Generating Awareness: Coffee, Cake, & Islam

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The Humanities Alliance sponsored an event Thursday, October 26, opening up a conversation about Islam and how the religion is represented. The event covered The Eleven Points, which are eleven principles that True Islam uses to illustrate the peaceful nature of the religion and combat Islamophobia.

“There is a lot of misinformation about Islam,” said Waqas Malik, a member of the local Ahmadiyya Muslim community. “There are those who seek to divide us. This campaign is designed to address questions.”

In his presentation, Malik explained the principles in depth and how certain parts of Islam are misinterpreted and misused. He asked the audience, “Consider the source, not how people contradict it. Islam instructs us to live by peace,” he said. “Our religion is being abused to gain political power.”

Adja Fame, a Program Specialist of EvCC’s International Education team, shared a story about a black, Muslim, 18-year-old that was found hanging from a tree near her neighborhood.

“This could happen to my kids,” Fame said. “No human being should have to go through this.”

She continues, “This was my wake up call. I started reaching out and connecting, and I connected with a group of powerful, brave women whose goal it was to connect the community. Thank you for taking the step and starting a conversation. This is for my boys.”

Adja Fame had her two young boys, ages 2 and 6, at the event with her.

Coffee, Cake, and Islam will be held at Ballard Coffee Works weekly. For more information visit:

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