Dr. Ali Sulaiman Ali

Dr. Ali Sulaiman Ali serves on The Family and Youth Institute Advisory Council. He was born in Ghana where he spent his childhood studying with various Muslim scholars.  He then moved on to Saudi Arabia where he earned a degree in both Islamic Studies and Arabic at Medina’s Islamic University. Dr. Ali pursued further scholarship at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) where he received an M.A. and Ph.D. in Islamic Studies.

Dr. Ali’s passions center on learning, teaching, and community service. He has taught Islamic Studies, Muslim World Studies, Arabic and the Science of Qur’an at the University of Detroit-Mercy (Detroit, MI), Wayne County Community College and American Open University. Dr. Ali currently teaches at the Islamic American University (Southfield, MI). He has served the community in several capacities as the assistant Imam at the American Muslim Society and Mu’adh ibn Jabal Masjid, as the Imam at the Islamic Center of Detroit, and as the current Imam of the Muslim Community of the Western Suburbs (Canton, MI). Additionally, Dr. Ali serves as the Director of Muslim Family Services (Detroit, MI), a social services organization dedicated to helping Muslim families flourish.

Dr. Ali is also a co-founder, Core Scholar, and member of the Board of Trustees of the American Learning Institute for Muslims (ALIM), an academic institution where scholars, professionals, activists, artists, writers, and community leaders come together to develop strategies for the future of Islam in the modern world.

Dr. Hamada Hamid Altalib

Dr. Hamada Hamid Altalib serves on The Family and Youth Institute Advisory Council. He is also the Co-Director of the Veteran Administration (VA) Epilepsy Center of Excellence in West Haven, CT. He helped established a Neuro-behavioral clinic, where he provides clinical care for veterans who suffer from emotional distress and/or behavioral problems associated with neurological conditions. His research explores psychiatric co-morbidity of neurologic disease.

Dr. Hamid completed a dual residency in neurology and psychiatry and a Masters in Global Public Health at New York University, followed by a clinical research fellowship in epilepsy at Yale University. He is also the founding and current managing editor of the Journal of Muslim Mental Health. Dr. Hamid has also served on the boards of Tamkeen, an Arab American social service agency, Muslim Mental Health, Inc., Muslim Family Services, and he is an affiliated faculty member for the Council of Middle East Studies at Yale University. Dr Hamid received his medical degree from the School of Osteopathic Medicine at Michigan State University and is currently a Senior Fellow with ISPU.

Imam Tahir Anwar

Imam Tahir Anwar serves on The Family and Youth Institute Advisory Council. He also is an Imam, a teacher, an activist, a husband, a father, and most importantly, a servant of Allah. Upon completing his religious studies in India, he has been serving as the Imam of one of the oldest masjids in the country, the Islamic Center of San Jose, since 2000. After teaching middle school at one of the oldest Muslim schools in the country for 7 years, he is the founding board member of Averroes High School, the Bay Area’s first Muslim high school.

He teaches Islamic Law at the renowned Zaytuna College, America’s first Muslim liberal arts college in Berkeley. He is currently the chairman for the board of NISA, North American Islamic Shelter for the Abused, an organization that works towards alleviating issues related to abuse and domestic violence. NISA also runs a shelter for abused women in the Bay Area.

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, which has been covered by CNN twice.

Dr. Rafik Beekun

Dr. Rafik Beekun serves on The Family and Youth Institute Advisory Council. He is also a Professor of Management and Strategy, current Management Area Coordinator, and former chair of the Managerial Sciences Department at the University of Nevada. He obtained his M.B.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Texas, and his B.A. and M.A. from Columbia University, New York. He has taught at Temple University and the University of Texas. He specializes in strategic management, international management, and organizational theory, teaching in both the graduate and undergraduate programs at the University of Nevada. He has served as a Senior Fulbright Scholar at the University of Mauritius in 1999-2000 and at Istanbul Ticaret University in Spring 2013.

He has published in many journals including the Journal of Applied Psychology, Strategic Management Journal, Decision Sciences, Human Relations, Journal of Management, Journal of Management Studies, International Journal of Human Resource Management and Journal of Business Ethics. He has published several books including books on Islamic Business Ethics, Leadership from an Islamic Perspective (with Dr. Jamal Badawi), etc..He has served as co-editor of a special issue of the Journal of Management Development. He also offers an online course on Islamic Management.

Tarek El-Messidi

Tarek El-Messidi serves on The Family and Youth Institute Advisory Council. In 2001, shortly after 9/11, he co-founded the first-ever Ramadan Fast-a-thon and coordinated the publication of a 45-page Fast-a-thon Organizing Manual. This manual, publicized by MSA National, enabled the annual charity to spread to 300 campuses worldwide raising over $1 million over the past 9 years to fight hunger. Tarek went on to study Islam at various Deen Intensive programs and in Jordan for one year; he then returned to Tennessee to earn an MBA. While pursuing his MBA, he served as president of the Muslim Community of Knoxville.

