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Hernando County Commission to honor Saudi funded Hamas front group and terror funding mosque whose altruism is Islamism

November 13, 2006

On November 14, 2006 the Hernando Board of County Commissioners plans to issue a resolution to recognize the "caring spirit" of the Islamic community and the Council on American Islamic Relations [CAIR] for distributing "Ramadan/Thanksgiving" baskets to the needy. The program by the Hernando Muslim community is da'wa, plain and simple, an attempt at creating the impression that the radical Muslim group - CAIR - and a masjid with ties to terrorism - Hernando's Barclay Street mosque - are benevolent organizations. http://www.hernandotoday.com/MGBL059J0UE.html

This event is an exercise in Islamic proselytizing - "jihad of the tongue" - and therefore constitutes Islamism not altruism. [source - http://www.militantislammonitor.org/article/id/212 It is also an effort to co-opt a uniquely American holiday, linking it with a Muslim holiday to which Thanksgiving bears no relationship. http://www.militantislammonitor.org/article/id/2538 Of greater concern however, is that the Hernando Board of County Commissioners' resolution will bestow undeserved legitimacy upon a sector of the Muslim community which has funded terrorism. Illinois' [tax] records show Brooksville orthopedic surgeon Imad "Ed" Tarabishy [a founder of the Hernando mosque, who also teaches there] has been the most generous Florida benefactor of Global Relief and Benevolence International Foundation [BIF], in the past five years giving at least $786,000 dollars.

"Two Muslim charities in particular - the Global Relief Foundation and the Benevolence International Foundation - received $1.3-million from 15 local doctors…Imad Tarabishy, a local orthopedic surgeon who sometimes delivers the weekly sermon at the mosque, gave nearly $800,000 alone." [source, St. Petersburg Times, http://www.sptimes.com/2004/05/18/Hernando/Muslims_find_strength.shtml]
More then a dozen other current and former physicians at Brookville's Oak Hill Hospital where Tarabishy is on staff, gave another $521,750. That included $110,000 from Tarabishy's brother, a Florida-licensed surgeon who practices in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates [source, http://www.militantislammonitor.org/article/id/525] BIF has been designated as a terrorist funding group by the U.S. Department of Treasury, under Executive Order 13224 and also by the United Nations.
"Benevolence International Foundation (BIF-USA), incorporated in the State of Illinois in 1992, was a U.S., tax-exempt, not-for-profit organization whose stated purpose was to conduct humanitarian relief projects throughout the world. BIF-USA's financial accounts were blocked pending investigation in December 2001, and the charity was fully designated by the United States on November 19, 2002, and in the United Nations on November 21, 2002 The three closely linked but separately incorporated entities of BIF-USA, Benevolence International Fund (BIF-Canada), Bosanska Idealna Futura (BIF-Bosnia), and their branch offices were all designated simultaneously. BIF operated around the world in Bosnia, Chechnya, Pakistan, China, Ingushetia, Russia, and other nations. Enaam Arnaout, BIF's Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors, has been convicted in the United States for operating BIF as a racketeering enterprise. Arnaout claimed that he did not know bin Laden personally, yet substantial evidence documented the close relationship between Arnaout and Usama bin Laden." [source - http://www.ustreas.gov/offices/enforcement/key-issues/protecting/charities_execorder_13224-b.shtml]

Tarabishy is also the registered agent and vice director of Bright International Ltd. whose Canadian directors Assadullah and Mojiba Farahmand run the Afghanistan Information and Refugee Bureau /Masjid Al Ansar which appears to be a Canadian front for BIF. Imam Faisal Kutty, who frequents the mosque in Canada was denied entry to the United States when he arrived in 2003 as a "security risk". He was the lawyer and spokesman for BIF Canada and is also the vice chair of CAIR Canada. The registration address for Bright International Limited is that of Dr.Tarabishy's medical office in Brooksville, Florida. The Hernando County Commission's planned resolution to recognize CAIR [a Saudi funded front group for Hamas, some of whose members have been convicted on terror related charges and which additionally is also a defendant in a 9/11 terrorism lawsuit] and the 'Islamic community' in Hernando, i.e. the Hernando mosque whose officials are linked to terror financing, will further legitimize two radical Islamist entities who pose a threat to their community and homeland security. As we detailed in a November 13, 2006 piece Claimed Terror Links Support Hogan In Florida Free Speech Controversy CAIR via its executive director Ahmed Bedier has been in the forefront of the "infidel bashing campaign" being waged against County Commissioner Tom Hogan and his wife.

