The 2009 46th Annual ISNA Convention’s theme was entitled “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.” Taking on the theme in an Islamically academic manner, Shaykh Yasir Qadhi and Shaykh Yaser Birjas spoke at a session entitled Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness In The Maqasid Al-Shari‘ah.

The description for the session in the convention’s program was as follows:

Many people assume that “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness” is a distinctly American phenomenon. While it is indeed an American phenomenon, the Islamic Shariah has delineated these concepts from its very inception, and enshrined them in its overall goals. In this lecture, the speakers will show that far from being un-Islamic values, these values form the very core of being a true Muslim.