Seminar on Sadaqa by Ismail Buyukcelebi

On Saturday, February 15th, Ismail Buyukcelebi, PhD gave a speech to our community on sadaqa.  He mentioned the importance of sadaqa and avoiding accidents.  He made several references to ayat


4th Annual Ramadan Tent Iftar

On Wednesday, July the 9th, LDC and NEICC of PA organized the 4th Annual Ramadan Tent Iftar at the Payrow Plaza in Bethlehem.  Thanks to City of Bethlehem for the opportunity.


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Lehigh Dialogue Center endorses Fethullah Gulen's message on ISIS

Lehigh Dialogue Center
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Press Release on October 27th, 2014


Below is Mr. Gulen's message of condemnation of ISIS, published on August 22nd, 2014.  This message of condemnation was later on published in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times on September 17, 2014.

"ISIS Cruelty Deserves Our Strongest Condemnation

As a practicing Muslim deeply influenced by tenets of my faith, I strongly condemn the brutal atrocities of the ISIS terrorist group. Their actions are a disgrace to the faith they proclaim and are crimes against humanity. Religion provides a foundation upon which to establish peace, human rights, freedoms and the rule of law. Any interpretations to the contrary, including the abuse of religion to fuel conflicts, are simply wrong and deceitful.

ISIS is not the first group to use religious rhetoric to mask its cruelty-Al Qaeda did so 13 years ago and Boko Haram more recently. What they all have in common is a totalitarian mentality that denies human beings their dignity.

Any form of violence against innocent civilians or prosecution of minorities contradicts the principles of the Qur'an and the traditions of our Prophet (upon whom be peace and blessings). ISIS members are either completely ignorant about the faith they proclaim or their actions are designed to serve individual interests or those of their political masters. Regardless, their actions represent those of a terrorist group and, as such, they should be brought to justice and compelled to answer for their horrific crimes.

I send my heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased in Iraq and Syria, and to the families of James Foley, Steven Sotloff, and David Haines. May God give them strength, patience and perseverance, and alleviate their suffering. I also pray for the immediate and safe release of hostages and ask God, the Merciful, to lead us all toward mutual respect and peace. I invite everyone around the world to join me in these prayers.

Fethullah Gulen

Islamic Scholar, preacher and social advocate"

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Seminar on Sadaqa by Ismail Buyukcelebi

On Saturday, February 15th, Ismail Buyukcelebi, PhD gave a speech to our community on sadaqa.  He mentioned the importance of sadaqa and avoiding accidents.  He made several references to ayat and hadith.

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NEICC of PA and LDC organized the Rumi Celebration Seminar

North East Islamic Community Center of Pennsylvania and Lehigh Dialogue Center organized the Rumi Celebration Seminar.

On December 14 the Turkish cultural center hosted the cultural celebration that focused on the poet Mavlana Jalaladdin Rumi. The poet Mavlana was recognized by two well known authors in the subject that came as guest speakers to our podium. The journalist writer Ayşe Göktürk Tunceroğlu explained the history of Mevlana and how he was raised and brought to his final destination Turkey where he wrote his influential book Mesnevi. Mrs. Tunceroğlu also recited Mavlana’s pomes accompanied by the musical instrument Ney.


Come, come, whoever you are. Wanderer, idolater, worshipper of fire, Come even you have broken your vows a thousand times, Come, and come yet again. Ours is not a caravan of despair.

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