Early Bird Registration Deadline: Dec 31st, 2017
Registration Deadline: Jan 22nd, 2018 or registration maximum capacity reached.

Topics for the Upcoming Conference on

Principles of Giving Religious Rulings (Fatwaa)
with Practical Examples from the Reality of Muslims in America

Qualifications for Giving Religious Rulings and its Etiquette

  1. Introduction to the Qualities of a Mufti (one who gives religious verdicts) and the Phenomenon of Anarchy in giving religious rulings
  2. The relationship among those who give religious rulings: Participatory ijtihad (juristic reasoning) and its importance in dealing with new fiqh issues; partisanship and bias towards specific parties and its effect on the credibility of the religious rulings; when individual’s religious rulings be refuted and opposed; and when a judgment is to be voided.
  3. The Mufti between being certain and in doubt: when should a Mufti be certain about his fatwa; when should he give the one seeking a fatwaa options of different opinions; is it mandatory upon him to present opposing views; making a mistake in one’s fatwaa and recanting one’s opinion? 

The Parameters for Fatwaas and when Fatwaas are to Change

  1. Introduction to the parameters of fatwaas and the ethics surrounding them.

  2. Invoking exemptions between being too lax and too strict: the principle of combining between schools of fiqh; the differences between applying blameworthy exemptions and the sanctioned principle of making matters easier; the difference between Shareeah exemptions and fiqh exemptions; the principle of the Mufti directing an individual to another Mufti in order for the other Mufti to give a ruling that differs from one’s own approach; the principle of invoking a weak opinion and distinguishing between those opinions that are to be taken into consideration from those that have no merit; the anomalous fatwaas and their dangers for the Muslim community; the causes that lead jurists to rely on weak hadith and the parameters of using weak hadith in rulings or in pointing to the virtuousness of deeds.

  3. Changing fatwaas: when is it permissible to change a ruling; is the difference of opinions that exists between contemporary scholars or later scholars of the different fiqh schools to be treated in the same manner in which the differences of the early scholars is to be treated; the goals of the Shareeah and their role in determining a fatwaa.

Rulings related to the One seeking a Fatwaa

  1. Introduction to the manners and ethics of seeking a fatwaa.

  2. Between following a specific Fiqh School and refusing to acknowledge Fiqh Schools (Ijtihaad, Absolute following of a School, a balanced application of following a Fiqh School).

  3. How can a layman decide who to seek a fatwaa from? What should he do if those who give religious rulings differ in their opinions? Principles related to seeking fatwaas and rulings via the Internet.


Post-Conference Workshops

Date: Monday, Feb 26th, 2017 (8:00 AM – 5:00 PM)

Practical Family Therapy Skills for Imams 

Message from the speaker


Any psychological problem on this good earth is made worse when the family is unstable.  Conversely, a happy, stable, and sustainable family makes all problems, psychological, physical or social, better. The western developed world has seen a dissolution of the family, especially since the 1960’s, when the divorce rate in the US spiked upward, rising to more than 50%, where is remains.  Members of the Muslim faith who are assimilating to life in the US face an increasing number of family challenges.  Imams are called upon to counsel family members faced with problems they feel unprepared to solve, including: Read more


Erik Thompson, MA, Licensed Psychologist-Masters, is Executive Director of the Vermont Center for Family Studies, and Founder of Thompson Leadership Development, Inc. He had a private family therapy practice for twenty years before transitioning to family business consulting in 2008. Erik has published scientific papers on family therapy and family leadership. He has taught courses in family therapy at the University of Vermont, and provided trainings for large audiences across the country for many years. During his 15 years serving a rural community mental health agency, Erik was a therapist and clinical supervisor for exceptionally challenging cases, and later became a consultant to hospitals, prisons, and mental health teams working to find innovative solutions to persistent crisis behaviors. Erik is a member of the Bowen Center for the Study of the Family’s National Network for the Advancement of Bowen Family Systems Theory.

Media Training

Message from the speaker


Media Training Worldwide will help you learn the following skills:

  1. Appear comfortable, confident and relaxed on video/TV and in all media interviews.

  2. Frame 30 second, 3-part media messages.

  3. Answer questions from reporters in a focused, strategic manner.

  4. Formulate and speak in sound bites in order to control the exact quotes that get used in stories.

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TJ Walker is the founder of Media Training Worldwide and has been conducting media training workshops and seminars since 1984. Walker has trained Presidents of countries, Prime Ministers, Nobel Peace Prize winners, Super Bowl winners, U.S. Senators, Miss Universes and Members of Parliament.

His book, “Secret to Foolproof Presentations” was a USA Today #1 Bestseller, as well as a Wall Street Journal, and Business Week Bestseller. Walker is a also a regular contributor to Forbes and the Reuters Insider Network and has written for the Huffington Post. A frequent network news communications analyst, Walker has made more than 1000 network TV and radio appearances on CBS, ABC, Fox News Channel, MSNBC, CNN, Bloomberg TV, Al Jazeera, NBC, CCTV, Fox Business, Russia Today, HLN, TrueTV, Comedy Central, Sirius and NPR. In 2009, Walker entered the Guinness Book Of World Records for most talk show appearances ever in a 24 hour period.

Walker is also the author of “Media Training A-Z” and “Media Training Success.” Walker is also the producer/host of The TJ Walker News and Comment Channel on YouTube which has thousands of subscribers and millions of views.

Walker was a merit scholar at Duke University where he graduated magna cum laude. He has lectured or conducted trainings at Yale University, Columbia University and Princeton University.

“TJ Walker’s single-minded devotion to presentation has made him the #1 expert for executives seeking guidance on speaking to the public and media.” Bob Bowdon, Anchor/Reporter, Bloomberg Television.

“TJ Walker is the leading media trainer in the world.” Stu Miller, Viacom News Producer.

“The world’s leading presentation and media training firm.” Gregg Jarrett, Fox News Channel Anchor.


Main Conference (Feb 23rd – 25th, 2018)

Early Bird Cost: (Registration completed and paid by Dec 31st, 2017)

Main Conference: $75 for Imams, $125 for students of knowledge.

Regular Cost: (Registration completed and paid between Jan 1st and Jan 22nd, 2018)

Main conference: $100 for Imams, $150 for students of knowledge


  • Shared Room Accommodations (2 per room) (Friday & Saturday nights only)

  • Meals starting Friday night until Sunday noon (6 meals).

  • Conference Materials

Post-Conference workshop (Feb 26th, 2018)

Monday post-conference workshops: $100 for Imams only.


  • Shared room accommodation on Sunday night (Feb 25th) only.

  • Meals starting Sunday night until Monday noon

  • Workshop material

Participants must reserve hotel rooms as needed. No rooms will be automatically reserved, including complementary rooms.

Rooms reservation must be completed and submitted by Jan 22nd 2018

Extra charges apply for extra stay or private room

AMJA guarantees accommodation ONLY for those who registered before deadline.

AMJA can accommodate roommate requests only if requested partner consents, and both attendees are arriving and departing on same days.  

No children under 16 years of age allowed in conference halls.  No accommodations for childcare will be provided.