Speakers

  • Naeem Baig

    NaeemBaig-ICNAThe President of Islamic Circle of North America, Mr. Baig previously served as Secretary General of ICNA for three terms and on the Majlis Ash-Shura from 2010-2012. He is currently the ICNA Vice President for Public Affairs and the Executive Director of the ICNA Council for Social Justice. He is also the Chairman of the National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms (NCPCF) and the American Muslim Taskforce (AMT), an umbrella body of 10 national Continue reading →

  • Sh. Abdool Rehman Khan

    abdool rahman khanSh. Abdool Rahman Khan is a graduate of the Islamic University faculty of Shari’ah (Islamic Jurisprudence) specializing in Islamic Inheritance. He is a former Principal of the Guyana Islamic Institute and also of Al-Rahmah School, Baltimore Maryland. Now he is the Resident Scholar and Khateeb (lecturer) at Islamic Foundation, Villa Park, Chicago, Illinois and is actively involved in the field of Religious Dialog and Social issues. Continue reading →

  • Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan

    Nouman Ali KhanNouman is the founder and CEO of Bayyinah, as well as the lead instructor for a number of Bayyinah courses including the ‘Fundamentals of Classical Arabic’ and ‘Divine Speech’. His first exposure to Arabic study was in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia where he completed his elementary education. He continued Arabic grammar study in Pakistan, where he received a scholarship for ranking among the top 10 scores Continue reading →

  • Dr. Yasir Qadhi

    Yasir QadhiSh. Yasir Qadhi was born in Houston, Texas and completed his primary and secondary education in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. He graduated with a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Houston, after which he was accepted as a student at the Islamic University of Madinah. After completing a diploma in Arabic, he graduated with a B.A. from the College of Hadith and Islamic Sciences. Thereafter, Continue reading →

  • Imam Suhaib Webb

    suhaib webbImam Suhaib Webb Resident Scholar, Suhaib Webb Institute Suhaib Webb is an American Muslim Scholar based out of Washington DC. He is a Graduate of University of Central Oklahoma with a background in Education & Azhar University from the College of Shariah (Islamic Law & Jurisprudence). He was named as one of the 500 Most Influential Muslims by The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre, which is an international Continue reading →

  • Dr. Mokhtar Maghraoui

    Mukhtar MaghraouiDr. Mokhtar Maghraoui
    Dr. Mokhtar Maghraoui is one of the most well renowned scholars in North America. Originally from Algeria, he is thoroughly versed in the Islamic sciences and holds a doctorate joined between the fields of physics and engineering from Syracuse University. His expertise includes the disciplines of Tazkiyah and Fiqh, and he is best known for his enlightening retreats Continue reading →

  • Sh. Omar Suleiman

    Omar SuleimanShaykh Omar Suleiman is an Islamic scholar from New Orleans, Louisiana who pursued Islamic studies in many parts of the world including the United Arab Emirates, Jordan, and Malaysia. Upon becoming certified in various traditional sciences, he completed a Bachelors in Islamic law, a Bachelors in Accounting, a Masters in Islamic finance, Masters in Political History, and is in the process of Continue reading →

  • Sh. Yusuf Islahi

    Yusuf IslahiBorn on 9th July, 1932 at Formalee, District-Atak, he received his primary education in Bareilly. He was educated in Islamic Studies initially from Mazaherul Oloom, Saharanpur District and Higher studies and Fazeelat from Madarsatul-Islah, Sarai Mir. He memorized Quran and also learnt Tajweed. After passing high school, his father Sheikhul Hadith Maulana Abdul Qadeem khan sent him to Madrasa Mazahirul Uloom, Saharanpur, Later he Continue reading →

  • Dr. Anis Ahmad

    DrAnisAhmadProfessor Dr. Anis Ahmad is a social scientist of international repute. He carries a Ph.D. from the Temple University, Pennsylvannia, USA.He has held numerous academic leadership positions both nationally and internationally. He is former Vice President of International Islamic University, Islamabad and former Dean, Faculty of Human Sciences, International Islamic University, Malaysia. He writes on Continue reading →

