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.
I was born in Kuwait and raised in America. I became a Hafiz of Quran in April of 2001. I have been involved with different masjids in different states ever since. I have been teaching Quran since the age of fifteen. I got my degree in Liberal Arts in 2008 and have been working in the family business ever since. I came to MN a year ago and have been very fortunate to have become a part of this community.
Amir MoheetI live with my wife and 2 daughters in Plymouth. We have lived in western suburbs of Twin Cities since we moved to Minnesota around 6 years ago. I’m physician by profession and work at the university of Minnesota. I ‘m also an active member of MHPM (Muslim health professionals of Minnesota). I have been an active member of NWICC for the last several years and have had the privilege to volunteer in many of the NWICC activities. We are blessed to have an Islamic center like NWICC in our community. If I’m elected to the board, I hope to continue the efforts to improve ongoing and develop new programs to support the needs of our growing community.
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 and the Islamic Center of Minnesota. As a speaker of the Islamic Resource Group, Khalil gave presentations on Islam in High Schools across the Twin Cities. In 2009 Khalil co-founded the Northwest Islamic Community Center organization and he is currently the president of the NWICC board.
I have been employed by Best Buy for the last 10 years and work in the Finance sector. I have also held Managerial positions at Target and National Car. I grew up in the Plymouth area and graduated from Armstrong High school. Back then, the Plymouth area was all farmland. I want to make a Masjid in the Maple Grove/Plymouth area a reality. A Masjid that will provide a place for us to perform five daily prayers, conduct Iftaars, Taraweeh prayers, Itikhaf, kids activities, family nights/Halaqas, and Eid parties. A place that we can call our own! All of the above services are important, but we especially need a place for our kids. We need them to be involved and prepare them to be Muslim leaders of tomorrow. Programs like “One Brick at a Time”, “Youth basketball”, and” Muslim Girl Scouts” will help create Muslim leaders of tomorrow.
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, 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:
One of the Co-founders and currently the President of NWICC Board (Plymouth masjid) [www.NWICC-MN.org]
Has been a speaker, 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 & presenter in many interfaith dialogues and activities.
He is a member of Al-Amal School Board of Directors
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 also one of the founders and one of the moderators of one of MN’s largest Muslim email lists (MN Muslims).
He has spoken and presented to thousands of Minnesotans about Islam and Muslims’ culture and way of life.
He has been leading prayers (Imam) & delivering weekly Friday sermons at various locations throughout Twin Cities.
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.