The group has been browbeating politicians including Congresswoman Ginny Waite Brown [who admirably has pushed back, refusing to carry CAIR's water in this matter] demanding they censure the Hogans who had the temerity to voice a negative opinion about Islam. Neither Ahmed Bedier, Hernando mosque king-pin Mohammed Abdel Eldin, nor anyone associated with them should be honored by the Hernando County Board of Commissioners. Rather than rewarding these Saudi backed Islamists for propagating their brand of bigotry under the guise of helping the poor, the Hernando County Commission's should be investigating CAIR and the Hernando mosque's connection to global terrorism. We strongly urge the public to protest this resolution and demand an investigation of CAIR and the Hernando Mosque by emailing the board members of the Hernando County Commission .

Hernando County Commissioners, http://www.hernando.fl.us/bocc/district5htm.

Second Vice Chairperson, Jeff Stabins, Jstabins.@co.hernando.fl.us

Nancy Robinson, Vice Chairperson, nancyR@co.hernando.fl.us

Diane Rowden, Chairperson, drowden@co.hernando.fl.us

Christopher Kingsley, County Commissioner, ckingsley@co.hernando.fl.us

http://www.pipelinenews.org/index.cfm?page=rabinowitz111306%2Ehtm http://www.militantislammonitor.org/article/id/2535 Facts about Hernando mosque

MIM: Below is the program of the 1998 ISNA conference which gives a clear view of the international scope of the organisation and reads like a radical Islamist Who's Who of individual groups. Money was raised for several terror 'charities' as well. Benevolence International Foundation,Global Relief and The Holyland Foundation all of which have roots in Florida and Hernando County. All of the 'relief' organisations below have been shut down or investigated by the U.S. Treasury Department for being terror funding entities.

Session 9F Room 263

Relief and Development for Human Dignity

Panelists: Representatives of Islamic African Relief Agency, Indian

Muslim Relief Committee, Global Relief, Benevolent Foundation, Somali Relief Fund, Holy Land Fund, Mercy International. Human Concern International, Islamic Relief Worldwide, Kashmir Relief Fund.

This 1998 ISNA conference included Sami Al Arian and Abdulrahman Alamoudi are both in prison on terrorism charges.Ironically the panel was called: "Guilty Until Proven Innocent".

Session 6C Room 276

Guilty Until Proven Innocent: Prisoners of Conscience in the US

Panelists: Michael Kennedy, Matt Piers, John Sugg, Sami Al-Arian, David

Cole

Moderator: Abdurahman Alamoudi

Legal and media experts on the panel will address issues of constitutional rights, due process, and civil liberties for Muslims and Muslim organizations. Wives of some of the Muslim prisoners of conscience in the US speak about the unfounded cases against their husbands and what has that meant for their families.

ISNA 1998 Annual Convention
For More Info and registration call: (317) 839-8157 Ext 242 or 239

PROGRAM

Friday, September 4
5:00 - 5:30 am Salat al Fajr (Iqamah 5:15)

10:15 AM - 12:15 PM
Pre-Convention Workshops

1. Enhancing Teamwork in Islamic Organizations
Iqbal J. Unus - Room 260

2. Leadership Development in the Muslim Community
Rafik Beekun - Room 263

3. Effective Communication in Islamic Work
Dilnawaz Siddiqui - Room 267

1:15 - 2:30 PM
Salat al Jumah (Second Adhan at 1:30) Hall 5
Khateeb: Muzammil Siddiqi

2:45 - 4:30 PM
Session 1 Hall 4
Welcome and Inauguration
Recitation from the Qur'an: M. Abu Zahir Ansari
ISNA President: Muzammil Siddiqi
IMA President: Ayman Rayes
AMSE President: Mukhlesur Rahman
AMSS President: Salahuddin Malik
MSA President: Mohammed Salem Omeish
MYNA President: Huma Chowdri
NAIT Chairman: Bassam Osman
Convention Chairman: Abdul Wahab
Program Chairman: Iqbal Unus
Steering Committee Chairman: Rashid Qureshi
Islamic Shura Council of North America
The Community Mosque: Jamil Al-Ami
Islamic Circle of North America: Mohammed Yunus
Muslim American Society: W. D. Muhammad
Islamic Society of North America: Muzammil Siddiqi

