Help the starving people of Syria!
Come show your support at Shaam Relief Foundation's Annual Banquet. Our speakers for the event will be Imam Omar Suleiman for the keynote address, Syrian activist Majd Chourbaji, Qur'an recitation by Sh. Ramadan Elsabagh, and our motivational speaker will be Shaheer Raslan.
Shaam Relief will give an update on the dire humanitarian crisis the Syrian people are experiencing and present the projects Shaam Relief is doing to make a difference that you can support.
When: Sunday, March 6th, 2016. Doors open at 6 PM.
Where: DoubleTree Hotel Near the Galleria
Imam Omar Suleiman
- Instructor/Head of History Dept. at Bayyinah Institute (Bayyinah.tv)
- Director of the Islamic Learning Foundation (www.ilmflix.com)
- Founder of M.U.H.S.E.N
- Resident Scholar at Valley Ranch Islamic Center
- Instructor at Mishkah University
- Instructor at Al Maghrib Institute
Majd Chourbaji has been a tireless advocate for women's leadership in politics and peace building and a longtime defender of women and detainee rights. In 2011, when Syrians across the country first began demanding respect for human rights from the Assad regime, Ms. Chourbaji helped lead the call for reform and change from her hometown in Darayya. As the Assad regime’s imprisonment of civil activists skyrocketed, she quickly turned her attention to the rights of prisoners. In December 2012, Ms. Chourbaji herself became a victim when the Assad regime arrested her for organizing sit-ins calling for the release of thousands of political prisoners. Later they arrested her husband and he was killed under torture. Despite abuses she endured, Ms. Chourbaji was not deterred from her work. She organized workshops on peace-building and citizenship among her fellow prisoners and persuaded 150 women detainees to stage a strike to demanding due process. These nonviolent activities pressured the Assad regime to allow these women access to the court system in Damascus. Subsequently, 83 women were released, including Ms. Chourbaji. She was forced to leave Syria, however, and relocate to Lebanon after being pursued by the Assad regime’s intelligence services. Today, she continues her work on the rights of prisoners and on making sure other Syrian women’s voices are heard. As the public relations director for the Women Now for Development centers in Lebanon, Ms. Chourbaji has helped Syrian women take on leadership roles in their communities and has prepared them to fully participate in peace building efforts at the local and national level.the last year. Last year, she won "the International Women of Courage Award" and next March Ms. Chourbaji will receive "Oxfam America Right the Wrong Award" for her tremendous work with women across the globe and the support she is providing to Syrian women refugees through her organization Women Now in Lebanon.