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1st ICNA Conf. in California: A remarkable success


06 5 14

 

 

 
ANAHEIM, California (June 5, 2014) – Nearly 1200 people attended the sold-out, first ever, all-day ICNA conference in California.
 
Quality programs are a hallmark of ICNA conferences and conventions across the nation – a fact witnessed by California’s Muslim community.

Main hall.

Main hall.

Abdullah Al-Andalusi from the United Kingdom, Shaykh Yusuf Estes and Mujahid Fletcher in one of the main sessions panels.

Abdullah Al-Andalusi from the United Kingdom, Shaykh Yusuf Estes and Mujahid Fletcher in one of the main sessions panels.

Ustadh Wisam Sharieff started off the conference with a session on “Faith”, followed by Imam Suhail Mulla and Abdullah Al-Andalusi from the United Kingdom. Majed Mahmoud from Detroit, Maria Khani, and Shaykh Yusuf Estes spoke during the next session regarding “Submission”. In the final session discussing “Service”, Dr. Ahmed Soboh, Dr. Anis Ahmed from Pakistan, and Dr. Khalid Mubashir from India shared their thoughts with the audience.

Mujahid Fletcher at the Spanish session.

Mujahid Fletcher at the Spanish session.

Majed Mahmoud from Detroit addressing the Youth session by Young Muslims.

Majed Mahmoud from Detroit addressing the Youth session by Young Muslims.

In addition to the main session, 1-877-WhyIslam organized a Spanish session which drew in, for the first time, dozens of people from Mexico. It was a valuable networking opportunity for the Spanish speaking community in the region. Mujahid Fletcher, Victoria Caldwell and Juan Solorio spoke at the revert session, moderated by Nahela Morales, coordinator of the WhyIslam Spanish da’wah program in New Jersey. The emotionally charged session led one of the audience members to embrace Islam.

Main hall.

Main hall.

Members of ICNA's youth division Young Muslims in front of the youth session hall.

Members of ICNA’s youth division Young Muslims in front of the youth session hall.

Popular Qari Youssef Egdouch and Shaykh Yusuf Estes in a parallel session.

Popular Qari Youssef Egdouch and Shaykh Yusuf Estes in a parallel session.

Naeem Baig, president of ICNA, was joined by Noha Alshugairi and Mujahid Fletcher in the session on social justice. Many speakers, including Ustadh Hassan Elwan, addressed a younger crowd at the parallel youth session.

An emotional moment came when a revert father realized his dream of witnessing his young daughter embrace Islam.

An emotional moment came when a revert father realized his dream of witnessing his young daughter embrace Islam.

All sessions were translated to ASL by professional translators for the benefit of deaf Muslims. This is the first time this has been done by the ICNA southern California region.

Over 30 vendors set up stalls selling books, clothes, art and toys, among other things.

Over 30 vendors set up stalls selling books, clothes, art and toys, among other things.

Vendors busy with brisk business.

Vendors busy with brisk business.

During the conference, over 30 vendors set up stalls selling books, clothes, art and toys, among other things.

Muslim Hip Hop singer Karim Evans and his group.

Muslim Hip Hop singer Karim Evans and his group.

As the day drew to a close, Qari Youssef Egdouch entertained the audience with Islamic songs and the Muslim Hip Hop singer Karim Evans and his group sang their popular numbers. The comedy duo, True Story ASA, from New York also performed for the first time in California.

Volunteers were dressed in similar colors for easy identification.

Volunteers were dressed in similar colors for easy identification.

Nearly 100 volunteers helped make this event avoid any major hiccups.

Nearly 100 volunteers helped make this event avoid any major hiccups.