Imam Bashar Arafat spoke with the campus community on January 7, 2011. His Bio: Born and raised in Damascus, Syria. He attended Damascus University and graduated with a degree in Islamic Studies and Arabic Language in 1987 and a degree in Islamic Law in 1988. He served as Imam in Damascus from 1981 to 1989 and was then invited to the United States to lecture in various Islamic Centers. He was Imam of the Islamic Society of Baltimore, Maryland Inc. from 1989 to 1993, founded An-Nur Institute for Islamic Studies and Arabic Language in Baltimore in 1993, co-founded An-Nur Mosque in Carney, Maryland and was the Imam from 1995 to 1997. Currently he is President of the Islamic Affairs Council of Maryland. He taught courses at St. Mary’s Seminary and University, the University of Maryland in Baltimore County (UMBC), Johns Hopkins University, Goucher College, as well as Potomac College in Washington, DC. Currently he is teaching at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland.