Thursday, February 17, 2011

Leadership in Research: New DATE 3/26/2011

Alhamedellah, registration is now open for Leadership in Research

Leadership in Research is an educational program for high school and college age youth developed to communicate to youth concepts of Islamic civilization and key elements of leading in research. Activities are designed for ages 13 – 23, however others could join. Children under 12 need to be accompanied by a parent or adult. Separate buses for brothers and sisters inshaa Allah is available. 

The program inshaa Allah, comprises of the following:
  • Motor coach bus transportation from DC area masjids to NYC and back
  • Breakfast, lunch and refreshments
  • Exhibit and tour of 1001 Inventions Tour from the UK at the New York Hall of Science
  • Moving Image Tour
  • Local recreation in NY area
  • Critical thinking team activities led by Sister Sumayah Fahmy, Science Teacher
  • Two short talks by world class local Muslim scientists and inventors, Dr. Mohammad Eltoweissy and Dr. Wael Abdelmageed
  • Group discussions and reflections from around led by Br. Ayman Nassar
  • Sleepover option for brothers ages 14+ available upon return inshaa Allah at Dar Al-Taqwa 
  • All You Can Eat Premium Dinner
  • Online exam and certificate
New York City

Busses leave from:
DAT, Columbia
DUS, College Park
ISB, Catonsville

As listed above per person as listed here Includes New York Hall of Science admission  fees, bus, lectures, group activities, dinner, refreshments, snacks and exam after the event (online), and certificates.

Financial Aid Available:
Option 1: Financial Aid (up to 50%)
Option 2: Installment Payments
For more details visit,

5:00 am – 1:00 am (next day)
Brothers will have qiyam al-lail upon return and parents can pickup next morning. Details will provided at registration.

Other Details
Our ratio is 1 chaperon per 5 youth under 18, the program is developed by professionals educated and trained in leadership. Chaperons have experience in youth programs, and have conducted programs for several years including trips and other off-site programs. Chaperons are of the same gender as students, sister programs have at least two adult brothers over age of 40 to assist. Programs which include both genders are separated and no mixing is allowed. ILIA serves only halal and healthy food, no junk food are served.
For more information about 1001 Inventions visit:

Guest Speakers Bios:
Dr. Wael Abd-Almageed holds a  Ph.D. with Distinction from the University of New Mexico where he was selected Outstanding Graduate Student. He is a scientist, inventor, instructor and entrepreneur. Currently he is a Research Scientist with the University of Maryland’s Institute for Advanced Computer Studies, where he leads research activities in applications of machine learning in bioinformatics, computer vision and document image processing. Dr. Abd-Almageed recently won grants from the National Cancer Institute and the University of Maryland’s Research Frontiers, and the National Science Foundation to develop cutting-edge gene expression clustering algorithms for mining liver cancer data; and image processing, computer vision and software development where he invented a number of algorithms in the area of digital image processing. He is also an Adjunct Professor with the School of Computing Science at Simon Fraser University, Canada.

Common Q&A:

Q1. I can not afford the fees for the class, is there anyway I can still attend?
Fees are used to cover the direct costs of the program/class. This particular fees includes the cost for admission to all attractions, transportation, all three meals, snacks and refreshments, class material and class supplies. Through the grace of Allah (SWT) and our generous donors ILIA offers two different types of financial support for classes. Financial aid (reduced fees up to 50%) is offered as a form of sadaqa to those who do not meet the requirements of zakat, and Financial Aid (installment payments, up to 6 installments) for those who qualify. Eligible students can receive both a discount up to 50% and installments for the remaining amount as applicable.

Q2. How do I get financial aid?
(1) Please complete the appropriate application from the website at (2) Email the completed form to (3) Wait until you receive a discount code within 48 hrs to apply at registration time.

Q3. Can I join my child? Are fees for parents different?
Yes you can join your child. Fees are the same, since the class has no margin and fees barely cover the direct costs.

Q4. My child is turning 12 next month, the website states that minimum age is 13, can he still attend if he is a responsible student?
Yes, inshaa Allah. We will require a letter of recommendation from his school teacher, stating that he is a responsible student at school and follows instructions. The letter can be emailed directly to ILIA at

Q5. What is the last day to register?
The last day to register and get a reduced fee is March 20th, 2011.

Q6. How big is the group?
Inshaa Allah each bus will have 45 students and 9 chaperons and 1 instructor.

Q7. I am a mom, if I join my son would we be split in the buses?
Adult sisters may join the brothers bus – although we are sure they will find the sister’s one – more comfortable and quiet. Adult fathers may not join the sisters bus to allow our sisters to be comfortable during meals and other group activities on the bus.

Q8. If we drive on our own it will not cost us $90 per person, what is the benefit of joining the ILIA group?
The program is not a trip. It is a field class including many delivery approaches (exhibits, demos, group activities, talks, peer interaction). The class is designed for high school students and young college students. The main objective of the class is to motivate and inspire our youth in becoming leaders in research and scientific innovation. Also special talks on how to excel in high school and college research assignments will be provided among many other activities. For groups up to 4 people it is more economical to join ILIA just based on a purely financial decision. You will save on gas, tolls, parking, museum fields, meals, snacks, activities’ costs and supplies.

