Confirmed Speakers

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Confirmed Speakers 2018-03-27T20:51:10+00:00

Confirmed Speakers

Javaid Siddiqi
Javaid SiddiqiPresident, ICNA
Javaid Siddiqi is the President of Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA). He holds a masters degree in electrical engineering.
Sh. Yasir Qadhi
Sh. Yasir QadhiDean of Academic Affairs, Al-Maghrib
Sh. Yasir Qadhi has Masters in Islamic Theology from Madinah University and PhD from Yale University. He has authored many books. He is a Professor at Rhodes College and Resident Scholar of Memphis Islamic Center.
Sh. Yusuf Islahi
Sh. Yusuf IslahiRenowned Scholar, Educator and Author
Sh. Islahi is the Nazim (President) of Jameatus Salehat, Rampur, a unique and very well known institution for higher Arabic and Islamic education for girls. He has authored a number of highly-read books such as Everyday Fiqh and Etiquettes of Life in Islam.
Sh. Omar Suleiman
Sh. Omar SuleimanFounder and President of the Yaqeen Institute
Founder and President of the Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research, and an Adjunct Professor of Islamic Studies in the Graduate Liberal Studies Program at SMU
Governor Martin O'Malley
Governor Martin O'MalleyGovernor of Maryland from 2007 to 2015
As governor, O’Malley’s policies helped build the public school system, drive violent crime down to a 35 year low and create jobs for Maryland families.
Imam Suhaib Webb
Imam Suhaib WebbScholar, Imam and Activist
Imam Webb is an American Muslim Scholar based out of Washington DC. He is a Graduate of University of Central Oklahoma & Azhar University from the College of Shariah.
Sh. Abdool Rahman Khan
Sh. Abdool Rahman KhanChair, ICNA Shariah Council
Shaykh Abdool Rahman Khan is a graduate of the Islamic University in Madinah Munawwarah, in the faculty of Shari’ah specializing in Islamic Inheritance.
Amy Goodman
Amy GoodmanHost, Democracy Now!
Amy Goodman also authors a nationally syndicated, weekly newspaper column (also produced as a weekly audio podcast), which was recognized in 2007 .
Sh. Abdul Nasir Jangda
Sh. Abdul Nasir JangdaFounder and Director of Qalam Institute
Sh. Abdul Nasir Jangda latest projects include Quran Intensive, Khateeb Training, chronicling of the Prophetic Biography at
Dr. Anis Ahmad
Dr. Anis AhmadFormer Vice President of International Islamic University
Professor Dr. Anis Ahmad is a social scientist of international repute. He carries a Ph.D. from the Temple University, Pennsylvannia, USA.
Linda Sarsour
Linda SarsourExecutive Director of the Arab American Association
Linda Sarsour is a working woman, racial justice and civil rights activist, every Islamophobe’s worst nightmare, and mother of three.
Sh. Yaser Birjas
Sh. Yaser BirjasHead of Theory Department, Al-Maghrib
Started his career in Electronic Engineering, then he graduated as class Valedictorian with the highest honors from The Islamic University of Madinah.
Sh. Saad Tasleem
Sh. Saad TasleemInstructor, Al-Maghrib
Shaykh Saad studied Art History, Modern Art, Graphic Design, and Psychology at the University of Maryland. He then went on to study in the Islamic University of Madinah
Boonaa Mohammed
Boonaa MohammedSpoken Word Artist
Dubbed the “voice of a generation,” Boonaa Mohammed is a critically acclaimed award winning writer and performer with accolades
Dalia Fahmy
Dalia FahmyProfessor, Activist and Author
Dr. Dalia Fahmy is assistant professor of Political Science at Long Island University. She is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Global Policy in Washington DC.
Hassan Shibly
Hassan ShiblyChief Executive Director of CAIR-Florida
He has appeared numerous times in both local and national media outlets including CNN, NPR, Voice of America, the New York Times, the Toronto Star and the Buffalo News.
Basheer Jones
Basheer JonesCleveland's Ward 7 Councilman
Ward 7 Councilman Basheer Jones was elected in November 2017, becoming the city’s first Muslim council representative. He represents an area which includes the historic Hough district, as well as the St. Clair-Superior, Midtown and Asia Town neighborhoods.
Ustadh Abdel Rahman Murphy
Ustadh Abdel Rahman MurphyMuslim Chaplain, and Assistant Imam.
Ustadh AbdelRahman Murphy is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago, with a Bachelor’s in Teaching of English and Religious Studies.
Dr. Suzy Ismail
Dr. Suzy IsmailVisiting Professor at DeVry University, NJ
She specializes in presenting a range of communication seminars and workshops at major corporations, conferences and events.
Sh. Abdalla Idris Ali
Sh. Abdalla Idris AliDirector of Community Outreach, ISNA Canada
He is currently a board member on the Board of Trustees for the Islamic Teaching Center and North American Islamic Trust, and currently the Secretary General of ISNA Canada.
