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Who We Are
Board of Directors
Dr. Ahmad Sultan, Ph.D. - President and Trustee
Ahmad Sultan holds a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from The University of Manitoba, Canada. He is the Founder and President of Celenium Corporation, a consulting company offering frontend systems architecture and engineering in next generation wireless communication technologies to help companies’ mange infrastructure modernization and in applications to Smart Societies. He worked as Network Systems Architect at Call One, Senior Electrical Engineer at Chicago Bridge and Iron (CBI), and a former Member of Technical Staff at Lucent Technologies. Dr. Sultan is the Founder and Executive Director of the MADINA COMMUNITY, the American Youth Movement (AYM), the Midwest Islamic Scouting Council (MISC), the Muslim American News Network (MANN), and Scout Troop 99 serving in the Muslim community in Chicago.
As BoD President, Dr. Sultan’s duties are spelled out in our bylaws, and include managing the day-to-day business of the organization, attending meetings of our board of directors, voting on board decisions and properly recording minutes. He also drives the youth empowerment program through scouting. Dr. Sultan receives no compensation of any kind and performs his duties on an “as needed” basis.
As Trustee Chairman, Dr. Sultan’s duties are spelled out in our bylaws for the Sole Member, and include chairing our Board of Trustees. Dr. Sultan receives no compensation of any kind and performs his duties on an “as needed” basis.
Zahra Antar - Vice President
Zahra Antar has a BA in Arts from the Lebanese University, and currently pursuing a degree in NGO- Nonprofits study, emphasis on Community Leadership and Civic Engagement at Northern Illinois (NIU). Mrs. Antar has been in real estate business since 2010, brining expertise in property management, sales management and contracts. Prior professional expertise at Bank of America as Web Analyst.
Mrs. Antar has been involved with multiple nonprofit organizations since 2007. She is serving on numerous advisory boards. She served as the Program Chair at Right Starts for Refugees coordination, as well as the Communications and Public Relations Chair at Madina Community. At the Islamic Center of Naperville, Mrs. Antar served at different roles, over the years. This includes the Political & Civic Engagement committee, Interfaith and Outreach committees, as well as Islamic connection Teacher.
Mrs. Antar is the Interfaith and Young Youth program Founder and facilitator at Islamic Center Of Wheaton. She has been the Young Youth program Chair MAS-ICNA Convention since 2013. She has extensive experience working at ICNA Relief Chicago including: Refugees and Family Services since 2007, Family Services Case Manager, and a member of the Board of Advisory, as well as the Fundraising Chair 2016-2017. At the Council of Islamic Organization of Greater Chicago (CIOGC), she is serving as the Sponsorship, and social Media Chair.
As BoD Vice President, Mrs. Antar’s duties are spelled out in our bylaws, and include attending meetings of our board of directors, voting on board decisions and presiding in the absence of the president. Mrs. Antar receives no compensation of any kind and performs his duties on an “as needed” basis.
Sabuhi Athar - Secretary and a Trustee
Sabuhi Athar was born and raised in Indianapolis, IN where she attended Indiana University and majored in Political Science and minored in Psychology. She has extensive experience holding leadership positions in organizations serving the youth. She has volunteered for Give Light, mentored with Caring Hearts, and trained as a clinical associate for the Crisis and Suicide Intervention Service of Indianapolis. She serves on the Youth committee and the Family Committee at Mecca Center.
Ms. Athar has been a Girl Scout Troop leader in 2009-2010 and currently serve as the Cub Scout Committee Chair of Pack 99, providing oversite for dens across three community centers served by the Midwest Islamic Scouting Council (MISC). She is currently studying to be a holistic nutritionist at Bauman College. Ms. Athar is the mother of three children, and in her spare time, she enjoys reading, international traveling, hiking, and martial arts.
As BoD Secretary, Ms. Athar’s duties are spelled out in our bylaws, and include day-to-day administrative functions, attending annual meetings and meetings of our board of directors, voting on board decisions and properly recording minutes. Ms. Athar receives no compensation of any kind and performs his duties on an “as needed” basis.
As Trustee Member, Ms. Athar’s duties are spelled out in our bylaws for the Sole Member. Ms. Athar receives no compensation of any kind and performs his duties on an “as needed” basis.
Anhar Elsaidany - Treasurer
Anhar Elsaidany holds a BSc in Electrical Power Engineering from the University of Alexandria, Egypt. She worked as Electrical Engineer in Petrochemicals, Alexandria West Suburbs Power Plant, then as Senior Electrical Project Manager in Alexandria University Administration with tasks including project reviews, procurement, pricing and vendor selection.
