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20th Annual UMAA Convention schedule

“Faith and Identity in Contemporary Times”

Friday, MAY 24, 2024 UMAA SCHEDULE

6:00 PM To 8:00 PMOpening Ceremony
Alvena Jeffery  (Moderator)
Quran Recitation
Dr Azmat Husain
Mir Sajjad Mir
Dr.Mohammad Sagha
Sayyid M.B. Kashmiri
Mulla Ali Fadhil 

8:30 PM To 9:30 PM
Magreb Prayers
9:30 PM To 12:00 AM*World Cafe*
Join a dynamic Ma'rifa x UMAA cafe-style dialogue, where attendees will come together and discuss questions of community, faith, and authenticity over round-table conversations. For ages 18-25.

Saturday , MAY 25, 2024 UMAA SCHEDULE

05:00 AMFajr Prayers & Lantern of the Path
Imam Jafar Sadiq  Hadith by the 6th Imam on knowledge, behavior, remembrance, prayer, and fear of God. 
09:30 AM TO 10:00 AM
Reception and Networking Quranic RecitationGRAND BALLROOM
10:00 AM To 12:00 PM
Muslim Youth: Navigating Faith and Identity in the 21st Century
This session will explore the experiences of Muslim youth in the modern world. It will delve into the challenges and opportunities they face as they navigate their faith and identity in the 21st century.

The discussion will be led by a distinguished panel featuring:
Rida Ali (Moderator)
Dr. Liyakat Takim
Hajj Jalal Moughania
Sayed Mahdi al-Qazwini
Sister Anisa Diab
Dr. Mohammad Sagha 

This is a unique opportunity to hear from leading voices on the topic and gain insights into the lives of Muslim youth today. The conversation will likely cover issues such as:

Balancing faith with cultural and social influences
Islamophobia and its impact on identity formation
Building a strong Muslim identity in a complex world
Finding community and belonging
Contributing positively to society
This session is a must-attend for anyone interested in the experiences of Muslim youth, faith and identity development, and the future of Islam in the 21st century.
12:00 PM To 01:00 PMOfficial Book Launch of *Discourses with Ayatollah Alirawani* authored by Sayyid Haidar Bahreluloom

Book Description:
Discourses represents the culmination of intimate dialogues between Ayatollah Alirawani and the author, Sayyid Haidar Bahreluloom, as they embark on a profound exploration of the relevance of Islam in contemporary life. Through candid conversations, they navigate the intricate terrain of Islamic teachings, with a focal point on the doctrine of Tawhid – the belief in the Oneness of God – which serves as the cornerstone of Islamic faith.
An Interview hosted by Dr. Hassan Abbas with the author, Sayyid Haidar Bahreluloom
01:00 PM To 02:30 PMPrayers & Lunch Break KENWOOD ROOM
02:30 PM To 03:30 PMIntractive session with Sayed Ammar Nakshawani via Telecast. Azmat HussainGRAND BALLROOM
03:30 PM TO 05:00 PM
Cultivating Muslim Leaders: Education, Technology, and Policy for the Next Generation

Session Description:
This session empowers aspiring Muslim changemakers by exploring leadership through the lenses of education, technology, and policymaking.
Emcee : Farhana Kassamali,
Sh. Abdul Jalil Nawee,
Sister Anisa Diab,
Dr. Naweed Syed,
Hajj Jalal Moughania, and
Dr. Liyakat Takim.

The discussion will cover:
Education: Strategies for fostering educational excellence within Muslim communities.
Technology: Leveraging technology to create positive change and empower future leaders.
Policymaking: Understanding policy and its role in shaping a better future for Muslims.
This session is ideal for young Muslims interested in developing their leadership skills and making a positive impact on the world.
07:30 PM To 08:30 PMEvening Prayers & Dinner BreakKENWOOD ROOM
09:00 PM To 12:00 AMA Night of Celebration: Imam Reza's Birth Anniversary
Celebrate Imam Reza's birth anniversary with an evening of spiritual discourse and soulful recitations by Mir Sajjad Mir and enchanting vocals by Ali Fadhil.
This event promises to be a beautiful and inspiring commemoration.
UMAA Halal Food Festival!
Calling all foodies!

Join us for the Umaa Halal Food Festival at the Marriott Parking Lot! This is your chance to tantalize your taste buds with a wide variety of delicious halal dishes.

Here's a taste of what awaits:
Little Miner Taco
RBs Grill
Yummie Thai Kitchen
Diga Coffee Bar- Breakfast Truck
And Many More!
Come hungry, leave happy!
Location: Marriott Parking Lot

Saturday Workshop

02:00 PM TO 03:30 PMThis workshop empowers young Muslim writers to explore their faith and delve into the rich tradition of the Ahlulbayt.  Participants will gain inspiration from supplications (prayers)  of the Ahlulbayt,  learning how to  transform these  into  their own written pieces.

