Margari Aziza Hill is an adjunct professor, blogger, editor, and freelance writer with articles published in SISTERS, Islamic Monthly, and Spice Digest. She is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of MuslimARC, the Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative, an organization focusing on Education for Liberation.

After converting to Islam in 1993, her life experiences as a Black American woman have informed her research and writing on Islam, education, race, and gender. She has nearly a decade of teaching experiences at all levels from elementary, secondary, college level, to adult education. She has worked in education at various capacities including as substitute teacher, instructor, curriculum design, school policy, teacher training, as well as teaching assistant and teaching fellow. She taught Writing and Literature at Al-Aqsa Islamic Academy, developed instructed an Art and Literacy class for Clara Muhammad Summer Camp and worked as a Lead Teacher and Curriculum Developer at United Muslim Masjid Summer Madrasa.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in History from Santa Clara University in 2003 and master’s in History of the Middle East and Islamic Africa from Stanford University in 2006. Her research includes colonial perceptions mixed-raced identities in Northern Nigeria, anti-colonial resistance among West Africans in Sudan during the early 20th century, transformations in Islamic learning in Northern Nigeria, and International student programs at Al-Azhar and Cairo University.

She has given talks and lectures in various universities and community centers throughout the country. – SoCal

Namira Islam is a lawyer and graphic designer. She is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative (MuslimARC), an organization which provides racial justice education and training.

Namira previously practiced in poverty law in Flint, Michigan; worked in prisoners’ rights litigation; and interned in international criminal law and war crimes for the United Nations in The Hague, The Netherlands. Her legal background includes research on racism, global education standards, and the UN Declaration on Human Rights Education and Training.

Namira has served on the boards of multiple Muslim student organizations and has fundraised and led crowdfunding efforts on behalf of Islamic Relief and charity: water, as well as for other causes, since 2008. She is an advisor to her late father’s organization, Diversified Educational Foundation (DEF), which invests in Bangladeshi orphans. She has nearly a decade of experience as a tutor and e-mentor for low-income students. As a graphic designer, Namira specializes in print design and has designed for the AFL-CIO and the U.S. Palestinian Community Network. She has been freelancing for diverse clients in the United States and abroad since 2007.

Namira has delivered lectures and workshops on diversity, community, and justice across the United States, including at Harvard Divinity School, Michigan State University College of Law, and the Minidoka Pilgrimage. She has written for multiple publications and provided commentary and analysis on identity, current events, and social justice narratives for radio shows, documentary films, and other media worldwide.

Namira was born in Detroit, Michigan to Bangladeshi parents and currently resides in Metro Detroit. She is an alumna of the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor and the Michigan State University College of Law.

In 2010, Namira was awarded the University of Michigan’s Tapestry Award for “demonstrating a way of being that contributes to intercultural awareness and relationship building through … reflecting the values of social justice, multiculturalism, and diversity.” In 2016, she received El-Hibri Foundation’s Young Leader Award for “demonstrating collaborative and inclusive leadership in American Muslim communities.”

She tweets @namirari. – Metro Detroit

Board of Directors

Makkah Ali serves as the Associate Director of Managed Organizations at Arabella Advisors, a consulting firm that provides strategic guidance for effective philanthropy. Makkah also is the Co-Host and Executive Producer for Identity Politics, a podcast that features new perspectives on race, gender, and life as Muslims at the intersection of multiple identities in the United States. She previously served as Grants Manager at the El-Hibri Foundation, where she oversaw and implemented all aspects of the annual grants cycle and worked closely with nonprofit leaders to build their organizational capacity.

Farha Tahir currently serves as program officer at the National Endowment for Democracy. She has previously worked with a variety of American Muslim organizations, including MSA National, the Muslim Youth of North America, and the American Learning Institute for Muslims (ALIM), among others. She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Wisconsin.

Ahmed Alawami is a senior accountant with Signature Analytics. He is an experienced accountant and business advisor with real-world audit, financial reporting, business, training and research experience, and a portfolio of skills and knowledge that signal an understanding of how a changing business environment impacts the work of organizations across financial, managerial and regulatory axes. 

