MSA-PSG Conference @ Home

2020 Virtual Conference: COVID Edition
This year’s conference, like the year itself, is an unusual one. In addition to the final round of our MATIN Talks competition and our signature micro-courses (nano-course this year), we have three sections, each dealing with a separate (but still related) topic area: civic engagement, the future of Islamic education, and marriage. We hope you enjoy listening, discussing, and learning from your own homes, for this year’s Conference @ Home.
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Nanocourse

Some workshops only touch the surface of the matter and stay relatively simple. In our microcourses, we aim to go deeper, bringing a level of scholarly rigor. Due to time restrictions, this year’s microcourse is only one session—a ‘nano-course.’ We will look at the history of different approaches towards Shia Studies in Western Universities and what that means for our future.

Nanocourse I

Organic Islam, a vision for the future

Sheikh Rasoul Naghavi

Saturday, December 26

 

12:30 PM PST
02:30 PM CST
03:30 PM EST

Nanocourse Outline: Organic Islam, a Vision for the Future

1. History of Shia Studies in Western Universities (19th and 20th Century)

  • Polemical period
  • Orientalist approach
  • Anthropological approach 
  • Coming to realize Islam: Responses of Muslims Modernists: late 20th 
  • Studying Islam as a Phenomenon (early 21 Century)

2. The Organic Islam, 21 century, a vision for the future

3. The Development of Islamic Seminaries in the U.S

Nanocourse II

Canceled due to sanctions

MSA-PSG Conference @ Home

Civic Engagement

In the past few months, we have passed through many trials spanning from a world-wide pandemic to protests and elections. Amidst all this, a question lingers, “what part do I play in this?” Although taking action seems to be the intuitive response, the situation is much more complicated—for in Islam, bravery is paired with patience, courage is rooted in wisdom, and judgement must be backed with knowledge. 

There is no doubt that there is a need for action, yet taking the right course of action is a heavy responsibility we must not shirk. What would meaningful civic engagement look like for the followers of Wilayat in America? Do we currently have the influence and authority to be truly heard when we speak? Are we able to influence—or are we being influenced? If we participate in certain debates, who’s banner are we marching under? Furthermore, how do we define civic engagement beyond the political context? Could we broaden our scope to include family values and education as well?

These are some of the questions that we hope to explore and dissect in this year’s MSA-PSG Conference @ home edition. Join us as we open dialogue on topics that seek to address the long-term, fundamental issues that can bring authority and influence to the Muslim voice.

FRI
25
DEC

Opening Speech

Walking the fine line of ‘Sirat Mustaqeem’ in the West

Seyed Abbas Ayleya, Resident Alim

12:00 PM PST
02:00 PM CST
03:00 PM EST

SUN
27
DEC

Panel Discussion

Tackling Sanctions – Advocating for Shia Religious Freedoms

Seyed Ali Tofigh, Education Chair

Insiya Aziz, Vice Chair

Mohammad Ali Naquvi, Vice President

10:30 AM PST
12:30 PM CST
1:30 PM EST

FRI
25
DEC

Panel Discussion

Faith-based activism: Lessons from Imam Hussain (AS)

Cyrus McGoldrick

Sheikh Jaffer Ladak

Dawud Walid

04:00 PM PST
06:00 PM CST
07:00 PM EST

SUN
27
DEC

Panel Discussion

Know Your Rights

Huma Yasin
Marwa Elbially
Leena Al-Arian

12:30 PM PST
2:30 PM CST
3:30 PM EST

Islamic Education

One of the most dynamic changes brought about by the pandemic are those affecting the educational setting. In the past few months, parents and teachers alike have had to struggle with helping students adjust to the new norm of online education. But some of these struggles are not produced, but rather simply magnified by the pandemic. We will open the discussion on some of these fundamental issues to exchange technical fixes for adaptive solutions.
SAT
26
DEC

Rethinking Our K-12 Quranic Education

The Holy Quran is a book of miraculous words from Allah (S.W.T) where He transfers to us the very soul of the religion of Islam; giving us a sense of purpose by teaching us the best way of life and the reason for our creation. Knowing this, are we using appropriate methods to educate our children on this miraculous book to the fullest potential? Join us as we discuss rethinking Quranic education in the K-12 setting and the new horizons that we can reach together!

Dr. Nahid Nikpour

10:30 AM PST
12:30 PM CST
01:30 PM EST

SAT
26
DEC

Critical Conversations: Identifying and Prioritizing the Needs of Our Islamic Schools

The quality of our Islamic schools is a defining factor in developing the future leaders of our communities, and our ummah. But how do we define our desired final product and what it takes to achieve it? In this workshop, we will discuss the current status quo of our Islamic schools, their future, and high potential focus areas that are necessary to ensure the competence of our students in an ever-changing global setting.