Imam Mohamed AbuTaleb
Imam Mohamed AbuTalebImam of the Islamic Association of Raleigh
Imam AbuTaleb has traveled the United States extensively as a lecturer, trainer, and educator. He completed his Ph.D. and Master’s degrees in electrical engineering from MIT
Dr. Farhan Abdul Azeez
Dr. Farhan Abdul AzeezEmergency Medicine Physician
Farhan Abdul Azeez teaches courses around the US which are available online for free including “Sweetness of Salah: Developing Khushoo’ in Your Prayers” and “Sweetness of Hajj”.
Ustadh Majed Mahmoud
Ustadh Majed MahmoudMechanical Engineer and Instructor, Al-Maghrib
Ustadh Majed Mahmoud completed a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Windsor and a Master’s in Business Administration from Wayne State University.
Dr. Altaf Husain
Dr. Altaf HusainVice President, ISNA
Dr. Altaf Husain serves as Executive Assistant for Academic Affairs at Howard University. He has a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering a M.S. and Ph.D. in Social Work.
Dunia Shuaib
Dunia ShuaibCertified Marriage Educator and Host of Dean with Dunia
She combines her knowledge of Islam and psychology to help Muslims who are striving to create and maintain a harmonious relationship between their deen and dunya.
Naeem Muhammad
Naeem MuhammadNative Deen Member - Vocalist / Songwriter
Naeem’s blend of heart-wrenching melodies and thought-provoking Hip-Hop rhymes coupled with his distinctive strong voice have made him stand out as a unique artist.
Haji Noor Deen
Haji Noor DeenRenowned Master of Arabic calligraphy
Noor Deen’s extraordinary mastery and genius along with his unique ability to spectacularly deliver his craft to an audience has brought him lecture and workshops.
Imam Khalid Griggs
Imam Khalid GriggsEditor, The Message Magazine and Vice President, ICNA
Imam Khalid is Imam of the Community Mosque of Winston-Salem. He is a human rights and prison reform activist and author of Come Let Us Change This World: A Brief History of the Islamic Party in North America.
Sh. Suleiman Hani
Sh. Suleiman HaniResident Scholar and Al-Maghrib Instructor
Sh. Suleiman has a Master’s from the University of Jordan’s College of Shari’ah and licenses in the six books of hadith. He serves as a Resident Scholar in Dearborn and a lecturer with Al-Maghrib Institute and other organizations.
Sr. Jane Aslam
Sr. Jane AslamLead for Program Development
She serves as agency liaison to NVOAD (National Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster) and to other national, federal and state level partners, nationwide.
Dr. Madiha Tahseen
Dr. Madiha TahseenResearch Fellow and a Community Educator
Dr. Tahseen’s research interests include individual and group identity development, parenting, acculturation, and risk and protective factors of Muslim adolescents’ healthy development.
Sh. Mikaeel Smith
Sh. Mikaeel SmithIslamic Scholar, Writer, and Activist
At the age of 18, he embraced Islam after reading the Qur’an and the Autobiography of Malcolm X. Within a year after his shahadah, Imam Mikaeel enrolled at the Dar ul-Uloom al-Madania in Buffalo, NY, where he learned to read Arabic and memorized the Qur’an.
Imam Hassan Amin
Imam Hassan AminImam at the Homewood Campus
He has been studying Islam for over 30 years, here in the United States and abroad. Imam Hassan is currently an Islamic Master degree student at American Open University. Since 2003, he served as Islamic Chaplain at the Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Ieasha Prime
Ieasha PrimeEducator, Artist, Activist and Entrepreneur
Ieasha Prime converted to Islam more than 20 years ago, after being an International Youth Ambassador to Morocco and Senegal. She is now the Executive Director of Barakah, Inc. empowering women and youth.
Sh. Mohammad Elshinawy
Sh. Mohammad ElshinawyResearch Fellow at Yaqeen Institute
Sh. Mohammad Elshinawy currently serves as the resident scholar at IECPA (Islamic Education Center of PA). He is a graduate of English Literature. Studied briefly at the Islamic University of Madinah (Hadith College). Studying at Mishkah University.
Dr. Mohammad Yunus
Dr. Mohammad YunusCardiologist and Clinical Assistant Professor
Dr. Mohammad Yunus served as President of ICNA for 17 years during 1977 – 2000. He has been a member of ICNA’s General Assembly since 1971. He is a successful cardiologist.
Nahela Morales
Nahela MoralesMexican-American Muslim
Revert, Immigrant, Mexican-American-Muslim, Da’iya, Humanitarian, Activist, Public Speaker, Outreach Coordinator for ICNA-Dallas (Islamic Circle of North America), Mother of one, Andrew, Living in Dallas, Texas.
Imam Jawad Ahmed
Imam Jawad AhmedImam, Muslim Center of New York
Imam Jawad graduated from International Islamic University, Islamabad, Pakistan with a Bachelors (with Honors) degree in Usool-uddin (Islamic sciences) with specialization in Tafseer and Hadith. He also leads 877-Why-Islam dawah hotline.