Muslim World Organizations:
Organization of the Islamic Conference, Secretary General Azeddin
Laraki;
Muslim World Congress, Secretary General Abdullah Salah Al-Obeid;
World Assembly of Muslim Youth, Secretary General Maneh Aljohani;
International Council for Da'wah and Relief, Secretary Kamel Al-Sharif

Moderator: Secretary General ISNA Sayyid M. Syeed

4:45 - 6:00 PM
Session 2 Hall 4
Civil Society: An Islamic Perspective
Speakers: Kamal Hassan, Besir Atalay
Moderator: S. Imtiaz Ahmad
Allah is the Lord of the worlds, not just of a particular race or religious group. All humans are created equal. By recognizing Allah as the source of guidance, practicing social justice and exercising social responsibility, we can build the civil society.

6:00 - 8:15 PM Dinner Atrium

6:00 - 6:30 PM Salat al Asr (Iqamah 6:15) Hall 5

7:30 - 8:00 PM Salat al Maghrib (Iqamah 7:35) Hall 5

8:15 - 10:30 PM
Session 3 Hall 4
(a) ISNA Human Dignity Award to President of Mauritius
Citation: Muzammil Siddiqi
Introduction: Rafik Beekun
Acceptance: President Cassam Uteem of Mauritius
The Award is a recognition of the many services rendered by President Cassam Uteem of Mauritius to uphold and enhance human dignity of all citizens of Mauritius including Muslims.

(b) Human Dignity: The Islamic Concept
Panelists: Jamal Badawi, Manazir Ahsan
Moderator: Dilnawaz Siddiqui
Human dignity is defined conceptually on the basis of the Qur'an and Hadith. The focus will be on the Muslim's responsibility to respect and protect the dignity and rights of all human beings in all socioeconomic and political environments.

(c) Congressman David Bonnier, House Minority Leader
10:30 -11:00 PM Salat al 'Isha (Iqamah 10:45)

Saturday, September 5

5:00 - 5:30 AM Salat al Fajr (Iqamah 5:15)

9:00 - 10:30 AM

Session 4A Hall 4
Human Dignity and the Muslim World: The Case of Pakistan and Algeria
Panelist: Qazi Hussain Ahmad, Abdelhamid Brahimi
Moderator: Muzammil Siddiqi
Qazi Hussain Ahmad, Amir (President) of Jamaat-i-Islami Pakistan will speak on issue of human dignity in the Pakistani context. Abdelhamid Brahimi, former Prime Minister of Algeria, will address human dignity issues in Algeria.

Session 4B Room 263
Media and Muslims
Panelists: Maha ElGenaidi, Ibrahim Hooper, Nazir Khaja
Moderator: Saleem Bajwa
Role of the media in public opinion/policy formation is analyzed and issues such as selectivity of the mainstream media are explored. Abuse of freedom of speech and negative image of Islam/Muslims in the media and Internet are discussed, as are Muslim responses and Muslim efforts to cultivate the media. Interested participants are invited to volunteer for ISNA's media activities.

Session 4C Room 122-123 and Room 126-127
Social Services: Assessment and Delivery
Panelists: Sandra K. Rana, Farzana Hamid, Bashir Ahmad
Moderator: Abdul Basit
Muslims can play a significant role in multi-faith, nonprofit, or governmental organizations by bringing Islamic solutions to the problems faced by Muslims and non-Muslims in the communities we live in. This interaction promotes a better understanding of Islam and helps Muslims to bring Islamic teachings and practices to American society. Examples of social service issues include dysfunctional families; behavioral problems among adolescents; high divorce rate, clinical and mental health issues, Islamic perspectives in psychotherapy, work ethics, etc.

Session 4D Room 266

Models for Muslim Community Life in America

Panelists: Sulayman Nyang, Maha ElGenaidi

Moderator: Ameena Jundali

Muslim community life can be enriched by exchange and study of community experiences, and by launching a motivated effort to enhance the quality of individual and collective relationships and actions within the community, with the Islamic teaching of shura (consultation), naseeha (advice) and ta'awun (cooperation) as the bedrock. [Networking in Communities: A sample of the 'Community Calendar' on computer disks will be available upon request.]

