1) TDC just recieved confirmation from two additional speakers; Shk. Yasir Birjas and Shk. Mohammad Faqih!
2) There will be a Muslim career program with seven panelists discussing halal career options for Muslims outside of the usual careers Muslims seem to aim for.
3) This year we will have amazing recreational activities, and programs including indoor rockclimbing, as well as basketball tournaments. We will have a guest Shaykh that will come by to shoot air ball with the brothers!
4) The Texas Dawah Convention will be hosting a History of Islam in Texas, 'research and presentation'. This is a brilliant piece organized by brothers at the University of Texas MSA and sponsored by Clear Lake Islamic Center and Texas Dawah Convention.
5) By far this convention will be one of the most amazing and the largest in Houston, with amazing speakers and programs for the 5,000 plus attendees expected, insha'Allah.
6) We will have as our guest, one of the highest Muslim elected in the US government, Senator Larry Shaw, from North Carolina. Closer to home we will have Texas's very own Teacher of the Year, Patricia El-Kassir.
7) The environment is a constant faith booster. Scholars, Friends, and families will fill the convention center. Insha Allah pure bliss will surround each and everyone of the attendees.
8) For all our single brothers and sisters out there, we will have a matrimonial program at TDC.
9) There will be an array of wonderful parallel sessions for adults, MSA, youth, and sister-only sessions. There will also be a sister's talk show and leadership-training seminar!
10) Unlike any other convention, this convention will have students of knowledge directly involved with the organization. This ensures that everyone will be getting the most of what he/she can from this convention. By having the Shayookh, and other students of knowledge directing the program, it helps to increase and ensure great quality and results insha' Allah.
11) For those who cannot wait what the Texas Dawah Convention has in store for next year, there will be a sneak peak at the theme and topic for TDC VII! Don't miss out!
Br AbdulRahman ibn Esa Chao AbdulRahman Chao is an Islamic Studies teacher and khateeb at Darussalam Masjid and Alhuda School in College Park, Maryland. In the Summer of 2006, he became one of the youngest people to graduate from the Islamic University of Medinah at age 21. He memorized the Quran at a young age and used to study at the IIASA in Virginia. Besides english, he is fluent in Arabic, Mandarin and speaks Urdu.
Dr. Ali Shehata Born in Maryland to parents from Alexandria, Egypt, Dr. Ali Shehata received his medical degree from Midwestern University in Arizona in 2000 and is currently practicing Emergency Medicine in South Carolina. "Dr. Ali" as he is known to his students and teachers has received most of his Islamic education traditionally by sitting with scholars such as: Muhammad Syed Adly, Waleed Basyouni, Waleed Idrees, Thana'ullah al-Madani, AbdulRazzaq al'Abbaad and Ja'far Sheikh Idrees amongst others. He has certifications (ijaazah) in books of Aqeedah, Seerah and Hadith by the grace and mercy of Allah. Dr. Ali has also authored a number of books including: The Definitive Word on the Marriage of the Prophet Muhammad to Aisha, The Trade which Shall Never Fail: A Collection of 55 Ahadith on Actions with Immense Rewards, A Transcendental Marriage: How to Create a Special Marriage that's Way Beyond Ordinary and the soon to be released - Islam: A 21st Century Guide to the Most Misunderstood Faith in the World. . Back to the top.
Br. Fadel Soliman Fadel Soliman, is a member of the "Egyptian Academy of Scientific Research of the Qur'an and Sunnah". He is also a specialized presenter of Islam, having presented Islam in the U.S.A. and other countries throughout the world to more than 15,000 people in churches, universities and governmental departments, such as the American Department of Defense. He is also the Director and Executive Member of Bridges Foundation. Back to the top.
Sh. Hassan Khalil Sheikh Hasan Khalil better has known as (Alharreef) the Imam of Center Masjid at Arlington, Texas (ISAT). He was a full time Quran / Islamiyyat teacher, counselor, a fundraiser and a khateeb at the Islamic school of Irving, Texas (ISI). He holds a Bachelor degree with honor in Shari'a from the American Open University and currently pursuing his master degree at the same university. He has memorized the holy Quran in both Hafs and Warsh modes. He has been actively involved in da'wa for Muslims and Non-Muslims in the Dallas/Ft Worth Metroplex Schools and Masaajid for several years. Back to the top.
