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FREE Social Justice Leadership Workshops for Youth - Open to ALL

Do you want to build bridges with others who don't look or live like you? Are you passionate about social justice? In these active workshops we will use art, education, and peer collaboration to build skills that make us more powerful advocates and allies in our communities. Register online at: Multnomah County Library

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MET 2017 Fundraising Dinner & Cultural Night


Saturday, May 13th, 2017 - 5:30 p.m.

$40 per Person (Ages 10+). Dinner is included. Childcare will be provided for children under 10.
MET Community and Educational Center | 10330 SW Scholls Ferry Rd, Tigard, OR 97223
Free parking at Conestoga Middle School. Free shuttle service to and from MET Center.

Join us for a unique evening filled with cultural performances by students of the Islamic School of MET and Oregon Islamic Academy. Funds raised will support MET's educational scholarships as well as building bridges of understanding through silk road cultural diplomacy and positive integration programs for new immigrants and refugees.

Tarek El MessidiWe are delighted to host Mr. Tarek El-Messidi as our Keynote Speaker that night.
In 2001, soon after the 9/11 tragedy, Tarek co-founded the Fast-a-thon: an interfaith event that raises money to feed the poor by asking non-Muslims to try fasting for a day with their Muslim peers in Ramadan. The Fast-a-thon's slogan is "Go Hungry for a Day so Someone Else Won't Have to." Within a few years, the Fast-a-thon went viral, spreading to 300 college campuses and 14 Google headquarters worldwide. It has raised over $2 million to feed the hungry worldwide.
In 2010, a few years after earning an MBA and beginning work as a manager at Procter & Gamble in Ohio, Tarek founded CelebrateMercy: a 501(c)(3) non-profit that teaches about the Prophet Muhammad's life and character through webinars, short films, events, and social media (see one of their trailer videos here). CelebrateMercy has reached millions of people and its Facebook page has grown to over 630,000 Likes.

Pacific Northwest Sufism and Islamic Spirituality Conference

Friday, March 15th 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm & Saturday, March 16th 8:00 - 7:30 pm
MET Community and Educational Center
| 10330 SW Scholls Ferry Rd, Tigard, OR 97223
Free parking at Conestoga Middle School. Free shuttle service to and from MET Center.

Sufism FlierJoin us for an uplifting conference that will bring together people of good faith to share the ح beauty of Sufism, its relationship to Islam, and its importance in today’s world. Our two ب keynote speakers, Shaikh Kabir Helminski and Ustadha Zaynab Ansari, will present their wisdom and knowledge on Sufism and Spirituality in Islam. The keynote speeches will be followed by a panel discussion of local Sufi leaders, small group discussions, dinner, and finally dhikr (remembrance of God). Inclusion, dignity, respect, religious understanding, inspiration, hope and community building are intended outcomes of this conference for all who attend.

Keynote Speakers

Shaikh Kabir HelminskiShaikh Kabir Helminski codirector of the Threshold Society
Kabir Helminski is an author, a translator of the works of Jalaluddin Rumi and others, and a Shaikh of the Mevlevi Order which traces its lineage back to Rumi, His books on spirituality, Living Presence and the Knowing Heart, have been published in at least nine languages. Among his most recent books are Love’s Ripening, Rumi on the Heart’s Journey, and Holistic Islam. He has toured as Shaikh with the Whirling Dervishes of Turkey bringing Sufi culture to more than 100,000 people. He speaks widely on Sufism, often in an interfaith context.

Ustadha Zaynab AnsariUstadha Zaynab Ansari Instructor at Tayseer Seminary
Zaynab Ansari spent a decade studying Farsi, Arabic, and traditional Islam in the Middle East, graduating from Abu Nour Institute in Damascus. She completed undergraduate degrees in history and Middle Eastern Studies at Georgia State University and subsequently pursued graduate coursework in world history. She is a contributor to various non-profit Islamic educational portals, including SeekersHub and Lamppost Productions. She currently serves as an instructor at Tayseer Seminary which provides a one-year intensive in Islamic Studies for the Muslim Community of Knoxville.

Conference Schedule

Friday, March 15th (7 p.m.—9 p.m.)

  • 7:00 p.m. Welcome & Introduction
  • 7:15 p.m. Keynote speech by Shaikh Kabir Helminski
  • 8:30 p.m. Q&A
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Saturday, March 16th (8:00 a.m.—7:30 p.m.)

  • 8:00 a.m. Registration9:00 a.m. Introduction
  • 9:20 a.m. Keynote Speech by Shaikh Kabir Helminski
  • 10:50 a.m. Keynote Speech by Ustadha Zaynab Ansari
  • 12:00 p.m. Lunch and Dhuhr Prayer
  • 1:30 p.m. Panel Discussion & Small Groups Q & A
  • 5:15 p.m. Dinner and Asr Prayer
  • 6:15 p.m. Universal Dhikr

"You were born with potential. You were born with goodness and trust. You were born with ideals and dreams. You were born with greatness. You were born with wings. You are not meant for crawling, so don't. You have wings. Learn to use them and fly." -Rumi.