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A One Day Festival Exploring The Stories Of Victory In The Quran

In times where many of us feel defeated, we need to remind ourselves how Allah defines winning at life.

So let’s do that together!

It’s sure to be an unforgettable experience, and we’re honored to have IlmFest return to Houston in 2024.

Come share in the knowledge!

Join Us On February 3rd

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The Festival Of Knowledge Is Coming To Houston

Join the AlMaghrib family for our annual festival of knowledge coming to Houston!

Bringing together Dr. Waleed Basyouni, Dr. Omar Suleiman, Shaykh Suleiman Hani, Shaykh Ammar AlShukry, Shaykh Omar Hedroug, Shaykh Kamal El Mekki, Shaykh Majed Mahmoud, Shaykh Yaser Birjas, Ustadha Sarah Sultan, Dr. Farhan Abdul Azeez and hosted by Boonaa Mohammed, for a day-long event packed with inspirational talks and panel discussions all about one word:

Stories of Victory in the Quran!

Join us for a full day of knowledge, entertainment, food, and a unique night bazaar for you and your whole family!

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Confirmed Speakers

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Dr. Omar Suleiman is the President of the Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research and a professor of Islamic Studies at Southern Methodist University. He’s also the resident scholar of the Valley Ranch Islamic Center, and Co-Chair of Faith Forward Dallas at Thanks-Giving Square, a multi-faith alliance for peace and justice.

Originally from New Orleans, LA, he began his journey of traditional Islamic learning in the year 2000 and has spent years studying in the United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Malaysia, etc. Upon becoming certified in various traditional sciences, he completed a Bachelor’s degree in Islamic law, a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, a Master’s degree in Islamic Finance, a Master’s Degree in Political History, and is in the process of completing his PhD from the International Islamic University of Malaysia in Islamic Thought and Civilization.

Dr. Omar Suleiman

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A director at AlMaghrib and Imam at Clear Lake Islamic Center. Dual Bachelors in Islamic Studies and Marketing. He is the author of the poetry collection “What the Pen Wrote: The Collected Poems of Ammar AlShukry” and his course A Mindful Salah is currently available at

Sh. Ammar Alshukry

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President of AlMaghrib Institute. Senior Scholar. Head of Islamic Theology and Ethics Department. Master’s in Islamic Theology, World Religions and Modern Religious Sects. PhD in Theology. Imam of Clear Lake Islamic Center. Director of Texas Da‘wah Convention. Gives fatwah as member of American Muslim Jurists Association (AMJA). Answers fiqh questions on Twitter.

Dr. Waleed Basyouni

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Shaykh Suleiman Hani is the Director of Academic Affairs at AlMaghrib Institute, a research scholar for Yaqeen Institute, and a resident scholar in Michigan. At the age of 14, Suleiman completed a 10-month Qur’an memorization program and began his intensive studies under numerous scholars, earning dozens of traditional religious certifications in the process. He later earned a master’s degree from the University of Jordan’s College of Shari’ah, ranking first in his class, and a master’s degree from Harvard University, where he studied religions, philosophy, political science, and psychology.

Sh. Suleiman Hani

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Shaykh Yaser Birjas is the Head of our Islamic Law and Theory Department. Often described as the fatherly figure by students, Shaykh Yaser exudes a calm, gentle and caring demeanour that welcomes students to ask questions with awe and respect.

Shaykh Yaser started his career in Electronic Engineering in the UAE, then in Madinah where he graduated as class Valedictorian with the highest honors from the Islamic University of Madinah’s College of Shari’ah (Fiqh and Usul) in 1996. He learned from various highly respected scholars such as Shaykh Mohammed Amin Al-Shanqiti and Shaykh Al-‘Uthaymin.

Sh. Yaser Birjas

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Dr. Farhan Abdul Azeez was born and raised in Michigan. He has studied Arabic and Tajweed in Egypt, and Arabic and Islamic Studies with local institutes and teachers in the US.

Farhan completed his undergraduate and medical studies at Michigan State University, where he later served as Clinical Faculty to the College of Osteopathic Medicine. He currently is a practicing Emergency Medicine physician.

Due to his love of cats, some of his friends have dubbed him “Abu Hurairah”.

Dr. Farhan Abdul Azeez

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Ustadha Sarah Sultan is a licensed professional counselor, having obtained a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling and has practiced therapy for nearly 10 years.

