Meet The Team

The Islamic Center of Pittsburgh operates under a dedicated team of staff, board of directors, and volunteers. Scroll down to read about our members.

 

Staff

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Wasi Mohamed: Executive director

Wasiullah (Wasi) Mohamed is a life-long Pennsylvania resident. He was born in Harrisburg, raised in Enola, and moved to Pittsburgh in 2011 to attend the University of Pittsburgh. During his time there, Wasi served in the leadership of many campus-wide organizations and initiatives. Most notably, he spent his four years helping to build the Office of PittServes.

After serving as the Director of Islamic Center of Pittsburgh Food Pantry for two years, Wasi was selected to be ICP’s next Executive Director in 2015. In this position, Wasi works to empower, educate, and unite the diverse community in Western PA through social services and outreach programs. 

Contact him: executive-director@icp-pgh.org

Hamza perez: Youth director

Hamza Perez is the founder of the YA-NE center and one of the co-founders of the Light of the Age Mosque in Pittsburgh, PA. Hamza was also ranked in the top 500 most influential Muslims in the world by The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre in 2010 for his work with youth.

In 2009, PBS released an award winning film titled "New Muslim Cool" about his youth programs. In 2016 in Cotonou, Benin, Hamza completed his studies at Sankore Institute, and he received ijaza in several classical text and the works of Shaykh Uthman Dan Fodio and his family. Hamza has been appointed as the Imam of Masjid Nur Uz Zamman and as a spiritual adviser for other communities in Hartford CT, and Springfield, MA. 

Contact him:  youth.director@icp-pgh.org

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Board of Directors

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Niama Elharrak

Niama Elharrak, originally from Morocco, has been an active member at ICP since 2001. She is married and has three kids who love ICP and consider it their second home. Sister Niama has been working as a registered nurse for 15 years and currently is attending graduate nursing school.

Her passion is seeing kids grow in a Muslim environment. She has been involved in the Education committee at ICP, the Sunday school, and Summer Programs for many years. She believes in community involvement and contribution to be the best Muslims we are.

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Elaine Linn

Elaine Linn is an American born revert to Islam. She is the Assistant Director for Academic Affairs at the Global Studies Center of the University of Pittsburgh, faculty advisor to the Muslim Student Association, and the executive director of the Consortium for Educational Resources on Islamic Studies (CERIS). Thi is a 31- member consortium of institutions of higher education and community organizations in Western PA and Ohio, housed at the University of Pittsburgh.

Elaine and her husband and their three children have been an active members of the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh since 1991

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AHMAD ARAFAT

Ahmed Arafat is an IT professional who is a long time member of ICP. He believes that our various Islamic centers and mosques in Pittsburgh represent one of our community’s most important assets and that all of us are responsible for supporting and safeguarding them.

They enable us to grow strong in our faith, provide a nurturing environment for our kids, help those in need, and extend the peaceful message of Islam through outreach and collaboration with our surrounding communities.

MIZANOOR BISWAS

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Mizanoor Biswas is a native of Bangladesh and earned his BS and MA from York and City College of CUNY. He has served as a member (and or an executive member) on many boards like the City University of New York (CUNY) Board of trustees, NY state Higher Education Service Corporation, CUNY Athletic Council, Community Board #3 of Queens, Borough President’s (of Queens) Airport Advisory Council, and the NY State Governor’s Task force on Campus fire safety.

While working at CUNY, Mizanoor had integral roles in many of CUNY’s executive searches (chancellery and college president and other executives). He also supervised student organizations and activities and was involved in leading various civic organizations and major community events. Lastly, he has partaken in many important higher education policy making and legislative issues in local, state, and federal levels. Mizanoor has received many awards for his leadership work and was quoted in media outlets including NY Times, and NY1 TV etc. His other interests are traveling and gardening, and he resides in Friendship neighborhood with his family.

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Dr. Alaa Shalaby