Ms. Elsaidany is a lifetime educator for Quran, Islamic Studies, and developed curriculums for number of schools. She is a former Principal of Siraj Academy at Fox Valley Mosque. She holds number of certificates in teaching Arabic language, Tajweed & Nourania. Ms. Elsaidany has led the women study circles at the Islamic Center of Wheaton and is currently leading the same program at the Islamic Foundation, Vila Park. She has been a judge on numerous Islamic school competitions. At Islamic Center of Naperville, she teaches Islamic Studies, and Quran at Al-Falah Academy. Ms. Elsaidany has passion for relief work. She led and orchestrated the end-to-end Madina Community efforts for Ramadan Basket and Back2School Drive for the past few years.
As BoD Treasurer, Ms. Elsaidany’s duties are spelled out in our bylaws, and include financial record-keeping, accounting and reporting, attending meetings of our board of directors and voting on board decisions. Ms. Elsaidany receives no compensation of any kind and performs his duties on an “as needed” basis.
Dr. Simaan Barday, M.D. - Compliance Officer and a Trustee
Simaan Barday holds an M.D. from Windsor University. He has been working as a liaison between technical and non-technical divisions developing technical solutions to business problems working with various organizations in multiple industries including airlines, banking, healthcare, insurance, and telecommunications. He has about a decade of consulting experience in all phases of Project Development Life Cycle (PDLC).
Dr. Barday has worked as a volunteer with Compassionate Care Network (CCN), Islamic Medical Association of North America (IMANA). For the past four years, he has been involved in developing youth through scouting in the Southwest suburbs of Chicago. He is serving as Scoutmaster of Troop 99 and a prior Den Leader in Pack 99 in one of the communities served by the Midwest Islamic Scouting Council (MISC).
As BoD Compliance Officer, Dr. Barday’s duties are spelled out in our bylaws, and include ensuring each Director is complying with the Director’s Code of Conduct and that each Director is fulfilling his/her duty of care and duty of loyalty to the Board. Dr. Barday receives no compensation of any kind and performs his duties on an “as needed” basis.
As Trustee Member, Dr. Barday’s duties are spelled out in our bylaws for the Sole Member. Dr. Barday receives no compensation of any kind and performs his duties on an “as needed” basis.
Trustees & Advisors
Dr. Samir Abdelmawla, Ph.D. - Trustee and Advisory Council Member
Dr. Samir Abdelmawla holds a Ph.D. in Architecture from Illinois Institute of Technology. He currently works as VP, Digital Practice Leader for Environmental Systems Design (ESD), a former Senior Digital Designer at Skidmire, Owings &Merrill, and former Director of Architecture at Airroom Architects and Builders. Dr. Abdelmawla is a co-founder of the Islamic Center of Wheaton, and a former executive and board member. He is a former Director of MAS Chicago Board, as well as Program Co-chair of MAS/ICNA annual convention. He served as member of ICNA Relief Advisory Council. He is a founding parent of scout Troop 99 in 2004 in Naperville, IL. Program Chair of ICNA Relief fund raising dinner 2017 and 2018.
As Trustee Member, Dr. Abdelmawla’s duties are spelled out in our bylaws for the Sole Member. Dr. Abdelmawla receives no compensation of any kind and performs his duties on an “as needed” basis.
As Advisory Council Member, Dr. Abdelmawla’s duties are to provide advice to the Board of Directors. Dr. Abdelmawla receives no compensation of any kind and performs his duties on an “as needed” basis.
Abraham Antar - Trustee and Advisory Council Member
Mr. Abraham Antar holds an MBA in International Business and Finance from the University of Toledo. He has 20+ years experience in the financial services industry including ABN AMRO, JP Morgan Chase, Merril Lynch, BMO Harris Bank, Northern Trust Corporation and Discover Financial Services. He has extensive project management experience with emphasis on areas of Finance, Capital Markets, and Treasury, eCommerce, Commercial banking, Data Warehousing, and integration projects employing all aspects of the System Development Lifecycle (SDLC). Mr. Antar is a co-founder of the Islamic Center of Wheaton, and a former President, Treasure and board member.
As Trustee Member, Mr. Antar’s duties are spelled out in our bylaws for the Sole Member. It include being the Vice Chair of our Board of Trustees. Mr. Antar receives no compensation of any kind and performs his duties on an “as needed” basis.
As Advisory Council Member, Mr. Antar’s duties are to provide advice to the Board of Directors. Mr. Antar receives no compensation of any kind and performs his duties on an “as needed” basis.
Mohsen Abdelati - Advisory Council Member
Mr. Mohsen Abdelati holds a Bachelor degree in Computer science & Business Analyst from Centennial College. He currently is the President & Founder of Calx Trading Inc. Prior positions include President & founder of Sunship Int’l, Regional Logistics Manager at DecisionOne, Manufacturing & Operation at Westell Corp, and Director Of Operations & Customer Service at Perle Systems. Mr. Abdelati is a long time serving member of Islamic Center of Naperville, principal of ICN Weekend School, Board member and Treasurer (1998-2010).
