Spirit of Abraham Award

The Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno strives to promote and increase the understanding of Islam and Muslims and recognizes voices of courage that help the Center realize such a goal.

Each year, the Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno presents the Spirit of Abraham Award to groups and/or individuals who significantly contribute towards enhancing the understanding of Islam and Muslims as well as creating more harmonious relationships between faiths. The awards gala is part of the “Night of Spirituality” that commemorates the commencement of the month of Ramadan during which Muslims fast from dawn to dusk.


To nominate an individual or group, fill out the Nomination form and return to:

Spirit of Abraham Committee

2111 East Nees Ave

Fresno, CA 93720


Past Recipients of the Award:

2005-KNXT– A Forum for a Better Understanding

2006-Police Chief Jerry Dyer

2006-Fresno Bee– Faith & Values Section

2007-Japanese American Citizen’s League

2007-Dr. Alfred Evans

2008-Dr. Sudarshan Kapoor

2008-Dr. Khursheed Ali

2010-Dr. Kathie Ried

2010-The Marjorie Mason Center

2011-Dr. Vida Samiian

2011-Howard Watkins Photography

2012-Congressman Jim Costa

2012-The Ethics Center at Fresno State

2013-ABC 30 News

2013-Rev. Natalie Chamberlain

2014-Fresno State Henry Madden Library

2014-7th Grade Teachers-Sierra Jr. High

2015-Dr. Joseph Castro, President Fresno State

2015-Faith in Community

2016-Rev. Chris Breedlove

2016- KSEE24/CBS47

2017-Rabbi Rick Winer

2017- Awahnee Middle School

2018- Joe Pulido

2018- Fresno State Cineculture