"What I enjoyed most about the presentation was the engaging atmosphere and knowledge of the speakers. They were able to relate to the boys and provide relevant examples for their age. I really enjoyed that they brought clothing examples to demonstrate cultural differences and similarities within Islam. An important part of Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts is the idea of reverence and respect. I really wanted to show my boys a different cultural and global view of reverence so that they have a better understanding that we all look for peace and understanding. The speakers Talha, Reem, and Huma did a wonderful job of explaining and relating those ideas for all of us. We all very much enjoyed the presentation." - 
Host from Boy Cub Scouts

In January, the ISB Presents:

*American Muslims: Beliefs and Practices

*The Quran Explained

*Children's Program

In January, the ISB presents to:

* Atlanta International School

*Boy Scouts

*Christ Our Shepherd Lutheran Church

*Mountain Light Unitarian Universalist Church

*The Catholic Shrine of the Immaculate Conception 

*Gwinnett Islamic Circle

* Epiphany Lutheran Church

* Masjid Omar

*East Cobb Islamic Center

*Islamic Community Center of Atlanta

* Al Huda Islamic Center, Athens

* Masjid Al Farooq

*Madina Institute USA

*Hamzah Masjid

*Roswell Community Masjid

* I slamic Community Center of Atlanta

* St. Anne's Episcopal Church

The ISB thanks our presenters:

 Noor Abbady
Tariq Abdul-Haqq
Abdul Amer
Rania Atef
Ashraf Awad
Huma Faruqi
Reem Faruqi
Talha Faruqi
Faraz Iqbal
Soumaya Khalifa
Hina Mahmood
 Edward Mitchell
Rashid Naim
 Ruwa Romman
Asif Saberi
 Nabile Safdar
Amin Tomeh
Nouha Zaabab

To request a presentation or workshop, please click here. 
To request an Interfaith panel, click here.

(404) 632-3550

ISB Atlanta
P.O. Box 723426,
Atlanta, GA  31139
ISB Celebrates MLK Day by Participating in 'Adopt a Road' Community Service Project! 
ISB-ers celebrating MLK day through community service!

On January 16th, the ISB celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. by participating in an A dopt a Road community service project. 

The Adopt-a-Road litter prevention initiative, sponsored by Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful and Gwinnett County Department of Transportation, enables citizens to show their pride in Gwinnett and safely reduce the amount of unsightly trash and illegal signage alongside county roadways. Unkempt communities are more likely to have increased crime, decreased economic growth and a decline in quality of life. The litter prevention efforts of the Adopt-a-Road program directly benefit the community through litter prevention, greater civic involvement, and area beautification. 

The ISB was proud to be part of this initiative and volunteers were led by Asma Elhuni. The ISB cleaned up the intersection of Rockbridge and Five Fork Trickum Road. Since this cleanup was the second cleanup the ISB has done of the road, the adopted section of road will be marked with two signs stating 'This Clean Street Has Been Cleaned by the Islamic Speakers Bureau.' 
ISB Participated in Visit a Mosque Day
Visitors at Al Farooq Masjid, Atlanta
"Thank you so much for a wonderful, warm and informative program. I'd love to do this again and bring more friends and family."

"We had a great time at Atlanta Muslim Community's Visit a Mosque day. People were so friendly and accommodating and I learned several things about Islam I did not know. And the mosque was beautiful."

These are just a few of the many positive comments left by visitors to various Georgia mosques on January 23rd on  Visit a Mosque DayHundreds of visitors showed for the statewide initiative organized by the Atlanta Muslim community, the first of its kind. A total of 16 mosques, some outside of Metro Atlanta, like Al Huda in Athens and two mosques in Macon, participated. Each mosque independently organized their own open houses under #VisitAMosqueATL.

The ISB conducted presentations on "American Muslims: Beliefs and Practices" at the following mosques: Masjid Al-Farooq, Masjid Omar, East Cobb Islamic Center, Islamic Community Center of Atlanta, Gwinnett Islamic Circle, Al Huda Islamic Center in Athens, Hamzah Islamic Center, Madinah Institute USA, and Roswell Community Masjid. 

