McSA to host Khizr Khan, famous for Trump criticism, during week-long programming

Jonah Dylan, Assistant Campus Editor

Lawyer and activist Khizr Khan, famous for his speech at the 2016 Democratic National Convention, will join a host of speakers for the Muslim-cultural Students Association’s annual Discover Islam Week.

Khan will speak Thursday about the current political climate. Khan previously gained fame after his speech criticizing Donald Trump for his anti-immigrant rhetoric. Khan’s son, Humayun Khan, died in 2004 while fighting in the Iraq War.

The week will culminate with a keynote address from Muslim scholar Nouman Ali Khan, who is the founder, CEO and lead instructor at Bayyinah, an organization that seeks to make Arabic and Quranic studies accessible to everyone. Khan previously worked as a professor of Arabic studies at Nassau Community College and has written and contributed to a number of works related to these topics.

Additional programming includes a talk Wednesday featuring fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad, who became the first athlete to compete in the Olympics for the United States while wearing a hijab at the 2016 games in Rio de Janeiro. She also became the first Muslim-American woman to win a medal at the Olympics, winning bronze in team sabre.

Comedian Jeremy McLellan will also perform at an event Tuesday night. McLellan is based in Charleston, South Carolina, and won the Charleston stand up comedy competition in both 2015 and 2016.

Co-president Rimsha Ganatra said she’s looking forward to the week ahead.

“I really love the diversity of the speakers we have (and) the idea of everything that they all bring and encompassing Islam with so many different aspects of it,” the Weinberg senior said.

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