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Founder and Director of Minaret Foundation

Shariq Abdul Ghani

Shariq Abdul Ghani is the Director of Minaret Foundation, an organization focused on building relationships through interfaith, policy, and media engagement. For the past 10 years, Shariq has regularly spoken at faith centers, conferences, and educational institutions on topics ranging from American Muslim identity to faith-based activism and spirituality. Previously, he co-founded Houston Leadership Academy, an organization geared towards the development of young Muslims into leadership and activist roles. Shariq's passion is finding intersections between communities for collaboration and mutual growth.
Imam of Masjid Warith Deen Mohammed

Dr. Wazir Ali

Imam Wazir Ali is the Director of Mercy Community Center and the Resident Imam of the Houston Masjid of Al-Islam and Masjid Al-Qur’an. Imam Ali is a lifelong student and supporter of Imam W. Deen Mohammed and has been active in Islamic communities for his entire lifetime. He has been active in the Houston Islamic community for the last 14 years. He has lectured at schools, churches, prisons, drug rehabilitation centers, college campuses, masajid and other venues in various cities around the nation.
Islamic Scholar and Teacher

Abdul Rahman Chao

Abdul Rahman Chao is a Houston based speaker and community teacher. He has an undergraduate in Theology from the University of Medina and a Masters of Theological Studies from Vanderbilt University. Although he works in the oil and gas industry, his educational background and teaching experience enable him to engage and build deep and meaningful interfaith discussions between Muslim and Christian communities. He has served as an Imam in various communities around the country, in addition to over 10 years of experience in teaching Islamic Studies to Middle and High School students.
Co-Founder of Suhbah Institute

Safiya Ravat

Safiya Ravat serves as the Female Religious Director at Maryam Islamic Center in Sugar Land. She and her husband, Mahad Qamar, are the co-founders of Suhbah Institute. She attained a degree in Fiqh and Usul ul Fiqh (Islamic Law and Jurisprudence) from the International Islamic University of Malaysia and is currently pursuing a Master's in Pastoral Counseling in Marriage and Family Therapy. Safiya has a mission of empowering women through education that re-aligns the community with the true narrative of women in Islam.
Imam of Pearland Islamic Center

Abdullah Daniel Hernandez

Daniel Hernandez has been the Imam of the ISGH Pearland Islamic Center for the past 5 years. Daniel was born in NY of Puerto Rican descent and raised in NJ. He came in contact with Islam through watching Hakeem Olajuwon and reading autobiography of Malcolm X which lead him to accepting Islam in 1999after 9 months of reading the meaning of the Quran. His Parents accepted Islam in 2002. Daniel embarked on a journey for seeking knowledge after earning a 4 year scholarship in 2004 Daniel pursued his studies in Azhar University. Daniel earned a Bachelor in Islamic Sciences in the Arabic Language and currently is scheduled to finish his Masters in 2018.
Imam at Maryam Islamic Center

Ahmad Khan

Mohammad Ahmad Khan is a Houston native and has been serving the greater Houston community for well over a decade. After completing the memorization of the Holy Quran in Houston, he furthered his studies in Quranic studies by completing a diploma in tajwīd wa al-qirā’ah from Darul ulūm Faisalabad. He directly studied under the late-erudite scholar, Muhammad Siddiqique (ra). Imam Ahmad graduated from Zaytuna College as the valedictorian of his class with a Liberal Arts degree in Islamic law and Theology. He has been blessed to study under some of the nations greatest scholars including but not limited to: Sh. Hamza Yusuf, Imam Zaid Shakir and Sh. Abdullah Ali. The central focus of his ministry is inclusivity, the enfranchisement of the disenfranchised, the restoration of the family institution, establishing humanitarian solidarity through extensive interfaith engagements and community development.
Interfaith Lead at Maryam Islamic Center

Amina Ishaq

Amina Ishaq, LMSW is a licensed social worker and works at Sakina center as a licensed counselor. She has a professional & educational background in working with abused children in foster care, at-risk youth in the juvenile justice system, domestic violence victims, and the homeless population. She has a passion for social justice advocacy and interfaith relations. She leads the Interfaith team at Maryam Islamic Center In sugarland, TX to help dispel islamaphobic rhetoric amongst interfaith populations.She has worked alongside many nonprofit organizations to bring awareness towards racial injustices, the crisis at the southern border, and the the school lunch debt crisis in America.
Co-Founder of Subhbah Institute

Mahad Qamar

Mahad Qamar is the co-founder of Suhbah Institute. Mahad benefited from the knowledge and mentorship of local scholars in Houston before undertaking full time studies. Upon graduating from the Bayyinah Dream Arabic program he and his wife attained a degree in Fiqh and Usul ul Fiqh from the International Islamic University of Malaysia. He is currently pursuing a Master's in Pastoral Counseling in Marriage and Family Therapy. Since 2010, he has been teaching programs ranging from Pre-Marital education to Tafsir, Seerah, and Arabic language to students of all ages.
Interfaith and Community Activist

Hasan Gopalani

Hasan is a Houston native that has been active in the Muslim community for the last 15 years. His experience includes teaching Sunday School, coordinating youth programs, organizing conferences/conventions, and shaping young Muslim leaders. Hasan has also hosted about 2,500 non-Muslims in various Masjid tours.
Imam and Founder of KnewU

Abdullah Oduro

Abdullah Oduro was born in Arlington, Texas and raised in Houston. He converted to Islam in 1997 while working as a Surgical Technician. In 1998, he made Hajj for the first time and after getting lost in Mina and not being able to speak the language, it sparked within him a desire to learn Arabic. Abdullah was accepted to the Islamic University of Al-Madinah, Saudi Arabia in 1999, and had the privilege of learning under numerous scholars from various sciences. He graduated from the faculty of Islamic Law 2007, and a year later completed his memorization of the Quran. Abdullah conducts public speeches, sermons, lectures and workshops around the US on Islamic Law, self-improvement, and convert life. His is currently the Imam at the Islamic Center of Coppell in Dallas and leads the convert life department at Yaqeen Institute.
Interfaith and Community Activist

Abdur Rehman Badat

Abdur Rehman Badat is a humanitarian at heart who has been in the non-profit sector for the past 10+ years, which has allowed him to turn his profession into his passion. His non-profit expertise ranges in various capacities including, but not limited to; fund/business development, program development and management, and disaster response and recovery. He is married and a father of two beautiful daughters.
Professional Counselor and Therapist

Sara Ali

Sara Ali is a Mental Health Clinician at a practice in Sugar Land, serving the needs of her clients through individual and group therapy settings. She received her Masters of Science degree in Counseling from the University of Houston Clear Lake. Over the last 7 years, Sara has helped women and children affected by domestic violence and sexual abuse at the Fort Bend County Women's Center, DAYA, and Asians Against Domestic Abuse. She has served as a consultant for behavioral research projects at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, and serves as an advisory council member at Olive Branch Muslim Family Services and Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse.