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 Islamic Seminary of America
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 Dean of Islamic Seminary of America.
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
Sh. Tawfique Chowdhury
Sh. Tawfique ChowdhuryScholar, AlKauthar Institute
A graduate from the college of Shariah from the Islamic University of Medinah, Sh. Tawfique Chowdhury is the Executive Chairman of Mercy Mission World. Mercy Mission.
Sh. Abdur Rahman Khan
Sh. Abdur Rahman KhanChair, ICNA Shariah Council
Sh. Abdur Rahman Khan is a member of ICNA and the Chairman of the ICNA Shariah Council. He’s a member of the Fiqh Council of North America.
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
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.
Dr. Sabeel Ahmed
Dr. Sabeel AhmedExecutive Director of the GainPeace Project
After completing his medical education from the Carribean, he decided to dedicate his time as a *full-time (daee) educator of Islam* to tackle Islamophobia.
 Dr. Ayman Hammous
Dr. Ayman HammousExecutive Director of MAS National
​Dr. Ayman Hammous is currently the Executive Director of MAS National, he lives in SI, NY and married, with five children.
Mujtaba Mohammed
Mujtaba MohammedState Senator, North Carolina
Mujtaba Mohammed is a Democratic member of the North Carolina General Assembly. On November 6, 2018 he was elected with 81.74% of the votes.
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. Waleed Basyouni
Sh. Waleed BasyouniVice-President of AlMaghrib Institute
Senior Scholar. Head of Islamic Theology and Ethics Department. Master’s in Islamic Theology, World Religions and Modern Religious Sects.
Dr. Burçin Mutlu-Pakdil
Dr. Burçin Mutlu-PakdilDiscovered a whole new type of galaxy
Featured in National Geographic and on TED talks, Turkish-born astrophysicist Burçin Mutlu-Pakdil shares her name with a rare double ring of stars more than 350 million light-years away.
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
Zahra Billoo
Zahra BillooCivil Rights Activist
Zahra Billoo serves as the Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, San Francisco Bay Area (CAIR-SFBA) office.
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
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.
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.
Mufti Hussain Kamani
Mufti Hussain KamaniQalam Institute
His journey to pursue sacred Islamic knowledge began at age 6. By the age of 9, he completed the memorization of the Holy Quran.
Dr. Ihsan Bagby
Dr. Ihsan BagbyAn ISPU Expert and an Associate Professor
Ihsan Bagby is an ISPU Expert and an Associate Professor in the department of Islamic Studies at the University of Kentucky. His research has focused on Muslims in America. In 2001 he published
Imam Shabir Ally
Imam Shabir AllyDawah Pioneer in the West
He is an internationally sought after speaker, scholar and theologian, and is the author of numerous books on Islam and the Abrahamic faiths.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tahera Rahman
Tahera RahmanFirst full-time hijabi Muslim newscaster in USA
Currently, she works for WHBF-TV and KLJB. Previously, she worked at the station as a producer behind the cameras for approximately two years.
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.
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 & AlMaghrib Instructor
Sh. Suleiman has a Master’s from the University of Jordan and a Master’s from Harvard University. He serves AlMaghrib Institute, Yaqeen Institute, and as a Resident Scholar in Dearborn.
Dr. Dalia Fahmy
Dr. Dalia FahmyAssociate Professor of Political Science
Dr. Dalia Fahmy is Associate Professor of Political Science at Long Island University where she teaches courses on US Foreign Policy, World Politics, International Relations, Military and Defense Policy.
Imam Asif Hirani
Imam Asif HiraniResident Scholar of Worcester Islamic Center
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.
Dr. Amaarah DeCuir
Dr. Amaarah DeCuirFaculty at American University’s School of Education
Dr. Amaarah DeCuir is a member of the faculty at American University’s School of Education where she teaches courses on education philosophy, policy, pedagogy, and leadership.
Imam John Starling
Imam John StarlingExecutive Director of GCLEA, in Cherry Hill, NJ
He is an alumnus of NCSU’s Poole College of Management and the Islamic University of Madinah. He holds a Master’s Degree in Islamic Studies from the Islamic University of Minnesota, possesses traditional ijazahs in several subjects including Hanbali fiqh.
Rowaida Abdelaziz
Rowaida AbdelazizHuffpost Reporter on civil rights and social justices issues
Rowaida Abdelaziz is a journalist at Huffpost, where she focuses on reporting on civil rights and social justices issues within the Muslim communities. Based in New York City,
Dr. Mohamed Rida Beshir
Dr. Mohamed Rida BeshirFounding member of Human Concern International
Mohamed Rida Beshir is a Community Educator at The Family and Youth Institute. He holds a PhD in Telecommunications and a Master’s in Engineering from Carlton University
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.
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.
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.
Dr. Madiha Tahseen
Dr. Madiha TahseenResearch Fellow and a Community Educator
Dr. Madiha Tahseen is a Research Fellow and a Community Educator at The Family and Youth Institute, or the FYI. She holds a PhD in Applied Developmental Psychology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC).
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.
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 Mohamed Magid
Imam Mohamed MagidExecutive Imam of ADAMS Center
He is the Chairman of International Interfaith Peace Corps (IIPC) and the former President of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA).
Dr. Madiha Saeed
Dr. Madiha SaeedCertified family physician in Naperville
Madiha Saeed, MD is a practicing board certified family physician in Naperville and a traditionally published author of a best-selling book The Holistic Rx:
Sh. Ismael Essa
Sh. Ismael EssaDirector of Tarteel Academy at MCGP
Graduated from Al-Azhar University, with an Ijaza for Specialization in the Qur’anic Sciences and the ten recitations.
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.
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.
Sr. Saadia Z. Yunus, LMFT
Sr. Saadia Z. Yunus, LMFTLicensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Saadia Z. Yunus, MA, LMFT is a licensed marriage and family therapist, motivational speaker, and community leader.
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.
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.
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.
Imam Ali Tos
Imam Ali TosImam and Hifz Teacher of Diyanet Center
Imam Ali Tos ( Turkey; Graduate of Necmettin Erbakan University, Konya) is the Imam and Hifz Teacher of  Diyanet Center of America.
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 (,
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.
Wesley “Abu Sumayyah” Lebrón
Wesley “Abu Sumayyah” LebrónCo-Founder: Esperanza Community Hub & 3 Puerto Rican Imams Projects
Imam Wesley Lebrón is a Puerto Rican convert to Islam, born and raised in Passaic, NJ. He accepted Islam in 1998 and is a graduate of Mishkah University where he earned a B.A. in Islamic Studies.
Imam Danny “Khalil” Salgado
Imam Danny “Khalil” SalgadoImam in Bronx, New York
Danny “Khalil” Salgado converted to Islam in 1995. He has been involved in the Muslim community in the United States. He currently is an imam in Bronx, New York. He has also held different.
Rameez Abid
Rameez AbidICNA-Council for Social Justice
Rameez Abid graduated from George Mason University with a B.S. in Information Technology. Currently, later pursued B.A. in Islamic Studies from Islamic Online University.
Hernán Guadalupe, MEng.
Hernán Guadalupe, MEng.Co-Founder of Hablamos Islam, Inc.
Hernán Guadalupe currently works as an Engineer and serves as an undergraduate mentor for La Unidad Latina Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity, Inc. at Stevens Institute of Technology.
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