About ASFA Chairman

April 2004                     Keynote speaker at conference, “Beyond Radical Islam?” held by LeFrak Forum and Symposium on Science, Reason, and Modern Democracy at Michigan State University and the Ethics and Public Policy Center of Washington, DC.

February 2004               Led an international delegation to Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia. In Thailand presented a paper at the Thailand Leadership Forum, toured Buddhist shrines and met religious leaders;  Performed Celebration of Remembrance with 140,000 students in Indonesia’s Istiklal Mosque; met privately with Malaysian Prime Minister His Excellency Dato Seri Abdallah Badawi.

January 2004                  Met with His Excellency Recep Tayyib Erdogan Prime Minister of Turkey to discuss building interfaith dialogue between US academics and scholars and their Turkish counterparts.

January 2004                  Keynote speech to annual board meeting of the American Foreign Policy Council.

December 2003             Represented US Muslims at 3-day interfaith conference of international religious leaders held in Spain.

October 2003                Joined President George W. Bush for Iftar at the White House. Gave the keynote address at the Nixon Center conference on Sufism and US Policy.

July and October 2003   Led two international delegation to Indonesia and Malaysia to meet with government and religious leaders as part of a campaign against religious extremism; addressed more than 100,000 Muslims in Indonesia’s Mosque Istiklal, calling for religious tolerance, and opened a new institute dedicated to teaching classical Islam.

May 2003                      Spoke at Conference on Islam and America, sponsored by the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, DC.

May 2003                      Addressed conference of federal prison chaplains sponsored by the U.S. Bureau of Prisons in Ann Arbor, Michigan; warned of danger posed by extremists within federal corrections system.

January-February 2003    Traveled across the U.S. to convene grassroots coalition meetings and community watch groups to prevent the rise of religious extremism and to promote traditional Islam.

November 2002            Met with President George W. Bush and Secretary of State Colin Powell, respectively, at White House and State Department events for Ramadan.

September 2002             Met with President George W. Bush for his official Proclamation of the Days of Remembrance and Prayers September 6-9, 2002.

August 2002                  Invited as a guest of the President of Uzbekistan, Islam Karimov, to visit the republic and explore issues of religious educational development.

July 2002                       Presented a paper entitled “Understanding Sharia” at the Freedom House conference in Washington, DC, as well as a paper on “Islam and Democracy” for the Ethics and Public Policy Center.

March 2002                   Met with His Excellency President Islam Karimov of Uzbekistan during his first official visit to the U.S. and discussed future plans for mutual cooperation.

March 2002                   Met with Asst. Secretary of Defense, Mr. Paul Wolfowitz and his staff to introduce the activities of ISCA and its promotion of moderate Islam throughout the world.

March 2002                   Guest speaker at the American Society for Industrial Security on the topic of “Traditional Islam in the U.S.”

February 2002               Signed Memorandum of Understanding with State Minister of Indonesia on the building of civil society infrastructure and the promotion of traditional Islam.

February 2002               Met with Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defense, and Minister of Youth for Malaysia to discuss issues facing the Muslim world after 9-11.

September 2001             Advised numerous government agencies on issues of national security as it relates to radical religious insurgents, both domestically and abroad.

May 2001                      Led the ISCA Asian Tour to Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, and Japan.

April 2001                     Led a hundred-member delegation to the Republic of Uzbekistan as a guest of the President of Uzbekistan.

January 2001                  Guest of Honor, Annual Meeting of the National Committee of American Foreign Policy.

October 2000                Met with various ministers and the President of Indonesia.

September 2000             Delegate to the UNESCO conference on inter-religious dialogue in Uzbekistan.

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