Conference Makes News Once More

Posted August 1, 2009 by islaminamerica
Categories: News Coverage

Canceled Islam in America Conference rescheduled to discuss hot-button topics
by Matt VandeBunte | The Grand Rapids Press
Saturday August 01, 2009, 6:12 AM

CASCADE TOWNSHIP — A free primer on Islam that was canceled a year ago now has been re-assembled as a resource for the community to tap.

Partners in a local Islamic publishing house next weekend will host a conference aimed at de-linking the faith from terrorists such as Osama bin Laden and sharing Muslim perspectives on topics including environmentalism and evolution.

The event is geared toward non-Muslims.

“I don’t think many people in West Michigan even come into contact with a real, live Muslim,” said Maaz Qureshi, a native Pakistani who works as a database specialist at Pitney Bowes.


Islam in America Conference

What: A three-day primer on Islam, geared for non-Muslims
When: Friday through Sunday
Where: Holiday Inn & Suites, 5401 28th St. SE
Who: Speakers, including two converts from Christianity, all are Americans who have studied at the Islamic University of Medina and serve as imams.
Cost: Free. Call 516-5621

“Possibly the only thing they’ve seen on TV could be the bloodthirsty terrorist type. It’s our responsibility as Muslims to represent ourselves.

“No questions are off-limits. We’re welcoming everyone.”

Qureshi, 28, of Plainfield Township, and three other local Sunni Muslims in 2006 started the nonprofit Sunnah Publishing company, which translates Islamic texts on a variety of issues, including divorce and prayer. They planned a conference last year, but three of four scheduled speakers had to cancel their visits.

Plans for the weekend gathering are similar: Discuss Islam’s view of particular hot-button issues, address misconceptions of Islamic teachings on, for example, women’s rights and dispel the myth that Islam supports violence.

“One of the things that seems to take people by surprise is when they see a Muslim openly condemning terrorism,” Qureshi said. “The point at the end of the day is this stuff cannot be connected to Islam. It’s basically a political motivation that drives (terrorists), even through they try to portray it as Islam.

“For someone to justify they can blow up a bus or hijack a plane and indiscriminately kill hundreds of people, this is something nobody will find justification (for in the sacred texts).”

Islam also has something to say about many other current topics, Qureshi said. Here is a sampling to be discussed at the conference:

• The global economic crisis: “Interest is considered a form of oppression in Islam,” Qureshi said. “To take a loan from somebody and expect something more in return is prohibited. We’re not allowed to either give it or take it.”

• Evolution: “We don’t believe in the theory of evolution as it is stated, but we do believe that there is evolution within a species,” said Qureshi, noting Islamic tradition records Adam’s height at 50 cubits, or 75 feet. “Obviously, there has been some evolution from that time until now.”

• The environment: “There is an incentive to be environmentally friendly or animal-friendly in Islam,” said Qureshi, noting the story of a prostitute who cared for a thirsty dog and was forgiven her sins.

• Women’s rights: “People have this misconception that Muslim women are not allowed to have an education,” Qureshi said. “She has the right to education. She has the right to own her own business. She has the right to approve or disapprove (a prospective spouse).”

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Radio Interview about the Conference

Posted August 1, 2009 by islaminamerica
Categories: Conference News, News Coverage

Last week, two of the conference organizers appeared on local radio, 1480 AM WGVU, to promote the Islam in America conference.  Below are some clips from the hour long interview.

Download the MP3 Here:

Conference Schedule – Detailed Itinerary

Posted July 31, 2009 by islaminamerica
Categories: Conference News

What follows below is a working itinerary of the conference.  Keep watching this post for updates and additions to the itinerary.  Saturday’s schedule has been extended and Sunday’s schedule has been added.


11:00 AM – 12:00PM – Welcome Reception

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM – Registration

1:30 PM – 2:00 PM – Friday Sermon and Prayer – all are welcome

2:00 – 2:30 PM – Registration/Break

2:30 PM – 3:45 PM – History of Science in Islām

3:45 PM – 4:15 PM – Break

4:15 PM – 5:30 PM – Recent Controversies about the Prophet Muḥammad

5:30 PM – 6:00 PM – Afternoon (’Aṣr) Prayer

6:00 PM – 7:30 PM – Environmentalism and Animal Rights in Islām

7:30 PM – 8:30 PM – Dinner

8:30 PM – 9:00 PM – Sunset (Maghrib) Prayer

9:00 PM – 10:15 PM – Muslim Scholars on the Current Economic Crisis

10:15 PM – 10:30 PM – Night (’Ishā‘) Prayer


11:00 AM – 12:30 PM – Women’s Rights in Islām

2:00 PM – 2:30 PM – Noon (uhr) Prayer

2:30 – 3:45 PM – Islām in a Secular Humanist Society

3:45 PM – 4:15 – Break

4:15 – 5:30 – Human Rights in Islām

5:30 PM – 6:00 PM – Afternoon (’Aṣr) Prayer

6:00 PM – 7:30 PM – The Islāmic View on Evolution vs. Intelligent Design

7:30 PM – 8:30 PM – Dinner

8:30 PM – 9:00 PM – Sunset (Maghrib) Prayer

9:00 PM – 10:15 PM – The True Islāmic Position on Terrorism and the 9/11 Attacks

10:15 PM – 10:30 PM – Night (’Ishā‘) Prayer


11:00 AM – 12:30 PM – Was Islām Spread by the Sword?

