CAIR : Council of Anti American Islamic Radicals announces 'Building a Better America' banquet 3/26/05
Saudi funded front group for Hamas celebrates a 'Decade of De(a)dication' in Ft. Lauderdale
February 20, 2005
MIM: CAIR announces it's 5th Annual South Florida CAIR Banquet: "Building a Better America" for radical Islamists, suspected traitors, and ' the usual suspects':
Tuesday, February 01, 2005
CAIR-FL: 5th Annual South Florida Fundraising Banquet
WHAT: On Saturday, March 26, the Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations will host its 5th Annual South Florida Fundraising Banquet. Speakers at the banquet include Abdulla Idris Ali, Former President of ISNA; Chip Pitts, Chair of Amnesty International; Omar Ahmad, Chairman of CAIR National; and James Yee, former military chaplain.
WHERE: Bonaventure Hotel
WHEN: Saturday, March 26, 2005. Registration starts at 5 p.m. and dinner starts at 7 p.m.
http://www.anti-cair-net.org/ Omar Ahmad (Click Photo) Co-founder of the Council on American-Islamic Relations President and CEO of Silicon Expert Technologies. A Palestinian who grew up in a refugee camp in Jordan.
"Those who stay in America should be open to society without melting, keeping Mosques open so anyone can come and learn about Islam. If you choose to live here, you have a responsibility to deliver the message of Islam ... Islam isn't in America to be equal to any other faiths, but to become dominant. The Koran, the Muslim book of scripture, should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth." - Omar Ahmad
MIM: CAIR -' Moderate Friends of Terror' holds Career Workshop together with the Al Qaeda linked MAS/ICNA and the MSA/Hamas . Perhaps the MAS/ICNA 'patron cleric' Grand Mufti of Al Aqsa Ikrima Sabri can inspire Muslim youth in their Jihad aspirations with his declaration that "the younger the martyr the more I respect him".
Youngsters could also be encouraged to enroll in MAS's Islamic American University where IAU trustee Yusuf Qaradawi could assure the girls that they too, were obligated to become suicide bombers for the sake of Islam.
"The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), the Muslim American Society (MAS), and the Muslim Student Association (MSA) invite you to a Youth Career Workshop. Attendees will learn more about what majors or careers would be ideal and how to get there. This workshop is great to attend as parent/child or as a family."
WHAT: YOUTH CAREER WORKSHOP WHEN: SATURDAY, FEB. 19, 2005 11:00AM - 5:00PM WHERE: OMAR LIGHTFOOT CENTER 10901 N 56th Street, Tampa, FL (813) 989-7183 COST: $10/PERSON OR 25 PER FAMILY OF 3 OR MORE LUNCH INCLUDED
Every generation, in every place, of every time, faces challenges when it comes to embracing and practicing the Deen. We live in a time where lewdness has become iconic and vulgarity has gained momentum. And yet, from the guidance of Quran and Sunnah we know that Islam is what needs to be put on a pedestal. There exist parallels between the social dynamics of the Prophet sallalahu alaiyhee wa salum's time and our lives in a post Modern world. In order to mirror the Prophet sallalahu alaiyhee wa salum's contextual response we must invoke the Sunnah and strive for its incorporation into all aspects of our daily lives. In doing so we honor diversity and allow for dialogue while constructing a pragmatic and pluralistic society. By combining the principles of Islamic scholarship and activism we can transform the ordinary into the sacred and create a dignified existence for Muslims. The goal of a conference with the aforementioned theme would be to use the primordality, beauty and perennial relevance of the Sunnah to revitalize young Muslims and encourage them to build and maintain momentum in mainstream culture beyond ethnic, racial, ideological and socioeconomic divides, Insha Allah
Imam Zaid received his Masters degree in Political Science from Rutgers University and eventually become a lecturer at Southern Connecticut tate University. He then spent 7 years studying Islamic sciences in Syria. Upon return to the States in 2001, Imam Zaid reassumed his former position of Imam in Masjid Al Islam in New Haven, Connecticut, as well as working as a lecturer on Islam, Politics of the Middle East, and African-American issues. Imam Zaid recently moved to the west coast where he now resides in California with his family and is working as a teacher at the Zaytuna Institute in Hayward, California.
