Shura Elections

Shura elections for the 2012-2014 term were not needed since the number of nominations matched the number of Shura positions for the elections. The IAR bylaws mandates 20 Shura members.

2012-2014 Shura Members

Abdullah, Munir
Afzal, Jalees
Agha, Bilal
Al-zoubi, Khaled
Alhertani, Maher
Ali, Mohammad (Mudassir)
Ansari, Shakeel
Aukhil, Imran
Boutrid, Afnan
Chohan, Tanzeel
ElGamal, Mohamed
Fullenwieder, Kent (Shahid)
Maroof, Shaheda
Sadat, Abdul
Sheikh, Salman
Samara, Mamoun
Shabazz, Adilah
Sultana, Rabia
Syed, Ameenulla
Zaghloul, Atef

Information about the Shura members

The following information was provided by the candidates and is listed in alphabetical order of their last name. If you have any more questions, please contact them directly.

Abdullah, Munir

Introduction

I have been living in the Triangle area for 27 years. This includes 20 years in Chapel Hill and last 7 years in Raleigh. Alhamdulillah, I have a family and over all these years we have been associated with Islamic Association of Raleigh (IAR) and have benefited from services offered by IAR. My three children attended and graduated from Al-Furqan weekend school. My wife and I attended Imam Baianonie's class regularly on Sundays and we have always considered IAR to be our Islamic Center and masjid.

For the pleasure of Allah SWT, over years I have served IAR and our Community by being on Executive Committee (EC) and Shura. My contributions and experience are as follows:

AL-FURQAN SCHOOL COMMITTEE
1. Vice chairman from 1992 to 1994: Helped the chairman and school committee develop curriculum and manage operations.
2. Chairman from 1996 to 1999: Led committee efforts towards enhancing curriculum and improving school operations and services.
SHURA MEMBER 2000-2002
In addition to being an active Shura member some key contributions included:
1. Led a Work Group on Al-Furqan School mandated to evaluate the school operations model and provide recommendations to Shura to improve/enhance school functioning.
2. Member of a Work Group to address IAR declining membership, evaluate existing membership process and to provide recommendations to the Shura on how to improve IAR membership.
SOCIAL & WELFARE COMMITTEE 2010 to present
Chairman: In this role Alhamdulillah I have been able to form and lead a team of dedicated brothers and sister who help with offering various services to the needy, refugees and others requiring help in this community. At this time I have 11 Social & Welfare Committee members along with many other volunteers. Some key services and projects sponsored by Social & Welfare Committee include Financial Aid to the Needy, Food Pantry, Refugee Support, Collection and Distribution of Zakat-ul-Maal and Zakat-ul-Fitr, Food Drive in Ramadan, Eid Gift Program for the Needy, Coat Drive, Special Fundraising for overseas to help with natural disasters and calamities, Daily Iftar, Collection of Udhiya money and getting Udhiya done through Islamic Relief in countries where the need is the most and distribution of Udhiya meat donations to the Needy.
SHURA WORK GROUP 2011 TO EVALUATE IAR DIRECTOR POSITION
On behalf of current IAR Shura led this group to evaluate the Director Position and provide recommendations to the Shura on future need and requirements for such a role in IAR.

Motivation

Alhamdulillah with the hard work of many motivated and committed individuals over all these years there are significant services offered through IAR to the community. However, as we know there is always room to improve. Looking forward and talking about the future, if I am elected to be a Shura member for the next term by your support and vote, my plan is to work closely with other brothers and sisters on the Shura to progress and transform this organization to fulfill community expectations, insha'Allah. My goal is to seek the pleasure of Allah SWT and work with members of the Shura, Executive Committee and the community at-large on the following priorities:
1. Communications: Improve communications with being open and transparent to the community including soliciting community feedback on regular basis and not only at annual general body meetings. Offer community opportunity to ask questions on ongoing basis and provide regular and timely responses to community questions.
2. Existing Services and New Ones: Improve existing services and start new ones to address community needs. Prioritization based upon community feedback, budget and Shura input. Work with other masajids and provide leadership to create environment of unity where services offered complement rather than compete with each other.
3. Engage Young Generation: Encourage new ideas and plan for the future. Facilitate participation of young members of our community. Find ways to attract our young adults to get involved with IAR affairs.
4. Simplify the Model: Simplify IAR functioning and build team work and trust and promote "can do" attitude.
5. Evaluate IAR Financial Model: IAR will always rely and appreciate donations and financial support from our generous community but continue to explore options on how to make IAR self-supportive financially as much as possible.

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Afzal, Jalees

Introduction

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Motivation

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Agha, Bilal

Introduction

Physician by profession I moved to NC in 2001. For last many years have been active in various positions for community service.

Motivation

To participate and pursue development for a all inclusive religious institution

Al-Zoubi Khaled

Introduction

I moved to Raleigh in 1989; and by the mercy and the blessing of Allah, Raleigh became my second home. Since then I have worked very hard to be an integral part of the Islamic Center of Raleigh.

