KOKOMO, Ind. — Muslims and Jews celebrate their traditions together, in a free event at Indiana University Kokomo.
Members of both faiths will share their experiences of the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur, and the Muslim holiday of Eid-Al-Adha, Monday, October 6, at 4 p.m. in the Kelley Student Center, room 130.
Maria Ahmad, coordinator of student life and campus diversity, said both holidays fall on October 4 this year, creating an opportunity to learn about the traditions of the two religions. While news about conflict between the two religions in the Middle East may lead people to believe Muslims and Jews are enemies, she said many of them are working together around the world.
“To create any kind of world peace, you have to come together and learn what the differences are, and value them,” she said. “Diversity is about more than race, it’s also about religion, which is a sensitive topic for many people. We need to create a safe place to talk about religion, and learn about what each of us believes.”
Kasem Kasem, professor of chemistry, will present a short history of Eid-Al-Adha, or Feast of Sacrifice, which commemorates Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son to God. The festival also marks the end of the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, something every Muslim is supposed to complete in his or her lifetime.
Mohammad Almalag, assistant professor of informatics, will also talk about his experience participating in the Hajj.
Jan Halperin, vice chancellor university advancement, will talk about the personal nature, self-reflection, and impact of the Jewish high holy days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, and the connectivity of Jews around the world. She will share her family’s experiences with these celebrations through the year.
The celebration is free and open to the public, and will include holiday foods. Free parking is available on campus.
Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.