To mark the tenth anniversary of September 11, in 2011 Daisy Khan produced In Good Faith: Stories of Hope and Resilience under The American Society for Muslim Advancement (ASMA) to recognize ten years of interfaith work and accomplishments by various groups and individuals since September 11, 2001.
In Good Faith: Stories of Hope and Resilience was hosted by XM Sirius Radio Host and Comedian Pete, Dominick brought together prominent New York civic, interfaith, and philanthropic leaders.
The event included a compelling film, in which conversations between Fekkak Mamdouh, co-author of The Accidental American and one of the founders of Restaurant Opportunities Center of New York, and Gerry Bogacz, former co-chair of the steering committee for the World Trade Center Survivors’ Network, shared how the tragedy spurred them into service for others.
Testimony and recognition of various interfaith coalitions on their bridge-building efforts since Sept. 11, 2001, including work by The Interfaith Center, St. Bartholomew’s Church, Intersections, and Auburn Theological Seminary.
Veterans Speak – Two veterans from IAVA (Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America) — including one Arab-American – shared their experiences of why mutual respect is important, both at home and abroad
“I see this ceremony as an opportunity to honor the bridge-building of peaceful co-existence between and amongst New Yorkers from a variety of ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds,” said Daisy Khan, ASMA Executive Director.
Commemorative Art in honor of Sept. 11 survivors and their families Jewish, Christian and Muslim families of Sept. 11 victims — all of whom lost a son, husband, or brother — were presented a specially commissioned art piece- a commemorative scroll hand -drawn by master calligrapher Haji Noor Deen- This Art tribute sought to underscore how the ten year tragedy had affected American families of all faiths.
Spotlight on the film Fordson: Faith, Fasting, Football – The award-winning directorial debut by filmmaker Rashid Ghazi told the story of a predominately Arab-American high school football team from a working-class Detroit suburb as they practiced for their big cross-town rivalry game during the last ten days of Ramadan, revealing a community holding onto its Islamic faith while they struggled for acceptance in post 9/11 America.
United We Stand – A special musical reflection and performance was provided by Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary and Salman Ahmed of Junoon.