Sheikh Husain Abdul Sattar [confirmed]
Shaykh Husain Abdul Sattar is currently a Pathology resident at the University of Chicago Hospitals. Born and raised in Chicago, he holds a B.S. from the University of Chicago and an M.D. from the University of Chicago's Prtizker School of Medicine. Additionally, for over a decade he has consistently pursued sacred knowledge from traditional scholars in the United States, Syria, and Pakistan, including a three-year stay in Islamabad where he completed a course of study at Jamia Faridia. He possesses several formal authorizations in the Islamic sciences.
Imam Siraj Wahaj
Originally from New York, Imam Siraj Wahaj, currently the Imam of Masjid Al-Taqwa in Brookyn, New York, is well known among Muslims in North America as a dynamic speaker and tireless supporter of Islamic causes. He accepted Islam in 1969 and received Imam training at Ummul Qura University of Makkah in 1978. Imam Siraj has been Vice President of ISNA U.S. since 1997 and has served on the Majlis Ash-Shura since 1987. He is a past member of ISNA's Planning Committee and has served as a member of the Board of Advisors for NAIT from 1989-1993. He is also a member of the Board of Advisors for the American Muslim Council. Imam Siraj has appeared on several national television talk shows and interviews especially about his anti-drug campaigns. He received high praises from the media and NYPD for initiating anti-drug patrol in Brooklyn, New York in 1988.
Dr. Mokhtar Maghraoui
Imam Mokhtar received his doctorate in Physics from Syracuse University. He received his Islamic education in Algeria before coming to the U.S. He has been an Imam in the state of New York and is a Central Shura Member of the Islamic Circle of North America.
Dr. Ingrid Mattson [confirmed]
Dr. Ingrid Mattson was born in Canada, where she studied Philosophy at the University of Waterloo, Ontario, earning her B.A. there in 1987. In 1987 Dr. Mattson obtained a grant from the Canadian International Development Agency to develop a training and support program for traditional midwives. Consequently, she traveled to Pakistan where she worked with Afghan refugee women for one year. Dr. Mattson earned her Ph.D. in Islamic Studies from the department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago in 1999. Her research is focused on Islamic law and society, with emphasis on the early Islamic period. Her scholarly articles include studies on slavery, poverty, and Islamic legal theory. During Dr. Mattson's graduate studies in Chicago, she was involved with the local Muslim community, serving on the Board of Directors of Universal School, a parochial suburban Muslim academy, and as a member of the Interfaith Committee of the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago. Presently, Dr. Mattson is Director of Islamic Chaplaincy and Professor at the Macdonald Center for Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations at Hartford Seminary in Hartford, Connecticut. Additionally, in 2001, Dr. Mattson was elected Vice-President of the Islamic Society of North America, the largest grass roots membership based Muslim organization in North America. Dr. Mattson is a member of the Board of Directors of The Nawawi Foundation, and she resides with her family in Hartford, Connecticut.
Br. Kamal el-Mekki [confirmed]
Br. Kamal is a young dynamic speaker, who serves as the Imam of George Mason University. Educated at the hands of numerous prominent Islamic scholars from across the world, he has served as a radio talk show host for the largest Islamic Radio station on 700AM and has been teaching Islamic studies in more than five mosques across the Washington DC metropolitan area for over four years. His claim to fame is the "How to give a Shahadah in 10 minutes!", a vibrant Dawah workshop which has lead to many people accepting Islam over the past few years.
Hajji Noor Deen [confirmed]
Haji Noor Deen Mi Guang Jiang in, a renowned master of Arabic calligraphy, was born in 1963 in Shangdong province, China. He researches into the vast field if Islamic culture at Hunan academy of science. He has already set up a correspondence course at Islamic college in Zhengzhou in order to reach out to more students all over China, who show keen interest in this fascinating art form Through ploughing and weeding with great concentration and probing into the essence of Arabic calligraphy, his works are terse and compact, and full of variations. And the work as a whole is elegant and beautiful, strong and dignified. His writing appears adept and precise, free and easy, having a specific style of being bright, lucid and lively. Haji Noor Deen Mi Guang Jiangs thirst for knowledge has taken him to many Arab countries and the UK from which he built on the precious Islamic heritage by collecting over 500 historical forms of Basmallah and developed 60 more embellished forms of drawing based on his own inspiration.
