Speakers

Aa Gym (Ust. Abdullah Gymnastiar)

Ust. Abdullah Gymnastiar, more commonly known as Aa Gym (Elder Brother Gym), was for a long time Indonesia’s most popular preacher. With his style of modern, youthful, enjoyable preaching he built a substantial following and a large media empire with a regular audience of over 80 million Indonesians.

Ust. Adi Hidayat

Ust. Adi Hidayat is well known by his polite delivery, systematic lectures and the strength of his memorization. In 2009 he was the Aminul Khutaba of Dakwah Islamiyyah Tripoli who was entitled to determine the khatibs and speaker. In media, he is also active in international dialogue including Tsaqafah Islamiyyah in At-Tawashul TV Libya. In 2013, he founded Quantum Akhyar Institute to encourage more islamic studies and da'wah. Three years later, Akhyar TV was also founded as the main da'wah media.

Dr. Habeeb Quadri

Habeeb Quadri is an Educator, Author, and Youth Activist. He is an Elementary School Principal and part-time staff at Harvard Graduate School of Education professional development programs. He is the First Islamic School Principal to be Named NAESP National Distinguished Principal. Habeeb recently has been appointed to a four-year term at the Harvard Graduate School of Education Principal Advisory Board. He has co-authored five books and published two others. Habeeb is board chair of MYNA (Muslim Youth of North America) and board member of CISNA (Council of Islamic School of North America).

Dr. Haifaa Younis, MD

Dr. Haifaa Younis is an American Board Certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist. She is the founder and Chairman of Jannah Institute and currently teaches seminars on the thematic commentary of various chapters of the Holy Qur’an and their practical relevance in our day-to-day living. She studied with various Islamic scholars from across the United States while she simultaneously attended individual courses and lectures on subjects including Aqeeda, Fiqh, usual Fiqh, Hadeeth, and Tazkiyah (purification of the soul). From the United States, she moved to Saudi Arabia where she graduated from the Mecca Institute of Islamic Studies (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia) and Al-Huda Qur’an Memorization School (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia).

Dr. Abdul Mun'im Sombat Jitmoud

This father forgave his son’s killer. Can we find it within ourselves to forgive the person who has wronged us? The Washington Post quoted Dr. Jitmoud as saying: “Forgiveness is the greatest gift of charity in Islam”. He came to the US for higher education. After getting a Ph.D., he moved from city to city with his family (Wife and six boys) to serve as principal at seven Islamic schools in the U.S. In 2015, Dr. Jitmoud received tragic news. His 22-year-old son was fatally stabbed during a robbery while he delivered pizzas in Lexington, Ky. Dr. Jitmoud asked the court to spare the life of his son’s murderer. He cited verses from the Qur’an. Dr. Jitmoud now travels around the world speaking about the power of forgiveness. He received Malaysia’s First Compassion Award.

Dr. Abu Hafiz Salleh Hudin

Dr. Abu Hafiz Salleh Hudin is a prominent figure in Malaysia related to dakwah, academia, and politics. He was the Secretary-General of Pertubuhan Kebajikan Al-Qayyim Malaysia (IQ Malaysia), a non-governmental organization established as a source of Islamic knowledge and invigorating the well-being of Muslims in Malaysia. He had his secondary-level education in SMKA Simpang Lima, Sg Besar, Selangor before venturing to International Islamic University Malaysia in Al-Quran dan As-Sunnah. After he obtained his BA degree from the Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human IIUM, he continued his graduate degree in Islamic Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Recently, he completed his Ph.D. in Islamic Studies from Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM). He is also active in politics, the latest being one of the main coordinators to the formation of the Youth Wing of Parti Pejuang; PEJUANG Muda.

Dr. Altaf Husain, MSW, PhD

Altaf Husain is a native of Cleveland, Ohio , and a double alumnus of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland , Ohio , having earned his B.S. in Biomedical Engineering and his M.S. in Social Work. He received his Ph.D. in Social Work from Howard University in Washington, D.C. Dr. Husain's research interests include the mental health and integration of immigrant and refugee families, and especially Muslim adolescents, in the United States. He serves as Vice President of the Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research and advisory board member of the Peaceful Families Project - dedicated to the prevention of domestic violence. His past service to the community includes serving two terms as vice president of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), two terms as national president of the Muslim Students Association (MSA National) and an executive committee member of the Muslim Alliance in North America (MANA). Dr. Husain and his family live in Northern Virginia.