In 2010, he founded CelebrateMercy which aims to educate both Muslims and non-Muslims on the life and character of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). In less than a year, its webcasts have reached thousands of viewers from over 80 countries, recruiting over 1,000 global volunteers and 10,000 Facebook fans.

He now works at Procter & Gamble in Cincinnati, Ohio and runs Malsi Marketing, providing marketing consulting for businesses and non-profits. Additionally, he currently serves on the Boards of Seekers Guidance and Clifton Mosque while volunteering with Zaytuna College.

 Dr. Abdul Rahman El-Sayed

Dr. Abdulrahman Mohamed El-Sayed serves on The Family and Youth Institute Advisory Council. He is also a physician, epidemiologist, and public health advocate. He currently serves as Executive Director of the Detroit Health Department and Health Officer for the City of Detroit.

Appointed at 30 years old, he is the youngest health commissioner in a major US City. Previously, he was Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at Columbia University. He is an internationally recognized public health expert, and the author of over 100 scholarly articles, abstracts, and book chapters on public health policy, social epidemiology, and health disparities.

Khadija Gurnah

 Khadija Gurnah serves on The Family and Youth Institute Advisory Council. She is also the Campaign Director with MomsRising working on the Social-Emotional Development campaign.

Khadija Gurnah has over a decade of experience working as a public health leader, campaigner, researcher, and blogger. She has worked both in the global south and in the United States to foster better physical and mental health outcomes for under-served populations, including the uninsured, Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, women, children, and youth. In October of 2014, she was awarded a ‘Champion of Change’ award from the White House for work on ACA outreach.

Prior to joining MomsRising full-time as a Campaign Director, she worked for MomsRising as a consultant to help develop the Ramadan edition of the Faith and Food Justice Toolkit.

Tariq Hafeez

Tariq Hafeez serves on The Family and Youth Institute Advisory Council and previously served on The FYI”s board of directors. Tariq’s expertise is in the areas of business and corporate law, health care law, and commercial and civil litigation. As a result of his entrepreneur background, he enjoys advising small business on a variety of matters including corporate formation, governance, sale/purchase of assets, and acquisitions. Tariq is increasingly focused on providing legal counsel to healthcare related businesses including physicians’ practices and home health care providers.

Over the past 10 years, Tariq has worked at a large corporate law firm based in Detroit and has also served as a prosecutor with the Michigan Attorney General’s Office handling hundreds of cases, pre-trials and trials in courts throughout the State. He received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Michigan.

Dr. Altaf Husain

Dr. Altaf Husain serves on The Family and Youth Institute Advisory Council. He is a double alumnus of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, having earned his B.S. in biomedical engineering and his M.S. in Social Work. He received his Ph.D. in Social Work from Howard University in Washington, D.C. Dr. Husain’s research interests include the integration of immigrant and refugee families, and especially Muslim adolescents, in the United States. He serves as a faculty member of COMPASS – the state of the art management training program of MSA National; the Vice President of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and an advisory board member of the Peaceful Families Project – dedicated to the prevention of domestic violence. His past service to the community includes serving as a two-term national president of the Muslim Students Association (MSA National) and an executive committee member of the Muslim Alliance in North America (MANA).

Sheikh Abdul Nasir Jangda

Sheikh Abdul Nasir Jangda serves on The Family and Youth Institute Advisory Council. He is also the founder and director of the Qalam Institute.  He was born and raised in the Dallas area. At the age of 10, he memorized the Qur’an in less than a year. After graduating from High School, he studied the Alim Course at Jamia Binoria. He graduated from the rigorous 7-year program in 2002 at the top of his class and with numerous Ijaazaat (licenses) in various Islamic Sciences. Along with the Alim Course he concurrently completed a B.A. and M.A. in Arabic from Karachi University. He also obtained a Masters in Islamic Studies from the University of Sindh.  Shaikh Abdul Nasir also taught Arabic at the University of Texas at Arlington from 2005 to 2007. He has served as an instructor and curriculum advisor to various Islamic schools and Islamic studies programs. He served as the Imam at the Colleyville Masjid in the Dallas area for 3 years. He is a founding member and chairman of Mansfield Islamic Center.

Ustadha Lobna Mulla

Ustadha Lobna Mulla serves on The Family and Youth Institute Advisory Council. She graduated from California State University, Northridge in Business Administration with a focus in Accounting.  Previously Lobna served on the board of the Muslim Public Affairs Council for two years. She also worked as an accountant for ten years until she began her career as a mother. Lobna spent three years in Egypt studying Arabic, Qur’anic Recitation and Islamic Studies.

Lobna works for the Muslim American Society (MAS), as their National Tarbiya Director. She has been working with the youth for the past fifteen years in various capacities such as providing mentorship, leading study circles and giving lectures nationwide.  Lobna is a recent graduate of Chapman University with a Masters of Fine Arts in Screenwriting.  She is the creator of the YouTube channel Double Shot Mocha Productions, where she hopes to entertain and promote social awareness through humor. Lobna Mulla currently lives in Los Angeles, CA with her husband and children.