The workshop will  cover
The significance of supplications in Islamic tradition
Exploring supplications of the Ahlulbayt
Identifying themes and finding inspiration for writing
Crafting creative pieces inspired by supplications
Through interactive activities and writing exercises, young authors will  develop their  writing skills and discover a unique  voice to  express their faith journey.
Zain Jaffery, (Moderator)
Dr Liyakat Takim,
Prof Hasan Abbas,
Hajj Jalal Moughania
03:00 PM To 05:00 PMCollege prep workshop geared towards high-school students and parents that will walk them through the introductory steps of the college application process with emphasis on a Q/A session to clarify any community questions related to college. The Ma’rifa Seekers and Scholars team is a highly qualified team with 4+ years of experience. The team consists of students from Columbia, Yale, Cornell, UC Davis, and more.BETHESDA/POTOMAC
05:00 PM To 06:30 PMTitle: Mir Anees and the Power of Poetry
Have you ever been swept away by the beauty and emotion of Urdu poetry? This workshop delves into the world of Mir Anees, a legendary poet known for his mastery of Marsiya, a form of elegy.
Explore the Art of Marsiya: We'll discover the unique structure and themes of Marsiya poetry, used to commemorate the sacrifices of historical figures.
Unlock the Magic of Anees' Words: Learn the secrets behind Mir Anees' captivating style. We'll explore his use of imagery, language, and storytelling to evoke powerful emotions.
Discover Anees' Legacy: Uncover the lasting impact of Mir Anees on Urdu literature.
This workshop is perfect for anyone curious about Urdu poetry, Marsiya, or the power of words to move hearts.
Prof Timsal Masud
Dr Naweed Syed
Join us for the exciting Official book launch and signing of "Anees ," a new book compiled by Timsal Masud!


Saturday Children Program

Saturday Morning Session (11am-1pm), Group 1 (age 4-8)
Kisa Kids will lead this workshop where registrants will enjoy story time, crafts, games and fun activities that fosters the love of the Ahlul Bayt in their little hearts. All participants will be gifted a Kisa Kids book, poster or other publication!
*Registrants must be fully potty trained.
Saturday Morning Session (11am-1pm), Group 2( age 9-13)
Karbala Kids will lead a dynamic Public Speaking workshop for young burgeoning minds!
Children will be given meaningful discussion prompts and coaching on Public Speaking.
Then children will be encouraged to present their thoughts on the prompt using the Public
Speaking skills discussed.
Saturday Afternoon Session (3pm-5pm), Group 1 & 2 (age 4-14)
Both Group 1 and Group 2 will come together to enjoy a one-man show & recitation performance by Mullah Ali Fadhil. This interactive session for all children aged 4-13 is about the stories of the Prophets of Allah (swt) from Nabi Adam (as) all the way to Prophe Muhammad (saw)! After the play, Group 1 will enjoy crafts and activities about the Prophets and Group 2 will participate in a gameshow style competition hosted by Mullah Ali Fadhil!

Sunday , MAY 26, 2024 UMAA SCHEDULE

05:00 AMFajr Prayers & Lantern of the Path
Imam Jafar Sadiq  Hadith by the 6th Imam on knowledge, behavior, remembrance, prayer, and fear of God.
10:00 AM To 10:30 AMReception and Networking -Quranic Recitation
10:30 AM To 12:30 PMIncreasing Geopolitical Risk in the Middle East: A Multifaceted View
Moderator: Rahat Husain, Executive Director, SMF

Dr. Mohammad Sagha
Dr. Qamar-ul Huda
Sami Shaban
Dr. Daanish Faruqi
Dr. Noor Zaidi

Expanding the Discussion:
This panel discussion will explore the rising geopolitical tensions in the Middle East and their potential impact on the region and the world. Experts will examine a range of factors contributing to instability, including ongoing conflicts, regional rivalries, the influence of external powers, and the recent wave of student protests on college campuses.
A Deeper Look:
The discussion will delve into how these protests reflect underlying social and political grievances within the region.
Panelists will analyze the potential impact of these protests on regional governments and their foreign policy decisions.
The session will explore the role of social media and activism in shaping the discourse around these issues.
Beyond Traditional Concerns:
In addition to the usual focus on conflict and oil, the discussion will consider the broader implications of these geopolitical risks.
This may include:
The impact on global food security
Disruptions to migration patterns
Exacerbation of existing humanitarian crises
Addressing the Challenges:
The panel will also explore potential avenues for de-escalation, conflict resolution, and fostering regional cooperation.
By including the topic of college campus encampments, this session offers a more comprehensive and nuanced understanding of the complex geopolitical landscape in the Middle East.
01:00 PM To 02:00 PMPrayers & Lunch Break

05:00 PM To 07:00 PMBanquet Dinner with Dilawar Syed comes to SBA from the State Department where he championed American businesses as Special Representative for Commercial & Business Affairs. As the State Department’s top commercial diplomat, Deputy Administrator Syed advocated for U.S. companies to compete and win abroad and helped ensure U.S. competitiveness in markets across the globe.GRAND BALLROOM
UMAA Halal Food Festival!
Calling all foodies!

