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INTERFAITH DIALOGUE PROJECT
a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit

Our Mission: 
To promote dialogue and trust between communities of different faiths.

Our Vision:
A more peaceful world, where empathy and generosity strengthen communities and create opportunities.

Our Values: 
Interfaith Dialogue Project respects the beliefs, sacred writings, and contribution that all religions have made to the history and diversity of the world. The organization is committed to creating and promoting an environment that respects all faiths.

Interfaith Dialogue Project embraces the core values of accountability, transparency, diversity, and fairness. The organization will build its programs and policies around these ideals; including communications, hiring practices, board and volunteer selections, financial matters and fundraising, communities served, and public disclosure.

To best serve its mission, the organization will remain neutral on all issues of faith; including the authenticity of any particular religion or belief.

 

 

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Introduction


 

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Introduction


 

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Introduction

Religious freedom is a fundamental human right. Our beliefs are sacred. There is honor in calling oneself Muslim, Jew, Christian, Hindu, or Buddhist; or being a part of any other religion. Our faith, our culture, and our differences should be held in esteem and respected. 

Interfaith Dialogue Project is about creating opportunities to bring people together; people with different ideas, beliefs, and cultures. 

The organization will pursue its mission through community-based programs, national outreach, advocacy through media, web-based programs, research, publications, and conferences. Programs will focus primarily in the United States, particularly in areas with diverse religious and cultural populations. Over time, and based on resources and opportunities, outreach may extend into other countries and regions. 

Interfaith Dialogue Project is not affiliated with any religion, yet seeks support from all faiths.  The organization is non-partisan and non-political, yet welcomes support from government and political leaders, international organizations, and NGOs. All faith communities are welcome.

To maximize outreach effectiveness and remove barriers to participation, the organization will publish literature, web content, and videos in English, Arabic, Hindi, Hebrew, Spanish, Mandarin, Russian, French, and Bengali when possible.

The logo
The Interfaith Dialogue Project logo represents interaction and cooperation. The multicolor weave includes colors associated with the major religions: green (Islam), blue (Judaism), purple (Christianity), crimson red (Buddhism), and saffron orange (Hinduism). These colors are iconic in other religions as well. The central weave of light blue and olive green represents hope.

 

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Where We Fit In


 

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Where We Fit In


 

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The Interfaith Movement, Where We Fit In

There are many organizations dedicated to interfaith issues and peace, from local congregational-based efforts to international NGOs. Harvard University publishes a helpful online directory at www.pluralism.org/selected-links/interfaith/. 

Each organization serves a particular niche, and approaches the challenge from a unique perspective and mission. Together a momentum is building, progress in the right direction.

Interfaith Dialogue Project welcomes everyone - all congregations, and individuals from any faith tradition. The organization’s work is primarily focused on ‘traditional’ congregations (groups that for the most part, have followed a particular doctrine over many generations or millennia). Members of these congregations often share common heritage and a strong cultural bond. 

Serving this particular niche presents unique opportunities and challenges. We look forward to sharing, learning, and participating with such a diverse group.

The Interfaith Dialogue Project’s plan is unique among interfaith groups. Programs include region-by-region outreach, Interfaith Online, and a sustained public awareness campaign peaceheals.org.

Other New York-based interfaith groups include: 
The Bridge Multicultural & Advocacy Project
The Interfaith Center of New York
The Holocaust, Genocide and Interfaith Education Center at Manhattan College
Center for Ethnic, Racial, and Religious Understanding (CERRU)
Universal Peace Federation
Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding
New York Disaster Interfaith Services
Center for Jewish-Christian-Muslim Understanding

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Programs


 

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Programs


 

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Programs
Interfaith Dialogue Project takes a broad-minded approach to its mission, seeking cooperation and collaboration from many different places. The organization’s programs will include:

1. Common Ground - community outreach
2. Interfaith Online
3. Interfaith Advisory & Planning Group
4. Speakers Bureau
 

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History, Inspiration, Zaman's Bio/CV


 

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History, Inspiration, Zaman's Bio/CV


 

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History and Inspiration

Founded by Abu Naser Khaliquzzaman (his friends call him Abu or Zaman), Interfaith Dialogue Project was inspired by the events of September 11, 2001. 

Zaman was in Dhaka on 9-11, his wife and son were at their home in New York City. The emotional impact of that day and growing tensions in Bangladesh inspired Abu to speak out publicly in support of the victims, and call for de-escalation and interfaith unity. 

In the days and weeks that followed, Abu held press conferences and organized public interfaith events in Dhaka. Clergy representing the major faith communities from that region participated, including Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, and Hinduism. Also in attendance were Bangladeshi politicians, business and civic leaders, and senior staff from the U.S. Embassy.  

