Hundreds of people from different faiths, backgrounds, and cultures came together in support of the Muslims in Memphis to build bridges and connections amongst the diverse communities at the “MusliMEMfest” on Saturday at the Agricenter International.
Memphis mayor Jim Strickland, city council election candidates, and Memphis locals all attended to celebrate diversity.
A variety of food options including Middle Eastern and Asian restaurants, new ice cream shops such as “Dipsticle,” and bakery shops filled the festival’s booths.
In addition to food, there were family-friendly activities such as face painting, bouncy houses, games booths, henna tattoos and more.
A plethora of organizations including 901 Ummah, Pleasant View School, Bridges, American Muslim Advisory Council and individual mosques had their own booths, presenting their organizations and advertising their upcoming events.
The “St. Jude Silent Art Auction” was also a part of the festival. It showcased individual pieces from different local artists.
The auction raised over $3,000 with 100 percent of the proceeds going to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
“It’s amazing how much good can come out when people come together and donate for a good purpose,” said Ibtihal Malley, one of the auction's volunteers.
A calligraphy art show was held in the auditorium, as well as stand-up comedian Mo Amer’s comedy show following the festival.
“The event became alive and magical with all the vendors and people ... MusliMEMfest is more than sharing culture, it’s about building bridges between people from all walks of life, uniting and learning from one another,” said Halla Mustafa, one of the festival organizers.
Photo by 901 Ummah
Mayor Jim Strickland speaks at the festival.