Join Imam Tom as he discusses the ruthless Israeli backlash that aims to criminalize dissent from the Israeli PR campaign across the US, and how to fight back against their oppression. We will be joined by Dr. Hatem Bazian, professor of Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies at UC Berkeley and teacher of Islamic Law at Zaytuna College.
Tom Facchine (pronounced fa-KEEN-ee) converted to Islam in 2010 as he was finishing his BA in Political Science. For the next few years he studied Islam and Arabic with local teachers while working with Muslim youth, founding and directing youth groups in two different communities. In 2015 he was accepted into the University of Madinah and is now close to completing a bachelor’s degree in Islamic Law. In addition to youth group activities, for the past two years Tom has directed an after school program for young Muslims called the Ramadan Academy, which operates out of the GCLEA mosque in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Tom’s academic and personal background brings a unique dual ability to relate to mainstream Western cultural norms and engage them from a traditional Islamic perspective. His unique teaching style is highly interactive and brings high-level concepts to a level that even children can understand. He is passionate about building relationships with Muslim youth and giving them the tools and confidence to live as observant, well-adjusted people of faith in our times.
Professor at Berkeley University. Founder of the Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project at the Center for Race and Gender