Introducing your 2017 ISGH Election Candidates

Assalamu Alaykum,

Here is the list of the candidates from the Masjid AlSalam (Champions) zip codes that are standing in the upcoming 2017 ISGH elections.  This list includes both At-Large as well as Area Representative candidates for our masjid; to get a complete list of all At-Large candidates running from all zones, please refer to this link from the ISGH website

You can meet these candidates in person during the upcoming Meet the Candidates event, scheduled on December 2nd.  For details about that event please click here.

We have provided the information each candidate wanted to share with the community; those that did not provide any information to us at the time of this post may do so in the next few days.  Please stay tuned to notifications from us so you are aware of the latest updates to this post.  Notifications will be available through alerts from this website, the AlSalam Masjid App, the AlSalam Facebook page, and through community emails.

For all election related information, including key dates, membership verification, rules and regulations, please visit the ISGH Elections web page.

For any questions regarding this post, or to request updates or corrections to any information shown within it, please fill out the Feedback form shown at the bottom of this page, or send an email to media@alsalammasjid.org.

Please note that Masjid AlSalam and its official media channels do not endorse any specific candidates.  All information provided below is either directly from the candidates or gathered from known records for the sole purpose of better informing the community about their election day choices.


 

NAME: Imran Moton

CANDIDATE FOR: Associate Director for Masjid AlSalam

CURRENT OR PAST ROLE(S):

  • Weekend Islamic School Principal
  • Champion Athletics Club (CAP) Leader
  • Various leadership positions in other masajid

NAME: Nadir Tayyab

CANDIDATE FOR: Associate Director for Masjid AlSalam

CURRENT OR PAST ROLE(S):

  • Boy Scouts Troop 321
  • Weekend Islamic School
  • Arabic Classes
  • Dawah and Outreach Events
  • Masjid AlSalam Council
  • Completed 18 month leadership training.  Focused on non-profit organization, planning, team building, conflict resolution and effective communication.

NAME: Amel Abdulla

CANDIDATE FOR: At-Large Sister position

CURRENT OR PAST ROLE(S):

  • Masjid As-Salam Girl Scout Troop 13467 – Leader 2009-2012, 2016 – Present
  • Masjid As-Salam Construction Committee – joined Oct 2017
  • Chair of the Advisory Panel for Houston Peace Academy – appointed July 2017

NAME: Afshan Jilani

CANDIDATE FOR: At-Large Sister position

CURRENT OR PAST ROLE(S):

  • Refugee resettlement
  • Women and youth concerns
  • Address Islamophobia and other factors impacting Muslims
  • Interfaith programs all over Texas as well as nationally
  • Relief efforts during hurricanes, floods and natural disasters
  • Social services for families needing government assistance

NAME: Yaser El-Samman

CANDIDATE FOR: At-Large Youth position

CURRENT OR PAST ROLE(S):

  • MAS Scholarship Program
  • Save A Dime Financial assistance program
  • Active Member of Youth Comittee
  • Assisted in organizing multiple youth events
  • Youth Leadership Program 
  • Volunteer Organizer for recent Masjid Carnival

NAME: Mufutau Adewunmi

CANDIDATE FOR: Area Representative for zip code 77379

CURRENT OR PAST ROLE(S):

  • Islamic Arts Festival volunteer
  • Member of Masjid Security Team
  • Houston Peace Academy volunteer
  • Masjid Al-Salam Sunday School volunteer coordinator
  • Eid prayer set-up and clean-up
  • Volunteer voter registrar for city of Houston
  • Membership Secretary – Masjid-Al-Salam (Spring, TX) 2012 – 2016
  • Job Opportunity Specialist – City of New York Human Resource Administration(New York City) 2005 – 2009
  • Publicity Secretary – Masjid Ibaadul Rahman (New York) 2004 – 2008

NAME: Syed Arshad

CANDIDATE FOR: Area Representative for zip code 77379

CURRENT OR PAST ROLE(S):

