On Saturday, April 2, the Islamic Center of NM (ICNM) hosted a gathering to salute to Imam Shafi Aziz, who is moving to Denver at the end of April.
Rabbi Arthur Flicker and Mayor Richard Berry were among those who spoke at the event, as well as NM Interfaith Dialogue Secretary-Treasurer Gail Rubin. The Imam had served on the Board of the Dialogue over the past year.
ICNM President Abbas Akhil gave a short overview of the many places Imam Shafi has served. He also remarked on the Imam’s amazing ability to quote verses from the Old and New Testaments from memory.
Rabbi Arthur Flicker shared stories of members of B’nai Israel and the Islamic Center working side-by-side to build a home through Albuquerque’s Habitat for Humanity organization. He and the Imam became good friends during the past few years.
The NM Interfaith Dialogue sends its best wishes to the Imam as he moves to Denver. We will miss his presence and dedication to encouraging interfaith discussions.