On December 14th, I had the privilege of acting as Mistress of Ceremonies for MPAC’s 13th Annual Convention Banquet, titled “25 Years on the Road Less Traveled“. It’s always so meaningful to be a part of the kinds of events that are making a difference in the Muslim American community, but this was a particularly special evening. Not only was I happy to be a part of celebrating 25 years of MPAC’s work and devotion to the betterment of the lives of Muslims in America, and to making Muslims an integral part of the American fabric, but I was thrilled to see my mentor and friend Dr.Maher Hathout on stage for the first time in a long time. Due to his illness, Dr. Hathout had taken a step back from the spotlight in his role as one of the key leaders of our community. His words, his wisdom, his insight were sorely missed. But MPAC is his brainchild and he made it to the banquet to celebrate with us all! He spoke on stage to a room full of 1000 admirers who, like myself, had missed him so much and were thirsty for his words. And he did not disappoint…with touching words and his amazing humor, he sent us on our way with a healthy dose of inspiration and purpose.