ISNA Hosts West Zone Seerah Conference
(Plainfield, IN 12/15/15) Last Saturday, the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) hosted over 250 attendees at its West Zone Seerah Conference at the Muslim Community Association (MCA) in Santa Clara, CA.
The discussions and talks throughout the day were built around the theme of the conference, “What did Muhammad Do? Challenges Being a Minority.” Similar to how the seerah is taught, the conference was divided into two sessions - the Meccan period and the Medinan period.
Ustadh Feraidoon Mojadedi and Shaykh Abdalla Idris Ali discussed the development of the noble character of the Prophet during the Meccan period and how we can use it as a guide. Ustadh Faraz Khan and ISNA Vice President Dr. Altaf Husain discussed the societal changes the Prophet made during the Medinan period. The conference left the audience inspired to create change in their communities.
It also featured Muslim Youth of North America (MYNA) track for the youth in addition to its main sessions. ISNA Secretary General Hazem Bata and CAIR-San Francisco Bay Area Executive Director Zahra Billoo spoke to the youth on the Prophetic way of handling the rising Islamophobic environment. Bilal Esakka and Karim Serageldin discussed the psychology of anger and how to control it.
A matrimonial event for single Muslims was also organized at the Biltmore Hotel during the conference. This event provided an opportunity for over 100 individuals to meet in an Islamic way. ISNA conducts matrimonial events at its annual convention and regional conferences as well as maintains an online matrimonial website.
Following the forum, ISNA hosted a celebration banquet honoring Dr. Imdad Khan and Sitara Khan, long-time philanthropists and community leaders. Congressman Mike Honda shared a powerful message with the audience. The keynote address by Dr. Jonathan A.C. Brown, the Alwaleed bin Talal Chair of Islamic Civilization at Georgetown University, addressed challenges of being a minority and Islamophobia. Entertainment during the banquet was provided by a talented group of students from Northstar School and a spoken word artist.
The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) is the largest and oldest Islamic umbrella organization in North America. Its mission is to foster the development of the Muslim community, interfaith relations, civic engagement, and better understanding of Islam.
CONTACT: ISNA Communications Director Edgar Hopida, 317-839-1820 or 317-679-6350, firstname.lastname@example.org