Apr 25, 2012

Muslim-American Cantors to Give Presentation at FVCC

Flathead Valley Community College’s Multicultural Affairs Office will welcome Khaled Zaki, an Islamic chant specialist, and Irfan Khan, an Islamic scholar, for a free presentation and musical performance they will deliver for the community April 30 on the college campus.

During the presentation, Zaki and Khan will discuss the Islam religion and their experiences being Muslim-American.  Questions from the audience will be welcome.

Born in New York to Egyptian parents, Zaki moved to Seattle as an infant and has lived there since.  He is a graduate of the University of Washington where he studied public health and Near Eastern languages and civilization.  Zaki serves as the Muezzin (prayer leader) at Masjid Umar al-Farooq in Mountlake Terrace, Wash.  He is a certified expert in Quranic Arabic pronunciation and recitation.

Khan’s family originates from Hyderabad, India.  He moved to Seattle with his family in 1976 and is part of one of the largest extended Muslim families living in the northwest.  Khan is a graduate of Washington State University and works as a financial planner specializing in retirement planning.  He has been active with the interfaith community, participating in many dialogues and presentations involving churches and synagogues.

Free and open to the public, the presentation will take place at 5:30 p.m. in the large community meeting inside the Arts and Technology Building on the college campus.  For more information, contact FVCC Multicultural Affairs Coordinator Mick Stemborski at 756-3945 or at