Announcement posted on Monday, December 23rd, 2013
Beginning Thursday, January 9 At New SBIA Headquarters (2345 Harris Way)
Rooted in Faith A Weekly Discussion Series
Too often are we distracted by topics in life that do not concern God. Such seemingly meaningless distractions can, overtime, become destructive to one’s spiritual health. This weekly discussion series aims to orient one’s internal compass towards God. Covering a variety of topics (including current events, day to day fiqh questions, hadith, etc), Imam Tahir Anwar will discuss the primary goal of a Muslim: How to become rooted in faith in order to become closer to God.
Every Thursday at 7:30pm
Quranic Tafsir (Sisters Only) A Weekly Tafsir of Selected Surahs
An introductory course on Qur’anic exegesis (tafsir) of selected chapters. Taught by Imam Tahir Anwar, this course will cover the meanings along with general themes of the selected chapter. It will also guide one to appreciate the depths of the Holy Qur’an and its deep rooted connections to our daily lives. This course also aims to ground one’s understanding of certain Qur’anic chapters as understood by traditional Islamic scholars.
United For Service: International Service Opportunities For Muslim Youths
Moniza Masud, Marketing Manager of UFS
Abstract: Moniza is a Bay Area native and joined United For Service back in December upon her graduation from UC Davis. She serves as the Marketing Manger for UFS - a service organization dedicated to instilling leadership amongst Muslim Youths in North America by hosting summer and winter Islamic Focused Volunteer Abroad opportunities. Moniza will be presenting on United For Service, our global volunteer programs in Morocco, India and Mexico as well as touching base on our internships, chapter opportunities and ways to get involved.
Raising Muslims in America
Usama Canon, Founding Director of Ta’leef Collective
Abstract: Born and raised in California, Usama Canon embraced Islam in 1996 and has been a student of the tradition ever since, studying various Islamic Sciences under some of today’s foremost scholars. He served as Outreach Director and an Arabic Instructor at Zaytuna College, as well as a Muslim Chaplain for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. As the Founding Director of Ta’leef Collective, he assists the community at large and provides programming for families, youths and converts. He is also a spiritual advisor to the Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN). In this presentation, he will advise the community about the challenges in raising Muslim children in America and how to properly provide care for the Muslim community.
Friday, March 21 | 6:30pm | 2345 Harris Way, San Jose
San Jose Premiere, with Co-Director Roger Hill
Synopsis Flying Paper is the uplifting story of Palestinian children in Gaza engaged in the fascinating culture of kite making and flying as a form of creative resistance. The film follows Musa, a charismatic teenaged kite-maker in the village of Seifa, and Abeer an aspiring young journalist in the Jabalya refugee camp. They join a remarkable quest, along with thousands of other children, to shatter the Guinness World Record for the most kites ever flown.
This unique documentary includes animation and hand-held footage shot by youth in Gaza trained by the filmmakers.
Quotes “A cinematic journey into the kite culture among Palestinian youth in the Gaza Strip, and their quest to shatter the Guinness World Record for the most kites ever flown.” - Alessandra Bajec, Progressive.org
"Flying Paper promises to be one of those films that I will never forget.” - Samya Ayish, CNN Arabic.
The tone of Flying Paper is a counter to the heavy tone of most documentaries on the subject of Palestine. We aim to make an enjoyable Narrative Documentary that is inspiring and uplifting, which focuses on the
achievements of youth in Gaza who endure hardships, but are resilient in their efforts to represent themselves and their culture with pride and grace. The political situation and suffering of the Palestinians in Gaza isn't ignored in the film, but rather it is part of the context in which an inspiring story with engaging characters takes place.