Session #1: Struggling to Surrender


Doubt and the Quest for Certainty

The secular age has shifted focus from the after-life to the worldly-life which not only resulted in a general decline in the belief in God but also led to the normalization and acceptance of doubt. Join us as we tackle these struggles and examine some methods that can be employed to reclaim certainty as articulated in the Quran.

by Sh. Omar Suleiman


Life without God – The Implications of Atheism

Theistic religions believe in the existence of God who they consider to be the source of morality and ethics, guiding the lives of its practitioners. The atheistic worldview in contrast denies the existence of any transcendental being and advance an understanding of the universe relying primarily on its material existence. What are specific implications and limitations of this materialistic worldview? And can we even understand morality when it’s untethered to a transcendent source?

By Imam Mohamed AbuTaleb


Longing for the Divine

In our natural disposition (fitra), we share a strong urge to connect with the Divine and experience an aching emptiness when that connection is lacking. To fill up that void, we frequently seek comfort in worldly distractions and attachments, only to realize that everything earthly is in fact fleeting and diminishing. Join us as we explore how to remove potential distractions from our path to God and nurture a lasting connection with the Divine.

By Sh. Abdul Nasir Jangda

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Session #2: Islam: Deconstructing Myths and Clarifying Truths



Divine Justice and the Problem of Evil

Theologians of monotheistic religions (Judaism, Christianity and Islam) have widely discussed and debated the purpose and existence of evil in this world. What is the Islamic perspective on this and how does that tie in with the problem of suffering? How have Muslim theologians reconciled the existence of suffering/evil with that of an All-Merciful and All-Powerful God?

By Hamza Tzortzis

Does God Need Us to Obey and Worship Him?

The question is often posed to Muslims: “If God is all powerful and all capable, then why does He need you to worship and obey Him. Why does it matter to Him whether you sin or not? It seems that to need others to glorify you and praise you, would make you petty and needy!” How does one go about answering and addressing this issue of theology?

By Sh. Saad Tasleem

Islam – A Religion or Political Ideology?

Arguing that Islam is a political ideology masquerading as a religion, Islamophobes maintain that Islam should not enjoy the protection afforded by the First Amendment of the US Constitution. What are the implications of such a claim and how can we educate and help correct this false assertion?

By Dr. Dalia Fahmy

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Session #3: Islam and the Challenges of Modernity



Islam, Perennialism and the New Age Movement

Religious movements such as Perennialism (emphasizing truth and salvation of all faiths) and New Age Spirituality (emphasizing being “spiritual” over being “religious”) are largely a product of the growing skepticism towards organized religion. Join us as we attempt to understand the widespread adoption of these movements and explore the balanced counter-narrative from within the Islamic tradition.

By Sh. Yasir Qadhi

Islam and the Human Rights Discourse

Religions have a pre-modern origin and have generally emphasized human dignity. The human rights paradigm in contrast, is a modern concept and defines universal and inalienable rights within a secular framework. Does the secular nature of the discourse introduce a potential of conflict between the two? What then are the possibilities of reconciliation?

By Sh. Yassir Fazaga

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Speakers at Window to Islam 2014


Dr. Yasir Qadhi

Dr.. Yasir Qadhi was born in Houston, Texas and completed his primary and secondary education in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. He graduated with a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Houston, after which he was accepted as a student at the Islamic University of Madinah. Yasir Qadhi has doctorate, in Religious Studies, from Yale University in New Haven, CT.



Sh. Omar Suleiman

Imam Omar Suleiman is the Founder and President of the Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research, and an Adjunct Professor of Islamic Studies in the Graduate Liberal Studies Program at SMU (Southern Methodist University). He is also the Resident Scholar at Valley Ranch Islamic Center and Co-Chair of Faith Forward Dallas at Thanks-Giving Square. He holds a Bachelors in Accounting, a Bachelors in Islamic Law, a Masters in Islamic Finance, a Masters in Political History, and is currently pursuing a Phd. in Islamic Thought and Civilization from the International Islamic University of Malaysia.



