319. Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha (Dir. Pediatric Residency Program, Hurley Medical Center)


Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha an Iraqi immigrant and Director of the Residency Program, Hurley Medical Center helped raise awareness about the water crisis in Flint, Michigan in 2016 .



317. Dr. Faisal Qazi (President,MiNDs)


Dr. Faisal Qazi currently serves as the President of MiNDS, a community service and development organization based in southern CA that provides charitable healthcare and focuses on community empowerment programs. MiNDS has been awarded CA State Assembly representative’s Organization-of-the-Year at the National Leadership Council in 2013 where Dr. Qazi previously was also honored with a “40-under-40” recognition. He also received the Visionary Leadership award at ACCESS CA by the CA State Assembly representative.

Dr. Qazi is an Adjunct Professor of Islamic Bioethics and Spiritual Care at Claremont Lincoln University – Bayan College. He was honored as Professor-of-the-Year award by its student body in 2013. He was the President of American Muslim Health Professionals in 2009, a national Public Health group and was the architect of AMHP’s health policy initiatives as its President in 2009. Dr. Qazi founded and became the first CEO of HUDA (Health Unit on Davison Avenue) free clinic in Detroit in 2004. He conceived the idea of the Muslim Free Clinics Council; a loose coalition of 35 Muslim operated charitable clinics from across the country. He had the distinct honor to present the works of these institutions at a Congressional briefing in October of 2008 in Washington DC, where he proposed opportunities for safety net clinics in the health reform process. Dr. Qazi’s speaks frequently on issues ranging from community services, religion and spirituality, mental health and health policy.Dr. Qazi’s work has been featured in interviews to NPR, Voice of America, CNN and PBS. He has been listed amongst the Best Doctors of Inland Empire.

Qazi launched a nationwide campaign to raise funds for the families of the victims in the San Bernardino shooting rampage that happened on December 2, 2015. The campaign raised over $200,000 for the families of the victims.

316. Coach Salah Abdul-Razacq (Coach, Annoor Academy of Knoxville)


Coach Salah was the Physical Education instructor for 200 children at Annoor Academy in Knoxville, Tennessee. He was a licensed health and fitness educator from the Atlanta Public School system. He was also a very active community member of the Muslim community in Knoxville and also Atlanta in previous years.

On October 5, 2015 he was struck in a hit-and-run car accident and was hospitalized until October 9, 2015— the day which he passed away.

315. Slma Shelbayah (Assignment Editor/Producer and Writer, CNN)


Slma Shelbayah is a Broadcast Journalist and Communications Consultant. She is a Producer/Assignment Editor for CNN and also a Writer for CNN.com. Her career includes breaking news coverage with CNN International, spanning the regions of the Middle East, Asia and Africa and varying across national and international topics including stories covering Arab and Muslim Diasporas. [Taken from slmashelbayah.com]



312. Bayan Mahmoud Al-Zahran (Lawyer, Saudi Arabia)


In 2013 Bayan Mahmoud Al-Zahran became the first woman licensed to practice law in Saudi Arabia, and in 2014 she opened the kingdom’s first-ever all-woman law firm.




311. Fatima Hasan (Director, Places and Spaces for Growth Learning Center)


Fatima Hasan is the Owner and Director of Places and Spaces for Growth Learning Center, an early childcare center that prepares children for Kindergarten, providing high quality care at affordable prices. The business has grown by word-or-mouth and has achieved three Keystone stars. Fatima also provides paid sick leave for all of her employees and testified from her role as a small business owner during the passage of paid sick leave policy in Philadelphia. She has been in Early Childhood Education for 17 years advocating for children, families and the providers in this field. Fatima believes that all children, regardless of their race or social economic status, deserve a high quality education.


310. Munira Khalif (Founder, Lighting The Way)



Munira Khalif is an 18-year-old high school senior at Mounds Park Academy in St. Paul, Minnesota who recently was accepted into all 8 Ivy League Universities in the US.