  • Hamza Tzortzis

    Hamza TzortzisHamza Andreas Tzortzis is an international public speaker on Islam. He is a writer, having authored articles, essays and commentaries on political philosophy, the philosophy of religion and society. Ustadh Hamza is an intellectual activist actively engaging on issues pertaining to religion,social cohesion and politics. He is also a researcher with a recent publication on non-Muslim Continue reading →

  • Sh. Abdul Nasir Jangda

    Nasir JangdaAbdul Nasir Jangda is the founder and director of Qalam Institute. He was born and raised in the Dallas area. At the age of 10 he went to Karachi, Pakistan to memorize the Quran. He excelled in his memorization and committed the entire Quran to memory in less than 1 year. He then returned home and continued his school education. After graduating from High School, he went back to Karachi to study the Alim Course Continue reading →

  • Hafiz Inayatullah

    Hafiz InayatullahHafiz Inayatullah is a graduate of International University Islamabad Pakistan. He currently serves as the Imam of Alhedaya Islamic center of ICNA GA and former president of ICNA Atalanta chapter.

     

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  • Sr. Saadia Z. Yunus

    Sr. Saadia Z. YunusSaadia Z. Yunus earned her Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Hofstra University in New York and is a licensed marriage and family therapist. She is experienced in working with individuals, couples, families, and groups.  She is a graduate of the Institute of Islamic Sciences and served as a teacher of the Quran.  In addition to providing therapy, she is a mental health Continue reading →

  • Dr. Jamal Badawi

    iSLAMIC aWARENESS wEEKDr. Jamal Badawi is an Egyptian born Muslim Canadian. He is a former professor who taught at a number of schools including the Sobey School of Business, Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he taught in the Departments of Religious Studies and Management. He is a well-known author, activist, preacher and speaker on Islam. Dr. Badawi completed his undergraduate studies in Cairo, Egypt and his Continue reading →

  • Imam Khalid Griggs

    Imam Khalid GriggsImam Khalid Abdul Fattah Griggs is the Imam of the Community Mosque of Winston-Salem, Associate Chaplain for Muslim Life at Wake Forest University, Vice President of Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), member of Central Shura of ICNA, and Board Chairman ICNA Council for Social Justice. He is a founding member of Muslims for Social Justice (NC), member of Movement to End Racism and Islamophobia, Continue reading →

  • Sh. Kamal El Mekki

    Kamal El MekkiKamal El Mekki is a well-known Islamic speaker and lecturer in the United states. He has studied with numerous scholars from around the world and was the Imam of George Mason University. He is mostly popular for his dawah workshop, “How to Give a Shahadah in Ten Minutes”. The workshop is six hours long and has been taught across the United States and throughout the world. Continue reading →

  • Ustadh AbdelRahman Murphy

    Ustadh AbdelRahman MurphyUstadh AbdelRahman Murphy is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago, with a Bachelor’s in Teaching of English and Religious Studies. He is currently pursuing his Master’s in Mental Health Counseling. He has served as a youth director, Muslim chaplain, and assistant imam in a full-time capacity since 2009.

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  • Dr. Farhan Abdul Azeez

    Dr. Farhan Abdul AzeezFarhan Abdul Azeez was born and raised in Michigan. He attended Michigan Islamic Academy, a full-time Islamic school, from KG-12th grade. His passion for Islam led him to study Arabic and Tajweed during the summer of 2004 in Egypt. He later served as an Islamic Studies teacher to High School Grades at the same school. Farhan has studied extensively with Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan, Continue reading →

  • Imam Mohamed Magid

    Imam Mohamed MagidImam, All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS)
    President, Islamic Society of North America (ISNA)
    Imam Magid currently serves as the President of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). He is also active in both the interfaith and Islamic community. Imam Magid is the Imam of All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) Center in Sterling,
    Virginia. Under his Continue reading →

