A Night of remembrance

Join us November 20, 2018 at the Ladybird Wildflower Center for dinner in the courtyard followed by the formal program in the Great Hall to celebrate the life of our Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلمWe will inshaAllah feature qawwali by a local Ustadh, a renowned Nasheed performer of Syrian descent, and stories of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم by two esteemed local Shuyookh.

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Sheikh Ja’far Muhibullah

Resident Scholar of the Islamic Ahlul Bayt Association in Austin, Sheikh Ja’far completed ten years of Islamic seminary training in America and Iran. He completed his MA in Religious Studies at Duke University in 2005. He spent three years at the University of Texas at Austin completing work towards a PhD in Arabic Studies.He completed his PhD at Tehran University in Qom. His interest is in classical Arabic, Persian, and Urdu literature and specifically in Arabic literature in medieval Sicily. Since 2005, he has owned and managed his own translating and interpreting service business. With over 14 years experience in translating, teaching, and public speaking. Sheikh Muhibullah has made significant contributions to the Arabic translations of key Islamic academic and literary works.

Sidi Mouaz Nass

Artist Mouaz Nass is of Syrian descent and was born in Flint, Michigan. He studied Inshad and Maqamat (the various styles of religious poetry & songs) under foremost singers in Syria. An expert singer and drummer, he has been involved in many renowned musical performances in the USA, UK, Syria, and Jordan. He currently resides in Houston, Texas and travels frequently for various performances around the country.

Ustadh Ghulam Farid Nizami

Ustadh is of the Senia Gharana tradition and is a descendant of Mian Tan Sen, court musician of 16th century Moghal Emperor Akbar the Great.
He received instruction in the tradition of Sufism from Khawaja Mohammad Moeen Khan Nizami and Haji Faiz Ahmed. He excels at Classical Indian, Ghazal, Geet, Qawwali, Bhajan, Pakistani Folk, Sufi music, world music. We look forward to his nasheeds about the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم. He had an amazing performance recently at iAct interfaith Thanksgiving.

Amanda Quraishi

Amanda Quraishi is an American Muslim writer, public speaker and activist. She has been involved with interfaith engagement locally and nationally (with a special focus on Muslim-Jewish relations) for over a decade. She is also a passionate defender of women's rights, and promoter of social justice.

Amanda serves as an Advisory Board Member for the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom, a national grassroots organization that brings together Muslim & Jewish women for peace-building and to combat stereotypes and prejudice. She is also a member of the Advisory Committee for Muslim Space, a unique third-space that provides open, affirming community for all self-identifying Muslims in the greater Austin area.

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Durrain Samreen Khan

Samreen graduated from St. Josephs College in Pakistan and went on to be the editor at Minerva Magazine. She was a live broadcaster on Radio Pakistan and then became a presenter for the show Roshni on Pakistan Television. She has been an Austinite for the last 17 years.
Many in Austin have heard her beautiful Nasheeds, Naats and Quranic recitations at her house every year. We are honored to have her share in this love of the Nabi at our event.