In a shocking decision, the United States Supreme Court overturned the famed ‘Roe vs. Wade decision that made abortion a constitutional right. The response to this decision has followed the predictable course of the pro-choice vs. pro-life adherents. Pro-choice advocates like the Vice-President of the United States, Kamala Harris, declared the ruling “unconstitutional.”
But for Muslims, what does Islam say about abortion, and how should we view the overturning of Roe v Wade? Should American Muslims now engage in the political fight to ensure abortion rights in states across the US? What are the rulings of Islam as it relates to abortion? Please join us for a unique conversation with Dr. Abdullah bin Hamid Ali and Ismail Royer as we closely examine the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v Wade. This session will also be a question and answer session in which you can participate. This conversation will take place this upcoming Sunday, June 26th, at 2 pm EST.
You can access this session, Live here on our website, our YouTube page, or on Facebook. So please be sure to join us for an enlightening conversation.
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Dr. Abdullah bin Hamid Ali
He holds a Ph.D. in Cultural and Historical Studies in Religion (2016) and an M.A. in Ethics and Social Theory (2012) from the Graduate Theological Union. He obtained his B.A. (ijaza ‘ulya) in Islamic Law (Shariah) from the prestigious Al-Qarawiyin University of Fes, Morocco in 2001. He served as full time Islamic chaplain at the State Correctional Institute of Chester, PA from 2002-2007, and is the founding director of the Lamppost Education Initiative. He currently serves as an Associate Professor of Islamic law and Prophetic Tradition at Zaytuna College in Berkeley, California. His research interests include the interconnection between law and identity formation, comparative Islamic law, and Islam’s role in the modern world.
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Ismail Royer is Research and Program associate at the Religious Freedom Institute (RFI), a non-profit organization based in Washington, DC. He converted to Islam in 1992 and studied political science at American University. He has studied religious sciences with scholars such as Dr. Jaafar Sheikh Idris and Sheikh Muhammad Nur Abdullah,as well as with a student of Sheikh Abdul Qadr al-Arnaout.
From 1993 to 2003, Royer worked in several non-profit Islamic organizations.
In June 2003, Royer was indicted on terrorism-related offenses for assisting the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LET) and ultimately pleaded guilty to weapons charges related to the violation of United States neutrality laws. Since his release from prison in December 2016, he has worked with nonprofits to promote peace between faiths and undermine religious extremism. His writing has appeared in publications such as the Washington Post, Journal of Religion and Society, Public Discourse, Detroit Free Press, Al Jumuah, and Muslim Matters.