These events started a major conversation in the press, in part because they were the first public events held in a Muslim country after 9-11. Local, national, and international media organizations reported, including BBC, AP, CNN, Reuters, NY Times, and more than 200 dailies.

Zaman has been passionate about interfaith and peace issues for many years. His efforts have been recognized by various organizations and individuals, including many Jewish, Christian, and Muslim community leaders and politicians. Resolutions supporting his work have been passed in the New York State Senate and Assembly, as well as in the United States House of Representatives. Reference to his work is included in the museum at the 9-11 Memorial in New York City.   

Abu is a naturalized U.S. citizen, born and raised in Bangladesh. He holds an M.S. in Pharmacy from Dhaka University. 


Link to YouTube video of Hon. Eric Adams, on NY State Senate floor in 2012 speaking about Zaman and his work.  


Biography / CV

Abu Naser Khaliquzzaman ‘Zaman’
abuzamanidp@gmail.com

Professional Experiences:

Founder, Interfaith Dialogue Project 2016
Mission: To promote dialogue and trust between communities of different faiths.
Vision: A more peaceful world, where empathy and generosity strengthen communities and create opportunities. PeaceHeals.org

President, World Trade Promotion Center
Brooklyn, NY, 1997-present
Manufacturer and exporter of food products and agricultural commodities, including halal certified.  The company was initially created to combat the growing problem of poor quality, contaminated food products in Bangladesh. Brands include American Halal, Newmarket Foods, and American Grain Products. Approved to participate in USDA GSM 102/103 programs, MAP (Market Access Program), and Dairy Export Incentive Program (DEIP).

Board Member, Mid-Atlantic Soybean Association (regional affiliate of American Soybean Association)
Rising Sun MD, 2003-2005

Television host, commentator, Bangladesh Television – BTV
Dhaka. Bangladesh
Hosted Juba Mela and other national programming, focused on health & wellness, social welfare, and youth issues in the newly emerging democracy.
 

Awards & Noteworthy Activities:

  • Member and Joint Secretary, Postgraduate Patients Welfare Society, Postgraduate Hospital, Dhaka. 1976
  • Founding member, National Foundation of Mental Health, Dhaka, 1977
  • Executive Committee member, and Vice President, Pharmacist Graduates Association of Bangladesh (PGA). 1981-1988
  • Following 9-11 attacks, Mr. Khaliquzzaman held press conferences and organized public interfaith events in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Clergy representing the major faith communities from that region participated, including Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, and Hinduism. Also in attendance were Bangladeshi politicians, business and civic leaders, and senior staff from the U.S. Embassy. These were the first public events against terrorism and for religious unity after 9-11 held in a Muslim country. 
  • Proclamation: Mayor Brian D. Levine (R), Franklin Township, New Jersey (currently Freeholder, Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders). For service to community and promotion of interfaith dialogue and cooperation. 2006. Presented ‘Key to the City’, 2008.
  • Member, New York City Community Board District 12, Brooklyn, NY
  • Proclamation: Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R), New York City. For service to the City of New York and community leadership. 2008 
  • PTA President, IS 220, Brooklyn, NY. 2007-2009
  • NY City Board of Education Leadership Award, for service to the community. 2009 
  • Proclamation: United State Congress by Hon. Yvette D. Clarke (D). [Congressional Record, September 21, 2012] Ms. CLARKE of New York. Mr. Speaker, “I rise today to recognize the contributions of Abu Naser Khaliquzzaman, President of World Trade Promotion Center, Inc. to the Brooklyn community and to furthering democracy in his native Bangladesh...”
  • Proclamation: NY State Senate, by Hon. Eric Adams (D) (currently Brooklyn Borough President), for outstanding service. 2012  
  • Proclamation: NY State Assembly Resolution K346 by Hon. Dov Hikind (D). Honoring Abu Naser Khaliquzzaman for his numerous years of service and dedication to promoting peace and democracy. 2015
  • 9-11 Memorial Museum, New York City. Reference to Zaman’s work is included in the permanent collection of the museum. 


Education:

Dhaka University
MS Pharmacy
BS Pharmacy

Notre Dame College
Congregation of Holy Cross
Science major
Dhaka, Bangladesh



 

 

 

 

 

 


 


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A Final Thought


 

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A Final Thought


 

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Conclusion
Peace is central to all religion. Many faithful greet each other with a gesture of peace... shalom, salaam, peace be with you. Empathy, generosity, and trust can change the world.

If you can help our cause, it would be greatly appreciated. 
 

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Abu Naser Khaliquzzaman
abuzamanidp@gmail.com
twitter: @abuzamanidp