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Interfaith Symposium to Focus on Islam in America

Three religious scholars will represent Islamic, Jewish and Christian points of view

Three prominent religious scholars, representing Islamic, Jewish and Christian points of view, will lead an interactive symposium on Islam in America. The event takes place Sunday at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

The members of the panel are Biagio Mazza, Pastoral Associate, St. Sabina’s Parish, Belton, Mo.; Dr. Sayyid M. Syeed, National Director, Office for Interfaith and Community Alliances, Islamic Society of North America; and Alan Edelman, Associate Executive Director, Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City.

Panel members will discuss the history, development and future of Christianity, Islam, and Judaism in America. The interactive symposium aims to enhance participants’ role in shaping the growing presence of Islam within our pluralistic culture.

The event is free and open to the public. It begins at 2 p.m. Sunday April 15 in Room 401 of the UMKC Student Union, 5100 Cherry St., Kansas City.

The symposium is organized by the Muslim Students’ Association, University of Missouri-Kansas City, with support from Midland Islamic Council and the Islamic Society of North America.

Jabir Hazziez recognized for his heroic actions!


A jet passenger was foaming up the mouth, experiencing seizures and tried to open the cabin door during a flight Wednesday. A quick-thinking Kansas City firefighter helped prevent a potential mid-air disaster.

Jabir Hazziez Jr.,  who is also a Jackson County sheriff’s deputy, had visited family over the Thanksgiving holiday and was returning on an Air Tran flight from Atlanta to Kansas City. A flight attendant then announced a passenger was in medical distress.

“The flight attendant requested anyone with medical expertise,” Hazziez recalled. “I hesitated at first, waiting for an doctor. I’m an EMT.”

He and another passenger headed to the front of the plane where they found a passenger experiencing seizures.

“They tried to direct him into the lavoratory because he was foaming at the mouth,” he said. “He was coming out of the seizure . . . . He tried to open the doors to the plane . . . It was apparent we needed to take him down because he was endangering lives of everyone up there.”

The pilot diverted to Memphis’ international airport for an emergency landing.

“We tried to assure him, but it wasn’t working so I had to take him down and put a neck restraint on him to render him unconscious,” Hazziez said.

The passengers worked to keep the man restrained on the floor until the plane landed 20 minutes later.

Medical personnel rushed the man off the flight. Security searched the flight before it took off again for Kansas City.

And Hazziez received a hero’s welcome from his family.

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