Twenty-year-old Iqbal El Assaad made history by becoming the youngest doctor in the region when she graduated from the Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar
Imam Amin has a Master of Social Work Degree and Licensed Graduate Social Worker, Pursuing Masters Degree in Islamic Studies at American Open University, studied Islamic studies nationally and in Egypt. He is a faculty member at Sojourner-Douglass College in Baltimore City and an administrator with the Maryland’s Department of Human Resources’ Office of Licensing and Monitoring. Imam Amin has received several Mayor’s Citations for fighting crime, grime and drug dealing in Baltimore City. Furthermore, he has received a Proclamation from the Mayor of Baltimore City which “Proclaimed March 4, 2004 Imam Hassan A. Amin Day” in Baltimore City.
He has been inducted into the Martial Arts Hall of Fame, in 2004. He is presently the Imam at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland and Islamic Chaplain at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. He was the Islamic liaison to former Mayor O’Malley’s administration of Baltimore City.
Imam Amin was the radio host for Baltimore’s first Islamic radio program. He was the first Muslim to present Islam on a local television’s sunrise morning program. Imam Amin was the principal, for over five years, at the Islamic Community School of Baltimore City. He presently is the volunteer Social Worker for at least twenty-two years at the Islamic Community School of Baltimore City.
He is the Executive Director and Founder of the Muslim Social Services Agency, Inc. of Maryland and the Director of Social Services of Muslimat Al-Nisaa’s Muslim women and children homeless shelter. He is a board member of the Muslimat Al-Nisaa, homeless shelter for women and children and he is on the board of MercyUSA. Whose work is alleviating human suffering and providing community needs worldwide. Imam Amin is a trainer and Muslim Liaison Leader for Johns Hopkins Hospital’s Emergency Management for Muslim call out workers.
He has also trained Doctors, Nurses and students at Johns Hopkins Hospital, about the Islamic faith and caring for Muslim patients. Imam Amin has given workshops and seminars on Domestic Violence, homelessness and the Islamic faith. Imam Amin is a former paratrooper with the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division.
Dr. Sarah Kureshi is a graduate of University of Central Florida (B.S., Biology), Mayo Clinic College of Medicine (M.D.) and Harvard School of Public Health (M.P.H, International Health). She completed her residency in Family Medicine at UCSF in 2010 where she was a global health clinical scholar and provided care to a multicultural, urban, underserved population.
Dr. Kureshi has been passionate about community health since college and has a special interest in gender-based violence, health & human rights, and empowerment, especially pertaining to refugee/immigrant populations and survivors of trauma. Being a former NCAA college athlete and the first US female athlete to compete in Iran since the 1979 revolution, she has a strong passion for using sports as a tool for development, peace, violence prevetion, and health education.
She has previously worked with girls rescued from sex trafficking in New Delhi, lady health workers in earthquake-affected Kashmir, and the Somali refugee community in Minnesota. This has been informed by her interest and work within the Muslim communuity addressing health-related issues. Dr. Kureshi currently serves as a Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) Aslym Network Provider.
Emine Erdoğan, the Turkish prime minister Tayyip Erdogan’s wife, on Friday visited Rohingya Muslims staying in the Banduba refugee camp in the Myanmar coastal state of Rakhine and delivered aid to the Rohingya Muslim refugees.
Emine Erdoğan embracing a Rohingya Muslim woman during her visit.
The Oobah Project, “oobah” meaning water in Pashto, serves to provide assistance for the installation and maintenance of clean water delivery systems, specifically water well pumps, in rural villages in Afghanistan. The project was founded by Sahar Rakin and Riga Qadir, both Afghan-American Muslims.
Zeina Awaydate is the founder of Project Zaid, a program aiming at teaching life skills to orphans in her hometown in Tripoli through trained volunteers that act as big brothers and sisters to the children, providing them with needed individual attention and support. Zeina has been nominated as a Synergos Fellow and an Arab World Social Innovator for her project; she was also a finalist in an Arab reality TV show hosted by Amr Khaled called Mujaddidun (“Revivers”) aimed at promoting volunteering and positive social action. Zeina currently works as a Marketing and Fundraising Officer at the Lebanese Association for Scientific Research and has plans to launch a life coaching business
Ameena Matthews is one of the only women interrupters and the daughter of Jeff Fort, one of the most notorious and powerful gang leaders in the history of Chicago and US crime. She worked for a big drug dealing operation in Chicago and as an enforcer. Now she’s a devout Muslim and a mother and wife.
Linda Sarsour is a working woman, community activist, and mother of three. Ambitious, outspoken and independent, Linda shatters stereotypes of Muslim women while also treasuring her religious and ethnic heritage. She is a Palestinian Muslim American and a self-proclaimed “pure New Yorker, born and raised in Brooklyn!”
Currently, she is the Advocacy and Civic Engagement Coordinator for the National Network for Arab American Communities and ACCESS and locally serving as the director of the Arab American Association of New York, a social service agency serving the Arab community in NYC. Linda was a 2005 COROS New American Leaders fellow, 2009 graduate of the American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute housed at USC, named Extraordinary Woman by Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes and received the 2010 Brooklyn Do-Gooder Award from the Brooklyn Community Foundation.
Linda is also a board member of the New York Immigration Coalition, a coalition of over 250 nonprofit agencies serving the diverse immigrant communities of New York State. In the 2008 elections, Linda coordinated the largest and most successful get out the vote effort in the Arab American community in Brooklyn, with over 130 canvassers and 8000 doors knocked. She has been featured in local, national, and international media speaking on topics ranging from women’s issues, Islam, domestic policy and political discussions on the Middle East conflict. Linda’s strengths are in the areas of community development, youth empowerment, community organizing, civic engagement and immigrants’ rights advocacy.
Smile’s mission is to uplift, inspire and transform downtrodden, urban communities, such as Passaic and Paterson in Passaic County, that suffer from poverty, hunger, unemployment and other social maladies. Smile intends to provide short-term relief while at the same time empowering the community through various social programs towards long-term solutions.
Mr. Khizer Husain is the director of Shifa Consulting , a global health consulting practice with a focus on healthcare planning, policy, and delivery with faith-based organizations. In this role, he is currently advising an American international hospital network as they bolster their operations in the UAE, develop academic partnerships, and seed maternal and child health projects in Bangladesh. Mr. Husain has also been active in US healthcare reform efforts with the organization American Muslim Health Professionals, which is a member of the coalition Faithful Reform for Health Care. In this capacity, he has held briefings on the Hill and organized several advocacy days with members of Congress. Earlier in his career,
Mr. Husain served as an Associate Director at The Advisory Board Company, a boutique healthcare research and consulting firm with membership programs that reach half the hospitals in the US. There, Mr. Husain established the foundational analytical models to launch a strategic planning product to help hospital clients make investment decisions. He also managed over two dozen client engagements, developing and marketing clinical service lines and forecasting bed, OR, and technology needs.
Prior to this work, Mr. Husain advised Medtronic, Inc.’s Global Economic Development unit in reimbursement policy, pricing, and sales force training. Mr. Husain attended the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the London School of Economics and Political Science as a Fulbright Scholar for a Masters degree in international health policy. He studied Arabic at the American University of Cairo and holds a B.S. and M.B.A. from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.