Join us to learn why Muslims are celebrated here while some parts of America is not accepting of them
(Palo, Alto, CA, 12/16/17) – The American Muslim Voice Foundation (AMV Foundation), in partnership with City of Palo Alto, and over dozen interfaith groups and individuals is hosting the 4th annual ‘Eid Festival at First United Methodist Church in Palo Alto on Saturday, December 16th 2017.
With the holiday season upon us, AMV Foundation seeks to share with the community how Muslims celebrate their religious holiday called ‘Eid. AMV Foundation is hosting this event to enhance better understanding, mutual respect, and to provide opportunity to share religious holidays that is appealing to all. So many Americans have never met a Muslim; AMV foundation creates events like these to provide first hand Muslim experience and encourages dialog among all communities. We need more than ever to heal our nation by getting to know each other.
AMV Foundation’s goal by hosting this event is to replace the culture of despair, division, and violence with a culture of hope, inclusion, and peace.
AMV Foundation’s National President, Khalid Saeed, said: “Solutions to sensitive political issues are not easily found, but the first step involves getting people from different communities together to break bread and provide opportunities to get to know each other a little better.”
AMV Foundation’s initiative, dubbed “Share the joy of Eid” is part of its larger goal to move all Americans “from fear to friendship”, by expanding the sense of community at a grassroots level.
What: ‘Eid Festival
When: Saturday, December 16th 2017 from 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Where: 625 Hamilton Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301 (First United Methodist Church in Palo Alto)
Why: To share how Muslims celebrate their holidays and to provide a chance for all Americans to know each other in a fun environment and to experience the joy of the Muslim holidays.
Sold out free Event including: cultural program, Interfaith panel about how others celebrate their holidays. Gourmet Pakistani lunch, desserts from around the globe
American Muslim Voice Foundation was founded in July of 2003 by Muslims to work for and with All Americans with a focus on grassroots community
development. American Muslim Voice Foundation was created in an effort to better understand and unite diverse American communities. We serve the nation, not just Muslims – in fact most of the work done by AMV Foundation is in the main stream for the betterment of All Americans.
We deeply believe in fostering friendships among all Americans by bridging the cultural and religious gap. Every day we promote new relationships and nurture the old one’s because our country’s safety, security and peace depends on our getting to know each other. We will continue our quest to build an inclusive and beloved world, where all of us will feel safe and at home.
Let us move "from fear to friendship" to put united in the "United States"
Sponsor: American Muslim Voice Foundation
Hosts: First United Methodist Church of Palo Alto & Staff Members- Rev. Linda, Beth Associate Pastor, Angela, Trish, Mary Ann, Bill, Conrado and social Justice Committee.
Co sponsors: Medea Benjamin, Muslim Community Association, Javed Ellahie, and Know Your Neighbors Grant, City of Palo Alto AMV Foundation Sacramento chapter, Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto, Raza Family, Munira Shamim, Rahima Foundation, , Aamir Qurashi, Ejaz Naqvi, Northern California Islamic Council, Council on American -Islamic Relations, Halal Fest, Inc. Shafi Rafai, Palo Alto Friend's Meeting, MVPA Musalla, Shama Khan
Rachel McClintick, Mehran Restaurant and Chandni Restaurant
Lunch Prepared With Love By: Shama Khan and Samina Sundas. Kheer Prepared by
Sous Chefs: Michele Thomas and Frannie Kieschnick.
Again this event would not have been possible without the participation of the whole community.