Why Religion Matters: The Impact of Religious Practice on Social Stability

Imam Zaid Shakir

Religious practice appears to have enormous potential for addressing today’s social problems. From general well-being to social harmony to drug abuse and suicide, closeness to Allah has protected the individual, the family and society as a whole from the forces that would tear them down. This session is dedicated to the relationship between happiness, social and familial stability, and being close to Allah.

No One Runs a Marathon … on Day 1: The Power of Living in the Moment

Ustadha Sarah Sultan

Change often unfolds over time. It requires a gradual and deliberate effort. Yet, we can feel discouraged when we seek to change, or aim for a personal goal, but not experience quick and immediate results. Yet, we know that no one runs a marathon on day 1. This session is dedicated to understanding the impact of avoiding pain for immediate comforts on our lives, mental state and attaining happiness.

It Starts from Within: Being A Confident Muslim

Shaykh Abdullah Oduro

Being confident is about being able to judge our own standing with respect to our environment and be able to derive satisfaction out of it. Confidence in both, God and our ability to be great, is an essential ingredient to attain greatness in this life and the hereafter.  This session is dedicated to exploring what it means to be a confident Muslim, why does it matter and the real things we can do to improve confidence.

Between Compassion and Orthodoxy: Finding the Middle Path

Shaykh Mohammed Elshinawy

When one abandons the warms of traditional Islamic belief and observance, one falls prey to the vice of skepticism, materialism, and hedonism. A sense of a spiritual vacuum overtakes us. On the other hand, when one is entangled in religious fanaticism or excessive zeal, one is isolated in self-righteousness and xenophobia. Such extremism reduces Islam to a set of rituals that are divorced from our society. This session is dedicated to answering the question of how to strike a balanced approach between maintaining our compassion for others and staying true to our tradition.

On Being the Other Half: Thoughts on Marriage and Divorce

Sr. Haleh Banani

Facing the question, “should I stay married,” can be one of the most challenging and heart-wrenching things we face in our lives. In answering this question, one has the choice to take on their marriage with all its challenges or look realistically at divorce. There is dignity in making it work, and there is dignity in starting fresh for the right reasons. This session is dedicated to the factors one should take in making this choice. How can we weigh the pros and cons of each of these choices? How soon should we sound the alarm and seek help? What do we do after picking one option or the other?

Lights On: Smaller Voices for a Bigger Impact

Br. Akbar Cook

Two years ago, a 16-year-old student entered through the metal detectors of West Side High School in Newark, New Jersey. As security stopped to check her bag, she argued with security and threw her water at them. She didn’t want anyone to see what was inside her bag. After the cops came to see what was happening, they looked in the student’s bag and found something unexpected: dirty underwear and clothes. She was homeless that weekend and didn’t want anyone to know.  Akbar Cook, the principle of the school had a choice to make. He could ignore this issue as it does not fall within his job description or tackle the root cause of the problem. This session is dedicated to showing how with the right intentions, small voices can change the world for others.

Let’s Talk About Honor

Shaykh Kamal El Mekki

At a time when Muslims feel devalued and unappreciated, and at a time where racism and hate are rampant, Muslims need to derive their worth and honor from the Divine and His message. Our honor and value stem from our belief in Allah (لا إله إلا الله محمد رسول الله). This session that is dedicated to appreciating the worth of a Muslim.

Surround Yourself with Believers: The Role of The Masjid in our lives

Mufti Hussain Kamani

One of the seven categories of people who will be shaded under the throne of Allah on the day of judgment is one whose heart is attached to the masjid. In fact, prophet Muhammad said that it is a testament of Iman if one is always visiting the Mosque. This session is dedicated to understanding the role of the Mosques in our lives.

The Imperfection of Greatness

Shaykh Omar Husain

Greatness is not about becoming perfect. It is about overcoming imperfection. In fact, we rarely ever succeed on the first try when facing challenges in our personal lives. This session is dedicated to addressing accepting failure and building upon our negative experiences to attain happiness.

Unheard Voices: Women in the Masjid

Shaykha Safiya Ravat

What is a woman’s place in the masjid? Are women allowed to be in leadership positions in our masjids and communities? What are the benefits of having women in the masjid, and what do they contribute to the community? Who are some women we can look to as examples in our Islamic history? This session will talk about why women aren’t already involved in a larger scale in our mosques, and what concrete steps we can take in our masjids and communities to change that.

Smart Charity: The Foundation of Greatness

Shaykh Joe Bradford

Giving charity is one of the highest forms of acts of worship in Islam. It is recognized as a means of attaining closeness to God and a means of purification and expiation from sins. Yet, a closer look at the amount of money generated from the Muslim community will show a great opportunity to cater to the needs of our community. This session is dedicated to advocating for giving our charity in a smart and impactful way.

Maintaining Faith Through Frustration, Failure, and Fear

Ustadha Zeba Khan

Being pleased with Allah as your Lord, Islam as your religion, and Muhammad as your Prophet seems reasonable enough when life is good, but what about when it’s awful? Just think how easy it would be to thank Allah for earning a million dollars, versus thanking Allah for losing that same million. True faith stands regardless of our financial, physical, and emotional wellbeing.

We Don’t Need Religion to be “Great”

Shaykh Waleed Basyouni

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The Main Ingredient: Greatness of Muslim Women

Shaykha Hanaa Gamal

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The Dying Art of Disagreement

Shaykh Yasir Birjas

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The Loss of Innocence: Having “The Talk” with Our Children

Yassir Fazaga

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The Ethics of Muslim Non-Profits

Br. Ahmed Shaikh Esq.

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Sessions

Main Program
Schedule

Youth
8-12 yr

Kids Camp
2-7 yr