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Do you know that you can also make profits and at the same time, shop various interesting things at Muktamar IMSA-MISG? Indonesians and Malaysians from many parts of the US (and maybe Canada and others!) will be there, and this will benefit both the customers and the vendors because of the wide range of community! Bazaar will be opened throughout the event. Interested to be a vendor?

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IMSA MISG
MUKTAMAR 2019

Hilton Chicago Oak Brook Hills Resort, Chicago IL
Dec 24 - Dec 28, 2019

Hijrah: Transforming Oneself in Challenging Times

This year’s theme is "Hijrah: Transforming Oneself in Challenging Times". When the first generation of Muslims were facing difficulties in Makkah, the Prophet SAW looked to Madinah for new opportunities. During and after their migration, they transformed themselves not only geographically but also spiritually and into one cohesive body.

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Visiting Muktamar Sessions

If you are interested in visiting us but not registered, please find a host who is registered with us. Your host can take you to some of the lectures. Unfortunately our food is only available for registered participants. But your host can treat you to many food and non-food options available in our bazaar.

We hope you benefit from the lectures, enjoy your visit and register next year.

Entertainment Night (EN)

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Muktamar Program (PDF)

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Participant's Responsibilities

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Participants Check-In

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Speakers

Abdullah Omar Muhamad Fuad
Br. Abdullah Omar received his Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from PETRONAS Technology University (UTP) in 2009. Upon his study completion, he joined the Raudhatus Sakinah (RS), a guiding and training center for adolescents in Malaysia and became the Operations Manager and certified trainer under Raudhatus Sakinah Master Training and Consultancy since then.

His interest in community work made him become well known to the public. Br. Abdullah Omar had talked in various media including a teen talk at IKIM.fm radio, Radio 24 BERNAMA talking about integrity, Hello On Two program by Malaysia TV2, Malaysia Hari Ini program by Malaysia TV3, and Sinar Harian newspaper.

