One-Day Conference on Shariah


27 Oct One-Day Conference on Shariah

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Assalamu Alaykum / Peace be upon you

Have you ever been asked any of following questions:

  • Can a woman lead a Muslim organization under Shariah?
  • What are the rights of a homosexual person under Shariah?
  • Does Shariah allow holding of slaves?
  • What about Shariah rulings concerning severe punishments such as amputation of hands, public lashing and stoning to death? 
  • How do we form a position on the use of transgender bathrooms or gun violence under Shariah? 
  • What does Shariah even mean for the American Muslim?

Muslims are often ill-equipped to answer such questions.  We often resort to narrow interpretations of texts or take an apologetic or denial stance when faced with such questions.  Yet, these are the exact questions that everybody, from our children to our non-Muslim friends, want us to answer.  Meanwhile, others are answering these questions on behalf of Muslims and the word “Shariah” has become a controversial term in the public opinion.

MAPS is holding a one-day conference led by two eminent guests, Professor Jasser Auda and Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool, on November 19th to further an understanding of Maqasid al Shariah (the Intents of Islamic Law) as both a set of Intents as well as a Strategic Methodology for living as Muslims in a complex and dynamic society. The conference will educate the attendees on the theological foundation to address such questions in a manner consistent with the teachings of Islam.
This event is the second such conference brought by these scholars in the USA.  The first successful event was held in Washington DC and sponsored by Adams Center under the leadership of Imam Magid. This is a limited-seat event targeted at community leaders and volunteers who engage in public discourse.  Please register below if you would like to attend.
Registration fee is $20.



8:30am                 Registration
9:00am        The Basic Maqasid (Intents): Re-Orienting Ways of
Reasoning about Islamic Law / Ethics.
                   Dr Jasser Auda – Presentation
  Break (Tea / Coffee)
  Session One (Continued)
                   Interactive Session
13:00     Zuhr
13:45pm      Maqasid al Shariah as a Strategic Management
Toolbox for Citizenship
Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool – Presentation
3:00pm Session Two (Continued)
                  Interactive Engagement
3:30pm Asr Prayers

4:30pm      Maqasid al Shariah as a Problem Solving and
Planning Methodology.
                 Commissions / Groups:
                 Case Studies Presentation on Fatwa Writing,
Campaign Planning, Curriculum Development and
Advocacy Campaign
5:00pm Maghrib
5:30pm      Presentation by Working Groups
                  Presentation of Certificates
                  Closure & Thanks: MAPS
7:30       Closure


Professor Jasser Auda
is Al-Shatibi Chair of Maqasid Studies at the International Peace College South Africa, the Founder and Director of the Maqasid Institute International, 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 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.
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.
Jazakum Allah khairan / Thank you

Mahmood Khadeer

MAPS President