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The Islamic Speakers Bureau of Albany is comprised of teachers, engineers, doctors, and many other professionals, as well as a number of college-level students.

Certification Process

To ensure each speaker is capable of presenting accurate information about Islam and Muslims in a professional and courteous manner, each speaker has completed a rigorous screening and certification process. The process requires each speaker to:
  1. View the sample school presentation from the ING (Islamic Network Group) training tape (approximately 45 minutes).
  2. Purchase a speakers kit prepared by ING. (available at publication cost: $10.00)
  3. Borrow a set of school presentation paper print outs with which to practice giving the presentation.
  4. Obtain a copy of the First Amendment Center Guidelines for speaking about religion and religious cultures in public schools.
  5. Practice public speaking skills, answering FAQs (frequently asked questions) and giving the school presentation with others training to become speakers, and at least one already certified ISBA speaker.
  6. Attend a school presentation given by an ISBA certified speaker.
  7. Present 5 to 10 minutes of the school presentation to the ISBA members and answer 3 to 5 questions from ISBA members.
  8. Certification from the Islamic Speakers Bureau of Albany is earned upon successful completion of the above steps.
Certified speakers are asked to remember that you represent the Islamic Speakers Bureau of Albany whenever you speak in public regarding Islam and Muslims (even when not giving an ING presentation). The credibility and reputation of an organization is only as good as its visible representatives.

US Department of Justice Certification

Some members of the ISBA have also been certified by the US Department of Justice Community Relations Service to present a seminar to law enforcement officials on Arab and Muslim Cultural Awareness. If you are with a law enforcement agency and would like more information or to request a speaker, please feel free to contact us and we can get the appropriate resources at the DOJ involved to arrange the proper training.

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1. Eid al-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice) is 12/31/06
2. Ramadan is expected to start around 9/24/06
3. Eid al-Fitr (Feast of the Fast) is expected around 10/24/06

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