Eboo Patel: Telling The Interfaith Story
An American citizen and Muslim of Indian descent, Patel is the founder and president of Interfaith Youth Core, an organization designed to build bridges and cooperation in the interfaith communities. At the core, he sees religion as a way to unite not divide. Also known for his prolific writing ability, his books include: "Acts of Faith": the Story of an American Muslim, the "Struggle for the Soul of a Generation” and “Sacred Ground, Pluralism, Prejudice, and the Promise of America.” Patel encourages Muslims worldwide to reclaim their religious narrative from terrorists. In a New York Times article pleading for interfaith involvement to come alongside and help this effort he says, “Muslims cannot change the narrative alone. We need Jews and Christians and Hindus and humanists to stop believing the violent message of the Muslim extremists and the Islam-haters." We celebrate Patel’s global interfaith vision and desire to promote healthy dialogue across faith lines.