Abdel Jalil MezgouriShaykh; Empowering Youth; Iman in ActionImam of ICSD, he is also known as a supporter and speaker with Islamic Relief, Muslim American Society of San Diego (MASSD) and many other Islamic organizations.
AbdelRahman MurphyYouth DirectorHis passion is working with Muslims to help improve on a personal, family, and community level. He serves as the youth minister at the Muslim Community of Knoxville, as well as the Muslim Chaplain at the University of Tennessee.
Abdul Nasir JangdaShaykh; Quran; Arabic; PrayerAn instructor at the Bayinnah Institute, his latest projects include Quran Intensive (a summer program focusing on Arabic grammar and Tafsir), Quranic analysis lectures, Khateeb Training, chronicling of the Prophetic Biography at the Qalam Institute.
Abdulbary YahyaShaykhImam of Masjid Jaamiul Muslimeen in Seattle, WA. He is also an instructor of AlMaghrib Institute.
Ahmad Al-KurdiShaykh; FiqhUniversity of Madinah
Ahmed BillooImportance of knowledgeStudent of knowledge from Egypt and currently studying at Uni. of Madinah. He currently lives in Madinah, Saudi Arabia with his wife and enjoys spending his summer breaks in Southern California working with the community.
Ahmed ShamaCommunity organizer; motivation;UCLA MSA Alumni
Ahmed SobohSpeaker / Community OrganizerHawethorne Masjid
Alaeddin BakriShaykhHe currently is Imam at the Islamic Center of Saratoga in California and also teaches for the Al-Madina Institute.
Ali AbuminahPalestineAli contributes regularly to such publications as the Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times, he has also served as the Vice-President on the Board of Directors of the Arab American Action Network, is a fellow at the Palestine Center, and is co-founder of Electronic Intifada
Ali AtaieComparative Religions; Dawah; Interfaith;Ali Ataie is the President and Founder of Muslim Interfaith Council and has been involved in interfaith activities for over ten years.
Ameena JandaliBasics of Islam/speaker trainingShe co-designs and develops ING’s educational presentations and cultural competency seminars. Ameena has delivered hundreds of presentations in schools, colleges, universities, churches, and other venues on Islam and related subjects.
Ameena QaziCivil Rights/ Community workServing as the Deputy Executive Director and Staff Attorney at the CAIR-LA office, Ameena handles legal cases and provides legal advice to community members on civil rights issues.
Amir Abdel MalikYouth empowerment; activismFormerly with Masjid in Oakland; Khateeb in NorCal
Amir SualimanSpoken WordSpoken Word Poet
Ammar AlshukrySpoken WordSpoken Word Poet
Andrea SmithNative AmericansAndrea Lee Smith is an intellectual, feminist, and anti-violence activist.
Angela DavisSocial JusticeHer research interests are in feminism, African-American studies, critical theory, Marxism, popular music, social consciousness, and the philosophy and history of punishment and prisons
Atef MahgoubShaykh, has done a lot of work with Youth in PittsburghStudied in Al-Azhar Univeristy since he was a child
Baba AliYouth, using creativity to help communitty"Islamic humour, Culture, Marriage,
Islam in the United States,
Human interaction"
Basim ElkarraCivil Rights and Communitty OrganizingBasim leads CAIR’s efforts in the Sacramento Valley area to serve as a voice to its diverse and vibrant Muslim community. Elkarra has been instrumental in building coalitions with ethnic, interfaith communities, and law enforcement.
Ben WhitePalestine/Israel, DemocracyBen White is a British journalist and activist who primarily writes about the Israel-Palestine conflict.
Bilal AnsariInstersection of Islam and African AmericansChaplain from Hartford/Zaytuna Deen
Boona MohamedRecites PoetrySpoken word poet.
Cynthia MckinneyPalestine, experience trying to deliver aid to palestineAs a member of the Democratic Party, she served six terms in the United States House of Representatives. In 2008, the Green Party of the United States nominated McKinney for President of the United States. She also has experience in delivering aid to Palestine.
Dalia MogahedPolitical EngagementHead of ISPU
David LoydPalestine, comparative to IrelandUC Riverside professor
Dawood YasinVery Spiritual but also studied globalisationZaytuna Deen
Dr. Jamal BadawiScholarIn addition to his participation in lectures, seminars and interfaith dialogues in North America, Badawi was invited as a guest speaker in various functions throughout the world. He is also active in several Islamic organizations, including the Canadian branch of CAIR, FCNA, MAS, and ECFR.He is also a member of ISNA and the founder and chairman of the Islamic Information Foundation, a non-profit foundation seeking to promote a better understanding of Islam and Muslims towards non-Muslims. He has lectured extensively in North America and abroad, and speaks on a variety of topics including Islam and Christianity.
