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Seek The Welfare Of The City

Last night Imam Mustapha Elturk gave a heartfelt presentation to the collective clergy and community leaders from the Presbyterian Church of the greater South East Michigan area.
The conference titled “Seek the Welfare of the City” was held at First Presbyterian of Birmingham. Many IONA community members also attended. Imam Elturk’s presentation focused on the obligations of charity and good deeds in Islam. He emphasized, “Faith is a personal matter, however, helping humanity, regardless of who they are, is a collective duty upon all people of conscious and faith traditions.” The presentation was followed by a question and answer session.
The Presbyterian leaders welcomed their Muslim guests. They were cordial, warm and friendly. They were gracious enough to serve halal meals in consideration of Muslims’ diet. Our Muslim brothers and sisters sat at different tables in the fellowship hall where meals were served fostering personal relationships with the Presbyterian community. Many new friendships were formed and existing relationships strengthened with the several churches IONA has had interfaith activities with previously.
Commenting on the event, Imam Elturk shared, “We appreciate the opportunity to speak at this event and share our teachings on the Islamic obligations toward the needy and the poor, we also appreciate the hospitality they have shown their Muslim neighbors.” He also added, “Under the present political climate more interfaith events like that are needed.”
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IONA’s mission is to transform its members and help transform the surrounding communities to righteous, God-fearing people, who collectively strive for the highest moral standard and constantly seek forgiveness from our Creator to earn His pleasure. We seek His compassion and mercy in this life and in the hereafter. We rejuvenate our soul through internal struggle and spiritual exercise in worship of our creator God. The strength of our belief in God gives us the courage to establish good and forbid evil, thus promoting a system of justice for all mankind.