Since 2010, Br. Abdullah Omar has attended more than 400 schools and colleges in Malaysia, reaching out nearly 100 000 students through RS events `Anda Bijak Jauhi Zina (ABJZ)`, a school/college program to promote students against adulteries. He was also the director of the event `Himpunan 1000 Jiwa 1 Hati` in Kuala Lumpur organized by RS for several years, an annual convention to gather all the ABJZ participants from all over Malaysia.
Dedeh Agustinah
USTADZAH DEDEH Agustinah Lc. Parenting and family trainer from Indonesia. She graduated from Al-Azhar University, Egypt, with Bachelor Degree in Syariah. She is active as Fiqh counselor and family consultant at two Islamic Centers in Indonesia: Syariah Consultation Center in Jakarta and Family Home in Aceh. She is also the wife of Imam Fahmi Zubir.
Dr. Saiful Bahri
Alumni Program S3 Jurusan Tafsir dan Ilmu-ilmu Al-Quran, Universitas Al-Azhar, Kairo-Mesir. Ketua PPMI Mesir, 2002-2003. Wakil Ketua Komisi Seni Budaya Islam MUI Pusat (2011-Sekarang). Ketua Asia Pacific Community for Palestine, di Jakarta (2011-Sekarang). Dosen Sekolah Tinggi I'dad Muallimin An-Nuaimy, Jakarta (2011-Sekarang), Universitas Muhammadiyah Jakarta (UMJ) (2013-Sekarang), Perguruan Tinggi Ilmu Al-Quran (PTIQ) Jakarta (2011-2013).
Fahad Khan
dr. Fahad Khan, Phd currently works at the Khalil Center conducting research as well as clinical practices. He graduated from Midwestern University, Downers Grove, Illinois with Doctorate in Clinical Psychology.
His research interests include Islamic Psychology, Acculturation, Religiosity, and Psychological Distress Among Muslim Americans.
Currently he is adjunct professor at National Louis University, College of DuPage and Concordia University Chicago.
Fahmi Zubair
USTADZ FAHMI ZUBIR , Lc. MA . He is currently Imam at IMAAM Center, Silver Spring, MD. He is originally from Indonesia and has been residing in Washington, DC area since 2013. He graduated from AlAzhar University, Egypt, with Bachelor Degree in Theology in 2000, and from Syiah Kuala University, Indonesia with Master Degree in Education Management. Imam Fahmi has many experiences in dakwah and religious training in Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirat, and Japan.
Hamed Ghazali
Dr. Hamed Ghazali has extensive experience in the field of Tarbiyah and issues related to work in classroom management. He holds a Ph.D. from the department of Curriculum and Instruction, Kansas State University. Dr. Ghazali worked as a Principal and Superintendent of several Islamic Schools.
Ibrahim Zeini
Dr. Ibrahim Mamdouh Zeini is an expert in Public Affairs, Health Services Management, and Research. He currently resides in Central Florida where he is the Chapter President of MAS since 2015. He and his family have been active in organizing family and youth tarbiya since his childhood and teenage years. He is also a founding and current Board Member of the Aisha Cultural Center a community run center offering religious, education, and recreational activities for the Muslim community residing in East Orlando.
Ifdal Yusuf
BR. IFDAL YUSUF A young Qari (22 years old) who just graduated from University of Texas at Arlington in psychology. He also graduated from Bayyinah Institute in 2014. He studied Arabic under the guidance of the famous American Islamic cleric Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan and Ustadh Adam Jamal. Ifdal became a hafidz at a very young age of 14 years old, under the guidance of his teacher Qari Abdelkarim Edghouch. Ifdal regularly leads daily Solah at the Islamic Center of Irving, and also Taraweeh prayers during Ramadan in mosques throughout The United States. Ifdal is currently a senior at the University of Texas at Arlington, majoring in Clinical Psychology. In addition to being a student, Ifdal teaches Quran at Tanzeel Academy, at the Islamic Center of Irving (ICI).
Irwan Santosa
Mohamad Joban
Imam Mohamad Joban, MA is the current president of the Imam Fatwa Committee in Washington State, an instructor of Internet Islamic University, is a full time imam at Masjid Ar-Rahmah (MAPS). Residing in Redmond with his wife and twins as well as the Muslim chaplain for the Department of Corrections in Washington. Before coming to Redmond, he was a full time imam of the Islamic Center of Olympia. He has a BA in Arabic from the Islamic University in Jakarta, Indonesia and a BA in Theology, Islamic Call and Culture and an MA in Islamic Studies from the prestigious University of Al-Azhar in Cairo.

Muhammad Abdullah Nicholas Sylvester
Tuan Haji Muhammad Abdullah Nicholas Sylvester was a founder of Hidayah Center Foundation (HCF) that give help and guidance to the new Muslim reverts. Born in Papar, Sabah, he was a Christian during his childhood. After embracing Islam, he received da'wah trainings from multiple international Islamic organizations in the United States. Tuan Haji Muhammad is a certified professional trainer and an aqidah consultant under the Mufti Department of Negeri Sembilan, Selangor and Wilayah Persekutuan.

He received many speech and media invitations in local and international seminars. Tuan Haji Nicholas also had presented an average of 200 speeches annually across the country. He was awarded the 'Anugerah Khas Maulidur Rasul Negeri Sabah' in 2009 and 'Anugerah Khas Tokoh Maal Hijrah Wilayah Persekutuan' in 2013 for his tireless effort and work in guiding the new Muslims.
Muhammad Ihsan Setiawan
Ustaz Ihsan Setiawan, Lc.MA is Graduated from Al-Azhar University - Egypt, with major in Hadith Usuluddin and Master from As Syafi'iyyah University in Jakarta. He is known as one of practitioner of bekam dan Ruqyah Syar'iyyah. Ustadz Ihsan has many experiences in dakwah and religious training in Indonesia, among other: Ketua LPPD Bidang Dakwah Yayasan As Syifa Al Khaeriyyah, Da'i for PKPU & IZI, Ketua MAPADI Kabupaten Subang, Ketua Komisi Dakwah IKADI Kabupaten Subang
Nadeem Siddiqi
Nadeem Siddiqi serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors, Business Manager, and Community Educator at The Family and Youth Institute. He holds a PhD in Finance from York University, a Master's in Statistics from McMaster University, and a Bachelor's in Actuarial Science from The University of Toronto. He has served as Senior Vice President at LaSalle Bank/ABN AMRO, Bank of America, JP Morgan, Guidance Financial and taught MBA students at the Schulich School of Business at York University.

