Friday, March 2, 2012 – 6:30 PM at Downtown Center
7:45PM – 9:30PM Presentations
Topic 1: Confronting Islamophobia (Sources & Remedies)
Ahmed I. Vanya I.C. Test Engineer – Linear Technology Corp. (Milpitas, CA)
Abstract: Since the events of 9/11, a number of Muslims in this country have not only
encountered verbal and physical abuse, but in recent days, we have seen more than
two dozen states where various versions of anti-Sharia bills have been introduced in
the legislature, and increasing number of protests against building of mosques and
angry demonstrations against Muslim leaders being conducted around the country. This
presentation of Islamophobia would not only discuss the various sources giving rise to this
dangerous phenomenon, and suggest various ways to confront it, but also, solicit feedback
and suggestions from the community members in a genuine dialogue to address this vital
issue facing the Muslim community today.
Topic 2: How Islamophobia is affecting our community and what we can do about it
Br Abdul Vohra, Br Najib Azhar, Jenne Wood-Taylor – People Acting in Community Together
Abstract: SBIA is now a member of PACT, an interfaith, social change organization.
Members of the PACT group here will talk about the work they are doing to understand how
and where Islamophobia is affecting our community and what we can do about it. There are
real policies we can work with local public officials to put in place to combat Islamophobia
and make our community safer and a more just place to live for all of us.
Topic 3: Home Financing the Shariah Way
Amer Samie Guidance Residential, Account Executive – California
Abstract: Today Muslims in America have options to finance their homes the Shariah way.
Amer will go over the 3 Shariah-compliant home financing models used worldwide, as
approved by AAOIFI, the worldwide council of Islamic Finance scholars. And conclude by
going in detail over one of these 3 models, specifically the Asset-based Partnership Model
used by Guidance, the leading vendor of Shariah-compliant home financing in the U.S.