This year the 23rd Annual Islamic Heritage Festival & Parade weekend June 12, 13 and 14, 2015 promises to be larger and more diverse than ever. The festival will be held at Penn’s Landing, Columbus Blvd. & Chestnut Streets, on Saturday, June 13, 2015 from 2pm to 8:00pm. The Islamic Heritage Festival is the largest Muslim festival in the country and is one of the largest multi-ethnic festivals held at Penn’s Landing each year. Over 5,000 people are expected to attend, it’s free and the festival is open to the public.
The weekend activity begins 1:00pm Friday, June 12th with Salatul Jumah (the Muslim congregational prayer service) at the world renowned Independence National Historical Park, located at 5th and Market Streets. The guest speaker for the Jumah will be Imam Muhammad Abdul-Aleem, the Imam Emeritus of Masjidullah, Inc. Philadelphia, PA. He is a long-time student of Al-Islam and the Holy Qur’an, and promotes the teachings of Imam W.D. Mohammed (ra). Independence National Historical Park is America’s most historic square mile with more than 20 landmarks open to the public. It is the Home of the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall which houses the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, the National Constitution Center and the new Presidents House which commemorates the lives of nine enslaved Africans who lived and worked in the nation first White House. After the prayer service there will be a ceremonial wreathing of the Liberty Bell and a tour of the outdoor galleries within the Presidents House which highlights nine of the enslaved Africans.
Later in the evening ICPIC will host a tour and open house at the New Africa Center/Muslim American Museum & Archive at 4243 Lancaster Ave, Philadelphia Pa 19104. The ICPIC New Africa Center will showcase it’s newly installed Malik Shabazz (Malcolm X) exhibition commemorating his 90th birthday created by curator Micheal Muhammad and review ICPIC’s New Freedom District Vision and Plans for transforming the 4200 block of Lancaster Ave from 5 to 9pm. Their will also be a live outdoor neighborhood jazz concert presented by the Peoples Emergence Center and the Producer’s Guide featuring Robert Henderson on the 4200 block of Lancaster Ave from 5 to 7pm.
Saturday Festival Highlights
At 1:00 pm the Islamic Heritage Festival and Parade will commence at 5th & Market Street at Independence National Park and head to Penn’s Landing, Columbus Blvd. & Chestnut Street. The Unity in Diversity City-wide Community Parade will feature the Muslim American Veterans Association, the Community of Imam W. Deen Mohammed, the Ahmadiyya Community, Moorish Community, International League of Muslim Women, Jawila Scouts, Aminah Scouts, youth groups, schools, masjids, hajj groups and community organizations from across the city and suburbs. We invite all the Muslims to join us in showcasing the Muslim community in the heart of center city Philadelphia ‘The City of Brotherly love’. The parade will kick-off the Islamic Heritage Festival.
From 2pm to 8pm the 23rd Annual Islamic Heritage Festival will be held at Penn’s Landing. The festival admission is free. It will feature games for children, arts & crafts, face painting, boat rides, health & wellness fair, free giveaways, entertainment, speakers and an open market bazaar with an array of vendors providing international products and services, books, clothing, Islamic arts & crafts, jewelry and foods from around the world.
Keystone First will be the festival’s healthcare pavilion sponsor, providing free blood pressure screenings, diabetes screenings and other non-invasive testing as well as offering henna and pre-natal care consultation. Keystone First will have special guest speakers talking about men and women health & wellness issues about hypertension, heart disease, strokes and other related illness along with providing free giveaways and invaluable information.
PECO Energy is the proud sponsor of the all day main stage entertainment from 2pm to 8pm. The entertainment will be provided by the nationally known hip-hop & rap artist Kadar Gigante aka Ismail Qadar, R&B singer Zaimah, spoken word artist Asim Sujud and Seff Al-Afriqi, the sensational World Champion UPK Pasha Generals, the Universal African Dance and Drum Ensemble, Jazz by Nasir Dickerson & Renaissance Messengers, Moses the Comic, rap artist Miss Unda-stood along with other young aspiring multicultural performers.
Sunday Festival Highlights
Muslim Community of Philadelphia, “New Freedom District Initiative” Unity Symposium ll Sunday, June , 14, 2015, from 2pm to 5pm at the historic campus of Sister Clara Muhammad School 4700 Wyalusing Avenue, Philadelphia, Pa. Admission is $5 per person. The goal of the symposium is to introduce the New Freedom District Initiative to transform the 4200 block of Lancaster Ave and provide a forum for a new generation of rising leaders to address critical issues within our community to foster unity, healing and reconciliation between the diverse communities and to underscore our potential for future developments as a unified community.
Our invited guest panelists are Imam Ismail Qadar, Imam Shadeed Muhammad, Imam Amin Nathari, Imam Youssef Kromah, Sister Khafi Ghaffar, Sheik Azeem Hopkins Bey and representatives from NASIM (New Africa Students of Imam W.D. Mohammed).
Facilitators in the sessions will use an engaging participatory style so they can involve the audience in active learning, open dialogue and discussion.
About ICPIC: Now in its 23rd year, the Islamic Cultural Preservation and Information Council (ICPIC), is the most progressive African-American Islamic cultural organization in the country. ICPIC have successfully sponsored the Islamic Heritage Festival for the past 23 years. ICPIC is grateful to all of the following sponsors and partners of this event: Delaware River Waterfront Corporation, PECO Energy, Keystone First, Muslim Journal, Samuel S. Fels Fund, the Ahmadiyya Community; Masjidullah/Center for Human Excellence, PA Council on the Arts and the Philadelphia Cultural Fund.
For more information about the festival, vending or sponsorships please contact us at: Phone: 610-352-0424 or 215-222-0520,or E-mail: ICPIC@RCN.com and visit our website at www.newafricacenter.com.
Contact: Abdul-Rahim Muhammad
4243 Lancaster Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone (610) 352-0424