Inquiry Into Islam

Inquiry Into Islam

article courtesy of the Rev. Bill Adams of Holy Trinity, Ukiah. Photo below right by Paul Sunderman. Photo below left courtesy of Iman Sameh Hussein.

It all started when the Rev. Mary Fisher of St. Francis, Willits called the Rev. Bill Adams of Holy Trinity, Ukiah to ask him if he would come and speak to them about Islam. The diocese had given her his name as someone who might be able to help with this. Fr. Adams (pictured right with Imam Ibrahim Hamdani from the Sacramento Islamic Center) had an experience with Muslims coming to talk during a Sunday Service in his former parish of Trinity, Sutter Creek. The decision was made to do the same in Ukiah and Willits and surrounding areas.

According to Fr. Adams, "Most people would agree that Timothy McVeigh and David Koresh do not typify Christianity, and they would be right, even though both claimed to be Christian. Many people believe or at least wonder if people like Osama Bin Laden and Mullah Muhammad Omar typify Islam. They do not."

To help address this issue, all are invited to Holy Trinity, Ukiah for an evening with Islamic scholar Sameh Hussein, who is the Imam at the Santa Rosa Islamic Society and a successful local businessman. He will discuss the salient features of Islam and the common thread between Islam and other faiths that trace their roots to the Patriarch Abraham. He will also discuss the beliefs and practices of Muslims. He will not shy away from the difficult topics of our day, but will hope that what he shares will cause us to respect each other. Imam Hussein will also take questions from participants and address their concerns.

"I have found that there is a great hunger to know more about the Islam of peace,"  said Fr. Adams.  "This can only be a good thing, for our parishes, our communities and the diocese."


Saturday, June 25, 12:30pm - 4:00pm (lunch served at 12:30. Program begins at 1:30pm

Where: Holy Trinity, Ukiah

This event is open to all and is free of charge. Please RSVP to Fr. Bill Adams by email:, or phone: (707) 391-0153.

Sameh Hussein was born in Cairo, Egypt in 1970. As a child he moved with his family to Qatar and spent his schooling years there, graduating from Qatar University in math and physics. In 1996 he moved to the US to further his education. He became interested in the alarm and camera security Industry in 1997 and has made it his profession. He owns Digitronics Security and Surveillance, Inc. and is very knowledgeable on the numerous facets of surveillance protection. He married in 1999 and is the proud father of three lovely daughters. Sameh is a born Muslim who has spent his entire life deeply engrained in the study of religious material, particularly the Qu'ran, the Sunnah and the Shariah rulings regarding living daily life according to the laws of God. He offers the Friday prayer and weekly Khutba (Sermon) on a part-time basis at two Northern California mosques, and is often sought after by members of the congregation who are seeking to live according to religious and moral duties in a rightful manner.

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1. Bill Adams+ wrote:
I surely do hope that everyone feels invited to attend this gathering. Come for lunch, just let me know by E-mail: or by phone: 707-391-0153. Help us break down those barriers that still get in our way. Peace to you all!

Tue, June 14, 2011 @ 10:59 PM

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