  • Dr. Jonathan Brown

    drJonathanBrownDr. Jonathan Brown is the Alwaleed bin Talal Chair of Islamic Civilization in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, and he is the Associate Director of the Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim Christian Understanding. He received his BA in History from Georgetown University in 2000 and his doctorate in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from the University of Chicago in 2006. Dr. Brown  Continue reading →

  • Dr. Altaf Husain

    Altaf HusainDr. Altaf Husain holds a doctoral degree from the Howard University School of Social Work in Washington D.C. His research interests include the integration of immigrant and refugee families, and especially Muslim adolescents, in the United States. He serves as Executive Assistant for Academic Affairs in the Office of the Provost at Howard University and is a double alumnus of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Continue reading →

  • Linda Sarsour

    Linda-SarsourLinda Sarsour is a working woman, racial justice and civil rights activist, every Islamophobe’s worst nightmare, and mother of three.  Ambitious, outspoken and independent, Linda shatters stereotypes of Muslim women while also treasuring her religious and ethnic heritage. She is a Palestinian Muslim American and a self-proclaimed “pure New Yorker, born and raised in Brooklyn!” She is the Continue reading →

  • Imam Yaseen Shaikh

    Imam Yaseen ShaikhImam Yaseen Shaikh is currently the resident scholar of the Islamic Society of Baltimore and director oftheAlRahmah Seminary. He was born in London, England, where he completed all of his academic studies. He memorized Quran at the age of 13, and continued onto pursue a degree in Islamic Theology from a Traditional Islamic Seminary under some of the finest scholars in the UK. Continue reading →

  • Suzy Ismail

    Suzy IsmailSuzy Ismail is currently a Visiting Professor at DeVry University in North Brunswick, New Jersey and at DeVry University Online. She is also the curriculum developer and lead instructor at CML(http://centerformuslimlife.org/) a nonprofit social platform that focuses on strengthening marriage, family, and community life. She received her Bachelor’s in English, Continue reading →

  • Dr. Ihsan Bagby

    Dr. Ihsan BagbyIhsan Bagby is currently Associate Professor of Islamic Studies at the University of Kentucky. He obtained his PhD in Near Eastern Studies from the University of Michigan and his research for the decade has focused on Muslim life in America. In 2001, Dr. Bagby published the results of the first comprehensive study of mosques in America, entitled ‘The Mosque in America: A National Portrait’. Continue reading →

  • Nihad Awad

    Nihad AwadNational Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) in Washington, DC, America’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization. Nihad Awad is featured in The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre’s “500 Most Influential Muslims 2009.” Arabian Business magazine ranked Mr. Awad among 100 of the “World’s Most Influential Arabs” for 2010
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  • Dr. Zahid Bukhari

    Dr-Zahid-BukhariDr. Zahid H. Bukhari is the former National President of Islamic Circle of North America. He is also Director of the American Muslim Studies Program and Fellow at the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University, Washington, DC. Previously, he served as Director of Pew Project entitled “Muslims in American Public Square. Continue reading →

  • Dr. Mohammad Yunus

    Dr. Mohammad YunusDr. Mohammad Yunus served as President of ICNA for 17 years during 1977 – 2000. He is a member of the ICNA Central Majlis ash-Shura (Consultative Council) and has been a member of ICNA’s General Assembly since 1971. He is a successful cardiologist and Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at Florida State University, College of Medicine. He is also a scholar of Islam and the
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  • Jane Aslam

    Jane AslamSister Jane Aslam is in a leadership position with nation’s largest domestic, Islamic faith-based, social services and disaster response agency. She is responsible for guidance and direction, implementation, oversight and monitoring of the national, disaster response program. Including all phases of disaster. She present at national conferences, conduct disaster related workshops, facilitate Continue reading →