Session 4E Room 267

Education: Raising a Generation in Dignity

Panelists: Abdalla Idris Ali, Freda Shamma, Ahmad Sakr

Moderator: Maqbool Ahmad

Knowledge is the source of dignity and confidence as it is only a knowledgeable individual who values his or her own dignity and cherishes the dignity of others. Positive and concrete steps are indicated towards the goal of providing basic education for the next generation, and eradicating illiteracy and ignorance among all.

Session 4F Room 275

Human Dignity in Action: Know Your Rights

Panelists: Nihad Awad, Kamran Memon

Moderator: Talal Sunbulli

This session will deal with the rights of individuals, organizations and communities in the US and Canada; how these rights may be violated and how to know and protect one's rights.

Session 4G Room 274

Indian Muslim Relief Committee (IMRC): Meeting

Panelists: Maulana Sirajul Hassan, TBA

Moderator: Manzoor Ghori

The experiences of Muslims living as a minority in India are discussed, with particular reference to the relief and rehabilitation work being rendered by an ISNA-affiliated American Muslim organization.

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Session 5A Hall 4

Leadership Role for Muslims towards Human Dignity, Equality and Justice

Panelist: Ramsey Clark, Sarah Flounders, Mahboob Khan

Moderator: Jamal Barzinji

The session will deal with ways and means of promoting policies and programs for freedom, peace and justice within the US and abroad. It will explore how to educate fellow Americans, American leadership and the media on these issues, foster cooperation between American Muslims and the society at large, mobilize them to support projects aimed at promoting freedom, peace and justice.

Session 5B Room 276

Elections '98: A Muslim Plan of Action

Panelists: Hesham Reda, Mujahid Ramadan, Agha Saeed, Omar Ahmad

Moderator: Shabbir Safdar

Muslim advocacy organizations are the medium through which the Muslim presence is manifested in the society at large. Each of the four organizations, Muslim Public Affairs Committee (MPAC), American Muslim Council (AMC), American Muslim Alliance (AMA) and Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), represented in this session focuses on an important area with their own vision and strategy. Panelists will discuss issues that concern and shape the Muslim presence in America.

Session 5C Room 263

Women's Role in Human Dignity Issues

Panelists: Anne Sofie Roald, Ilham Altalib

Moderator: Khadija Haffajee

Panelists will discuss models of women's role in issues related to human dignity, focusing on the Islamic model, the Western model, models among peoples of other faiths, as well as Islamic teachings on this subject.

Session 5D Room 267

Islamic Values in Mental Health Services

Panelists: Muhammad Alam, Attia Sweillam, Imat Amidjaya

Moderator: Abdul Basit

Modern psychiatry reflects Western values and culture, with major schools of psychotherapy emerging during an era of individualism. Methods and techniques developed in the West may not be suitable for treating American Muslims whose religious and socio-cultural backgrounds are quite different. Psychotherapeutic interventions must be reexamined in the light of Islamic beliefs and values.

Session 5E Room 264

Muslim Heritage in America: A Traveling Exhibition

Panelist: Ted Swigon, Tipu Ahmad

Moderator: M. Abdul Hai

ISNA has initiated work on a traveling exhibition that will bring Muslim heritage in America to American cities and communities to educate and inspire Americans of all faiths and persuasions. ISNA consultant on this project will present the work being done and solicit input, suggestions and guidance.

Session 5F Room 122-123 and Room 126-127

Minority Rights in Islamic Lands

Panelists: Jamal Badawi, Murad Hofmann

Moderator:

This session will focus on the rights of non-Muslim minorities within the framework of Islamic law and heritage, as well as the practice of such rights in contemporary Muslim societies.

Session 5G Room 261-262

Charitable Planning - Everybody Wins

Panelists: Mir M. Ali, Steve Pruiett, Curt Ferguson, David J. McDaniel

Moderator: M. Ashraf Balti

The ways and means of charitable planning; the rationale for implementing a charitable plan; the incomparable tax advantages of charitable programs; who is a candidate for charitable planning.

