Dr. Abdulhakim Mohammed
Muhammad S. Adly
Dr. Bassam Obeid
Assalam-u-Aliekum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh,
NAIF's 12th Annual Conference was held in Tampa, FL on the theme "Empowering the Imam to Empower the Youth" on November 20th-22nd, 2015. Over 120 Imams participated from all across North America. Many important brainstorming sessions took place revolving around the problems that are faced by the North American Muslim youth.
One of the core sessions was dedicated towards NAIF's administrative issues. At the end of this session, NAIF's Executive Committee had two open positions. More than five Imam's were nominated and two of the nominees were elected due to highest number of votes cast for them. In a later session, the NAIF Executive Committee held internal elections to choose the new Secretary General of NAIF, as well as elect other important positions.
Below is an introduction to the new Executive Committee who have taken on the task of representing Imams and working hard to assist them.
Imam Jawad Rasul
Originally from Pakistan, raised in New York City, He is Imam and Youth Leader for over 10 years since the age of 16. He memorized the Quran and obtained Bachelors in Media and Communication Arts, C.C.N.Y., NY. Besides studying Islamic sciences privately for many years, he will be earning his Bachelors Degree in Islamic Sciences in early 2016 from Mishkah University. Currently, he is the Imam of Masjid At-Taqwa in Atlantic City. He can be contacted at email@example.com
Message to Imams:
Praise be to Allah, and May His Peace and Blessings be upon His Messenger, and upon his family, his companions, and upon all those who follow them in goodness, To proceed:
My experience with NAIF and the choice of the Executive Committee to select me as the new Secretary General, with the support of the NAIF Board of Trustees, has truly humbled me. I do not consider myself worthy of such a position but I will do my best while I have a chance to service one of the most important institutions for Muslims in America, the institution of the Imam. I have many goals that I hope to accomplish with the help of Allah and then with the cooperation of our executive committee, board of trustees, as well as the general body of Imams. These goals include the following:
- Increasing racial diversity in NAIF and make it a true representation of Imams in America.
- Increase communication between NAIF and the Imams throughout the year as opposed to only the conference.
- Provide many more trainings and workshops for Imams to develop them professionally.
- Host smaller regional conferences throughout the year to provide a platform for Imams to unite in all the major Muslim populated regions.
- Establish NAIF as a professional organization with a strong structure and even stronger “systems” which allow it to succeed in becoming the true Imam’s Union in America.
Assalam-u-Aliekum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh
Imam Amr Dabour
Dep. Secretary General
He is the Imam of Bay County Islamic Society in Panama City, Florida. He is Azhari from Elementary to Masters and holds a Master Degree in comparative religions from Al-Azhar. Ijazah in Quran, the 10 Qira’aat and many books of Hadith. Worked in the field of Media in Egypt and Saudi Arabia, translation as well as teaching full time in Al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt before coming to the states in 2006 as an imam.
Message to the Imams: In a time that everybody is getting together to be stronger and more effective, we as imams need to do likewise at this time more than any other time. I'm looking forward to seeing imams, who are the religious representatives of their communities, united. NAIF offers that platform. I hope Allah SWT will use me as one member of the team in the leadership of NAIF to serve Imams and get them united for the best of the Muslim community in North America.
Dr. Mohammed Hassan
Treasurer - Executive Committee
He holds several degrees: a Bachelor’s degree in Management from Cairo University in Egypt; a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Southwest University in Los Angeles, California; a Master’s degree in Fundamentals of Religion from the American Open University; and a Ph.D in Islamic and religious studies from the Graduate Theological Foundation.
Message to Imams:
Assalamu Aliekum, My dear beloved colleagues,
Allah (SWT) has chosen me to be at your service, which is an honor for me and I praise Allah (SWT) for it. I am one of you working for you, feel what you feel, share the same dreams and aspiration. With your continuous duaa, support and participation inshaAllah, Allah will make our organization one to protect, shield, support, defend, educate, enrich, help, dignify the Imams of US and to raise the bar of perception that the Muslim community have for their imams.
Your Brother Dr. Mohammed Hassan
Abu Suhaylah Sa'eed R. Purcell
Secretary - Executive Committee
Born in Miama Fl, Imam Sa;eed accepted Islam in 1993. He has an Associates Degree in Islamic Studies from IUNA-Mishkah University, Multiple 'Ijaazaat from Shaykh Dr. Waleed Idrees al-Mineesee. He also has 'Ijaazah from Aboo Khaliyl Jadd Sylvester in Zawaa'id al-Hadeeth al-Awzaa'ee, and various certificates from NAIF & AMJA. He is the Imaam at Masjid Abu Khadra in Columbia Heights MN. Khateeb for the MSA of the UMN. Da'wah Committee of The Building Blocks of Islam.
Message to the Imams: "(After praising Allaah) My hope and desire is to serve my fellow Imams to the best of my capacity. My dream is to see greater unity amongst our ranks and networking for the betterment of the Ummah; especially here in the West. I envision NAIF providing the kind of training and development we all seek, be constant students of knowledge. Finally, I hope to serve as a bridge to the other faith communities so we can learn from what they have done and not continually reinvent the wheel. May Allaah guide us, and have mercy on us."
Imam Mohamed Al-Darsani
For the last several years, Imam Al-Darsani has been heavily involved in Dawah work through the media. His works included the production of documentary films, TV shows and covering of Islamic conferences and programs. To learn more about his media work please visit www.emanetwork.org . Islamic Center for PEACE, Fort Myers Florida.
Imam Abdelghader Ould Siyam
Imam in the Greater Cincinnati, Ohio area.
Bachelor of Islamic Studies (Sharia)- 1997 to 2001
Graduated with Excellent grade with first honor. College of Law and Economical Science – University of Nouakchott – Mauritania,
Student in the Master’s Program in Islamic Studies at the GTF (Graduate Theological Foundation. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Imam Yahye Omer
He is graduate with BA. from International Islamic University in Islamabad (Pakistan). A community leader that has served both within Muslim Community and to outside organizations. Has served in matters of conflict resolution, teaching of cultural issues to families, counseled abuse victims and immigrants. Imam Yahye has a long resume that can be found on our website's About Us page.