Join us for the Umaa Halal Food Festival at the Marriott Parking Lot! This is your chance to tantalize your taste buds with a wide variety of delicious halal dishes.

Here's a taste of what awaits:
Little Miner Taco
RBs Grill
Yummie Thai Kitchen
Diga Coffee Bar- Breakfast Truck
And Many More!
Come hungry, leave happy!
Location: Marriott Parking Lot

Sunday Workshop

02:00 PM To 03:00 PMBeyond the Job: Cultivating Purpose Through Islamic Philanthropy

This workshop delves deeper than the typical American Dream, exploring how Muslims can fulfill their professional aspirations while fostering a life enriched by Islamic values. We'll explore the concept of philanthropy (zakat, sadaqah, Khums etc.) within the Islamic framework and translate it into actionable steps for incorporating charitable giving and service into your daily life.
Sheikh Bilal Hussain
Maulana Rizwan Rizvi
Shabir Mukhtar

The workshop will address
Redefining success beyond career achievements.
Understanding the Islamic perspective on wealth and giving.
Discovering your unique philanthropic path.
Exploring various avenues for charitable giving and volunteering.
Learning how to integrate philanthropy seamlessly into your busy life.
This workshop is ideal for:
Muslims seeking to deepen their connection to their faith through action.
Professionals seeking a sense of purpose beyond their careers.
Individuals interested in learning about Islamic approaches to social responsibility.
02:00 PM To 03:30 PMUnveiling Religious Higher Education in the U.S.
Join us for a captivating panel discussion  on "Religious Higher Education in the U.S." featuring a distinguished panel of scholars:
Dr. Mohammad Sagha , Shia Project 
Dr. Sayyid Sulaiman Abedi, Mufid Academic Seminary
Dr. Sh. Rasoul Naghavi, Mufid Academic Seminary
Dr. Liyakat Takim
Maulana Rizwan Rizvi

Explore the dynamic landscape of religious higher education in the United States.  This insightful panel discussion will delve into:
The historical development and current state of religious colleges and universities in the U.S.
The unique challenges and opportunities faced by these institutions.
The role of religious higher education in fostering scholarship, community engagement, and spiritual growth.
Don't miss this thought-provoking exploration!
03:00 PM To 05:00 PMEntrepreneurship Networking Forum
Come network with some of the must successful Shia Muslim Business leaders in the country. Learn from those who have gone through successful private equity capital raises and have generated over $100 million of net worth.
In today's competitive market, strong business relationships are key to success. This networking event, specifically designed for Muslim entrepreneurs, will equip you with the tools and strategies to leverage the power of networking.
Muslim entrepreneurs at any stage of business development should attend.
Those seeking to expand their network and access new opportunities.
Individuals looking to connect with like-minded business owners who share their values.
Join us and unlock the power of your network to propel your business to new heights!
Ambareen Mirza, Managing Partner, PoliKey
Dewanya Bazzi - CEO ATLAW
Dr. Azmat Husain Chief Strategy Officer Personic Health
Ahmed Abdel Saheb, Managing Director Signal Hill Equity


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Sunday Children Program

Program Room
Sunday Morning Session (11am-1pm), Group 1 (age 4-8)
The famed Wondertime Show is a beloved program created by the Kisa Kids team. In this session, children will be enjoying a Wondtime Episode on the love Allah swt has for all creation followed by a discussion circle and fun crafts/activities.
*Registrants must be fully potty trained
Sunday Morning Session (11am-1pm), Group 2 BOYS ONLY (age 9-13)
This Pre-teen workshop will consist of age-appropriate discussions about the emerging social and community responsibilites young Muslim men should prepare for. Content wil be offered in a light-hearted and age-appropriate way led by a Scholar and trusted community member.
Sunday Afternoon Session (3pm-5pm), Group 1 (age 4-8)
The Kisa Kids team will lead a fun workshop utilizing the high-quality games, books, craft packs and other materials they have published. Kids with have a blast as they learn to love the Allah swt and his beloved Ahlul Bayt.
*registrants must be fully potty trained
Sunday Afternoon Session (3pm-5pm), Group 2 GIRLS ONLY (age 9-13)
This Pre-teen Girls workshop led by Sr. Anisa Diab and Dr. Yemul Almecci will consist of fun, age-approproate ice breaker games and discussions about navigating social and emotional issues adolescent girls face in friendships as personalities emerge with potential divergence in values.