Dr. Imad Bayoun

Dr. Imad Bayoun is widely involved in religious education, especially among the youth, as a lecturer for the Muslim American Society (MAS), and its signature project the Oak Tree Institute. Dr. Imad was born in Beirut, Lebanon, where he received his BS and MS from the American University of Beirut. He received his Ph.D. in Entomology from the Texas A&M University and a second Ph.D. in Islamic Studies from the Graduate Theological Foundation. He resides in Riverside and works as the Insectary and Quarantine Officer at the Entomology Department of University of California in Riverside. He taught Aqeedah and Fiqhas-Seerah (Jurisprudence of the Prophet’s Biography) at the Islamic American University, and has published several audio series on “Purification of the Heart”, “Muslim Character”, and other topics.

Dr. Main Alqudah

A Professor of Islamic Finance, Dr. Main is a nationally known lecturer on contract auditing of Sharia-compliant contracts. He is an experienced lecturer in Islamic Studies that has provided instruction and training to learners at schools as well as college level. Serving the Muslim Community as a Scholar, Islamic centers throughout the United States and abroad have benefited from Dr. Main’s tutelage.

Gov. Dr. Anies Baswedan

IMSA alumni, Dr. Anies Baswedan is the current Governor of Indonesia's capital city, Jakarta. Baswedan, a former Fulbright Scholar, had served as Indonesia’s Minister of Culture and Elementary and Secondary Education under president Joko Widodo. He was previously president of Paramadina University in Jakarta. In his previous, ministerial position Baswedan continued to develop his Indonesia Mengajar (Indonesia Teaches) program, which helps create a more accessible and better quality education system, particularly in lower-income areas of Indonesia.

Guswar PesanTren & Soul Matter Band

Imam Suhaib Webb

Imam Suhaib, William Webb has a degree in Education from the University of Central Oklahoma, and in Islamic law from al-Azhar University in Cairo. He was named as a "Faith Leader to Watch" by The Center for American Progress in 2016, selected by the Muslim Community as one of CNN’s 25 Most Influential Leaders; as well as one of "Five Hundred of the Most Influential Muslims" by the Royal Islamic Studies Center in 2017. He is currently the resident scholar at the ICNYU and teaches a course at NYU on Islamic Law and Ethics

Imam Wisam Sharieff

Imam Wisam Sharieff is the founder and CEO of AQL, an institute focus on personal development through Quranic lifestyle-recitation, prayer, and suplication- to empower the mind, body, and soul. He is also an instructor with Al Maghrib Institute where he leads the ground-breaking Quran Revolution program, a state-of-the-art, pioneering learning system, through which more than 1000 global students have transformed their interaction with the Quran.

Imam Fahmi Zubair

Ustad Fahmi Zubair is currently an imam at IMAAM Center in Silver Spring, MD. ​He graduated from Al-Azhar University 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 Emirate, and Japan​.

Imam Mohammad Joban

Imam Mohammad Joban is a full time imam at Masjid Ar-Rahmah, Redmond, WA, originally from Indonesia. He achieved his Master of Art in Islamic Studies from the prestigious University of Al-Azhar in Cairo. He is also the current president of the Imam Fatwa Committee in Washington State, an instructor of Internet Islamic University, 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 and Muslim chaplain at several prisons.

Imam Mohammed Herbert

He is a graduate of Bayyinah Institute and Qalam. And he is currently also a student of Qalam advanced program, while also serving as an Imam in the Mansfield Islamic Center. He also often give lecturer to different MSA’s in Dallas because he is young, and young professionals relate to him.

Imam Shamsi Ali

Imam Shamsi Ali ​is the director of Jamaica Muslim Center, and President of Nusantara Foundation. Imam Ali, a renowned Qur’an scholar originally from Indonesia, has been recognized internationally for his work as an interfaith bridge builder. In 2006 he was named one of the most influential religious leaders in New York City by New York Magazine. He was frequently being interviewed by major news channels and held discussions with prominent religious leaders and writers. He is a co-author of “Son of Abraham: A Candid Conversation about the Issues That Divide and Unite Jews and Muslims.”

