May 20, 2013, July 17, 2013,
Baptist Manor, Amherst Senior Center,

In 2011 revolutions spread across the Arab World during the “Arab Spring”. As these nations changed their leadership or government, questions emerged about the future of participatory government in the Islamic world. Professor Faizan spoke on Islam and democracy and answered questions such as: Are Islam and democracy compatible? Is there a model of “Islamic democracy”? Does it differ from American democracy? Also, discussed were the issues of freedom to voice an opinion, taking a political position, the freedom of electing our representatives, and how Islam endorses all these values.

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October 14, 2010, July 14, 2011
Orchard Park, NY, Weinberg Campus, Getzville, NY

This series on Islam and Women was by Faizan Haq and Riffat Sadiq, M.D. It examined the complex relationship defined by Islamic texts and the history and culture of the Muslim world. They also examined Sharia (Islamic Law) as it relates to differences between women’s and men’s roles, rights and obligations, including marriage, divorce, civil rights, legal status, dress code and education.

March 20, 2013
Medaille College, Buffalo, New York

A panel discussion of community leaders who are involved with local community organizations focused on cultural awareness, celebration, and enrichment.

April 31, 2012
Orchard Park Senior Center

Professor Haq spoke about the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) in detail and talked about his lineage, birth, revelations, difficulties of being a Prophet, characteristics, sermon’s, and death. In addition, he also spoke about the rights of women and how Islam gave women rights.

April 18, 2012
Erie 1 BOCES, Cheektowaga, NY

Professor Faizan Haq gave an introductory to Islam along with some facts about Muslims and the religion that co-workers may want to know about their Muslim counterpart. The audience was quick to jump in and ask questions and share with everyone their experiences. It was a great forum for the community to have open and honest dialogue.

March 8, 2011, April 2012, May 2011
First Presbyterian Church, Gowanda, New York
Orchard Park Senior Center
Church of the Nativity, Tonawanda, New York

Faizan Haq presented an overview of the most important beliefs and practices of Islam.

May 17, 2011, June 9, 2011, June 20, 2011, November 17, 2011
University Express, Orchard Park Senior Center, Orchard Park, NY
University Express, Clarence Senior Center, Clarence NY
Springfield Concord Elder Network, Concord Town Hall Auditorium, Springville, NY
University Express, Canterbury Woods, Williamsville, NY

Faizan Haq was invited to give a lecture on Egypt after the revolutions in the Middle East, known as the “Arab Spring”. Faizan discussed the protests in Egypt against the government of President Hosni Mubarak, the “rising unemployment,” “rampant corruption,” and “political repression,” plus the power of social networks in fueling the dramatic events. Faizan analyzes what is next for Egypt, and how will changes impact the rest of the region and the world.

October 24, 2011, October 26, 2011, November 2, 2011
University Express, Clarence Senior Center, Williamsville, NY
University Express, Orchard Park Senior Center, Orchard Park, NY
University Express, Cheektowaga Senior Center, Cheektowaga, NY

Mr. Haq discussed term of Sharia or Islamic Law and the detailed system of religious law developed by Muslim scholars in the first three centuries of Islam. Then the aspects of life are covered under Sharia law and how it intersects with secular law in Muslim and non-Muslim countries were covered.

October 14, 2010, July 14, 2011
Orchard Park, NY, Weinberg Campus, Getzville, NY

This series on Islam and Women was by Faizan Haq and Riffat Sadiq, M.D. It examined the complex relationship defined by Islamic texts and the history and culture of the Muslim world. They also examined Sharia (Islamic Law) as it relates to differences between women’s and men’s roles, rights and obligations, including marriage, divorce, civil rights, legal status, dress code and education.

June 16, 2011
HD Café, Amherst, NY

WNYMuslims hosted a media workshop called “What Makes the Final Cut?”. There were close to 40 people in attendance and the audience ranged from teenagers to the elderly. In this workshop; George Richert from Channel 4, Jay Tokasz from the Buffalo News, Cardinal Greene from RCD Virtual Productions and Professor Faizan Haq from Buffalo State College and University at Buffalo were present to speak about different topics regarding the media and how people can get involved. Faizan Haq gave a presentation called What Defines You? He spoke about how the media and certain news figures can influence the way people think, especially when it comes to American Muslims. He emphasized that American-Muslims need to know how to define themselves and not let other people define who we are as Muslims.

June 2, 2011
Concord Town Hall Auditorium, Springville, NY

Springfield Concord Elder Network, provides a first-stop phone call for seniors in the area who are having problems or need questions answered. SCENe also links seniors to existing services that they might not know about. Mr. Haq was invited to speak about his former homeland Pakistan.

May 24, 2011
Church of the Nativity United Church of Christ Tonawanda, NY

Professor Faizan Haq addressed the main concerns of the Muslim-American community, particularly in light of the recent killing of Osama bin Laden. He also discussed America’s best course of action as it tries to befriend and open the way for Muslims in the Middle East who are demonstrating and fighting for democracy.

April 26, 2011
Islamic Society of Niagara Frontier, Getzville, NY

Professor Faizan Haq’s students of Islamic Cultural History CPM 390/RSP 388 presented on the following books:

  • Reflective heart: Discovering Spiritual Intelligence in Ibn ‘Arabis Meccan Illuminations by James Winston Morris
  • Ibn Khaldun’s Philosophy of History: a study in the Philosophic Foundation of the Science of Cult by Muhsin Mahdi
  • Speaking in God’s name: Islamic law, Authority, and Women by Khaled Abou El Fadl

April 21, 2011
Islamic Society of Niagara Frontier, Getzville, NY

Professor Faizan Haq’s students of Islamic Cultural History CPM 390/RSP 388 presented on the following books:

  • Radical Reform: Islamic Ethics and Liberation by Tariq Ramadan
  • Perception of Islam in European Writings by Ahmad Gunny
  • Jihad vs. McWorld: Terrorism’s Challenge to Democracy by Benjamin R. Barber 

University Express Orchard Park Senior Center Orchard Park, NY
June 1, 2010

A presentation on Yemen revealed that it is the only republic in the Arabian Peninsula. It is a poor country facing challenges of the civil war, resource depletion, and crippling unemployment and illiteracy. Faizan lectured on the US-Yemeni Relations and its current economic, social and political state.

October 15, 2008
UB North Campus, Buffalo, NY
By Mara Ahmed

“The Muslims I Know” examined the lives and views of Muslims in America following 9/11. The purpose of the film is to break through stereotypes by showcasing Pakistani Americans and asking them questions framed by the non-Muslim community. 
Director and producer Mara Ahmed of Rochester, NY, introduced the film and lead a discussion following the screening. The event is held in conjunction with Professor Faizan Haq’s class, USA and the Muslim World, and cosponsored by UB’s Intercultural and Diversity Center and the International Institute of Buffalo.