I was blessed by Allah to be able to start working with the youth in 1990. A few years later I was able to help the Youth start the IAR Quran Contest competition. Then, I became a member of the Shura and helped in the new Masjid construction committee. I focused to get the Shura to approve the plans for the gym. Again Allah showed his Mercy and Blessing on us and we agreed to build our current gymnasium and multi purpose hall.

I helped in the administration of Al-Furqan school and in the capacity of a teacher, from 1990 to 1999. I also helped in Al-Bayan School in its early stages in 2000.

In 2008 the Shura tasked me to come up with plans to revitalize Al-Bayan School. Together, with Imam Baianonie, dedicated parents and other hard-working members, we were blessed by Allah to come up with the blueprints of the full-time Quran memorization school, An-Noor School.

The Shura has put their trust in me to come up with plans to build a bathing facility for the deceased. AlhmadullilAllah, I got the approval from the City of Raleigh and now the facility is being built to the left of the Mehrab of our Masjid.

This Ramdan I also helped facilitate the Taraweeh prayer program.

Motivation

Islamic Association of Raleigh and its Center is one of the best places in the South East, and we have to keep working hard to improve our services to this community. There are many areas need more attention and focus for this coming Shura term that I would like to get involved in to name few:
1. To enhance and expand the services of An-Noor School to become An-Noor Quran Academy (ANQA) for all ages; to bring Quran in our lives by memorizing it , understanding it, and implementing it; to develop the future leaders of our Ummah.
2. To work with the youth and ANQA to build the best youth center in the Southeast region inshaa Allah.
3. To help in developing the master plan of the IAR land in Morrisville to include a masjid, to expand our educational, youth, and community services and to include housings and businesses in a multi use project for everybody, inshaa Allah.

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Alhertani, Maher

Introduction

My name is Maher Alhertani; I work @ Aliman School as a Business Manager. This is my 11th year with Aliman School and my job responsibilities are IT, Financial, Human Resource, Maintenance and Fundraising. I was born in Kuwait, lived in Cleveland, OH for 3y and moved to Raleigh area 20y ago. I am married with 4 kids. I was involved in the Management Committee as a member for two terms and I enjoyed it. Inshaullah, I will do my best to serve Raleigh Community as a Shura member.

Motivation

To serve Raleigh Community, and make a change for the best.

Ali, Mohammad (Mudassir)

Introduction

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Motivation

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Ansari, Shakeel

Introduction

I have been in the community since 1989. Currently, I am member of the Islamic Center of Morrisville Committee. I am also one of the founding member of the Islamic Center of Morrisville. I am also member of the Land Development committee for Morrisville land. I am member of the Construction team for Islamic Center of Morrisville.

Motivation

I would like to serve on the Shura to improve this body. Would like to make the Shura more repsonsive to the needs of the community especially the younger generation. Also be supportive of the Muslim population that is getting older. Would like to see more accountability of the actions and rules by making sure that regulations and deadline are being followed strictly. In order to minimize uncertainty, would like to see 1/3 of the Shura replaced every year.

Aukhil, Imran

Introduction

I was born and raised in the Triangle region. I grew up attending local schools and completed my undergraduate and graduate education in Raleigh. I have been involved with the community since I was a young child. I have watched the IAR grow from a small community to a large organization. I plan on being a part of the leadership of the community as it transitions into a more complete organization for the Muslim community of Raleigh.

Motivation

It is important for the next generation of leaders to take responsibility of the community that helped raise them. The time and opportunity has come to become a shura member and learn from the senior and outgoing shura members while also bringing fresh new ideas to the community. I hope to use my knowledge and experience in the community along with my youthful outlook to usher in the next phase for the community. I believe the IAR needs to refocus its goals and set more clear milestones as it grows into a comprehensive community organization. The priorities most important to me include youth, dawah, education, and social/welfare.

Boutrid, Afnan

Introduction

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Motivation

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Chohan, Tanzeel

Introduction

Living in Raleigh for the last 15 years. Have been a Shura member and the IAR Secretary for the last two terms. Teacher by profession but not working currently.

Motivation

I'm interested in running for the Shura to serve this body in an honest and unbaised way so to serve the community at large in a fair manner. I can devote time sincerely that I think is very important to hold this responsibility.

ElGamal, Mohamed

Introduction

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Motivation

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Kent, Fullenwieder (Shahid)

Introduction

My name is Kent Fullenweider, but many know me as Brother Shahid. I am 56 years of age and have been married to my wife for 30 years. We have three children and one grandchild. We relocated to the triangle area in 2005, immediately following my retirement from the New York State Police after 21.5 years of service. I served as the IAR's Director of Safety and Security from 2005-06 and I am currently a Shurah member and a Core Member of the Safety & Security Committee. Finally,I have acted as the IAR's unofficial liaison to the Raleigh Police Department since 2005.