  • Dr. Azhar Azeez

    Dr. Azhar AzeezAzhar Azeez was born in HYDERABAD, INDIA and moved to US in 1995. He has a bachelors degree in Finance from the prestigious Osmania University and a Master’s degree in business administration (MBA) and currently is pursuing his PhD in Islamic studies. For 12 years he worked for major US corporations such as General Electric, American General Life and Capital One. He currently Continue reading →

  • Malika MacDonald

    Malika McDonaldMalika MacDonald Rushdan is an Irish American, born and raised on Cape Cod, MA.  Malika converted to Islam in 1995 following the Million Man March.  After searching for a faith her colorful family could belong to and be accepted, regardless of their physical attributes, she found peace within Islam.
    Originally from Boston, Sr Malika has an Continue reading →

  • Sh. Ali Suleiman Ali

    Sh Ali Suleiman AliDr. Ali Sulaiman Ali was born in Ghana where he spent his childhood studying with various Muslim scholars.  He then moved on to Saudi Arabia where he enrolled in Medina’s Islamic University. His curriculum included all the traditional Islamic sciences and in 1979 he graduated with a degree in both Islamic Studies and Arabic. Dr. Ali pursued further scholarship at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) where he received an M.A. and Ph.D. in Continue reading →

  • Imam Asif Hirani

    Imam Asif HiraniImam Asif Hirani has completed his 3 years of Bachelors of Business Administration in Fashion Designing before he switched is field to Islamic Studies. He then completed 1 year Quran understanding course from Quran Academy (originated by Dr.Israr Ahmed), then he completed his Masters in Islamic Studies from Karachi University and is in the process in completing his PhD in Continue reading →

  • Dr. Dalia Fahmy

    Dr. Dalia FahmyDalia F. Fahmy is assistant professor of political science at LIU Brooklyn. She received her B.A. from New York University in politics and Middle Eastern studies, with a minor in peace and global policy studies. Dr. Fahmy then completed an M.A. from New York University in international relations. While pursuing her Ph.D. in political science at Rutgers University, she earned a second M.A. Continue reading →

  • Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool

    Ebrahim RasoolEBRAHIM RASOOL, FORMER AMBASSADOR of South Africa to the United States and Georgetown’s new distinguished scholar-in-residence, first became interested in politics as a teenager growing up that country’s violently-enforced Apartheid.

    “I really had no idea where I was going until after I tasted my first tear gas, saw my first rubber Continue reading →

  • Imam Khalid Latif

    KhalidLatif_profileImam Khalid Latif is a University Chaplain for New York University, Executive Director of the Islamic Center at NYU, and a Chaplain for the NYPD.

    He was appointed the first Muslim chaplain at NYU in 2005 where he began to initiate his vision for a pluralistic future on and off campus for American Muslims. He was also appointed Continue reading →

  • Imam Hafiz Zafeer Ali

    Imam-Hafiz-Zafeer-AliImam and Director of the ICNA Al-Markaz Masjid in Jamaica, NY. He is a Hafidh of Al-Quran and a graduate of Medinah University. He is the lead instructor of Islamic Learning Foundation in New York.

     

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  • Imam Daud Haqq

    Imam Daud HaqqImam Daud Haqq, originally from Barbados, received his Islamic background at the University of Madinah, earning a diploma in the Arabic Language. He has actively participated in many Islamic leadership seminars including “Parenting Skill for Effective Child Development” at the University of Bahamas and many other family and youth developmental programs. He’s been an acting Imaam, educator, and Continue reading →

  • Nahela Alexandra Morales

    Nahela Alexandra MoralesNahela (Umm Andrew) Morales is a Revert, Mexican-American Muslim, mother of one currently living in Houston Texas, USA. Morales, who was born in Mexico City but later moved to California and then to New York where she eventually accepted Islam a few years after 9/11.
    She formally served as the National Hispanic Outreach Coordinator for Continue reading →

  • Sh. Fahad Tasleem

    Sh. Fahad TasleemFahad Tasleem plays a multifaceted role as an ambassador, an instructor, an entrepreneur, a lecturer and a student. He is the founder of DC Seminary – An institute dedicated to spiritually empowering Muslim working professionals, graduates and students.

