DEARBORN - The Ford Interfaith Network (FIN) Muslim Group at Ford Motor Company hosted its 11th annual Eid dinner on Wednesday, Oct. 12, at the Ford Motor Credit (FMCC) Cafeteria in Dearborn. The theme of this year's event was Sharia Law - Dispelling the Myth.
This year's event took place between the Islamic holidays of Ramadan (the month of fasting) and Hajj (the time of pilgrimage where more than 3 million Muslim people from around the world gather in Makkah to perform Hajj). Guest speaker Najah Bazzi (CEO of Diversity Specialists and Transcultural Health Care Solutions and the executive director and founder of Zaman International, a humanitarian nonprofit organization that provides critical services to the Detroit and international communities) addressed Sharia Law in her speech at the gathering.
The audience heard inspiring and encouraging words from Charles Bilyeu, vice president, Quality and Process Management, Ford Credit, and Dan Dunnigan, Corporate Financial manager and chairman, Ford Interfaith Network (FIN).
More than 200 Ford employees and guests from various faiths as well as local community leaders attended the event. Included among these were several members of the Ford executive team and the mayor of Dearborn along with his team.
"We are delighted to welcome Najah Bazzi. We are eager to share in her insights as well as the importance of diversity in corporate culture," said Kamal Shenaq.
The event gave the attendees an opportunity to learn more about Sharia Law and Islam, through a silent PowerPoint slideshow, presentation by the guest speaker and through conversations and exchange of ideas about different faiths.
Coming together from so many diverse backgrounds to events such as these, especially after work hours, demonstrates the One Ford team spirit and FIN's commitment to support Ford management's desire to have the best workplace environment.