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.


293. Abrar Omeish (Co-Founder, GIVE)

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Abrar Omeish is the co-founder of the non-profit organization GIVE: Growth and Inspiration through Volunteering and Education. This is a youth-led and youth-run group that works to provide youth with resources to excel in education and leadership.

Abrar also holds several student positions in her county, most recently serving as the President of the FCPS Superintendent Student Advisory Council, the highest council position for a student in the county. Abrar also launched the two-year “Bring it On” issue campaign through which she amended policies of the Fairfax County Public School System. The campaign measurably increased student political efficacy in the governance process. Because of her involvement, Abrar was asked to host a video on important issues that was aired to over 100,000 students and that earned the county a Telly Award. She was also asked by several School Board members to serve on county advisory committees including ones on advanced academics and student discipline.

      Abrar also serves as the chairwoman of the Fairfax County Government Student Human Rights Commission and as a representative to the Fairfax County Youth Leadership Program, a bridge between the school system and the county government.

     Abrar is also an active Girl Scout, currently elected as a GSCNC Board of Directors member and as a GSCNC National Delegate. She was awarded the President’s Award in Honor of Ethel G. Harvey (one out of 65,000) and earned the rank of a Gold Award Girl Scout. As a result of her work, Abrar was nominated to join IYAG: the Interfaith Youth Action Group of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation that worked to foster dialogue and implement projects using the United Nations Millennium Development Goals as a platform.





170. Muslim American Journalist Association (Resource for Muslims in Media)

We are a professional networking group for journalists. Our goal is to encourage Muslim Americans to enter the ranks of journalism and improve standards of journalistic coverage of Muslims.

The purpose of MAJA is to provide a forum for Muslim journalists to network and share ideas, experiences and advice. It will serve as a resource and mouthpiece for Muslim American journalists as we struggle to develop our unique professional identities.

MAJA is a nonpartisan organization that is open to individuals of any race or ethnic background with a strong interest in promoting fair and accurate coverage of Muslims in the media, and those involved in fields of communications, including journalism, freelance writing, television, radio, newspapers, newsletters, public relations, advertising, marketing, IT communications, public affairs, poetry, fiction writing and non-fiction writing.


169. Saadya El Wafy (Ashoka Fellow, Saudi Arabia)


Saadya El Wafy is promoting development in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) in squatter areas that are often ignored. Braving beatings and social ostracism, she convenes stakeholders in a framework of civil district councils and empowers communities to alleviate poverty.


148. Ahmed Bedier (Founder, United Voices for America)



Ahmed Bedier is an advocate, radio show host and a television commentator. Working to bring Minorities to politics.
For the past ten years, Mr. Ahmed Bedier has worked as a community organizer advocating for human rights. He is President of the Human Rights Council of Tampa Bay, Florida, and serves on the state board of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Florida.

His strong belief in the democratic process and in change from the grassroots led him to found United Voices for America, which offers programs and training to enable and facilitate minority participation in all aspects of government.

An interfaith leader, Mr. Bedier was executive director of the Tampa chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a national Muslim civil liberties organization.



110. Yusuf “Yoshi” Misdaq (Musician, New York)

Y.Misdaq aka Yoshi (born in Brighton, England) is a multimedia artist and founder of the arts website Nefisa, which also doubles as an independent media label- Nefisa UK. He is known primarily through his music. Since 2004 he has released three LPs, two documentaries and one novel, as well as appearing on numerous works as writer, filmmaker, and performer. Y.Misdaq aka Yoshi has been featured in magazines like The WIRE[1], Hip-Hop Connection[2], Stylus[3], The Source[4], Punk Planet[5], EMEL[6], Naked Punch Review (Online Edition) and others. Upon the publication of his debut novel in June 2007, Misdaq’s work was also featured on television on BBC Television & Radio.[7] More recently he was featured on NPR in the United States[8].






107. Samar Ahmad (Exec. Director, OAESV)



Samar Kaukab Ahmad is the executive director of the Ohio Alliance to
End Sexual Violence (OAESV). She received her J.D. from the Ohio State
University Moritz College of Law and her B.A. in political science and
economics from Ohio State University. Ahmad also attended Oxford
University as a participant in an intensive law study program.

Prior to serving at OAESV, she was the executive director at
SalamCorps, a Central Ohio based community service organization
promoting civic engagement within the American Muslim community. Ahmad
also served as the development associate at Interfaith Youth Core in
Chicago, Illinois, and as the founder and executive director of
Cincinnatians Developing Global Communities. Partnering with the YWCA
of Greater Cincinnati and the United Way of Greater Cincinnati, Ahmad
was selected to be a 2005 Equal Justice Works Fellow for a project
that developed and implemented a community engagement and legal
outreach model to address domestic violence within immigrant
communities in Southwest Ohio.

She was also selected as a Fellow for the Karamah – Muslim Women
Lawyers for Human Rights -Non Profit Leadership Development Program,
and served as an AmeriCorps VISTA for the Ohio Community Computing
Network. Ahmad currently lives in Powell, Ohio with her husband, Amer
Ahmad, and two daughters.