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Tragedy, Trials & Tribulations… “The Grace in Calamities”

Sunday May 12th 2013 at Edmond Town Hall, 45 Main Street, Newtown CT 06470

Welcome to the First Conference event of the Al Hedaya Islamic Center in Newtown co-organized with the MSA-CT Council! Our invited Speakers - widely known across the Muslim world, speak to the theme of the Conference from the perspective of a Muslim response to tragedy and tribulation.

A Forum on Tragedy in Newtown cannot be complete without a Panel Discussion with the Newtown Interfaith Clergy Association - emerging as a model of interfaith co-operation in bringing communities together. The Clergy will share their perspectives on working together across boundaries of faith with the benefits and challenges of such an outreach.

Advance Program

10:00 AM – 10:06 AM      Qur’an Recitation and Translation

10:06 AM – 10:20 AM       Welcome from The Al Hedaya Islamic Center and The MSA-CT Council

10:20 AM – 11:00 AM         “The Grace in Calamities” Ust Yasmin Mogahed 

11:00 AM - 11:10 AM          Short Break

11:10 AM - 11:50 AM         “Connecting with our Creator for Comfort” Ust Yasmin Mogahed 

11:50 AM - 12:20 PM         Q&A with Ust Yasmin Mogahed

12:20 PM – 1:00 PM          Lunch & Preparation for Duhr Prayer

1:00 PM – 1:10 PM             Duhr Prayer

1:10 PM – 2:00 PM            Brief Review of Programs and Activities of CAIR-CT, MCCT, ICNA, IR & MSA-CT in Connecticut

2:00 PM – 2:30 PM           (Title TBD) Omer Bajwa

2:45 PM – 4:15 PM            Newtown Interfaith Panel Discussion on the Newtown Interfaith experience.

Panelists: Rev Leo Mcllath, Rabbi Shaul Praver, Rev Matt Crebbin, Rev Kathie Shepard, Margo Deselin & Dr John Woodall.Moderator: Chaplain Omer Bajwa

4:15 PM – 4:30 PM             Short Break

4:30 PM – 5:10 PM             “Why do bad things happen to good people?”  Hafidh Wisam Sharieff 

5:15 PM – 6:00 PM             “Beautiful Patience: The Road to Recovery” Hafidh Wisam Sharieff 

6:15 PM – 6:25 PM             Asr Prayer and all following events at Al Hedaya Islamic Center

6:25 PM – 7:30 PM            “Role of the Masjid in our Communities” Hafidh Wisam Sharieff 

7:30 PM – 8:00 PM            Q&A with Hafidh Wisam Sharieff 

8:08 PM                              Maghrib Prayer

8:20 PM – 9:30PM             Dinner

9:30 PM                             Ishaa Prayer & Closure