Press release from Islamic Society of Akron and Kent:
Oct. 6, 2020
The Islamic Council of Ohio (ICO) is celebrating the 33rd Islamic Day in Ohio (IDO) virtually on Saturday, October 10th at 11:30pm. Each year ICO partners with an Islamic Center within the State of Ohio to host the event. This year, the Islamic Society of Akron and Kent (ISAK) and the Akron Masjid will be collaborating with ICO to host IDO virtually at ISAK.org/IDO.
Members of the Islamic Council of Ohio and the public are invited to go online at ISAK.org/IDO at 11:30am Saturday, to celebrate Islamic Day in Ohio. IDO is a free event and open to the public.
The theme this year is “Racial Justice: A Moral Obligation.” Speakers at this event will include Azhar Azeez (Past President of the Islamic Society of North America), Councilman Basheer Jones (Cleveland’s first Muslim council representative), Sr. Toqa Hassan (founded the Youth Inspiration Network, Akron Masjid’s youth group), and Khalid Madhi (Chair of Faith Islamic Academy’s Board of Education).
Br. Sohail Khan, Chairperson of the Islamic Council of Ohio along with the President of ISAK, Br. Faheem Shaikh, and Amir of Akron Masjid, Br. Abdelkareem Melaiye, will welcome the public to the celebration of Islamic Day in Ohio.
According to the ICO website, “In 1987, then Ohio Governor Richard Celeste declared an official Islamic Day in Ohio, which occurred as a direct result of the Council’s efforts in promoting Islam to our elected public officials. The tradition has continued, and each year an Islamic Center within the State of Ohio is selected by ICO to be host of the event. The goal of IDO is to promote and educate others about Islam, its ideals, teachings and practices, to our local Ohio communities. In addition, IDO affords various Islamic Centers the opportunity to have open and interactive, interfaith-dialogues between the host Muslim community and the non-Muslim communities in the vicinity. The tradition has been very impactful and successful in prior years, and ICO will continue this tradition, as well as continue to solidify ties with Ohio public officials, in aspirations of promoting Islam in a pure and genuine light to the public.” (http://ic-ohio.org/idoday.html).
This press release was produced by Islamic Society of Akron and Kent. The views expressed here are the author’s own.