Dr. Hatem Al-Hajj Dr. Hatem is a pediatrician by profession, has a Masters in Sharee'ah from AOU and is currently working on his PhD in Fiqh. He is the previous imam of Masjid Al-Bir in Astoria, New York. Back to the top.
Dr. Ibrahim Dremali Dr. Ibrhim Dremali has a PhD in Geology and is currently working on his PhD in Fiqh at Al-Azhar University in Eqypt. Dr. Ibrahim also studied under Sheikh Ibn Uthaymeen (RH). Back to the top.
Br. Iesa Galloway Br.Iesa Galloway is the former Executive Director of CAIR-Houston. He holds a Bachelor degree in History and Public Relations and is on the board of The Freedom and Justice Foundation in Texas. Back to the top.
Sh. Isam Rajab Sh.Isam Rajab is the Director of Arees institute in Houston, Texas. He is the Imam of Hamza Masjid in Houston Texas and is licensed twice for memorizing the entire Quran. He has a Bachelors & a Masters degree in Islam, is a PHD candidate, and has worked as an Imam for 5 years in Kuwait.
Br. Kamal el-Mekki Known for his famous dawah class "How to give Shahadah in 10 minutes". He is the Imam of George Mason University. Back to the top.
Br. Mohamed Elibiary Br.Mohamed is a co-founder and President of The Freedom and Justice Foundation (F&J) in Texas. He has graduated of numerous civic programs including the Plano Citizens' Academy, Plano Police Citizens' Academy, Leadership Plano and the FBI Citizens' Academy. Prior to co-founding F&J, Mohamed spent seven years in the Banking and I.T. industries. Back to the top.
Shk. Mohammed Faqih Shaikh Mohammed Faqih compled his B.A. in Islamic Studies from the Institute of Islamic and Arabic Sciences in America in Fairfax, VA, and graduated in Quran Memorization and Recitation from jeddah, Saudi Arabia. He is currently an Al-Maghrib instructor. Back to the top.
Br. Musa Maguire Br. Musa Maguire grew up in Milwaukee, WI and accepted Islam after graduating from college. In 2004-2005, he received a Fulbright grant to study in Egypt, and then spent the following year working at Huda TV, an English-language Islamic satellite channel that broadcasts from Cairo. Currently, he is the Research Coordinator at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's Center for International Education. Back to the top.
Br. Omar Shahin Br. Omar has a PDH in Islamic Law and is a Professor at the Graduate Theological Foundation. He recieved his B.A in Islamic Studies from Sudan and also from Madina, Saudi Arabia. He also holds a diploma in Quranic Recitation from University of Jordan. Br. Omar is a well known speaker and a fundraiser for various organizations. He is also an instructor at American Open University and the President of Executive committee of North American Imamas Federation (NAIF).
Dr. Salah As-Sawi Shaikh Salah As-Sawi is the former Vice President of American Open Univeristy (AOU) and the General Secretary of the Assembly of Muslim Jurists in America. He is a well known Jurist and Scholar in Islam and more than hundred of his books have been published. He has held the following positions: Professor in Fiqh in Al-Azhar in Egypt, Professor in Um Qura Univeristy in Makkah, Teacher in Islamic and arabic institute in Virginia.
Br. Yahya Ibrahim Of Egyptian descent, Yahya Adel Ibrahim, was born in Waterloo, Ontario Canada. In his quest for authentic, classical Islamic knowledge he has traveled to meet and study with some of the most prominent Islamic educators of our era. Being proficient in Arabic and English, he began translating for visiting Islamic dignitaries and has reached proficiency in simultaneously translating Arabic to English.