12:45 PM – 1:15 PM – Closing Remarks

Islam in America Conference 2009!!!

Posted July 30, 2009 by islaminamerica
Categories: Conference News

Click here for a print version of the flier

Islam in America Conference 2009!! | Grand Rapids MI, USA
August 7-9, 2009CE

Confirmed Speakers:
Maalik Adam
Abu Ri’aayah Abdur-Razzaaq
Kashiff Khan

WHERE: Holiday Inn Express & Suites
Grand Rapids Airport
5401 28th St SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546 | Suites: $69.00 per night | Call: 616-940-8100 | Use code: “Islam in America Seminar”

WHEN: Friday August 7th – Sunday August 9th

For more information: | 616.516.5621

Keep watching this blog for updates…

Helpful Links for Media

Posted July 30, 2009 by islaminamerica
Categories: Conference News

Islam in America Conference
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Grand Rapids Airport
August 7 – 9, 2009

For the Media
Helpful Links:

Sunnah Publishing: This page contains information about Sunnah Publishing, who is sponsoring the Islam in America Conference.

Islam in America Conference: This page contains detailed information about the mission and goals of the Islam in America Conference Schedule.

Conference Schedule: This page contains the Islam in America Conference schedule – a detailed itinerary.

Press Release: This page contains the official Islam in America Conference press release.

Trailers: This page contains the trailer for the Islam in America Conference.

Speakers: This page contains brief bio of each the speakers.

In the News: This page contains an archive of news stories about the Conference.

FAQ: This page contains the most commonly asked questions about the Islam in America Conference.

Links: This page contains links to the more information about Islam.

Contact Sunnah Publishing:
Use the contact information below to contact us with questions or concerns:

Salahuddin Ali
Executive Director
(616) 516-5621

What is Sunnah Publishing?

Posted July 30, 2009 by islaminamerica
Categories: Uncategorized

Sunnah Publishing

Aims and Objectives

The Arabic term, ‘Sunnah’ comes from the verb ‘sanna’, which means to enact something, usually a custom or habit.  Sunnah is commonly referred to in the religion of Islam as the customary or habitual tradition of the Prophet Muhammad in acts of worship.

So we believe that the term Sunnah accurately conveys what Sunnah Publishing wishes to establish, and that is: to provide services to the Muslim and non-Muslim community in Grand Rapids MI, based upon the established traditions of the Prophet Muhammad.

To further this goal, we have currently fulfilled the following projects:

•    We have published two books dealing with the Muslim belief in God (Arabic: Allah) and the importance of worshipping God alone and a book on issues pertaining to marriage and divorce according to Islamic traditions.  Both of these publications were translated by us from Arabic to English, and they were originally authored by esteemed Islamic Scholars.

•    For the last three years, we have established weekly Sunday school classes for youth, teaching the basics of Arabic language, Islamic creed and the rituals of purification and Prayer in Islam.  These classes have been attended by Muslims as well as the occasional non-Muslim.

•    For the last two years, we have established and maintained two highly popular websites, and which are filled with our translations in text and audio format.  They also serves as a message board of sorts for various traditional Islamic events throughout the country.

•    Due to the fact that we live in turbulent times, we believe it is necessary to make known our position against the violence, extremism, and terrorism that some wicked individuals have perpetrated in the name of Islam.  We do not support any such acts.  Rather, we are at the forefront of condemning such acts and rebutting their twisting of Islamic texts to justify their heinous crimes against humanity.  Many of our publications, audio recordings, and web articles are a testament to this fact.

So this, in short, is a brief overview of Sunnah Publishing.  For more information about us and our activities, products, and future goals, please feel free to contact us:

Sunnah Publishing
P.O. Box 1379
Grand Rapids, MI
Tel. 616.516.5621

Biographies of the Conference Speakers

Posted July 30, 2009 by islaminamerica
Categories: Speakers Biographies

Abul-Hasan Malik Ibn Adam – Abul-Hasan Malik is an Imam in Camden New Jersey, USA. He is an African American who was raised as a Christian. After embracing Islam, he travelled to Egypt where he studied for a number of years. He then travelled to Yemen where he studied with the well-known Muslim Scholar, Shaykh Muqbil Ibn Haadee al-Waadi’ee.  After the Sept 11, 2001 attacks, Abul-Hasan Maalik authored a book in defence of Islam entitled, “In Defence of Islam after 9/11.” To this day, the Imam is very active in calling people to Islam, and towards the upright moral values of The one true God’s final Religion. He has appeared recently on Philadelphia radio to rebut recent attacks levelled at Islam from the Philadelphia Magazine, based upon the criminal acts of some people in the name of Islam.

Abu Hafsah Kashiff Khan – Abu Hafsah is an American born Muslim who studied Islam abroad at the Islamic University of Medina, Saudi Arabia.  He has translated books of the Muslim Scholars from Arabic to English, including ‘Status of the Messenger of Allah and His Rights’ by Dr. Rabi b. Hadi al-Madkhali – in response to some of the controversies that have arisen about Prophet Muhammad recently.  Abu Hafsah currently serves as Imam of the Islamic Center of Asbury Park, NJ.

Abu Khadeejah ‘Abdul-Waahid – Abu Khadeejah has studied Islam in Kuwait.  He is functions as a lecturer and publications director for Salafi Publications in Birmingham, UK.  Abu Khadeejah will be speaking at the conference live from the UK.