Iqbal Latheef

Iqbal has 17+ years of experience in the chemical and energy industries. He has worked on both business transformation and technology deployment projects delivering over $200 MM in benefits for his clients and customers. He is currently focused on developing and executing the growth strategy for the WellAnalytix product line (www.wellanalytix.com). Iqbal earned an MBA with honors from the University of Texas at Austin and he has a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Texas A&M University. Specialties: process re-engineering, supply chain and operations management, business strategy, business and finance transformation, project management, production planning, well optimization, digital oilfield, IoT, remote monitoring and tracking

Kang Riza Zacharias

Young Entrepreneur from Bandung. Founder & Owner of Syamiil Group and Sygma Corporation. Author of best Selling books "Kepemimpinan Jalan Langit" and "Bisnis Jalan Langit"

MC Agus Idwar Jumhadi

Agus Idwar Jumhadi (AIJ) adalah seorang Host dan MC Nasional yang sering memandu program Islami di tv tv swasta Indonesia dan TVRI dari dekade tahun 1990-an sampai sekarang. AIJ juga adalah seorang solois religi yang juga merupakan pendiri grup nasyid SNADA dan producer yang telah mengorbitkan 3 artis religi Indonesia yang sangat populer sampai zaman now sekarang. Diantaranya Almarhum Ustadz Jefri Al Bukhori (UJE), Opick, dan DEBU adalah 3 artis religi Indonesia yang sangat melegenda di Indonesia.

Nasyid InTeam

Inteam is a well-known nasyid group from Malaysia, first formed in 1998 at IIUM matriculation, and released their debut album Kasih Kekasih in 2000. This year marks 20 years of their involvement in the nasyid industry and celebrated with special Inteam 20th Anniversary Concert on December 12, 2020. Inteam has produced many songs in various languages, from Malay, to English, Arabic, and others. They also have performed in countries including Canada, UK, Thailand, Indonesia, and many others. Among their famous songs are Nur Kasih, Ya Rabbi Ya (feat Adik VIRAL), and #SuratCinta. Their latest single is Terima Kasih, featuring Ikhwan Fatanna, which is just released in December 2020. Currently, members of Inteam are Mohd Syahril bin Abdul Khalid (Syah), Muhammad Hazamin bin Harun (Hazamin), Hisyam bin Ahmad (Hisyam) and Abdul Rahim bin Osman (Rahim).

Noor Kids (Amin Aaser)

Amin is the founder and Executive Director of Noor Kids, a Harvard-supported educational services organization that seeks to build confidence in the religious identity of young Muslims. Noor Kids publishes one of the world’s fastest-growing Islamic children’s book series with titles in over 25,000 homes across 25 countries.

Prof. Madya Dr. Muhammad Rozaimi bin Ramle

Dr. Muhammad Rozaimi bin Ramle has been a senior lecturer in Sultan Idris Education University (UPSI) since 2015. He received his Bachelor degree in Shariah at the University of Mutah Jordan. Then, he served the Perak Islamic Religious Council as a zakat officer in 2007. In 2008, he was appointed as a tutor at the Department of Islamic Studies, Faculty of Human Sciences UPSI. Later, he resumed his studies by taking Masters in Hadith at International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) in 2008, sponsored by UPSI. In 2011, Dr. Rozaimi continued his PhD at the University of Jordan, also under the sponsorship of UPSI and graduated in December 2014.

Professor Datuk Dr. Harlina Halizah Hj. Siraj

Professor Datuk Dr. Harlina Halizah Hj. Siraj is a Professor of O&G and Medical Education (Clinical Teaching) from the Faculty of Medicine, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM). She is also the Director of Centre for Liberal Studies (Pusat Citra Universiti UKM). Her area of interest includes family planning & contraception, adolescent sexual and reproductive health (ASRH) as well as clinical teaching and medical professionalism. She is active in promoting and advocating the well-being and sexual reproductive health of adolescent girls and underprivileged women and has been involved in many civil societies.

Senator Mohd. Yusmadi Mohd. Yusoff

Senator Mohd. Yusmadi Mohd. Yusoff is a lawyer and former Member of Parliament of Malaysia (2008-2013). He is a Partner at Fahda Nur & Yusmadi and the founding Chairman of RIGHTS Foundation (RIGHTS), an independent think tank and charity organisation focusing on regional governance, human rights and social justice initiatives. He is a prominent member of the Malaysian legal community with a wealth of experience in law, politics, human rights and international affairs. Called to the Malaysian Bar in 1999, Yusmadi was trained and practiced as a lawyer in a few of Malaysia’s top law firms before joining Fahda Nur & Yusmadi as a partner. Currently, Yusmadi serves as a Senator in the Malaysia Parliament Senate.

