Daisy Khan, founder of WISE also co-founded American Society of Muslim Advancement in 1997 to elevate the discourse on Islam and to build bridges between American Muslims and the American public. Ms. Khan employed the following tactics in reaching out to non-Muslims
Ms. Khan has observed that throughout history, harmonious interfaith relations have existed between the world’s great religions, and at a time when many believe there is a “clash” between the West and the Muslim world, Ms. Khan challenged this wrong belief by increasing collaboration between the Abrahamic faith traditions to forge personal bonds to strengthen our social fabric and make possible cooperative efforts where priorities overlap.
In the aftermath of September 11, 2001, Daisy Khan, a Muslim of American Society for Muslim Advancement worked with Sarah Brokus, a Christian of The Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew, Eileen Weiss, and a Jewish woman of Congregation B’nai Jeshurun worked to confront the looming tension post 9/11 head-on. In an effort to understand the many unanswered questions the public had about 9/11, Sarah Brokus and Eileen Weiss, Daisy Khan stepped forward to heal the divide.
They formed a coalition to create a theatrical production for healing titled, “SAME DIFFERENCE: NYC Faith Stories in Words, Music and Dance.” Taken from over 100 one-on one interviews with New Yorkers representing many faiths and many cultural, economic, and geographic, SAME DIFFERENCE gave the interviewees a chance to express their private and personal feelings and the audiences an opportunity to hear the true, uncensored voices of New Yorkers speaking about life before and after September 11.