Al-Hujjah 2015

Al-Hujjah 7.0: Choose Your Adventure

February 14-16 


Sheikh Ahmad Modarres
Hajj Hassanain Rajabali
Sister Sabika Mithani
Sister Shabnam Dewji
Sister Zahra Billoo
Hajj Kauther Khan
Brother Ghaith Mahmood


Mentone, California

Speaker Bios

Sheikh Ahmad Modarres

Sheikh Ahmad Modarres was born in the holy city of Mashhad. His initial interest in Islamic Studies began when he was eight years old, being motivated to become a hafiz of the Holy Quran and attend the Hawza of Mashhad. He received his bachelors in philosophy and theology in Mashhad. He moved to the United States in 2008 and traveled to different states to deliver English speeches at seminars and Islamic centers. He is currently the resident Al’im of Masjid Al-Rasool in Simi Valley, CA. His main focus is to spread the true message of Islam and the Ahlul-Bayt (AS) and help youth develop a strong Muslim identity.

Hajj Hassanain Rajabali

Hajj Hassanain Rajabali, is an inspirational speaker currently living in Dearborn, Michigan and has traveled the world to lecture on Islam. He is a graduate from the University of Colorado with a degree in molecular biology and psychology. Hassanain is currently the director of Camp Taha, North America’s first Muslim owned campground located in Columbiaville, Michigan. Hajj Hassanain is a founder of WISE Academy, an independent college preparatory school that provides its students a superior, challenging and holistic education in a high moral setting. WISE Academy has plans to open more locations in various cities in the coming years.

Ustada Sabika Mithani

Ustada Sabika Mithani was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. Growing up with a passion for and curiosity about Islam, she decided to pursue Islamic Studies in Qum Iran. She studied in Qum for over eleven years, first obtaining her BA in Islamic studies from Jamatuz Zahra, followed by two masters, one in Quranic Science from Jamatuz Zahra and the other in Islamic Theology and Philosophy from Jamatul Mustafa.

Sister Shabnam Dewji

Sister Shabnam Dewji is a community organizer and Sunday school principal of Shia Ithna-Asheri Islamic Jamaat of Los Angeles as well as the Vice President of Operations for Time Warner Cable. Her background is in finance, with a degree from the London School of Accounting. In 2010, she completed the NAMIC Executive Leadership Development Program at UCLA’s Anderson School of Business.

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.

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.

Sister Zahra Biloo

As the executive director of CAIR San Francisco Bay Area (CAIR-SFBA), Zahra Billoo strives to promote justice and mutual understanding. Zahra joined CAIR-SFBA in 2009, and immediately embraced her roles as community organizer and civil rights advocate. She frequently provides trainings at mosques and universities as part of CAIR’s efforts to empower the community, while building bridges with allies on civil rights issues. Zahra also represents victims of discrimination and advocates for policy changes that uphold civil rights for all.

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