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A Weekend with Zaytuna College
Risala Foundation is pleased to offer a one-of-a-kind opportunity for Houston: 
Meet the founders of Zaytuna College over the course of three days in multiple forums and settings.
Saturday, May 12
Building Zaytuna College - Brick by Brick 
with the Co-Founders of Zaytuna College
Sunday, May 13
The Prophet (s) and His Companions:
Lessons in Leadership for Our Times
with Shaykh Hamza Yusuf and Imam Zaid Shakir
Zaytuna College is embarking upon a journey to become the first accredited Muslim liberal arts college in the United States -- and, they are entering a pivotal year in their growth.

They have an exciting opportunity to secure a permanent campus in Berkeley, California, that will firmly root Zaytuna in one of the major intellectual centers of the United States. You are invited to join the founders, Imam Zaid Shakir and Shaykh Hamza Yusuf for a special benefit dinner reception in Houston. There, they will share with you the highlights of their successful past year and announce the details of their future home.

Date & Time: Saturday, May 12 at 6:30 PM 
Venue: The Westin Galleria, 5060 West Alabama St, Houston TX
Featuring: Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, Imam Zaid Shakir, Dr. Hatem Bazian
Price: $50/individual 
Registration: SOLD OUT
Complimentary child care will be available.  

Leaders have the power to do significant good or harm.  The headlines on a daily basis confront us with failure of leadership at religious, educational and political institutions, with a void of moral judgment found at the very top. Repeatedly, the motif of people in positions of power failing to act with moral authority is found.  

Leaders impact the communities around them and their actions can be the deciding factor between success and failure.  What are the moral challenges and requirements of leadership? What does Islam say about leadership and what should we expect from our leaders?  How can we hold our leaders more accountable in light of Islamic teachings?

This discussion will feature two of the most prominent scholars in the world and will take an interdisciplinary approach to leadership ethics, balancing theory with practicality.

11:00 AM..........Lunch | Meet & Greet
12:00 PM..........Registration and Entry
12:30 PM..........Qur'an Recitation and Introduction
12:35 PM..........Leadership of the Companions (Imam Zaid Shakir)
  1:10 PM..........Leadership of the Prophet (s) (Shaykh Hamza Yusuf)
  1:40 PM..........A Conversation on Leadership for Our Times (Imam Zaid & Shaykh Hamza)
2:30 PM............Conclusion and Prayer
Note: This program will begin promptly on time.

Venue: The Turquoise Center, 9301 W.Belfort Avenue, Houston, Texas 
Price: $10 General Admission | $5 Students
Complimentary child care available

Friday, May 11
Khutbahs Across Houston: One God, One People
Imam Zaid Shakir at Masjid ElFarouq
1207 Conrad Sauer Drive, Houston, TX at 1:30 PM

Shaykh Hamza Yusuf at ISGH-Maryam Islamic Center
 504 Sartartia Road, Sugar Land, TX at 1:30 PM

Dr. Hatem Bazian at ISGH-Masjid Hamza
6233 Tres Lagunas Drive, Houston, TX at 1:30 PM


IMAM ZAID SHAKIR is a graduate of Abu Noor University in Damascus, Syria, and he holds an M.A. degree in Political Science from Rutgers University. He is the author and translator of several books, including Scattered Pictures: Reflections of an American Muslim (Zaytuna, 2005) and Imam Harith al-Muhasibi's Treatise for the Seekers of Guidance (NID, 2008).

SHAYKH HAMZA YUSUF is an adviser to the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies at Standford University and to the Center for Islamic Studies at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. He has translated into modern English several classical Arabic texts and poems, including The Creed of Imam al-Tahawi (Zaytuna, 2007) and The Prayer of the Oppressed (Sandala, 2010).

DR. HATEM BAZIAN holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy and Islamic Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. He also serves as a senior lecturer in the Departments of Near Eastern Studies and Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley, teaching courses on Islamic law and society, Islam in America, religious studies, and Arabic language.