OUR COMMON BELIEFS

SHARING THE COMMONALITY BETWEEN OUR ABRAHAMIC FAITHS FROM THE ISLAMIC PERSPECTIVE.


WE PRESENT DIFFERENT TOPICS TO BRING LOVE AND HARMONY WITH OUR CHRISTIAN AND JEWISH NEIGHBORS.


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Ola Nosseir, Founder of Our Common Beliefs

Interview on Islam

on Greenburgh Public Access TV

by Dennis Rudin

Summer 2017

WOMEN IN ISLAM: American Muslim Family Life

at Asbury United Methodist Church, Croton, NY

Septemeber 15,  2018


Tree of Life Interfaith Service

at Temple Beth Abraham,  Tarrytown, NY,

October 30, 2018

Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

at Valhalla United Methodist Church, Valhalla, NY

Novermber 20, 2018


Martin Luther King, Jr. Interfaith Service

Briarcliff Ossining Ministerial Association (BOMA)

at Congregational Sons of Israel, Briarcliff Manor, NY

January 20, 2019

"O mankind, indeed We have created you from male and female and made you peoples and tribes that you may KNOW ONE ANOTHER. Indeed, the most noble of you in the sight of Allah is the most righteous of you. Indeed, Allah is Knowing and Acquainted."

Quran : Chapter 49 (Al-Hujuraat, The Rooms), Verse 13

ISLAM 101 PRESENTATION

This presentation will cover an overview of the Basic Pillars of Islam.

Picture of the Masjid An-Nabawi:

The Mosque of the Prophet Muhammad (Pbuh) in Medina, Saudi Arabia.

Prophet Muhammad (Pbuh)'s birthday will be celebrated

worldwide on November 10, 2019

(His birthdate was on April 22, 571 AD)


Medina: 2nd Holiest City in Islam

See What People Are Saying

"I highly recommend [Ola's] presentations, that also includes Islam 101, a basic primer on Islam."

TESTIMONIAL

"The various presentations about Islam, by Ola Nosseir, are extremely important for educating Westchester neighbors from various religious traditions about Islam. Some of the presentations include Muslim teachings on "Women in Islam," "The Prophet Jesus and Virgin Mary," and "The Hajj." The books, pictures, and clothing she makes available about Islam give the audience important resources to see and touch. The Q and A is always an important opportunity to ask questions about Islam that Ola is able to answer from her own experience as a Muslim woman, mother, activist, and member of the American Muslim Women's Association (AMWA) who is also a member of the Briarcliff Manor/Ossining Ministerial Association (BOMA). I highly recommend her presentations, that also includes Islam 101, a basic primer on Islam."

Charles S. Chesnavage, PhD, President, Westchest​er Coalition against Islamophobia and Professor of World Religions at Mercy College in the Bronx and Unification Theological Seminary in New York City, NY

June 27, 2018

Ossining Public Library

TESTIMONIAL

"I was thrilled to have the presentation at the OPL titled "Islam 101". In such an important time in our society, now was a good time more than ever to educate the community on the subject. My goal was to bring the community together and have a lively positive discussion and we accomplished that. A big thank you to Ola Nosseir for a job well-done. I look forward to having more of these presentations at OPL in the future and bringing the community together more and more."


James Trapasso, Director of Public Relations

Ossining Public Library

March 15, 2017

(Presentation was done on 12/03/2015

at Ossining Public Library, Ossining, NY)

Miracles of Jesus and the Virgin Mary

PROPHET JESUS AND

THE VIRGIN MARY (PBUT):

THE ISLAMIC PERSPECTIVE

PRESENTATION

This presentation will cover the story of the Prophet Jesus and the Virgin Mary (PBUT) from the Islamic perspective and how highly revered they both are to Muslims.

PBUT = Peace Be Upon Them



TESTIMONIAL

With Thanksgiving for your gracious spirit . . .

Last year at a local interfaith women’s gathering, I found myself overcome with a glimpse of beloved community. I wondered how that experience of peace, shalom, salaam can be carried into the world. How do we intentionally create spaces in this political and cultural climate to recognize and be transformed by the miracles that happen among us? To be blessed by the fruit of other faith traditions that might offer new understanding and wisdom into who God is calling us to be?

As I contemplated this vision, I happened to sit next to Ola Nosseir. She mentioned that she organized presentations that highlighted the connections between Muslim, Christian, and Jewish faith traditions.

We began to imagine what it might look like to integrate what many might assume are incompatible teachings into a Christian worship service that focuses on God’s perfect love.

