By Amer Taleb
The Islamic Center of Tucson’s annual Seerat Al-Rasul event starts tonight at 6:30 p.m., the Muslim Students Association organized the program. Amro Hamed, the MSA’s vice president, gave us the details.
Tucson Minaret: What’s the point of Seerat Al-Rasul and what does the event consist of?
Amro Hamed: The term is Arabic and it’s a reference to the life of the Prophet Muhammad. We want people to know who the Prophet was, how he lived and learn more about Islam in the process. And it’s a good way for the community to get together. We’re going to have skits, nasheed (Islamic ‘music’), Quran recitations and a lecture from Dr. Scott Lucas. Should be a lot of fun.
TM: How many people are you expecting?
TM: I’m sure all of them are wondering, what’s on the menu?
AH: Haha. A lot of good stuff. Rice, salad and the meat is zabeeha (animal slaughtered according to Islamic guidelines).
TM: Did you kill the cow?
AH: Yea, a lot of us did. We had to get the cow…
TM: Whoa…I’m sure the details are interesting but that’s for a whole different Q&A. Is there a specific audience you’re expecting to attend Seerat Al-Rasul?
AH: Well, the majority will probably be younger kids. But the event offers a lot and hopefully there’ll be a lot of diversity in the age groups.
TM: The program starts at 6:30 p.m., what time does it end?
AH: We don’t have a deadline. People can stay as long as they’d like.
TM: Last question, what part of the event are you looking forward to the most?
AH: Seeing the smiles on everybody’s faces, having the community get together and knowing that they had a good time and hopefully they learn a lot too.