(HARTFORD, CT, 4/14/13) -- A representative of the Connecticut chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relation (CAIR-CT) spoke Friday on a multi-faith panel discussion about "Compassion and Creativity in the Community." CAIR-CT Executive Director Mongi Dhaouadi discussed compassion based on the teaching of Islam's Prophet Muhammed.
The panel, which included a number of leaders from different faiths, was part of a two-day conference that looked at shifting the focus from"me" to "we," how to turn a destructive event into something constructive and how compassion affects the dynamic of a community.
"We bring to the community a practical aspect of compassion as manifested in the pillars of Islam and exemplified by the Prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him.) He was a living testimony of how to turn our focus from our own selves to those around us, and how to lead the way in a more humble and God-conscious life." said Dhaouadi. "After the shooting that took place in Sandy Hook Elementary School, which isnot too far from this venue, the Muslim community at Al Hedaya Islamic center in Newtown has been seen as an important partner in the healing process, and this is evident from the positive response to our message in this conference."
The conference, which was organized by Western Connecticut State University and took place at the Portuguese Cultural Center, featured a keynote address by Sen. Richard Blumenthal.
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam,encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
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