As Advisory Council Member, Mr. Abdelati’s duties are to provide advice to the Board of Directors. Mr. Abdelati receives no compensation of any kind and performs his duties on an “as needed” basis.
Syeed Safi - Advisory Council Member
Sy Safi is a national and international award-winning sustainability consultant and progressive builder in both residential and commercial construction. Having grown up working in construction with his brothers and father, Sy was inspired to learn, innovate, create, and execute revolutionary practices in the built-environment. He graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a degree in Civil & Environmental Engineering. In 2006, he started GCCM Construction Services to better focus on advancing the construction industry to the 21st century by supporting and encouraging excellent health focused design that is resilient and regenerative while restoring our natural ecosystems. To further public awareness and education, in 2012, Sy created My Green Kentucky Home, a model home that is Kentucky’s first Net Zero Energy, Net Zero Water home certified LEED Platinum by the US Green Building Council. Since then, he’s adopted the most stringent third-party programs in the Living Building Challenge, Passive House and the WELL Building Standard, while becoming a Department of Energy Zero Energy Ready Home Partner, a Certified Passive House Consultant, Passive House Institute US Certified Builder and WELL Accredited Professional. His mission with every project is to be socially just, culturally rich and ecologically restorative.
As Advisory Council Member, Mr. Safi’s duties are to provide advice to the Board of Directors. Mr. Safi receives no compensation of any kind and performs his duties on an “as needed” basis.
Osman Khan - Advisory Council Member
Mr. Osman Khan holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Cornell Johnson Graduate School of Management, and a Master of Management in Hospitality (MMH) from Cornell University School of Hotel Administration, as well as Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management from Purdue University – Krannert School of Management. At Accenture Strategy he took roles as a Manager of Strategy Proposal Architect – M&A, North America, Digital Analytics Practice, as well as Consumer Goods & Services Industry. Prior holding managerial position he worked as Senior Consultant – SAP BI/Analytics Practice, and a Senior Analyst – Business Intelligence (BI) Practice at Accenture Technology. At SC Johnson, Mr. Khan has been the Assistant Brand Manager (ABM) – Home Cleaning – Pledge.
As Advisory Council Member, Mr. Khan’s duties are to provide advice to the Board of Directors. Mr. Khan receives no compensation of any kind and performs his duties on an “as needed” basis.
We Create Inclusive Multicultural Societies
Madina Community, a Madina Foundation organization, is a multi-cultural American community, lead by young professionals and supported by councilors, contributing to building America’s future society and civilization, inspired by the model of Prophet Mohammad, PBUH, in his city, Al-Madina.
Madina Community was formed to represent the needs of a large, diverse, and growing Muslim population in the Northern Illinois area. Though comprised of a number of cultures, ethnicities, and nationalities, the community shares a common belief rooted in the Islamic faith which recognizes the oneness of God (Allah), a belief in the Prophets (peace be upon them) sent to help guide humanity, including the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) who is the last prophet, as well as the teachings described in the faith’s holy book and recorded observations, the Qur’an and Sunnah, respectively.
The organization mission is abstracted in the following statement, “Madina Community is a multi-cultural American community that strives to serve local needs using the principles of Divine wisdom and the Prophetic model.”
Madina Community is a Transformational Community. It creates a culture of excellence and environment of thrive that inspires and unleashes the potential of youth, families and neighborhood to service humanity, based on universal Values, Faith, Love and Peace. By Integrating Diversity, it crystallizes the “Melting Pot”, reshaping the American Mosaic, with an ultimate goal of “Making our Nation amongst the best nations raised to mankind.”
Madina Community is a 501c3 NFP, Religious, Charitable, Social and Educational Organization.
Madina Foundation is a trust that creates, facilitates and manages interdependent organizations contributing to building America’s future society and civilization, inspired by the model of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in his city Al-Madina.
— Our Mission
Serve, Educate, Empower, and Dialogue (SEED) to connect communities and uplift neighborhoods using the principles of divine wisdom and the Prophetic model.
— Our Vision
Create an inclusive multicultural society that is guided by Islamic principles, and establish landmarks to serve humanity that represent what Islam and Muslims offer to civilization, as early Muslims have done before in other continents.
— Our Story
Madina Community was initiated and established in the year 2015 by late 20th Century Muslim immigrants and their first generation in southwest suburb of Chicago, Naperville, Illinois, and its surrounding towns. It is a by-product of open-heart cultural interaction between the East and the West, in America. It is an American community with a forward-looking mission to inspire and positively contribute to the American Saga. It is a platform that provides intellectual, social, moral, and spiritual growth empowering its members and partners to positively contribute to America by integrating in America’s multicultural fabric.