Board Members

The Islamic Association of Cincinnati is governed by a Board and an Executive. The Board consists of active members who have been duly elected by members of the community and typically serve a 4 year term. Board meetings are held periodically and are open to the public.

 
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Majed Dabdoub
President

president@cliftonmosque.org

Majed Dabdoub has been in Cincinnati since 1981. He has served IAC  for more than 20 years as committee member, board member and president. He has served local, national and international professional organizations for the last 32 years. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Ohio and the President of Dabdoub & Associates a consulting company.  

First of all, he wants to serve our community so that Allah will be pleased with all of us. It is very critical that we have a united community where we trust, help and support each other. 

Second, he would like to use his experience and knowledge so that we can build a strong Muslim community for our children and their children. It is very important that we have a place for our community members to learn about Islam, practice Islam and raise our children in an environment that will help them  to be proud of being Muslims

It is  also essential that we have a welcoming  place for the community at large where they can learn about  Islam. After all, we were created so that we worship Allah (SWT) and inshaa Allah we will be rewarded  for our good deeds. With the help of Allah and the support of our community members,  Inshaa Allah, we can work together so that we can achieve the vision of the Islamic Association of Cincinnati.

 
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Amr Safwat
Vice President

vicepresident@cliftonmosque.org

Amr Safwat finished his PhD in Environmental Engineering from UC last year and currently works with the EPA here in Cincinnati, OH.  He has been a resident of Clifton, Cincinnati since 2006 and has been active with the Clifton Muslim Community ever since. He has served on a number of committees, including heading the education committee at IAC for over 3 years.  

He has been the lead on many social and education endeavors, including but not limited to: setting up seminars and classes with prominent scholars, coordinating Ramadan educational activities, and aiding in youth related educational programs. His vision is to make the masjid a shared and safe place for any group and individuals by actively encouraging them to come and feel home at Clifton.

He sees himself as a link between different sections in the community and cross-cultural bridge builder. He goes out of his way to make sure everyone feels welcome.

 
 
 
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Mohammed Shamma
Chairman

chairman@cliftonmosque.org

Mohammed Shamma was Born in Cairo, Egypt. He received his undergraduate degree from Cairo University, a MS From The University of Californina, Berkeley and a Ph.D in Management Science from SMU Dallas Texas. He is married and has 5 children.

He has been involved with the local Muslim community and national Muslims Students Association and the Islamic Society of North America since 1969. He was chairman of the National Muslim Students association in 1970, the first business manager of the National Islamic Muslim Trust, and the first business administrator of ISNA in the mid seventies.

He has been active in the local community at the same time as he has been active nationally. Besides attending many international conferences representing the Muslims of North America, he has served many times as chairman of the board of the IAC. He was instrumental in bringing IBS (Islamic Book Services) to Cincinnati in the 70's.

Professionally he was a professor at the University of Cinncinnati College of Business and also taught in the School of Economics at the International Islamic Uninversity for two years. He continues to be active in business ventures.

 
 
 
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Zeeshan Tayeb
Vice Chariman


Zeeshan Tayeb is a native of Cincinnati and attended Sunday school over 20 years in the original Clifton Mosque house. He is now a practicing physician, and nationally-renowned instructor, in the field of Pain Management.

Since moving back to Cincinnati after doctoral training in 2011, he has been an active member of the Clifton's Muslim community. He has served on the Election Committee and Interim Board for Clifton Mosque in 2013.

Over the past two years, he chaired the By-Laws Committee while also volunteering in other committees. His family recently moved to the Clifton area within walking distance of the mosque, allowing him to attend daily prayers there.

 
 
 
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Majid Qureshi
Treasurer


Dr Qureshi came to the United States from Pakistan in late 1958. By profession, he is a surgeon. He was one of three people who registered the Islamic Association of Cincinnati in the 1960's and began Cincinnati's first-ever mosque (a home on Fairview Avenue). In 1980, he helped the community transition to the existing Clifton Mosque (a house on Clifton Avenue). He also played a vital role in purchasing the land needed for the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati in West Chester.