12:30 - 2:30 PM Lunch Atrium and concession stalls

1:45 - 2:15 PM Salat al Zuhr (Iqamah 1:45) Hall 4

2:30 - 4:00 PM

Session 6A Hall 4

Fiqh of Muslim Minorities

Panelists: Taha Jabir Alalwani, Jamal Badawi

Moderator: Dawoodur Rahman

The dignity of a Muslim is being continuously challenged in societies where they are a minority. What guidance is provided by Islamic jurisprudence in meeting some of these challenges? Is there room for ijtihad in this context?

Session 6B Room 122-123 and 126-127

Reaching Out with Dignity: Diversity and Sensitivity Training

Panelists: Ameena Jandali, Maha ElGenaidi

Moderator:

Reaching Out to Corporate Employees and Managers: 'Cultural Diversity' training is provided and in some cases, required by most companies. This seminar will teach you how to educate others about Islam. For corporations, the emphasis is on teaching sensitivity towards Muslim religious practices on the job. Reaching Out to Law Enforcement: 'Cultural Diversity' training is required for law enforcement agencies and police officers. This seminar will teach you how to incorporate training about the local Muslim community in existing diversity training programs. For law enforcement, the emphasis is on teaching protocols for interacting with Muslim individuals and institutions.

Session 6C Room 276

Guilty Until Proven Innocent: Prisoners of Conscience in the US

Panelists: Michael Kennedy, Matt Piers, John Sugg, Sami Al-Arian, David

Cole

Moderator: Abdurahman Alamoudi

Legal and media experts on the panel will address issues of constitutional rights, due process, and civil liberties for Muslims and Muslim organizations. Wives of some of the Muslim prisoners of conscience in the US speak about the unfounded cases against their husbands and what has that meant for their families.

Session 6D Room 275

Human Dignity in the Workplace

Panelists: Eric Vicker, Zafar Hasan, Muhammad Nimer

Moderator: Waheed Akbar

The workplace in North America is a focal point of personal and group achievements as well as of tests and tensions in human relationships. Respect for oneself and others, and the dynamics of the workplace, are important issues for practicing Muslims. The work environment and related laws and customs will be discussed from legal and management points of view.

Session 6E Room 274

Medical Aspects of Human Dignity

Panelists: Shahid Athar, Ilham Altalib, Wahhaj Ahmad

Moderator: Azhar Ali Khan

Assisted suicide - death with dignity? The AIDS patient, genetic forecasting of future illnesses, cloning humans, patient's rights versus physician's duties, medical ethics from Nuremberg to Tuskegee. These and related issues will be discussed by Muslims physicians specializing in medical ethics.

Session 6F Room 264

How You Can Get Involved in ISNA: Field Work and Fund Raising Projects

to Take ISNA to the Next Level

Panelists: Ashfaq Lodhi, Shariq Siddiqui

Moderator: Masroor Shah

Session 6G Room 261-262

(a) Conserving Wealth through Estate Planning and Charitable Giving

(b) Investment Strategies and Socially Responsible Funds

Panelists: Nasir Shamsi, Talat Hussain, Nick Kaiser

Moderator: Khalid Bhatti

Importance of estate planning; tax law changes; value and significance of philanthropy; tax shelter trusts; charitable remainder trusts to reduce your taxes and benefit charity of your choice.

4:30 - 6:00 PM

Session 7A Hall 4

Human Dignity and US Foreign Policy:

(a) Dignity denied: 50 years of Occupation in Palestine

Panelists: Richard Curtiss, Omar Ahmad

(b) US Policy of Stranglehold on Iraq

Panelists: Ramsey Clark, Sara Flounders

Moderator: Manzoor Ghori

Practices and principles in US foreign policy that affect human dignity; changes and trends in policy making that affirmatively or adversely affect human dignity around the world. Struggle toward human dignity. Eye witness accounts of the impact of US foreign policy on human dignity abroad.

Session 7B Room 122-123 and 126-127

Struggle for Human Dignity: Unsolved Problem of Kashmir and its Impact

on Nuclearization of India and Pakistan.

Panelists: Sulayman Nyang, Mir Wayiz Umar Farouq, M. Ayub Thakur

Moderator: Ghulam Nabi Mir

Struggle for human dignity from self-determination to self-sufficiency in Kashmir. Diagnosis, etiology, treatment, and Islamic perspectives on this issue and the nuclearization of India and Pakistan.

