Saturday, September 24, 2005

The Qunoot Fall Conference

I know the organizers of the conference pretty well, so I would definitely recommend it to anyone. I'm pretty excited about it because this is one of the first - if not THE first - conference organized by young Shia students and professionals to ensure that the voices of both Sunni & Shia youth are heard. As a co-director of The Qunoot Foundation, my friend Mohamed wrote a really touching post about Sunni-Shia relations on his blog.

The Qunoot Foundation presents:

Exploring the Layers of Our Identity
Saturday, November 12, 2005
George Washington University Law School
Lerner Hall, Room L201

200 H St NW, Washington, DC, 20001

Schedule of Events:
8:00-9:00 AM
Registration and Coffee/Snacks

9:20-9:40 AM
Welcome and Introduction

Mohamed H. Sabur, Co-Director, The Qunoot Foundation

9:40-10:00 AM
The Concept of Du'a and Qunoot in Islam
Irfaan Nooruddin,
Islamic Studies and Research Association

10:00-10:45 AM
Being a Minority within a Minority
Najam I. Haider, Doctoral Candidate,
Princeton University , Adjunct Professor, New York University
Moderated by
Svend White

10:45-11:45 AM
Negotiating an American Identity Post-9/11
Dalia Hashad, Arab, Muslim, South Asian Advocate, American Civil Liberties Union
Arsalan T. Iftikhar, National Legal Director, Council on American-Islamic Relations
Moderated by Zehra Naqvi, J.D. Candidate,
American University, Washington College of Law

11:45 AM-12:15 PM
Presentation of American Shi'a Muslim Survey Results
Abbas Kanji, Strategic Planning Initiative,
The World Federation of KSIMC
Ali Abbas Qureshi, Survey Analyst, American Shi'a Muslim Survey

12:15-1:30 PM

Dhuhr/Asr prayer and lunch

1:30-2:30 PM
Imagining a Tolerant Muslim Community
Sayyeda Mirza, Project Manager, Middle East Leadership Program,
EastWest Institute
Shahed Amanullah, Editor-in-Chief, alt.muslim, Founder, Halalfire Media Network
Shenaaz Janmohamed, Master's Candidate, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor School of Social Work
Moderated by
Mona Mafi, J.D. Candidate, George Washington University Law School

2:30-3:30 PM
Examining Gender Disparities
Saba Ghori, Foreign Affairs Officer, U.S. State Department, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights & Labor
Jihad Saleh, Master's Candidate,
Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University
Moderated by Zuleqa Husain,
Muslim Public Affairs Council

3:30-3:45 PM
Break and Snacks

3:45-5:15 PM
Creating a Space: Getting Involved in MSAs and National Muslim Organizations
Mohamed H. Sabur, Co-Director, The Qunoot Foundation
Ahmed Younis, National Director, Muslim Public Affairs Council
Moderated by Amin Al-Sarraf,
Muslim Public Affairs Council

5:15-5:45 PM
Maghrib/Isha prayer

5:45-6:45 PM
Town Hall Forum: Where Do We Go From Here?

6:45 PM

Dinner and Open Mic Poetry Reading
Moderated by Khizer Husain
(To submit a poem or art piece/photo you would like to present, please e-mail us at

--The Qunoot Foundation