Sh. Abdul Nasir Jangda

Abdul Nasir Jangda is the founder and director of Qalam Institute. He was born and raised in the Dallas area. At the age of 10 he went to Karachi, Pakistan to memorize the Quran. He excelled in his memorization and committed the entire Quran to memory in less than 1 year. He has taught Arabic at the University of Texas at Arlington from 2005 to 2007. He has served as an instructor and curriculum advisor to various Islamic schools and Islamic studies programs.



Dr. Dalia Fahmy

Dalia F. Fahmy is assistant professor of political science at LIU Brooklyn. She received her B.A. from New York University in politics and Middle Eastern studies, with a minor in peace and global policy studies. Dr. Fahmy then completed an M.A. from New York University in international relations. While pursuing her Ph.D. in political science at Rutgers University, she earned a second M.A. in comparative politics. Dr. Fahmy’s current research examines the intellectual and political development of modern Islamist movements.



Hamza Tzortzis

Hamza Andreas Tzortzis is an international public speaker on Islam. He is a writer, having authored articles, essays and commentaries on political philosophy, the philosophy of religion and society. Ustadh Hamza is an intellectual activist actively engaging on issues pertaining to religion,social cohesion and politics. He is also a researcher with a recent publication on non-Muslim perceptions on Islam and Muslims.



Sheikh Yassir Fazaga

Yassir Fazaga is an inspiring, multi-lingual speaker sought-after from USA through Canada to the Middle and Far East. He was born in Eritrea in Northeast Africa and moved to the United States at the age of 15; has a Bachelors Degree in Islamic Studies from the Institute of Islamic and Arabic Sciences in Virginia; and received a Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Counseling from the California State University of Long Beach.  He is an author of “Live ethically”, “Cultivate emotional wisdom”, “Awaken spiritual vision” and many more.



Shaykh Saad Tasleem

In his past life, Shaykh Saad was the lead singer of a punk rock band, and used to snowboard and skateboard, but he’s still rocking his Converse sneakers like a boss! There’s probably nobody better than him to understand the plight of Muslim youth in the face of today’s pop culture pressures. He studied Art History, Modern Art, Graphic Design, and Psychology at the University of Maryland. He started his Islamic education at IIASA in Fairfax, VA. He then went on to study in the Islamic University of Madinah where he dedicated himself to the study of Islamic Sciences.



Dr. Mohamed AbuTaleb

Accomplished, driven Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from MIT with a minor in Biomedical Signal and Image Processing. Experienced in rapid prototyping and systems engineering across diverse technological domains. Broad technical skill set with supporting coursework.  He currently served as an Imam in North Carolina.

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Food & Dining

Food and Dining are available throughout the convention center via the following outlets:



Marriott Hartford Downtown (attached to convention center) is offering a $12 breakfast buffet for adults ($5 for kids age 10 and under). Reservations must be made in advance.


Free breakfast is included in the following hotels:

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites

Residence Inn Marriott

Homewood Suites Hilton

Holiday Inn Express Hartford – Downtown



Lunch & Dinner

Meal tickets for buffet style lunch and dinner will be sold at the convention center.

There will also be concessions stand located conveniently across multiple areas of the convention center offering fast food services including pizza, hotdogs, french fries, sandwiches, and soft drinks.















Pizza $3.25 Pizza $3.25
Cheeseburger $3.75 Cheeseburger $3.75
Hot Dog $3.00 Hot Dog $3.00
French Fries $2.00 Pretzels $2.75
Pretzels $2.75 Chicken Tenders $4.50
Chicken Tenders $4.50 Nachos $2.50
Nachos $2.50 Chips $1.75
Chips $1.75 Candy $1.75
Candy $1.75 Beverages (Small Soda) $1.75
Beverages (Small Soda) $1.75 Juice $2.50
Juice $2.50 Water (20oz) $2.50
Water (20oz) $2.50 Sobe Water $2.50
Sobe Water $2.50
Philly Steak Sandwich $5.75 Chicken Curry $6.75
4pc. Fried Chicken $6.50 Goat Curry $7.25
Cole Slaw $1.50 Chips $1.75
Mashed Potatoes $2.00 Soda $1.75
Mac-N-Cheese $2.00 Water (12oz) $1.50
Soda $1.75
Water (12oz) $1.50
Cappacinos Cones $3.25
Coffee / Tea
Chips $1.75
Soda $1.75
Water (12oz) $1.50
Juice $2.50
Iced Tea
Sobe Water $2.50

Baltimore Convention Center

Baltimore Convention Center



1 W Pratt St, Baltimore, MD 21201
(410) 649-7000

The Baltimore Convention Center is the premier location for conventions, tradeshows and expositions in the Mid-Atlantic Region.