Dr. Maher HathoutIslamic MovementsDr. Maher Hathout is a leading spokesperson for the American Muslim community, is a retired physician best known for his tireless commitment to public service. He is an international figure who is highly regarded as a positive voice of Islam offering a unique and valuable perspective on national and international issues involving Muslims.
Dr. Muzzamil SiddiquiCommunitty development, ScholarISOC/ Fiqh Council of North America
Edina LekovicPolitical Engagement; How to respond to anti-Islam rhetoricEdina Lekovic is the Director of Policy & Programming at the Muslim Public Affairs Council and frequently acts as a national spokesperson for the American Muslim community to media outlets, government officials, interfaith leaders, academic institutions, and community organizations
Faiz DaddhaboyReciterDiscover Studios, Chino Musallah
Farhan ZubairiShaykhHaving obtained numerous Ijaazaat (Licenses) in Islamic Sciences, including a chain (Sanad) reaching the Prophet (saw) in the six authentic books of hadith (Sihah Sitta) and the Muwattas of Imam Malik and Imam Muhammad, as well as receiving certification in Islamic Finance, Shaykh Furhan Zubairi is currently an Instructor at the Institute of Knowledge.
Gabriel PiterburgIsrael Comparative (South Africa)Piterberg writes and teaches on the history of the Ottoman Empire and the Mediterranean in the early modern period, and modern themes like colonialism, Zionism, and Palestine/Israel. He writes for the New Left Review and London Review of Books.
Gideon LevyIsrael/Palestine MediaGideon Levy is an Israeli journalist. Levy writes opinion pieces and a weekly column for the newspaper Haaretz that often focus on the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories.
Hamza TzortzisDebater, comparative religions, theology, philosopherHamza Andreas Tzortzis, a convert to Islam, is an international lecturer, public speaker & writer. He is particularly interested in Islam, philosophy and politics. He has debated prominent academics & intellectuals.
Hamza YusufShaykh; Spirituality; Theology;Prophet Muhammad (s)Hamza Yusuf is a co-founder of Zaytuna College and is one of the leading proponents of classical learning in Islam and has promoted Islamic sciences and classical teaching methodologies throughout the world.
Hassan ElwanPurification of the heart, Character; SpiritualityHe is currently an active da’iyah and khateeb and gives ḥalaqas in the Orange County Islamic Foundation as well as relevant spiritual topics to local MSAs and youth.
Hassanain Rajabaliprinciples in the Quran, tawheed, atheismHassanain Rajabali, is a popular speaker that has traveled worldwide to lecture on Islam. Previous sering as the Principal of the Tawheed Institute in New York, Hassanain currently an active lecturer as well as the director of Camp Taha, the world's first Muslim owned camp located in Columbiaville, Michigan.
Hatem BazianPalestine; PoliticsDr. Hatem Bazian is co-founder, senior faculty, and Academic Affairs Chair at Zaytuna College. He is also a senior lecturer in the Departments of Near Eastern and Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Bazian is also a visiting Professor in Religious Studies at Saint Mary’s College of California and adviser to the Religion, Politics, and Globalization Center at UC Berkeley. In 2009, he founded the Center for the Study of Documentation of Islamophobia at UC Berkeley. Dr. Bazian is on the board of several organizations, including the Islamic Scholarship Fund and Muslim Americans for Palestine, for which he is also the founding president.
Hisham MahmoodSpirituality; Character of the Prophet; Arabic
Hosai Mojaddidi
Hujrah WahhajCommunity and YouthThroughout Hujrah’s travels abroad & volunteer work both domestically & internationally, she has concluded the commonality amongst all people is the desire to be loved. As a Life Coach, she dedicates her life to inspiring the masses to unleash their inner power & hidden potential so they may operate at maximum level.
Hussam AyloushCivil Rights, politics, and ccommunitty developmentHussam has been a lifelong human rights activist who is passionate about promoting democratic societies, in the US and worldwide, in which all people, including immigrants, workers, minorities, and the poor enjoy freedom, justice, economic justice, respect, and equality. Mr. Ayloush frequently lectures on Islam, media relations, civil rights, hate crimes and international affairs. He has consistently appeared in local, national, and international media.
Ibrahim Abdul-MatinAuthor Green DeenHolding a BA from University of Rhode Island (where he allegedly played a little football) and an MPA from Baruch College, Ibrahim is the man-in-demand for projects at the intersection of corporate innovation, government policy and community communications. In print you’ll find him as the author of The Green Deen, and a contributing author to All-American: 45 American Men On Being Muslim.
Imad BayounTarbiyah; Character and Manners; Hereafter; Sunnah;He taught courses in Aqeedah and Fiqh of Seerah at the Islamic American University. He also teaches Arabic Calligraphy at the . Dr. Imad a member of the MAS Greater Los Angeles Chapter and is one of the lead instructors at OakTree Institute. He has produced series of lectures on various Islamic topics including the 20 Principles of Islamic Understanding, Muslim Character and Manners, Purification of the Heart, Islamic History and many more.
