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Imam Bashar Arafat, on Mission for Universal Peace and Brotherhood

Imam Basar Rrafat, in Hyderabad, seen with Adil Mohd to his Rigt and Cova Co ordinator Mr. Turab to his left. aheading for a talk on "Youth and Radical Influence Attraction and Dangers" organised under Public Affairs Section of the US Consulate in Hyderabad

Imam Mohamad Bashar Arafat
Founder, Civilizations Exchange & Cooperation Foundation
7745 Paddock Way
Baltimore, MD 21244

Born and raised in Damascus, Syria. He attended Damascus University and graduated with a degree in Islamic Studies and Arabic Language in 1987 and a degree in Islamic Law in 1988. From 1975 to 1989 under the guidance and mentorship of the late Grand Mufti of Syria, Sheikh Ahmad Kuftaro, he studied Quranic interpretation, wisdom of the “Shari’ah” and the Islamic spiritual teachings. From 1989 to 1997, he accompanied the Grand Mufti during most of his international programs and conferences.
He served as Imam in Damascus from 1981 to 1989 and was then invited to the United States to lecture in various Islamic Centers. He was Imam of the Islamic Society of Baltimore, Maryland Inc. from 1989 to 1993, founded An-Nur Institute for Islamic Studies and Arabic Language in Baltimore in 1993, co-founded An-Nur Mosque in Carney, Maryland and was the Imam from 1995 to 1997. Currently he is President of the Islamic Affairs Council of Maryland, based in Baltimore.

He taught courses on Islamic Studies at the Ecumenical Institute of Theology at St. Mary’s Seminary & University, the University of Maryland in Baltimore County (UMBC), Johns Hopkins University, Goucher College, as well as Comparative Religions at Potomac College in Washington, DC. Currently he is teaching at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland.

He served as Campus Imam at Johns Hopkins University from 1993 to October 2003, Adjunct Chaplain at Johns Hopkins Hospital from 2000 to October 2003, and Muslim Chaplain for Baltimore City Police Department from 1998 to 2006.

Since moving to Baltimore in 1989, he has been heavily involved with interfaith work, both nationally and internationally, promoting better understanding between Muslims and other Faith Traditions. Among the recent conferences he attended are:

The Second International Conference for Rectors of the Roman Catholic Major Seminaries” held in
Rome, Italy by the Cardinal Suenens Center at John Carroll University, Ohio to be one of two Muslim

Islamabad International Consultation of Muslim Scholars on State and Society in the Modern World
held in Islamabad by the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan

Fostering Dialogue among Cultures and Civilizations through Concrete and Sustainable Initiatives
held in Rabat, Morocco by the UNESCO

Forum 2000 ”is an annual event in Prague called for by Václav Havel, Former President of the Czech Republic to discuss global issues facing the world today

He is the Founder and President of Civilizations Exchange and Cooperation Foundation (CECF), which functions as an umbrella to bring people together in a format, where exchanges can take place more effectively to create a better world that enjoins peace and cooperation.

Currently CECF provides religious and cultural training, consultation, and orientation services for the international exchange students and staff of the U.S. Department of State’s sponsored Youth Exchange Study Program, “YES Program” in the USA.

As of January 2005, Imam Arafat began conducting programs on “Islam in America” through the International Speakers Program of The United States Department of States in Chad, Niger, Mauritania, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Kenya, Morocco, Egypt, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Spain, Austria, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Iceland and Thailand.

  1. June 14, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    Incredibly great read. Honestly..

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