Islamic Awareness Day Set For March 31

Posted on 3/24/2016 1:20:22 PM

The fourth Islamic Awareness Day will be held at Indiana University of Pennsylvania on March 31 starting at 5:15 p.m. in the Eberly College of Business and Information Technology auditorium. It is sponsored by the IUP Muslim Student Association.

poster for 2016 Islamic Awareness DayThe theme of this year’s program is “Islam as a Way of Life” and will feature Sheikh Yusuf Estes, a Muslim-American preacher. All events are free and open to the community.

The program begins with a Quran recitation from at 5:15 and introduction at 5:20 p.m. The keynote will begin his presentation at 5:25 p.m., which will be followed by a question-and-answer session. Pizza will be served at 6:45 p.m.

Estes was raised in a Christian home, educated in Texas, and had a successful music business, owning stores, television shows, and using his talents to promote faith in God, while doing some preaching from the Bible. In 1991 he became a Muslim and became known as the “Funny Sheik.”

He served as delegate to the United Nations Peace Summit for Religious Leaders and was a U.S. federal chaplain from 1994 until 2000. He is the founder and operator of Guide US TV, the first America television channel for Islam, which broadcasts shows all in English.

For more information, contact Waleed Farag, professor of computer science and faculty advisor for the Muslim Student Association and the Saudi Student Association, at or at 724-357-7995.