Over the next few months we spent hours developing a friendship and sharing about our lives and our faith journeys. I invited Ola to speak during the sermon time at Asbury’s Sunday worship service. I was so thankful for her voice and her grace. The congregation was so appreciative to learn from her about Islam. It was a joy to have friends from other houses of worship come and hear from Ola.

After church, we had a community lunch and Ola was open to questions from the congregation in addition to others in the community who came to hear her.

When we break down walls of fearful separation and begin to see each other in the same way that God sees each one of us – made in the very image of our creator – fear is driven out and replaced with love. There is no room for fear when we love as God loves. Our creator loves us more than we can ask or imagine and we are called to embody and extend love that builds peace, salaam, shalom.

Truly it was an informative time and created space for much needed dialogue. I am thankful for a new friend and for insight into Islam and our common connections to Christianity.

Rev. Melissa Hinnen, Asbury United Methodist Church, Croton-on-Hudson, NY

Reverend Melissa Hinnen

Asbury United Methodist Church, Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y.

October 30, 2018

(Presentations were done on April 29, 2018 and September 15, 2018

at Asbury United Methodist Church, Croton-on-Hudson, NY)


TESTIMONIAL

A view of the altar area at Holy Rosary in Hawthorne, New York.


"I can't speak for anyone else but what I appreciated most at the program at Holy Innocents was the panel discussion. It was interactive, warm and engaging. We are drawn to God by beauty, truth and the good. Interactions that incorporate all three are fantastic. We are not about efficiency or primarily, results. Getting people to engage in smaller and more frequent venues would be great. I pray that you continue your outreach efforts and look forward to seeing you again."

Michael Ricciardi, Parishioner

Holy Rosary Church in Hawthorne, N.Y.

March 15, 2017

(Presentation was done on 10/16/2016

at Holy Innocents Church in Pleasantville, NY)

The Hajj: Pilgrimage to Mecca

Eid Al-Adha: The Feast of the Sacrifice

A Family Presentation

This presentation will cover our family's pilgrimage to Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia in December of 2007.

Eid Al-Adha , the Feast of Sacrifice, is the celebration at the end of the Pilgrimage.


Eid Al-Adha will be celebrated on Friday, July 31, 2020

Mecca: Holiest City in Islam

TESTIMONIALS

"I would like to say that the two presentations that Ola Nosseir did at Maryknoll Sisters were overwhelmingly received. She was so clear, so informative, so inclusive. All who attended were grateful for the opportunity to gain new knowledge.

This also provided the opportunity to see how much we share in our faith journeys. Many here were not aware that the Virgin Mary (PBUH) had such a prominent place in the Quran. We very much appreciated her presentation on the Pilgrimage to Mecca. We had never been so close to such a Pilgrimage!

I would highly recommend Ola for presentations on the Quran. She is highly motivated, well informed and an excellent presenter."


Sister Rosemarie Milazzo

Maryknoll Sisters, Ossining, N.Y.

March 26, 2017

(Presentation was done in 2015

at Maryknoll Sisters, Ossining, NY)

Maryknoll Sisters, Ossining, NY


Maryknoll Fathers, Ossining, NY

TESTIMONIALS

"My name is John Martin, a lifelong missionary with the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers in Ossining NY. In 1975, after 9 years living in Mexico as a priestly minister to the Catholics, I opted to join a new missionary venture to live as brothers and friends with our Muslim sisters and brothers in Bangladesh. I lived there for 6 years and subsequently 3 1/2 more years in India, assimilating the riches of the Muslim, Hindu, Sikh and Buddhist traditions. I certainly learned about the "hajj" pilgrimage by Muslims to Mecca, but actually spent many days on several pilgrimages to Ajmer in the western State of Rajasthan to the tomb of the revered Kwaja Moiniuddin Chisti, one of the 13th century Sufis who introduced Sufi Islam into South Asia. [Some] Muslims in South Asia consider a pilgrimage to Ajmer as equivalent to going to Mecca. But I never heard a description of the "Hajj" from any Muslim in all those years, until I had the privilege of hearing the presentation by Ola Nosseir on her family's pilgrimage to Mecca several years ago. What made it so outstanding for me was the description of one family's experience of the pilgrimage, illustrated by many wonderful photos of many aspects of their stay there. I strongly encourage anyone who wants to get an insider's viewpoint of this "Pillar of Islam" to see this presentation."


Father John Martin

Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers. Ossining, N.Y.

