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Meet the Candidates

Hina Mujtaba:

Assalamualaikum! I am Hina Mujtaba, a Cary resident since 8 years. I hold a Master’s in Business Administration in Finance. I’m a software programmer by profession. I’ve worked at University of Chapel hill as a Programmer Analyst for a considerable amount of time. Morrisville masjid has been like a second home to me from the past 4-5 years. I have had plenty of experience in the field of Islamic Studies as well as Leadership positions. I have been leading an Outreach Quran program in the Morrisville masjid(and from the confines of my own home) since almost 5 years, alongside my two Hafiza daughters, Safa and Zuhaa Asrar, teaching children and adults of all ages.This free of cost program was originally targeted for the refugees, however, it’s open to one and all. This experience has strengthened both my leadership abilities as well as my ability to convey my ideas and opinions. Additionally, I am familiar with the core Islamic beliefs that are necessary in any devout Muslim’s life and I believe that I can implement these morals upon others.
The Almighty says:Help ye one another in righteousness and piety, but help ye not one another in sin and rancour[5:2]. He also says: {…and do good; that ye may prosper. }[22:77].
The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam) said: One who guides to something good has a reward similar to that of its doer. [ Muslim ]

Safa Ahmed:

Salam! I’m a freshman in UNC Chapel Hill, planning insha Allah to double major in Media/Journalism and Global Studies. My passion for giving back to the ICM community started in my first year of high school, where I volunteered as co-head of the Girls’ Night program. Since then, I’ve been a part of New Dawn Institute’s Leadership Program (for both ICM and IAR youth), Arabic grammar teacher for Al-Mizaan, email marketer for Qabeelat Rihla (the Raleigh branch of AlMaghrib Institute), and helped out with various ICM events over the past few years. Earlier this year, also I graduated from Bayyinah Institute’s Dream Program, a 9-month Arabic intensive that focuses on understanding the language of the Qur’an. I’m prepared to apply what I’ve learned from each of these experiences to the responsibility of being on shura, insha Allah.

Ahmed Tariq:

Ahmad Tariq – Currently serving as ICM Education Committee Chair
Previous Volunteer experience:
As regional director of The Borgen Project ( http://borgenproject.org/ ). I campaigned to make poverty a focus of US foreign policy. I talked to the local congressional leaders to lobby for legislation that improves living conditions for those living on less than $1 per day. I also assisted with fundraising efforts, buuilt a network of people engaged in the cause,  and developed and implemented strategies for furthering the cause.
I also volunteer regularly for Habitat for Humanity and Food banks in North Carolina and Ontario. I deeply care about human rights, education, children, poverty alleviation causes among others.
Other Information:
Please refer to the link below if you are interested in learning about my professional accomplishments.

Hussein Sharafi: 

Assalamu alaykum,
My name is Hussein Sharafi; I work at SAS Institute as a software tester for our risk analytics products. I have a master’s degree in Analytics and my bachelor’s in Economics from NC State University. I have lived in the Triangle area for the past 6 years now. I have been looking for ways to get involved in the community and utilize my education and skillset in doing so. I have a passion for finance and economics and I want to find a way to bridge the gap between Muslim needs within the financial world and Islam. I have ideas for helping Muslims to avoid paying interest and to get out/avoid the interest-bearing situations they may currently be involved in. These ideas include Muslim student scholarships that will promote community involvement and budgeting/personal finance classes for all ages of Muslims specifically set up to meet the needs of Muslims in the community.
The above are just a couple of the ideas I have. With your vote and help, inshaAllah, we can work towards helping the community prosper financially, while staying within and highlighting the benefits of Islamic guidelines. We do not truly believe until we want for our brothers/sisters what we want for ourselves. I want to see the community in a place of financial freedom inshaAllah. As an elected member, inshaAllah, I plan to keep an open mind and look for ways to strengthen and promote family relationships, needs of the elderly and disabled, and student needs. I thank you for your time.
Jazakum Allahu khayran

Mohamed Khalil: 

Mohamed Khalil is a member of the ICM community since he moved in, with his family, to our area in November 2014. Previously he lived mostly in Cairo, Egypt and for less than a year in Alberta, Canada. In Egypt he earned Bachelor’s degree in Architecture and practiced for 10 years.  Mohamed was always involved in volunteer activities with his local masjid to help his community and neighboring communities.
Mohamed currently works as an Architect & Engineer for an engineering firm in Durham, and has been actively involved in the ICM community services and activities. He participates in organizing the Friday youth night activities. He also provides support to the development/new construction committee using his design and construction experience. Mohamed is looking forward to serving his community in this position and asks Allah to make all our actions and intentions only for his sake Subhanahu wa Ta’ala.

Safwat Abrahim: 

Assalam Alaikum, my name is Safwat Abrahim and I am 25 years old. I attended NC State for undergrad and UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy for pharmacy school. I am now a practicing pharmacist and I work in the Morrisville area in the pharmaceutical industry. I am running for shura so that I can share the experience that I had growing up as a member of the Muslim community. My roots are in the Raleigh Muslim community, as many of ours are. I have many fond memories of my time spent at the masjid and interacting with my brothers and participating in activities that the masjid had sponsored for us. Now that I have reached adulthood, I would like to recreate that experience for our youth while at the same time representing the ideals for masjid members of all ages
What I can bring to the shura is the ability to bridge the gap between the youth and the older generations all while following the Sunna. I bring with me a fresh energy and perspective and the ability to put the Deen and sunnah and practices of our prophet pbuh above my own desires. My goal is to grow and nurture and guide the Morrisville Muslim community to the best of my ability with a proper intention and execution.

Asim Khokar:
Bio coming soon in sha’Allah