Constructive Engagement in a Turbulent Environment

The 32nd Islamic Conference of New England

Hosted by the Interfaith Alliance & Center for Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations,

Merrimack College, North Andover, MA

Saturday, October 7, 2017


09:30 AM Reception and Registration

10:00 AM Welcome and Opening Remarks:

Qur’an Recitation           Imam Muhammad Sefa Conference Chair                      Dr. Dris Djermoun ICNE President           Fatma Antar MC Representative           MC Pres. /Danya Ali

10:30 AM Session I

Rational Approach

Moderator:         Dr. A. C. Asmal The Pursuit of a Balanced Life in a Polarized Climate Colin Christopher

Countering Islamophobia through Intellectual Engagement                          Dr. Amer Ahmed

11:30 AM Session II

Outreach for Progress

Moderator:   Naim Assil The Power behind Change for Growth and Excellence Imam Basheer Bilaal Participation in Political Process for Muslim Representation               Nazia Ashraful

Primacy of Interfaith Relations for Coherence in a Multi-faith Society                 Dr. Joseph Kelley

1:00 PM Break: Lunch and Salat-ul Zuhr

2:00 PM Session III

ICNE Report Dr. M. Saleem Bajwa

Scholarship Awards                                                 Dr. Naseema Khan

2:30   PM Session IV

Younger Leadership

Moderator: Samantha Bruno    Students’ Initiatives to Stimulate Moral Component in Campus Life Marwa Abdulhai Transitioning Younger Generation to the Forefront to Speak for Islam Dr. John Robbins

3:45 PM Session V

Dignity thru’ Discipline

Moderator:                                                Dr. Bader Hussaini Living by the Islamic Principles and the Law of the Land                Colin Christopher

Re-shaping the Society through Social and Moral Contributions Atty. Tahirah Wadud

4:45 PM Break: Refreshment and Salat-ul Asr

5:15 PM Documentary: “The Secret Life of Muslims” By Seftel Productions

5:30 PM Keynote: “Joint Strategy of the Muslim Organizations to Combat Extremism” Linda Sarsour

6:30 PM Break: Salat-ul Maghreb

7:00 PM Banquet Dinner

8:00 PM Conclusion, and Du’a                           Imam Abdullah Ddumba

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