Join the Islamic Leadership Council of New York’s first Virtual Gala with special guest speakers! We will be discussing the importance of organizational strength and unity in the Muslim community during these trying times of adversity. Livestream will be available on and @shuranewyork on Facebook and Youtube.

6:00 PM Welcoming Remarks by Majlis Ash-Shura: Islamic Leadership Council of New York President & Members, Qur’an Recitation
6:20 PM Panel 1: Leadership During Adversity: Engaging with Political, Social, and Religious Adversities & Addressing the Challenges.
(Moderator: Imam Ibad Wali. Speakers: Imam Siraj Wahhaj, Dr. Ovamir Anjum, Laila al-Arian, Imam Khalid Latif)
7:30 PM Islamic Leadership Council of New York Presentations & Partner Organizations
8:00 PM Panel 2:  Post-Election Priorities: The Balance Between Grassroots Organizing & Political Advocacy for Muslim Issues.
(Moderator: Raja Abdulhaq. Speakers: Shaykh Omar Suleiman, Dr. Hatem Bazian, Dr. Hafsa Kanjwal, Sister Aisha al-Adawiya)
9:00 PM Closing Remarks by Dr. Mohammed Yousufuddin, Vice President of Majlis Ash-Shura: Islamic Leadership Council of New York

Meet Our Speakers

Shaykh Omar Suleiman is the President of the Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research and a professor of Islamic Studies at the university level since 2008. He’s also the resident scholar of the Valley Ranch Islamic Center, and Co-Chair of Faith Forward Dallas at Thanks-Giving Square, a multi-faith alliance for peace and justice. He also founded M.U.H.S.E.N (Muslims Understanding and Helping Special Education Needs), a nonprofit umbrella organization serving the community to establish a more inclusive environment for our Brothers & Sisters of all disabilities.  In media, he’s one of the creators of the internationally acclaimed “Inspiration Series” which has reached millions of Muslims and Non Muslims through YouTube and Islamic Television stations worldwide.

Laila Al-Arian is a Washington DC-based journalist and the executive producer of Fault Lines, an award-winning current affairs program on Al Jazeera English. She has produced documentaries on subjects ranging from the Trump administration’s Muslim ban to the impact of the heroin epidemic on children and an investigation into factory conditions producing garments for Walmart and Gap in Bangladesh. For her work, she has been honored with two News and Documentary Emmys, a Peabody Award, a Robert F Kennedy Award in journalism, Overseas Press Club award, National Headliner Award, and has been nominated for 8 News and Documentary Emmys.

Imam Siraj Wahhaj is Imam of the Masjid al-Taqwa in Brooklyn, a prolific lecturer, community activist, the leader of the Muslim Alliance in North America, former Vice President of ISNA, and current Vice President of the Islamic Leadership Council of New York. He first became famous for his successful efforts in fighting drugs and crime in his neighbourhood. In 1991, he became the first Muslim to recite the Opening Prayer of the Qur’an (Al-Fatiha) at the US House of Representatives. Brooklyn Borough President, Marty Markowitz, proclaimed August 15, Siraj Wahhaj Day in honour of his “lifetime of outstanding and meaningful achievement.” Imam Siraj Wahhaj is a renowned speaker nationally and internationally, and a tireless supporter of Islamic causes.

Aisha H.L. al-Adawiya is the founder and President of Women in Islam, Inc., an organization of Muslim women which focuses on human rights and social justice. Ms. al-Adawiya also represents Muslim women’s Non-Governmental Organizations at United Nations forums, as well as coordinating Islamic input for the Preservation of the Black Religious Heritage Documentation Project of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. She organizes and participates in conferences and other forums on Islam, Gender Equity, Conflict Resolution, Cross-Cultural Understanding, and Peace Building. Ms. al-Adawiya is consultant to numerous interfaith organizations and documentary projects on the Muslim American experience, while also serving on the boards of numerous organizations related to the interests of the global Islamic community.

Dr. Hafsa Kanjwal is an Assistant Professor of South Asian History at Lafayette College. She received her PhD in History and Women’s Studies from the University of Michigan. Her research focuses on post-partition state-building in Kashmir. Dr. Kanjwal has also written and spoken on Kashmir for a variety of media outlets including The Washington Post, Al Jazeera English, and the BBC.

Dr. Ovamir Anjum is Imam Khattab Endowed Chair of Islamic Studies at the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, University of Toledo. He obtained his Ph.D. in Islamic history in the Department of History, University of Wisconsin-Madison. His work focuses on the nexus of theology, ethics, politics and law in Islam, with comparative interest in Western thought. His current projects include a multi-volume survey of Islamic history and a monograph on Islamic political thought.

Imam Khalid Latif is the University Chaplain for New York University and Executive Director of the Islamic Center at NYU. He is also the co-founder of Honest Chops, the first-ever all-natural/organic halal butcher in NYC, and Pillars of Peace, a non-profit established in order to address a gap in appropriate services for survivors of domestic and gender-based violence from all backgrounds and in particular within the Muslim community. Imam Latif has worked to solidify the basis of a strong Muslim community at NYU that seeks to emphasize inclusiveness and understanding, to foster dialogue with people of other faiths in order to clarify misconceptions and encourage mutual education, and has begun to carve out a much-needed space for young American Muslims to celebrate their unique identity and have their voices heard in the larger public sphere.

Dr. Hatem Bazian is a co-founder and Professor of Islamic Law and Theology at Zaytuna College, the 1st Accredited Muslim Liberal Arts College in the United States. In addition, Prof. Bazian is a lecturer in the Departments of Near Eastern and Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. In Spring 2009, he founded at Berkeley, the Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project at the Center for Race and Gender, a research unit dedicated to the systematic study of Othering Islam and Muslims in addition to launching the Islamophobia Studies Journal. Dr. Bazian is the founder and national Chair of American Muslims for Palestine, a board member of the Islamic Scholarship Fund, Muslim Legal Fund of America, President of Dollar for Deen Charity, and Chair of Northern California Islamic Council.