Prophet Muhammad (s): A model for coexistence (Interfaith Confrence)-2013

In the name of God, the Beneficent and the Merciful.

Title: Prophet Muhammad (s): A model for coexistence (Interfaith Conference)
Location: Rutgers University – Busch Campus 65 Davidson Rd, Piscataway, New Jersey 08854
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March 31, 2013

Start Time: 2 PM
End Time: 6 PM

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Keynote Speakers:

Hassanain Rajabali

Sean Stone (Hollywood Actor)

Lesley Hazleton (Author “The First Muslim”)

Shaykh Hisham Kabbani

Imam Hamad Ahmad Chebli

Maulana Rizwan Rizvi

Dr. Shahid Farooqui


Quran Exhibition
Islamic Calligraphy Exhibition

In recent years, it has become more and more apparent that little is understood about Prophet Muhammad. Whether it be the representation in the media or attacks on his behavior, issues prevalent today portray a one-sided approach. However, to examine the reality of the situation, to fully understand what the faults in these representations currently are, it’s important to evaluate Prophet Muhammad’s character, his actions, as well as this modern representation of Prophet Muhammad and people of faith from around the world.
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Keynote Speakers:

Hassanain Rajabali:
Hajj Hassanain Rajabali, is a popular speaker currently living in Dearborn, Michigan and has traveled worldwide to lecture on Islam. He is a graduate from the University of Colorado with a degree in molecular biology and psychology. Hassanain recently moved to Dearborn from New York where he was Principal of the Tawheed Institute, Hassanain currently is the director of Camp Taha, the worlds first Muslim owned camp located in Columbiaville, Michigan. Hassanain came to settle in the U.S. in 1975, emigrating from Tanzania, East Africa. Hassanian is considered by many to be one of the most powerful and inspiring speakers on Islam.

Shaykh Hisham Kabbani
Shaykh Muhammad Hisham Kabbani is a scholar and Sufi shaykh from the Middle East. He graduated from the American University of Beirut in Chemistry. From there he went to Belgium, to continue his Medical Degree in Louvain. Then he received his Islamic Law Degree from Damascus. From his childhood, he accompanied Shaykh ‘Abdullah ad-Daghestani and Shaykh Muhammad Nazim al-Haqqani, the grandshaikhs of the Most Distinguished Naqshbandi Order in this time. He traveled extensively throughout the Middle East, Europe, and the Far East in the company of his shaykh.

In 1991 he moved to America and there established the foundation of the Naqshbandi-Haqqani Sufi Order of America.

Since that time, he has opened thirteen Sufi centers in Canada and the United States. He has lectured in many universities, including Oxford, the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Chicago, Columbia University, Howard, McGill, Concordia, Dawson College, as well as in many spiritual and religious centers throughout North America, Europe, the Far East and the Middle East.

Shaykh Hisham Kabbani’s work wherever he goes is to spread the Sufi teachings of the brotherhood of mankind and the Unity of belief in God that is present in all religions and spiritual paths. His efforts are directed at bringing the diverse spectrum of religions and spiritual paths into harmony and concord, in recognition of mankind’s responsibility as caretaker of this fragile planet and of one another.

Shaykh Hisham, as a Sufi shaykh, has been given the authority and permission to guide his followers to the Love of God and to the stations to which they have been destined by their Creator. His arduous spiritual training of 40 years at the hands of his grandshaykh and his shaykh, has endowed him with the sublime qualities of wisdom, light, intellect, and compassion necessary for a true Master on the Path.

Shaykh Hisham’s outreach mission in the Americas is his unique contribution to the Endeavor of Humankind in reaching for its highest destiny–nearness to God. His endeavors to bring unity of hearts in their movement towards the Divine Essence is what may be his greatest legacy to the West.

Sean Stone
Sean Stone has grown up in the film-world, having acted since childhood in his father Oliver Stone’s films, including The Doors (1990), JFK (1991), Natural Born Killers (1994), and W. (2008)
Stone majored in American History, studying at Oxford and Princeton University; he graduated from Princeton in 2006, after completing his thesis on the ‘New World Order’. By then he was fortunate enough to have worked with such organizations as Save the Children in Somalia, and the gang prevention program Unity-One for Jim Brown’s Amer-I-Can group in Los Angeles.

Young Stone began his filmmaking career by shooting additional footage for his father’s 2002 documentaries on Fidel Castro (Commandante) and the Israel-Palestine conflict (Persona Non Grata). He again worked with his father in directing the behind-the-scenes features for the Warner Bros’ DVD release of Alexander (2004). He simultaneously directed the feature-length documentaryFight Against Time, about his father’s journey in making that epic film; Fight Against Time was released on the Alexander Revisited Blu-Ray edition (2007).
Stone continued to apprentice under his father, directing documentaries for the DVD features of Disney’s Nixon (re-released 2008) and Lionsgate’s W. (2008), before advancing to work with his father on W., as an Editorial Consultant. Thereafter, he became an Associate Editor on his father’s documentary TV series, The Secret History of the United States (scheduled for 2012).
Young Stone wrote and directed his first fictional short, Singularity, in 2008; this science-fiction story is set in the near-future, where three friends struggle with the implications of living in a fascist society that abducts and executes people who are suspected of carrying a mysterious plague.

Lesley Hazleton

Lesley Hazleton is an award-winning British-American writer whose work focuses on the intersection of politics, religion, and history, especially in the Middle East. She reported from Israel for Time, and has written on the Middle East for numerous publications including The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, Harper’s, The Nation, and The New Republic.[1]

Hazleton was born in England, and became a United States citizen in 1994. From New York City from 1979 to 1992, when she moved to her current home in Seattle WA, originally to get her pilot’s license. She has two degrees in psychology (B.A. Manchester University)
Her Latest Book ‘The First Muslim’
The extraordinary life of the man who founded Islam, and the world he inhabited – and remade.

Muhammad’s was a life of almost unparalleled historical importance, yet for all the iconic power of his name, the intensely dramatic story of the prophet of Islam is not well known. Here, Lesley Hazleton brings him vibrantly to life. Drawing on early eyewitness sources and on history, politics, religion, and psychology, she renders him as a man in full, in all his complexity and vitality.

“Beautifully written, The First Muslim respectfully humanizes the inimitable prophet of Islam and sees him whole.” –Cornel West, Professor, Union Theological Seminary, and Professor Emeritus, Princeton University

“Winning… a level-headed, elegant look at the life of the prophet amid the making of a legend.” –Kirkus

“Vivid and engaging… a fluid and captivating introduction that will be invaluable for those seeking a greater understanding of Islam’s message and its messenger.” –Publishers Weekly

“Hazleton sets her keen eye and her sculpted prose on one of the most fascinating and misunderstood figures in history. What she uncovers is a complex yet utterly relatable man whose personal trials and triumphs changed the course of history. This is a wonderful book.” –Reza Aslan, author of No God but God and How to Win a Cosmic War

“Hazleton has done the seemingly impossible: rendered into human proportions a man who is more often the subject of pious veneration or political vitriol. This is the most readable, engaging study of Muhammad I have ever come across.” –G. Willow Wilson, author of Alif the Unseen and The Butterfly Mosque

“The First Muslim tells the mostly unknown story of the prophet Muhammad in a masterful, accessible, and engaging way. Hazleton’s empathetic touch softens her rigorous scholarship and research as she crucially demystifies both the man himself and the birth of Islam. An absolute delight (and indispensable) for believers and non-believers alike.” –Hooman Majd, author of The Ayatollah Begs to Differ and The Ayatollahs’ Democracyg


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