Raleigh : 04-27-2013
On Saturday, April 27th, the Institute of Islamic and Turkish Studies hosted an educational/ interfaith dialogue event. The speakers were Imam Abdullah Antepli, PhD from Duke University and Pastor Christopher Edmonston from White Memorial Presbyterian Church.
Pastor Christopher Edmonston started by referencing "Love your neighbor as yourself" verse and some other verses from Bible noting the importance of serving humanity in Christianity. He then shared his personal experiences telling how he was involved in humanitarian activities in Africa, and by building house and how that enabled to bring people together peacefully to serve humanity and therefore serve God.
Imam Abdullah Antepli referred to verses from Qur'an and hadiths (saying of Prophet Mohammed pbuh) noting how much God values those who serve humanity, help needy by proving clothing,food, shelters and build a peaceful community. He added that in the hereafter God will question those who did not take care of those in need. Antepli also told about his personal experiences from Myanmar Burma and Malaysia where he was involved in humanitarian and relief projects.
The speeches were followed by a Q& A session; then IITS volunteers gave a tour of the institute to the guests. Guests were able to observe the evening prayer.
Delicious Turkish refreshments were served at the end of the event.