Br. Yahya is a regular lecturer to Muslim and non-Muslim audiences throughout the world. He is a regular guest lecturer in the Faculties of Law, Philosophy and Asian Studies at the University of Western Australia, Curtin University, Notre Dame University (Fremantle). Currently based in Perth, Western Australia where he works as the Assistant Deputy Principal of one of the largest Islamic school in Australia – THE AUSTRALIAN ISLAMIC COLLEGE www.aic.wa.edu.au.
He regularly lectures in New Zealand, USA, and Canada the United Kingdom, Australia, Malaysia and South East Asia. He remains a part of the University of Toronto (Geology and Geographic Information Systems) and a student of Education and Student Development traveled the world to meet, translate and study with Islamic scholars and students of knowledge.
He has benefited greatly in this regard from Dr. Salih as-Sadlan, Shk. Saud ash-Shuraim, Dr. Muhammad Musa Nasr, Shk. Ali Hasan al-Halabi, Shk. Saleem al-Hilali and numerous others.
Being proficient in Arabic and English, he has translated books and various works from Arabic to English for visiting Islamic dignitaries. Yahya Ibrahim has been a consulting translator/editor for the IFTA office of the Saudi Embassy (Washington, D.C), where he has translated and reviewed for them numerous articles and collection of Sermons that are/were delivered from the pulpit of Mecca's Grand Mosque by Shk. Saud ash-Shuraim to be out in print in three volumes).
Shk. Yaser Birjas Shaikh Yaser was the class valedictorian of his class when graduating from the islamic University of Madinah in Sharee'ah. He is a teacher at the Al-Maghrib Institute.
Shk. Yasir Qadhi Abu Ammaar Yasir Qadhi was born in Houston, Texas, but 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 a 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. He holds an M.A. in Islamic Theology (Aqeedah) from the College of Dawah at the University. Currently he is the instructor at Al-Maghrib Institute and has published such works as: Riyaa: Hidden Shirk; An Introduction ot the Sciences of the Qur'aan; Asmaa bint Abee Bakr (booklet); Safiyyah bint Abd al-Muttalib (booklet); and other works. Shaikh Yasir is currently studying for his PhD in Islamic Theology at Yale University.
Shk. Waleed Basyouni Shaikh Waleed Basyouni is a frequent guest speaker at Universities, Conventions, Radio talk shows, Television, Interfaith meetings, and community centers nationally and internationally. He is also a member of the North American Imam Federation (NAIF), Assembly of Muslim Jurists in America (AMJA)-Fatwa and Research Committee, Director of Texas Dawah Convention, and Advisor to numerous Islamic Societies/Organizations around the US.
Shaikh Waleed Basyouni graduated with a Bachelors in Islamic Sciences from Al-Imam Muhammad University, KSA; did his Masters in Islamic Theology, World Religions and Modern Religious Sects from Al-Imam Muhammad University; and is currently working on his PhD Coursework in Islamic Sciences from Theological Graduate Foundation, Oxford. He is an Instructor at the American Open University in Alexandria, VA, USA, and at Al-Maghrib Institute. Shaikh Waleed serves as the Imam of Clear Lake Islamic Center, Houston, TX, USA. Shaikh Waleed has Ijaazah in reciting the Holy Quran and in several books of Hadeeth, awarded by various great scholars of our time such as Shaikh Ibn Baz, Abdul-Razzaq and others under whom he studied
Sr. Hanaa Gamal Sister Hanaa Gamal joined Al-Azhar University in Egypt, after receiving special permission to attend the university studies. She specialized in Tafseer and Qur'anic Sciences, and graduated salutatorian in 1992. She has been active in teaching Islam ever since she graduated. She taught Tafseer in various Masjids for about 5 years.
She is the founder of Al-Azhar Institute, located in Houston Texas, in which she trains teachers to teach Qur'an and Islamic studies in Islamic schools. She established a specialized intensive program for girls/women to memorize the Qur'an in Houston Tx, which proved great success. She also teaches Arabic, Tafseer, Tajweed, Fiqh of Marriage, Raising Children, Islamic Manners as well as other topics at the institute, along with other instructors. She is currently working on her master's degree in Tafseer and Qur'anic Sciences from the American Open University.