In the early 1990's, Dr Qureshi saved Clifton Mosque from being sold due to his conviction that the community needed to maintain a mosque in Clifton even if we had a large facility in West Chester. Every day, he began his daily work as a surgeon by first praying fajr at the masjid. In 2003, the existing larger Clifton Mosque, the white structure, was built adjacent to the initial house.

Without Dr Qureshi's generous financial support, this would have never happened. Dr Qureshi has been committed to the Muslim community in Cincinnati for over 50 years; his foresight, vision, and resources have always served Muslim causes here.

 
 
 
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Ibrahim Amidou
Secretary


IBRAHIM AMIDOU, PhD. Adjunct Assistant Professor at UC and Miami University. Author and researcher in Humanities. I teach French and Francophone Literatures, Cultures and Civilizations, French Enlightenments, Postcolonial Africa, English Composition and Ethnic American Literature.

Owner of a Private firm of Translation and Interpretation, Immigrants and Refugees Advocate. I have been with Clifton Mosque since 1991 and currently a volunteer, Vice-Chair of the Social Services Committee. I have also served, for the past few years, as member-volunteer of the (Ramadan) Iftar dinner committee. I am married and a father of five.

 
 
 
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Sadia Khatri


Sadia Khatri and her family have been an active part of the Cincinnati community for 32 years.  She serves as a volunteer for the Muslim community at Clifton Masjid and ICGC.  She is a volunteer for ISNA, as well as a regional and national speaker/advisor for MYNA.  

In the community at large, she serves as a certified instructor for the Cincinnati chapter of the American Red Cross, conducts diversity, leadership, time management and team building workshops for various organization across the city and is a regular volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, Freestore Foodbank and the Shared Harvest programs.

In her professional life, Sadia is the District Sales Manager for Staples Advantage, managing a team of business consultants covering Greater Cincinnati, Dayton, Eastern Indiana and Northern Kentucky.  

Sadia looks forward to playing a part in creating a more inclusive, diverse and welcoming community atmosphere. She and her husband, Nicholas, will be staying in the Greater Cincinnati area after their wedding in August, and both hope to maintain active roles in the Clifton Masjid.

 
 
 
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Nashid Shakir

Nashid is a results-oriented professional with more than twenty five years of progressive leadership, planning, and project management experience. He also has an expansive history and passion for working with inter-cultural community capacity building (inclusion through diversity), and organizational leadership and development.

Nashid has been a “Muslim Revert” for over thirty years and married to Rabiah Shakir, for over twenty five years. Nashid is also the proud father of three sons and a daughter: Nuri Shakir (34), Kamilah Bryant (29), Sulayman Shakir (24) and Isa Shakir (22).

 
 
 
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Aida Zvekic


Aida graduated from University of Cincinnati School of Pharmacy in 1998 and has worked as pharmacist in different settings, and managed pharmacy for 4.5 years. Clifton Mosque is her mosque. She lives by Kings Island, but belongs to Clifton. It is Clifton's activism, warmth, diversity, eagerness to serve, and love that makes me drive across the town.

Her involvement as organizer was mostly with Bosnian community. She organized halaqas, gatherings, iftars, picnics in effort to bring that community closer to each-other for Allah's sake. She has accepted the board position hoping that her service to Clifton Community will be counted in her good deeds.

 
 
 
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Dr. Alvi
 

Dr. Alvi received a Doctorate of Education from U.C. and he taught physics and math at high school level. He delivered lectures on Islam to college and high school students. He served on Education Committee at ISNA in Plainfield, IN. He worked as Social Services Coordinator for many years at IAC. 

Dr. Alvi initiated Iftar Dinners almost 30 years ago, which are still going on at IAC.  He is teaching Islamic Education to our children every Sunday. He is coordinating services and providing Islamic material to inmates in Greater Cincinnati area. Dr. Alvi served as member of planning committee for building West Chester masjid and he also served as member of planning committee for building new Clifton masjid. He served as Treasurer for IAC and as member of Board of Trustees at IAC.

 
 
 
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Khalid Alnajar


Khalid Alnajar is a successful businessman and community leader. He is a long time member of the Clifton Mosque.  He brings new and exciting ideas and strategies to our board and to our community.