Washington, DC: I had an interesting 6 hour session on: An Introduction to Maqasid al-Shariah, with a group of excellent undergraduate students from various American universities at The Fairfax Institute Winter School at the IIIT (International Institute Of Islamic Thought). Despite the sad developments that are happening in the US politically, this new generation brought me hope in an American future that is more inclusive and less divided along lines of race and cultural prejudices. Despite the fact that about half of the trainees were non-Muslim, they shared with their Muslim colleagues the same enthusiasm for an understanding and practicing of Islam in all fields and disciplines, in a way that is faithful to Islam’s higher intents, principles and values. This picture is from the students’ end of program celebration