Al-Hujjah 2010

Lessons From the Messengers | Their Mission, Their Legacy, Their Leadership

February 12-15


Sheikh Hamza Sodagar
Hajj Kauther Khan
Sayyid Sulayman Hassan
Brother Ghaith Mahmood

Speaker Bios

Sheikh Hamza Sodagar

Sheikh Hamza Sodagar is a reputable religious scholar who has studied the sciences of the religion and is considered an expert in theology, history and jurisprudence. He has a lengthy record in serving the Muslim community around the world.

Hajj Kauther Khan

Kauther Khan is a humble servant leader and community organizer in Los Angeles, he has helped found Yaseen Educational Foundation, one of the most successful Islamic organizations in Southern California. He is a regular community lecturer on a variety of topics, religious, leadership and spiritual. Brother Kauther has offered AMYNA and IMAM strategic direction, especially in developing their mission and vision as an organization. He currently resides in Los Angeles, California.

Sayyid Sulayman Hassan

Sayyid Sulayman Hassan was born and raised in Western New York where he attended both school and college. While still in high school, he would attend classes in Arabic and fiqh at the Hawza Ilmiyya in Medina, New York, after which he attended the University of Buffalo and received a bachelor of science degree in business administration in 1997. Immediately after graduating from college, he went to Qum, Iran, to study at the Hawzah. In Qum, he soon studied the standard texts taught within the Hawza and proceeded to the advanced study of fiqh, during which time he also taught several of the standard Hawzah texts and translated several books and articles into English. Sayyid Sulayman is currently pursuing his doctorate at the University of Chicago. He is the co-imam at Baitul Ilm Academy. He is also the founder and president of the Ahl al-Bayt Islamic Seminary and a long-standing board member and content editor of the Islamic Texts Institute.

Ghaith Mahmood

Ghaith Mahmood is an associate attorney in the Los Angeles office of Latham & Watkins, where he has practiced since 2007. He is a member of the Technology Transactions and Intellectual Property Litigation Practices. Mr. Mahmood is the principal coordinator of the firm’s pro bono work with the UCLA Mobile Legal Clinic, a clinic dedicated to providing legal, medical and social support services for the homeless populations in the Los Angeles area. Additionally, Mr. Mahmood regularly represents worthy nonprofit organizations in the technology industry, and serves as lead counsel on matters advocating for the rights of asylum seekers, abused children and the homeless.

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