Ingrid MattsonInterfaith; Women in IslamDr. Ingrid Mattson, Ph.D. is a Muslim religious leader, a professor of Islamic Studies and an interfaith activist.
Jamaal DiwanShaykh; Tarbiya;Shaykh Jamaal received a Bachelor’s Degree in Third World Studies from UCSD. He then traveled to Egypt where he spent the next 6 years studying Arabic and Islamic Studies. In 2012 he completed a law degree in Sharia from al-Azhar University in Cairo. He is a regular speaker at local universities on issues pertaining to Islam and Muslims in America.He currently serves as the Resident Scholar of the Islamic Center of Irvine.
Jamal NassarComparative Politics: Middle East, Development, MethodologyDean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at California State University, San Bernardino. He was born in Jerusalem, Palestine. Receiving a Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati in 1978, he joined the faculty at Illinois State University where he served as chair of the Department of Politics and Government until accepting the post at CSUSB in 2007. His specialty is Middle Eastern politics.
Jameel BesadaStudying at University of Madina
Jasser AudaIslamic juridical purposes/maqasid and Islamic ethicsJasser Auda is a philosopher and thinker whose life work is re-examining Islamic law for current day society. An Associate Professor on Public Policy in Islam at the Qatar Foundation in Qatar, Auda's most current work is "Re-Thinking Islamic Law for Minorities: Towards a Western Muslim Identity." He has said that the goal of his study is for Muslims to "develop their identity shaped by the traditions, laws and environment of their country of residence."
Jihad SaafirImam; YouthJihad Saafir is the Imam of Masjid Ibaadillah in Los Angeles, California. He conducts weekly classes for men, women, and children, teaching the sciences of Tajweed, Spoken Arabic, Classical Arabic, and Fiqh. He also conducts marriage counseling as well as workshops on conflict resolution. He has been a student in classical Arabic studying various texts under qualified teachers. He has studied various texts on Islamic law under qualified teachers. He is also memorizing Quran under a qualified Qari with the hopes of finishing his hifdhs soon.
Jihad TurkImam; Interfaith; Arabic classes;Jihad Turk, a founding Board Member of Claremont Lincoln University, has been instrumental in the establishment of Bayan Claremont, a graduate school designed to train Muslim scholars and religious leaders. He previously served correct as the Director of Religious Affairs at the Islamic Center of Southern California, the oldest and largest mosque in the LA area.His field of research focuses on Islamic Law with an emphasis on usul al-fiqh,as well as theology. His current interests also include identity formation in the American-Muslim community, interfaith relations, Islamic reform movements, and community leadership and development with a focus on youth.
Junaid KharasanyShaykhShaykh Junaid Kharsany was born in Durban, South Africa in 1975. After completing his basic Islamic education in his hometown, he enrolled at the famous Madrasa Arabia Islamiyya Azaadville in Johannesburg, South Africa. He graduated in 1996 with Ijaza in Hadeeth and Tafseer. He began his teaching career at Jamia Islahul Muslimeen in Sherwood, South Africa. The Shaykh has taught Arabic Lughah, tafseer and the renowned text in Ahadeeth the "Mishkatul Masabih".
Kareem ElsayedYouth, topics relative to studentsKareem Elsayed is a public speaker, a community activist dedicated to serving the Muslim youth. During his undergraduate years, he was heavily involved in the Muslim Student Union at the University of California: Irvine, and was also involved with MSA West. Kareem graduated from UCI in 2006 with a degree in Biomedical Engineering. He was one of the founding members of the IIOC Youth Committee and served as its chairman.
Keith EllisonMuslim SenatorKeith Maurice Ellison is the U.S. Representative for Minnesota's 5th congressional district, serving since 2007. He is a member of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, the Minnesota state Democratic Party affiliate.
Khalid BahijriMAS
Khalid LatifChaplainKhalid Latif is Executive Director and Chaplain (Imam) for the Islamic Center at New York University (NYU). Imam Latif’s dedication and ability to cross faith and cultural boundaries on a daily basis brought him recognition throughout the city, so much so that in 2007, Mayor Michael Bloomberg nominated Imam Latif to become the youngest chaplain in history of the New York City Police Department when he was 24 years old. Since then, Imam Latif has developed tremendously valuable skills as a spokesperson for co-existence, mutual understanding, and productive relationships between cultures, communities, and religions.
Lobna Mulla
M. A. AzeezImamImam Mohamed Abdul-Azeez is the religious leader of the SALAM Islamic Center in Sacramento CA. Imam Azeez was educated in Medicine, political science, sociology, Islamic history and Islamic theology. He holds an MD from Ain Shams University, a BA from Ohio State University, and an MA from University of Chicago. Imam Azeez has been involved in Islamic activism and education for the past 10 years. Imam Azeez is a passionate advocate of interfaith work, and dedicates much of his time educating the community about the true peaceful essence of the religion of Islam.
