The aim of this committee is two-fold. One, it seeks to empower and equip our community members with knowledge about their legal rights in the United States, as citizens entitled to equal treatment under the law. Two, it seeks to provide education related to Islamic jurisprudence about personal matters such as marriage contracts, divorce, estates, wills, etc. The work of the committee is conducted by:

  • Hosting CLE-accredited panel sessions on U.S. Law, as well as educational sessions on Islamic law to help self-educate the Muslim American community.

  • Responding to national legal crises which intersect Islamic and U.S. Law, with a myriad of scholars coming together to explore legal problem-solving.

  • Building a database of Know Your Rights materials to benefit the community.

Sayyid Ali Tofigh

Education Chair |

Sayyid Ali is a resident of the Washington D.C. area. After receiving his high school diploma at the age of 14, he pursued his studies in the international Hawza of Qom under Al-Mustafa International University where he received his degree in Islamic Studies and Jurisprudence after six years of study. Prior to starting kharij courses, he then returned to the USA and graduated with a Juris Doctorate from the George Washington University Law School in 2019.

Nabil AnsarI

Education Vice Chair 

Nabil is an Associate at O'Melveny & Myers LLP, where his practice focuses on financial services and healthcare law.  He also maintains a significant pro bono practice, including civil rights litigation that helped Muslim federal inmates obtain halal meals while incarcerated.  He holds a J.D. from New York University School of Law, where he was a Furman Academic Scholar and an Institute for International Law & Justice Scholar, as well as an M.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley, where he is a doctoral candidate, and a B.A. with High Honors from the College of Letters at Wesleyan University.  He served as co-chair of the Muslim Law Students Association at New York University School of Law and co-chair of the Muslim Students Association at Wesleyan University. 

2020 EDUCATION Committee Members

​Ali Tofigh, Nabil Ansari, Salmah Y. Rizvi, Mohammad Ali Naquvi, Carl Meyer

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