With Allah’s Name, The Merciful Benefactor, The Merciful Redeemer
Aneesah R. W. Dawan
Aneesah R. W. Dawan was born to Muslim parents but accepted Al-Islam for herself at the age of 13. She is a native of Little Rock, Arkansas and graduate of the Historic Little Rock Central High School. Aneesah’s post-secondary education has been focused in the areas of Philosophy & Religious Studies at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and Criminal Justice at the University of Houston-Downtown. In addition to her undergraduate work Aneesah studied Arabic and Islamic Studies at Abu Nour University in Damascus, Syria, obtaining a 2-year Arabic language certification.
Aneesah’s earlier Islamic and Arabic education came from various Imams and teachers in the United States under the leadership of Imam W. D. Mohammed. Her most influential studies in Arabic and the science of tajweed came under the tutelage of Imam Qasim Ahmed while residing in Houston, Texas. Aneesah refined her Quranic recitation while studying in Syria and has become known for her precise, yet eloquent reading of Quran using the Hafs style of recitation. As a tool to teach tajweed and encourage the recitation of Quran among women, Aneesah began professionally recording the Quran for public distribution. Aneesah has lectured at various Islamic and Interfaith conferences representing women in Al-Islam and focusing on areas such as tajweed and tafsir.
Her purpose is to provide a clear and sound understanding of Quran and the life of Prophet Muhammad (saw) while stressing the importance of the feminine voice to the benefit of mankind. Aneesah’s next educational goal is to complete a doctor of law (JD) degree with a focus on the intersections of Law and Religion.
Imam Mansoor Sabree
Imam Mansoor Sabree is the former Director and Imam of the Atlanta Masijd of Al-Islam, Atlanta’s oldest and largest indigenous muslim community in the U.S.A. He is a grassroots community leader focused civic engagement in the American muslim community. Imam Mansoor Sabree is currently the director of the Inner-City Muslim Action Network -Atlanta (IMAN)
Muhammad Fraser-Rahim is an expert on Africa and violent extremism issues at the U.S. Institue of Peace and a Senior Fellow at the Truman National Security Project and the Center for Global Policy in Washington, DC. Mr. Fraser-Rahim's areas of expertise are on transnational terrorist movements,Islamic intellectual history, Islam in America and contemporary theology in the Muslim world. In addition, Mr. Fraser-Rahim worked for the United States Government for more than a decade providing strategic advice and executive branch analytical support on countering violent extremism issues to the White House and the National Security Council. Mr. Fraser-Rahim has conducted original research in more than 40 countries on the African continent, and has worked and studied throughout the Middle East. He completed advanced level Arabic language certificates at various higher education institutions in the US and the Middle East, and studied Quranic exegesis and Islamic spiritual teachings under the tutelage of the late Imam WD Mohammed. He is a Ph.D. candidate at Howard University in African Studies with a focus on Islamic Thought, Spirituality and Modernity. His dissertation is titled Imam W.D. Mohammed (1933-2008): The Making of American Islam and the Emergence of Western Islamic Thought to Counter Violent Extremism where he looks at the intersection of religious pluralism in minority communities in the West and Islamic rev Muslim communities and holds a master’s degree from Howard University in History, and a bachelor’s degree in History from the College of Charleston, Charleston, SC.
Kalimah Azeez Rashada
Kalimah Azeez Rashada is a native of Chicago, Illinois. She was born and raised Muslim into a strong and beautiful family in the community of Imam W. Deen Mohammed. At the age of thirteen, Kalimah was chosen by Imam W. Deen Mohammed to be one of twelve students to participate in his weekend Youth Dawah Class. During this class, Kalimah diligently studied Qur’anic Arabic, Islamic studies, and comparative religion for the last 8 years of Imam Mohammed’s life.
In addition to Kalimah’s love and passion for the religion of Al-Islam, she has a great interest in human psychology. She studied social psychology and strategic communications at Northern Illinois University. Kalimah takes her love and understanding of the religion of Al-Islam and shares it through many mediums such as: teaching, art, poetry, lectures, and writing.
In 2009, Kalimah taught 2nd grade at the Clara Mohammed School located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The following year she moved to Senegal, West Africa and was instrumental in the opening of a school with members of the United Nations.
Kalimah’s community involvement consists of serving as Chair of the Midwest Leadership Team, and she was recently appointed to the position of Program Manager for American Muslim Advisory Council [AMAC] in Memphis, TN. On April 29, 2016, Kalimah graduated from Shelby County’s Citizens University under Mayor Mark H. Luttrell Jr. Kalimah wants nothing more than to see her people uphold the covenant that G-D has given them and liberate the world from the schemes of Satan. She tirelessly works and spends of her wealth and human capital to be a catalyst to bring about G-d’s will here in the United States of America.
Her special talents are writing, painting and calligraphy. She is currently working on starting her own business servicing the community. Kalimah was recently married in January 2016 to Na’eem Rashada of Memphis, TN.
Imam Dr. Wazir
Imam Dr. Wazir Ali is the Imam of the historic Masjid Warithud-Deen Mohammed and Masjid Al-Qur'an in Houston, Texas. Both communities have experienced unprecedented growth under Imam Dr. Ali's leadership. Masjid Warithud-Deen Mohammed built a new state of the art facility in 2010 and is in the planning stages of the construction of a community center and a senior housing complex. Imam Dr. Ali is a founding member of Masjid Al-Qur'an. Under Imam Dr. Ali's leadership the average weekly Jum'ah attendance grew from 10 to over 500.
Imam Dr. Ali completed an eight year mentorship program in Islamic Studies, comparative religion and Masjid administration under the guidance of Imam Qasim Ahmed. Imam Ali is also a student of the preeminent American Muslim scholar, the late Imam Warithud-Deen Mohammed (may Allah have mercy on him).
Imam Dr. Ali, an entrepreneur, kinesiologist, registered dietitian and board certified specialist in geriatric nutrition, owns a private nutrition consulting firm in Houston. Imam Dr. Ali is also the interim director of the dietetics program and a clinical instructor at Texas Southern University. His current academic research interests are energy needs for maintenance hemodialysis, sleep apnea related obesity and obesity treatment/prevention.
Imam Ali holds a Doctorate degree in clinical nutrition from Rutgers University, a Master of Science degree in kinesiology from the University of Texas Pan American, and Bachelor of Science degrees in nutrition and psychology from the University of Houston.