Arab Voices Community Calendar/Announcements

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  Last updated February 26, 2017

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March 5, 2017  -  Ilm Academy Fundraising Gala
Leading the Way. Please join us on Sunday, March 5 at 5:00pm in the Omni Houston Hotel at Westside for an evening of inspiration as our students present the glowing lights in their lives whom they follow today to lead the world tomorrow.
Our esteemed guest speaker will be an alumnus from ILM Academy's first graduating class of 2016. Our alumnus will be joined by Sh. Joe Bradford, a leader himself in the Muslim community and long-time supporter of ILM Academy.
To share in an evening of inspiration with the ILM Academy family, please purchase your tickets of $50 for adults (ages 12+) and $25 for children (ages 2-11). Take another step and invite your friends too by sponsoring a table starting at $2,500. Contact us at to make purchases or ask questions.

We look forward to having you with us!


March 11, 2017  -  Palestinian American Cultural Center Annual Gala
Seventh Annual PACC Gala honoring Acclaimed Lebanese Composer, Oud Master, and Singer Marcel Khalife.
Performance by Palestinian Global Singing Sensation Omar Kamal.
Including the Abu Obeida Community Service Award, the Palestinian Bazaar, Art and Culture.
Date: Saturday, March 11, 2017
Time: 7 pm
Location: Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd, Houston 77099
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March 11, 2017  -  Becoming the Prophet's Companion

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March 25-26, 2017  -  Houston Palestinian Festival
Featuring: Folkloric & Contemporary Music & Dance, Traditional Food & Drinks, Grand Bazaar, Palestinian Culture Tent, Kids Fun Zone, Art Exhibit, and more.
Two nights of performances by Dalal Abu Amneh & the Palestinian Ladies of Ya Sitti, with host musical director, Hanna Khoury.
As well as performances by Jabour, DJ Ashraf, Aladeen Alhayek, Salem Omran, the Houston Band, and many more!
When: Saturday-Sunday, March 25-26, 2017
Location: Jones Plaza, 601 Louisiana St., Houston
Admission Tickets: $10, free for kids 12 and under
Presented by The Palestinians American Cultural Center.
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March 31-April 2, 2017  -  American Lebanese Cultural Center Annual Lebanese Festival

Location: Jones Plaza, 601 Louisiana St., Houston
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May 5, 6 & 7, 2017  -  Houston Palestine Film Festival

More info will be posted as it becomes available.


May 12, 2017  -  Defining a Western Muslim Identity

Friday, May 12, 2017
7 PM - 10 PM
ISGH River Oaks Islamic Center, 3110 Eastside St, Houston, Texas 77098
Risala Foundation is pleased to host Dr Jonathan Brown and Laila El-Arian for a special event in Houston!

DR JONATHAN BROWN is the Alwaleed bin Talal Chair of Islamic Civilization in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, and he is the Director of the Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim Christian Understanding. He received his BA in History from Georgetown University in 2000 and his doctorate in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from the University of Chicago in 2006. Dr. Brown has studied and conducted research in countries such as Egypt, Syria, Turkey, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, South Africa, India, Indonesia and Iran. His book publications include The Canonization of al-Bukhari and Muslim: The Formation and Function of the Sunni Hadith Canon (Brill, 2007), Hadith: Muhammad’s Legacy in the Medieval and Modern World (Oneworld, 2009) and Muhammad: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2011), which was selected for the National Endowment for the Humanities' Bridging Cultures Muslim Journeys Bookshelf. His most recent book, Misquoting Muhammad: The Challenges and Choices of Interpreting the Prophet’s Legacy (Oneworld, 2014), was named one of the top books on religion in 2014 by the Independent. He has published articles in the fields of Hadith, Islamic law, Salafism, Sufism, Arabic lexical theory and Pre-Islamic poetry and is the editor in chief of the Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Law. Dr. Brown’s current research interests include Islamic legal reform and a translation of Sahih al-Bukhari.

LAILA EL-ARIAN is a Senior Producer for Al Jazeera. She received a BA in English literature from Georgetown University and an M.S. from Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism.

Her work has appeared in The Nation, Salon, The Independent, and other publications, and she is co-author of Collateral Damage: America's War Against Iraqi Civilians.
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July 6-8, 2017  -  Annual Ramallah Convention

This year, the Ramallah Social Club of Houston will be hosting the Annual Ramallah Convention.
Date: July 6, 2017 to July 8, 2017
Location: Houston Marriott Westchase, 2900 Briarpark Drive , Houston, TX 77042
We plan on having multiple events throughout the weekend for all ages, from kids/adult activities during the day, to banquets/parties at night!
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Hall of Ancient Egypt
Permanent Collection
Safely ensconced in the Sahara desert, and drawing its lifeblood from the river Nile, ancient Egyptian civilization flourished for more than three millennia. A quintessential example of what archaeologists call a primary civilization,” ancient Egypt did not rely on inspiration from others to develop its own architecture, writing and religion—all of Egyptian culture was developed “in house.”

The themes of writing, religion, natural resources and of course mummification will be explored in this new permanent exhibition hall.

When: Members Preview: May 24-30, 2013; Public Opening: May 31, 2013
Location: Houston Museum of Natural Science, 5555 Hermann Park Drive, Houston 77030

Ever since the late 18th century, the Western world has been exploring Egypt. This hall will present artifacts collected during these early days of investigations, and will also compare old-style archaeology with 21st-century approaches, such as using satellite imagery and remote sensing to locate and map ancient settlements. The Museum’s own mummy, Ankh Hap, will be moved to his new surroundings in time for the opening on May 24, 2013.

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