Each year, the Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno (ICCF) presents the Spirit of Abraham Award (SAA) to an organization and/or individual who contributes towards enhancing the understanding of Islam and Muslims.
This year the SAA Committee has chosen Fresno State Henry Madden Library (HML) and the 7th grade teachers at Sierra Junior High as the winners.
HML has done a tremendous job in familiarizing the campus community with the people, history, faith and cultures of Muslims through the “Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys,” through a grant jointly received by ICCF & HML from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA).
Over the years, there have been 9 teachers from Sierra Junior High who have been part of the 7th grade team and involved with planning and/or organizing Cultural tours for the students to visit ICCF, Temple Beth Israel, and a Christian church (various ones over the years).
The Awards will be offered to them during the “Night of Spirituality” event at ICCF. This event will occur during the first week of the lunar month of Ramadan, the month of fasting for Muslims.