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.

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.



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.





292. Aitzaz Hasan (Student, Pakistan)


Aitzaz Hassan, aged around 14, died in hospital after stopping a suicide bomber, who blew himself up, at the gates of his school in the northwestern district of Hangu in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan.






282. Iqbal El Assaad (Medical School Graduate, Lebanon)


Twenty-year-old Iqbal El Assaad made history by becoming the youngest doctor in the region when she graduated from the Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar



276. Wafa Al-Rimi (CEO, Creative Generation)

Wafa Al-Rimi is a 16 year old Yemeni student who created her own business which creates solar-powered appliances. Her products are sold to hotels and government offices.



274. NuqtaARTS (Mobile Arts Organization)

NuqtaARTS provides mobile art classes to people of all ages. It is based in the Washington DC metropolitan area and is available to travel to your local community center. NuqtaARTS offers four courses covering water marbling, muqarnas, geometric design and latch hooking. All of these methods have been employed throughout history by various societies to convey beauty and meaning in their artistic creations.

​In Arabic calligraphy the nuqta (pronounced like Barnes and Noble’s “nook”-ta) or dot is the smallest unit of measure. It is the building block upon which whole scripts were developed. NuqtaARTS hopes to provide the building blocks for its students’ artistic creations.

To learn more about their work “like” them on Facebook or follow them on twitter @NuqtaARTS. You can also follow them on Instagram @NuqtaARTS.



265. Azza Abdel Hamid Faiad (16 Year-Old Scientist, Egypt)

Azza Abdel Hamid Faiad was the winner of the 2011 European Union Contest for Young Scientists for finding a new way of turning plastic into biofuel.


241. Muhammad Sattaur (MSA National East Zone Rep., Drexel University)

Originally from Guyana, South America, Muhammad Sattaur has lived the majority of his life in the United States. He is currently an undergraduate student at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He has sat at the feet of such scholars such as Shaykh Muhammad Al Yaqoubi and Shaykh Faisal Abdur Razak studying various Islamic studies. He is currently on the board of directors for the Imam Ghazali Institute in NY and the executive board for the national umbrella organization for the Muslim Students’ Association in North America, MSA National. He has lectured all across the United States, and has focused his message singularly around motivating youth to be individuals who bring about positive change. In 2011 he was elected the Executive Director for the Mahabbah Foundation.





220. Rumi Khan (App Developer, Delaware)



There are now more than 500,000 iPhone apps, and one of them is the creation of Rumi Khan, a 12-year-old student at Newark Charter School. The Delaware Department of Education recently recognized Rumi’s efforts to create and distribute “Dare to be Square: The Adventure of the Red Square.” Rumi designed the game, wrote the code and drew the graphics for the game, which has 10 levels where the main character, the square, fights enemies to ultimately recapture his lost memory. He created everything but the music. A snippet of the game is at grabbyarmgames.com, the website for Grabby Arm Games, which he founded.



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