Mohammad H. Fadel is a graduate of Evans High School (1984) and is now a Professor of Law at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, which he joined in January 2006. He wrote his Ph.D. dissertation on medieval Islamic law while at the University of Chicago. He received his JD from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1999, was admitted to the Bar of New York in 2000 and practiced law New York City between 2001-2005. Professor Fadel also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Paul V. Niemeyer of the United States Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit and the Honorable Anthony A. Alaimo of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia. Professor Fadel has published numerous articles in Islamic legal history and Islam and liberals
Imam Jawad Rasul is the Imam of the Islamic Society of
At the age of 17, he became the Imam in a Masjid in Queens.
He remained busy continuing to develop, holding several positions in different
institutions throughout his career, he has delivered well over a thousand
speeches, lectures, or presentations in mosques, Muslim Student Associations
and other organizations.
Imam Jawad also holds a bachelor’s degree in Media and
Communications Arts with a major in Film and Video Production and an unofficial
minor in Political Science from City College of New York.
Victoria Ugur Clare
She holds an MBA from the University of South Carolina. She
worked in Production Planning at Club Car and in Procurement at Bechtel
Victoria studied Islamic theology and practice in numerous
programs under various scholars in the US and abroad, including completing an
Islamic Study diploma course from iSyllabus in the UK
Victoria is active in numerous Islamic, interfaith, and
charitable activities. She co-founded
interfaith dialog programs in Las Vegas, called “Women in Dialog for
Understanding,” and in Augusta, called CSRA-Women Interfaith Network.
Dr. Adel Bakr
Dr. Adel Bakr holds a Ph.D. in Water Resources (Hydrology)
from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology. He is now a professor
at Georgia Military College since 2005.
He has been active in interfaith dialogues and in presenting
various Islamic topics to civic and religious institutions in the US for over
35 years. He offered a series of lectures on Islam and Islamic arts and culture
to the Academy of Lifelong Learning of the University of South Carolina-Aiken.
The Islamic Society of Augusta (ISA) condemns in the strongest possible terms the horrific attack on Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh on Saturday (October 28, 2018). We join with all Muslims and other faith organizations across the country, noting that the heinous and cowardly attack is totally inconsistent with the tenets of our faiths. Islam’s holy book, The Qur’an, says (paraphrased) “If one murders an innocent person, it is as if he murdered all of mankind.” Indeed, American Muslims today feel as if they were attacked along with America’s Jews.
Our hearts are filled with grief and sympathy for the congregation of Tree of Life, especially the families of those killed or injured in the attack. We express our solidarity with the Jewish community during this time of shock and grief.
Our members with means are contributing to national Muslim organizations who are collecting donations to support the synagogue. Muslim representatives in Pittsburgh offered to assist the suffering congregation, whatever their needs.
Just as important as tending to short-term needs is finding a way to eliminate mass killings in the future. These tragedies are becoming a recurring phenomenon of our society. They happen with increasing frequency in schools, concerts, and other public places, but, most sinisterly, in places of worship. We recall vividly the similar attacks on a Sikh temple in Milwaukee in 2012, an African-American church in nearby Charleston in 2015 and a church in Sutherland Springs, TX in 2017.
Our national leaders are not taking seriously the need to curb religious intolerance and gun violence, so it falls upon individual citizens to do so. Americans must come together to restore civilized values to our society and embrace respect and understanding between all faiths and races. We must demand an end to political rhetoric that inflames bigotry and breeds violence, whether it is overt or by inference. We must not elect politicians who embrace extremists.
We pray that God will enable our efforts to engender the peace that we so desperately desire.