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.

283. Ehab Sadeek (Bagel Shop Owner, Boston)



Ehab Sadeek, an Egyptian Muslim American decided to give 100-percent of the profits from his retail bagel business to the One Fund Boston, will keep it up until the last victim of the Boston Marathon bombing (that occurred April 15, 2013) is out of the hospital.


262. Emine Erdoğan (Wife of Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdoğan)

Emine Erdoğan, the Turkish prime minister Tayyip Erdogan’s wife, on Friday visited Rohingya Muslims staying in the Banduba refugee camp in the Myanmar coastal state of Rakhine and delivered aid to the Rohingya Muslim refugees.


Emine Erdoğan embracing a Rohingya Muslim woman during her visit.

261. The Oobah Project (Water Delivery Project for Afghanistan)

The Oobah Project, “oobah” meaning water in Pashto, serves to provide assistance for the installation and maintenance of clean water delivery systems, specifically water well pumps, in rural villages in Afghanistan. The project was founded by Sahar Rakin and Riga Qadir, both Afghan-American Muslims.




257. Zeina Awaydate (Founder, Project Zaid)

Zeina Awaydate is the founder of Project Zaid, a program aiming at teaching life skills to orphans in her hometown in Tripoli through trained volunteers that act as big brothers and sisters to the children, providing them with needed individual attention and support. Zeina has been nominated as a Synergos Fellow and an Arab World Social Innovator for her project; she was also a finalist in an Arab reality TV show hosted by Amr Khaled called Mujaddidun (“Revivers”) aimed at promoting volunteering and positive social action. Zeina currently works as a Marketing and Fundraising Officer at the Lebanese Association for Scientific Research and has plans to launch a life coaching business



247. Anwar Ahmad Khan (Vice President of Programs/Founder, Islamic Relief USA)

Anwar Ahmad Khan was born in Sialkot to Dr. Rauf Ahmad Khan, graduate of DOW Medical College and Mrs. Sanjeeda Khan; graduate of Oriental College in Lahore, in 1971.
Soon after, the family briefly moved to Riyadh so Dr. Khan could pursue his talents as a practicing medical doctor.  After a couple of years, the family settled in England where
Mr. Khan and his siblings grew up.
After graduating with honors from The University of Birmingham, Anwar made a decision to pursue his passion in humanitarian work and professionally joined Islamic Relief in 1993.
In 1994, Mr. Khan arrived in the United States with the intention of spending a couple of months with his colleague to assess the opportunities for establishing a US branch of the organization.  He spent years visiting cities and working with grassroots organizations across the country to build a base of support as one of the founders of Islamic Relief USA.
Nineteen years later, Islamic Relief USA sits amongst the top 2% of all Non Profit Organizations in the United States of America according to Charity Navigator.
Anwar Khan has risked his life visiting some of the most dangerous areas of the world including Chechnya, Darfur, Gaza, and many others.  His has also responded to earthquakes and volcanos as far apart from Haiti to Indonesia.  Apart from his international efforts, Anwar was also involved helping in the United States during Katrina, and recent the tornadoes in Texas.
With his hard work, determination, and visionary efforts, Anwar Khan has contributed in the solicitation of hundreds of millions of dollars for the impoverished people around the globe and continues selflessly to make this world a better place; one person at a time.

240. Dr. Abdul Al-Sumait (Founder, Direct Aid)

Dr. Abdul Rahman H. Al-Sumait, an Islamic scholar and one of Muslim nation’s role models, was born in Kuwait and completed studies in Iraq and UK. He held posts as a physician and researcher in Canada, UK, and Kuwait. His contributions in Africa have helped over one million children including orphans, destitute and starving children, and students.






201. Faisal Masood (Founder, American Muslim Consumer Conference)

Faisal Masood is the founder of the American Muslim Consumer Conference  (American MuslimConsumer.com). AMCC aims to understand and address the needs of American Muslim Consumers and promote companies/entrepreneurs who are developing products for this market. Its vision is to highlight and promote awareness of the American Muslim consumer, their buying power so that the market can gain some visibility and presence in mainstream media, the advertising industry and influence companies to develop products and services meeting the needs of Muslims. It is the only platform for industry professionals to examine this potent market sector and explore its rich potential.
AMCC participated in the 6th World Halal Forum, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia this year where thought leaders from around the world converged to focus on the conference theme ,”The Power of Values in Global Markets”. Faisal Masood was on a panel discussing the “Major Trends in the Global Halal Marketplace”. In addition, Faisal is also co-founder of MLink (www.theMLink.com), a networking platform for connecting Muslim professionals, businesses, and communities.
Faisal has more than 20 years of management consulting, business management, entrepreneurship and sales management experience. He graduated from the University of Illinois, Chicago with a M.S. Degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in 1996.  Faisal was one of the founders of pcWonders.com, which was sold to Buyitnow.com in 2000.  PcWonders.com was primarily engaged in the sales of technology and electronics products to small businesses and consumers and had an annual sale of approximately $80 Million.
He is active in the community and has organized many fund raising events to support relief and humanitarian activities of Islamic Relief. MLink was awarded the 2010 Partnership Award by Islamic Relief as a major fundraising partner. Faisal was also an adjunct professor at the School of Business, Rutgers University, New Jersey from 2002 to 2008. Currently he works for a major financial company in New York.