Sheikha Muslema Purmul

Sheikha Muslema Purmul serves on The Family and Youth Institute Advisory Council. She graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a double major in Religious Studies and Middle Eastern Studies. During those years she served at varying capacities in MSA UCSD as well as MSA West. After graduating she left to study in Egypt where she spent the better part of the next 7 years. She completed the Bachelor’s program in Sharia from al-Azhar University in Cairo and also completed almost two years of graduate work at the American University in Cairo in Islamic Studies. She also attended the International Union of Muslim Scholars “Future Scholars Program” while she was studying in Cairo.

Afterwards, she transitioned into the blessing of motherhood. Recently she served as the Young Muslims Program Director at the Islamic Center of Irvine where she provided support, religious education, and leadership for programming related to youth and young professionals. She has taught classes and spoken nationally and internationally about issues related to Islamic law and ethics in a variety of different settings including conferences, retreats, universities, libraries, and mosques. Currently, she serves the Muslim students at UCLA and USC as a chaplain with Institute of Knowledge and is the Co-Founder and Scholar-in-Residence at Safa Center for Research and Education.


Habeeb Quadri

Habeeb Quadri serves on The Family and Youth Institute Advisory Council. He is an educator, author, and youth activist in addition to being an elementary school principal and working with the Harvard Graduate School of Education professional development programs. He has a Bachelor’s in Teaching of History and a Master’s in School Administration. Habeeb recently has been appointed to a four-year term at the Harvard Graduate School of Education principal advisory board. He has co-authored five books and published two others. Habeeb is board chair of MYNA (Muslim Youth of North America) and board member of CISNA (Council of Islamic School of North America).  He has co-authored a few books entitled the “War within Our Hearts” (The Struggles of the Muslim Youth), “Thank God it is Jumuah”, “Parenting, Who Said it Was Easy” , “Wisdom of the Wise: Advice of Luqman (A) and was the religious and cultural consultant for the children’s book “Under the Ramadan Moon” by Sylvia Whitman.

Zafar Razzacki

Zafar Razzacki serves on The Family and Youth Institute Advisory Council. He is also a Senior Manager of Mobility Product Strategy and UX Design at General Motors. He earned both his Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees from the University of Michigan. He is ever-curious about people and technology, and is constantly seeking opportunities to build new solutions for real human problems. Previously he served as a governing council member for the Osborn High School and also as a member of the board of directors at the Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion.

Imam Mika’il Stewart Saadiq

Imam Mika’il Stewart Saadiq serves on The Family and Youth Institute Advisory Council and was born and raised on the west side of Detroit. He studied sociology at Prairie View A&M University. Imam Mika’il Stewart Saadiq has studied ‘Aqeedah and Fiqh under the late Imam Luqman Abdullah.

In 1999, he began teaching at Detroit’s Al-Ikhlas Training Academy. He is the current Vice-Chair of MANA’s SHARE Detroit, Inc. Imam Mika’il is a married father of five. He is also the President and Executive Director of Al-Aqabah Islamic Community Center. In 2002, Imam Mika’il was appointed by Imam Luqman as the head of teaching and outreach efforts.

Imam Mika’il is currently enrolled in the BA of Islamic Studies Program at Islamic Online University. As of 2003, he has been busy (locally and nationally) presenting a series of lectures, articles, and workshops targeting minority and youth social issues. In late 2009, his first short book entitled The Undeniable Message to the “Black” Man: Continuum of Movement and Context of Struggle was published.

Sultan Sharrief

Sultan Sharrief serves on The Family and Youth Institute Advisory Council. Sultan is a filmmaker, educator and social entrepreneur. His directorial debut film, “Bilal’s Stand,” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2010. Since then, he’s worked on two other feature films, was a guest instructor at the University of Michigan, and more recently attended the Sundance Virtual Reality lab and the Oculus LaunchPad program. He’s finishing a youth reality show for PBS national called “Street Cred,” which will air in the spring of 2017. It features Detroit youth learning entertainment producing and business skills. He’s developed projects in Los Angeles, New York and often returns to Detroit to shoot creative projects. His company, Moviement, is launching a new app that will be used to increase diversity in the entertainment industry.

Dr. Shariq Siddiqui

Dr. Shariq Siddiqui serves on The Family and Youth Institute Advisory Council. He is also the Executive Director of (ARNOVA), Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action. ARNOVA is a leading international association that connects scholars, teachers, and practice leaders in research on nonprofit organizations, voluntary action, philanthropy and civil society. Dr. Siddiqui also serves as the co-editor of the new Journal on Muslim Philanthropy and Civil Society that will be in published through a partnership of the Center on American Muslim Philanthropy and Indiana University – Indianapolis University Library. Previously, Dr. Siddiqui was Director of Development for the Indiana University School of Education.

Dr. Siddiqui has also taught and has served in leadership roles in the local, regional, national and international nonprofit organizations for over fifteen years. He teaches at the Fund Raising School at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University; Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs; Indiana University School of Social Work Indiana University, where he has taught exclusively online since 2009; and Andrews University, where he is teaching nonprofit executive leadership in Italy and Ghana.