Archive for July 2009

Conference Schedule – Detailed Itinerary

July 31, 2009

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!!!

July 30, 2009

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

July 30, 2009

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?

July 30, 2009

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

July 30, 2009

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.

News Coverage on the Conference

July 17, 2009

Muslims ask: ‘Do they really know who we are?’
Saturday, August 23, 2008 By Charles Honey
Grand Rapids Press
Press Religion Editor

GRAND RAPIDS — From their cramped office behind a Southeast Side barber shop, four young men try to get the word out: This is who we are, this is what we believe.

As Muslims in an overwhelmingly Christian community, they see it as their responsibility to tell what Islam truly teaches — to non-Muslims and other Muslims. They aim to do so through Sunnah Publishing, an educational nonprofit they formed four years ago.

“Living in America, we’re the ones who suffer” from misconceptions about Islam, said Maaz Qureshi, 27, a Pakistani Grand Rapids resident since 1997. “It is our religious obligation to clarify what our religion stands for and what it doesn’t.”

Hamza Kantarevic, like Qureshi, sometimes wears the flowing robe, long beard and skullcap of traditionalist Islam. He knows he looks exotic, and perhaps threatening, in conservative West Michigan.

“They might see us and know we are Muslims and live amongst them,” said Kantarevic, 24, a Bosnian who has lived here since 1999. “But do they really know who we are?”

He and his colleagues at Sunnah Publishing hope to answer that and other questions at their first public conference, “Islam in America,” beginning Friday, a few days before Ramadan begins.

The seminar features Muslim scholars from Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom and New Jersey addressing a wide array of topics, from what Islam teaches about violence and women to Muslim positions on intelligent design and the environment.

Sunnah Publishing aims to provide answers by “turning back to Islam in its original form,” Qureshi said.

Some local Muslim leaders say they know little about Sunnah Publishing and will attend to learn more.

Ali Metwalli, a leader at the Islamic Mosque and Religious Institute, said the organizers have a “peaceful mindset” but are more conservative than most local Muslims.

Qureshi accepts the conservative label, but says traditional Islam unequivocally condemns the militant extremism that has “messed up the image of Islam.”

“The idea of committing suicide and (making) a plane crash into a building or strapping a bomb on your chest has nothing to do with Islam,” said Qureshi, a database specialist at Pitney Bowes Legal Solutions.

Though not formally educated in Islam, he and his colleagues say they have studied and consulted with top scholars.

Salaahudeen Ali, a lifelong Grand Rapids resident, and Muhammad Muridi also are publishing partners.

They formed the publishing firm with their own funds, selling books and CDs and building a Web site including articles and audio recordings. They also teach classes on Arabic and creeds from their office at 613 Fuller Ave. SE.

Though they say top Islamic scholars have consistently condemned terrorism, the publishers add local Muslims have not been vocal enough about their beliefs.

“Nobody else is going to do it,” Qureshi said. “You kind of have to put yourself out there.”

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