Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf
Former NBA Player & Social Justice Advocate
Mahmoud was the third pick in the 1990 NBA draft by the Denver Nuggets, but he is perhaps best known for refusing to stand for "The Star-Spangled Banner" before games. On March 12, 1996, the NBA suspended Abdul-Rauf for his refusal to stand, costing Abdul-Rauf $31,707 per missed game. Hear his inspiring story of sitting down to take a stand.
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Melanie Elturk
CEO, Haute Hijab
Leading industry expert on modest fashion as the CEO of Haute Hijab She shares her entrepreneurial journey and empowers women around the world
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Yasir Qadhi
Islamic Theologian & Religious Studies Professor
Why is this American Academic, Professor, Muslim Scholar, and Yale Graduate - on the ISIS Hit List?
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Huda Fahmy
Author & Comic Artist
Popular Instagram cartoonist and Muslim-American Huda Fahmy presents a hilarious, relatable, and painfully honest new collection of comics that break down barriers and show how universal our everyday problems, worries, and joys actually are. She is the author of "Yes, I'm Hot in This : The Hilarious Truth About Life in a Hijab".
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Dalia Mogahed
Scholar & Researcher
Millions watched her TED Talk "What its like to be Muslim in America." Dalia has been the voice for American Muslims on major media outlets such as MSNBC, PBS, Aljazeera, and The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. CNN named her one of the 25 Most Influential Muslim Americans in 2018.
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Basheer Jones
Motivational Speaker & Author
Councilman Basheer Jones was elected in November 2017, becoming Cleveland's first Muslim council representative. For many years before his official role as councilman, Basheer Jones has served the nation as an activist and grassroots community leader seeking to create social change for the betterment of humanity.
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Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir
Basketball Player & Speaker
Bilqis is the all-time leading scorer in Massachusetts history for High School Basketball (male or female). In 2010, she became the first NCAA Division I player to play while wearing hijab. Her dream to play professionally was halted by the International Basketball Federation's rule banning the hijab. Through her efforts, the ban was overturned in May 2017. Hear her inspiring story.
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Nura Maznavi
Co-Editor of Love InshAllah & Salaam Love
What is society's perception of Muslim women? Author Nura Maznavi details her everyday encounters with individuals who have stereotyped Muslim women, and tells the tale of how she has confronted the monolith and taken control of her narrative by sharing stories of something that transcends all boundaries: love.
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Amer F. Ahmed, Ed.D.
Intercultural Diversity Consultant
As an intercultural diversity consultant, college administrator, facilitator, poet and Hip Hop activist, he channels his diverse experiences into work geared towards effective change serving to create mutual benefit for all.
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Isra Chaker
Advocacy and Social Justice Trainer and Expert
Provides training in leadership, project management, advocacy, policy strategy, and information technology to communities to inspire communities to become effective leaders and advocates
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Afia N. Yunus, ESQ.
Immigration Lawyer
When Immigration and Islamophobia have taken over the mainstream, Afia educates and dispels misconceptions about the immigration process, the immigrant experience, and Muslims in America.
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Adeel Zeb
Chaplain and Interfaith Specialist
Adeel Zeb is a global TEDx Speaker, interfaith scholar, and Huffington Post blogger. He serves as the first Muslim president of the National Association of College and University Chaplains (NACUC). He currently serves as the Co-University Chaplain at the Claremont Colleges.
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Mariah Idrissi
Model and Modest Fashion Expert
Mariah Idrissi is an international Model and Public Speaker promoting Modest Fashion and Female Empowerment. Experienced in the Modelling and Fashion industry, she shares her inspirational journey with others.
