The mission of the ISNA Founders Committee (IFC) is to support ISNA by ensuring its financial stability and well being.  IFC achieves this by direct financial contributions, financial contribution through their network, and by providing advice to the ISNA board of directors as well as the development department. IFC helps ISNA’s strategic priorities and creating a sound financial base needed by ISNA to serve the Muslim community and the society at large.  IFC also promotes the role of philanthropy in the Muslim community.  IFC also provides counsel to the President of ISNA on matters of financial stability. 


  • In 1988, at the ISNA Annual Convention, a meeting of a group of committed donors was convened by the then President Shaikh Ahmed Zaki Hammad and Secretary General Dr. Iqbal Unus.
  • In 1994, Majlis Ash Shura (ISNA Board) established IDF as the formal fundraising department, with Brother Ahmed Elhattab as its Executive Director.
  • At the ISNA Strategic Planning Retreat in 2003, “Establishing a Sound Financial Base” was named one of ISNA’s priorities.
  • ISNA Founders Committee (IFC) was established as a formal entity to execute this mission along with ISNA staff.


  • Active or life member of ISNA
  • Agrees with the mission and vision of ISNA and IFC
  • Minimum Annual Donation of $5000 or more
  • Act in a volunteer capacity
  • Attends the annual IFC retreat
  • Executes a “No conflict of Interest” statement
  • Executes a “Confidentiality Agreement”
  • Contributes to “Founders Legacy Fund”


  • Chairman – elected for 3-year term with a maximum of two consecutive terms.  Can be eligible for re-election after a break of one term
  • Co-Chairman – term of office as for Chairman
  • Secretary – term of office as for Chairman 


YEAR & COUNTRY OF BIRTH: 1955, Bangladesh

EDUCATION: MD, Doctor of Medicine

NAME OF SPOUSE: Dr. Roxana Nizam

NUMBER OF CHILDREN AND THEIR EDUCATION: 3 children; Daughter married, finishing her PhD; 3 grandchildren so far; Two boys finishing Medical school

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATION (CURRENT & PAST): Board Certified Opthalmologist; Diplomat, American Board of Opthalmology; Founding Director, Mid Missouri Eye Center; Chief of Surgery, Moberly Regional Medical Center (2001-2009)

ISLAMIC WORK (CURRENT & PAST): President, Islamic Center of Central Missouri(ICCM), Columbia, MO (1999-2005); Chairman, Board of Islamic School of Columbia-Missouri (2006-2009); Chairman, Shura Council, ICCM (2009-2013);  President, NABIC (North American Bangladeshi Islamic Community) (2008-2011, 2014-2017);  Board Member, Religious program Advisory Committee (RPAC), Department of Correction, Missouri; Teaching Islam at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at University of Missouri since 2008

ISNA Affiliation (CURRENT & PAST): Joined ISNA Founders Committee in 2005; Current Chair, ISNA Founders Committee; Member, ISNA Board as MCC 2013-2015

WHY SUPPORT ISNA: I believe in ISNA’s Mission & Vision and Love this Organization


AWARDS PROFESSIONAL & SOCIAL: Momose Afro Asian Scholarship from Japan in 1989 for Ophthalmic Micro Surgery; Physician of the Year in 2003 by RNCC;  Distinguish Service award, 2005 by Chamber of Commerce, Moberly, Missouri  

FAVORITE QUOTE: “It is strange how men make time to hate where life is too short to love”                                                                                                                  

YEAR & COUNTRY OF BIRTH: 1971, Hyderabad, India

EDUCATION: Master’s in Business Administration (M.B.A)

NAME OF SPOUSE: Rabeeya Azeez, Master in Psychology

NUMBER OF CHILDREN AND THEIR EDUCATION:  2 children; 12th grade and 9th grade


ISLAMIC WORK (CURRENT & PAST): Past Trustee at North American Islamic Trust (NAIT); Current board member of The Islamic Seminary of America (TISA); Past Chairman of N.TX Islamic Council (NTIC); Past President of Masjid Ar Rahman (I.A.C.) 

