Leadership and Staff
The Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati (ICGC) is overseen by the Islamic Educational Council (IEC), composed of a board of trustees and an executive committee, and managed day-to-day by staffers and a host of volunteers who have taken on various leadership roles to head or assist with specific functions vital to the Center. The executive committee is appointed and/or elected from among the members of the board of trustees. The committee currently comprises of Inayat Malik, Ashraf Traboulsi, Ahmed Samad, Aman Ahmed, Zahida Kaukab, Saif Jaweed, Nisar Haq and Mohammad Aiman Sheatt. These are some key figures in our organization:
Ali Salahudeen, Facilities Manager, is perhaps one of the most well-recognized individuals at the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati (ICGC). That is because his contributions to the Center have always been above and beyond what might be expected of a staff person.
For Salahudeen, ICGC became home long before its inauguration because of his close association with the family of the late Ahmad Samawi, a key figure in the founding of the Islamic Center. When Samawi took on the leadership of building the Center, Salahudeen came right along.
An immigrant from Sri Lanka, Salahudeen is as committed to ICGC as was the man who assigned him the responsibility of the Center’s upkeep. What Samawi found most special about Salahudeen was his powerful call to prayer (Adhan). Salahudeen was among the first to make a call for prayer at the Center’s mosque when it opened. His voice—and his presence—continues to be a prime moving force in all of ICGC’s events and activities to this day. To those who often call upon his services, he is simply: “Brother Ali.”
Amira Batal, Office Manager, is the primary contact person for people seeking information about ICGC, rental of facilities, registration for events, family assistance requests and administrator of the Tours & Talks program and all incoming communications.
Batal has an extensive history of community service. She has been a volunteer during presidential elections, as well as invested much time and effort in volunteering at various community organizations in Kentucky and Cincinnati. She is a Volunteer Leader with Girl Scouts of Western Ohio and leads the ICGC Girls Scout troops. Batal was Editor-in-Chief of Family Matters Magazine for 8 years, in which she committed to advocating for child safety and environmental awareness. At the Islamic Center, she is taking the initiative to expand upon the Community Services offered at the Center and reaching out to new Muslims to offer support.
Board of Trustees
Dr. Inayat Malik is president of the board of the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati (ICGC) and a founding member of the Islamic Educational Council (IEC), currently serving as its president. He is chairperson of ICGC’s executive committee.
Dr. Malik is a founding member of The Urology Group, one of the largest urology group practices in the United States. He has served as a board member of the International Academy of Cincinnati and of the Greater Cincinnati Health Improvement Collaborative. He is a co-founder of the Jewish-Muslim Dialogue, which is now the BRIDGES Muslim-Jewish-Christian Trialogue, and served on the advisory board of the Brueggeman Center for Interreligious Dialogue at Xavier University. He is a founding Pioneers Club member of the Unity Productions Foundation, which has been producing highly regarded documentaries on Islam and Muslims in this country. Dr. Malik is a lifetime member of the Islamic Medical Association of North America, supporting its charitable mission, and has served on the Board of American Red Cross in Cincinnati.
An active member of the Muslim community, Dr. Malik is devoted to improving interfaith relations in Greater Cincinnati. He has devoted a lot of time to make the Islamic Center well recognized in the region and to give a face and voice to the Muslim community. He focuses on media relations and community education to distribute accurate information on Islam and Muslims. He writes articles for the local press and makes several television appearances. Dr. Malik speaks extensively on Islam and interfaith relations at area universities, churches, synagogues, chambers of commerce, law enforcement organizations and other private and public institutions.
He is a recipient of the "Connecting the People Award" of Cincinnati Human Relations Commission, the United Way’s "Joseph A. Hall Award for Promoting Diversity", and was honored with the Distinguished Service Citation by Bridges for a Just Community.
Baher Salem Foad
Dr. Baher Salem. Foad, most respected by ICGC as a recognized scholar of Islam, has been giving lectures on Islam for more than 20 years, writing articles and making television appearances. He is a Hafiz of Qur’an and graduate of the Open Islamic University, having extensively mastered various Islamic disciplines. In addition to his dedication to Islamic education at ICGC, he has taught at the University of Cincinnati, Xavier University, Hebrew Union College and several other institutions. He is a founding member of ICGC and Director of Adult Education at the Center. He is a trustee at Xavier University and was instrumental in endowing the Islamic Studies chair at that institution. He has also served as a board member on what is now BRIDGES for a Just Community.
Another key accomplishment, Dr. Foad was pivotal in getting funding for construction of the El-Sewedy International Academy of Cincinnati—a full-time (K to 8) school that shares the campus of the Islamic Center.
Dr. Foad has published many books on Islam to review various key concepts such as accountability, noble character, and Jihad; study the life of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and lessons learned from it; take a look at different prophets of Islam; and understand the meaning of the Qur’an. Dr. Foad places special emphasis on interfaith cooperation and has been active in interreligious dialogue for many years.
