The NWICC board consists of the following members:
I work at the University of Minnesota where I teach Community Economic Development. I have been proactive in the Muslim community since my college days. I was an active member of the Muslim Student Association (MSA), one of the founding fathers of the Muslim Youth of Minnesota (MYM), an advisor to the first batch of officers to the board of Al-Madinah Cultural Center at the University of MN, and on the board of the Islamic Center of MN (ICM), where I served as a social director. Finally, I have been instrumental in the community building process in the Northwest Metro Masjid project.
Khalil received his M.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Aachen in Germany where he was an active member of the local student organization as well as the Islamic Center of Aachen.
In 1998 Khalil and his family moved to Minnesota. He has been an active member of the Al-Amal School PTA. He has been a member of the Islamic Center of Minnesota since his arrival to the US.
As a speaker of the Islamic Resource Group (IRG), Khalil gave presentations on Islam and Muslims in high and middle schools, churches and other organizations across the Twin Cities in in greater Minnesota and Wisconsin. He is also an active board member of the IRG.
In 2009 Khalil co-founded the Northwest Islamic Community Center organization and he currently serves as a board member and secretary.
Sarah Alam is originally from Chicago
and an active member of Northwest Islamic Community Center since it’s foundation. Professionally, She is an IT personal who enjoys technology, problem solving and working around cyber security. She worked for Target Co operation and is in school for advance studies –
Sarah lives in Plymouth, MN with her family . She enjoys community services, spending time with family and friends , thrives on constant learning, enjoys reading ,writing poetry and winter sports such as skating and tubing down the hills on Minnesota snow!
Sarah is a member of Human Development foundation and an active volunteer of Tawatur; a non profit charitable foundation who works with families in need for bridal and formal wear. She also works with organizations and individuals to help minimize homelessness, provide food and assistance through NWICC community care team, who has partnership with Building blocks and Zacah .
Sarah feels Senior citizens and youth need a voice to be heard along with many other minorities . She is committed to a monthly senior club where she provides hands on activities, snacks and other fun themes with the help of other committed volunteers. She is actively involved with interfaith outreach and community partners as well. Her goal is to work together in collaboration with love , respect and care of individuals, regardless faith and religion.
Sarah’s new goal is to empower women! Let them be heard, given respect and equality . She has been following Reviving Islamic Sisterhood empowerment; Rise since its foundation back in 2015 and recently decided to give her time and service to them as well.
She also volunteered and worked with American refugee committee, who is internationally based. They help humanity , families in crisis , and support third world countries
Sarah’s aim is to leanIn, work together and make this world a place where generations will thrive upon without poverty acceptance, and prosperity. According to her ,
“If we can do small little things with respect, care, love and without judgement- We will be able to minimize and problem solve basic life struggles”
Syeda Sadia Tarannum
Sadia is a Senior Project Manager and Business Insights Partner with one of the major retailers in Twin Cities. She graduated from University of Minnesota, where she was actively involved with the MSA (Muslim Students Association) and MYM (Muslim Youth of Minnesota). She has been proactive leader in the Muslim community of Twin Cities since over 17 years; as a teacher at Islamic Center of Minnesota for 7 years, Principal of the weekend school at Islamic Center of Minnesota for 3 years, and she has been a part of the NWICC since its inception. She also volunteers with other non-profit organizations, such as; Special Olympics Minnesota for Area 11 and 12, Habitat for Humanity, Second Harvest, and Interfaith Outreach, etc.
She is currently the Interfaith Outreach and Community Building Director at NWICC. Building deeper Interfaith/ inter-community relationships, education and raising awareness is very important to her and she has been working diligently to ensure we cultivate a community with faith, kindness and love as the foundation, not just in the NW suburbs but also in greater Twin Cities and in the Nation, InshAllah. Especially in current atmosphere, education and building relationships is vital. Currently, she is working with several community leaders from different faith groups to build relationships and educate about the beauty of Islam. She participates in church and synagogue group discussions, lead education sessions, create material for discussion, inter-faith dialogues, organize joint prayers, and also, developing a plan for Peace Camp for kids of different faiths to learn from each other and better understand each other’s faith traditions. She has successfully lead several community service projects involving Muslim community and other faith based communities.
She has a passion to helping Muslim youth to not just enjoy spending time at the Masjid and be proud of their faith but also rise as leaders of tomorrow.
Tamim Saidi [Pronounced Ta-meem Sa-ee-dee] was born in Afghanistan . As a teenager, he was forced to leave his family behind and flee to Pakistan as a refugee.
He came to the US in 1990 and has called MN home ever since.
He is a father of 4 children, a son and a husband and a brother.
He received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from U of MN and currently works as a Consultant Pharmacist.
He has been involved in many community activities:
Currently he serves as the President of NWICC Board (Masjid Al Kareem, in Plymouth) and one of the Co-founders.
Has been a board member and former VP of Islamic Resource Group (www.IRGMN.org),
Former President and a founding member of MYLA Scholarship.
He has been a Sunday school teacher at Islamic Center of MN (ICM) and NWICC for the past 16 years, including a high school level honors class, Vision-21, at ICM-Fridley.
He has been a participant in many interfaith dialogues and activities.
Previously he has been part of Muslim Youth of MN (MYM), Muslim Students Associations, and a former member of Council of Trustees of Islamic Center of MN. He is on the advisory board to CAIR-MN.
He is also one of the founders and one of the moderators of MN’s largest Muslim email list (MN Muslims).
He has spoken and presented to thousands of Minnesotans about Islam and Muslims’ culture and way of life. Some of his articles appear at EngageMN.com, a local group with a mission to improve the understanding of Minnesotans about their Muslim neighbors and Islam. He was also published in op/ed sections of Star Tribune, Pioneer Press, USA Today, St. Cloud Times and MN Daily.
He has being delivering Friday sermons (Khutbah) at multiple local mosques in Twin Cities.