April 7th, 2017

(Presentation was done in 2015

at Maryknoll Sisters in Ossining, NY)

WOMEN IN ISLAM PRESENTATION

This presentation will cover the RIGHTS and HIGH status of WOMEN in Islam..


TESTIMONIAL

With Thanksgiving for your gracious spirit . . .

Last year at a local interfaith women’s gathering, I found myself overcome with a glimpse of beloved community. I wondered how that experience of peace, shalom, salaam can be carried into the world. How do we intentionally create spaces in this political and cultural climate to recognize and be transformed by the miracles that happen among us? To be blessed by the fruit of other faith traditions that might offer new understanding and wisdom into who God is calling us to be?

As I contemplated this vision, I happened to sit next to Ola Nosseir. She mentioned that she organized presentations that highlighted the connections between Muslim, Christian, and Jewish faith traditions.

We began to imagine what it might look like to integrate what many might assume are incompatible teachings into a Christian worship service that focuses on God’s perfect love.

Over the next few months we spent hours developing a friendship and sharing about our lives and our faith journeys. I invited Ola to speak during the sermon time at Asbury’s Sunday worship service. I was so thankful for her voice and her grace. The congregation was so appreciative to learn from her about Islam. It was a joy to have friends from other houses of worship come and hear from Ola.

After church, we had a community lunch and Ola was open to questions from the congregation in addition to others in the community who came to hear her.

When we break down walls of fearful separation and begin to see each other in the same way that God sees each one of us – made in the very image of our creator – fear is driven out and replaced with love. There is no room for fear when we love as God loves. Our creator loves us more than we can ask or imagine and we are called to embody and extend love that builds peace, salaam, shalom.

Truly it was an informative time and created space for much needed dialogue. I am thankful for a new friend and for insight into Islam and our common connections to Christianity.

Rev. Melissa Hinnen, Asbury United Methodist Church, Croton-on-Hudson, NY

Reverend Melissa Hinnen

Asbury United Methodist Church, Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y.

October 30, 2018

(Presentations were done on April 29, 2018 and September 15, 2018

at Asbury United Methodist Church, Croton-on-Hudson, NY)

TESTIMONIALS

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James Trapasso

Programming & Events Coordinator at the Ossining Public Library

March 19, 2018

"Ola Nosseir recently presented at the Ossining Public Library on the topic of Women in Islam. This was in recognition of Women's History Month. This was the second presentation that Ola has done at OPL and it was once again informative and educational. The discussion afterwards amongst the participants was terrific to. Ola also brought many fantastic artifacts that were on display. Ola is great to work with and I highly recommend her for your next lecture/presentation."

(Presentation done on March 14, 2018 at

The Ossining Public Library)

Marga Spiller, Parishoner

Katonah Presbyterian Church, Katonah, NY

March 15, 2018

Your presentation "Women in Islam" was an eye-opener to me:

You started with the timeline of women's rights in the Western, predominantly Christian world-not something to be proud of.

In Islam women and men are equal, but different. Education of women and men is not just encouraged but required by the teachings of Islam. Women have the right to participate in government and hold public office. They have the right to own property, the right to reject a potential spouse and the right to divorce. You explained that deviations from these religious ground rules are matters of local tribal culture and politics...and definitely Colonialism did not help.

THANK you, Ola, for educating us about Islam and our wonderful Muslim neighbors!

(Presentation done on March 14, 2018 at

The Ossining Public Library)

Emily Coca

March 25, 2018

The presentation on Women in Islam by Ola Nosseir was informative and timely. It is an opportunity to learn firsthand about Islam and not from the media. Ola speaks from her personal experience, perspective and faith. She uses the Qur'an as the direct source of information. The foundations, and not the variations are presented with honesty.

An eyeopening comparison, the rights of women among the major world religions is included in the powerpoint.

Overall the hope is to inform and educate the people Ola interacts in the community and to dispel the negative publicity Islam has received since the tragic events of September 11, 2001.

(Presentation done on March 14, 2018 at

The Ossining Public Library)

RAMADAN PRESENTATION

This presentation will cover the significance of the month of Ramadan and the holiday at the end of Ramadan called Eid El-Fitr -

Feast of Breaking the Fast

Ramadan  will begin on Thursday, April 23, 2020 till Saturday, May 23, 2020 and

the Feast of Breaking the Fast (Eid-El-Fitr)

 will be on Sunday, May24, 2020 

ANGELS IN ISLAM PRESENTATION

This presentation will cover Angels in Islam, which is one of the six pillars of faith (iman). Among thousands, there are 4 revered angels and the focus of the presentation will be on Angel Jibreel (Gabriel) (PBUH).

