Board & Staff

 

 

Staff

Aliya Amin, Executive Director

Aliya Amin joined the Muslim Alliance of Indiana with a desire to create a world in which her three children can be strong leaders who are proud of their identities as American Muslims. A Michigan native and adopted Hoosier, she holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan, a Masters in Pubic Health from Indiana University and began her career with the State of Indiana working on Medicaid Policy and quality outcome measures. Aliya joined MAI as Communications Coordinator in March 2016 before moving to Communications and Programs Director, and accepting the Executive Director position in November 2017. In addition to her work with MAI, she also serves on the board of Seeds of Learning, an organization dedicated to education for boys and especially girls in rural Pakistan.

 

Board of Directors

Fatima Hussain, President Fatima Hussain graduated from Kelly School of Business at Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis in 2012. She works as the Marketing and Communications Specialist at the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at IUPUI. Her previous work experience includes Protrans International and the Indiana Design Center, and her previous volunteer experience includes Indiana-based nonprofits such as OBAT Helpers, the Iqra Center of Indiana, and Seeds of Learning. Fatima has been involved with the Muslim Alliance of Indiana since its inception in many capacities, including volunteer, contract employee, and board member.
Dr. Razi Nalim, Past President M. Razi Nalim is Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Programs at the Purdue University School of Engineering & Technology in Indianapolis. He has over 30 years of experience in industry, academia, and government, working on aircraft propulsion, energy efficiency and environmental controls, including work at NASA. He helped found research laboratories at both IUPUI and Purdue University in West Lafayette. He served overseas as a Fulbright Senior Scholar, and has traveled and lectured widely in Asia and Europe. He has been funded by the National Science Foundation to research novel combustion engines and to disseminate project-enhanced-learning approaches in engineering. Dr. Nalim has been awarded the IU Trustees teaching award, IUPUI Bynum mentorship award, and his School’s Distinguished Professorships for research and service. He is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
Tariq Akbar, Regional Vice President
Ibrahim AlGhani, Regional Vice President
Faryal Khatri, Secretary Faryal M. Khatri, a native of Indianapolis, Ind., is a community activist and leader. She has a bachelor’s degree in Health Systems Management and is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt with a certification in Lean Project Management. She is currently pursuing her masters’ degree in Philanthropic Studies from Indiana University’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and Certificate in Fund Raising Management from the Fund Raising School. Khatri’s strong passion for empowering and amplifying the voice of Muslim women led her to shift focus from operations management to communications and non-profit management to ensure minority women not only have a seat at the table but also have their voices heard.Khatri often speaks at various interfaith events in the Indianapolis area including a rally with Bernie Sanders, the Poor People Campaign – Indiana, Muslim Day at the Statehouse, and other local events. Her areas of focus are social justice within an Islamic framework, the role of women in Islam, and community development based on the example of Prophet Muhammad (P). Currently, Khatri heads the Communications Department of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). She is also the Editorial Assistant for Islamic Horizons, ISNA’s flagship publication. She serves on the External Advisory Board for Butler University’s Center for Faith and Vocation and the Executive Committees of the Board of Directors of the Center for Interfaith Cooperation and the Muslim Alliance of Indiana. She is also working on establishing a Muslim Philanthropist Student Association at Indiana University’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.
  Hydre Abdullah, Treasurer Hydre Abdullah has been a resident of Indianapolis since 1999. He is a husband and father of 3 beautiful daughters. He has been a member of FBI MultiCultural Advisory Committee for Indiana since 2013.He has had a successful career working for small to large companies in various capacities as a President, Vice President, Project Director, Territory Manager, Market Manager and Senior Project Manager in wireless telecommunication and Information Technology industries.  He holds an engineering degree from the University of Evansville, MBA from the University of Phoenix, a Project Management certification from the George Washington University and a certified Scrum Master from Scrum Society. He has been a member of Project Management Institute (PMI) since 2005.

He is active in his community and has held various positions in his Muslim community of Greater Indianapolis. Currently, he is a board member for Muslim Community Center and Muslim Alliance of Indiana. He strongly believes in civic engagement.

 

Members-at-Large

Dr. Ahmed Abdelmageed Ahmed Abdelmageed is currently the Associate Director of Experiential Education at the newly established Manchester College School of Pharmacy in Fort Wayne Indiana. He is responsible for creating and maintaining clinical sites for students to learn the art and profession of pharmacy. He is also an Assistant Professor of Pharmacy practice with a particular interest in ambulatory care.
Ismail Abdul Aleem
Dr. Farrukh Adhami Dr. Farrukh Adhami, MD is a Board Certified Hematologist/Hematologist. Dr. Adhami is currently working in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He completed Fellowship in Hematology/Oncology from University of New Mexico in 1997. He completed Internal Medicine Residency from University of North Carolina and Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Adhami graduated from Allam Iqbal Medical College,Lahore,Pakistan. Dr.Adhami is Clinical assistant Professor Indiana University School of medicine. Dr. Adhami was official Physician of Reliance Cricket World Cup in 1987. He is member of American Society of Clinical Oncology. Dr. Adhami’s group FWMOH was recognized by American Society of Clinical Oncology for outstanding Contribution in Cancer Clinical Trials in 2008. 

