Who We Are

The ICP is comprised of a staff, program leaders, and a robust board of directors. Scroll below to learn more about who we are.




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. 

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Board of Directors


Dr. Alaa Shalaby

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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 and be raised in a Muslim environment. She has been involved in the Education committee at ICP and 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 and is the faculty advisor 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 children have been an active members of the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh since 1991.