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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Feb 14, 2006    #029
Contact: Michelle Hopkins
816-235-1592

Muslim Students Assn. at UMKC Presents Public Events to Enhance Understanding of Muslim Views, Life

Three upcoming events (two lectures and a film) are being offered by the Muslim Students Assn. at the University of Missouri-Kansas City to enhance understanding of the history, beliefs and life of today’s estimated five million American Muslims (and one billion Muslims worldwide). All three events are free of charge and open to the public. (UMKC’s diverse student population includes approximately 300 Muslim students, about 70 of whom are members of the Muslim Students Assn.)

(1) On Friday, Feb. 17 at 6:30 p.m. in room 310 of Flarsheim Hall, 5100 Rockhill Rd. there will be a free showing of MUHAMMED: Legacy of a Prophet, a film by Kikim Media and Unity Productions Foundation.

The film examines the life of Muhammed, born fourteen hundred years ago. He was a merchant when the Angel Gabriel appeared to him at age 40 with revelations that continued for 23 years and comprise the Quran, the prime source of Muslim faith and practice. Not just a historical rendering, the film also will explore how Muhammed’s legacy continues to shape the world today.

(2) On Monday, Feb. 20, Islamic educator Nuurrah Amatullah Muhammed, who has traveled the world teaching, will speak on “The Islamic Roots in African American History.” Her lecture will be in room 104 of Royall Hall, 800 E. 52nd St. at 7 p.m. A teacher in Detroit from 1968 to 1972 and later director of the Islamic University of Detroit, she has special training in the Arabic language, Islamic Studies and Quran Recitation. Her role as an educator has taken her to universities in the Sudan and South Sudan. The lecture Monday will focus on how Islam spread across Africa and then came to America through the slave trade. This event is co-sponsored by the Muslim Students Assn. and the African American Student Union (TAASU).

(3) On March 27 at 7 p.m. in room 104 of Royall Hall, 800 E. 52nd St., Nuurah Amatullah Muhammed will return to campus with a lecture on “Islam and the Sacred Feminine.” She is intensely involved in motivating and training Muslim women in learning, reciting and teaching youth the Quran. She is a frequent lecturer on topics such as women in Islam, child rearing and child development, Islamic family life, and marriage in Islam. This event is co-sponsored by the Muslim Students Assn. and the UMKC Women’s Center in recognition of Women’s History Month.

The Muslim Students Assn. at UMKC (http://studo.umkc.edu/msa/launch.htm) seeks to provide support services for Muslim students on campus, work with other organizations to promote understanding of Islam and provide a forum for Muslims to get together. All people are welcome to attend the MSA events.

 

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