A brown bag presentation, which featured a discussion on Islam and Muslims in America, was held on Wednesday in honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage month.
Featured presenter Abdul K. Baram, Ph.D provided a presentation entitled “Islam and Muslims in America: Hope, Perspectives, and Challenges.” Presentation highlights included the essential principles and five pillars of Islam, Islam in America, the Koran and others.
Baram, a Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane (NSWC Crane) employee, also explained that Islam in North America dates back to 1492.
“One of the earliest accounts of Islam’s presence in North America dates back to the first new world voyage of Christopher Columbus in 1492,” Baram explained.
Baram along with Yunusa Balogun, Ph.D and NSWC Crane Chief Engineer Zahid Din also participated in a question and answer session after the presentation.
AAPI Heritage Month is celebrated in May and honors the accomplishments of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders in the Department of the Navy (DON), the armed forces and the nation. This year’s theme for AAPI Heritage Month is “Walk Together, Embrace Differences, Build Legacies.”