Dr. Adhami was given City of Fort Wayne Pin by City Mayor. He is also a member of civic engagement committee 2017) and National Board Member of PAKPAC.

Dr. Julie Belz  Julie A. Belz is an Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics, English, and World Languages and Cultures at Indiana University. She is also the director of the Graduate Certificate Program in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Her academic expertise lies in the areas of intercultural communication, second language acquisition, foreign language education, and discourse analysis. She is currently pursuing an additional graduate degree in philanthropic studies in the Center on Philanthropy at IU. Dr. Belz is the director of a non-denominational food pantry at Masjid Al Fajr in Indianapolis, a member of the Board of Directors for the Indianapolis Muslim Community Association (IMCA), and a member of the Founders’ Committee for the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA).
Azher Khan Azher Khan is a native of Karachi, Pakistan and came to the United States in 1972. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the University of Mankato in Minnesota and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the American University in Washington, DC. In 1983 he founded Calderon Textiles, a company that distributes textiles to the textile rental, retail, cruise lines, long-term care, and hospitality industries. He is the former Treasurer of Al-Fajr Masjid, a position he held for 24 years. He is also the President of Seeds of Learning (SOL), a not-for-profit organization that is dedicated to building goodwill, friendship, peace and tolerance between the peoples and cultures of Pakistan and America through education. Seeds of Learning raises funds for the construction and continued operations of the Campus of Hope, a primary school in Bai Bala, Pakistan. He also serves on the board of TCF-USA. Azher Khan lives in Carmel, Indiana and is the father of three children and has three lovely grandchildren.
Syed Ali Saeed
 

Advisors

Dr. Ibad Ansari Ibad Ansari is a Board Certified Cardiologist at Community Heart & Vascular, practicing invasive and non-invasive cardiology, with special interest in preventive cardiology. He has been practicing at Community Hospital South since 1994. He is a graduate of Aligarh Muslim University (B.Sc. Honors), Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago (Bachelor of Science in Chemistry), University of Illinois (Master of Science in Biochemistry), and American University of the Caribbean in the British West Indies (Doctor of Medicine). He received Residency in Internal Medicine and Fellowship in Cardiology at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Pontiac, Michigan, an affiliate of Wayne State University. Dr. Ansari came to the United States in 1975 and served leadership role in Muslim Students’ Association at various campuses. He has been associated with Muslim Alliance of Indiana as Founder and President since inception in 2001 until 2012. He has served on the Board of OBAT Helpers at its founding in 2004, and has been a founding member of Muslim Community Center (Masjid Al-Taqwa) at south side Indianapolis. He resides on the south side of Indianapolis, with his wife and four children.
Dr. Shariq Siddiqui Shariq Siddiqui has been involved with the Muslim Alliance of Indiana since 2004. Shariq served as a volunteer Executive Director of MAI for 6 years. He was then elected to serve as the Secretary of the Board. Shariq received his undergraduate degree from the University of Indianapolis. He received his MA in Philanthropic Studies from Indiana University, his JD from the Indiana University McKinney School of Law and is a Ph.D candidate in Philanthropy and Religious Studies at Indiana University. He dissertation is on the History of the Islamic Society of North America. Shariq has been involved in public service since 1996. He established his first nonprofit, The Jefferson Institute, which focused on inner-city at risk youth and issues related to civic engagement in Indianapolis. He has worked at the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office, Indiana Civil Rights Commission, Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and the Julian Center. He currently serves as the Development Director at the Indiana University School of Education at IUPUI. Siddiqui is an author and has published chapters and articles on ISNA, Muslim American philanthropy, Islam and philanthropy and the impact of 9/11/2001 on Muslim American philanthropy. A practicing attorney and community leader serves on the board of various Indiana nonprofits. He was a member of the Indianapolis Bar Association Bar Leadership Series and the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce Stanley K. Lacey Executive Leadership Series. Concerned about discourse and public policy he is the publisher and founder of SPAR (Siddiqui Public Affairs Review). He is married to Sobia Khan and father of Fatima, Amal, Safaa and Zaki. In 2012, Shariq raised funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society as part of their Man of the Year Campaign in honor of his 3 year old son Zaki who was diagnosed with leukemia