The expansion of the universe was described in the Qur'an. "And it is we who have built the Universe with Our creative power and keep expanding it" (Qur'an 51:47).

TESTIMONIAL

With Thanksgiving for your gracious spirit . . .

Last year at a local interfaith women’s gathering, I found myself overcome with a glimpse of beloved community. I wondered how that experience of peace, shalom, salaam can be carried into the world. How do we intentionally create spaces in this political and cultural climate to recognize and be transformed by the miracles that happen among us? To be blessed by the fruit of other faith traditions that might offer new understanding and wisdom into who God is calling us to be?

As I contemplated this vision, I happened to sit next to Ola Nosseir. She mentioned that she organized presentations that highlighted the connections between Muslim, Christian, and Jewish faith traditions.

We began to imagine what it might look like to integrate what many might assume are incompatible teachings into a Christian worship service that focuses on God’s perfect love.

Over the next few months we spent hours developing a friendship and sharing about our lives and our faith journeys. I invited Ola to speak during the sermon time at Asbury’s Sunday worship service. I was so thankful for her voice and her grace. The congregation was so appreciative to learn from her about Islam. It was a joy to have friends from other houses of worship come and hear from Ola.

After church, we had a community lunch and Ola was open to questions from the congregation in addition to others in the community who came to hear her.

When we break down walls of fearful separation and begin to see each other in the same way that God sees each one of us – made in the very image of our creator – fear is driven out and replaced with love. There is no room for fear when we love as God loves. Our creator loves us more than we can ask or imagine and we are called to embody and extend love that builds peace, salaam, shalom.

Truly it was an informative time and created space for much needed dialogue. I am thankful for a new friend and for insight into Islam and our common connections to Christianity.

Rev. Melissa Hinnen, Asbury United Methodist Church, Croton-on-Hudson, NY

Reverend Melissa Hinnen

Asbury United Methodist Church, Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y.

October 30, 2018

(Presentations were done on April 29, 2018 and September 15, 2018

at Asbury United Methodist Church, Croton-on-Hudson, NY)

SCIENTIFIC MIRACLES IN ISLAM PRESENTATION

This presentation will cover the scientific miracles in the Quran, such as the miracle of the origin of life, the ozone layer, mountains, Sun's orbit, the oceans, and the seas/rivers.

There are many Quranic verses that were revealed over 1400 years ago, that scientist are NOW just discovering.

The expansion of the universe was described in the Qur'an. "And it is we who have built the Universe with Our creative power and keep expanding it" (Qur'an 51:47).

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FOR MY

CHRISTIAN FRIENDS

PROPHET JESUS (PBUH) AND THE VIRGIN MARY (PBUH)

Chapter 19 in the Qur'an is the only chapter titled after a woman and that woman is The Virgin Mary (Pbuh) (Maryam in Arabic). Also Chapter 3 in the Qur'an is named after her family, the Family of Imran.

 

MUSLIMS BELIEVE IN THE MIRACULOUS BIRTH OF THE PROPHET JESUS (PBUH)

"[And mention] when the angels said, "O Mary, indeed Allah gives you good tidings of a word from Him, whose name will be the Messiah, Jesus, the son of Mary - distinguished in this world and the Hereafter and among those brought near [to Allah/God]." (Qur'an 3:45)


"He will speak to the people in the cradle and in maturity and will be of the righteous." (Qur'an 3:46)

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FOR MY

JEWISH FRIENDS

YOM KIPPUR = YAWM KABIR IN ARABIC = BIG DAY= ASHURA

A day of fasting among the Muslims observed on the 10th day of the first month of the Islamic calendar, Muharram.  It is derived from the Jewish Day of Atonement.


Did you know that Muslims fast on Ashura because Prophet Muhummad (Peace Be Upon Him) saw the Jews fast in Medina, Saudi Arabia 1400 years ago and was told that they fast because Prophet Moses (PBUH) saved them from Pharaoh. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said Prophet Moses (PBUH) is my friend and so all the Muslims will also fast (optional) one or two or three days. On 2016, Ashura was celebrated on the day before Yom Kippur. However, every year it is celebrated on a different day because Muslims follow the lunar calendar.

Ashura will be celebrated on August 29,  2020

OLA NOSSEIR

PHONE: (914)433-1774

EMAIL: [email protected]

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