  • Pending inputs from candidate

NAME: Nasir Majeed

CANDIDATE FOR: Area Representative for zip code 77379

CURRENT OR PAST ROLE(S):

  • Sunday School Quran and Tafseer Advisor / Backup Teacher.
  • Runs the "Job Networking" group

NAME: Mohammad Sirajuddin Minhaj 

CANDIDATE FOR: Area Representative for zip code 77379

CURRENT OR PAST ROLE(S):

  • Area representative of zip code 77379 in the current council term.
  • Various volunteer positions in all areas of the masjid

NAME: Baber Pasha

CANDIDATE FOR: Area Representative for zip code 77379

CURRENT OR PAST ROLE(S):

  • Pending inputs from candidate

NAME: Jameel Rahman

CANDIDATE FOR: Area Representative for zip code 77379

CURRENT OR PAST ROLE(S):

  • Participated with the security team

NAME: Syed Razzaq

CANDIDATE FOR: Area Representative for zip code 77379

CURRENT OR PAST ROLE(S):

  • Pending inputs from candidate

NAME: Louay Rukieh

CANDIDATE FOR: Area Representative for zip code 77379

CURRENT OR PAST ROLE(S):

  • Member of the Zakah / Sadaqa Team
  • Served as the chair of Zakah team at Masjid Al Salam.
  • Served as ISGH Central Zakah Committee chair. 
  • Volunteered with the Masjid Al Salam Pack 321 cup scouts. 
  • Volunteered in Prison Dawah programs in Raleigh, NC. 

NAME: Mohiaddin Syed

CANDIDATE FOR: Area Representative for zip code 77379

CURRENT OR PAST ROLE(S):

  • Present everyday at the masjid for salah. Have participated as a volunteer in various Masjid activities as required. I have not been actively involved in any of the masjid committee's yet.

NAME: Mohammad Amjad Usmani

CANDIDATE FOR: Area Representative for zip code 77379

CURRENT OR PAST ROLE(S):

  • Served as teacher of Islamic Studies in the Weekend Islamic School from its inception. Held the position of Principal for 3 years.
  • Working in Zakat committee for last 10 years. Led as chair for this committee also but handed charge to another respected member due to extensive travel in my job.
  • Managed the masjid water well since its inception. Planned to Increase its capacity to meet future demand; it has been working well so far.

NAME: Tahira Ahmed

CANDIDATE FOR: Area Representative for zip code 77429 and 77068

CURRENT OR PAST ROLE(S):

  • I have been practicing as a Counselor and providing therapy to the community for more than fifteen years.
  • I have volunteered my professional services to the Muslim community in the Houston Metropolitan area since i moved to Houston in 2003.
  • I currently manage and volunteer at the Sakina Center, a Community Mental Health Center for the Muslim community

 

NAME: Salma Halabi Sarakbi

CANDIDATE FOR: Area Representative for zip code 77429 and 77068

CURRENT OR PAST ROLE(S):

  • Pending inputs from candidate

NAME: Adnan Fareed Zafar

CANDIDATE FOR: Area Representative for zip code 77429 and 77068

CURRENT OR PAST ROLE(S):

  • I was elected to serve as your ISGH area representative for the 77429 zip code in 2016 and for 77014/065/066/302/373/382/389/395/429 zip codes in 2017. As your area representative, I diligently serve on Masjid Al Salam's council, where I vote on your behalf to make decisions that impact the operation and improvements in the masjid.
  • As a volunteer with the media team, I am leading the development of a state-of-the-art video streaming system used for our Facebook videos.
  • I also lead the Youth and Programs Director hiring process.
  • You can email me directly at 77429@alsalammasjid.org, to which I will reply within 48 hours.

