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We hosted our friends from Las Vegas Epiphany Episcopal Church for an iftar dinner at our location. It was a beautiful evening with delicious meals and warm conversations.

It was the last iftar event for Silver Sage Foundation’s 2022 Ramadan month. And it was great to break our fasts at a gathering that established bridges and based upon interfaith dialogue.

We would like to thank our volunteers for the fantastic meals. We also thank to Epiphany Episcopal Church and all of the valuable participants.

LVMPD Summerlin Area Command opened its doors to the Muslims in Las Vegas for a wonderful iftar dinner on the 27th of April. It was a significant night as it was the Night of Power (Laylat Al Qadr). As Silver Sage Foundation, we provided support to the event with our volunteers.

It was great to see different Islamic communities of our city coming together for sharing love and food. We also learned how LVMPD strives to make positive changes in our community. It was a great event for dialogue between different groups of our society.

We would like to extend our thanks to LVMPD Summerlin Area Command, Capt. Dave Sims, Imam Mujahid Ramadan, our volunteers and all guests.

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We hosted an interfaith iftar dinner at our location on the 23rd of April. We had lots of visitors from a variety of religions. Our guest of honor was Dr. Craig Considine.

Dr. Considine gave a wonderful speech on the common points between Christianity and Islam. He emphasized on the importance of interfaith.

We would like to thank all of the volunteers and guests.

Silver Sage Foundation hosted an intrafaith iftar dinner at its location. We came together and broke our fasts with our Muslim friends from the Las Vegas Islamic community. It was great to see so many old faces and also to meet plenty of new friends.

You can watch Dr. Lubna Anwar’s comments on the iftar dinner at our Youtube channel:

We would like to thank to our volunteers who prepared delicious meals for the evening and organized the event. Also a huge thanks to all participants who brought love and joy to our place.

We invited our friends at the Muslim Student Association (MSA) of University of Las Vegas for an iftar dinner at our location on April 17th, 2022. It was a lovely night as we got together with some old friends and met with plenty of new faces of our Las Vegas community.

We would like to thank our volunteers who enriched the iftar with their delicious meals and desserts. A huge thanks to MSA and other guests for their participation.

Silver Sage Foundation hosted an iftar for the high school students in Las Vegas from various religions. We gathered on the 9th of April to celebrate an iftar dinner together and reinforce relationship between different religions.

The Interfaith Council of Southern Nevada also participated in the iftar and honored us with their presence. We had various speakers from them and their enlightening speeches gave important lessons to the high school youth in the audience.

There were plenty of non-Muslim high school students who tried fasting for the iftar and they expressed their surprise in finding that fasting is not as hard as they thought. They also stated how much joy they felt spiritually.

We would like to thank to all volunteers who realized this wonderful event, participants, The Interfaith Council of Southern Nevada and Teen Project of Silver Sage Foundation.

Imam Mujahid Ramadan’s Interfaith and Intercultural Dialogue Radio Show aired its newest episode on April 2nd, 2022. The topic was titled ‘Fasting and the Spiritual Transformation.’ As always, the show was aired on KCEP 88.1 FM and sponsored by Silver Sage Foundation.

This month’s esteemed guests were Colby Jeffers (Baha’i, Rapper, Film Producer and Educator), Frank C Rodarte Jr. (President of Enumclaw Washington Stake’s Nevada, Las Vegas Mission), and Imam Abdel J. Nuriddin (Owner of Genesis Health & Nutrition Center. Columnist and Speaker).

Imam Ramadan opened the show by emphasizing on the importance of this year as major holidays of the Abrahamic religions converged roughly around the same time. The month of Ramadan, the season of Easter, and Passover coincided with each other in 2022’s March-April. He claimed that it is the perfect season for interfaith dialogue and understanding. He also spared some time to give special prayers to the people in Ukraine. As it’s the beginning of the month of Ramadan, the discussion started with Colby Jeffers’ rap music titled ‘The Fast.’ Even though the music was produced for the Baha’i faith’s fasting, the lyrics can be easily applied to most of the other major religions. This fact was used by Imam Ramadan as a starting point as fasting is one of the universally practiced forms of worship.