Dr. Siddiqi is a trained marriage educator and has been a youth mentor and trainer for the Muslim Students' Association and the Muslim American Society. He has been extensively involved in community organizing at both the local and national levels for over 25 years and most recently served as the National Chairman of the Muslim American Society (2012-2016).
Najibah Mohd Zin
Prof Najibah specializes in family related laws, and women`s rights and she teaches these courses at the graduate level. She was a visiting fellow at the National University of Singapore and Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, University of Oxford in 2005 and 2010-2011 respectively. Prof Najibah has written articles and chapters in books on various family law issues and Shariah related laws published by various local and international refereed journals. She has edited a few books on family and procedural law. She occasionally writes in local newspaper and has been given a column in KOSMO on women and Shariah.

Prof Najibah serves various governmental and non-governmental agencies as committee members. She is a member of Shariah committees in Attorney General Chamber; a committee member on Practice Direction Shariah Judiciary of Malaysia; a panel member of Disciplinary Committee, Bar Council for several years; research committee with IKIM on harmonization of law; an expert panel on Shariah law and Siyasah Shariyyah Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka. She has served Kulliyyah of Laws as Deputy Dean for Academic; Deputy Dean for Postgraduate and Research, and Head, Department of Islamic law.

Prof Najibah is presently working as a full time professor at Ahmad Ibrahim Kulliyyah of Laws, International Islamic University Malaysia and a member of the Council of Professors of the University. She involves in social activities in organizing legal literacy programmes for local community under AIKOL legal aid platform or NGOs. She is one of the advisors to AIKOL Legal Aid Clinic and Chairman of Raudhatul Sakinah Berhad, a guiding and training centre for adolescents.
Nana Yuliana
Nana Yuliana, PhD is Consul General of the Republic of Indonesia in Houston, Texas. She graduated her bachelor degree in English Education from IKIP Jakarta, pursued her Master Degree in Applied Linguistics at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia and International Relations from University of Indonesia in Jakarta. She completed her doctoral degree in International Development Studies at University of Santo Thomas in Manila, Filipina. Prior her assignment in Houston, She was assigned in the Embassy of Indonesia in Bangkok from 2008 to 2012 and in Manila from 2001 to 2005. She was the Director of Mid-Carrier Diplomatic Training, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia.
Rita Pritarini
USTADZAH RITA PRITARINI. Ustazah Rita, well known among IMSA and MISG sisters, was two term president of IMSA Sister for 2007-2010 and has been leading halaqahs among sisters in US and Canada. She is a hafidzah and a mother of three daughters who are hafidzahs as well. She started her Islamic education by attending Al Ikhlas Islamic boarding school from middle school to high school in Taliwang, Sumbawa and later obtained two undergraduate degrees at the same time, in Quranic Exegesis and Prophet Traditions at the State Islamic University of Syarif Hidayatullah and Arabic Literature at the University of Indonesia, both in Jakarta. Currently she teaches Islamic Studies at Al Salam Day school in Ballwin, Missouri.
Rosmawati Zainal
Sr. Rosmawati Zainal is an expert in teenagers and family issues and counselling, as well as general da`wah to the Muslim reverts and non-Muslim. She is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Raudhatus Sakinah (RS), a guiding and training center for adolescents in Malaysia. She is also part of the board of directors for Raudhatus Sakinah.