    He is also the lead ambassador and instructor at the Islamic Continue reading →

  • Roula Allouch

    Roula AllouchRoula Allouch is the chair of CAIR’s national board. Previously, she served as president of CAIR’s Cincinnati chapter board from 2008 to 2013.

    Roula is an attorney practicing in Ohio and Kentucky, where she focuses on employment law, insurance defense and general civil litigation. She is admitted to practice law in all state Continue reading →

  • Engy AbdelKader

    Engy AbdelKaderEngy Abdelkader is an award-winning attorney, scholar and professor who teaches, writes and speaks about human rights. She is Assistant Director of Georgetown’s Bridge Initiative and teaches graduate seminars at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service.
    Since 9/11, she has worked with Muslims, Arabs and South Asians to address Continue reading →

  • Dr. Ermin Sinanovic

    Dr. Ermin SinanovicErmin Sinanovi? is currently the Director of Research and Academic Programs at the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), where he is also the Director of The Fairfax Institute. Before joining the IIIT, he was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. He studied for an MA and a PhD in Political Continue reading →

  • Kristin Szremski

    Kristin Szremski is the current director of media and communications for the American Muslims for Palestine, a national education and advocacy organization. She is an award-winning journalist, spending more than 20 years as an investigative reporter and editor. She’s been published nationally and internationally in outlets such as the Chicago Tribune, Al Jazeera English, Zycie Warszawa, Poland’s national newspaper of record, Continue reading →

  • Sh. Mohammad Elshinawy

    Sh. Mohammad ElshinawyMohammad Elshinawy is an American citizen residing in Brooklyn with his wife and two children. He has taught and lectured about Islam at various institutions throughout New York City for the last 11 years, always on a volunteer basis. Mr. Elshinawy has suspected that the NYPD has been spying on him since approximately 2004. In the years since then, he has been Continue reading →

  • Sh. Suleiman Hani

    Imam Suleiman Hani is an author and speaker hailing from Dearborn, Michigan. At the age of 14, Suleiman left his family to attend a Qur’an Memorization school in the US where he successfully completed a 10-month program. Soon thereafter, he began leading taraweeh prayers at some of the largest mosques across the United States. He has since gained knowledge at the hands of local and global scholars,  from Continue reading →

  • Joohi Tahir

    Joohi TahirJoohi Tahir is expertised in a variety of industries: Retail Buying, Strategic Planning & Research, Brand Management, Sales & Sales Training, and Customer Loyalty & Retention. Joohi developed market positioning strategies and led a team approach to always advocate as the voice of the customer. After serving several years building her expertise and skill in Marketing, she followed another path. Through conviction, hard work, and a strong desire to serve her community and Continue reading →

  • Nadia Hassan

    Nadia HassanNadia S. Hassan is an entrepreneur, social justice advocate, and nationally renowned public speaker. Nadia has an MBA from Bentley University, where she did her thesis in Islamic Finance and the Islamic Economic Model. In 2011, Nadia founded the Villa Park Peace Coalition as a means to counteract hate in Orange County. Nadia fervently speaks out nationally against bigotry, Continue reading →

  • Corey Saylor

    Corey SaylorCorey Saylor Director, Department to Monitor and Combat Islamophobia Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)

    Corey Saylor—an expert on political communications, legislative advocacy, media relations and anti-Islam prejudice in the United States with 20 years of experience—directs the Department to Monitor and Combat Islamophobia at Continue reading →

  • Jameel Syed

    Jameel SyedJameel Syed, “The Muaddhin” is an international speaker, traveler, author and marketing executive based in Auburn Hills, Michigan. In 2015, he became the first person in the history of the world to make the Adhan – Islamic call to prayer across all 50 states in America: Record span of 35 days while reciting the last sermon of the Prophet Muhammad ?. He is the brainchild Continue reading →