Interfaith / ECOFaith

Interfaith/ ECOFaith

The Islamic Society of Santa Barbara is proud and blessed to be an active part of the Santa Barbara community. We engaged in a variety of outreach programs and are dedicated to building strong ties of friendship with all the people of Santa Barbara.

After a long hiatus due to COVID, ISSB is finally able to reconnect with other Interfaith communities in Santa Barbara.

A kick-off event was organized by ECOfaith, with Naiyerah Kolkailah’s talk about Ecological Narratives in the Quran at the Santa Barbara Islamic Center. The talk was carried out in person and via Zoom.

ISSB was honored to join the Unity Church in celebrating Compassion Day and the 83rd birthday of His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama. After a prayer performed by Buddhist monks, each representative of the various faiths were invited to share a few words. The event ended with a surprise Tibetan traditional dance performed by the members of Santa Barbara Summit for Tibet.

ISSB also welcomed Rabbi Daniel Brenner and members of the Congregation B’nai B’rith (CBB) to join us for Jummah prayer. After Khutbah and prayer, our guests was taken on a tour of our Islamic Center. The event was repeated the following Friday to cater to the overwhelming response and interest from the CBB members. Members of ISSB was then invited to CBB to observed the morning service on Saturday Sabbath and join their congregation to read parts of the Torah. We then tour the synagogue and learn about the process of how a Torah is reproduced.

The interfaith committee would like to invite more members to join us in our interfaith efforts to promote understanding between religious groups and to shine the spirit of Islam in the larger Santa Barbara community.