She is both a research fellow at Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research, a teacher at Mishkah University, and one of the newest instructors here at AlMaghrib.

With her commitment to her work and fascination with the intersections between Islamic spirituality, psychology, and counseling, Ustadha Sarah brings a unique insight into a field of knowledge absolutely critical for the modern Muslim community.

Ust. Sarah Sultan

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While in college, Shaykh Omar was accepted as a scholarship student at the Islamic University of Madinah. He completed an Associates Degree in the Arabic language and a Bachelor’s Degree from the College of Shariah, graduating with the highest honors from the faculty of Islamic Law. While in Madinah, he also attended classes at the Prophet’s mosque studying the various Islamic sciences. He recently moved back to Chicago where he resides with his family. He currently serves as the full time youth director at the Islamic Center of Naperville.

Sh. Omar Hedroug

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Majed Mahmoud is one of the leading activists of Da‘wah in his community. With his heart-touching reminders and soft approach, Majed makes Islam digestible and beloved to people of all ages.

Majed is a shining example for students seeking growth and development within Islamic Studies. He’s the first graduate of AlMaghrib Institute to become one of its instructors, performing exceptionally in over 50 seminars including theology, Islamic jurisprudence, and Quranic Sciences. As Majed travels worldwide lecturing about different aspects of Islam, he works full-time as a mechanical engineer.

He has completed Bachelor’s degree in Islamic Jurisprudence & Legal Theory from Al-Madinah International University. He also has a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Windsor and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Wayne State University.

Sh. Majed Mahmoud

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Shaykh Kamal El Mekki has been dubbed the Black Belt of Da‘wah. With decades of experience in the Da‘wah scene, Shaykh Kamal combines his ground-breaking teaching style with his own dash of humor, certain to leave students feel at ease & entertained, but above all skilled and empowered.

Shaykh Kamal is known best for his workshop “How to Give Shahadah in 10 Minutes”, a 6-hour workshop designed to empower MSAs and Dawah organizations in the art of Da‘wah. His lectures and online videos (targeting contemporary challenges) have also gained popular fame and positive impact among Muslims and non-Muslims alike. Educated at the hands of numerous prominent Islamic scholars from across the world, Shaykh Kamal also has dynamic experience in the secular world.

Sh. Kamal El Mekki

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Boona Mohammed

Details & Tickets


February 3
11AM - 8PM
Wyndham Hotel
8686 Kirby Dr

General Admission


Per Person


Kids Program


Per Child


Live Stream


Suggested Price - $45


Sponsorship Opportunities

IlmFest is a wonderful opportunity for you to grow your business and provide exposure to a diverse Muslim market. With over 2000+ Muslims expected to attend this single-day event with frequent breaks in between every speaker – it will give you and your business the opportunity to easily promote your products.

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Program Schedule

11:20 AM

Sh Mohammad Faqih

The Criterion: The Victory at Badr

11:40 AM

Sh Farhan Abdulazeez

The Tyrant of Egypt: Musa v. Fir'awn

12:00 PM

Sr. Omar Hedroug

The Ark of Success: The Story of Nuh

12:20 PM

Sh Kamal ElMekki

Success VS Happiness

12:40 PM

Imam Wisam Sharieff

Your Recitation Revamped

12:50 PM

Sh Waleed Basyouni

Special Ceremony

1:15 PM - 2:35 PM


2:40 PM

Dr Omar Suleiman &
Sh Ammar Alshukry

From Palestine to Sudan

3:10 PM

Various Instructors


3:40 PM

Dr. Omar Suleiman

Dawood v. Jaloot

4:00 PM


Asr Prayer

4:30 PM

Sh Majed Mahmoud

The Story of Aasiyah

4:55 PM

Sh Suleiman Hani

The View from Paradise

5:15 PM

Sh Ammar Alshukry

The People of the Ditch

5:35 PM

Sr Sarah Sultan

Mental Keys for Difficult Times

6:00 PM


6:30 PM

Special Gues


6:35 PM

Sh Yaser Birjas

The Victory of Prophet Muhammad (S)

7:00 PM

Sh Waleed Basyouni

Divine & Universal Laws of Victory

7:30 PM

Sh Waleed Basyouni &
Sh Suleiman Hani

Victory in Action

8:00 PM


Closing Remarks

8:10 PM


Isha Prayer