be addressed. A question-answer session will follow.

Panelists are Dr. Zakiah Ali, retired Quincy physician; Omaima Ebeid, former adjunct faculty at Culver-Stockton College; and Dr Mohamed El-Bermawy, professor at Culver-Stockton. “We think it is important, especially in the current political climate, to make sure people have accurate information,” Ali says.

“We appreciate the panelists’ interest and willingness to come and discuss Islam in light of the increased terrorist activities around the world. We are hopeful that this event will help promote increased understanding throughout our community,” says Lynn Mercurio, chair of the Unitarian Church Social Action Committee.

About Zakiah

I write poetry and some fiction, have a book that was published in 2012. . . Stray Thoughts/Winged Words. I have four grandchildren, ages 16 and half to almost 16 months. I love the ocean, and grew up along the Indian Ocean in South India. I am a retired physician. Don't know much else to say. Thanks for reading. That has been my profile for so many years. My daughter Saadia a great poet and story teller, has two sons; the oldest grandson is now 21 years old, doing architectural engineering at Missouri S&T in Rolla MO. His younger brother is almost 16 and taking driving lessons seriously and is in High School. The other two grandsons, children of my son Sayeed, are 9 and 5. I have recently published another book titled Gulistan, A home of Flowers. It has stories and memories of my childhood and of a distant land which I still consider as my HOME., even though I have lived here in the US for more than fifty years. Hope to see you on my blog.
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13 Responses to The reason for my busyness.

  1. ruthdetwiler says:

    Good of you and for all trying to make a difference.

  2. mrswrangler says:

    Do you live in Quincy? We have been delivering up there quite often the last couple months

  3. slmret says:

    That is a wonderful effort — wish I could be there to hear you speak!

  4. This is so wonderful and important and necessary, Zakiah! Thank you for doing this! I hope there is a large turn-out of people and it will be an informative and cooperative and peaceful event. You are SO right!…information and education can eradicate ignorance, fear, and hate.
    Best wishes as you share your heart and teach your wisdom.
    (((HUGS)))

  5. rudyhou says:

    i wish you the best on the panel discussion. may you have many attendants and able to open their eyes and mind to the true peaceful nature of islam.

  6. Let us know how it goes!!!! 😀

  7. This is awesome. Would love to hear you speak.

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