In this six-days hands on workshop, the participating students learnt from leading scholars, authors, and speakers a wide range of topics including peaceful civic engagement, inter-faith dialog, media matters, legal and policy making process in America, effective communication with government and non-government officials, History of American Muslims, political history of America, and lobbying and legal issues.
The retreat included a study tour to the Capitol Hill where the students participated in the Capitol Hill Jumu’ah Prayer. They also had a memorable tour at the White House.
The students were invited to an Iftar on Wednesday August 8th at IIIT. The graduation ceremony and Ramadan Iftar dinner at Capitol Hill took place at the Cannon Caucus Room of Cannon House Office Building on August 9th. Community and interfaith leaders, as well as family members of the students attended the event. The keynote guest speaker of the event, Rev. Dr. Clark Lobenstine (Executive Director, InterFaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington), stressed the importance of interfaith dialogue. The students were awarded certificates upon satisfactory completion of the curriculum. Certificates were presented by MACCPAC National Director Mr. Aktar Hossain and TFI Executive Director Dr. Abubaker Al-Shingieti.