Majid A. Qureshi
Dr. Majid A. Qureshi is a founding member of ICGC and its governing body IEC, currently serving on its board of trustees. He has been a leader in Cincinnati’s Muslim community since the times when there were just a handful of Muslims in the area. He helped Cincinnati Muslims build their first mosque in the city several years ago, and later played an active role in the opening of what is now Cincinnati’s Clifton Mosque.
Dr. Qureshi came to America in 1958 from Pakistan. He practiced general and hand surgery at Cincinnati’s Good Samaritan Hospital until retirement. He continues to participate in several charitable causes where his professional experience and community involvement can be of benefit to others. He takes a personal interest in the families around him, helping many in need.
Sheikh A. Rahman
Dr. Sheikh A. Rahman is a founding member of ICGC and has made significant contributions to its various service areas. He is author of Afshus Salam Spreading Peace: Reflections and Actions for American Muslims.
Dr. Rahman supports several religious and secular organizations in this country, including the Islamic Society of North America, the Islamic Medical Association of North America, Association of Pakistani Physicians of North America, National Public Radio, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and ICGC’s Muslim Mothers Against Violence. He believes in his family as a steering force, and works collaboratively with them toward fulfilling an important dream: bringing Muslims of all nations and cultures to a common platform so that they may, in the footsteps of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), propagate compassion, freedom, justice, peace and equality for all of humanity.
Dr. Rahman was born in India, and educated and professionally trained in Pakistan and England. A member of the American Medical Association and a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, he practices medicine in several counties of Southeastern Indiana.
Dr. Zahida Kaukab, currently a member of ICGC’s executive committee, is one of the founding members of the IEC, governing body of the Islamic Center. She takes an active part in the Center’s Tours & Talks program, as well as in its social services initiative called Muslim Mothers Against Violence. She is also a former board member of the El-Sewedy International Academy of Cincinnati.
For Dr. Kaukab, community and civic engagement is a natural part of daily life. She is a Pioneer Member of the Unity Productions Foundation, a founding member of the Human Development Foundation, and a former member of the Martin Luther Committee in Cincinnati.
Dr. Kaukab is a specialist in internal medicine. She has been practicing in Cincinnati for more than 30 years.
Tariq Ahmed Siddiqi
Dr. Tariq Ahmed Siddiqi has been an active member of the IEC since the early 1990s, and has served on ICGC’s executive committee for many years. He is currently President of the Board of Trustees of the El-Sewedy International Academy, a full-time school operating on the ICGC campus.
Dr. Siddiqi has also made significant contributions to ICGC’s Weekend School, reviewing curriculum and suggesting programs to suit student needs. He has always taken a keen interest in youth education.
A specialist in obstetrics and gynecology, Dr. Siddiqui spent more than 20 years as a faculty member of the University of Cincinnati School of Medicine before starting a consultative private practice at the Christ Hospital.
Dr. Nemat Moussavian is not only an ICGC board member with a long history of dedicated support, he leads a life rich in community volunteerism.
He is a member of the Academy of Medicine of Cincinnati Conflict Resolution Committee, volunteer at Walnut Hills-Evanston Clinic, past board member and chair of the Committee on Healthcare Inequality in Greater Cincinnati for BRIDGES for a Just Community, co-founder of the Muslim Clinic of Ohio, board member of the Cincinnati Human Relations Commission, member of the Special Olympics Committee, and board member of an organization supporting farmers in developing countries. He is a recipient of the 2009 Service Award from the Center for Closing the Health Gap of Greater Cincinnati.
A distinguished gastroenterologist and clinical nutritionist, Dr. Moussavian is also a prominent figure at professional conferences throughout the country, with his byline on many scholarly papers and journal articles.
Gulame Asif has many accomplishments to his name in the Cincinnati Muslim community. His work in this community spans several years, and he is a regular participant in the activities of the Islamic Center to this day.
Among his many roles, Asif has served as president and chairman of the Islamic Association of Cincinnati (currently part of Cincinnati’s Clifton Mosque). He is currently a member of ICGC’s board of trustees, principal of the Islamic Weekend School, member of the Weekend School Education Committee, and chairman of the Family Assistance Committee.
Asif was born, raised and educated in India before coming to this country to further his education. A mechanical and industrial engineer, he worked for 33 years at Ingersoll Rand Company before retiring in early 2012.
Asif takes pride in the ICGC facility and the diverse community it attracts. He aims to stay involved, especially focusing on youth education and extra-curricular programs.
Farooq A. Mirza
Dr. Farooq A. Mirza, an IEC founding member, has been in Cincinnati’s Muslim community for many years. He has helped establish education programs, and taken special care to organize annual Eid dinners.
An accomplished surgeon, Dr. Mirza practices general, vascular, laser, laparo-endoscopic and trauma surgery. He sits on the board of many professional organizations in the area. He is chief of surgery at New Horizon Medical Center in Kentucky, and a member of the Quality Assurance Committee at The Christ Hospital in Cincinnati.