Jeffers described how fasting is prescribed in the holy scripture of Baha’i faith. It’s a way of observing God’s beauty and come closer to it. There are both spiritual and physical benefits even though it’s a bit difficult practice.

Rodarte Jr. continued the subject by describing how fasting is a part of the Church of Jesus Christ – Latter Day Saints. He quoted from the scripture how fasting helps people to break free of their physical needs and animalistic instincts. Fasting is also important as it encourages believers to help the people in need.

Imam Nuriddin delved into the topic by explaining the importance of fasting in Islam. He described how hard was it to practice for the first Muslims as they did this under blazing sun and burning sands. He quoted from the Quran that the month of Ramadan is the time in which the devil is chained and the possibility of doing good deeds is increased.

These were just the beginning remarks in this long and bountiful discussion. We advise everyone listen to the 1-hour long show to learn all about fasting in Baha’i faith, Christianity and Islam. It was also remarkable to hear the importance, different meanings and benefits of the practice called fasting.

We would like to thank Imam Ramadan for yet another great discussion. Special thanks to the honorable guests for their invaluable contributions. To get the latest updates on the future episodes, please follow our social media channels.

If you like to listen to the awesome rap song ‘The Fast’ buy Colby Jeffers, here is a link to the video:

Imam Mujahid Ramadan’s Interfaith and Intercultural Dialogue Radio Show aired its newest episode on March 5th, 2022. The topic was titled ‘The Ottoman Empire and Tolerance in Society.’ As always, the show was aired on KCEP 88.1 FM and sponsored by Silver Sage Foundation.

This month’s esteemed guests were John Curry (Historian and Associate Professor at UNLV) and Bojan Petrovic (Author of multiple academic books, Lecturer at University of California).

Imam Ramadan opened the show by sparing some thoughts on the conflict in Ukraine. He condemned Vladimir Putin’s cruel invasion and stated that the dialog should be the primary way of interaction between the countries. He expressed his sentiments for the Ukrainian people by quoting Martin Luther King Jr.: ‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.’

Curry talked about the Ukrainian invasion and the issue of that geography and how the conflict dates back to the Mongolian invasion in early 13th century. It shifted the gravity of power towards Moscow from Kiev. Then he gave a brief summary on how the conflict between Ukraine and Russia formulated.

After these short discussions on the issue of Ukraine, Ramadan shifted the topic back to the Ottoman Empire. Petrovic described the origins of the Empire by tracing it back to the Turks in the Central Asia. He stated that the expansion of Islam was positively affected by the Turks’ early adoption to Islam.

The discussion then moved on from the tolerance in the Ottoman Empire and the problems arose in the nations which were separated from the Ottoman Empire after World War 1 as they specifically talked about the issues in Afghanistan and the Middle Eastern countries.

They also talked about how much the Ottoman (Turkish) culture influenced the rise of Mysticism in Islam (Sufism). The status of women in the Ottoman Empire was another discussion point as the show went on.

It was remarkable to hear that the Ottoman women were allowed to own businesses and were actively involved in the social structure even though the man was the primary power-holder in general. It was a 1-hour show filled with historical knowledge and interesting facts. As the two guests were experts on their fields, Ramadan’s striking questions were responded with invaluable historical information.

We would like to thank Imam Ramadan for yet another great discussion. Special thanks to the honorable guests for their invaluable contributions. To get the latest updates on the future episodes, please follow our social media channels.

Imam Mujahid Ramadan’s Interfaith and Intercultural Dialogue Radio Show aired its newest episode on January 8th, 2022. The topic was titled ‘Man Means Mind and Mystical Insights of Imam Mohammad.’ As always, the show was aired on KCEP 88.1 FM and sponsored by Silver Sage Foundation.