Dr. Johanna Movassat

12:30 PM PST
02:30 PM CST
03:30 PM EST

SUN
27
DEC

Towards Holistic Islamic Education

Our challenge is to educate successful, knowledgeable individuals who are emotionally and physically healthy—and civically engaged. A holistic approach can help students gain the cognitive and non-cognitive skills that enable them to navigate the 21st century world with purpose and direction. What are the different tenets of the whole child approach in the elementary and middle school setting? Join us as we learn from the experiences of our speaker at her school.

Sr. Azra Naqvi

Principal
Hadi School of Excellence

12:30 PM PST
2:30 PM CST
3:30 PM EST

MATIN Talks is a speech competition that gives everyone, in particular youth/students, the opportunity to present their passions, creativity, and ideas towards addressing pertinent issues in our society. MATIN Talks is a speech competition that gives everyone, in particular youth/students, the opportunity to present their passions, creativity, and ideas towards addressing pertinent issues in our society.

MATIN Talks National is the event of the year. Held annually during the MSA-PSG conference, MATIN Talks brings juniors and adult competitors together for a head-to-head competition to secure a spot on the main stage. This year, juniors and adults are competing in their own divisions. Join us to hear the finalists from across the country present their amazing ideas and compete for the top prizes.

Junior Division

KEYNOTE:

Role of Muslims in the Society at Large

Sr. Suhaila Zakzaky

05:00 PM PST
07:00 PM CST
08:00 PM EST

SAT
26
DEC

 

Adult Division

KEYNOTE:

The Legal Fight Against Shia Persecution

AMBA president discusses the global genocide against Shias, U.S. asylum law, as well as extra-judicial methods for enabling relief.

Sr. Salmah Y. Rizvi

05:00 PM PST
07:00 PM CST
08:00 PM EST

SUN
27
DEC

Sisters Workshop

Sisters Only Please  ·  No Recording

Umm Salamah is one of the earliest female Muslims with a rich history both during the Prophet’s life and afterwards, living until shortly after the martyrdom of Imam Husayn (a). Join us in exploring the richness of her life and the richness of her piety and struggle in the way of Islam. Though she was not a conventional leader, she is a rich source of inspiration in her dedication to values.

SAT
26
DEC

Alternative modes of leadership: One of the earliest Muslimahs, Umm Salamah

Ustadha Fatemah Meghji

10:30 AM PST
12:30 PM CST
01:30 PM EST

ABSA Network

Ahlul-Bayt Student Association Network (ABSA Network) is a ‘Virtual Convention Venue’ for student organizations which follow the teachings of the Ahlul-Bayt (Peace be upon Them) on college and university campuses all over the world, especially across North America. ABSA Network is the central hub between collections of student organizations and aims to connect them all together. This will lead them to work synergistically through the teachings of the Ahlul-Bayt (AS).

Many college campuses are deprived of such student-led initiatives that promote the teachings of the Ahlul-Bayt (PBUT). That is why ABSA Network intends to motivate interested students on campuses to gather and form an organization of their own. This helps those seeking faith-inspired activities while simultaneously building a faith-based community on campus. Last but not least, we want to promote efforts that seek to inform campus communities and society at large of the true, merciful aspect of Islam.

SUN
27
DEC

Following the ahlulbayt: the student experience

Gazina Hussain, President ABSA Network 

10:30 AM PST
12:30 PM CST
01:30 PM EST

Marriage Education

Session 1: So You Want to Get Married…

Congrats! Making the decision to get married is a big decision to make, and you’ve made it! But that’s just the first step. As you prepare to embark on this journey, tune into to our workshop with Dr. Saeid Kianpour, RP, as we discuss factors to consider and things to know in order to take steady steps and make the best choice. In short, we hope to make your journey into the unknown … a little less unknown.

Saturday, December 26

10:30 AM PST | 12:30 PM CST | 1:30 PM EST

Dr. Saeid Kianpour

Session 2: So Your Child Wants to Get Married…

You’ve spent years caring for and raising your child, all the while pushing aside the thought—and now it’s staring you in the face. Yup, they said it! Your child told you they want to get married, and questions are spinning in your head. Are they ready for it? Will they know who to pick? Will I lose them forever? Am I ready to be an in-law? All those thoughts are completely natural when you’ve spent a lifetime giving your most precious asset all that you’ve got. But it’s equally true that your legacy will live through them. Join us in a workshop with Dr. Saeed Kianpour, RP, as we go over parental concerns regarding marriage and how to navigate the path.

Saturday, December 26

12:30 PM PST | 02:30 PM CST | 03:30 PM EST

Marriage Education

For the past 50 years, the Muslim Student Association (MSA-PSG) has been in the forefront of Shia Muslim activities in North America. We take pride in our ethnically diverse student body as this quality greatly enhances the nature of our contribution to the community.

Our aim is to promote Islamic values as they were taught by the Prophet and Ahlulbayt, with the MSA PSG conference as a platform to bring members of all communities together from around the US, from students to families and professionals.