Shakila Ahmad is an enthusiastic community leader who has dedicated herself to numerous civic and community causes. An active member of ICGC’s board of trustees since 1995, Ahmad employs the Center’s Tours and Talks program to educate law enforcement personnel, businesses, nonprofit organizations, educational institutions and community leaders about Islam and Muslims. She spearheaded the planning of A Visit to a Mosque in America, an educational DVD produced to increase understanding of Islam and the Muslim community in the United States.
Ahmad is a founding member of ICGC’s Muslim Mothers Against Violence initiative. Along with other members, she brings mothers of all faiths together to explore peaceful and constructive means of conflict resolution. She and other members lead many training sessions and distribute significant educational materials on bullying prevention. She teaches people of all ages, especially youth, how to identify bullying and what to do about it under various circumstances. Her talks on bullying prevention are offered at ICGC and many other locations throughout Cincinnati and in other areas. She is a dedicated supporter of interfaith and outreach efforts, and has served as board chair of BRIDGES for a Just Community.
Additionally, Ahmad serves on the executive board of directors of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, the Ohio Humanities Council, YWCA Cincinnati, and the United Way of Greater Cincinnati.
Dr. Aman Ahmed, an active participant in several ICGC initiatives, played a key role in bringing Islamic Society of North America’s Central Zone Conference to Cincinnati in 2011.
A specialist in geriatric and internal medicine, Dr. Ahmed has been in Greater Cincinnati for more than 15 years. He was born and raised in Hyderabad, India.
Dr. Ashraf Traboulsi has been living in Greater Cincinnati for 10 years. Born and raised in Syria, Dr. Traboulsi received his doctorate in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Kentucky. He was an assistant professor at University of Kuwait College of Pharmacy, and currently works at Procter & Gamble in Cincinnati.
Dr. Traboulsi is fascinated by the Seerah or biography of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and the lessons one can learn from it. He strives to use it as a model and source of inspiration to not only educate adults but also keep Muslim youth engaged and connected with the faith and the Prophet’s ideals of social and community service. Dr.Traboulsi serves as a teacher in ICGC’s Weekend School.
Ahmed Samad has been actively involved in ICGC’s events and activities since he first came to Cincinnati 10 years ago. As a member of the executive committee, he focuses on introducing newer technology (related to voice and data), expanding Islamic learning, improving facility management, implementing constructive youth activities and introducing more educational programs for adults.
A graduate and master of business administration (MBA) and systems engineering (MS), Samad is an engineering consultant and program manager at General Electric Co. He is also a certified project management professional (PMP) and Six Sigma black belt recipient.
Mohammad Aiman Sheatt
Dr. Mohammad Aiman Sheatt joined ICGC’s executive committee with two clear goals, establishing a regular Imam at the Center and developing new youth activities. He harbors strong commitment toward these and other programs.
Dr. Sheatt is a pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine specialist. His practice is located at Bethesda North and Mercy Anderson hospitals. He is Medical Director of the Sleep Center at Mercy Anderson Hospital and the Pulmonary Hypertension Center at Bethesda North. He has been a Greater Cincinnati resident for more than six years, currently living in Mason.
Dr. Saif Jaweed is an ophthalmologist with Tristate Centers for Sight. Born and raised in Toledo, Ohio, Dr. Jaweed came to Cincinnati for medical residency 13 years ago. He stayed here, making Cincinnati his new home.
Dr. Jaweed would like to see the Islamic Center become an anchor for the Ummah or all Muslims in the region, whereby it is not only a place of worship but also a spiritual base for future generations. As an executive committee member, Dr. Jaweed works to develop strong youth programs, introduce new social programs, and expand interfaith outreach. He has played a vital role in searching for and appointing an Imam, inviting guest speakers to the area, and planning a comprehensive recreational facility.
Dr. Nisar Haq, member of ICGC’s board of trustees, believes in ICGC as an organization that must embody basic principles of inclusion. She sees the Islamic Center as an ideal place for Muslims of all sects, ethnicities and backgrounds to come together in a spirit of harmony, collaboration and balanced thinking.
Dr. Haq is a physician specializing in general internal medicine. She offers her services at Mercy Hospital Mt. Airy, Good Samaritan Hospital, and TriHealth.
Nazim Fazlani is a recent addition to the ICGC board, but his relations with the Center are far from new. He is a researcher by day, a volunteer by night. In a few short years, he has become one of the most actively involved and enthusiastically committed volunteers in the organization.
Fazlani serves in several areas, including enrolling of new members and helping organize social events. He is not afraid to take on different roles as needed, helping as volunteer coordinator, youth advisor and coordinator of community affairs. He has been involved in Eid dinners, summer camps, youth conference and numerous other ICGC activities.
A graduate of the MBA program at Xavier University, Fazlani specializes in market research. He envisions continuous growth in ICGC membership and hopes for an active community where members share their diverse spiritual, social and professional experiences for mutual benefit. He sees himself as an “enabler” of this community engagement, always ready to listen to people’s ideas and to help meet the needs of different ethnic and age groups.