Nestled in the heart of downtown, the Center’s location is a tourist’s dream and a meeting planner’s delight. From the world renowned Inner Harbor to historic Little Italy, our site offers attendees a grand variety of attractions and meeting planners an affordable prime destination.

The Center is conveniently located close to public transportation for easy access by MARC Train or Baltimore’s Lightrail to Washington, D.C. or the Baltimore International Airport (BWI). Baltimore’s Penn Station is a short 7 minute drive while BWI Airport is only 20 minutes by car.

Window to Islam – Connecting Hearts and Minds

Special Event catered to people of Other Faiths

“Window To Islam” is a diverse interactive gathering providing a forum for people of all faiths and backgrounds to discuss a range of socio-religious issues pertaining to Islam and America. This entire day program features Informative Sessions, Extensive Q&A Rounds, Cultural Bazaar, Art Exhibitions, Cross Culture Interaction and much more!

Every year, thousands of Muslims from across the continent gather at the ICNA Annual Convention to learn and educate each other. However, we felt there was a lack of engagement with the local community and a need arose to reach out and offer a bridge of understanding and friendship to the diverse and dynamic community that resides around the historic city of Baltimore.

It is with great pleasure that we invite you to attend an interactive Symposium – “Window to Islam” at our annual convention being held right here in the heart of Maryland at the Baltimore Convention Center on Saturday, May 24th 2:00 PM- 8:00 PM.

Imam Zaid Shakir

zaid shakir

Zaid Shakir is chairman of the board, co-founder, and senior faculty member at Zaytuna College. He is also the chair of Zaytuna’s Student Affairs Committee, which looks after student residential life and co-curricular activities. In 2003, Zaid Shakir moved to Hayward, California to serve as a scholar-in-residence and lecturer at Zaytuna Institute. In 2009, he co-founded Zaytuna College, where he now teaches Islamic law and history. Known to the world as Imam Zaid, he has authored numerous articles on a wide range of topics, becoming a voice of conscience for American Muslims and non-Muslims alike. As an activist, he has inspired communities from New Jersey to Connecticut to mobilize for social justice.

Amaney Jamal

Amaney JamalAmaney Jamal is an associate professor of politics at Princeton University and director of the Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for Peace and Justice. Her interests include the study of Muslim and Arab Americans and the pathways that structure their patterns of civic engagement in the U.S. The focus of her current research is democratization and the politics of civic engagement in the Arab world. Jamal’s books include Barriers to Democracy, which explores the role of civic associations in promoting democratic effects in the Arab world (winner 2008 APSA Best Book Award in comparative democratization); and, as coauthor, Race and Arab Americans Before and After 9/11: From Invisible Citizens to Visible Subjects (2007) and Citizenship and Crisis: Arab Detroit after 9/11 (2009). Her new book Of Empires and Citizens ) was just published by Princeton University Press, Fall 2012.. In addition to her role as director of Princeton’s Workshop on Arab Political Development, Jamal is a codirector of Princeton’s Luce Project on Migration, Participation, and Democratic Governance in the U.S., Europe, and the Muslim World; principal investigator of theArab Barometer Project, winner of the Best Dataset in the Field of Comparative Politics( Lijphart/Przeworski/Verba Dataset Award 2010); co-PI of the Detroit Arab American Study, a sister survey to the Detroit Area Study; and senior advisor on the Pew Research Center projects focusing on Islam in America (2006) and Global Islam (2010). Ph.D. University of Michigan. In 2005, Jamal was named a Carnegie Scholar.