We are blessed with the opportunity to learn from these scholars and practitioners: Dr. Umar Abd-Allah, Dr. Karim Lahham, Dr. Adi Setia, Anthony Milroy, Othman Llewellyn, Hakim Archuletta, Sana Syed and Rhamis Kent.
Dr. Umar Faruq Abd-Allah
Dr. Umar Abd-Allah (Wymann-Landgraf) is an American Muslim who embraced Islam in 1970. He studied Arabic and Islamic Studies at the University of Chicago and received his doctorate there in 1978. He taught at the Universities of Windsor (Ontario), Temple, Michigan, and King Abdul-Aziz (Jeddah). During several years abroad, he was able to study with a number of traditional Islamic scholars. He returned to the United States in 2000 under the auspices of the Nawawi Foundation (Chicago), where he worked until 2011. He taught Islamic studies at Darul Qasim (Chicago) from 2012 until 2013. He is currently engaged in independent research, writing, and teaching activities with institutions across the United States, Europe, and Africa with a focus on Islamic theology. Among his written works are A Muslim in Victorian America: The Life of Alexander Russell Webb (Oxford University Press) and Malik and Medina: Islamic Legal Reasoning in the Formative Period (Brill).
Dr. Karim Lahham
Dr. Karim Lahham is a Barrister-at-Law of the Inner Temple, London, and Senior Research Fellow at Tabah Foundation, UAE. Karim has a Masters from the Royal College of Art, studied law at St Edmund Hall, Oxford, and completed a doctorate in Islamic Studies at Pembroke College, Cambridge.
His recent publications include: Gandhi, Islam, and the Principles of Non-Violence and Attachment to Truth; Being Good: An Ontological View of Ethics.
Rhamis Kent is an American who became Muslim in July 1999 in the early days of the community surrounding Hamza Yusuf and Zaytuna Institute (now Zaytuna College) in the San Francisco Bay Area.
He is a consultant with formal training in mechanical engineering (University of Delaware, B.S.M.E. '95) and permaculture-based regenerative whole systems design serving as a registered certified Permaculture Design instructor with PRI Australia.
He also serves as a co-director of the Permaculture Research Institute and a member of Permaculture Sustainable Consulting Pty Ltd (PSC).
Rhamis has taught Permaculture Design (formal Certification and short Intensive courses) in Palestine/Occupied West Bank, Greece, Ethiopia, Yemen, Turkey, Thailand, Italy, Jordan, Morocco, Tunisia, and The United States (California & Vermont). He has also performed additional consultancy work on projects in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Western Sahara.
Othman Abd-ar- Rahman Llewellyn is an ecological planner (currently in the Saudi
Wildlife Authority and previously in the Hajj Research Centre). He is a member of
the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas, World Commission on
Environmental Law, and Species Survival Commission Arabian Plants Specialist
In his writings, he calls to a vision of Islamic ethics that seeks the utmost good for
all created beings. Among his published works are “The Basis for a Discipline of
Islamic Environmental Law” in Islam and Ecology: A Bestowed Trust, R. C. Foltz, et
al. (Eds.), Harvard Divinity School, 2003 and “Traditional Conservation Practices in
the Red Sea Region of Saudi Arabia” in People of the Red Sea (Oxford:
Archaeopress, 2005). He is a co-author of Environmental Protection in Islam
(Himayat al-Bi’ah fi’l-Islam), 2nd rev ed., IUCN Environmental Policy and Law paper
no. 20 Rev. (1994), and “In Jabal Aja” (with A. Abdallah) in The Face of the Earth
by SueEllen Campbell, et al. University of California Press, 2011. He served on the
drafting team of the “Islamic Declaration on Global Climate Change” launched in
Istanbul in August 2015. He has written Saudi Arabia’s protected area system plan and is preparing a monograph on ecological implications of the ethics of Islam.
Anthony. G. Milroy. M.Sc. Agric. Eng. FRSA.
An upbringing ‘Learning by Doing’ under the tutelage of his Scottish father, a traditional, mixed farming, estate manager in the UK’s rural, northern uplands and graduate studies in Agricultural & Natural Sciences enabled Tony, whilst living and working alongside Yemen’s farmers’ over four decades, to absorb and document their still practised, rainfed and oasis holistic husbandry heritage, evolved and perfected over six millennia.
