Ali Jafri
Hajj Ali Jafri is an attorney residing in Texas. He grew up in Detroit, Michigan, where he attended Michigan State University.  Ali graduated from the University of Texas School of Law in 2009 and is involved in various initiatives on a local and national level.

Amel Ahmed
Amel Ahmed was born and raised in New York. She is currently pursuing her JD at Brooklyn Law School and is the chair of the school’s Muslim Law Students Association. Amel attended New York University for undergraduate studies, where she majored in Media Criticism and Analysis along with Middle East and Islamic Studies. She works part-time as a Production Assistant for a local filmmaker who is exploring the impact of gentrification on Harlem. Amel is involved with various local and national initiatives related to minorities and social justice.

Hossein Sohrevardi
Hossein Sohrevardi was born in Iran, but was raised in the US since the age of two. He holds a Masters degree in Bioengineering from UC Irvine. He is the former editor and writer for UC Davis Muslims Newsmagazine, Al Wasilah. He has been involved with several organizations including CAIR-Sac Valley and the Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California. His interests vary from health and biotechnology, to civic engagement and social justice.

Abbas Naqvi
Abbas Naqvi was born and raised in New York. He currently resides in New York City and is a computational biologist at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.  Abbas is also pursuing a graduate degree in Genetics and Molecular Biology from the University of Pennsylvania. He is actively involved in his community along with other national and international initiatives.

Naqi Haider
Naqi Haider was born in Pakistan and raised in New Jersey. He received his Bachelors in Biotechnology with a concentration in Philosophy from Rochester Institute of Technology. While in Rochester, he was one of the co-founders of a non-profit group focused on community growth and development. He is pursuing a Masters in Biomedical Science and conducting research in computational visual neuroscience at Mount Sinai Medical School. He is a poet and an activist. He strongly believes in the role of community service in overall health and progress. He is currently on the board of the Muslim Students’ Association and is  involved in various local and national initiatives all relating to community empowerment.

Mirza Cheknov
Mirza Cheknov completed undergraduate in New York in Computer Science with concentrations in Mathematics and Philosophy. He is currently a graduate student in Computer Science in the Midwest. He is a great admirer of 19th century Russian Literature and believes in the power of words to change the condition of people.

Nadia Malik
Nadia Malik is a journalism graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has worked for six years a reporter for The Daily Herald, the third largest newspaper in Illinois, covering government, crime and education. She also wrote a first-person piece for the newspaper about her decision to wear hijab. She has appeared on CNN and NBC’s Dateline, as well as local radio programs, to talk about her work. She currently writes a weekly pop culture column for the website

Aroosa Ahmad
Aroosa Ahmad, born in Pakistan, moved to Lodi, California when she was three. She has just graduated from the University of California at Davis. She was involved with Al-Wasilah, an Islamic publication at UCD, as a writer, layout manager and an editor. She writes stories as a pastime and is always near a computer. She is hoping to get her teaching credential in the near future.

Trent Carl
Trent Carl, originally from Houston, Texas, now resides in Chicago, Illinois. He is currently a student at DePaul University, where he is studying in the Islamic World Studies Department with an interdisciplinary focus. He is the Educational Coordinator for United Muslims Moving Ahead (DePaul University’s MSA) where he organizes programs and engages the Muslim student population in various activities, including discussions and book groups. Additionally, he is the Vice President of the DePaul Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP).Trent is interested and engaged in personal development and critique. On a broader scale, he hopes to bring about social reform at both the communal and national level, and is involved with several projects related to that goal.

Narges Moaddel
Narges Moaddel was born in Tehran, Iran, but moved to the United States when she was only 18 days old. However, she moved back to Iran when she was nine and lived there for five years until she returned. She is currently majoring in Biology and is minoring in near Eastern Studies at the University of California- Los Angeles (UCLA). She has served on the executive board of the Muslim Students’ Association for two consecutive years and has been a contributor to the Al-Talib, a student magazine. She is also, currently, a steering committee member for Al Hujjah, a group that acts as a platform for youth activism and leadership in Southern California, and has been involved with the local masjids and centers in the past few years.

Hanieh Razzaghi
Hanieh Razzaghi was born in Tehran, Iran and moved to the United States with her family when she was two years old.  She grew up in Pennsylvania and attended Penn State University where she received a Bachelors Degree in Biobehavioral Health.  She then went on to receive a Masters in Public Health at Yale University.  Most of her work since graduation has been focused on research related to health care in the United States.  Hanieh is currently a stay-at-home mom to her daughter recently born in November of 2009 and her research and blogging interests have expanded to include child health and development.  She works part-time from home as a Research Project Manager and she is also studying to become a birth educator and breastfeeding counselor.

Amanda Quraishi
Amanda Quraishi is a freelance writer, blogger and community activist living in Austin, Texas with her husband and seven-year-old twins.  She is an American-born convert to Islam since 1999 and has been involved with interfaith dialogue for more than ten years.

Farah Mahesri
Farah Mahesri grew up in California, but now resides in Washington, D.C. She earned her Bachelors from the University of California at Berkley in Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies, and her Masters from the Elliott School at George Washington University in International Affairs. She has also studied in Egypt and volunteered in Kashmir after the earthquake. She currently works for an international development organization, and is interested in issues of civic engagement.

Samira B. Rizvi
Samira B. Rizvi was born and raised in Houston, Texas and is a former copy editor and web producer for the Houston Chronicle. She has a degree in print journalism from the University of Houston, where she also worked as an opinion columnist. Rizvi was awarded a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund copy editing internship in 2003 and a Hearst Newspapers Fellowship in 2004. She has worked at four different newspapers around the country – the Houston Chronicle, the Midland Daily News in Midland, Michigan, the Albany Times-Union in Albany, N.Y., and the Beaumont Enterprise in Beaumont, Texas. Recently having been laid off, Rizvi is using this opportunity to be a stay-at-home mom. She also has a passion for writing and currently blogs for

Manal C. LaFratta
Manal C. LaFratta was born in West Africa, is originally of Moroccan descent and was raised in the US since the age of five. She holds a Masters degree in Public Policy with a focus on Gender Policy from GWU. She currently works within the field of international development in Washington D.C. where she manages projects based in Africa and Middle East focused on rule of law and gender development activities. Her interests vary from international human rights concerns with a specific focus on women’s rights within Islam, to social justice, anthropology and world religions.

Roqayah Chamseddine
Roqayah Chamseddine is a Lebanese-American journalist and international humanitarian activist; she was a member of the first Gaza Freedom March, which took place in December of 2009 in Cairo. Recently during the winter of 2010-2011 she spent one month documenting the lives of men, women and children living in the Palestinian Refugee Camps of Lebanon including the camps of Sabra and Shatila and Burj el Barajneh. She is an undergraduate student majoring in Political Science/Pre-Law and Journalism with an emphasis in International Criminal Law. She will be pursing a Master of Journalism in the Fall of 2011. Her work has been featured in foreign and domestic news agencies such as: Al Manar, Mondoweiss, All Voices, Ikhras, Global Voices and a plethora of independent news sources where she is featured as a guest writer or frequent contributing author.


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