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The Islamic Speakers Bureau of Arizona

invites you to join us for the

2016 Building Bridges Awards Dinner

on October 22, 2016 at 5:30 pm !


The ISBA Building Bridges Award is given to individuals or organizations in Arizona who have shown a sincere commitment towards building bridges of understanding between different communities through education. All recipients either currently work with or have worked with the Islamic Speakers Bureau of Arizona towards this end. All winners are announced each year at the ISBA Building Bridges Awards Dinner.

The Islamic Speakers Bureau of Arizona depends on support from community members. Some give of their time, others give financial support, and yet others give of their talents. Then there are those who consistently go above and beyond. The Light of Knowledge Award helps us recognize their sincere and generous dedication to this organization.


Phoenix Airport Marriott, 1101 N. 44th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85008

Prayer accommodations will be available.


Usama Canon

Ustadh 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.


Kareem Salama

Kareem Salama.

Kareem Salama, literally translated Generous Peace, was named by his mother. He was born and raised in a small town at the edge of Green Country in Oklahoma. When talking about his birthplace Kareem says:

Oklahoma, like me, is a place where cultures meet and dance. Oklahoma is a hybrid of Southern, Western and Native American culture and thanks to my mother’s insatiable desire to learn and experience all of it she made sure that I was immersed in all of it.

As a child, I went to Indian tribal powwows, heard country music artists at the county fair and watched my favorite cowboys at the rodeo every year. My mother would take us to nearby western Arkansas just to watch an outdoor play in an amphitheater. My parents would take us to Branson, Missouri in the summertime where we’d watch live shows, listen to bluegrass music and make wax candles like it was done in the old times. They even took us to Opryland and the famous Grand Old Opry in Tennessee.

Kareem grew up to be the Renaissance man his mother and father wanted him to be. He holds a degree in chemical engineering and a graduate degree in law. He has memorized classical western poetry and classical Arabic poetry. He enjoys boxing and riding horses. But perhaps most interestingly this son of Egyptian immigrants is a singer/songwriter with a country and pop flare.


General Admission Dinner Tickets: $50 per person – You may purchase tickets at the door for $75/person. See registration table for details.

NOTE: All seating will be assigned. If you wish to sit with someone please enter their name in ‘Table Number’ window. We will do our best to honor your request.

Reserved Table Tickets: $380 per table (tables seat 8 guests)

Supporting Table Sponsor: $1,000 per table (includes table signage & 8 guest tickets)

Building Bridges Sponsor: $3,500 per table (includes name listing on sponsor slide, recognition in event program, table signage & 8 guest tickets)

Save by purchasing tickets online in advance! Dinner tickets are available online only through Friday, October 21 at 9:00pm. If you are bringing a large group, please consider purchasing a table ticket. Each table seats 8 guests.

There are no physical tickets for this event; your payment secures your reservation. Please check in at the registration table starting at 5:30pm.

Payment. Your online ticket purchase will be processed securely via PayPal. If you prefer to pay by check, please use discount code CHECK during the checkout process. Your tickets are not secured until your check is received by ISBA. Checks should be made payable to Islamic Speakers Bureau of Arizona and mailed to: 4434 N. Civic Center Plaza, Suite 201, Scottsdale, AZ 85251. All checks must be received no later than October 17th. Checks received at the door the day of the event will only be allowed for the at door price. A limited number of General Admission Dinner tickets may be available the day of the event for $75 per person; please purchase early to take advantage of the discount and reserve your seat.

Student Discount. Students may receive 20% off their dinner ticket purchase by using the discount code STUDENT at checkout. Students using this discount code must show their school ID at the registration table the evening of the event.


A zabiha chicken dinner will be served.



This event is restricted to ages 14 and up. Professional babysitting services are available for children, 10 years old and younger, at $20 per child. Deadline for pre-registration for babysitting services is Saturday, October 15 at 9:00pm. The babysitting fee includes babysitting for the entire evening plus pizza, fruit and juice. Babysitting may be purchased with the dinner tickets. You will receive an information form via email for each child needing babysitting services; please complete and return the form prior to the dinner. Advance registration is required to ensure an adequate number of caregivers is on hand the day of the event. IF SPACE IS AVAILABLE, any child needing babysitting services at the event who is not pre-registered will incur a $55 fee.



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The Islamic Speakers Bureau of Arizona gives out three types of awards at their annual Building Bridges Awards Dinner. The Building Bridges Award, The Light of Knowledge Award and The ISBA Hero Award

9/11 Food Drive

The Islamic Speakers Bureau of Arizona (ISBA) is delighted to be partnering with our Phoenix-area sponsoring organizations in order to serve those in need in our community. Last year this food drive was a re-stocking effort for The Cultural Cup Food Bank in downtown Phoenix and the Extended Hands Food Bank in Fountain Hills.

Building Bridges Dinner

ISBA annually hosts the Building Bridges Dinner where award recipients are honored. The night features an opportunity to listen to and interact with a thought provoking national scholar and ends with some light hearted entertainment.

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Sunday with a Scholar

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Movie and a Discussion

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