His subsequent, Winston Churchill Traveling Fellowship resulted in him writing and producing a five-part TV documentary series comparing traditional and modern, arid-zone farming systems, titled ‘The Hanging Gardens of Arabia’ and broadcast in over forty countries. Over three decades pioneering self-help, Urban Oases, Paradise Gardens and ‘Tropicallotment’ initiatives with low-income, inner-city, multi-faith and ethnicity groups also resulted in him developing innovative, ‘Learning by Growing, Tree & Veg. Packs’, enabling schoolchildren and their parents to sow and grow on hundreds of thousands of indigenous trees.
His practical experience with many cultures, in different climates, leaves him still convinced that collaborative, traditional husbandry and nutritious, communal cooking embedded in family and locality still remains the bedrock of stable and fulfilling livelihoods, where humankind best respects God, Nature and their fellowmen.
Hakim Archuletta has worked within the healing arts profession for over forty years. His interest in
natural medicine, the body and Gods Creation began as a young child. Previous, formal studies were in Fine Arts, graphic arts, cinema, theatre and ethnomusicology.
After becoming Muslim he began the study of homeopathy with John Damonte in London, was invited to study traditional Unani medicine in the manner of the Hakims by Hakim Muhammad Said of the Hamdard foundation and did so with various Hakims (traditional Islamic Doctors) his primary teacher being Hakim Taqiuddin Ahmad in Karachi where he also learned traditional pharmacy and was supported by grants from The Bawani Trust.
Returning to the United States he began practicing what he had learned, set up a family practice clinic in Santa Barbara California, began teaching students and acting as a counselor, taught science at high school level for many years, and ran many homeopathic study groups for professional and lay persons. He began travel and teaching, counseling, and lecturing for many years at such institutions as UC Berkeley, Harvard, George Washington University, Columbia, Yale, Wellesley, Stanford, University of
Pennsylvania, Oxford and many others as well as in communities across the country and the world.
He has students and patients across the world , writes, reads and organizes poetry readings, he addressed and led the New Mexico State Legislature in prayer following 9/11 and more recently began to focus on trauma, was trained in the methods of Dr Peter Levine and others and does trainings in these principles and is developing these methods, with students and colleagues, within the foundations of our Islamic
He lives with his wife and son in the mountains of new Mexico works a great deal via the internet and travels often for workshops and lectures.
Sana Syed has a Bachelor's degree in Architecture and is completing her Master's in Religious Leadership for Social Transformation at the Chicago Theological Seminary. She is trained in Permaculture and Biodynamic Agriculture. Sana works at the Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN) as Assistant to the Director. She also serves as the Program Director for the Zawiyah Rosales. Sana loves to learn, travel and work on community projects around the globe.
Dr. Adi Setia
Dr. Adi Setia is a Coordinating Advisor at IGE Advisory (PLT), which is dedicated to the systematic operationalization of the Islamic Gift Economy (IGE). He is also actively engaged in various community-rooted initiatives among Muslims and non-Muslims in Malaysia and elsewhere pertaining to Kalam, Islamic Science, Permaculture, Agro-Ecology and the Gift Economy. Many of his most important academic papers in these areas are formally published in the Canadian journal Islamic Sciences (formerly known as Islam & Science).
Michael Sugich is a native of Santa Barbara, California and educated at UCLA and the California Institute of the Arts. He entered Islam and was initiated into a traditional Sufi order in 1972 and spent the next seven years living in and organizing Sufi communities in the UK and the US before migrating with his family to Makkah al-Mukarama, where he lived for 23 years. A writer by discipline and profession, he moved to Dubai in 2002 and led a regional public relations company he co-founded until 2014. From 2014 to 2016 he served as senior advisor to an Arab diplomat. He moved to Istanbul, Turkey in 2016
where he is engaged in writing books. He is the author of Signs on the Horizons and is finishing a new book, Hearts Turn, on the concept and reality of Repentance. He has six children and four grandchildren.