Food & Dining

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

 

Breakfast

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.

MENU ADDITIONS

SMALL PLATES

FIELD GREENS WITH APRICOTS, PINE NUTS AND BANANA YOGURT DRESSING                        $7

ARUGULA WITH STRAWBERRIES, PECANS, GOAT CHEESE AND HONEY BALSAMIC                  $8

FRIED CALAMARI WITH CHERRY PEPPERS AND LEMON BUTTER OVER ARUGULA                   $11

 

LARGE PLATES

SAUTEED SHRIMP AND SUNDRIED TOMATOES OVER LINGUINI WITH PESTO CREAM                          $21

CURRIED CHICKEN WITH CARAMELIZED PEARL ONIONS, CASHEWS AND BASMATI RICE                  $19

BEEF KHORMA WITH SLICED ALMONDS, ROASTED PEPPERS AND STEAMED SAFFRON POTATO     $21

 

 

ICNA CONCESSIONS – 2012 Logo

 

CONCESSION A CONCESSION B
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
FRIED CHICKEN INDIAN STATION
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
SEATTLE’S BEST LANDING SOFT SERVE ICE CREAM
Cappacinos Cones $3.25
Coffee / Tea
Pastries
Chips $1.75
Soda $1.75
Water (12oz) $1.50
Juice $2.50
Iced Tea
Sobe Water $2.50

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.

Sh. Yasir Qadhi

Sh-Yasir Qadhi

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, he completed a M.A. in Islamic Theology from the College of Dawah.

His published works include Riya’a: The Hidden Shirk, Du’aa: The Weapon of the Believer, and An Introduction to the Sciences of the Qur’an.
Yasir Qadhi is currently pursuing his doctorate, in Religious Studies, at Yale University in New Haven, CT. At AlMaghrib Instiute he teaches the Light of Guidance and the Light Upon Light seminars, which focus on aqeedah.

Sh. Yaser Birjas

Sh-Yaser-Birjas

Sh. Yaser Birjas is the Head of our Islamic Law and Theory Department. Often described as the fatherly figure by students, Shaykh Yaser exudes a calm, gentle and caring demeanour that welcomes students to ask questions with awe and respect.

Shaykh Yaser started his career in Electronic Engineering in the UAE, then in Madinah where he graduated as class Valedictorian with the highest honors from The Islamic University of Madinah’s College of Shariah (Fiqh and Usool) in 1996. He learned from various highly respected scholars such as Shaikh Ash-Shanqitee and Shaikh Al-Uthaimeen (rahimahu Allah).

Dr. Mokhtar Maghraoui

Dr. Mokhtar Maghraoui

Dr. Mokhtar Maghraoui is one of the most well renowned scholars in North America. Originally from Algeria, he is thoroughly versed in the Islamic sciences and holds a doctorate joined between the fields of physics and engineering from Syracuse University. His expertise includes the disciplines of Tazkiyah and Fiqh, and he is best known for his enlightening retreats and seminars empowering Muslims on their spiritual quest.

Imam Suhaib Webb

Imam Suhaib Webb

Suhaib Webb is a contemporary American-Muslim educator, activist, and lecturer. His work bridges classical and contemporary Islamic thought, addressing issues of cultural, social and political relevance to Muslims in the West. After converting to Islam in 1992, Webb left his career in the music industry to pursue his passion in education. He earned a Bachelor’s in Education from the University of Central Oklahoma and received intensive private training in the Islamic Sciences under a renowned Muslim Scholar of Senegalese descent. Webb was hired as the Imam at the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City, where he gave khutbas (sermons), taught religious classes, and provided counselling to families and young people; he also served as an Imam and resident scholar in communities across the U.S. From 2004-2010, Suhaib Webb studied at the world’s preeminent Islamic institution of learning, Al-Azhar University, in the College of Shari`ah. During this time, after several years of studying the Arabic Language and the Islamic legal tradition, he also served as the head of the English Translation Department at Dar al-Ifta al-Misriyyah. Outside of his studies at Al-Azhar, Suhaib Webb completed the memorization of the Quran in the city of Makkah, Saudi Arabia. He has been granted numerous traditional teaching licenses (ijazat), adhering to centuries-old Islamic scholarly practice of ensuring the highest standards of scholarship. Webb was named one of the 500 Most Influential Muslims in the World by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Center in 2010 and his website, www.SuhaibWebb.com, was voted the best “Blog of the Year” by the 2009 Brass Crescent awards. Suhaib Webb has lectured extensively around the world including in the Middle East, East Asia, Europe, North Africa and North America. Upon returning from his studies in Egypt, Webb lived in the Bay Area, California, where he worked with the Muslim American Society from Fall 2010 to Winter 2011. He recently accepted a positon as the Imam of the Islamic Society of Boston’s Cultural Center (ISBCC) on December 1st, 2011 and moved to Boston with his family.

Nouman Ali Khan

Nouman-Ali-Khan

Nouman 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 the top 10 scores in the national Arabic studies board examinations in 1993. But his serious training in Arabic began in the United States in 1999 under Dr. Abdus-Samie, founder and formal principal of Quran College, Faisalabad, Pakistan who happened to be touring the US for intensive lectures in Tafsir and Arabic studies. Under Dr. Abdus-Samie, Nouman developed a keen methodical understanding of Arabic grammar. He further benefited from Dr. Abdus-Samie by internalizing his unique teaching methods and later translating his work into English for the benefit of his own students. Nouman served as professor of Arabic at Nassau Community College until `06 and has taught Modern Standard and Classical Arabic at various venues for nearly 7 years with over 10,000 students nationwide. Currently he has dedicated himself to a seven-year-long project, of conducting a linguistic & literary focus Qur’anic Tafseer series in English. Recordings of sessions conducted so far can be downloaded at www.bayyinah.com/dream.

Modernity, Secularism and Islam

The modern secular world claims to provide opportunities for all without imposing religion on the society. Yet critics argue that secularism removes the right for individuals to practice their own religion freely. Faith-based governmental systems, although prevalent historically, are now the subject of much criticism in the modern world. This section will analyze the contrasting views of secularism and compare them with the first Islamic state established by the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) 1400 years ago.

The place of the Quran in the Scientific Revolution

We are living in an era of unprecedented scientific and technological developments. The frontiers of science have progressed to the stage that gene therapy, sustainable energy and semiconductor technology are revolutionizing the world in which we live. Humankind has acquired knowledge and insight of deep issues that were previously unimaginable.  These developments have shaped the way one analyzes and responds to sources of evidence. This section will consider the scientific concepts of developing and testing hypotheses and will compare the roles of science and divine revelation in shaping our overall worldviews. The theory of evolution will be discussed and the evidence for and against it reviewed.