Islamic House of Wisdom celebrated its semi-annual dinner Saturday successfully, attracting more than 400 people including interfaith and community leaders, elected officials, political candidates and IHW supporters and members.
The dinner focused on community achievements, IHW youth and adults programs, faith services and a call by Imam Elahi to unite the community and work for peace and harmony.
The program began with recitation of the Holy Quran by Younes Makie of Dearborn, one of the youth of Islamic House of Wisdom.
Journalist Khalil Hachem welcomed the attendees and introduced IHW Acting Chairwoman Sara Sayed, who thanked the community for its support of IHW and discussed plans for the next year, including youth and senior programs.
IHW spiritual leader and founder sheikh Mohammad Ali Elahi, who highlighted IHW efforts to reach out to the larger community and brining different faiths together for better unity and peace. He noted the success of Muslims in Southeast Michigan and urged community members to continue working together for a better future.
In attendance were Dearborn Heights City Council Chairman Bob Constant, Councilwoman Lisa Hicks Clayton, Dearborn City Councilman Mike Sareini, Representative of the Dearborn Police Department, Ambassador of Lebanon to Sweden Dr. Ali Ajami, Dr. Ned Fawaz, representative from the various nonprofit and religions institutions in the area and a host of journalists.
The event also included comments from various candidates for political offices and concluded with a dinner and a reception.