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Noted Islamic scholar discusses 'Women in Islam'

Nov. 4, 2004

KALAMAZOO--The Muslim Students Association of Western Michigan University presents "Women in Islam: Rights and Responsibilities," featuring a speech by Imam Siraj Wahhaj, the first Imam to deliver a Muslim prayer openning a session of the U.S. House of Representatives, Tuesday, Nov. 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the North Ballroom of the Bernhard Center.

Reservations by Friday, Nov. 12, are required for the free program, which is intended to dispel the myths and misconceptions regarding the role of women in Islam. The evening includes exhibits, a free buffet dinner featuring Middle Eastern cuisine, and a speech on women in Islam by Imam Siraj Wahhaj, leader of Masjid At-Taqwa in New York City. Reservations may be made online at <www.rso.wmich.edu/msa>.

Imam Wahhaj has appeared on several national television talk shows and interviews, especially to promote his anti-drug campaigns. He received high praise from the media and the NYPD for helping to reduce drug use amongst the inner-city youth of New York. He is a strong advocate for interfaith relations and motivating youth to succeed. He travels around the country and the world as an internationally acclaimed speaker and Islamic scholar.

Vice President of the Islamic Society of North America since 1997, Imam Wahhaj has served on the Majlis Ash-Shura, the ISNA board, since 1987. He is also a member of the board of advisors for the American Muslim Council.

Media contact: Thom Myers, 269 387-8400, thom.myers@wmich.edu

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