Convention Program

Improved & Engaging Format

This year, we are attempting to deliver a transformational experience for our audience and speakers alike, with what we have dubbed as ‘RIS Reimagined’.  Our program style has been reformatted to address three core elements: heart, mind, and soul. Each day has been divided into three segments that address these elements, each with its unique presentation style and a key area of impact.   

Heart – The morning segments of the convention present the RIS Purification of the Heart Series. This series focuses on topics related to the heart that allow for self-purification and improving our personal relationship with the Divine. The sessions will be taught in a traditional dars style format with the instructor seated on stage, facilitating an intimate engagement between both the audience and teacher.   Each session will also have ample time for teachers to present the material in an organized and detailed manner.

Mind – Our early afternoon segment will include a Between the Lines Panel discussions on key contemporary issues.  The moderated panels will engage multiple speakers, each an expert in their respective field, in discussions that will offer fresh perspectives, challenging us to think deeper and broader. The topics of discussion have been carefully selected to cover our most salient concerns such as the Western Muslim identity, civic engagement, and more.

Soul – The evening sessions or RIS Talks deliver power talks designed to be succinct yet inspirational. Modeled off the popular TED Talk format, RIS Talks showcase our dynamic speakers addressing universally relevant topics that will, God-willing, uplift the audience and provide an impactful closing for the day. 

We welcome you on our new program journey and pray it inspires us all to cling to the path of our Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him), the path of excellence.

FRIDAY

21st December

12:00PM - 1:30PM
Friday Prayer

Shaykh Muhammad Ninowy


2:00PM - 3:00PM
Opening Session

RIS Reimagined


Between the Lines Panel

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3:00PM - 4:00PM
Between the Lines Panel: 1

Without Shame:
Islam and the Realities of Mental Health

 

Dr. Heather Jackson / Imam Kalid Latif /
Mahmoud Abdul Rauf (Former NBA Player)

Dr. Heather LairdMahmoud Abdul-Rauf


4:00PM - 5:45PM
Salat

‘Asr Prayer / Maghrib Prayer / Dinner Break

RIS Talks

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5:45PM - 6:15PM
RIS Talk 1

God & Me:
Finding Faith in a Faithless World

Sister Lauren Booth


Sister Lauren Booth


6:15PM - 6:45PM
RIS Talk 2

Blessed Are the Strangers:
When the World Turns You Away, Turn to God

Shaykh Yahya Rhodus

Shaykh Yahya Rhodus


Interlude - Yahya Hawwa

Yahya Hawwa


6:45PM - 7:15PM
RIS Talk 3

In Defense of the Divine:
Restoring the Sanctity of the Sacred

Shaykh Muhammad Ninowy

Shaykh Muhammad Ninowy


7:15PM - 7:45PM
RIS Talk 4

Prophet of Peace Amid the Clash of Empires

Dr. Juan Cole

Juan Cole


7:45PM - 8:00PM
Break

8:00PM - 8:30PM
RIS Talk 5

Civility in Humility:
The Art of Disagreement

Dr. Yasir Fazaga

Dr. Yasir Fazaga


8:30PM - 9:00PM
RIS Talk 6

The Kings of Paradise: Solace for the Downtrodden

Mufti Hussain Kamani

Mufti Hussain Kamani


Interlude - InTeam


9:00PM - 9:30PM
RIS Talk 7

Identity, Authority, and Activism:
Limits of the Protest Culture

Ustadh Ubaydullah Evans

Ustadh Ubaydullah Evans


9:30PM - 10:00PM
RIS Talk 8

Count Your Blessings:
Cultivating an Attitude of Gratitude

Ustadha Ieasha Prime

Ustadha Ieasha Prime


10:00PM - 11:00PM
RIS Talk 9

Generation Possible:
Inspiring Positivity Amidst the Madness

Mahmoud Abdur Rauf (Former NBA Player) / Imam Khalid Latif

Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf


11:00PM
Salat

‘Isha Prayer


SATURDAY

22nd December

Purification of the Heart Series

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10:00AM - 10:45AM
Purification of the Heart Series: 1

The Heart of the Matter:
Principles of Spiritual Excellence

Shaykh Muhammad Ninowy

Shaykh Muhammad Ninowy


10:45AM - 11:30PM
Purification of the Heart Series: 2

Cool, Calm, and Connected:
Finding Forbearance Amidst the Rage

Dr. Yassir Fazaga

Dr. Yasir Fazaga


Interlude - Mustafa Azzawi

Mustafa Azzawi


11:30AM - 12:30AM
Purification of the Heart Series: 3

It’s Never Enough: Pitfalls of a Material World

Mufti Hussain Kamani

Mufti Hussain Kamani


12:30PM - 2:00PM
Lunch and Duhr Prayer Break

Lunch and Duhr Prayer Break


Between the Lines Panel

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2:00PM - 3:00PM
Between the Lines Panel: 2