ISNA Affiliation (CURRENT & PAST): Served as President & Vice President of ISNA for 2 terms; Served on the board of ISNA for a total of 19 yrs; Served as the Chair of Personnel committee, Programs committee, Election committee & Youth Committee

WHY SUPPORT ISNA: I strongly believe in the mission, vision and the important work it does for our community in North America


AWARDS PROFESSIONAL & SOCIAL: Awards for excellence & leadership from AFMI, MCC, ISNA, IATC, IMRC; Star of Dallas, Dallas Muslim Medical Alliance, Dfw chamber of commerce, Utah Islamic Center, Amoud Foundation, East TX Islamic Society, Islamic council on scouting of North America, NASIM foundation, Sitara-e-Deccan, Islamic Association of Carrollton & other recognitions from elected officals such as Rep J Luis Correa, Rep Al Green, Rep Eddice Bernie Johnson & others 

FAVORITE QUOTE: By Late Muhammad Ali “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth”


EDUCATION: MD, Doctor of Medicine

NAME OF SPOUSE: Faiziya Tayeb

NUMBER OF CHILDREN AND THEIR EDUCATION:  5 children, all graduates

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATION (CURRENT & PAST): Member ASN; Director of  two Davita Dialysis units; Director Quality Committee at Select Hospital; Member ICU committee, Henry Ford Macomb Hospital.

ISLAMIC WORK (CURRENT & PAST): Ex President IOAGD( masjid); Ex-Chair education committee; Current BOD CAIR- MI ( past President); BOD Michigan Muslim Community Council; Chairman, Huda free clinic

ISNA Affiliation (CURRENT & PAST): IFC Member

WHY SUPPORT ISNA: Helped whole family in the formative years of our lives as Muslims in USA

IFC MEMBER SINCE: Long time can not recall



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He is Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Sterling Management Group, Inc. Sterling negotiates mergers, acquisitions, and sales of varioussized companies located in different parts of the world. Sterling and its affiliates operate in the United States, Canada, Chile, Egypt, Malaysia, Turkey and Zimbabwe. In addition, Dr. Mirza has more than forty years of experience in stock investments and portfolio management.

He is the author of Five Pillars of Prosperity: Essentials of Faih-Based Wealth Building, published by White Cloud Press 2014.

Dr. Mirza is a founding trustee and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Amana Mutual Funds, (Assets $3.3 billion) which is registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission. 

He also serves on the boards of numerous other organizations, including several for-profit and not-for-profit, as well as academic institutions.

Dr. Mirza is a member of the Board of Advisors for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, and the Board of Advisors, Byrd School of Business, Shenandoah University, Winchester, Virginia. 

He is a member of the Board of Trustees of George Mason University Foundation and its audit committee. 

And he is member of the Board of Trustees of Shenandoah University. In addition, he is a member of Finance Committee (budget of about $100 million) and Chairman of the Investment and Endowment Committee of Shenandoah University. 

He is also a member of the Council of Advisors, Muslim Philanthropy Initiative at Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, Indiana University.

Dr. Mirza has received numerous awards and much recognition for his work in entrepreneurship and community service, including the 2002 Entrepreneur Award by the Islamic Chamber of Commerce and Industry (San Jose, California); 2006 and then 2017 Award Recipient – Byrd Distinguished Entrepreneur Speaker Series, Byrd School of Business at Shenandoah University; 2012 Recognition Award for Community Service by the American Muslim Alliance; 2013 Award from the Muslim American Coalition Council and Public Affairs Council and the ISNA Community Service Award 2015. Most notably, Dr. Mirza was featured in an article on faith-based entrepreneurship, published in the 2010 spring edition of the New England Journal of Entrepreneurship.

The Board of Trustees, Shenandoah University recognized Dr. Mirza’s contributions with a “Resolution of Appreciation” – October 2018.

Dr. Mirza holds a MSc from the University of Karachi (1969), a PhD in Physics (1974) and an MA in Teaching Science (1975) from the University of Texas at Dallas.

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YEAR & COUNTRY OF BIRTH: 1938, British India

EDUCATION: Ph.D. Physics

NAME OF SPOUSE: Janice F. Shah


PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATION (CURRENT & PAST): Retired from Evansville Cancer Center; Emeritus Member (AAPM, ASTRO, ACR), AMSET

ISLAMIC WORK (CURRENT & PAST): Volunteer since late seventies in many capacities.

ISNA Affiliation (CURRENT & PAST): Volunteer since seventies including Convention Chairman for several early annual conventions; ISNA Green Initiative

WHY SUPPORT ISNA: Vision and Mission


AWARDS PROFESSIONAL & SOCIAL: Foreign Research Fellow Japan Society for Promotion of Science; State of Indiana Senior Volunteer Award

FAVORITE QUOTE: Everyone does not have to anything, but everyone can do something

Dr. Moien Butt obtained his medical degree in 1967 from Dow Medical College (now Dow Medical University), Pakistan. He immigrated to USA in 1975 and trained at Medical College of Pennsylvania to become a board certified Pathologist. After completion of his training, Medical College of Pennsylvania hired him as Associate Professor to teach pathology to undergraduate medical students. In 1981, Dr. Butt joined a multispecialty medical group practice in Ohio where he became vice chairman of the Pathology department of Holzer Medical Center and later he was elected as director of Holzer Clinic, Inc. Dr. Butt retired from medical practice in 1991 and then moved to Houston.

