Upcoming Events


Sunday Forum with IAHR Board Member Imam Ali Siddiqui


Reason, Science, and Islam

October 9, 2016

12:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax

2709 Hunter Mill Rd, Oakton, VA 

Science and Islam are compatible.  Allah commands believers to 1. observe creation, 2. understand and increase understanding and belief in the Creator and appreciation of creation, and 3. use this knowledge to benefit humanity and the world.  Imam Ali Siddiqui will explore the theology and philosophy of Islam as it relates to science, including advances by Muslim scientists, philosophers, mathematicians, and other intellectuals. 

"Maryland’s 6thRestorative Justice Conference"

Thursday and Friday, November 17 & 18, 2016
Proudly presented by the  Circle of Restorative Initiatives (CRI) for Maryland  (www.CRIMaryland.org)
Hosted at Howard Community College.  
Conference Goals:

§  To increase understanding and awareness about restorative justice.

§  To promote restorative principles, practices, and initiatives for communities, organizations, institutions and individuals.

Questions? kathyrockefeller@howardcc.edu 

Past Events

September 18, 2016 – Sunday 2- 4:30 PM 


Address: 3111 Fairview park Dr, Falls Church, VA  22042
Time: 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM – Please be there by 1:30 to be seated
Date: Sunday, September 18, 2016
Plenty of Complimentary Parking Space Available.
RSVP https://www.eventbrite.com/e/symposium-on-coexistence-among-faiths-tickets-26883491246

The American Muslim Institution is committed to promoting understanding between peoples of different religious affiliations, and as a first step, we are inviting the religious leaders from the Abrahimic Faiths to share their take from scriptures and later on we plan to add most faiths to the discussion. We believe knowledge leads to understanding and understanding to acceptance and appreciation of another point of view. What can Rabbis, Pastors and Imams do to promoting co-existence?  What do their scriptures say and what do they teach in their respective Synagogues, Churches and Mosques? Join us for the Panel discussion.


Rabbi Charles Feinberg

Charles M. Feinberg was a congregational rabbi for 42 years.  He served and led congregations in Wisconsin, New York, British Columbia, and Washington, DC.   He served as a rabbi at Adas Israel Congregation in Washington, DC from 2006 to 2015.  Adas Israel is the largest Conservative Congregation in the metropolitan area.  Rabbi Feinberg has served as the chairperson of the Social Action Committee of the Rabbinical Assembly.  He has also been co-chairperson of T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights.  During his career, Rabbi Feinberg has been an advocate for Central American Refugees, the poor and the homeless, for interfaith dialogue and cooperation, and for respecting the human rights of both Palestinians and Israelis.  Rabbi Feinberg received his rabbinical ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America.  Rabbi Feinberg recently began his second year as Executive Director of Interfaith Action for Human Rights. 


Rev. Skip L’Heureux

The Reverend N. J. L’Heureux, Jr., is Executive Director of the Queens Federation of Churches since 1978, and, for the past two years, also serves as Executive Director of the Council of Churches of the City of New York. He has coordinated the work of the Committee on Religious Liberty since 2000. Rev. L’Heureux  holds degrees from Ohio Wesleyan University and from Boston University School of Theology where his studies focused on sociology of religion and social ethics. A special focus of his ecumenical ministry has been the prophetic role of the church in the social order. His work emphasizes the inclusiveness of God’s Covenant across the boundaries of race, nationality, or class. He is an advocate of the right of religious people to exercise their Faith freely, to proclaim their message, and to seek their adherents without the impediment of government-enforced sanction.

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Imam Mohamad Bashar Arafat was born and raised in Damascus, Syria.  He attended Damascus University and graduated with a degree in Islamic Studies and Arabic Language in 1987 and a degree in Islamic Law in 1988. From 1975 to 1989 under the guidance and mentorship of the late Grand Mufti of Syria, Sheikh Ahmad Kuftaro, he studied Qur’anic interpretation, wisdom of the “Shari’ah” and the Islamic spiritual teachings. From 1989 to 1997, he accompanied the Grand Mufti during most of his international programs and conferences.

 He was Imam of the Islamic Society of Baltimore, Maryland from 1989 to 1993, founded An-Nur Institute for Islamic Studies and Arabic Language in Baltimore in 1993, co-founded An-Nur Mosque in Carney, Maryland and was the Imam from 1995 to 1997. Currently he is President of the Islamic Affairs Council of Maryland, based in Baltimore.

Imam Arafat is the Founder and President of Civilizations Exchange and Cooperation Foundation (CECF).  This non-profit organization functions as an umbrella to bring people together for exchanges aimed at creating a better world that promotes peace and cooperation.

Moderator:  Mike Ghouse, Executive Director at American Muslim Institution, and is committed to building cohesive societies and offers pluralistic solutions on issues of the day. He is credited with over 3000 articles including 1100 on different aspects of Islam and 1000+ on Pluralism and interfaith matters. He has broadcasted 720 hours of Radio Talk show on understanding Religion, all the beautiful religions and conducted 26 workshops on all the major religions. 

“Solitary” Was Screened at Capitol Visitor Center on September 12, 2016 

Award winning documentary film maker, Kristi Jacobson, will be showing her HBO film “Solitary” at the Capitol Visitor’s Center on Monday evening, September 12 at 7 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm). The film has been shown at the Washington Documentary Film Festival and the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City. Virginia Prison authorities allowed Ms. Jacobson into Red Onion Supermax Prison in Pound, VA over the course of a year. During that time, she filmed both inmates and prison guards and officials on camera. This film gives a rare look into the conditions of solitary confinement in a supermax prison.  Following the film, Rabbi Feinberg will be moderating a panel discussion. Participating in the discussion will be the filmmaker, returning citizens who have spent significant time in solitary confinement, and the mother of a prisoner at Red Onion. The film is close to 90 minutes long. The program will end by 10 pm.  

To attend this event, you must reserve your seat in advance. Click here to make your reservation.

IAHR has been very involved protesting the conditions for a number of prisoners. IAHR, Board Member, Gay Gardner, has been corresponding to thirty different prisoners over the last eighteen months. This correspondence has revealed significant human rights abuses.  A number of men have been in solitary confinement for years, often for trivial offenses such as speaking back to a corrections officer or for not getting a haircut.

This event provides you the opportunity to preview the film before it is broadcast on HBO in early 2017.

Here are links to two reviews of the film: Variety and The Innocence Project.

To view a clip of the film, click here.  HBO plans to air the film in January 2017.


Solitary Confinement and Mental Health Behind Bars (Flyer)

April 30, 2014

United Church of Christ, Annandale, VA

Featuring Hon. Patrick Hope (VA State Delegate) and Russell Green-Bey (Returning Citizen)



Making Guantanamo History

January 11, 2014

White House and Smithsonian National History Museum

Sponsored by Witness Against Torture


Torture is a Moral Issue: Our Issue (Flyer)

June 12, 2013

St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Derwood, MD

Featuring Col Morris Davis (former Guantanamo Prosecutor) and Dr. Stephen Colecchi (US, Conference of Catholic Bishops)






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