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IMSA MISG
MUKTAMAR 2019

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

Muktamar is an annual convention held by Indonesian Muslim Society in America (IMSA) and Malaysian Islamic Student Group (MISG). Historically, this convention was first hosted by MISG in 1976. Since then, it has been held annually and has attracted over several hundred participants. In the last few years, about 1000 participants attended the event. This upcoming 2019 convention represents the 43rd consecutive year for MISG and the 20th for IMSA. These annual conventions elaborate on one theme after another and invite scholars in the area. The programs in the convention have directly impacted da'wah activities in North America and have broadened the Islamic horizons of Indonesian and Malaysian students in North America as well as Muslim community members.

2019 Theme - "Muslims in the US: Preserving our identity and Empowering the Youth"

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.

How are we then also benefitting from myriad of opportunities available to us and able to transform ourselves to overcome challenges of our time and place? Our distinguished speakers are coming from U.S., Indonesia, and Malaysia to impart lessons and encourage us together to work on them.

We will have programs based on our theme for everyone of different ages, interests and languages including Madrasah, Youth Program, Yaumun Nisa and Yaumu Shabab. Please check back here or register for Muktamar to get notifications on any Muktamar updates including programs.

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.
Adi Hidayat
Ustadz Adi Hidayat, Lc, MA. studied Dirasat Islamiyyah at UIN Syarif Hidayatullah Jakarta and then continued his graduate studies abroad.

Ustadz Adi Hidayat is well known by his polite delivery, systematic lectures and the strength of his memorization.
Ahmed Taha
Dr. Ahmed Taha is the founding president of the Champaign-Urbana Muslim American Society. He's also MAS-ICNA Program Director.
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.
Mohamed Herbert
Mohamed Herbert is the youth director and assistant imam at Tulsa Oklahoma and a graduate of the Qalam Aalimiyyah program.
Muhammad Abdullah Nicholas Sylvester
Chairman of Gabungan Dakwah Malaysia (GDM) as well as Hidayah Centre Foundation (HCF)
Nadeem Siddiqui
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).
Prof. 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.
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.
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.