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Hind Makki
Interfaith Educator & Founder of Side Entrance
Hind is an ISPU "Re-Imagining Muslim Spaces" Task-force Member, Co-Chair of ISNA Mosque Inclusion Committee, and the founder of Side Entrance : A Unique Documentation of Muslim Women Prayer Spaces
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Ziad Ahmed
Social Justice Activist & Founder of Redefy
Ziad Ahmed is a seventeen-year-old senior at Princeton Day School. He is an American-Muslim, Bangladeshi, and passionate social justice activist
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Noor Ali
Social Justice Educator
As a social justice educator, Noor facilitates conversations on social identity, group dynamics, power, privilege, oppression, intersectionality, and more
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Lena Khan
Film & TV Director and Writer
Lena Khan is a writer and director who allows her work to be an organic blend of her varied experiences, the multi-faceted elements of her identity, her witty outlook on life, and her rich emotional aptitude.
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Omar Usman
Leadership and Social Media Expert
Omar is the author of "Fiqh of Social Media" and a public speaking / leadership trainer.
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Sultan Sharrief
Filmmaker, Social Entrepreneur, & Educator
Sultan is the associate producer of "Moozlum" and "Bilal's Stand" , two films that explore the experiences of being Black and Muslim.
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Ayesha Mattu
Co-Editor of Love InshAllah & Salaam Love
"Never met a Muslim? Now you can meet 47!" Ayesha Mattu's insightful anthologies are a collection of short stories from Muslim women and men. A great common reading experience in understanding the diverse love lives of Muslims in America.
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Chris Blauvelt
Founder & CEO, LaunchGood
He is the founder and CEO of LaunchGood, the world’s largest faith-inspired crowdfunding platform that has raised over $15 million across 77 countries for thousands of campaigns.
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Faran Saeed
College Administrator
Faran shares his expertise as a student affairs professional focusing on Muslim college student identity development, and campus climate for Muslim students on campus
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Subhaan Ashrafi
Life Coach & Youtuber
Subhaan has more than 70 million views and 270,000 subscribers to his YouTube channel SubTheGamer which he launched in 2011. He talks about his entrepreneurial journey as a Muslim teenager, and how he was influenced to motivate others through his growing platform.
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Amany Killawi
Co-Founder, LaunchGood
Amany is a social worker turned social entrepreneur, who currently serves as the COO and co-founder of Launch Good, a global crowdfunding platform for projects, campaigns, and creative ideas.
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Faizan Mumtaz
Educator and Arabic Instructor
Interfaith educator and leader, and mentor for Muslim youth since the age of 13 through Young Muslims (YM) where he served various leadership positions at the local and national level
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Ahmed Zedan
Entrepreneur, Technology and Marketing Guru
Ahmed is a Serial Entrepreneur and public speaker. He’s the Co-Founder & COO of Haute Hijab, a leading US hijab brand. He’s also the founder of Muslim Entrepreneurs of NYC, a network of talented entrepreneurs working on big challenges.
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Saadia Mian MD
Author & Qur'an Memorization Expert
Dr. Saadia Mian is the author of "The Crowning Venture : Inspiration from Women Who Have Memorized the Quran". Filled with inspirational stories for your heart and memorization techniques for your mind, The Crowning Venture reminds us that memorizing the Quran is not an achievement to be conquered, it’s a journey to savor.
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Ridwan Adhami
Known for his striking, conceptual imagery, his visual language is the product of a layered identity, combining underground NYC hip hop, Syrian heritage, American upbringing, and Muslim faith. He strives to blend faith and art in way that is impactful while staying true to his roots.
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Dr. Maha Hilal
Justice for Muslims Collective
Dr. Maha Hilal is the co-Director of Justice for Muslims Collective where she focuses on political education addressing institutionalized Islamophobia.
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Rais Bhuiyan
Motivational Speaker & Founder, World Without Hate
In the wake of the September 11th attacks, Rais Bhuiyan was shot in the face by Mark Stroman - as an act of "revenge". Rais responded by trying to save Mark's life. He then founded a non-profit organization called, "World Without Hate". Hear his inspiring story about mercy and having second chances.
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Hassanah El-Yacoubi
Fashion Influencer & Professor on Islam in America
Hassanah is a PhD candidate in religious studies at UC Riverside, where she also teaches Women's Issues in Modern Muslim Thought. She is the Founder of PFH : "Perfect For Her" - a lead influencer in the Modest fashion space, and the host of the largest modest fashion convention in the U.S.
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