Maryam AmirebrahimiRelationship with the QuranMaryam Amirebrahimi received her master’s in Education from UCLA, where her research focused on the effects of mentorship rooted in Critical Race Theory for urban high school students of color. She holds a bachelor’s in Child and Adolescent Development from San Jose State University, where she served as the President of the Muslim Student Association for two consecutive years. Currently, she is pursuing a second bachelor’s degree in Islamic Studies through Al Azhar University’s distance learning program. Maryam spent a year studying the Arabic language and Qur’an in Cairo, Egypt, and has memorized the Qur’an. Maryam frequently works with communities to address a variety of social issues and writes about topics related to social realities, women’s studies and spiritual connections on www.suhaibwebb.com.
May AlhassenRacism/systemic oppression, academia, media, refugees, women, former TED ResidentPhD in American Studies & Ethnicity from USC
Miko PeledPalestine/IsraelSon of IDF soldier
Mokhtar MaghrouiPurification of the heart; SpiritualityNew York, Zawiyah Perspective; Al-Madinah Institute
Moutasem AtiyaSpirituality; Stories from the QuranAl-Madinah Institute
Muhammad AbassiMAS Leadership Speaker
Muhammad Ibn FaqihShaykhIIOC/Almaghrib
Munir IqtishMAS bay area
Muslema PurmulShaykha, studied in Al-Azhar
Mustafa UmarShaykh/ Educational DirectorIIOC
Nadine NaberArab American, feminist transnational & diaspora studies
Noam ChomskyProfessor, Jewish, palestine, israel, anti-zionistProfessor at MIT
Norman FinkelsteinPalestine, Israel
Nouman Ali KhanQur'an, TafseerBayyinah
Nouman BaigShaykhIOK Director
Omar OffendumRapMuslim Rap Arttist
Omar SulaimanShaykhDallas
Omar ZarkaCommunity work, EmpowermentAlumni MSA West, UCI MSU
Osama EisaSpirituality; Islam in America, Youth talks; Shariah,fiqh
Osman UmarjiShaykhISCN, Past UCI MSU president
Qari Youssef EdgouchQariICSGV
Rabbi WeissPalestine, Zionism, JudaismAnti-Zionist Rabbi
Reem SalahiCivil Rights / Social JusticeLawyer's Guild
Robin KellyBlack radicalism and internationalism, critical race studies, U.S. imperial culture, cultural studies, decolonizationUCLA
Rushdie Abdul QadirBuilding MSAs; Institutionalizing community service projectsCo-Founder of UMMA Clinic
Sheikh Abu HaithamSaid Seddouk serves as the Imam and Religious Director of the Islamic Center of San Gabriel Valley.
Sherman JacksonProfessor, intellectual, the Muslim context in AmericaUSC
Siraj WahhajImamMasjid Al-Taqwa (Brooklyn)
Sohail DaulatzaiMuslim Studies, Black radicalism and internationalism, critical race studies, U.S. imperial culture, cultural studies, decolonizationUCI
Stephen ZunesUS Policy on Israel
Suhaib WebbShaykhISBCC (Boston)
Suhail MullaShaykhISOC
Taha HassaneShaykhICSD
Taher HerzallahPalestineAMP
Tahir AnwarImam / IntellectualZaytuna
Tariq RamadanPhilosopher, Innovater, thinkerOxford University
Terry HoldbrooksGuantanamo BayGitmo Guard who Converted to Islam
Umar HakimCommunitty development, the Indigenous experienceILM Foundation/ Humanitarian Day
Usamah CanonNew Muslims; Youth; SpiritualityTaleef
Waleed BasyouniShaykh; Aqeedah; FiqhAl Maghrib
Wisam SherrifTajweed, recitation, tafseerAQL
Yahya RhodusShaykh; Spirituality; The Prophet Muhammad (s)
Yama NiaziSpirituality, shaykh, interfaith
Yaman Kahf
Yasir FazagaIslam and Psychology, family relations, and interfaithOCIF, Psychologist
Yasir MaharCAIR BOD/ Speaker
Yasir QadhiShaykh; Theology; Islam in Academia; Shariah
Yasmin MogahedPurification of the heartNorth Carolina
Yasser AmanIman renewalCEO of UMMA Clinic for 13 years, UCLA
Zahra BillooCivil Rights, communitty development, Political engagementCAIR Bay Area, MSA West Alumni
Zaid ShakirImam, intellectialZaytuna
Zainab AlwaniQuranic studies, Islamic jurisprudence, the relationship between civil and religious lawHoward University School of Divinity