Serif Yenen

Serif Yenen is a Turkish travel specialist, travel writer, tourist guide and travel film-maker. He gives Cultural Heritage of Turkey, Travel Writing & Blogging, Anatolian Civilizations and Tourist Guiding lessons as a part-time instructor at the Bilgi and Boğaziçi Universities. He wrote “Turkish Odyssey” in English, the “first guidebook of Turkey ever written by a Turk”. He is the producer, director and writer of Istanbul Unveiled, an awards-winning travel documentary with eight international awards.

Sr. Nada Shalash

Sr. Nada Shalash is a Licensed Social Worker and holds a Master’s degree in clinical social work from the University of Kentucky. Nada is licensed to practice in Kentucky and Illinois. Growing up in Kentucky, Nada’s passion in serving the Muslim community in her hometown helped her understand the need for mental health therapists for individuals of minority and marginalized communities. Her graduate training involved working with adolescents in an alternative school setting. In addition, Nada completed a clinical internship at a primary care clinic with adults that dealt with a broad spectrum of issues including anxiety, depression, and trauma. Nada’s therapeutic approach utilizes cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) through a multi-cultural lens that helps better meet the needs of the client.

Sr. Ria Christiana

Sr. Ria Christiana is a da’wah activist and brand strategist who focuses on halal brand management and human resources development based on Islamic values. With 17 years professional experience in brand management and communications, she dedicates her time and expertise to da’wah through various creative avenues: organizing da’wah events, Islamic seminars, concerts, competitions, and a collaboration in an international award-winning movie production.

Sr. Helwah Balfas

Sr. Helwah Balfas is an Ustadzah residing in Hamburg, Germany. A former lecturer of mathematics in one of the leading universities in Indonesia, she is now active in da’wah and teaching Qur'an as part of the Indonesian Islamic Center in Hamburg and as the international branch official of Rumah Tajwid, a Qur’anic education institute in Indonesia.

Sr. Nour Goda, M.S. Ed

She is a Syrian-born Arab American and a native of the Bronx, New York. In 2015, she founded the Between Arabs Project, a multimedia platform designed to foster intracommunity dialogue among Arabs and Muslims in the West. A podcast and blog, the project ran from 2015-2017, covering topics such as Muslim American identity politics, feminism, the LGBTQ question, racism within the Muslim American community, polygamy, mental health, faith crisis, and more.

Ust. Hasrizal Abdul Jamil

Ustaz Hasrizal Abdul Jamil holds a Bachelor of Sharia (Honours) from Mu’tah University, Jordan (2001). He is the academic director at Khalifah Model School (Secondary), an integrated private Islamic school owned by Khalifah Education Foundation. An educator and learning designer, blogger and author, he advocates children-centered learning, parenting and domestic policy. Currently, he is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Education Entrepreneurship (MEE) at Oulu University of Applied Sciences (OAMK), Finland.

Ustadzah Dedeh Agustina

Ustadzah Dedeh Agustina ​is a parenting and family trainer. She earned a Bachelor Degree in Syariah from Al Azhar University. 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​.

Ustaz Mohd. Faisal Tan Mutallib

Ustaz Mohd. Faisal Tan Mutallib is currently the Education Attache (Religious) for Education Malaysia, an agency under the privy and located in Embassy of Malaysia, Washington, D.C. Ustaz Mohd. Faisal received his secondary education in Selangor. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Islamic Law and Jurisprudence from Islamic University of Madinah Al-Munawwarah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He also received Diploma in Hifz Quran and Qiraat from Darul Quran, Jakim. Ustaz Mohd. Faisal previously served as Imam and Head of Administrator of Masjid Jamek Kuala Lumpur, a historical landmark in Malaysian history. Amongst his other work include being a member of Al-Quran text control expert review unit under the Ministry of Home Affairs and a volunteer member for poverty eradication foundation in Kelana Jaya. In addition to Malay and English, Ustaz Mohd. Faisal also speaks fluently in Arabic and Mandarin.