Session 7C Room 263

Raising Muslim Daughters in America

Panelists: Syed Salman, A. Nudrat Unus

Moderator: Khurshid Qureshi

Case studies from daughter, father and mother points of view will be presented. Presentations and interactive discussion will lead to developing guidelines and an action plan. Issues that may be addressed include dress (hijab experiences), dating or absence of dating, higher education, careers for Muslim girls, search for a husband, marriage, etc.

Session 7D Room 276

The Fiqh of Everyday Living - I

Panelists: Mukhtar al Maghrawi, Jamal Badawi

Moderator: Khalid Bhatti

This is a questions and answer session with panelists who have expertise in fiqh and experience with issues that confront practicing Muslims everyday in their lives in America.

Session 7E Room 275

Muslim Count in 2000

Panelists: Ilyas Ba-Yunus, Moin Siddiqui, Ihsan Bagby

Moderator: Ishrat Z. Husain

American Muslims are growing in large numbers and may become the second largest religious group by the year 2000. However, without hard data, their strength is not recognized by the American society. The American Muslims' profile in terms of education, income, occupation, and age and sex composition should also be based on hard data. Ways to organize national and local surveys in the year 2000 will be indicated, some recent recommendations discussed, and modes of cooperation will be explored.

Session 7F Room 274

Denial of Human Dignity: (a) Homelessness in America (b) Gangs -

Prevention and Intervention

Panelists: Lorenzo Islam, Khalid A. Samad

Moderator: Kamran Memon

What is the nature and extent of the intractable problem of homelessness in the most affluent country in the world? What Muslims can do and are doing to alleviate the problem. Are there any effective solutions?

Sessions 7G Room 261-262

Estate Planning Basics

Panelists: Mir M. Ali, Steve Pruiett, Curt Ferguson, David J. McDaniel

Moderator: Abdulaleem Khandekar

Estate planning tools; minimizing the impact of probate; the power of a Power of Attorney; advantages and disadvantages of jointly held property; maximization and tax leverage use of retirement plans.

6:00 - 8:15 PM Dinner Atrium

6:00- 6:30 PM Salat al Asr (Iqamah 6:15) Hall 5

7:30 - 8:00 PM Salat al Maghrib (Iqamah 7:35) Hall 5

8:15 - 10:30 PM

Session 8 Hall 4

(a) Message from Vice President Al Gore

(b) ISNA Human Dignity Award to Dr. Necmettin Erbakan

Citation: Muzammil Siddiqi

Introduction: Ahmad Totonji

Acceptance: Necmettin Erbakan

(Acceptance speech will be delivered in Session 10)

Necmettin Erbakan led his now-banned Refah Party to electoral victory, giving Turkey a taste of Islamic democracy before he was ousted by the ultra secular military junta. The ISNA Human Dignity Award is given to Necmettin Erbakan in recognition of his service to Islam and Turkey.

(c) ISNA Distinguished Service Award to Abdalla Idris Ali and Siraj Wahhaj.

(d) Tariq Abdul Wahad, NBA player.

(e) A VISION FOR TOMORROW

Muslims in the Next Millennium

Speaker: Ambassador Murad Hofmann

Human Dignity and Cross Cultural Moral Judgments

Speaker: Professor Ali Mazrui

Moderator: Sayyid M. Syeed

Two prominent speakers from two different backgrounds and perspectives will address aspects of a vision that can guide Muslims into the future.

10:30 -11:00 PM Salat al 'Isha (Iqamah 10:45)

Sunday, September 6

5:00-5:30 AM Salat al Fajr (Iqamah 5:15)

9:00-10:30 AM

Session 9A Hall 4

ISNA Business Session and General Assembly

Chair: Muzammil Siddiqi, President of ISNA

Presentation of Annual Report and presentation of constitutional changes

and recommendations for the future.

Session 9B Room 276

Struggle for the Dignity of a Muslim Minority: A Case Study of India

Panelists: Maulana Sirajul Hasan, Syed Shahabuddin

Moderator:

Muslims in India are a unique minority, not only because of their large numbers, their deep roots, and their illustrious heritage, but also because of their potential for forging a dignified Muslim presence in a land that represents a large portion of humankind. Two distinguished Muslim leaders will present their views on the Muslim struggle for dignity in India.

