fbpx

Leadership

The Islamic Seminary Foundation (ISF) was incorporated as a CT non-profit on September 9, 2011, with the goal of “supporting the founding of an Islamic Seminary in North America” through “raising awareness of the need for an Islamic Seminary.”

Since its inception, ISF has organized and co-sponsored numerous courses and workshops as a way of raising awareness for the need for graduate level education for Muslim American leadership. In Dallas, TX on April 3, 2017, ISF signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the original Islamic Seminary of America board that transferred the name, all assets and the ultimate authority for operating the seminary over to ISF.

Islamic Seminary Foundation Board of Directors

Iqbal Unus

Chair

Iqbal Unus

Retired Director of The Fairfax Institute at International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), Dr. Unus has served as President of MSA in 1975 and as Secretary General of ISNA in the 1980s. He presently serves on ISNA Board of Directors and is Director-at-Large at United Nations Association of the National Capital Area. He has received life-time service awards from CAIR and ISNA. Dr. Unus holds a PhD from Emory University.

James Jones

Vice-Chair

James Jones

Professor of World Religions and Chair of the Dept of World Religions and the African Studies Program at Manhattanville College (Purchase, NY). Dr. Jones’s research focuses on the intersectionality of between Islamophobia and racism. DMin from Hartford Seminary and a MA in Religion from Yale Divinity School. He is President of the Malik Human Services, a marriage counselor for more than two decades, and a member of the Association of Professional Chaplains. He sits on the National Board of Directors of CAIR. Dr. Jones is also a certified Youth Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Trainer. MHFA’s goal is to train people to be able to identify, understand and respond to people with mental health or substance abuse issues.

Shazeeda Khan

Secretary

Shazeeda Khan

Chaplain Shazeeda Khan has an economics degree from New York University. She began her career as a commodities accountant at a Wall Street firm. She is currently a volunteer chaplain at the United States Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, CT since 2005 where she serves Muslim women. She also serves as the Director of Islamic Education and teacher for the Baitul Mukarram Masjid of Greater Danbury. There she develops the Islamic Studies curriculum for the youth ages 5 to 18 and supervises a team of teachers. She also develops halaqa programs for the women. Since 2000, Chaplain Khan has served on the board of the Association of Religious Communities (ARC), an interfaith community service organization. She is currently President and one of the founding board members of the Muslim Endorsement Council of Connecticut (MECC, Inc.).

Farooq Selod

Treasurer

Farooq Selod

Board member of ISNA Founders Committee. Board member of Islamic Association of Tarrant County (Fort Worth). Founder and Chair of PIOUS, a dawah organization. Orthopedic Surgeon in Fort Worth.

Bonita McGee

Chair of the ISF Advisory Board

Bonita McGee

Former board member of the Islamic Social Services Association-USA (ISSA-USA). She also is a former board member and co-founder of the Muslim Family Services of Ohio. Ms. McGee is the Tobacco Control Program Director with the District of Columbia Department of Health working in policy, systems and environmental change to address the harmful effects of tobacco and nicotine use and exposure. Ms. McGee is a Certified Public Manager. She has a MA in Islamic Studies from the Graduate School of Islamic and Social Sciences where she studied under Dr. Taha al-Alwani. She also has a BA in Business Administration from Ohio State. Ms. McGee is one of the founding members of the Islamic Seminary Foundation.

Athar Haq

President, ACC

Athar Haq

Dr. Haq is the president and founder of the first Muslim non-profit organization called A Continuous Charity (ACC) which gives non-interest based loans for higher education.

Dr. Haq is originally from Los Angeles, CA.  He spend his first 23 years in Southern California receiveing a BA in Psychology from UCSD.  He then moved to Des Moines, IA to obtain his Doctorate of Osteopathy in 2011.  He then traveled Detroit, MI for his residency in Internal Medicine at Wayne State University.  Dr. Haq brings to UTSW a strong background in general medical specifically for the underserved.  He came to UTSW for the strong camaraderie amongst fellow physicians.   Dr. Haq desires to serve the underserved community not only from the medical side but also education. He was three beautiful children and spends his free time with them.

Yasir Qadhi

TISA’s Dean of Academic Affairs

Yasir Qadhi

Yasir Qadhi is the Resident Scholar of the East Plano Islamic Center. He is also the Dean of The Islamic Seminary of America. He is one of the few people who has combined a traditional Eastern Islamic seminary education with a Western academic training of the study of Islam. Yasir graduated with a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Houston, after which he was accepted as a student at the Islamic University of Madinah. After completing a diploma in Arabic, he graduated with a B.A. from the College of Hadith and Islamic Sciences, and then completed a M.A. in Islamic Theology from the College of Dawah. He then returned to America, and completed a PhD in Religious Studies from Yale University. He has authored several books, published academic articles, and appeared on numerous satellite and TV stations around the globe. His online videos are of the most popular and highly-watched Islamic videos in English.

Abdul Alim Khandekar

Former Chair, ISNA Founders Committee

Abdul Alim Khandekar

Former, long-time Chair of ISNA Founders Committee. Former President of Muslim Society of Memphis. Thoracic and Cardiac Surgeon who serves multiple hospitals in Memphis.

Abed Ayoub

President/CEO, UMR

Abed Ayoub

President and CEO of United Muslim Relief. PhD International Development. In 2010, he was appointed by the US Agency for International Development to serve on its Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid. He also is serving a second term on the US State Department’s Religion and Foreign Policy Working Group.

Azhar Azeez

Vice President, Islamic Relief USA

Azhar Azeez

Azhar Azeez was born in Hyderabad, India. He has a bachelors degree in Finance from the prestigious Osmania University and a Master’s degree in business administration (MBA) and is currently pursuing his PhD in Islamic studies.

For 12 years he worked for major US corporations such as General Electric, American General Life and Capital One. He currently serves as the senior Vice President of Islamic Relief USA which is one of the largest Muslim charity of USA. He was elected as the vice president of Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) which is the oldest Muslim organization of US & Canada in 2010 and 2012 and then was elected as its President for two terms in 2014 and in 2016

He is also the past President of the North Texas Islamic council which represents 40 plus Muslim/Islamic organizations in Dallas/Fort worth area. He is the founder and the past President of Islamic Association of Carrollton, Texas one of the large mosques in the suburbs of Dallas, TX.

In his role as the President of ISNA, he has advised two former US Presidents, President Jimmy Carter & President Barack Obama. He is nationally known public and a motivational speaker who travels regularly around US for various local, regional and national Islamic organizations and has addressed gatherings in more than 450 communities across US & Canada.

He has made several media appearances and interviewed by many local and national TV stations, newspapers & magazines. He also speaks regularly on local & national radio/ TV programs.  He is married and has two kids and currently resides in Dallas, TX.

Shareda Hosein

Co-founder of Association of Muslim Chaplains

Shareda Hosein

Shareda identifies as a community Muslim Chaplain in the greater Boston area, as a speaker and educator. She is a member of the Soul Repair Center at Brite Seminary Dallas, TX, focusing her work on Moral Injury as it relates to Muslim Veterans in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. She received her MA-GC from Hartford Seminary and then became the Muslim Chaplain at Tufts University in 2007. As a member of the U.S. Army Reserves, Shareda was mobilized to serve at Special Operations Command to assist her colleagues to build understanding of Islam as it related to their work. She is a founding member of AMC.