We Build Relationships

Prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him) said: “Whoever of you sees an evil, let him change it with his hand if he cannot, then with his tongue. If he cannot, then with his heart – and that would be the weakest of faith.”

Our mission is to lift American Muslim voices for sustainable change through multi-faith and civic engagement.

Our vision is to see a world where the celebration of our faith and cultural diversity is no longer an exception, but the norm.

We’ll achieve our goals through strategic programming, education, domestic and global advocacy, we’re leveraging our community’s diversity to change the world.

Since 2009, we’ve focused on building and cultivating relationships to help engage the Muslim community at multiple levels of civic society.

Learning about one another by working with each other has proven time and again to be the best way to embrace the complexities and blessings of our incredible diversity.

Inspired by traditions of bridge-building and justice in Islam, we’re committed to joining with faith communities to advocate for issues of mutual interest, and we hope you’ll join us on this journey to change our world together.

Minaret Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Our EIN, or tax ID, is 83-3372048
Change Through Engagement

We believe, in order to develop long-term relationships and engage the Muslim community, we must be mission-driven and accountable. The success of our goals is measured by how well we engage our community and our partners in three areas of focus.

COMMUNITY

Listening to one another, understanding our differences and building relationships based on trust and respect.

ADVOCACY

Working together with cultural and faith-based communities and organizations on policy issues of mutual interest.

COMMUNICATIONS

Working with both social and traditional media to help portray a more accurate representation of Muslims in America.

Meet Our Team

We’re passionate about the work we do because we believe in the power of relationship building. Working with our faith and community partners, we are stronger and more impactful together. Interested in joining our team?  View our open positions, learn more about our internships, or read up on our volunteer opportunities.

SHARIQ ABDUL GHANI

DIRECTOR

ZAIN KHAN

PROGRAM COORDINATOR

ZAINA SIDDIQUE

ADMINISTRATIVE COORDINATOR

MACEY MARKOWITZ

DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR

NOOR SALEH

GOVERNMENT RELATIONS

ABIGAIL LEVINE

GOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS

SAMRA HAFEEZ

GOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS

ASHLEY SMITH

GOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS

JANNELLY MARTINEZ

GOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS

JORDAN ZAVAREEI

GOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS

BENNETT DAVIES

GOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS

HEBA MOHIUDDIN

GOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS

RYLAND GROUNDS

WEBSITE DESIGN

THOMAS LIEBENOW

WEBSITE DESIGN

AILEEN CARRETO

DIGITAL DESIGN

SUFYAN FAROOQ

PROJECT MANAGEMENT

JANA THOMAS-REID

VIDEO PRODUCTION

CATHERINE LIN

GRANTS & DEVELOPMENT

TIM JORGENSON

GRANTS & DEVELOPMENT

MARYAM MEHBOOB

GRANTS & DEVELOPMENT

MELISSA BEDNAR

COMMUNICATIONS

BROOKE PRIESKORN

COMMUNICATIONS

Meet Our Advisory Board

We’re passionate about the work we do because we believe in the power of relationship building. Working with our faith and community partners, we are stronger and more impactful together. Interested in joining our team?  View our open positions, learn more about our internships, or read up on our volunteer opportunities.

ShaykhWaleedBasyouni

SHAYKH WALEED BASYOUNI, Ph.D

Seen as our senior scholar, Dr. Basyouni offers a great deal of guidance for our Foundation and is one of the most influential leaders of the da’wah in the west. He is an imam and an active member of multiple Islamic organizations and societies.

BasemHamid

BASEM HAMID

An imam, scholar, neurologist, and board member, Dr. Hamid provides invaluable knowledge to our Foundation. He is also the founder of Wasat Institute, which brings together his two passions: healthcare and the beauty of Islam.

SherifZafraan

SHERIF ZAFRAAN

Dr. Zafraan is an anesthesiologist and the president of the Texas Medical Board, along with memberships with multiple other medical groups. He has a passion for healthcare and helping those in his community.

FarhaAhmed

FARHA AHMED

With over 15 years of experience as a Texas attorney, Farha has focused on representing her clients with compassion, while also involving herself in community efforts in Sugar Land and beyond.

AtherJamil

ATHER JAMIL

A senior technologist at day and an artist at night, Ather brings a lot to the table for us. He is a co-founder of the Islamic Arts Society, which aims to build bridges between communities through art.