20 Oct Eminent Guests @ MAPS – American Muslims after the Elections
Assalamu Alaykum / Peace be upon you
Election 2016 will go down in history as a most critical event for American Muslims. We are truly honored to host 3 very prominent guests on Friday 11/18 at 7PM at MAPS in a wide-ranging post-election discussion. Professor Jasser Auda, Dr Houda Abadi and Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool will travel to MAPS to discuss the new realities, challenges and opportunities facing the Muslim community. The program is open to the public and free for all. Babysitting will be provided and light refreshments will be served. Please register below and attend as a family and bring a friend or colleague.
Topic: American Muslims after the Elections – Civic Engagement as an Imperative
1. The Political Maqasid and Its Application Today
Prof Jasser Auda
Founding Director of Al-Maqasid Research Centre in the Philosophy of Islamic Law & Al Shatibi Chair of Maqasidi Studies, International Peace College of South Africa
2. Countering Extremism Online – Immunizing the Youth!
Dr Houda Abadi
Carter Center, Associate Director, MENA Region Projects – Conflict Resolution Program
3. Being American and Being Muslim – Lessons from South Africa
Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool
Founder Director of the World for All Foundation & Distinguished Scholar in Residence at the Al Waleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, Georgetown University
Venue / Time:
Muslim Association of Puget Sound (MAPS)
Program starts at 7PM on 11/18 and expected to end at 10PM
Refreshments/Social at 6:30PM
is Al-Shatibi Chair of Maqasid Studies at the International Peace College South Africa, the Executive Director of the Maqasid Institute, a global think tank based in London, and a Visiting Professor of Islamic Law at Carleton University in Canada. He is a Founding and Board Member of the International Union of Muslim Scholars, Member of the European Council for Fatwa and Research, Fellow of the Islamic Fiqh Academy of India, and General Secretary of Yaqazat Feker, a popular youth organization in Egypt. He has a PhD in the philosophy of Islamic law from University of Wales in the UK, and a PhD in systems analysis from University of Waterloo in Canada. Early in his life, he memorized the Quran and studied Fiqh, Usul and Hadith in the halaqas of Al-Azhar Mosque in Cairo. He previously worked as: Founding Director of the Maqasid Center in the Philosophy of Islamic Law in London; Founding Deputy Director of the Center for Islamic Ethics in Doha; professor at the University of Waterloo in Canada, Alexandria University in Egypt, Islamic University of Novi Pazar in Sanjaq, Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies, and the American University of Sharjah. He lectured and trained on Islam, its law, spirituality and ethics in dozens of other universities and organizations around the world. He wrote 25 books in Arabic and English, some of which were translated to 25 languages.
Dr Houda Abadi
joined the Conflict Resolution Program at The Carter Center in June 2014 as associate director for the Middle East and North Africa. For the first two years, she worked on Syria and the Israel-Palestine conflict. During that time, she developed what is now the Countering Daesh Recruitment Propaganda Project. Abadi holds a graduate certificate from Duke-UNC in Middle East studies; an M.A. in international relations and diplomacy, with a concentration in Middle East studies and conflict resolution, from Seton Hall University; and a Ph.D. in political communication and media studies from Georgia State University. She was the 2013-2014 Transcultural Conflict and Violence Presidential Fellow at Georgia State. She was born and raised in Morocco and speaks French, Arabic, and Spanish. Prior to joining the Center, Abadi served as the director of education in two nonprofit organizations that facilitated dialogue between Jewish and Muslim youth. She worked on curriculum development and youth interfaith dialogue. She also served as a researcher, translator, and writer for Muslim women’s issues at Women’s Islamic Initiative in Spirituality and Equality. While in graduate school, she was the MENA intern in a human rights organization and acted as a liaison between the United Nations Institute of Research and Training and Arab diplomats. Abadi has published scholarly articles and taught at Georgia State and UNC.
Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool
is a Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Georgetown University’s Edmund A Walsh School for Foreign Service. He works in the Al Waleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, advancing an alternative paradigm to the inertia of Orthodoxies in the face of Extremisms. He is the founder of the World for All Foundation that endeavors to create a world of coexistence and that is safe for difference. Ambassador Rasool has recently completed a term of duty as South Africa’s Ambassador to the United States of America, an appointment that was the culmination of a distinguished record of Public Service in South Africa. Previously he served as a Member of Parliament in South Africa’s National Assembly, Special Advisor to the State President and has built up extensive experience in various Departments like Health, Welfare, Finance and Economic Development in the capacity of Provincial Minister. Ambassador Rasool has been the recipient of a number of awards: “Social Services Leader of the Year” Award (1995) from the African Investment Group; “Visionary Leadership and Public Good” Award from the World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists (2008); “Commitment and Leadership in the Fight Against Crime” from Business Against Crime (2009); The 2005 London Financial Times “Foreign Direct Investment (Africa) Personality of the Year” Award; The “Nelson Mandela Award for Health and Human Rights” presented to him by the Kaiser Family Foundation in 1998; and “Indonesian Diasporean of 2012” Award by the President of Indonesia. During his term as Ambassador he also received the Award for his Lifetime Commitment to Human Rights by Shared Interest in New York, and Inaugural Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Press Club in Washington, DC.
Jazak-um-ullah-khairan / Thank you