NAME: Safra Khan

CANDIDATE FOR: Area Representative for zip code 77388

CURRENT OR PAST ROLE(S):

  • Active member of Masjid Al Salam
  • Area Representative for zip code 77388 in the 2017 council term
  • Youth Committee chair for 2017.  Served in the Champions Masjid youth committee for about 8 years.
  • Organized various youth related activities
  • Business student at the University of Houston

NAME: Rasheed Qureshi

CANDIDATE FOR: Area Representative for zip code 77388

CURRENT OR PAST ROLE(S):

  • Pending inputs from candidate

NAME: Abdurrehman Ansari

CANDIDATE FOR: Area Representative for zip code 77070

CURRENT OR PAST ROLE(S):

  • Member of Dawah committee
  • Volunteered in various areas of the masjid

NAME: Zakir Hussain

CANDIDATE FOR: Area Representative for zip code 77070

CURRENT OR PAST ROLE(S):

  • Area Representative for zip code 77070 in the current council terms
  • Construction Committee chair
  • Volunteered in various areas of the masjid

NAME: Rahima Khan

CANDIDATE FOR: Area Representative for zip code 77070

CURRENT OR PAST ROLE(S):

  • Pending inputs from candidate

NAME: Syed Athar Masood

CANDIDATE FOR: Area Representative for zip code 77070

CURRENT OR PAST ROLE(S):

  • Pending inputs from candidate

NAME: Abdul Aleem

CANDIDATE FOR: Area Representative for zip code 77377

CURRENT OR PAST ROLE(S):

  • Area Representative for zip code 77377 in the current council terms
  • Construction Committee member
  • Volunteered in various areas of the masjid

NAME: Salahuddin Sarwar

CANDIDATE FOR: Area Representative for zip code 77377

CURRENT OR PAST ROLE(S):

  • Pending inputs from candidate

NAME: Ashraf Thanwey

CANDIDATE FOR: Area Representative for zip code 77377

CURRENT OR PAST ROLE(S):

  • Area Representative of 77377 for 5 years.
  • Member of Security Team for 5 years.
  • In charge of Licenses, Permits and various contracts for last 4 years.
  • In charge of Construction Committee for 2 years
  • Member of Construction Committee for 2 years
  • In charge of Security Team for 1 year
  • Various other volunteer positions.

NAME: Yoseph M. Noor

CANDIDATE FOR: Area Representative for zip codes: 77389, 77066, 77090, 77014, 77067, 77088, 77373, 77374, 77064, 77355, 77450, 77346, 77384, 77065, 77084, 77381

CURRENT OR PAST ROLE(S):

  • Islamic Art Festival
  • Sunday Islamic School

NAME: Iman Abouzaid

CANDIDATE FOR: Area Representative for zip code 77375

CURRENT OR PAST ROLE(S):

  • Pending inputs from candidate

NAME: Misbah Ahsan Abbasi (known as Nadeem Abbasi)

CANDIDATE FOR: Area Representative for zip code 77375

CURRENT OR PAST ROLE(S):

  • Area representative of zip code 77375 during the last two terms (elected for the 2015 term, and appointed by the council for the 2016 term)
  • Leads the Media Team
  • Responsible for the development, maintenance and enhancement of various communications channels used to advertise the activities and events taking place in the masjid.  This includes the Masjid AlSalam website, the Masjid AlSalam Facebook page, the community Newsletter and emails, and the TV screens that run announcements and paid advertisements.
  • Islamic Arts Society volunteer since its inception.  Responsible for the development, maintenance, and enhancements of the Islamic Arts Society website, and any A/V setup during the annual Arts Festival.
  • I can be reached at media@alsalammasjid.org if anyone has any question they wish to ask me.

NAME: Mirza Ather Baig

CANDIDATE FOR: Area Representative for zip code 77375

CURRENT OR PAST ROLE(S):

  • Area Representative for zip code 77375 for the last several council terms
  • Coordinator weekend School  Lunch
  • In charge of Friday Night dinner
  • Volunteer Parking and Security team
  • Manage volunteers for Shifa Salam Clinic 
  • Worked with the Construction Committee

NAME: Sohail Mall

CANDIDATE FOR: Area Representative for zip code 77375

CURRENT OR PAST ROLE(S):

  • Pending inputs from candidate