30th Annual Parents Appreciation Banquet

بِسْمِ ٱللَّٰهِ ٱلرَّحْمَٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ


“Thy Lord hath decreed that ye worship none but Him, and that ye be kind to parents. Whether one or both of them attain old age in thy life, say not to them a word of contempt, nor repel them, but address them in terms of honor. And, out of kindness, lower to them the wing of humility, and say: “My Lord! Bestow on them thy Mercy even as they cherished me in childhood.”Holy Qur’an, sura (chapter) 17: ayats (verses) 23-24

30th Annual
Parents Appreciation Banquet
November 13, 2022 from 4-7 p.m.


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Aneesah Dawan


Aneesah Dawan was born to Muslim parents but accepted Al-Islam for herself at the age of 13. A native of Little Rock, Arkansas, Aneesah graduated from the historic Little Rock Central High School. She studied Philosophy & Religious Studies at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and Criminal Justice at the University of Houston. Aneesah studied Arabic and Islamic Studies at Abu Nour University in Damascus, Syria, obtaining a 2-year Arabic language certification. Her earlier Islamic and Arabic education came from Imams and teachers under the leadership of Imam W. D. Mohammed. Aneesah serves in leadership capacities locally and nationally. Aneesah has utilized her knowledge of Quran, the life of Muhammed the Prophet (saw), and the Tafsir (Islamic commentary) of Imam W. D. Mohammed to provide leadership training courses in Little Rock, Arkansas and Memphis, Tennessee. She currently serves as the Assistant Director at the Islamic Learning Institute and a member of its Advisory Shuraa.

Guest Speaker: CHARLIE WILES

Charlie Wiles holds a degree in Political Science from Indiana University and spent several years working for the Indiana State Legislature. He operated a general contracting business renovating older homes, served as a combat medic in the US Army Reserves, and is the founding director of Peace Learning Center. He is currently executive director of Center for Interfaith Cooperation. He has led multiple national and international interfaith initiatives in countries that include, Jordan, Israel and Syria. Charlie is a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, and he serves on the Chaplaincy Advisory Board at St. Vincent Hospital. Charlie works with several community organizations including Veterans for Peace, Keep Indianapolis Beautiful (KIB), and OBAT Helpers. He is happily married to Sachiko Utsumi Wiles. They live near Broad Ripple in Indianapolis, Indiana with three daughters; Lena, Aya, and Mia Utsumi Wiles.

“This (Parents Appreciation Banquet) is a wonderful occasion that I wish we could have in the whole of the United States. If not an event like this, if it was just sixty-seconds to recognize parents it would help our families throughout these United States.” – Imam W. Deen Mohammed

Martin University

2186 N Sherman Dr.

Indianapolis, IN 46218


$45 Adults — $80 Couple

$40 Senior (62 & older) — $30 11-17 yrs.

2-10 years old — $15

For more information call 317 753-3754 or visit nurallah.org

Sponsored by Nur-Allah Islamic Center – Indianapolis, IN

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