Malcolm Shabbazz Mosque&Focolare Movement (New York)
Sunday, May 20, 2012 Commemoration and celebration of the 15th anniversary of the unique and timely “pact” of Chiara Lubich and W. D. Mohammed.
“Our Journey Towards the Excellence of the Human Family”
On May 18, 1997, history was made at the Historic Malcolm Shabazz Mosque in Harlem, NY.
On that day, two blessed leaders, Imam W. D. Mohammed (religious and spiritual leader of the largest constituency of Muslims in America), and Chiara Lubich (president and spiritual leader of the Focolare Movement worldwide), held a joint meeting at the Mosque to formalize a “pact” illustrating their commitment to work together to promote unity. This collaboration was not only between their own communities, but also with people of faith from all religions, based on common principles and values.
These leaders and their respective communities often collaborated in the years that followed that first meeting fifteen years ago. Common activities have included: annual encounters together at the Mosque and at the Focolare Headquarters in Hyde Park, NY; mutual support for each other’s events; participation in programs organized by each other’s communities; Focolare members have been invited to share their Christian experience in Mosques and Imams have spoken at Focolare events; and participated at international gatherings focusing on the things that unite us all. The collaboration between the two communities has strengthened the bonds of friendship and the sense of belonging to one human family.
We will commemorate and celebrate the 15th anniversary of this unique and timely “pact” on Sunday, May 20, 2012. Please join us in unity and fellowship at the Historic Malcolm Shabazz Mosque, 102 West 116th Street, NY, NY 10026, from 1 pm to 4 pm. Admission is free. Lunch will be available (donation only $10.00) between noon and 1 pm. Please RSVP.
All are welcome to attend!
For additional information, call: 1-212-662-2200 (Mosque) or 1-718-828-1969 / 1-212-388-9498 (Focolare)
*Chiara Lubich (1920-2008) was the founder and spiritual leader of the Focolare, a worldwide ecclesial movement born in the Catholic Church and active in the US for over 50 years. With its spirituality based on unity, the Focolare fosters universal brotherhood and it includes members and friends of different religious and non-religious convictions, ages and backgrounds. During Chiara Lubich’s life four popes spoke striking words about her and her spiritual family. Chiara Lubich is the author of over 50 books in 21 languages and the recipient of 12 honorary doctorate degrees. Read more on the Focolare website: http://www.focolare.us
*Imam Warith Deen Mohammed (1933-2008) was unanimously elected as leader of his community in 1975 after the passing of his father, the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, founder, leader and builder of the Nation of Islam. Imam Mohammed in a short period of time transformed the Nation of Islam and built the largest following of American Muslims who follow the guidance of the Holy Qur'an as demonstrated and taught by the Life of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) and the model community he built in Medina. Imam Mohammed is an author, businessman and President of WDM Ministry and Founder of the Mosque Cares. International President of the World Conference of Religions for Peace (WCRP). A leading member of the Peace Council, the World Supreme Council of Mosques, and the U.S. Presidential Religious Advisory Council. Read more on the Masjid Malcolm Shabazz website: http://www.masjidmalcolmshabazz.com