Session 9C Room 122-123 and Room 126-127

Social Services: Assessment and Delivery [Repeated from Session 6A]

Panelists: Sandra K. Rana, Farzana Hamid, Bashir Ahmad

Moderator: Abdul Basit

Session 9D Room 275

The West Towards Islam: Historical, Sociological and Educational

Perspectives

Panelists: Salahuddin Malik, Ilyas Ba-Yunus, Wasiullah Khan

Moderator: Ihsan Bagby

The Western media have defined Islam and Muslims from their own perspective, often in hostile terms. However, this session will attempt to indicate our own well-deserved share in failing to define ourselves. The panelists will attempt to chart a strategic course toward solving the problem, each panelist speaking from one of sociological, historical or educational perspective.

Session 9E Room 274

Living with Dignity in Muslim Families: Marriage and Divorce

Panelists: Farida Farzana Khan, Yusuf Ziya Kavakci, M. Adam Shaikh

Moderator: Bashir Ahmad

Commitment, communication and conflict in marriage; family wellness; survival skills for husbands and wives.

Session 9F Room 263

Relief and Development for Human Dignity

Panelists: Representatives of Islamic African Relief Agency, Indian

Muslim Relief Committee, Global Relief, Benevolent Foundation, Somali Relief Fund, Holy Land Fund, Mercy International. Human Concern International, Islamic Relief Worldwide, Kashmir Relief Fund.

Moderator:

Session 9G Room 267

Islamic Calendar in North America

Panelists: S. Khalid Shaukat, Mohib Durrani, Ahmad Salameh

Moderator: Shaikh Abdur Rahman

Experts in the field of calendar and qibla determination will discuss the principles involved in evolving a unified position on these issues.

11:00 AM - 12:30PM

Session 10 Hall 4

ISNA Human Dignity Award to Necmettin Erbakan

Acceptance Speech: Necmettin Erbakan

Moderator: Ahmad Totonji

12:30 - 2:30 PM Lunch Atrium

1:45 - 2:15 PM Salat al Zuhr (Iqamah 1:45) Hall 4

2:30 - 4:00 PM

Session 11A Hall 4

Muslim for Human Dignity

Panelists: Siraj Wahhaj, Abdalla Idris Ali, Ejaz Aslam

Moderator: S. Imtiaz Ahmad

The theme of the Convention - Muslims for Human Dignity - is rich in its meanings and implications. Three Muslim leaders with three different backgrounds and perspectives will reflect on what human dignity means to them and how it is reflected in the behavior of Muslim individuals and societies.

Session 11B Room 122-123 and Room 126-127

Building Muslim Institutions for Higher Education: Why and How?

Panelists: Taha Jabir Alalwani, Kamal Hassan, Dilnawaz Siddiqui

Moderator:

Islamic grade schools for children have become an undisputed priority in the Muslim community at large. The question now is whether there is a need for special higher education institutions based on an Islamic approach to scholarship and directed to the religious and cultural sensibilities of Muslim students, specially those who graduate from Islamic grade schools. If the answer is yes, how can this be brought about within the academic and educational structure?

Session 11C Room 263

Living with Dignity in Muslim Families: Parent-Children Relationship

Panelists: Syed Akhtar Raza, Arshad Husain

Moderator: Rajab Ali

The panelists focus on parent-children relationship as guided by the Qur'an and Sunnah, and their application in the American and American Muslim context.

Session 11D Room 276

Leadership Role for Muslims towards Human Dignity, Equality and Justice

(Repeated from Session 5A)

Panelists: Sarah Flounders, Mahboob Khan, Mikail McCaren

Moderator: Jamal Barzinji

Session 11E Room 275

Update on Kosova

Panelists: Zulkarni Varder, Ferid Bedrolli

Moderator:

The tragedy of Bosnia is being revisited in Kosova, a land of absolute Muslim majority. The panelists have recently visited Kosova and are also involved in mobilizing public opinion in the United States to highlight the on-going Serb-perpetrated holocaust in Kosova.

Session 11F Room 274

Islam in Public Schools: Text and Context

Panelists: Ameena Jandali, Shabbir Mansuri

Moderator: Ashraf Sufi

Islam, in the context of world history and social sciences may be taught in the middle and high school grades of your State schools. This seminar will teach you how to present Islam in the public school system without proselytizing or infringing on separation of Church and State laws. For the schools, the emphasis is on correcting misconceptions about Islam found in textbooks, as well as bringing life to a modern, American religion.