Well known as Ummiroses, Sr. Rosmawati has been in the media sharing about various related topics countless times such as local magazines (Wanita, Al-Islam, Anis, Keluarga, Nona), newspapers (Utusan Malaysia , Berita Harian, Sinar Harian, Kosmo), radios (Salam.FM, IKIM, Radio 24 BERNAMA, Wanita FM, Sinar FM, KoolFM) and television programs (ASTRO, TV9, RTM, TV3, Al-Hijrah). Used to be a speaker at Muktamar MISG-IMSA in 2008, she was a leader, thinker and panelist in many workshops about community services, parenting, and volunteerism, as well as awareness and prevention campaigns and events organized by private and government institutions including Malaysian universities, hospitals, The Institute of Islamic Understanding Malaysia (IKIM), Jabatan Agama Islam Wilayah Persekutuan (JAWI), The National Population and Family Development Board (LPPKN), and many others.

With her motto, `do the best all the time`, Sr. Rosmawati is tirelessly working with Raudhatus Sakinah, Hidayah Centre (a center for new Muslims and non Muslims to learn Islam), Rumah Puteri Arafiah (a shelter for adolescence females who have high-risk behaviors), and Malaysian Expressive Art Therapy (MEATA). She is an author of the book `Kutemui Jalan Pulang` (2007), an anthology of true stories of Raudhatus Sakinah students.
Sameera Ahmed
Sameera Ahmed, is the Director of The Family and Youth Institute. She holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University, a Master's in Biology from Bowling Green State University, and Bachelor's from the University of Michigan. She also serves as Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Wayne State University, an Associate Editor for the Journal of Muslim Mental Health, and has a private clinical practice in Canton, MI.

Her areas of interest include: risk behaviors and protective factors of Muslim adolescents and young adults; promoting culturally and religiously meaningful psychotherapy; and skills based parenting and marital interventions to strengthen families. Dr. Ahmed has published numerous journal articles, book chapters, and is the Co-editor of the book, "Counseling Muslims: Handbook of Mental Health Issues and Interventions." She speaks nationally and has been invited as a subject matter expert, to events organized by the White House, Health and Human Services (HHS), Substance Abuse Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA), and Department of Education (DOE).

Dr. Ahmed has also been a community organizer at both the grassroots and national levels for more than 25 years, primarily focusing her energies around American Muslim youth development, marriage preparation, and parenting. She currently serves on the Muslim American Society (MAS) National Board of Trustees.
Shaykh Yaser Birjas
Shaykh Yaser Birjas is the Head of Islamic Law and Theory Department at Al-Maghrib Institute.

Shaykh Yaser started his career in Electronic Engineering in the UAE, then in Madinah where he graduated as class Valedictorian with the highest honors from the Islamic University of Madinah’s College of Shari'ah (Fiqh and Usul) in 1996. He learned from various highly respected scholars such as Shaykh Mohammed Amin Al-Shanqiti and Shaykh Al-'Uthaymin.

In 1997, he went to work as a relief program aide to rebuild war-torn Bosnia. In 2000, he immigrated to the U.S. where he served as an Imam at The Islamic Center in El Paso, Texas and a director of English programs in Da'wah and outreach for the Orland Park Prayer Center. He is currently serving as Imam of the renowned Valley Ranch Islamic Center in Irving, Texas, rapidly establishing himself as an invaluable leader of the Texan Muslim Community.

