We Build Relationships
We’re leveraging our Eman to create sustainable change in the communities around us. And, we’re doing it through multi-faith and civic engagement.
At Minaret Foundation, we create multiple programmatic touchpoints between masajid, synagogues, and churches. Think group dialogues, panel discussions, athletic events, BBQs, and more. Then comes the nagging question: “Now that we know about each other, what’s next?”
For us, that next step is civic engagement. Together with our faith partners, we advocate for common-sense policies and influence legislators at every level.
Our community is evolving from focusing exclusively on Islamophobia and oppression overseas to working for our neighbors around us. At Minaret Foundation, we’re building capacity on policies related to food insecurity, women’s health, juvenile justice, and community cohesion.
With Allah (swt)’s help, we’re changing hearts and minds and benefiting wider society through multi-faith and civic engagement.
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 leveraging our faith to create change is no longer an exception, but the norm.
We’ll achieve our goals through strategic programming with faith-based partners and domestic and global advocacy.
Minaret Foundation is a Texas-based non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Our EIN, or tax ID, is 83-3372048
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 GHANIDIRECTOR
ZAINA SIDDIQUEADMINISTRATIVE COORDINATOR
NOOR SALEHGOVERNMENT RELATIONS COORDINATOR
ABIGAIL LEVINEGOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS
SAMRA HAFEEZGOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS
ASHLEY SMITHGOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS
JANNELLY MARTINEZGOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS
JORDAN ZAVAREEIGOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS
BENNETT DAVIESGOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS
HEBA MOHIUDDINGOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS
AILEEN CARRETODIGITAL DESIGN
MARYAM MEHBOOBGRANTS & DEVELOPMENT
CATHERINE LINGRANTS & DEVELOPMENT
ASHLEY SCHAPPACHERSOCIAL MEDIA
SHAYKH WALEED BASYOUNI, Ph.D
Chair of the board and 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.