This evening will focus on the Koran, the anchor text of Islam and its 1.4 million adherents world wide. Special emphasis will be placed on a comparison of orthodox true Islam and radical militant Islam which motivates a very small fraction of Muslims. Additionally, our speakers (panel members) will discuss what it means to be a Muslim in America today and then entertain questions from the Floor. Members of the panel will be:
Sheikh Abduraffa Quertani, Iman of the All Dulles Area Muslim Society, ADAMS, Center, in Sterling, which serves adherents of the faith in the Greater Dulles area encompassing parts of Loudon and Fairfax counties. He has multiple degrees in Islamic civilization, Philosophy and Logic ,studied at the prestigious center of Sunni Islamic Theology at al Azhar University in Cairo; Egypt. He is is very strong supporter of interfaith programs and many youth programs including the Boy Scouts of America.
Robert Marro, a retired US Foreign Service officer with assignments in several Muslim nations in Southeast Asia and as Director of all US Department of Commerce offices in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia. A practicing Muslim, he now a Trustee of ADAMS and is a key leader of the ALLIANCE for an INDIVSIBLE AMERICA in 2020 ,an organization devoted to challenging Muslim extremism, especially among Muslim youth, and to align perceptions of Muslims with traditional American Values.
Iman Mohamed Magid, former President of the Islamic Society of North America and Chairman of the International Interfaith Peace Corps .He has written for the Washington Post and the Huffington Post and has been profiled in Time magazine and the Wall street Journal. He was named Washingtonian of the Year in 2009 and is currently serving as Executive Iman of ADAMS.
The panel will be chaired by our own Lt General John Pustay, Ret. whose PhD area focus was the Middle East and who represented the US in several mutual security negotiations with Near Eastern countries.