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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Zeeshan Tayeb
Vice President

vicepresident@cliftonmosque.org

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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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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Ibrahim Amidou
Vice Chariman


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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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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Tala Ali
Secretary


A daughter of immigrants, Tala Mohammad Ali grew up in inner-city Cincinnati and identifies as a proud Cincinnatian. She currently serves as Muslim Chaplain and as staff support of justice programming at Xavier University. A founder of Salaam Community, Tala served as board member of the organization for 7 years. She currently serves Salaam Community as its program manager. Tala was also a founding board member of CAIR-OH-Cincinnati for 7 years, working to hire its current executive director and establish the city office. She is a passionate and present member of the Cincinnati community, involved in various justice and equitable initiatives and movements. She has over 15 years of experience working with non-profit, community organizations, and political campaigns.  


Tala is a longtime member and attendee of Clifton Mosque and holds its community close to her heart. She is a passionate advocate for creating nurturing and inclusive spaces in the Muslim community, where a diverse spectrum of people not only feel safe, but want to be a part of. Tala hopes to share her expertise in strategic planning, non-profit development and community organization to the Clifton Mosque Board.

 
 
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Najla Abdullah

Sr Najla and her family have called the Clifton Masjid their home masjid for 30 years. She took her shahada 40 years ago in the Cincinnati community and has been studying and attending halaqas since. Sr. Najla has lived and been a part of the Chicago and Columbus Muslim community.  She has been volunteering and contributing to the Clifton masjid since 2015. She served on the social services, social events, membership and elections committees. Sr. Najla also organizes tea time. She used to organized the Thursday iftars and was a volunteer server during Ramadan 2017. Her time in Chicago and Columbus gives her a fresh perspective on how communities can operate. She has seen the community grow and hopes to help the community continue to build on its legacy into the future. She wants to be able to make a difference in the community by serving on the board.

 
 
 

Dr. Sherif Zihni

Dr Sherif Zihni : Born in Egypt 1975. Moved to Queens, New York as an infant in 1976. Grew up in a happy family with 3 siblings and many members of extended family living in a small warm home. Has been happily living in Ohio for the past 8 years alhamdulillah. Dr Zihni practices addiction medicine full time and urgent care part time at several locations in Cincinnati.

Dr Sherif Zihni loves the Clifton masjid and community and lives with his wife and four children a few minutes walk from the masjid. He plans on being a part of this community for many years inshallah and would like to serve the community on the board of the Clifton Masjid.

 
 
 
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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.