Motivation

I wish to serve this community while I have the ability to do so.

Maroof, Shaheda

Introduction

I am an old active memeber of IAR, here in RTP since 1979. I am also a psychiatrist and very much interested in solving family and women issues. I am currently a Shura memember and wish to continue my responsibilities to my community.

Motivation

As I am currently a Shura memember involved in many projects in IAR, would like to continue my expertise to complete them.

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Sadat, Abdul

Introduction

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Motivation

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Sheikh, Salman

Introduction

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Motivation

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Samara, Mamoun

Introduction

I've been living in this community for about 20 years and I'm an active member in the Management committee for the last 12 years. I'm married and have 4 kids. I work here in the RTP for an IT company.

Motivation

As an actively involved member in the Management committee I would like to join the Shura to serve the community that I love.

Shabbaz, Adilah

Introduction

I am a current member of Shura; I am also a volunteer for the Women's and the Education Committees...I been active in the Community since I moved here 6-7 years ago...I am married to Br. Jameel Abdul-Rasheed, also active in the Community. I enjoy giving back to the Community and doing whatever I can to fulfill my duties to Allah and my fellow Muslims. I am an educator and journalist by trade. ((also edit the Voice, IAR Newsletter)

Motivation

I believe I have added a positive and helpful voice to Shura, and want to continue to do so.

Sultana, Rabia

Introduction

We are a family of five, with my husband and three sons, living in Raleigh since 2005. Initially for about three years I have attended Imam's Class on Sundays and other weekly educational classes. I have been working as volunteer in various capacities since 2008. My husband and sons are also active volunteers at the masjid.

My educational background consists of Bachelors Degree in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering, along with professional certifications in Business Administration and Project Management. At a proferssional level, I am working at HP to manage IT projects and programs.

Allah SWT has given me the opportunity to serve the IAR community as follows: IAR Women's Comittee: Currently serving as Chair Person. Have coordinated weekly Sisters' Friday Night Program, including halaqas, educational classes on Arabic tajaweed, tafseer and memorization. Organized Sisters' area during Ramadan Taraveeh times along with activities for children smaller years. Have conducted yearly conferences for Sisters on important topics. Organized Eid Festivals for the community. Worked with other IAR committees such as Education and Dawah.

Al Furqan School: Worked in various capacities at Al Furqan School as PSG Lead, Head of Department for Middle/High School and currently working as Principal.

Motivation

Insha Allah, if Allah SWT bestows the opportunity to serve as Shura member. Insha Allah, I wish to serve the community within the boundaries of IAR Bylaws and Constitution.

With my experience as an active volunteer at IAR, I understand the needs and issues of our community, be it related to women or youth. Insha Allah my focus would be family centric (including women and youth) with a holistic approach for improvement, so we grow as a strong community. I believe we should strive to improve in providing islamic education and environment for our adults, youth and children.

Since I have no affiliations and preference of one group over the other, insha Allah, this enables me to work in a fair and unbiased manner for the improvement of IAR as an organization and our muslim community at-large.

Alhumdulillah, as demonstrated in my current volunteer work, I have strong organization, communications ( verbal and written) and interpersonal skills that should enable me to handle the responsibilities as a Shura member.

Syed, Ameenulla

Introduction

Moved to Raleigh from India in 1999. Having Masters Degree in Aerospace Engineering with specialization in Instrumentation for Atmospheric Measurements. Working for NC State University as a Associate Director and ECONet Manager of the NC State Climate office.
Married, (wife; Rabia Sultana) having three sons (Arshadullah Syed, Asadullah Syed and Asjadullah Syed)
Whole family is actively volunteering at the IAR at their capacities.
Started volunteering at the IAR in 1995 with Al-Furqan School.

Motivation

Allah SWT has given me the opportunity to serve the community for one term as a Vice Chair of Safety and Security committee and another term as a Chair of Management Committee and now if I get an opportunity, I wish to serve the community within the boundaries of IAR Bylaws and Constitution as a Shura Member iA.

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Zaghloul, Atef

Introduction

My wife (Maha) and I moved to Raleigh in the spring of 1989. At a personal level, I have 3 daughters (Aya, Hanna, & Sonya) and two grandchildren (Amir & Zain) all of whom were born in the Raleigh/Cary area. At a professional level, I received my B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Computer Engineering. After retiring from IBM after 30 years of service, I am currently working for at&t.

Motivation

I have been a member of the Shura for two terms and I am currently the Vice Chair of IAR. For the past 5 years, I have participated in several teams that were formed by the Shura to address some of the issues facing the IAR. My motivation for joining the IAR Shura is to offer my assistance wherever help is needed in general. In particular, I would like to see the IAR becoming a friendlier place for our children and sisters. Also, being a resident of Morrisville, I am very much interested in how the Morrisville land will be developed.