DR. MOHAMED BIN ALI is an assistant professor of Inter-Religious Relations in Plural Societies at the S. Rajaratnam School of
International Studies (RSIS) in Singapore and an expert in the areas of Islamic Jurisprudence, religious extremism, and rehabilitation of extremists. Since 2003, Dr. Ali has been involved in the rehabilitation of members of the terrorist group Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) in Singapore as a member of the Religious Rehabilitation Group (RRG). He has written extensively on these subjects, including his recent book “The Roots of Religious Extremists: Understanding the Salafi Doctrine of Al-Wala’ wal Bara’”.
IMAM MICHAEL SAAHIR is an author, activist, and retired firefighter, who had served with the Indianapolis Fire Department since 1979.He is Resident Imam of the Nur-Allah Islamic Center and the author of The Honorable Elijah Muhammad: The Man Behind the Men. Starting in 1992, he has penned a regular column for the Indianapolis Recorder titled “Al-Islam in America,” and he is a regular contributor to Muslim Journal, a national Islamic publication.
HASSANAH EL-YACOUBI is a doctoral student in religious studies at the University of California, Riverside. She focuses on women in Islam and on the role identity and body politics play for American Muslims. Her research revolves around the emerging Muslim identity cultivated by millennials through the global phenomenon of Islamic fashion, which has altered the ways in which Muslim practices are performed and perceived. As a leading fashion and lifestyle blogger, she is dedicated to creating cross-cultural and religious understanding through fashion. She is a global leader in the modest fashion industry, listed among the top modest fashion influencers by the Huffington Post.
FITRAH MUHAMMAD is a student of Imam Warith Deen Mohammed. She works to bridge cultural relationships and build interfaith
collaborations through understanding, mutual respect, and acknowledging the common decency of human and community life. She is the executive producer of a weekly Sunday program called “Study Al-Islam.” She has extensive experience in working with high-profile leaders, government officials, embassy personnel, and in international relations.
INAS YOUNIS was born in Mosul, Iraq, and migrated to the United States in 1982. An independent journalist and commentator, Ms. Younis’s opinion pieces, book reviews, and personal essays have been published on various websites and in magazines. Her work was also featured in an anthology titled Living Islam Out Loud. She serves on the board of the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom and is an active volunteer in several interfaith initiatives dedicated to highlighting the power of religious community in resolving conflicts and promoting mutual respect and understanding.
ARSALAN SULEMAN is the former Acting U.S. Special Envoy to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). He is a lawyer based in Washington, DC, and a member of the Muslim-Jewish Advisory Council.