Please join us on Sunday, November 13th for a very special evening dedicated to gathering our community for the common vision of educating our children.  Since our humble beginnings in a yurt as 6 students in 2002, Northstar has grown to 170 students on our own campus. We will be celebrating our wonderful growth and academic achievements at our fall dinner, 20 Years Strong. It has taken a village to accomplish our dream of obtaining a permanent property for the school and developing a solid academic program, and we are most grateful to everyone who has helped us to achieve that milestone. Please come and lend your support to the creation of a beautiful new place for the flourishing of the minds and hearts of our children and community.

Educating Our Children to Thrive

a celebration with performances from Northstar students and special guests Dr. Hatem Bazian and Imam Tahir Anwar.

Sunday, Nov. 13, 2022 at 5:00 pm

at Royal Palace, 6058 Stevenson Blvd., Fremont, CA 94538  (Map)


  • Tickets: $50, dinner included ($75 at the door)
  • Pre-registered childcare available (ages 3-10): $20 per child
  • Program includes dinner, performance by students, and keynote address
  • Full table premium reservation (10 seats) available for $500.
Speaker Bios
Dr. Hatem Bazian

is a co-founder and Professor of Islamic Law and Theology at Zaytuna College, the 1st Accredited Muslim Liberal Arts College in the United States. In addition, Prof. Bazian is a lecturer in the Departments of Near Eastern and Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Bazian between 2002-2007, also served as an adjunct professor of law at Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley. He teaches courses on Islamic Law and Society, Islam in America: Communities and Institutions, De-Constructing Islamophobia and Othering of Islam, Religious Studies, and Middle Eastern Studies. In addition to Berkeley, Prof. Bazian served as a visiting Professor in Religious Studies at Saint Mary’s College of California 2001-2007 and adviser to the Religion, Politics and Globalization Center at UC Berkeley.

In Spring 2009, Prof. Bazian founded at Berkeley the Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project at the Center for Race and Gender, a research unit dedicated to the systematic study of Othering Islam and Muslims. Prof. Bazian in Spring 2012 launched the Islamophobia Studies Journal, which is published bi-annually through a collaborative effort between the Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project of the Center for Race and Gender at the University of California at Berkeley, the Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Initiative for the School of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University; the Center for Islamic Studies at the Graduate Theological Union, the International Centre for Muslim and non-Muslim Understanding at the University of South Australia, and Zaytuna College.

In addition to academic work, Dr, Bazian is a weekly columnist for the Turkish Daily Sabah Newspaper and Turkey Agenda online magazine. Dr. Bazian is founder and national Chair of American Muslims for Palestine, board member of the Islamic Scholarship Fund, Muslim Legal Fund of America, President of Dollar for Deen Charity, and Chair of Northern California Islamic Council.

Imam Tahir Anwar

Imam Tahir Anwar is an American Muslim American scholar and preacher. Born in London, England, he has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1983. After completing his religious studies, Imam Tahir has served the Bay Area Muslim community since 2000. He also teaches Islamic Law at the renowned Zaytuna College, America’s first Muslim liberal arts college located in Berkeley, CA.  In addition, he is the founding board member of Averroes High School, the Bay Area’s first Muslim high school. He is currently the chairman of the board of NISA (North American Islamic Shelter for the Abused), an organization that works towards alleviating issues related to domestic violence.  He has a passion for community service. He served on the Human Rights Commission for the City of San Jose for over 5 years, and the Human Relations Commission for the County of Santa Clara for one year. He also leads a group for Hajj each year.

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