Sis. Aisha Al Adawiya [confirmed]
Aisha al-Adawiya is the director of Women in Islam, a New York-based human rights organization. She has organized forums where Muslim and non-Muslim New Yorkers interact and discuss issues relating to civil liberties and freedoms that most Americans hold as being fundamental principles of the nation.
Imam Abdul Malik [confirmed]
Imam Abdul Malik, a former assistant Imam of Masjid at Taqwa in Brooklyn, is the chaplain of the New York City Metro Transit Authority. [Biography to be added soon]
Sheikh Yahya Abdul Bary [confirmed]
Abdulbary was born in Vietnam during the Vietnam War. After the war, his parents came to the US where they have settled since that time. He grew up in Seattle, Washington and, after finishing high school, he went to Madinah University where he befriended Muhammad Alshareef.
They sat next to each other in their first year of studies. Upon graduation from the College of Shariah, Abdulbary returned to Vietnam and Cambodia and became a teacher and director of the Revival of Islamic Heritage Society in Cambodia and the Umm al-Qura Charity Organization in Vietnam. He is currently the Imam of Masjid Jaami ulMuslimeen in Seattle, the President of the Cham refugee community, and Vice President of the Islamic Center of Washington State.
Ustadh Abdulbary is teaching the classes related to Fiqh of Worship thru the AlMaghrib Institute. He has established himself as engaging, informative and dynamic. One of his first appearances as an Almaghrib Institute instructor was in Qabeelat Durbah (New Jersey) where he spoke on the issue of Salaat Al-Istikhaarah linking it to marriage and other decisions we make. The program was titled, "He loves me, he loves me not" and it was a great success.
Currently Ustadh Abdulbary is teaching "The Purification Act" in all the AlMaghrib Institute locations.
Br. Nouman Ali Khan [confirmed]
[Biography to be added soon]
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is a nonprofit 501(c)(4), grassroots civil rights and advocacy group. CAIR is America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, with regional offices nationwide and in Canada. The national headquarters is located on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. Since its establishment in 1994, CAIR has worked to promote a positive image of Islam and Muslims in America. Through media relations, lobbying, education and advocacy, CAIR puts forth an Islamic perspective to ensure the Muslim voice is represented. In offering this perspective, CAIR seeks to empower the American Muslim community and encourage their participation in political and social activism.
The New Jersey Islamic Speakers Bureau, an affiliate of ING Islamic Networks Group, seeks to supplement an already existing curriculum about Islam and to educate students about Islam through interactive presentations given exclusively by NJISB Trained Speakers. NJISB would like to give a human face to the fastest growing faith in America. Our strategy for achieving this goal is face-to-face interaction between Muslims and school children and teachers. Our most effective process is participating in the existing public education of Islam in the context of World History and Social Studies. We are educators and a bridge between Islam and Americans of other faiths. We emphasize "local activism" and the importance of building honest, intimate, and long-term relationships, which we view as an effective process for clarifying Islam and the Muslim World. We stress face-to-face interaction—giving a human face to theoretical or foreign practices—which is the most powerful tool in overcoming stereotypes and prejudices. Our educational programs meet the needs of public institutions as well as the needs of Muslims. We work towards being a trusted source of information on Islam. We focus on being proactive, which means we initiate instead of react. We interact with people based on belief in their innate nature as decent and honorable human beings.
The Muslim Finance Professionals' Association was formed in 2002 by a group of Muslims working in or serving the finance and investment banking markets. The primary goal of the MFPA is to create a platform for Muslims involved in the finance and banking sectors to network with each other.empower the American Muslim community and encourage their participation in political and social activism.
The National Muslim Law Students Association is a national organization dedicated to the comprehensive professional, spiritual, and academic development of all law students. NMLSA aims to create a national network of law students and Muslim Law Student Associations.
Through its programs and contacts with other national legal organizations, NMLSA aims to promote excellence and diversity in the legal profession and active involvement of Muslim law students and attorneys in shaping the American legal landscape to promote civil rights and justice for all.
The aims and purposes of MSA shall be to serve the best interest of Islam and Muslims in the United States and Canada so as to enable them to practice Islam as a complete way of life. Towards this end, it shall, in cooperation with the Islamic Society of North America:
1. help Muslim student organisations carry out Islamic programs and projects. 2. assist Muslim students organising themselves for Islamic activities. 3. mobilise and coordinate the human and material resources of Muslim student organisations.