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Guided meditation by Imam Mohammad Ahmad Khan

February 23, 2017

Guided meditation by Imam Mohammad Ahmad Khan

An anecdote to Ignorance, Rothko Chapel’s next event focuses on “oneness” via a Muslim Meditation

Wednesday, March 1

HOUSTON – Feb. 23, 2017 – Find unity through the act of meditation at the Rothko Chapel.

The nonprofit is hosting a meditation guided by Imam Mohammad Ahmad Khan at noon on Wednesday, March 1. The Chapel is located at 3900 Yupon. The suggested donation to attend is $10.

An expert in the recitation and articulation of the Quran, Imam Khan will guide guests in a meditation focused on the theme of oneness. 

“The Chapel has a long standing commitment toward celebrating the diverse religious communities of the world and providing opportunities to raise awareness, create connections and embrace differences,” Rothko Chapel’s director of programs and community engagement Ashley Clemmer said. “To focus the Chapel’s March meditation on Islam is especially timely given the many hate crimes, as well as racist and xenophobic attacks targeting Muslims that have been occurring in the U.S. this past year. We see this meditation as an antidote to ignorance”.

Born and raised in Houston, Mohammad Ahmad Khan is currently the director of religious affairs at Islamic Society of Greater Houston (ISGH) Mercy Islamic Center in Baytown. He defines the central focus of his mission as the enfranchisement of the disenfranchised, particularly women and young professionals.  

Khan memorized the Qur’an in 2007, then went on to study recitation and articulation of the text under the tutelage of reciter Muhammad Siddique. He became the Imam of a local community and in 2012 enrolled at Zaytuna College.

The Imam seeks to be a dynamic community leader and a professor of Islamic studies who engages with both the Muslim community and the greater community by presenting the Islamic sciences in a manner that gives access to the laity, Muslims, traditional students of Islam and Western academics alike.

The meditation event is a continuation of Rothko Chapel’s educational series, “Twelve Moments: Experiencing Spiritual and Faith Traditions,” which teaches spiritual practices to quiet, center, expand and renew the mind.

The "Twelve Moments" series is co-sponsored by Ligmincha Texas Institute, The Jung Center of Houston, M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, and the Rothko Chapel.

For more information about the Rothko Chapel and the full calendar of upcoming programs, workshops and events, visit or call 713-524-9839.


About the Rothko Chapel

The Rothko Chapel is open to the public every day of the year at no charge and successfully interconnects art, spirituality and compassionate action through a broad array of free public programs. Founded by Houston philanthropists Dominique and John de Menil, the Chapel was dedicated in 1971 as an intimate sanctuary. Today it stands as a monument to art, spirituality and human rights. As an independent non-profit, non-governmental organization, the Chapel depends on contributions from foundations and individuals to support its mission of creating a space for contemplation and dialogue on important issues.

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