The Religious and Philosophical Forum will host its first lecture for this current spring semester on Friday, March 26, 2010 at noon in the R. Michael Fryer Conference Center on the Schuylkill campus of the Pennsylvania State University. It is entitled, “The Islamic Community” and it will be presented by Imam Anwar bin Nafea.
The lecture will concern the significant presence and contributions of Muslims in the state of Pennsylvania and in Schuylkill county.
Sheikh Anwar Muhaimin, a Philadelphia native, is the eldest of eight children born to the late Sheikh Nafea Muhaimin and Najwa Imam Muhaimin. At the age of 11 years, he moved to the city of Medina, Saudi Arabia. By the age of 15 he had memorized the Qur’an. Sheikh Anwar is the first African American to complete the school system of the kingdom of Saudi Arabia from 1st grade through university with high honors. He received the title of Sheikh from the Islamic University of Medina’s Department of Arabic Languages. His post-graduate studies have earned him Ijaazat (traditional certification) in Aqeedah (theology), Tafsir (Qur’anic exegesis) and Fiqh (Islamic jurisprudence).
With family support Sheikh Anwar founded the Quba Institute, an Islamic institution from pre-kindergarden to 12th grade, which has been expanded to include many other programs. He is on the Board of Directors for the Interfaith Center of Philadelphia, the Council of Religious Leaders of Philadelphia and most recently, a member of the University of Pennsylvania’s Office of Chaplaincy and Penn’s Center for Community Partnerships. He is also a board member of the Interfaith Center of Greater Philadelphia. In addition to his duties as the Imam of the International Muslim Brotherhood, Inc., he lectures extensively and provides advice to interfaith groups from all over the world.
This presentation is part of this year’s lecture series on community and religious diversity. The theme for this part of our academic year’s series is entitled, “Diverse Religious Communities in Schuylkill County.”
Please attend and bring along a friend and get acquainted or learn more about the rich religious diversity within our community. SCHUYLKILL STUDENTS ARE ESPECIALLY WELCOME AT THIS PRESENTATION. A quick lunch will be provided. As always, there will be ample time following the presentation for questions and discussion with our speaker.
Info supplied by: Don Lindenmuth