The Power of Storytelling and Ramadan

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Date(s) - 03/18/2023
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Diyanet Center of America
9610 Good Luck Road
United States

The Power of Storytelling and Ramadan conference with Author Salma Hasan Ali at the DCA Auditorium on March 18th, 2023, 2:00PM

This event is open to everyone, registration is not required. Brothers, sisters, families, and children are all welcome. Please join us!

Author and storyteller Salma Hasan Ali will discuss the importance of sharing our stories to help dispel misperceptions and promote understanding. She will discuss her “30 Days” Ramadan project and her book, 30 Days: Stories of Gratitude,
Tradition, and Wisdom — covered by NPR’s Morning Edition and NowThis. Salma started the “30 Days” project eleven years ago to share the essence of the month of Ramadan with her children and community. Since then, it has grown
into an international storytelling platform that has connected people of different faiths and backgrounds around issues we all share in common — expressing gratitude, doing good deeds, preserving traditions, cherishing wisdom from our elders, and

The book is a collection of personal stories, as well as reflections by prominent Muslims including researcher Dalia Mogahed, Imam Mohamed Magid, and scholar Suhaib Webb, among others. It includes exquisite original illuminations, miniature paintings, and calligraphy by Afghan artist Sughra Hussaini, who exhibited at the Smithsonian Museum. The book and her just-released “30 Days Journal” where you can write your own personal stories of gratitude, traditions, and inspiration are handmade by artisans in Bangladesh; a “collector’s edition,” only a few hundred are available. Both will be available for signing and purchase at the event – a unique and beautiful Eid gift!

Salma Hasan Ali is an author, writer, storyteller, and nonprofit leader. Her work has been published in national and international media and her public speaking across the globe focuses on promoting a more informed and sensitive understanding of Muslims, the power of kindness, and the inspiration we can all draw from volunteerism and service. Through her storytelling consulting practice, Salma helps individuals, nonprofits, and businesses develop, write, and market their own narratives. Salma is Vice Chair of the Concordia Forum, a by-invitation international group of changemakers who are Muslim, and serves on the Board of KARAMAH—Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights. Salma is the Chief Inspiration Officer of KindWorks, an award-winning nonprofit that promotes community service. Salma was a finalist for the 2019 March of Dimes Heroines of Washington Award, and was nominated for the El Hibri Foundation Community Builder Award in 2017 and 2019. She attended Columbia College and received a
master’s degree from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. Salma previously worked as a writer, editor, and press and information leader for international organizations in Geneva, Paris, Stockholm, Bahrain, and New York City.


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