His speciality in the subject of marriage and relations made him a highly sought marriage counsellor for the Muslim community, and with four children and much experience, his parenting classes are equally popular. With his superb all-round grasp on Islamic sciences, Shaykh Yaser is welcomed eagerly in every city he teaches whether it is his Usul, Fiqh, Financial Literacy, or Relationship classes.
Somaya Mellouli
Somaya Mellouli has a Master in clinical social work and bachelors in Social Work and Psychology from the University of Central Florida . She leads a youth group which she funded for 10 years. She is passionate about the youth and focuses her efforts in the youth groups for teens in Middle and High school. She is training the next generation of youth to lead and to empower them to make a difference in the community. She works as a mental health therapist for children, teens, and adults. She has experience in play therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy in her practice, helping clients to cope and manage their emotions. She and her family have been involved in organizing Tarbiyah programs in the community for many years.
Syamsi Ali
Imam Shamsi Ali, Phd is a prominent Muslim Scholar known for promoting interfaith dialogues among Abrahamic Religions in United States and the Director of Jamaica Muslim Center in Jamaica, Queens, New York City. The president of Nusantara Foundation, a community based operating and non-profit organization in New York that is established, publicly supported, operated by, and for the benefit of Indonesian culture.

The Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the ASEAN Muslim Federation of North America. He also serves as the Vice President of the Asian-American Coalition USA (AAC-USA) and its UN Representative and as an Advisory Board member to numerous interfaith organizations, including the Tanenbaum Center and Federation for Middle East Peace.
In interfaith organizations, Imam Ali serves as a Board member for the Partnership of Faith in NY, and co-founder of the UNCC (Universal Clergy Coalition-International). Furthermore, he is also Assistant Director and a Board member of the Muslim Foundation of America, Inc., and Chairman of the annual Muslim Day Parade in NYC.

A few days after the events of 11 September 2001, New York City chose him to represent the Muslim community to visit the scene, where he met President George W. Bush. He also recited a prayer at the memorial service for the September 11th victims at Yankee stadium in the Bronx. In 2002, Ali was appointed "Ambassador for Peace" by the International Religious Federation, and a recipient of ICLI Interfaith Award in 2008. Ali was chosen as one of the seven most influential religious leaders in New York City by New York Magazine in 2006.

He completed his undergraduate in Tafseer at International Islamic University, Islamabad, Pakistan in 1992 and continued his master at the same university in the field of Comparative Religion in 1994. Earned Ph.D in Political Science from Southern California University in 2003. Besides Indonesian as his Native Language and Buginese language as his mother-tongue, Ali is also fluent in Arabic, English, and Urdu.

Ali has written many articles, given speeches and initiated dialogues with various religious leaders about the importance of dialogues among Muslims, Christians, Jews and other religious groups toward peace. He has made countless appearances on TV (ABC, PBS, BBC World, CNN, Fox News, National Geographic, al-Jazeera, the Hallmark Channel, TV One and more) condemn terrorism, radicalism, anti-Semitism and to promote peaceful Islam.

Ali has authored four books: Dai Muda di New York City (A Young Dai in New York City), The True Love in America; 29 Kisah Mualaf Amerika (The True Love in America: 29 stories of Muallaf in America), Menebar Damai di Bumi Barat (Spreading Peace in Western World). The former US president Bill Clinton gave a foreword to his fourth book, a memoir, entitled Sons Of Abraham: A Candid Conversation about the Issues That Divide and Unite Jews and Muslims which he co-authored with Marc Schneier, a Jewish rabbi who is also his close friend.
Yusnani Abdul Hamid
Pursuing her studies in Electrical Engineering from Ohio University during the 1980s, Sr. Yusnani fell in love with education and volunteering as she was part of a team volunteering at the Islamic Sunday School on campus. She was also involved with activities organized by the then Malaysian Islamic Study Group (MISG) of USA & Canada and ISNA. She was appointed as the MISG Assistant Head, Women's Wing 1985 and the Women's Wing of Region 8 in 1986.

Returning home in 1987, she further her studies in Early Childhood Education. She taught at numerous preschools in the Klang Valley and Kerteh, Terengganu. In 1998 she was offered to lead the Raudhatus Sakinah Institution (RS), a center for shelters and rehabilitation of adolescents affected by social ill across Malaysia.