"Returning to God" With Usama Canon in Atlanta

Oct. 24, 2014, 1:30 p.m.


442 14th Street Northwest, Atlanta, GA 30318, USA

Event Description


On account of a family emergency, unfortunately our teacher Usama Canon will no longer be able to join us this weekend. However, we are excited to announce that Shaykh Yahya Rhodus has graciously agreed to fly in on such short notice and fill in, so the program will proceed as scheduled, alhamdulillah!

For those who don't know, Yahya Rhodus is a good friend and colleague of Usama Canon. They accepted Islam around the same time, almost 20 years ago in California. They both studied with Shaykh Hamza Yusuf and subsequently traveled extensively to study traditional Islamic sciences with many prominent teachers around the world. Shaykh Yahya has also worked with Ta'leef Collective and Zaytuna College along with SeekersGuidance and many other organizations to promote an authentic experience of God's message in America.

We'll keep everyone informed of when we can reschedule for Usama Canon's visit to Atlanta soon iA, but don't miss out on this weekend's exciting program! Shaykh Yahya is really a gem, and we are fortunate that we have a person of such great caliber available on such short notice to serve our community!

Friday, October 24
"Come as You are, to Islam as It Is"
1:30pm @ Roswell Community Masjid (RCM)

"Matters of the Heart"
+ Imam Mansoor Sabree
7:00pm @ Atlanta Masjid of Al-Islam

Saturday, October 25
"Advice for Students of Knowledge & Community Leaders"
10:00am @ Masjid Omar bin Abdul Aziz

"Meeting the Divine"
+ Shaykh Muhammad Adeyinka Mendes
2:00pm @ Madina Institute U.S.A

"Islam's Cultural Imperative: Contributing with Faith in America"
7:00pm @ Al-Farooq Masjid of Atlanta

Biography of Usama Canon
Born and raised in California, Usama Canon embraced Islam in 1996 and has been a student of the tradition ever since, studying various Islamic Sciences both stateside and abroad under some of today’s foremost scholars. During the last decade, Usama served as the Outreach Director and an Arabic Instructor at Zaytuna Institute, as well as a Muslim Chaplain for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Usama is the Founding Director of Ta’leef Collective, a community based non-profit focused on assisting converts to Islam and creating healthy social and sacred spaces. He is also a spiritual advisor to the Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN), visiting Chicago monthly in this capacity. In addition to speaking in various communities throughout the United States, Usama leads workshops and retreats worldwide. His professional interests include contemporary issues and solutions related to the American Muslim experience, as well as the development of support systems for ex-offenders. Usama resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and four children.

Biography of Imam Mansoor Sabree
Imam Mansoor Sabree is the Resident Imam of the Atlanta Masjid of Al-Islam in Atlanta, GA. The Atlanta Masjid is a 501(c)(3) non-profit religious institution with one of the largest congregations of indigenous Muslim Americans in the United States. Imam Sabree is a student of the late Imam W. Deen Mohammed. He studied Arabic and Islamic Law at the Abu Noor University in Damascus, Syria under of the late Grand Mufti, Shiekh Ahmed Kuftaro. Imam Sabree is dedicated to building a model Muslim community where every citizen makes a worthy contribution.

Biography of Shaykh Muhammad Mendes
Muhammad Adeyinka Mendes serves as Founding Director of SacredService for Human Liberation, Lead Arabic Instructor for Fawakih Institute Atlanta, and as a Lecturer and Assistant Imam at Madina Institute USA. After embracing the Universal Religion of the Prophets at the age of 17, he specialized in Arabic at the university level, and has been trained for over two decades in the classical Sacred Sciences by notable scholars from around the world. In addition to establishing the Annual Rawdah Deen Intensive in 2003, a grassroots educational initiative, he has focused on translating and teaching rare Arabic manuscripts from Black Africa concerning theology, Qur'anic exegesis, jurisprudence, ethics, spirituality, medicine, and metaphysics, authored by her greatest spiritual and intellectual giants.

Edit This Event Last Edited By: Ahmed Salim on Oct. 24, 2014, 12:41 p.m.