What’s your Goal? Purpose of Life

What’s your Goal? Purpose of Life

Where did we come from?” and “Where are we going?” are two central questions concerning the existence of humankind.  Whether one believes in the existence of a God, the non-existence of a God, or chooses to remain undecided, these questions shape our attitude to life. This section will explore attitudes towards worldly matters such as wealth, status and fame and how these are dependent on our views on the purpose of life.

The American Dream.

America, the land of opportunity, inspires individuals and communities to acquire financial, societal and political successes. America provides the opportunity to serve God and achieve spiritual success too.  The balance between worldly and spiritual success will be discussed in the differing aspirations of the American Dream.

Take Your Heart Back! What is meant by “idolizing” something?    

Celebrities, influential people and the fantasies that they create have always shaped the world views of civilizations. However, idols of the present time tend to be more influential due to their visibility compared to those of the past. Idols of the present time will be compared to those of the past in an effort to critically evaluate their influence to capture the hearts of society and hence their true worthiness of the status of “idol”.

What is the meaning of life? What’s it all about?

The goal of life from the perspective of Islam will be compared with other religious and non-religious views.

Life after Death

Life after Death

The certainty of death is universally undisputable. However, few individuals, whether religious or non-religious minded, contemplate and prepare sufficiently for this event. Even the mention of death is considered socially unacceptable in some circles. This session will explore perspectives about death in a positive manner and present reasons why discussions about the topic are viewed otherwise. Barriers to having a positive view of death will be discussed in this interactive session.

Choices and Their Consequences

Islam recognizes the right of every individual to choose their religious belief but also the accountability that comes with such choices.  The major factors that influence our choices on what to believe about life after death will be reviewed.


The Strategy of Satan

Is satan real or simply a myth? Do muslims fear him? How powerful is he? We will explore here the Islamic view of Satan, his approach, and how Muslims are encouraged to protect themselves from his influence.

Life’s Challenges

Happiness is a feeling that resides in the heart and characterized by peace of mind, tranquility, a sense of well-being, and a relaxed disposition. It is prt of the innate human nature to seek happiness.  However, problematic relationships, financial challenges, loneliness, barriers to career progression and health problems are just a few of the challenges people face while seeking to achieve happiness in this world.  One of the most “elusive” goals of every human being is “Happiness.” At the “Window To Islam” symposium, speakers will explore, along with the audience, how the balance of happiness is disrupted by life’s challenges and the approaches available to resolve such issues.

Addiction and Stress

These conditions are major causes of depression and decline of families and society. But what are the approaches to prevention and treatment for addiction and stress. Medicine, ailments, exercise and counselling all have a place, however, the root cause may often be ignored.  The causes and treatment of addiction and stress will be considered in the context of “What’s your goal?”


Is Life Fair? What is the Reason to Live? What are We Living For? 

Is the enjoyment of life the ultimate goal worth living for? Can a blind and homeless individual be more content than a famous actor? Explore why individuals display such varying levels of contentment.

Window to Islam 2014 – What is your Goal?


Sat 24th May 2014

1. What’s Your Goal? Purpose of Life

  • The American Dream                                                                                                 Sh. Yasir Qadhi
  • Take Your Heart Back! What is meant by “idolizing” something?             Ustadah Yasmin Mogahed
  • What is the meaning of life? What’s it all about?                                              Dr. Tariq Ramadan

2.  Life’s Challenges

  • Addiction and Stress                                                                                                  Sh. Saad Tasleem
  • Is Life Fair? What is the Reason to Live? What are We Living For?         Sh. Omer Sulieman

3. Life after Death 

  • Choices and Their Consequences                                                                         Hamza Tzortzis
  • The Strategy of Satan                                                                                                Nouman Ali Khan

Speakers at Window to Islam 2014

Dr. Tariq Ramadan

tariq ramadanDr. Tariq Ramadan is Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies at the Oxford University (Oriental Institute, St Antony’s College) and also teaches at the Oxford Faculty of Theology. He is Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Islamic Studies, (Qatar) and the University of Malaysia Perlis; Senior Research Fellow at Doshisha University (Kyoto, Japan) and Director of the Research Center of Islamic Continue reading →

Sh. Yasir Qadhi

Yasir QadhiSh. 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. After completing a diploma in Arabic, he graduated with a B.A. from the College of Hadith and Islamic Sciences. Thereafter, Continue reading →

Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan

Nouman Ali KhanNouman is the founder and CEO of Bayyinah, as well as the lead instructor for a number of Bayyinah courses including the ‘Fundamentals of Classical Arabic’ and ‘Divine Speech’. His first exposure to Arabic study was in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia where he completed his elementary education. He continued Arabic grammar study in Pakistan, where he received a scholarship for ranking among Continue reading →

Imam Omar Suleiman

Omar SuleimanImam Omar Suleiman is the kind-hearted, friendly giant from New Orleans, Louisiana. Born and raised in America, Imam Omar’s character has gained the love of both young and mature audiences. Imam Omar has two Bachelors degree in Islamic Studies and in Accounting. He studied in the UAE under Ustadh Tariq Rajah and in Jordan under Shaykh Omar Sulayman Al Ashqar. Since 2008, Sh Omar has Continue reading →

Shaykh Saad Tasleem

Saad-TasleemShaykh Saad Tasleem is a fresh new addition to the AlMaghrib instructor lineup. 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.
Shaykh Saad studied Art History, Modern Art, Graphic Continue reading →

Ustadha Yasmin Mogahed

Yasmin MogahedYasmin Mogahed received her B.S. Degree in Psychology and her Masters in Journalism and Mass Communications from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After completing her graduate work, she taught Islamic Studies and served as a youth coordinator. She also worked as a writing instructor at Cardinal Stritch University and a staff columnist for the Islam section of InFocus News. Currently she’s an instructor  Continue reading →

Hamza Tzortzis

Hamza TzortzisHamza 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 Continue reading →

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.