Hazel Gómez graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a Bachelor’s degree in Forensic Science. She is studying the Islamic sciences with's Ribaat Academic Program under the tutelage of Shaykha Tamara Gray and other women scholars. She is volunteer and advisor to various nonprofits such as Dream of Detroit, a community development project; Muslim Enrichment Project, a convert care program in southeast Michigan; MPower Change, a grassroots a​ digital organizing platform for American Muslims; ​ISNA’s Masjid Development Initiative, and Michigan Faith in Action.


Aysha Jamali is a professional communications specialist and strategist, with a particular interest in messaging and movement building. She worked as a community journalist for three years in metro Detroit before transitioning into nonprofit and movement communications. Currently, Aysha works with the Detroit Equity Action Lab (DEAL)–an initiative of the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights at Wayne State University Law School–to develop and coordinate communications strategies to further DEAL's mission of addressing racial equity in Detroit.

Advisory Council

Shaykh Jamaal Diwan was born and raised in Southern California. He currently serves the Muslim community with Institute of Knowledge through which he works as a Muslim Chaplain at UCLA, UCI, and USC. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Third World Studies from UCSD in 2005. He then traveled to Egypt where he spent the next 6 years studying Arabic and Islamic Studies. In 2012 he completed a law degree in Sharia from al-Azhar University in Cairo. While in Egypt he also nearly finished an MA in Islamic Studies at the American University in Cairo. He is a regular speaker at universities and Islamic centers on issues pertaining to Islam and Muslims in America. In 2014 the OC Weekly chose him from among Orange County’s most fascinating people and the OC Register chose him from the Top 100 Most Influential People in OC. He served as the Resident Scholar of the Islamic Center of Irvine for two and a half years before moving onto his current position with the Institute of Knowledge.

A native of the city of Compton, Umar A. Hakim serves as Executive Director of ILM (Intellect Love Mercy) Foundation. After a 13 year career in telecommunications, Umar shifted careers to become an urban entrepreneur, which opened him to social and community service. He earned a business management degree from the University of Phoenix and a master’s degree in Ethical Leadership from Claremont Lincoln. Umar is now responsible for facilitating ILM’s social-preneurial vision for social change, where change means providing an intuitive educational experience that empowers local Angelinos. Umar draws on the key principle of Facilitative Leadership to coordinate ILM’s programming, which include Humanitarian Day, Go Beyond the G.A.M.E, and SEED. Umar says, “we organize these heterogenic components, for human and leadership development… which also encourages interfaith dialogue and developing relationships across a wide scope of positive people.” As an active alum with American Muslim Civic Leadership (AMCLI) Institute, and he is a facilitator trainer for its national program housed at USC Center of Religion Civic Culture. Through this training, he contributed  to civic-social organizations including NewGround Muslim ~ Jewish Partnership for Change, created a partnership with California/LA Voice PICO network, and is an active participant with the City of LA Emergency Operations Center for Disaster Response and Relief. In 2012, Umar founded his consultancy Baseerah, which means to “to have vision.” Baseerah is a consulting group focused on leadership development, nonprofit management, and new media content.  His blog is Create-A-Voice.

Fatemeh Mashouf is an employment litigation attorney in Los Angeles, California. Fatemeh is also the author of the Rafiq & Friends children’s book and edutainment series designed to enhance Muslim-American identity building. Fatemeh is a board member of the Muslim Bar Association of Southern California. Fatemeh served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Judge Charlene Kiesselbach in the San Francisco Superior Court. She volunteered at the Council on American-Islamic Relations, where she initiated a project which sought to attain religious accommodations for inmates in state penitentiaries. As a volunteer for CARES at the Public Counsel Law Center, she advocated for individuals seeking aid at various social services agencies in Los Angeles. During her tenure at the Office of Legal Counsel under Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, She headed an education reform initiative which involved collaboration between the Mayor’s office and UCLA School of Law. Her recognitions include, named, Pro Bono Society – University of California Hastings College of Law, recipient of the CALI Excellence for the Future Award in International Business Transactions and Witkin Award for International Business Transactions. As a visiting student at UCLA School of Law, she was an editor of the Journal of Islamic and Near Eastern Law and a member of the Public Interest Program’s admissions committee. Prior to law school, she was a scholar in the ArtsBridge America program through which she taught art educational programs at low income schools.

