The Interfaith Agenda rolls on… Just last week we had the Ground Zero mosque Imam Rauf revealing the old switcheroo, and now this:
Looks like there will be no parade in Binghamton, NY this year to celebrate Muhammad’s birthday. Instead, they will be holding an “Interfaith Program” in nearby Owego, NY.
Here’s what it says on the website of Binghamton’s “United Muslim-Christian Forum”:
Upcoming Event: UMCF Interfaith Milad Celebration is April 16th!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 26, 2011
Muslims and Christians to Celebrate the 4th Annual Milad-un-Nabi Honoring the Birth of the Holy Last Messenger Muhammad
(Eternal Peace and Blessing be upon him)
(Owego, New York) – The United Muslim Christian Forum (UMCF) is pleased to announce its 4th Annual Interfaith Program celebrating the birth, or Milad-un-Nabi, of the Last Holy Messenger of Almighty God, Muhammad Mustafa (peace be upon him) who lived and taught all to practice the utmost of human rights. UMCF will hold this auspicious event at the Owego Treadway Inn in Owego, New York on Saturday, April 16th at 1 o’clock in the afternoon replete with a panel of dynamic Muslim, Christian, and Collegiate speakers. The annual program is open to the public and continues its history of stunning entertainment with melodious hymns and delicious appetizers served afterwards. It will be a joyous, entertaining, and enlightening afternoon that will leave those in attendance truly inspired.
Always intertwined, UMCF is embarking in its 4th annual program not only to celebrate the life and work of the Holy Last Messenger sent to all mankind, Muhammad, but to concurrently recognize the second to the last messenger sent by the One Almighty God, Jesus, son of the blessed Chaste Mary – two luminous aspects of the same reality, peace be upon them all.
Foremost in the mission of the United Muslim Christian Forum is the promulgation of the spirit of unity shared through the belief in One Almighty Creator and adherence to the universal code of morality, good conduct, and sincere love for humanity found in the Ten Commandments. UMCF is committed to working tirelessly to establish and promote a pro-active platform of peace and fellowship between all people by living the dictum ‘Mankind is the Family of God’.
UMCF cordially extends an open invitation to the 4th Annual Celebration of the Birth of the Holy Last Messenger Muhammad (peace upon him), a most memorable occasion as devotees of great faiths are enlightened and motivated to come together in the quest for world peace.
The United Muslim Christian Forum was established by His Eminence, El Sheikh Syed Mubarik Ali Shah Gilani, Vice Chancellor of the International Qur’anic Open University, to recognize similarities between Muslims and Christians, diminish differences and seek a new solid foundation of joint respect based on the unchallenged commandments of God and love for the blessed Messengers of God (peace upon them all).
Contact info: Mr. Hasib A. Haqq
UMCF Public Relations Director
There’s also an informational flyer in PDF form which says:
4th Annual United Muslim-Christian Forum
Muslims and Christians United Together For World Peace…
Milad Un Nabi
Sat. April 16th
Owego Treadway – 1pm
Join Muslims & Christians in Celebrating the Birth of the Holy Last Messenger
Featuring Christian, Muslim, Collegiate, and Interfaith Speakers!
Hymns & Performances
*All are welcome. Light refreshments served.*
For more info: (866) 532-0777
Visit our website!
4th Annaul, Christians and Muslims Celebrate the Birth of Prophet Muhammed and the Majesty of Jesus(Peace be Upon them Both)
Date(s) & Time(s)::
April 16, 2011 1:00 PM
Location: The Owego Treadway Inn, 1100 State Route 17C, Owego, New York
Updated Mar 21, 2011 at 8:13 AM EDT
4Th Annual Christians and Muslims Unite Together for World Peace
The Facebook Event page says that it lasts from 1pm until 4pm:
Saturday, April 16 · 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Owego Treadway Inn and Conference Center 1100 New York 17C, Owego, NY 13827
United Muslim Christian Forum
Join Muslims And Christians In Celebrating The Birth Of The Holy Last Messenger (May Peace And Blessings Be Upon Him)
4th Annual Celebration of The Birth of The Holy Last Messenger and His Contribution to Humanity, 1 p.m., Owego Treadway Inn, Owego. Held by United Muslim Christian Forum, Muslims and Christians United for World Peace. All are welcome.
Muslims and Christians Celebrate the Birth of Prophet Muhammed and the Majesty of Jesus Son of Mary
The Owego Treadway Inn
The Terrace Room
1100 State Route 17C
Owego, New York 13827
Admission: All are welcome for free!
Detail: 4th Annual Celebration where Christians and Muslims Unite for World Peace.
More Info: http://www.umcforum.org
So is it called the 4th Annual Milad-un-Nabi Honoring the Birth of the Holy Last Messenger Muhammad?
or: 4th Annual Celebration of the Birth of the Holy Last Messenger Muhammad?
or just: Milad Un Nabi?
or: 4th Annual Christians and Muslims Celebrate the Birth of Prophet Muhammed and the Majesty of Jesus(Peace be Upon them Both)?
or: 4th Annual Celebration of The Birth of The Holy Last Messenger and His Contribution to Humanity?
or: Muslims and Christians Celebrate the Birth of Prophet Muhammed and the Majesty of Jesus Son of Mary?
My advice: choose one name for the event and stick with it. My goodness.
Check out this post from Gates of Vienna to see why you shouldn’t be getting warm and fuzzy feelings from this group or event.
If it’s any consolation, in this case your instincts were correct: this is not a well-meaning interfaith outreach by Muslim-Americans wanting only to co-exist.
Ryan Mauro at Pajamas Media:
Muslims of the Americas’ New Target: Gullible Christians
UPDATE: Here’s an article and video clip from the event:
FOX 40 WICZ: United Muslism-Christian Forum Hosts Event
It’s a celebration that brought hundreds of people to Owego and sought to unite people of Muslim and Christian faiths.
Fox 40’s Samantha Lavien was there..
“Welcome everyone to the United Muslim Christian Forum’s Milad un Nabi,” said Professor Dr. Diane O’ Heron. “Today we are celebrating the birth and life of the prophet Muhammad.”
Some 700 people came to Owego Saturday afternoon for the fourth annual Milad un Nabi Program.
“We have Muslims and Christians that came from as far away as Canada, Texas and Florida,” said the Director of Public Relations Muhammad Hasib Abdul Haqq.
Saturday’s celebration was open to the community and focused on bringing together the Islamic and Christian faiths
“If you look towards the media to learn about Islam, sometimes you get a slanted perspective of what Islam actually is not,” said Muhammad Hasib Abdul Haqq.
And to dispel those misconceptions was the goal.
“There’s so many parallels between Islam and Christianity. There is no reason for us to be separate,” said Muhammad Hasib Abdul Haqq.
The events organizers hope to make next years celebration even bigger.