Imad ad-Dean Ahmad, PhD
Dr. Ahmad is the president of the Minaret of Freedom Institute, a 501(c)(3) tax‑exempt Muslim think‑tank. He also is president of the Islamic‑American Zakat Foundation, a 501(c)(3) tax‑exempt religious and charitable organization which primarily serves poor and needy Muslims in the United States.
Dr. Ahmad has written and spoken on Islam and legal and religious freedom, democracy in the Muslim world, Islamic civil society, property rights in Islam, women in Islam and female circumcision, Middle East conflicts in Palestine and Iraq, Palestinian human and property rights, terrorism and jihad, and American civil liberties.
He is the author of Signs in the Heavens: A Muslim Astronomer’s Perspective on Religion and Science and Islamic Rules of Order, co-editor of Islam and the West: A Dialog, and co-author of Islam and the Discovery of Freedom. He also contributed to The Encyclopedia of Libertarianism with an article on Islam.
Sis. Karima Al-Amin is an attorney at law and the wife of political prisoner Imam Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin. In addition to her private practice, Mrs. Al-Amin continues to work with attorneys in appealing her husband’s conviction and in working on his civil lawsuits challenging First Amendment and religious violations. Mrs. Al-Amin is a member of several legal and community organizations, including the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), the Clarkston Business Association, and the Georgia Association of Muslim Lawyers (GAML).
An officer of the AHAD Foundation, an Atlanta Georgia nonprofit organization that provides a platform for the Muslim community to nurture intellectual and educational resources. He has an extensive background in grassroots activism and public speaking to portray an accurate and balanced view of Islam. Whether it’s feeding the hungry in front of a mosque in downtown Atlanta or helping someone out in their hour of need, service is a part of Islam.
Ramsey Clark is an American lawyer, activist and former federal government official, who occupied senior positions in the United States Department of Justice under Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson, most notably serving as United States Attorney General from 1967 to 1969. After leaving office he worked as a law professor and was active in the Anti-Vietnam War movement.
In 1991, Clark accused the administration of President George H. W. Bush and “others to be named” of “crimes against peace, war crimes” and “crimes against humanity” for its conduct of the Gulf War against Iraq. In 1999 he condemned NATO bombing of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. Ramsay Clark joined a panel of lawyers to defend Saddam Hussein in his trial before the Iraqi Special Tribunal. He appeared before the tribunal in November 2005 arguing “that it failed to respect basic human rights and was illegal because it was formed as a consequence of the United States’ illegal war of aggression against the people of Iraq.” Clark has also described the War on Terrorism as a War against Islam.
Sulayman S. Nyang
Dr. Sulayman S. Nyang is professor and chairman of the African Studies Department at Howard University in Washington, D.C., and co-principal investigator of Project MAPS. A former deputy ambassador and head of chancery of the Gambia Embassy in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Nyang has served as consultant to several national and international agencies and on the boards of the African Studies Association, the American Council for the Study of Islamic Societies, America’s Islamic Heritage Museum, and the Association of Muslim Social Scientists. He has written extensively on Islamic, African and Middle Eastern affairs. He holds a master’s degree in public administration and a Ph.D. in government from the University of Virginia. Nyang was an advising scholar for the award-winning, PBS-broadcast documentaries Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet and Prince Among Slaves (2007).
Imam Siraj Wahhaj is the Imam of Masjid Al-Taqwa in Brooklyn, New York. He received his training from Ummul Quran University in Mecca and has become a world-renowned speaker on Islam. In 1991, he was given the honor of being the first Muslim ever to recite an opening prayer before a meeting of the U.S. House of Representatives. In 2001, Imam Wahhaj founded the Muslim Alliance of North America (MANA), an umbrella group for African-American mosques and Islamic centers. He serves as the organization’s amir and sits on its executive committee. Over the course of his career as a religious leader, Imam Siraj Wahhaj has held numerous prestigious and influential posts. He has served as a board of advisors member of the American Muslim Council; a national board member of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR); vice president of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA); a member of the Majlis al Shura, a consultative council of Islamic scholars; a board of trustees member of the North American Imams Federation; and a board of advisors member of the North American Islamic Trust.
Khalid Zaman is a member of the “National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES)” and the Project Management Institute (PMI); and is a registered professional engineer in 15 states with expertise in design engineering and project management for power plants, refineries and midstream oil & gas pipelines.
He served on the executive committee of the Muslim Students Association of the US & Canada during its early formative years in 1965 and 66, and participated later in its transition into Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). He is a member of Southern Poverty Law Center, Council of American Islamic Relations (CAIR) , Islamic Society of Greater Houston (ISGH) and the American Civil Liberties Union. He also serves on the ISGH Khateeb Committee.