Ahmed Merbet, a police officer in Paris, was killed in action confronting extremists who had attacked the Charlie Hebdo office in Paris.
Naushad Virji was born in Italy in 1971 and has lived in Florida since 1975. Naushad earned a degree in business administration from the University of Florida and then went on to successfully complete his series 65 NASD examination to become a registered investment advisor representative. Based in our Orlando area office, Naushad is the CEO of Virji Investments, Inc.
With an interest in activism and community service, Naushad is a board member of Mercy-USA, a Michigan based non-profit dedicated to alleviating human suffering and supporting individuals and their communities to become more self-sufficient. Naushad is also on the board of Advance Law, a Washington, DC based legal consulting firm that works with some of the largest companies in the world to help them retain quality law firms that have been carefully vetted to provide superior value.
Living in Longwood, Florida, Naushad is happily married with three children. His personal interests include golf, tennis and spending leisure time with his family.
Ausma Malik is a proud resident of TDSB Ward 10, Trinity-Spadina, with expertise in education policy and life-long experience in community engagement. From serving on the Board of the Toronto Environmental Alliance to having volunteered with Frontier College’s literacy program at Alexandra Park Community Centre, Ausma is committed to progressive change for all Trinity-Spadina residents. Her proven track record includes senior researcher at the Provincial Legislature with a focus on education, where she worked to facilitate responsive and community-based solutions.
With a first-hand understanding of the public school education system, student experience is central to Ausma’s approach. Her community-building and education work strengthened as Director of Campaigns & Community Outreach at the Stephen Lewis Foundation.
As Boston police Captain Haseeb Hosein, a former science teacher and a firm believer in the power of reading, assumes leadership in Mattapan as the department’s first Muslim captain, he plans to have his officers walking not only the streets, but school hallways.
“I want my guys to go into the schools and spend 30 minutes and read” with a child, said Hosein, 52, who received his captain’s shield Wednesday in a ceremony at police headquarters. “I hate that police officers are always the bad guy. We should be an asset.”
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.
Dr. Jaber Hassan, is a pulmonary and critical care doctor born and raised in Syria. He is part of a team of doctors who belong to the Syrian American Medical Society, make regular trips back to Syria to help with medical treatment of Syrian civilians.
MH: Can you tell us a little a bit about yourself and what got you interested in providing free healthcare in Syria?
My name Jaber Monla-Hassan, medical doctor, born in Aleppo Syria, American citizen by naturalization, specialized in critical care medicine which is taking care the eminent life threatening illnesses such as shock and acute respiratory failure. I have been involved in volunteering my country of birth for many years as part of the non-for profit organization SAMS. When the crisis in Syria erupted, I had no hesitance to continue my obligation toward fellow humans in even more dire need for help.
MH: What inspired you to go to Syria and provide free healthcare there?
The collapsing medical system in Syria which left an entire population in dire need for medical aids has urged SAMS members to render the maximum they can do to alleviate the escalating suffering of the population.
MH: What is the Syrian American Medical Society and what does it do?
SAMS is a non-governmental professional and humanitarian organization consists of Syrian American medical professionals of various specialties which was formed 14 years ago and have been providing volunteering work all over the world and since the Syrian crisis erupted almost exclusively focusing on Syrian civilians trapped in the raging war violence. WWW.SAMS-US.net explains about its activities which includes and is not limited to supporting and building hospitals to serve the civilian population all over Syria, building mobile medical and dental clinics both inside and outside Syria to support the refugees and trapped civilians, dispatching medical professional inside Syria and in the camps to support the remaining existing health providers, conducting training courses for the purpose of improving the skills of the remaining doctors and nursing staff, delivering medical equipment and ambulances to the deprived areas among many other things.
MH: It is extremely difficult for most Muslim Americans and the world to see the ongoing atrocities occurring against the Syrian people. What are some practical ways people can help contribute to helping ease the suffering of the Syrian people?
Please support SAMS as all the donations are channeled very promptly and by its entirety to the beneficiaries without any administrative expenses as these expenses are being taking care by SAMS members.
MH: As someone who is on the ground and has seen the trauma first-hand, what are the current updates in Syria?
Worse every day as we speak as the International aids have been dwindling and sometimes non-existent in vast areas of Syria. Unless there is a massive move by all humanitarian and aids organizations millions upon millions of civilians are left to face even worse than war and trauma, which is starvation and disseminated disease.
MH: There has been an ongoing debate on intervention and no intervention internationally. What do you feel is the best course of action based on your experience and speaking to Syrian patients who you’ve spoken to?
The main intervention the Syrian are lacking is massive medical and humanitarian aids to alleviate their suffering supported by a true international pressure on all sides to force them to stop the violence and allow the civilians to catch their breaths and dress their open wounds.
MH: How can individuals looking to support or get involved with the Syrian American Medical Society and/or other Syrian relief organization?
Any individual can donate directly to SAMS on its website or by writing a check to SAMS foundation naming Save Syrian life campaign. They can name the specific program they are interested to support among the 9 program or just leave it generic.
The mission of MakeSpace is to serve as an inclusive, responsive and transparently-managed hub for the Washington Metropolitan area Muslim community, with a strong focus on youth and professionals, to grow spiritually, intellectually and professionally and to develop an American Muslim identity rooted in the values of balance and compassion through educational programs, civic engagement initiatives, community service projects and recreational activities with the aim of making the timeless message of Islam relevant to the lives of all community members.
Imam Amin has a Master of Social Work Degree and Licensed Graduate Social Worker, Pursuing Masters Degree in Islamic Studies at American Open University, studied Islamic studies nationally and in Egypt. He is a faculty member at Sojourner-Douglass College in Baltimore City and an administrator with the Maryland’s Department of Human Resources’ Office of Licensing and Monitoring. Imam Amin has received several Mayor’s Citations for fighting crime, grime and drug dealing in Baltimore City. Furthermore, he has received a Proclamation from the Mayor of Baltimore City which “Proclaimed March 4, 2004 Imam Hassan A. Amin Day” in Baltimore City.
He has been inducted into the Martial Arts Hall of Fame, in 2004. He is presently the Imam at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland and Islamic Chaplain at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. He was the Islamic liaison to former Mayor O’Malley’s administration of Baltimore City.
Imam Amin was the radio host for Baltimore’s first Islamic radio program. He was the first Muslim to present Islam on a local television’s sunrise morning program. Imam Amin was the principal, for over five years, at the Islamic Community School of Baltimore City. He presently is the volunteer Social Worker for at least twenty-two years at the Islamic Community School of Baltimore City.
He is the Executive Director and Founder of the Muslim Social Services Agency, Inc. of Maryland and the Director of Social Services of Muslimat Al-Nisaa’s Muslim women and children homeless shelter. He is a board member of the Muslimat Al-Nisaa, homeless shelter for women and children and he is on the board of MercyUSA. Whose work is alleviating human suffering and providing community needs worldwide. Imam Amin is a trainer and Muslim Liaison Leader for Johns Hopkins Hospital’s Emergency Management for Muslim call out workers.
He has also trained Doctors, Nurses and students at Johns Hopkins Hospital, about the Islamic faith and caring for Muslim patients. Imam Amin has given workshops and seminars on Domestic Violence, homelessness and the Islamic faith. Imam Amin is a former paratrooper with the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division.
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.