Many visitors had the opportunity to have their name written in Arabic calligraphy, listen to Quran recitation and Islamic poetry, but most importantly, they were encouraged to ask any questions about Islam. Questions ranged from the meaning of Shariah law, to how to handle prayer times at the workplace, to where the best place is to buy samosas in Atlanta. Many mosques had invited the Islamic Speakers Bureau to give a presentation about Islam and guests had the opportunity to ask their speakers any questions. Guests were welcomed with open arms, treated to snacks and coffee and got to know the common Muslims who make up our Muslim communities. Guests at a couple of mosques also got to meet local Muslim Boy and Girl Scout troops. 

To read the detailed report and to see pictures of the event from mosques all around Atlanta, please click here.
Khalifa Participates in ADL's program on "Community Outreach and Partnerships."
Soumaya Khalifa participated in the ADL's GLI panel 

On January 20th, Soumaya Khalifa participated in the Anti Defamation League's Glass Leadership Institute program on "Community Outreach and Partnerships." GLI consists of 20 primarily Jewish, but not all, professionals  aged 25 - 45, who meet once a month from August to June to learn about the work of ADL in depth. Each month they focus on a different topic.

Khalifa was one of four panelists that represented different groups that the ADL works in partnership or coalition with. Joining Khalifa on the panel were Jeff Graham, GA Equality; Sam Aguilar, GALEO; and Chris Haynes, Starbucks.

Khalifa spoke about the ISB mission and work as well as recent success and challenges. Khalifa also spoke about ways in which the ISB has collaborated with the ADL and stressed the importance for the ISB to work in coalition with others. This is the ISB's third year participating in this program.
Khalifa interviewed on the radio station
Jazz 91.9 WCLK!

Soumaya Khalifa, founder and Executive Director of ISB Atlanta,  was interviewed and featured here on Jazz 91.9 WCLK.  I n her radio segment, Khalifa speaks about challenging times and the role of faith in our society today. 

Khalifa explains that members of the Muslim community are feeling unwanted in their own country. Khalifa explains that children are being bullied and are called terrorist at their schools.  She speaks about getting to know our neighbors and understanding that individuals regardless of their faith are still human beings. She emphasizes that Muslims have been a part of this country since it's inception. She encourages us to reach out in peace and understanding to members of our community who are not like us to help build relationships.

Click here to hear her heartwarming interview.  Khalifa was also interviewed on a German Radio station here.
ISB Participates in Study Quran panel!
Soumaya Khalifa moderates a Study Quran panel.
On November 20th,  ISB Executive Director Soumaya Khalifa moderated a Study Quran panel at Georgia State University. The panel was sponsored by the Department of Religious Studies at Georgia State University, in conjunction with ISB Atlanta and the Muslim Students Association at Georgia State University. 

The Study Quran is a new English translation produced by a team of distinguished Islamic Studies scholars. It includes commentary, maps, essays, and more. The three panelists were Joseph E. B. Lumbard, Professor at The American University of Sharjah in the Department of Arabic and Translation Studies, Mohammed Rustom, Associate Professor of Islamic Studies at Carleton University,  and Abbas Barzegar,  Assistant Professor of Islam at Georgia State University and a Fellow with the Institute of Social Policy and Understanding. 

The event was well attended and was followed by a vibrant discussion during the question and answer session. The ISB is one of the few organizations acknowledged in the book for their support.
ISB Presents to Mountain Light Unitarian Universalist Church in Elijay!
ISB Presents to Boy Scouts!

ISB Presents on Georgia Public Broadcasting!
ISB Presents to Atlanta International School!

ISB Presents 'Straight Talk' Youth Workshop at Gwinnett Islamic Circle!

ISB Presents to The Catholic Shrine of the Immaculate Conception!

ISB Presents to Christ Our Shepherd Lutheran Church