Interfaith Dinner: The Origin Story

This Monday, after the MLK vigil, A Knock At Midnight, I sat down with Reeza Redzuan Rosnan, creator of the interfaith dinner and representative of the Malaysian Student Association here on campus, and asked him about the upcoming Interfaith dinner. He spoke about what inspired his interfaith tour and the corresponding dinner. Rosnan’s story begins this past summer, after the horrific massacre that took place in the Orlando gay club, Pulse.                                                                                                                                                                                       “It really boiled me that the shooter, as a muslim, in the holy month of ramadan, would kill 49 people in a night. Then when I was looking on social media, some people were agreeing with him! This knocked at my heart. I went to the vigil at Club Majestic. At the club, to show solidarity, there was a presence of the islamic community and they not only focused on the victims, but also on Islamophobia, and homophobia in general.”                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Shortly after the Orlando attack, there was a another attack by two muslims in Normandy, France. Six people were taken hostage, and a priest was killed.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                “I went to the Catholic association here on campus, to show my support, sympathy, and empathy. Then I asked myself: Why do I need tragedy for us to come together? We need to create a movement at TU. At that moment I knew, that I am going to have an interfaith tour, and I am no longer going to wait for tragedy.  We need this initiative, so during the fall there was the interfaith tour, and in spring the interfaith dinners.” 

Rosnan finished off by saying something that we can all agree with: “You need to be a champion for all, not just one. To fight for justice you have to fight for all. Since then I've been inspired to just do it. ”  

INTERFAITH DINNER:

Saturday at 6 PM - 9:30 PM

Allen Chapman Student Union (ACAC) 

Tulsa, Oklahoma 74104