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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"


Adi Hidayat
Ustadz Adi Hidayat, Lc, MA. studied Dirasat Islamiyyah at UIN Syarif Hidayatullah Jakarta and then continued at Kuliyya Dakwah Islamiyyah in Tripoli, Libya.

Ustadz Adi Hidayat is well known through his polite delivery, systematic lectures and the strength of his memorization.
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).
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.