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MANA 2008 Conference Interviews – Joshua Salam, Esam Omeish, Ahmed Bedier, Dawud Walid, Kyle Ismail, Sultan Muhammed

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Click here for complete coverage of MANA’s Second Annual Conference 

This post captures all the remaining interviews conducted by MM @ MANA. I would like thank all the esteemed brothers who agreed to participate in these eye-opening interviews.

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Abu Reem is one of the founders of MuslimMatters, Inc. His identity is shaped by his religion (Islam), place of birth (Pakistan), and nationality (American). By education, he is a ChemE, topped off with an MBA from Wharton. He has been involved with Texas Dawah, Clear Lake Islamic Center and MSA. His interests include politics, cricket, and media interactions. Career-wise, Abu Reem is in management in the oil & gas industry (but one who still appreciates the "green revolution").

5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. MM Associates

    December 16, 2008 at 11:54 AM

    innalhamdolillah. bismillah. [comment by abu abdAllah]

    jazak Allah khayr for introducing all these activists. may Allah make facilitate for them and for you every good. ameen.

    i especially commend Kyle Ismail for his discussion of the question posed by a Muslim magazine to Imam WD Muhammad. indeed, too many Muslims view the leaders (and would-be leaders) of the community through a prism of national origin or ethnicity. when the guidance of the Prophet sull Allaho alayhi wa sallam was clear that the best among us is not determined by either of those qualities, but by the quality of submission to Allah.

    and i pray that Allah will make MANA effective in helping all Muslims who live in America to address the problem brought up by Joshua Salam: we send so much aid overseas, especially in zakat, when there are Muslims here who are miskeen or faqir and whose basic needs are still not met. that despite authentic anecdotal evidence from the khulufaa rashidoon indicating that zakat from any community should fully address the needs of that community before going to help others.

    finally, i agree with Sultan Muhammad’s analysis that as Muslims in America share histories and stories with each other, we will better bridge the gaps amongst us. we will better be able to stand together as one ummah. as Muslim Americans.

  2. Zahra

    December 16, 2008 at 6:19 PM

    Jazaka’Allah khair for the amazing coverage of the conference. It’s almost as though I was actually there!

    One question it’s my understanding that there were at least a few female speakers in attendance as well. Was an effort made to include them in the interview sessions?

  3. Amad

    December 16, 2008 at 8:48 PM

    salam Sr. Zahra,
    We did want to interview a couple of sisters, esp. Imam WD Muhammad’s daughter, but for some reason, they were harder to locate and weren’t around that much. I am sure we could have tried harder… next time inshalah.

  4. gess

    December 24, 2008 at 8:10 AM

    As’salamu aleikum all,

    The last conclusion by brother Dawud Walid was powerful.

    Jazak Allah Khair MM.

  5. john brightman

    May 31, 2009 at 4:50 PM

    salam .shoma az word press estefade mikonid?

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