Board of Directors

Nisa Muhammad

Ms. Muhammad is a journalist for The Final Call Newspaper and Host for American Dream, on Press TV. She is a member of Washington Association of Black Journalists, Co-Chair Black Press Task Force, and recipient of the 2010 Best Local Reporting Award from the New American Media. She received a BA degree from the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

Jamal Musa, Chairman

Baron Jamaal Musa earned a B.A. from the University of Maryland and also received a Certificate of Completion in Afro-American Studies.  While at UMD he was a founding member of  FREEDOM, and served as the organization’s Amir.  He was also the Spokesperson for the Black Student Summit Committee, a student led movement that resulted in the construction of the University of Maryland’s Nyumburu Cultural Center.

As a Senior at Maryland, Baron Jamaal Musa also had the honor of being awarded the John B. Slaughter Outstanding Senior Award.

For over 25 years, Musa has served as a Judge for the State of Maryland’s Black SAGA Competition. Black SAGA is a competition of Elementary and Middle School students, and is designed to promote diversity through awareness of some of the outstanding contributions made by Blacks living in America. He also served as Secretary, Board Member, and Khaatib for an Islamic Society located in the State of Maryland.

M. Masood Rab, Treasurer

M. Masood Rab is a professional engineer and operated an engineering consulting company in Michigan as its president. Mr. Rab is now an engineering consultant to engineering companies in Washington, D.C. area. Masood Rab served the Detroit Muslim Community as newsletter editor, weekend school principal, secretary, vice‑president, and as president. He was on the Board of Trustees of a Masjid in Detroit and served on the Board of an Islamic school in Michigan.

Mauri’ Saalakhan, President

El‑Hajj Mauri’ Saalakhan is a Metro-Washington, DC, based human rights advocate; author, lecturer and poet. His work has taken him across America into Africa, Europe, the Indian subcontinent, and the Middle East. He is a founder of the Coalition Against Political Imprisonment and the National Association for Police Accountability. He also founded and formerly served as Director of Operations for The Peace Thru Justice Foundation. He presently serves as Director of Operations for The Aafia Foundation, Inc.

Hena Zuberi, Secretary

Hena Zuberi is the Editor in Chief of Muslimmatters.org, an award winning web magazine. A community organizer for years, she is also a staff reporter for the Muslim Link newspaper. Hena worked as a TV news reporter and producer for CNBC Asia and World Television News. Hena is also a founding board member of Words Heal ‑ Sadie Peterson Delaney Literary Collaborative, a bibliotherapy initiative that collects stories of underrepresented people.

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