Islam: A Beginner’s Guide — Wednesday Retreat Day

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Wednesday 4/8/2015
9:30 am - 3:30 pm

Program Leader
Imam Yama Niazi, Afaf Turjoman

Islam has become a central topic in today’s news, but few Americans have even a basic understanding of its origins, beliefs, and traditions. Together we will learn about the life and importance of the Prophet Muhammad, the role of the Koran, the origins of the Shia and Sunni traditions, and the unique contribution of Sufism.  Speakers will also provide some key perspectives on understanding the current global situation, including the role of women.  The day will include a visit to the new Islamic Garden at La Casa.

Imam Yama Niazi was raised in Santa Barbara and left the family business to become an Imam.  He will be joined by members of his congregation, the Islamic Society of Santa Barbara, including Afaf Turjoman, a new member of the La Casa Coordinating Council.


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