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Understanding Islam – Voices from Pittsburgh

Feb 10, 2016 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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Panel Discussion

Safdar Khwaja, President, Pittsburgh Chapter, Council on American-Islamic Relations

Wasi Mohamed, Executive Director, Islamic Center of Pittsburgh

Moderated by Paul Guggenheimer, host of Essential Pittsburgh on 90.5 WESA.

Join the World Affairs Council and 90.5 WESA for a panel discussion on the beliefs and practices of Islam, which is practiced by 1.6 billion people around the world and is often misunderstood by many non-Muslims. Hear from local Muslim community leaders as they share their unique perspectives and experiences about what it means to be Muslim, as well as challenges facing Muslims in America.

This community event is free and open to the public. Join us for this dialogue as we strive to increase understanding and address misconceptions around Islam.

6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Doors will open at 6:00 p.m.

This event is full. To be added to a waitlist, please click here or call 412-281-7970.

Contact Grace Oxley by phone 412-281-7048 or email

Safdar Khwaja is the President of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). He is a founding
member of the Muslim Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh, and actively represents the Muslim community through outreach
and interfaith dialogue. Mr. Khwaja was raised in the U.K. and Pakistan, and has been a naturalized U.S. citizen and a Pittsburgh
resident for more than 30 years. He currently works in Private Equity management, and has previously worked as Director of
Business Segment for Emerson Process Management and as Engineer & Projects Manager for Westinghouse Nuclear Services. Mr.
Khwaja holds an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh, an MS in Engineering from SUNY Buffalo, and a BS in Engineering from
the University of Engineering in Lahore, Pakistan.

Wasi Mohamed is the Executive Director of the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh (ICP). He was born and raised in Harrisburg, and
attended the University of Pittsburgh to earn degrees in Neuroscience, the History and Philosophy of Science, and Religious
Studies. Mr. Mohamed has held several leadership positions in Pittsburgh, including Founder/Executive Director of the Office of
Pitt Serves’ Student Civic Engagement Council, Executive Board Director of the Resident Student Association, and Director of the
Food Pantry Program at the ICP.

Paul Guggenheimer is the host of Essential Pittsburgh on 90.5 WESA, the NPR News station in Pittsburgh. Mr. Guggenheimer,
a Pittsburgh native, has been with the show since its inception in 2012. In 2014, Essential Pittsburgh won the Pennsylvania
Associated Press Broadcasters Association 1st Place Award for major market talks shows. In all, the program has won three
1st Place AP awards, two Golden Quills and the three Robert L. Vann Awards. A graduate of Emerson College in Boston, Mr.
Guggenheimer also has an acting background.

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