Members of our Board of Directors

The Board of Directors meet on the second Thursday of every month. These meetings are open to the public. We welcome your attendance and we welcome your concerns and suggestions sent to the email address listed above.


Niama Elharrak, Vice Chair, originally from Morocco, has been an active member at the ICP since 2001. She is married and has three kids, who all 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 and being raised in a Muslim environment. She has been involved in the Sunday School and in our summer programs for many years. She believes in community involvement and contribution to be the best Muslims we can be.


Sister 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 and is the faculty adviser to the Muslim Student Association. She is also the Executive Director of the Consortium for Educational Resources on Islamic Studies (CERIS), 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 adult children have been active members of the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh since 1991. She serves as the Board Secretary.

Brother Ahmad Arafat

Ahmed Arafat is an IT professional who is a long-time member of the 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, to help those in need, and to extend the peaceful message of Islam through outreach and collaboration with our surrounding communities.

Brother Mizanoor Biswas (CHAIR)

Mizanoor Biswas is a native of Bangladesh. He served as a member (and/or an executive member) of many boards for a wide variety of important constituents 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 over the years. While working at CUNY in both teaching and non-teaching positions, Mizanoor had integral roles in many of CUNY’s executive searches (chancellery and college president and other executives) and he supervised student organizations and activities. He has always been involved in leading various civic organizations and major community events.

He has partaken in many important higher education policy-making and legislative issues in local, state and federal levels. Mizanoor has received many accolades and awards for his leadership work and was quoted/interviewed in many newspapers and media outlets, including the NY Times and NY1 TV. Mizanoor Biswas earned his BS and MA from York and City College of CUNY. His other interests include travelling and gardening. Mizanoor Biswas resides in Pittsburgh’s Friendship neighborhood with his family.

Brother ABDUL-Haq Jawal

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Abdul-Haq who is originally from Ghana has been a long time member of the Islamic center of Pittsburgh. He is inspired by all the beautiful children who attend the ICP. Abdul-Haq currently works In the commercial cleaning business field. He is currently the treasurer of the board of trustees. Brother Abdul-Haq and his wife are blessed with five beautiful children.

BROTHER Nasir Memon

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Nasir was born in the greater Pittsburgh area and used to attend ICP as a child. His family later moved to New Jersey where he completed high school. Nasir went on to work in the Middle East, where he had the opportunity to interact with and experience different cultures. He is passionate about helping ICP serve the needs of the local community.  Nasir completed his B.S. from Cornell University and his PhD from Rutgers University.  He currently works in the autonomous vehicle industry.

Brother ALaa Shalaby