Session 11G Room 261-262

The Advance Estate Planning (Emphasis on "O" Tax)

Panelists: Mir M. Ali, Steve Pruiett, Curt Ferguson, David J. McDaniel

Moderator: Zahid Saqib

The core of an optimum estate plan; advantages of estate reduction techniques; protecting assets from creditors; coordinating income tax savings with estate planning; matching your investments with your estate objectives.

Session 11H Room 264

Muslim law students networking - contact Najeeba Syeed and

Jonathan Miller Room 264

4:30 - 6:00 PM

Session 12A Hall 4

The Jerusalem Issue: A Symposium

Panelists: Salem Ali Salem, Kastonine Qurmush, Kamel Al-Sharif, Shaikh

Muhammad Al-Jouzou

Moderator: Abdullah Salah Al-Obeid

A panel of distinguished leaders and experts focus on the issue of Al-Quds (Jerusalem), offering historical, strategic and religio-political insights.

Session 12B Room 276

Elementary and secondary education: Strategies and Status

Panelists: Tasneema Ghazi, Abidullah Ghazi, Freda Shamma

Moderator: Muhammad Ismail

Principles and strategies in education for Muslim children in North America that will lead to an abiding respect for human dignity; status and evaluation of present and planned Islamic schools leading this effort.

Session 12C Room 122-123 and 126-127

The Fiqh of Everyday Living - II

Panelists: M. Adam Sheikh, Mukhtar al Magherawi

Moderator: M. Farooq Malik

This is a question and answer session with panelists who have expertise in fiqh and experience with issues that confront practicing Muslims everyday in their lives in America.

Session 12D Room 267

Building Muslim Economic Institutions in America

Panelists: Khalid Abdullah Tariq Al-Mansour, Pervez Naseem, Abdul Hakim

Dyer, Zafar Hasan

Moderator: M. Yaqub Mirza

Panelists will discuss pioneering efforts in building economic institutions that form the foundation of a strong and stable community. Housing loans, leasing options, insurance coverage and other financial needs will be discussed.

Session 12E Room 275

Conflict Resolution in the Muslim Community

Panelists: Ghulam Bakkali, Mustafa Carrel

Moderator: Zafar Hasan

Muslim communities across America are faced with conflicts that can be managed and resolved through proper communication and negotiation techniques and procedures. In addition a system of arbitration can enable Muslims to resolve their conflicts and put the force of law behind such resolution.

Session 12F Room 264

How You Can Get Involved in ISNA: Field Work and Fund Raising Projects

to Take ISNA to the Next Level

Panelists: Ashfaq Lodhi, Shariq Siddiqui

Moderator: S. Tariq Akhtar

Session 12G Room 274

Presenting Islam to the West: Enhancing Human Dignity

Panelists: H. Zulqarnain, S. Amir Ali, Irfan Khan

Moderator: Atef Hardin

Panelists will discuss strategies of effectively presenting Islam to non-Muslims in various situations and contexts. Recent accomplishments in this area and future opportunities will be discussed.

6:00 - 8:15 PM Dinner Atrium

6:00- 6:30 PM Salat al Asr (Iqamah 6:15) Hall 5

7:30 - 8:00 PM Salat al Maghrib (Iqamah 7:35) Hall 5

8:15 - 10:30 PM

Session 13 Hall 4

Muslim Youth: Role Models of Human Dignity

Panelists: Siraj Wahhaj, Amina Chaudhry, Asad Ba-Yunus

Moderator: Abed El-Mannan Alo

Muslim youth in America are destined to promote human dignity for all in all walks of life. They are expected to be role models in their personal and community lives for the society around them.

Entertainment

10:30 -11:00 PM Salat al 'Isha (Iqamah 10:45)

Monday, September 7

5:00-5:30 AM Salat al Fajr (Iqamah 5:15)

9:00 - 10:30 AM

Session 14A

Survival of Islam in America: Coordination

Panelists: Representatives of major Islamic communities

Moderator: Sayyid M. Syeed

10:45 AM - 12:00 Noon

Session 15A

Where do We Go From Here?

Panelists: Muzammil Siddiqi, Sayyid M. Syeed

Moderator: Iqbal Unus

Islamic Society of North America

P O Box 38, Plainfield, IN 46168

Tel (317) 839-8157, Fax (317)839-1840

E-Mail:isna@surf-ici.com

http://www.isna.net

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