Sayed Mahdi al-Qazwini is a native of Southern California. He has studied at the Islamic seminary in Qum, Iran. After completing his undergraduate studies in Islamic Sciences, he returned to Southern California and is now pursuing a Masters degree in Islamic Studies and Leadership at Bayan Islamic Graduate school at Claremont School of Theology. He currently serves as a part-time Islamic educator at communities across North America and the UK.

Imam Mika’il Stewart Saadiq was born and raised on the west side of Detroit, attended Mackenzie High School, and went on to Prairie View A&M University to study sociology. Imam Mika’il Stewart Saadiq accepted Islam at the age of 21. Shortly after accepting Islam, he began studying ‘Aqeedah and Fiqh under the late Imam Luqman Abdullah. In 1999, he began teaching at Detroit’s Al-Ikhlas Training Academy. He is the current Vice-Chair of MANA’s SHARE Detroit, Inc. Imam Mika’il is a married father of five. He is also the President, and Executive Director (Ameer), of Al-Aqabah Islamic Community Center. In 2002, Imam Mika’il was appointed by Imam Luqman as the head of teaching and outreach efforts. Imam Mika’il is currently enrolled in the BA of Islamic Studies Program at Islamic Online University. As of 2003, he has been busy (locally and nationally) presenting a series of lectures, articles, and workshops targeting minority and youth social issues. In late 2009, his first short book entitled The Undeniable Message to the “Black” Man: Continuum of Movement and Context of Struggle was published.

Alia Harvey-Quinn is the Director for FORCE Detroit. Born and raised in Detroit, Mrs. Harvey-Quinn began working in the nonprofit sector as a volunteer performance poet, visual artist and instructor. Moving from creating art about community issues to working to positively impact those issues, Alia dedicated 14 years to the nonprofit field, working and volunteering in many schools, community centers and churches across Metropolitan Detroit. Mrs. Harvey-Quinn is passionate about community organizing, arts education, social justice and media creation that centers communities as the experts and narrators of their own stories. Mrs. Harvey-Quinn is proud to count among her successes founding FORCE, a project of the PICO Network uniquely designed to primarily engage returning citizens and millennials in Detroit and co-founding Detroit Future Youth, a youth led network of over a dozen justice based media organizing nonprofits. Detroit Future Youth supported 10 organizations with $300K of funding and engaged over 2000 young Detroiters in media education and arts creation experiences online over a 16 month period from 2011 – 2012. Alia is also responsible for the development and management of multiple arts entrepreneurial youth programs that engaged youth in community activism and resulted in the production of 15 community murals, two spoken word and hip hop cds highlighting issues of youth identity and social justice, two volumes of poetry, an art gallery, as well as several graphically enhanced products. Mrs. Harvey-Quinn is also a wife and mother of three. In her spare time she spends time with family, cooks, journals, creates vision boards, heckles her siblings and sings loudly and poorly.

Former Steering

We deeply appreciate the work and efforts of our former Steering members, including:

Hind Makki, 2014 Core
Diala Khalife,  2014 Core
May Alhassen, 2014 Core
Laura Poyneer, 2014-2017 Membership
Fatima Price-Khan, Media
Khaliff Watkins, Media
Samiha Rahman, Programming
Zara Nasir, Finance
Azza Altiraifi, Media
Arthur Richards, Programming
Anas White, Media
Safaya Fawzi, Finance
Tariq Touré, Campaigns
Sajdah Nubee, reMARC Editor
Sabina Khan-Ibarra, Membership

Special thanks to Dawud Walid.


In 2018, MuslimARC worked with 4 summer interns from Michigan, New Jersey, and California. The Detroit Research Summer intern, Lejla Bajgoric, started a new part-time role within MuslimARC as Detroit Programs Associate in October 2018.

In 2018, members of MuslimARC's national network began working with Ernst Fenelon, Jr. who has partnered with MuslimARC to provide professional development coaching from 2018-2019.


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