Who Speaks for Muslims?
A Crisis of Authority

Sister Dalia Mogahed / Imam Mohamed Magid /
Shaykh Yasir Fahmy

 Imam Mohamed MagidShaykh Yasir Fahmy


Interlude - Ramy Youssef

Ramy Youssef


3:00PM - 4:00PM
Between the Lines Panel: 3

Fear and Smear:
Islam as the West’s New Bogeyman

Dr. Todd Green / Dr. Hatem Bazian / Dr. Dalia Fahmy / Mehdi Hassan

Todd GreenDr. Hatem Bazian
Dr. Dalia FahmyMehdi Hassan


4:00PM - 5:45PM
Break

Extended Bazaar Break

‘Asr Prayer / Maghrib Prayer / Dinner Break


RIS Talks

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5:45PM - 6:50PM
RIS Talk 10

Prophet of Mercy:
Uniting Hearts in Trying Times

Maulana Tariq Jameel

Maulana Tariq Jameel


Interlude - Native Deen


6:50PM - 7:30PM
RIS Talk 11

Malcolm & Ali: Shakin’ Up the World

Rasheeda Ali / Ambassador Shabazz

Rasheeda Ali Ambassador Shabazz


7:30PM - 7:45PM
Break

7:45PM - 8:15PM
RIS Talk 12

Where Are the Heroes?
Reviving the Tradition of Virtue and Chivalry

Shaykh Omar Suleiman

Shaykh Omar Suleiman


8:15PM - 8:45PM
RIS Talk 13

‘With Us or Against Us’:
Western Muslims in an Age of Conflict

Mehdi Hasan

Mehdi Hassan

Interlude - Isam Bachiri

Isam Bachiri (Outlandish)


8:45PM -10:00PM
RIS Talk 14

Hope on a Tightrope: A Conversation

Dr. Cornel West

Dr. Cornel West


10:00PM - 10:30PM
RIS Talk 15

Beyond Control and Chaos:
Balanced Communities for a Better Tomorrow

Imam Zaid Shakir

Imam Zaid Shakir


10:30PM - 11:00PM
RIS Talk 16

We Are All Refugees Now

Shaykh Hamza Yusuf


11:00PM
Salat

‘Isha Prayer


SUNDAY

23rd December

Purification of the Heart Series

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10:00AM - 10:45AM
Purification of the Heart Series: 4

The Secrets of Success:
Sincerity and the Purity of Intentions

Shaykh Yahya Rhodus


10:45AM - 11:30PM
Purification of the Heart Series: 5

Envy: The Origin of All Disobedience

Shaykh Yasir Fahmy

Shaykh Yasir Fahmy


Interlude - InTeam


11:30AM - 12:30PM
Purification of the Heart Series: 6

When Things Fall Apart:
Seeking Refuge in the Divine

Shaykh Omar Suleiman

Shaykh Omar Suleiman


11:45am - 1:30pm
Salat

Lunch and Duhr Prayer Break

Between the Lines Panel

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2:00PM - 3:00PM
Between the Lines Panel: 4

Stuck in the Middle:
Muslims Finding a Voice in Today’s Political Climate

Shaykh Omar Suleiman / Ustadh Ubaydullah Evans /
Dr. Dalia Fahmy / Imam Mohamed Magid

Shaykh Omar SuleimanUstadh Ubaydullah Evans

Dr. Dalia FahmyImam Mohamed Magid


3:00PM - 4:00PM

Between the Lines Panel: 5

The Age of Outrage:
A Closer Look at the #MeToo Movement

Ustadha Ieasha Prime / Imam Khalid Latif /
Sister Dalia Mogahed / Dr. Abdullah Bin Hamid Ali

 

Ustadha Ieasha PrimeImam Khalid LatifImam Khalid LatifDr. Abdullah bin Hamid Ali


4:00PM - 5:45PM
Break

Extended Bazaar Break

‘Asr Prayer / Maghrib Prayer / Dinner Break


RIS Talks

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5:45PM - 6:30PM

RIS Talk 17

Houses of Light:
Prophetic Guidance for the Modern Family

Maulana Tariq Jameel

Maulana Tariq Jameel


6:30PM - 7:00PM
RIS Talk 18

Freedom Through Surrender:
Letting Go of Your Ego

Shaykh Yasir Fahmy

Shaykh Yasir Fahmy

7:00PM - 7:45PM
RIS Talk19

Maintaining Beauty When the World Becomes Ugly

Dr. Seyyed Hossein Nasr

Dr. Seyyed Hossein Nasr


7:45PM - 8:00PM
Break

Interlude - Khalid Siddiqui

Khaled Siddiq


8:00PM - 8:30PM
RIS Talk 20

The rise of Populism:
How Can We Stem the Tide?

Dr. Hatem Bazian

Dr. Hatem Bazian

8:30PM - 9:00PM
RIS Talk 21

Media Mayhem:
Unmasking Truth in Age of Disinformation

Sister Dalia Mogahed

Sister Dalia Mogahed


9:00PM - 9:30PM
RIS Talk 22

World on Fire:

Welcome to the Anthropocene, the Age of Humans

Imam Zaid Shakir

Imam Zaid Shakir


9:30PM - 10:00PM
RIS Talk 23

”As Long as You Have Not Forsaken Me…”:
The Prayer for the Powerless

Shaykh Abdul Nasir Jangda

Shaykh Abdul Nasir Jangda


Interlude - Dawud Wharnsby Ali

Dawud Wharnsby Ali


10:00PM - 10:15PM
RIS Talk 24

Jewel of Islam:
A Tribute to Murabit Al-Hajj


10:15PM - 11:00PM
RIS Talk 25

Living Without Fear and Grief:
The Path of the Prophet

Shaykh Hamza Yusuf

 


11:00PM - 11:15PM
Closing

Closing Remarks and Dua

11:15PM
Salat

‘Isha Prayer