The Lamppost Education Initiative (Lamppost) presents a unique 'town-hall' style discourse on the problems of race, racism, and class within the Muslim Community. A panel of five Muslim scholars, activists, and teachers will be sharing their thoughts on these controversial topics and engaging in conversation and discourse with YOU-the audience.

On October 19, 20, and 21st, Lamppost is coming to one of the most diverse Muslim communities in America: Detroit, Michigan for open and frank talk. "Can Islam Solve the Race Problem?" If you have questions about what that means, please come! If you have pro-active insights, please come and share! This is intended to be a community dialogue meant to provide a safe space to address, heal, and grow.

Admission to these 'town-hall' meetings are FREE!

Locations and Times

Session One: October 19th, 2018- Friday evening 7pm. Muslim Community Mosque, 35700 West 12 Mile Road, Farmington Hills, MI 48331

Muslim Community Mosque, Farmington Hills

Session Two: October 20th, 2018 Saturday 3-5pm Muslim Center of Detroit 1605 West Davison Detroit, MI 48238

Muslim Center of Detroit

Session Three: Sunday 11-1pm- Muslim Community of Western Suburbs 40440 Palmer Rd, Canton, MI 48188

Muslim Community of Western Suburbs

Special Guest Speakers

Dr.Abdullah bin Hamid Ali

Dr. Abdullah bin Hamid Ali is assistant professor of Islamic law and Prophetic Tradition at Zaytuna College in Berkeley, California (2007-present). He holds a PhD in Cultural and Historical Studies in Religion (2016) and an MA in Ethics and Social Theory (2012) from the Graduate Theological Union. He obtained his BA (ijaza ‘ulya) in Islamic Law (Shariah) from the prestigious Al-Qarawiyin University of Fes, Morocco in 2001. He served as full time Islamic chaplain at the State Correctional Institute of Chester, PA from 2002-2007, and is the founding director of the Lamppost Education Initiative. His research interests include the interconnection between law and identity formation, comparative Islamic law, and Islam’s role in the modern world.

Imam Dawud Walid

Dawud Walid is currently the Executive Director of the Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI), which is a chapter of America’s largest advocacy and civil liberties organization for American Muslims and is a member of the Michigan Muslim Community Council (MMCC) Imams Committee, and a board member of the Lamppost Education Initiative.


Asha Noor

Asha Noor is a Black Somali-American Muslim racial justice and human rights activist and public speaker based in Detroit, Michigan. She is a peace-building and conflict resolution specialist, educator and writer. Noor serves as the CAIR-MI Programming and Outreach Director for Safe Spaces establishing diversity and inclusion across institutions and systems.

Leenah Safi

Chaplain Leenah Safi earned her B.A. in Islamic Law and Theology from Zaytuna College in Berkeley, CA before getting her Masters of Divinity in Inter-Religious Engagement from the Chicago Theological Seminary. She is involved in Felicity’s educational programs, both as instructor and as and attendee. She also serves as advisor to the Muslim Student Association and the Muslim Coalition, and hosts regular office hours for those who have questions or would like to talk over a cup of coffee.

Shaykh Walead Mosaad

Dr. Walead Mohammed Mosaad is a teacher and researcher of the Islamic sciences. He is the Director of Muslim Student Life at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and a visiting professor in Islamic Studies at the Bayan Claremont School of Theology in Claremont, California. He has completed degrees from Rutgers University the Fath Islamic Seminary in Damascus, al-Azhar University in Cairo, the University of Liverpool, and a PhD in Arab and Islamic Studies at the University of Exeter in the UK

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"Can Islam Solve The Race Problem" is being sponsored by the Lamppost Education Initiative. For more than 10 years, the Lamppost Education Initiative (Lamppost) has produced an array of articles, videos, online classes, and live seminars featuring some of the brightest, Muslim American minds in the West, including scholars like Dr. Abdullah bin Hamid Ali, Dr. Khalid Yahya Blankinship, Imam Zaid Shakir, Dr. Sherman Abdul-Hakim Jackson, Ustadha Zaynab Ansari, Shaykh Muhammad Adeyinka Mendes, and more.

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