Muslims in Memphis Celebration in MarchMarch 3, 8:00 am-March 31, 5:00 pm
Muslims in Memphis and other non-profit organizations are inviting the public to join in the celebration of the 16th Annual Muslims in Memphis celebrations. Every year, the Muslim community hosts a series of informative and exciting events to promote understanding and opportunity for fellowship and interaction with persons of the Muslim faith. The month-long celebration will feature the following activities/events:
March 3 – Open House at Local Mosques – Memphis Muslims cordially invite you to join them for an opportunity to learn more about the community and their faith tradition and enjoy some refreshments. Memphis area mosques are opening their doors Saturday, March 4th from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in an effort to increase mutual understanding. Guests will have an opportunity to attend short presentations and get answers to questions they have about the religion, Muslims and mosques. Additionally, many of the mosques will be hosting “First Responder Hot Spots” offering lunch as a small thank you for their dedication in serving our communities. R.S.V.P. is not required but preferred.
March 6 – An Islamic Art presentation & exhibit will be given featuring local artists at the Cordova Library from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Discussion will be on what is “Islamic Art” and what are its’ expressions. There will be hands on activities and refreshments.
March 10 – The 11th Annual Al-Hajjah Zakiyyah Madyun-Abdullah Walk/Run is a 2.2K race starting at 9:00 a.m. at 2463 Ball Road West (registration is at 8:30 a.m.). The walk/run honors her legacy, by continuing to “pay it forward” through creating a positive impact on her community in which she lived here in Memphis as well as having a positive impact on the community at large where she helped build a medical clinic for women in Kaolack, Senegal. She was also instrumental in establishing Africa in April in the Memphis community.
March 13 – An Islamic Art presentation & exhibit will be given featuring local artists at the Germantown Library from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Discussion will be on what is “Islamic Art” and what are its’ expressions. There will be hands on activities and refreshments.
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March 17 – The annual Health/Legal Fair Family & Community Day will take place at the Gaston Community Center, 1046 S. Third Street, at 10:00 a.m. The family event will feature health screenings, consultations with health and legal experts, children’s entertainment and healthy refreshments.
March 18 – MIM will spotlight the problem of world hunger as volunteers from across the city of Memphis participate in the annual “Rise Against Hunger” campaign at Pleasant View School at 12 p.m. For the 5th year, volunteers representing non-profit organizations around the city will meet to package meals that will be shipped out to hunger relief centers around the world.
March 23 – Civil Rights talk with American Muslim scholar and writer Yasir Qadhi. He will speak on this year’s theme “America, the Land for You and Me” at 7:30. Location TBD.
March 24 – The 3rd Annual MusliMEMfest festival is a celebration of the community to enrich the human experience in Memphis. Muslims in Memphis’ mission is to foster an interest in building bridges and strengthening relationships between the diverse peoples of Memphis and Shelby County. Funded almost entirely by generous sponsors and supported by the City of Memphis, the MusliMEMfest is free to attend but R.S.V.P. is preferred.
The extravaganza will be held at the Agricenter International, 7777 Walnut Grove Road on Saturday, March 24th from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. A day of fun and amazing ethnic food is planned with many things to see, hear and do such as Islamic arts including an exhibit about Islamic history in America, a St. Jude silent art auction, a bazaar with vendors, performances, speakers and more. We will also have a Muslim comedian at 6 p.m. for which tickets will need to be purchased.
These are just a few of the events that are planned for the Muslim in Memphis Month celebration. All events are open to the public and free except where noted. For more information, to RSVP or to purchase tickets, visit the Muslims in Memphis web site at: http://www.muslimsinmemphis.org/.