An American Muslim imam will receive the Robert A. Bruttell Interfaith Leader Award on February 22 in recognition of his active outreach to Detroit’s diverse religious communities.
Imam Steve Mustafa Elturk, president of the Islamic Organization of North America, is a leader of Warren’s faith community, where his mosque is based.
As the co-chair of the Imams Committee of the Michigan Muslim Council, he has been instrumental in actively connecting with all faith groups, The Arab American News reported.
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The award organizers says Imam Elturk has worked to help the wider Detroit community understand what it means to be a Sunni Muslim.
“During a year of national and local challenge and conflict, we believe that positive interfaith relationships, education and conciliation are more important than ever,” said Rev. Stancy Adams, chairperson of the InterFaith Leadership Council.
“We are pleased to honor Father Thomas and Imam Elturk as unwavering positive examples of interfaith leadership in our community.
“The Detroit Interfaith Outreach Network brings together individuals of diverse faiths and backgrounds to develop understanding and friendships through interfaith services, cultural and educational activities.”
DION (Detroit Interfaith Outreach Network) and Fr. Norm Thomas of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Detroit will also be presented awards.
The award will be given in a virtual event at 7 pm. It will feature interviews with each of the awardees.
The Islamic Organization of North America, IONA, established its center and masjid to assist the Muslims in carrying out their religious obligations and duties.
IONA is operated and maintained by its general members and board of directors.