Muslim Women

Muslim Women

Hear their stories: Vjosa teaching how to stand in solidarity with Muslim women by wearing the Hijab at Guildford, CT Library

Muslim-Christian Dialogue

Muslim-Christian Dialogue

Build Partnerships for Peace

Build Partnerships for Peace

Reverend of Guilford Congregational Church introducing Imam Sami Aziz at Guilford Library

Understand the Faith

Understand the Faith

Key note address at annual Interfaith Prayer Breakfast: Journey of a Muslim in America at Bryant University in Rhode Island.

Mary & Jesus in Islam

Mary & Jesus in Islam

Reverend Julia Burkey and Vjosa Qerimi discussing common ground at United Church of Christ Middletown CT.

We are proud to offer a professional platform to help people understand, know & communicate with Muslims.

Welcome to

Common Ground Services

Track Record

Cultural Competency

Are you a professional or organization needing to know how to respectfully deal with Muslim clients? Let us help you to get up to date with Islamic customs and practices for success in interactions. Past

Islam 101 


Our most basic yet most profound class for those looking to understand Islam on a fundamental level. This class is a must for the journey to understand Islam. 

Organizational Consulting

Does your organization or business need professional advice regarding a Muslim population? Marketing, communicating, result oriented help to expand your business or client satisfaction.



We have classes on almost every topic regarding Islam available. 

Muslim Community Outreach

Are you interested in building a relationship with your local Muslim communutiy? Are you a church, library, police department, hospital that wishes to connect with your local Muslim population? Let us help you facilitate.

Lectures Customized

We can have lectures tailored to your organizational needs produced and presented professionally. 

Rasheed Ali: Board Member
Rasheed works within his Hartford community to uplift his neighbors and overcome oppression. On the board of the Muhammad Islamic Center, Bilalian Boy Scouts, National Society of Black Engineers, Leadership Greater Hartford and other activist organizations are a testament to that. His aim is to utilize the principals he has learned from Catholic school, American private schools, Historically Black Colleges, Corporate Professions, and numerous organizations.
Professor Robert Emmet Meagher
Board of Advisers -
Bio: Professor of Humanities, Hampshire College, Amherst, MA.
After studies at the University of Notre Dame and the The University of Chicago, he taught in the Department of Religion at Indiana University and the Department of Theology at Notre Dame, and has held visiting professorships at numerous colleges and universities, including Trinity College Dublin and Yale. He is dedicated to peace through education.
Imam Omer Bajwa
Board of Advisers: Imam Omer Bajwa is the Director of Muslim Life in the Chaplain’s Office at Yale University. He earned his Graduate Certificate in Islamic Chaplaincy from Hartford Seminary, and he has been engaged in religious service, social activism, and educational outreach since 2000. He received his MA in Near Eastern Studies, with a specialization in Islamic Studies, from Cornell University’s Department of Near Eastern Studies.
Imam Sami Abdul Aziz
Imam Sami A. Aziz is the founder of Common Ground Institute & Services (, an Islamic consulting firm dedicated to educating the public on Islam and collaborating for peace. He also serves as the Chaplain for Wesleyan University and as an Assistant Imam for Bloomfield Muslim Community Center. He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Ministry at Hartford Seminary.
Vjosa Qerimi
Vice-President of Common Ground Institute & Services. Vjosa is the co-founder of Common Ground, speaking at the first lecture and being engaged through out. Recently she started Abraham's Daughters with a Christian & Jewish classmate.
Amer Nabil - CT
Amer Nabil is a CGIS Pubic Educator and a student of knowledge who is passionate about spreading the message of peace. He is also the founder of Half Full Psychiatry ( as well as inpatient psychiatric nurse practitioner at Prospect Manchester Hospital Inpatient Behavior Health Unit.
Amer hopes to continue being an active public speaker in the community in order to spread the message of peace, tolerance and unity.
John Parent - CT
Chaplain Yasin Ahmed
Chaplain Yasin is focused on empowering young people and building interfaith coalitions to establish strong mutually beneficial communities. At Common Ground he serves as "Head of Strategic Development." He is currently
serving as a Muslim Chaplain at Trinity College, Choate-Rosemary Hall, and Madina Academy in Connecticut. In addition to providing pastoral care, educating Muslims and Non-Muslims on Islam, Yasin also commonly speaks on Islamophobia, American
Muslims, and community development.
Majidah Robbins - VT & MA
Chaplain Abdul Malik Negedu
CT Coordinator for Community Dialogue. He is currently engaged as an Outreach Ambassador with the US Attorney's Office, Community Chaplain with Malik Human Services Institute, Inc. and Disaster Chaplain with Islamic Relief, USA. Completed pastoral education residency at the former Hospital of Saint Raphael in New Haven and previously served as Community Chaplain for Masjid Al Islam in New Haven. He is the founding Vice-President of Community Chaplaincy for the Association of Muslim Chaplains.
Hassen Awaisi - MA
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