The Executive Director of ICNA Council for Social Justice. Previously, he worked as Director of American Muslim Studies Program (AMSP) at the Prince Alwaleed Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, Georgetown University, Washington, DC. From 1999-2004, he also worked as Director, Project MAPS: Muslims in American Public Square, which examined the role and contribution of the Muslim community to the American public life. Dr. Bukhari’s research interests focused on Islam in the West; Muslims in America; religion and politics; and religion, humanitarian aid and development. He is also editor of the Project MAPS volume: Muslims’ Place in the American Public Square: Fears, Hopes and Aspirations; and the CIPP volume: Observing the Observer: The State of Islamic Studies in American Universities. Dr. Bukhari has a Masters in Economics from the University of Karachi, Pakistan and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Connecticut, USA.
Graduated in 2008 with a B.S. in Information Technology. He also graduated in 2017 with a B.A. in Islamic Studies. Rameez worked in the I.T. field from 2008-2014. In 2014, he became Director of Communication & Outreach for ICNA’s Council for Social Justice. Rameez initially joined ICNA as a volunteer in 2008 on various projects including as a community organizer and fundraiser. He served as the Youth Coordinator for two years and then as the president of the ICNA Mosque in Alexandria, VA for two more years before joining ICNA-Council for Social Justice in 2014.
Hamza is currently a student at George Mason University pursuing a degree in Information Technology. Previously, Hamza obtained his Associate’s Degree in Computer Science. Over the summer of 2019, Hamza interned with Helping Hand for Relief and Development. In 2015, Hamza started the MSA student organization in his high school which is still active today. Hamza began working with ICNA Council for Social Justice in January 2020.
Zain Baig is currently a student at George Mason University pursing a degree in Global and Community Health. Zain also serves a role on the board for the Muslim Student Association at Mason. He is a active volunteer with many different local masajids in the area and a youth mentor. He is also very passionate about serving the community and helping those being oppressed around the world. Zain began working with the ICNA Council for Social Justice in January 2020.
Thoraia got her BS degree from Strayer University in IT network administration, and Masters in health care services administration. She currently works as a registered behavioral therapist and as assistant director with ICNA CSJ on the healthy Muslim families project. She has been working as a volunteer with local Muslim and interfaith organizations since 2011.
Sarah is an advocate, organizer, and writer for gender, immigrant, and refugee justice. She co-directs a creative human rights consultancy, supporting campaigns such as No Muslim Ban Ever, Let My People Go, Divest From War, New Sanctuary Coalition, and local mutual aid. Previously, she was a consultant & cofounder with OutSmartNYC / NYC Alliance Against Sexual Assault and held leadership roles with the NYC Mayor’s Office to End Domestic & Gender Based Violence and NYC Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs. She’s a proud mother, birth worker, and rape crisis advocate in a multiracial, multifaith Palestinian/American family.
Patricia DeArmas is a professional graphic designer, video editor, and videographer who has been involved in the media field for over a decade. She is a convert to Islam who came to know the Muslim community largely through the work of local Muslim charity organizations. She went on to do freelance work for ICNA, Helping Hand for Relief and Development, and ICNA Relief before serving as chief Media Specialist at her masjid for 3 years and Media Specialist at ICNA Relief for 2 years. She values justice and standing up for what is right, and enjoys passing the time by listening to Islamic knowledge podcasts.
Zahrah Ali is currently a student at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where she is pursuing a degree in Political Science. She has been involved in Helping Hand and various other ICNA entities for many years. She is interested in political advocacy, public policy, and humanitarian relief work. Zahrah enjoys reading and writing and has been an intern with the ICNA Council for Social Justice since August of 2020.