Born on in 1948 at sea to Palestinian refugee parents, Dr. Ahmad was raised in Pennsylvania. He graduated cum laude from Harvard in 1970 and in 1975 obtained a Ph. D. in astronomy and astrophysics from the University of Arizona. He teaches an introductory course on Islam at the Wesley Theological Seminary and holds a position as senior lecturer at the University of Maryland in College Park, MD where he has taught honors courses in “Religion and Progress” and on “Religion, Science, and Freedom.” Dr. Ahmad has lectured on Islam at the Foreign Services Institute and for the Joint Special Operations University’s Middle East Orientation Course. He has done postdoctoral work in astronomy at Harvard, the University of Maryland, and under contract to Goddard Space Flight Center and for private firms. He is currently President of the Minaret of Freedom Institute, an Islamic think-tank in the Washington, DC area.
Dr. Ahmad is author of Signs in the Heavens, co-editor of Islam and the West: A Dialog, and co-author of Islam and the Discovery of Freedom. Dr. Ahmad‘s essay “An Islamic Perspective on the Wealth of Nations” appears in the International Library of Critical Writings on Economics series #129 The Economics of Property Rights. He is also an Islamic chaplain at American University, the Adventist Behavioral Center and the Perkins Hospital, Imam of the Dar-adh-Dhikr Mosque, President of the Islamic-American Zakat Foundation, and arbitrator for the Coordinating Council of Muslim Organizations in the Greater Washington Metropolitan Area. He resides in Bethesda with his wife Frances.
Dr. Ahmad has been a Libertarian Party (LP) activist since 1975. He has managed four Libertarian campaigns including Steve Ziegler’s successful election to School Board in Charles County, Maryland. He himself was the Maryland LP candidate for U.S. Senate in 1988. He has been a member of the national LP Platform Committee seven times. He has previously held positions as Secretary of the LPUS, Chair of the Maryland LP, Chair of the LP Judicial Committee, and was chair of the Muslim Outreach Committee of the Michael Badnarik for President Campaign in 2004. He is the 2012 Libertarian candidate for US Senate in Maryland.
Dr. Ahmad has received the “Star Cup for Outstanding Public Service” award from the Montgomery County Civic Federation, the “Champion of Democracy Award” from Marylanders for Democracy, the “Samuel P. Chase Freedom Award” from the Libertarian Party of Maryland, and the “Sentinel Award” from the Montgomery County Civic Federation.
Mark Samuel is the President and Founder of IMPAQ, a global consulting firm providing coaching and consulting with an emphasis on Corporate and Personal Accountability. He is also the author of the acclaimed Creating the Accountable Organization and co-author of The Power of Personal Accountability: Achieve What Matters to You. An award-winning speaker, Mark has addressed national conferences of ASTD, AQP, ODN, ASHHRA and ISPI. He has moved audiences in Europe and North and South America to effective action with his engaging, inspirational, humorous, interactive and thought-provoking presentations.