Currently, Dr. Butt is President of BHK Holdings, Inc., and World Real Estate, Inc. a real estate management company. He is past president of Houston Medical Diagnostics, Ltd and Medical Center Imaging, Inc.

At present Dr. Butt is serving as vice-chairman and CEO of Shifa USA, a charitable social service organization that provides medical and dental care to the poor at its 6 clinics in Greater Houston area and operates a Women’s Center that provides temporary housing for victims of family abuse.  Dr. Butt is a member of board of directors of Houston Shifa Services Foundation, Inc. He is also a member of Islamic Society of Greater Houston Constitution and Bylaws Committee, Islamic Society of North America Founders Committee, and Advisory Board of the Interfaith Ministries of Greater Houston. He is past President of Islamic Society of West Virginia, and Islamic Society of Greater Houston.

Dr. Butt has received Meritorious Service Award from Holzer Clinic, Outstanding Community Service Award from Pakistan American Chamber of Commerce and Community Service Award from Pakistan Association of Greater Houston. He was the Honoree at 2014 Shifa Gala.


Dr. Piracha was born in Pakistan. He completed his M.B.B.S from Nishtar  Medical College in Multan, Pakistan.

Medicine and cardiology residencies in Albany N.Y
Fellow of American College of Cardiology
Fellow of the American College of Chest Physician
Fellow of the American college of Physicians
Fellow of Royal College of Physicians Canada
Hospital Assignments
Chief of Cardiology Princeton Community Hospital
Chief of Medicine
Chief of staff
Member BOT
Retired as Chairman of the BOT
President of APPNA (Association of Pakistani Physicians of North America)
Chairman BOT APPNA
Chair Advocacy Committee
Active in local community for Muslim rights with multiple TV appearances and newspaper articles


ISNA Member Since 1978
ISNA Founder Since 2003

Occupation: Pediatric Physician
Muslim Community Affiliations:
– Islamic Society of Greater Houston
– Islamic Medical Association of North America
– Association of Pakistani Physicians in North America
Professional Affiliations:
– Associate Professor at Baylor College of Medicine


ISNA Member Since 1979
ISNA Founder Since 1988

Occupation: Physician
Muslim Community Affiliations:
– Islamic Society of Akron and Kent
– Islamic Medical Association of North America
– Islamic Circle of North America
– Akron Masjid
Professional Affiliations:
– Associate Professor at North Eastern College of Medicine


ISNA Member Since 1969
ISNA Founder Since 1994

Occupation: Internal Medicine and Pulmonary Medicine Physician
Muslim Community Affiliations:
– Founding member of Islamic Society of Western Massachusetts
– Executive Director of Islamic Community of New England
– Past President of IMANA
– Chairperson of ISNA’s 1000 Donors Club
Professional Affiliations:
– Served as Chief of Medicine and President
– Director of Respiratory Services and Sleep Lab at Holyoak Medical Center


ISNA Member Since 1988
ISNA Founder Since 2012

Occupation: Vascular and Cardiovascular Surgeon
Muslim Community Affiliations:
– Islamic Society of North America (ISNA)
– All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS)
Professional Affiliations:
– Fellow American College of Surgeons (FACS)
– M2S Vascular Quality Initiative Director (INOVA)
– Vascular Laboratory Director (CUTSA)
– Cardiac, Vascular & Thoracic Surgery Association Partner
– Assistant Professor of Vascular Surgery, Virginia Commonwealth University
– Assistant Professor of Vascular Surgery, Howard University
– Clinical Instructor of Vascular Surgery, INOVA Healthcare System
– Registered Physician in Vascular Interpretation (RPVI)


ISNA Member Since 1985
ISNA Founder Since 1998

Occupation: Cardiovascular Surgeon
Muslim Community Affiliations:
– Muslim Society of Memphis
– North American Bangladeshi Islamic Community
Professional Affiliations:
– University of Tennessee


ISNA Member Since 1972
ISNA Founder Since 1988

Occupation: Physician
Muslim Community Affiliations:
– All Dulles Area Muslim Society
– Islamic Medical Association of North America
– Islamic Society of Greater Kansas City
Professional Affiliations:
– Clinical Professor at University of Missouri School of Medicine


ISNA Member Since 1974
ISNA Founder Since 1988

Occupation: Gastroenterologistt
Muslim Community Affiliations:
– Islamic Society of Akron & Kent