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.



306. Afsha Ahmed (Teacher, Army Public School, Peshawar)


Afsha Ahmed, a teacher at the Army Public School in Peshawar, Pakistan heroically stood between her students and Taliban militants who stormed her classroom on Tuesday December 16, 2014 and gave her life to save the lives of her students.

Story: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/peshawar-school-attack-teacher-gave-her-life-to-save-pupils-9930759.html

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.



272. Malala Yousafzai (Women’s Right Activist, Pakistan)

Malala Yousafzai is a student from the town of Mingora in Swat District, Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa, Pakistan, known for her women’s rights activism in the Swat Valley, where the Taliban regime has banned girls from attending school. In 2009, at the age of 11, Yousafzai came to prominence through a blog she wrote for the BBC, detailing her life under the Tehrik-i-Taliban regime and their attempts to take control of the valley, a confrontation which would later require the Pakistani military to intervene. Yousafzai has since been nominated for several awards, and has won Pakistan’s first National Peace Prize.





223. Global Deaf Muslim (Resource for Deaf Muslims, USA)

GDM is a non profit organization registered in United States of America. The organization was established in 2005 by Deaf Muslim graduates to address the rights and needs of Deaf Muslims across the global ummah.

For Deaf Muslims, accessing Islamic information has always been a challenge. Information about Islam is seldom available in sign language making it difficult to educate Deaf Muslims about Islam and for individuals to conduct their own research. The lack of accessible materials and the systematic exclusion of Deaf Muslims from Masjids and Islamic organizations was identified by GDM as a growing problem that they needed to address.


211. Ummuka (Online Resource for Muslim Mothers)

Ummuka primary objective is to empower Muslim moms using Islamic principles and practical solutions to become the mom they want to be!
UMMUKA aims to provide practical solutions, by making parenting fun.  Reaching out to moms through an on-line community creating a forum where moms share their experiences and be a source of inspiration for each other.



210. Tooba University (Islamic University)

Tooba University is committed to the ideals embodied in the Qur’an and the authentic tradition of the Prophet Muhammad (may Allah’s Peace and Blessings be upon him) and prepares students for a life of learning, upright Islamic values and social leadership.



207. Soha Abdeljaber (Math Professor, New Jersey Institute of Technology)

Soha R. Abdeljaber, a professor of mathematics at the New Jersey Institute of Technology was named among the top 25 professors for 2010-2011 on RateMyProfessors.com- the largest trafficked U.S. college professor ratings site with almost 6,000 schools, one million professors and 7.5 million ratings. Four years ago, the hijab-clad professor was named among the top 50. Abdeljaber, whose favorite subject since elementary school was mathematics, has taught pre-calculus and calculus in the department since 2000.