Watch some videos from 1001 Inventions: 


About ILIA
The beloved Prophet (peace and blessing be upon him) said in one hadith “All of you are shepherds, and each of you is responsible of his or her flock”.
The Islamic Leadership Institute of America is based on this advice of the Prophet. Our youth programs instill leadership skills and traits into the participants. We believe that the youth are not only the leaders of the future, but also of the present. Self-leadership is built at the young age.

For more information about the Islamic Leadership Institute of America email us at 

ILIA prohibits  discrimination  against  any  member  of  the Islamic Leadership Institute community on  the  basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or ancestry, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, disability, or status as a veteran. ILIA will conduct its programs, services and activities consistent with Islamic Shariyah and applicable  federal, state and local laws, regulations and orders.

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Sunday, February 6, 2011

Reflections on Egypt

We share several reflections regarding the recent incidents in Egypt. The ideas presented by the individuals below represents their ideas and opinions, and does not necessarily reflect those of ILIA or its stakeholders.

Salah As-Sawy (Arabic) - Article - courtesy of Dr. Salah As-Sawy
Waleed Basyouni - Short Article - courtesy of Muslim Matters
Ayman Nassar - 40-Min Talk - Jummah khutbah at a DC area Masjid
Yasir Qadhi - Short Article - courtesy of Muslim Matters
Tariq Swedan (Arabic) - You Tube Video

Inshaa Allah ILIA will translate the Arabic articles into English soon.

PMP Exam Prep: 4 Days (2 Weekends) PMP 400

PMP 400: 4 Day PMP Training, 2 Weekends

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Instruction: 35 Hr interactive training / coaching class from 9:00am to 6:00pm.

Instructor: Ayman Nassar, PMP, CSEP, M.Sc. Eng Mgmt

Each student will receive the following:
“Passing the Project Management Exam – PMP Certification Practice Book”
“Passing the Project Management Professional Exam: PMP Certification Review Book”
Class handouts
White papers
Real PMI case studies
Topics not in PMBOK but on the exam
Class drills
Interactive group activities
Custom study plans
Tips, tricks, study aids, practice charts
Office supplies to make studying efficient and easy

See Location details in event details

Topics Covered:
Full PMBOK topics, practice problems, mini quizzes, group activities, practical case studies, application of the PMBOK. More than just exam preparation.

Why Attend this Workshop?
The best of times to invest in one’s professional development are times like these. Grow your skills and capabilities to grow your career. Now is the time to act to land that dream job.
Our approach is unique and is more than just exam preparation. It is project management education as well.

What Will I Gain if I Attend the Workshop?
  • How to lead projects, how to define project scope and manage it, how to integrate the various aspects of a project, how to manage project cost, risk, and schedule. How to manage project communications, procurement and teams. We cover the PMBOK from A to Z and more.
  • Special study guide and summaries saving you hours of reading, studying and frustration.
  • Years of practical experience tips, straight from the field. We bring you experiences from various industries and sectors.
  • The perspective of PMI with you. We explain why what most people will consider to be a correct answer is not the PMI perspective. We practice and analyze real case studies prepared by PMI.
  • Tons of questions to practice for the exam, our latest PMP preparation book covers all sections of the PMBOK and other areas which are included in the exam, but not in the PMBOK.
  • Interactive drills and activities to make learning fun.
  • ready to pass. All you need to do is attend and study!

Who should Attend?
Individuals interested in pursuing PMP certification (PMBOK 2008, Fourth Edition)

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Refund Policy

See ILIA Refund Policy on website at
If you miss a class due to an emergency, or fail to pass the PMP exam you may retake the training for free next time offered by ILIA

Strategic Planning for Islamic Non-Profits (GOL 141)

This 7 hr intensive workshop will provide Islamic non-profit administrators and leaders a new perspective on strategic planning for their Muslim community center or non-profit organization, with the goal of allowing our organizations to develop strategic differentiation and operational excellence.

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Who Should Attend
Imams ● School Principals ● Board Members ● Chairmen ● Community Leaders ● Managers ● Professionals ● Business Owners

Course Objectives
  • Learn the different types of planning and when to use each
  • Learn how to plan for various purposes
  • Learn how to become more efficient, effective and agile
  • Learning the concept of service management while planning
  • Learn practical aspects related to planning
  • Learn how to raise the quality and value of services offered at Islamic non-profits
Course Prerequisites

  • AA degree and 10 years of experience, or B.A/B.S degree with 5 years of experience
  • Admitted into ILIA through completion of ILIA admission process
Course Content

  • What is a service organization
  • The enterprise perspective of planning
  • Engineering the service organization
  • A New Paradigm in managing and operating Islamic centers and schools
  • Strategic planning and new perspectives for Islamic non-profits
  • Tactical and operational planning
  • The planning process, roles, tools, activities, and practical tips
  • Case studies and practical planning exercises throughout the day
Books and Handouts

  • Service Systems Management and Engineering
  • Strategic Planning
Instructor: Ayman Nassar

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