This month’s esteemed guests were Imam Earl El-Amin (Resident Imam at Muslim Community Cultural Center of Baltimore Masjid in Baltimore, MD), Imam Faheem Shuaibe (Resident Imam at Masjidul Waritheen in Oakland, CA), and Aneesah Dawan (Advocate for the future generation. Member of the Progressive Leadership Legacy Association).

Imam Ramadan opened up the discussion with happy new year wishes as we greet 2022 together. After that he immediately delved into the topic of Imam Warith Deen Mohammed’s importance on the North American Muslims. While coming from the Nation of Islam origins, Imam Mohammad managed to take the Black community’s Islamic belief from nationalistic bases to a universal environment as it should be. Ramadan supported the idea that Imam Mohammed showed that being an American is compatible with being a Muslim.

Imam Shuaibe made a remarkable analogy as he claimed that the Nation of Islam’s journey resembles that of Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) as he searched a god in the Moon, then the Sun and through series of contemplations finally came to the correct conclusion of the existence of an omnipotent and all-encompassing God.

Sister Dawan echoed Shuaibe’s sentiments and stated that the Nation of Islam’s evolution was completely natural and expected as when someone is in sincere search of truth, they ultimately reach to it after passing through some other variations and near misses. She lamented that it was a tough journey for some, but also thankfully stated that it brought most of the Black Muslims into a proper Islamic mindset eventually.

Imam El-Amin spoke about how Imam Mohammed paid attention and special importance to the US constitution and democracy. He emphasized that the Imam’s teachings encouraged dialogue, co-operation and defending the basic human rights. He also remarked that the Founding Fathers definitely had Quranic influences.

There were many more topics touched during the show and one would miss a lot by not listening to it completely. Topics ranged from Islam in the USA, slavery, politics, ideological evolution, equality, and contemporary social issues.

We would like to thank Imam Ramadan for yet another great discussion. Special thanks to the honorable guests for their invaluable contributions. To get the latest updates on the future episodes, please follow our social media channels.

We held an online meeting via Zoom on the 19th of December. The topic of the meeting was ‘Holy Night – Remembering the Virgin Mary.’ We had esteemed guests and a colorful program filled different activities and performances. The meeting was hosted by Mukaddes Kocabiyik who also organized the previous Christmas’ interfaith event on Jesus and Mary.

The meeting started with a recitation of Quran. Fatima recited Surah 66 At-Tahrim which talks about Maryam’s (Mary) spiritual importance as a devout follower of God.

The meeting continued with Dr. Zeki Saritoprak’s short lecture on Mary’s birth and her childhood. It was remarkable to see how she was able to keep herself strong in a community dominated by patriarchy. Her faith was something to behold.

Melike Durmaz recited a poem from Patty Griffin titled ‘Mary.’ It filled our hearts with love as we once again remembered the devotion of Mary. Dr. Glorius Fealing kept uplifting our spirits with a beautiful performance of ‘The Song of Mary Medley.’ Her beautiful voice washed our ears from all dirty sound stains.

One of our regulars and the host of the Interfaith and Intercultural dialogue radio show, Imam Mujahid Ramadan also joined to the meeting. He contributed with his beautiful remarks on the importance of Mary. He emphasized how the love of Mary and of her family can bring Muslims and Christians together. Our long-lasting friend and scholar, Dr. Rosalie Marinelli took the microphone to make some very important remarks on the Virgin Mary and her role. She praised the meeting as a great opportunity for dialogue and understanding.

Unfortunately, Dr. Craig Considine couldn’t able to participate in the meeting as was planned. But he sent a very valuable video in which he gave some very important remarks on the role of Mary and the vital significance of co-understanding between Christianity and Islam. You can find Dr. Considine’s video on our Instagram account.

After several remarks from our participants, we ended the meeting with smiling hearts. We enjoyed this short celebration of Mary a lot. It was a meeting of both pleasure and learning. We hope to repeat such meetings in future, preferably onsite as we miss our dear friends a lot. We wish everyone a blessed and merry Christmas. May it bring joy to everyone.