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"It is He who created you from one soul (Adam) and created from it its mate (Eve) that he might dwell in security with her." (7:189)

We are not in this alone. Allah created us to have partners in our journey through this world. What can we learn from the original pair that made them complement each other, building the best relationships radiating throughout all walks of life?

"And [the ark] sailed with them through waves like mountains, and Noah called to his son who was apart, 'Oh my son, come aboard with us and be not with the disbelievers.'" (11:42)

While humanity started off with the perfect pair, challenges were bound to arise as we are imperfect. Sometimes those closest to us are the biggest tests in our lives. Gain inspiration from Noah's obedience to Allah and patience with his family and community through stormy weather.

"And remember that Abraham was tried by his Lord with certain commands, which he fulfilled: He said: 'I will make you an Imam to the Nations.'" (2:124)

Abraham's quest for the truth began from his very early years. Trace his profound journey with his family as Abraham reimagines the building of a nation on the bedrock of sacrifice and unyielding trust in Allah. What does it look like for a whole family to be ready to give anything for Allah's sake?

"And remember Our servant Job, when he called to his Lord, 'Indeed, Satan has touched me with hardship and torment.' (38:41)

Job went from having it all to having nothing. In one moment, his wealth, health and family vanished, leaving him with a huge test from Allah. Relive Job's beautiful patience in the face of hardship and taste the fruits his perseverance ultimately bears.

"Go, both of you, to Pharaoh. Indeed, he has transgressed. And speak to him with gentle speech that perhaps he may be reminded or fear [Allah]." (20:42-44)

From the refugee crisis to police brutality, social justice movements are as relevant today as they have been before. Reflect on the story of Moses, a prophet who stood up to injustice, a man who dealt with the Pharoah and guided the Children of Israel, and apply these timeless lessons today.

"Oh David, we've indeed made you a Khalifah upon the Earth, so judge between the people in truth." (38:26)

Ambition, youth, power, all combined with the blessing of Prophethood, created an enduring legacy for David. His relationship with his son coalesced into a bond of trust and companionship. David's legacy reveals the power of words and making a difference with the resources at hand.

"Then the fish swallowed him, while he was blameworthy. And had he not been of those who exalt Allah, He would have remained inside its belly until the Day they are resurrected." (37:142-144)

It's easy to walk away from your responsibilities. Jonah started down this path, but was reminded quickly, repented, and went back to a nation of 100,000+ that ended up converting to Islam. Reflect on your responsibilities, commit to the path of repentance, and dream of the amazing rewards that await you.

"Oh Jesus, indeed I will take you and raise you to Myself and purify you from those who disbelieve andmake those who follow you superior to those who disbelieve until the Day of Resurrection." (3:55)

Jesus raptured those around him from infancy. The miracles bestowed upon him by God attest to his divine stature. And his story is still unfinished as the community anticipates his return to lead one of the last nations and fight the Antichrist. Immerse yourself in a story that still has a chapter remaining.

"Verily you have in the Prophet of Allah an excellent model, for him who fears Allah and the Last Day and who remembers Allah much." (33:22)

The Last Prophet was the best of man. Emulate the Sunnah by examining his profound relations with his friends, his family and the community he led through the darkness and toward the light of Islam. Challenge yourself to imagine the Sunnah and address community dynamics today.

"You are the best Ummah produced for mankind. You enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong and believe in Allah." (3:110)

Join the panel of speakers as they discuss the current reality of the Ummah, and in particular, Muslims living in America. What are some real challenges that our youth are facing today? How can each one of us contribute within our communities, families and as individuals to leave a legacy as the Best of Nations?

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Hamza Tzortzis

London, United Kingdom

Ustadh Hamza Tzortzis is an international public speaker on Islam, writer and researcher. He is an instructor for Islamic Education and Research Academy (iERA) and AlKauthar Institute, and delivers workshops, seminars and courses on the foundations of Islamic thought.

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Alaa Elsayed

Toronto, Canada

Sheikh Alaa Elsayed is the Director of Religious Affairs for the Islamic Centre of Canada-ISNA and Chairman of the National Zakat Foundation. He has taught thousands of students with AlKauthar Institute and appeared as a speaker on Islam on various television channels.

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Daood Butt

Toronto, Canada

Sheikh Daood Butt completed his Bachelors in Islamic Theology from the Islamic University of Madinah and his Masters from the International Islamic University in Malaysia. He is now an international public speaker at various conferences, lectures, and TV stations around the world.

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Zia Sheikh

Texas, USA

Imam Zia Sheikh, PhD is the Imam of the Islamic Center of Irving, an instructor for Bayyinah Institute, and author of 'Islam: Silencing the Critics.' He is a Hafidh of the Qur'an, holds a Masters in Arabic & Islamic Theology, and received his PhD from the Graduate Theological Foundation.

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Okasha Kameny

New Jersey, USA

Sheikh Okasha Kameny is the Director of the Quran Program at Al-Minhaal Academy in New Jersey. He is a hafidh of the Qur'an and received an ijazah in its 10 major recitations. He has also memorized major books of Hadith, including Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim.

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Karim AbuZaid

Colorado, USA

Imam Karim AbuZaid is the Imam of Dar Al-Tawheed in Colorado. He is a PhD Candidate in Islamic Studies at the American Open University, and teaches for Mishkah University and Islamic Online University. He is a talk show host at GuideUS TV & Huda TV.

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Haroon Baqai

Maryland, USA

Sheikh Haroon Baqai is the Principal of Al-Huda School in Maryland. He holds an Ijazah in Hafs 'an 'Asim, and has studied at the Institute of Islamic and Arabic Sciences in Virginia. He has also authored a book entitled, 'Let’s Beautify Our Recitation: A Complete Handbook of Tajweed.'

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Mohammad Elshinawy

New York, USA

Sheikh Mohammad Elshinawy graduated with a Bachelors in English Literature and is now studying at Mishkah University. He is a Da'wah Director at 'Muslims Giving Back' and the Imam at Muslim Community Center in Brooklyn.

GWU Lisner Auditorium 

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730 21st St NW, Washington, DC 20052, United States

Logistics

Within 10 min of Lisner Auditorium, you can park at 1111 19th St NW, Washington, DC 20036, USA. $6 on Saturday from 10am-10pm before discounts: http://tinyurl.com/TOFDCParking. With a $5 code (https://spothero.com/invite/bxd8wa), you can get the parking for $1.
There will be Babysitting & Mother's Room available at Monroe Hall insha'Allah from 10am-5pm (break from 1pm-3pm). For babysitting, a donation of $10 is suggested per child during this time.
There will be halal food truck right beside the venue insha'Allah.

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