"I think it's so important for all of us to understand each others cultures. This Presentation is a wonderful way to introduce students to Islam. It's a fantastic presentation"
Teacher-Scott Elementary School

"Wonderful information I would like to do this with each group of new students every year."
Teacher-Curie High School

"I never knew I could learn so much about one culture in so little time."
Student-Hinsdale Central High School

"I thought the presentation was very imformative it was great to have clarification on topics related to Islam. Next time I will have my students prepared with educated questions."
Teacher-Lake Park High School

"The presentations were really interesting . It is nice for the students to hear about the culture/ religion of Islam from someone who closely follows the religion/ way of life. (The speaker) taught my students things that I could not, through sharing her experience."
Teacher-Lake Park High School

"I learned a lot from the presentation. It was a lot good information that was easy to understand."
Student-Lake Park High school

"I thought the presentation was very informative and explained and cleaned up many questions I had about Islam. It was good to listen to someone who knew and was from the culture."
Student-Lyons Township H.S


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OISM Presentations

Mission Statement
Our mission is to promote religious freedom through the First Amendment, and contribute to the understanding of the world religions and their contributions to human history.


The success of any endeavor is based on the premise on which it is established.

Islam was the foundation upon which a just, comprehensive social system was developed, enabling an environment in which government, health, education, social, and science systems flourished. Beginning in 610 CE and reaching its heights through 1200 CE; this era of unequivocal historic success was based on the religious premise of monotheism and Prophethood.

Likewise in the establishing of our republic, the United States of America, the founding framers of this nation documented universal idealistic principles. These ideals provide a foundation for all systems required for the formation and success of this republic. The Declaration of Independence, The Federalist Papers and The Constitution with its Bill of Rights echo and support one another to clarify those principles.

"That they are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights, and that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." The Declaration of Independence

"An entire and perfect union will be the solid foundation of lasting peace: It will secure your religion, liberty, and property; remove the animosities amongst yourselves, and the jealousies and differences betwixt our two kingdoms." John Jay, The Federalist Papers

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances" The First Amendment, Constitution of the United States of America

Section II: Principles & General Policies

Organization of Islamic Speakers Midwest (OISM) its representatives, Speakers, Staff, Directors, Advisors, and other volunteers adhere and adopt the following principles and policies:

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Policy 1 - We embrace the First Amendment

OISM recognizes the ideals and wisdoms of the aforementioned statements. OISM is founded on the principle of intellectual scholarship and constructive contribution to the society in which we live. OISM endeavors to develop and offer educational presentations that provide an academic view of Islam's place in world history and contemporary times as one of the major world religions observed today.

Policy 2 - We honor the trust of the host organization

OISM Speakers will make presentations for schools and other organizations by invitation only. Our public school system is an evolutionary outgrowth of the public square. It is supported figuratively and literally out of the public trust, and operates under a clearly defined scope, structure and process. OISM is an external resource operating within the parameters of the public trust through the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights and State level requirements to provide education about religions within the contexts of world history and social sciences. We are committed to being supportive and a resource to the public school system.

As with schools, OISM Speakers shall adhere to and operate within the parameters of the public trust as defined above for all other organizations in which we're invited to speak.

Policy 3 - We provide accurate & balanced information relating to Islam and the Muslim world

Our policy is to provide the most accurate information available through educational presentations. These presentations are developed through comprehensive academic research under the highest standards of intellectual scholarship. Speakers are certified, in that they are required to maintain the requisite understanding of the information presented, maintain a high level of speaker competency, and receive approved authorization to present under the auspices of OISM.

Speakers shall not represent themselves as an OISM Speaker unless he or she has received appropriate authorization from OISM. OISM reserves the right to revoke such authorization from any OISM Speaker for any reason, including a violation of this Speakers Contract. In the event that OISM revokes Speakers’ authorization to present under the auspices of OISM, Speaker agrees that he or she shall not continue to represent himself or herself as an OISM Speaker.

Policy 4 - We exemplify Islam in etiquette

We are committed to exemplifying our faith and religious doctrine in our conduct. When invited to share information about our faith, we will exemplify the values of mutual respect, dignity, decorum and intelligence.

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ING Presentation Titles

“Orientation on Islam & Muslims in the Context of World History & Social Studies”
One-hour Student Presentation

“Incorporating Islamic Culture Studies in the Curriculum and Interacting Effectively with Muslim Students”
Two-hour Teacher & Administrator Presentation

“Single Issue Slides”
Adult Slides

“Islamic Contributions to Civilization”
Student & Adult Presentation

“Roots of Islam in America”
Student & Adult Presentation

“Women in Islam”
Student & Adult Presentation

“Women in Islam: Myths v. Realities”
Student & Adult Presentation

“Orientation on Islam and Muslims”
Church Presentation

“Working with the Arab and Muslim American Communities”
Four-hour Law Enforcement Presentation

“Working with the Arab and Muslim American Communities”
Two-hour Law Enforcement Presentation

“Working with the Arab and Muslim American Communities”
One-hour Law Enforcement Presentation

“Arab and Muslim Americans in the Workplace”
One-hour Corporate Employee Presentation

“Developing Cultural Competency: Arab and Muslim Americans in the Workplace”
Two-hour Corporate Employee Presentation

“An Introduction to Healthcare for the Muslim Patient”
Hospital Presentation

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Last updated Monday, January 30, 2006 1:20 PM
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