Imam Asif Hirani
Imam Asif HiraniResident Scholar at Islamic Center of Connecticut
Dr. Asif Hirani completed his Masters in Islamic Studies (Usul-ud-din) from Karachi University and finally attained his PhD from Al-Madina International University in Tafsir & Uloom-ul-Quran.
Sr. Saadia Z. Yunus
Sr. Saadia Z. YunusCertified clinical trauma professional
She is a graduate of the Institute of Islamic Sciences and a mental health columnist. In addition to managing her own private practice, she is a therapist for ICNA Relief USA.
Sh. Hafiz Inayatullah
Sh. Hafiz InayatullahGraduate of International University Islamabad
He currently serves as the Imam of Alhedaya Islamic center of ICNA GA and former president of ICNA Atalanta chapter.
Imam Hamad Chebli
Imam Hamad ChebliReligious leader of ISCJ since 1986
Imam Chebli is a native of Lebanon and attended one of the most prestigious Islamic institutions in the world, Al–Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt,
Sh. Ali Suleiman Ali
Sh. Ali Suleiman AliProfessor at the Islamic American University
Dr. Ali’s passions center on learning, teaching, and community-service. He has taught Islamic Studies, Muslim World Studies, Arabic and the Science of Qur’an at the University of Detroit-Mercy, and American Open University.
Naeem Baig
Naeem BaigFormer President, ICNA
Naeem Baig is the Director for Outreach and Interfaith at Darul Hijrah Islamic Center. He is also co-chair of the National Muslim-Christian Initiative.
Kathy Manley
Kathy ManleyLegal Director of the Coalition for Civil Freedoms
Kathy’s main emphasis is criminal defense and constitutional rights. She concentrates on appeals, and has written many winning briefs before the NYS Court of Appeals.
Dr. Daoud Nassimi
Dr. Daoud NassimiAdjunct Professor of Islam at Shenandoah University
He is serving as a member of Shari’ah Council of ICNA and he served as the Vice-Chairman of Council of Muslim Organizations in the Washington, DC.
Azhar Azeez
Azhar AzeezPresident, ISNA
Azhar Azeez holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from the prestigious Osmania University and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA). He currently serves as the Senior National Director of Islamic Relief USA.
Jamillah Abdul Kareem
Jamillah Abdul KareemProgram Manager as the Muslim Clergy
Certified Crisis Chaplain to practice Community and Relief work with The ICNA Crisis Response Team of ICNA Relief USA, helping humanity in New York State and Vicinity. Certified Adult & Pediatric First Aid, CPR AED safety.
Imam Daud Haqq
Imam Daud HaqqImam, NIA Masjid & Community Center
Imam Daud is President of Muslim Outreach for Anti-Violence (MOAV) and an active member of numerous social groups including: the Tri-State Imaam’s Council, Newark Imams’ Council, and Muslim Community Leadership Coalition.
Sh. Mohammed Mana
Sh. Mohammed ManaInstitute of Knowledge & IIOC
Specialist in Quranic Sciences. One of the youngest AlMaghrib Instructors. First American graduate of Faculty of Quranic Sciences, University of Madinah. Memorized Quran in late teens while majoring in Business Economics.
Sh. Furhan Zubairi
Sh. Furhan ZubairiDirector, Institute of Knowledge
Shaykh Furhan Zubairi serves as the Director of Religious Education at the Institute of Knowledge in Diamond Bar, CA. He regularly delivers khutbahs and lectures at various Islamic Centers and events in southern California.
Khurram Ali
Khurram AliTechnology Advisor & Entrepreneur
Khurram Ali is a passionate technologist and serial entrepreneur. He is involved in training and mentoring of young professionals. He actively participates with local non-profits including ADAMS related to automation and transformation projects.
Juan Pablo Osorio
Juan Pablo OsorioWorking in Digital Marketing in Houston-Downtown
Juan Pablo Osorio is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Through his service in the military he was introduced to Islam.
Dr. Hatem Bazian
Dr. Hatem BazianCo-Founder and Professor at Zaytuna College
Hatem Bazian is a co-founder and Professor of Islamic Law and Theology at Zaytuna College. In addition, Prof. Bazian is a lecturer in the Departments of Near Eastern and Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.
Imam Rauf Zaman
Imam Rauf ZamanImam, Muslim Center of Middlesex County
Graduate of the Aleemiyyah Institute of Islamic Studies (Karachi, 1975) and a graduate of Faculty of Usuluddin, Al-Azhar (Cairo, 1978) and held the position of Principal at Guyana Islamic Institute (1997-2000).
Malika MacDonald
Malika MacDonaldDirector of ICNA Relief Boston
Malika Rushdan is an Irish American, born and raised on Cape Cod, MA. Malika converted to Islam in 1995 following the Million Man March. Sr Malika currently serves as the Director of the ICNA Relief Boston Field Office (,
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He leads the 3 Puerto Rican Imams Projects, Esperanza Community Hub, and Lebron Home Remodeling and led many Dawah and relief efforts in Brazil, Ecuador, Mexico, Haiti, and Puerto Rico.
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