Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center Leadership

Summary of Leadership Goals

  1. Improve our organizational performance.
  2. Develop our community.
  3. Benefit our society.
  4. Grow our youth.
  5. Be a diverse community.

Leadership Goal I: Improve Our Organizational Performance

  1. Improve our leadership performance, financial health, organizational structure, and strategic planning.
    1. Develop our management and leadership by:
      • Developing roles and responsibilities for all boards and committees and
      • Increasing the effectiveness of management and leadership by:
        1. Continuously orienting management and leadership to their responsibilities within our organizational structure;
        2. Providing management and leadership with: leadership training and development, and people skills and sensitivity training;
        3. Ensuring that all responsible individuals, governing bodies, activities, and initiatives are in alignment with our organizational structure and direction; and
        4. Ensuring that all responsible engaged community members are recognized as part of our organization and given a voice in decision-making processes.
  2. Build our financial stability and fiscal health by:
    • Developing financial policies and procedures that follow best practices and regularly examining our financial practices to seek out continuous improvement by:
      1. Implementing the board adoption of a staff-initiated annual budget, and regular board review of financial results; and
      2. Improving internal controls.
    • Expanding our fund development capacity by:
      1. Exploring and engaging in investment opportunities,
      2. Pursuing public and private grants, and
      3. Increasing fundraising opportunities.
    • Establishing an endowment fund.
  3. Review, and revise as needed, our organizational structure; including our bylaws, hierarchy, operating policies and procedures, and performance/accountability metrics.
  4. Commit to an ongoing strategic planning process that includes regularly creating, reviewing, evaluating, and revising short- and long-term goals.

Leadership Goal II: Develop Our Community

  1. Create an Islamic environment that fosters the development and engagement of our community.
    1. Develop and strengthen our faith in, understanding of, and practice of Islam by:
      • Increasing our spiritual relationship with our Creator,
      • Improving our understanding of Islam as a way of life, and
      • Developing the good character of our community members.
    2. Provide training in life skills for all segments of our community.
      • For age groups, such as:
        1. Childhood education;
        2. Life skills training for young adults and adults; and
        3. Life planning, financial planning, and retirement planning for older community members.
      • For people in relationships, such as:
        1. Marital skills,
        2. Parenting skills,
        3. Citizenship skills (how to be a good neighbor), and
        4. Outreach skills (how to share the faith of Islam).
  1. Create an environment that fosters the sense of a united community by:
    • Strengthening the bonds of brotherhood and sisterhood among our members,
    • Enhancing multicultural relations within our community, and
    • Enhancing trust and cooperation between our people and our leadership.
  1. Increase our community’s participation in developing and executing programs by:
    • Improving volunteer recruiting, training, and utilization;
    • Developing a core team of dedicated volunteers; and
    • Increasing the ratio of volunteers to employees.

Leadership Goal III: Benefit Our Society.

  • Engage with and contribute to our larger society.
    1. Improve our larger society’s understanding of Islam and Muslims by engaging with:
      • Government bodies,
      • Media outlets,
      • Educational institutions, and
      • Faith-based and community institutions.
    2. Increase our community’s participation in the civic affairs of our larger society by engaging in:
      • Interfaith initiatives, events, and activities;
      • Civic events and other (non-religious) activities; and
      • Citizenship activities and civil engagement, such as voter registration, immigration issues, and issue advocacy.
    3. Collaborate with other Muslim organizations on common issues by:
      • Bringing Muslim organizations together to work on common tasks and
      • Supporting other Muslim organizations that are in line with our mission.
    4. Provide support services to our wider Muslim community (beyond our geographical boundaries) by:
      • Promoting and providing support care services, such as emergency care, emotional care and counseling, medical care, and prison ministry; and
      • Making referrals to other relevant agencies, such as the Family Care Committee (for home and hospital visits) and the Social Services Department.

Leadership Goal IV: Grow our youth.

  1. Invest in our youth and plan for our next generation.
    1. Raise a generation of youth who have a proper understanding of Islam and appreciate their responsibilities to:
      • Themselves and their families;
      • Their communities: local, regional, and national; and
      • The world around us.
    2. Produce future leaders by implementing character development programs to develop our youths’ leadership abilities, morals, and manners.
    3. Empower our youth to be active and positive participants in their Muslim community and our greater society.
    4. Provide the youth with opportunities to plan, develop, and implement programs that bring them closer to Allah and serve the needs of their community.

Leadership Goal V: Be a diverse community.

  1. Ensure and expand our diversity.
    1. Expand our membership base to reflect all dimensions of our community:
      • Men and women;
      • Different age groups;
      • All national, ethnic, and language groups; and
      • Different skill sets and disabilities.
  1. Ensure diversity in the membership of our boards and working committees, especially to include women and youth.
  2. Ensure the engagement of women; youth; the elderly; and diverse national, ethnic, and language groups in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of our programs.
  3. Ensure our facilities accommodate the needs of women, youth, the elderly, and members with special needs.
  4. Ensure women’s inclusion by:
    • Holistically including women in the planning, execution and evaluation of our offerings; and
    • Renovating and improving the sisters’ areas to make them more accommodating.

Who is the Leadership?

Dr. Mohamed Helmi | Chairman

Hossein Goal | Vice Chairman

Mr. Hossein Goal holds numerous degrees including a Bachelor of Science in Management, a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and a Master’s degree in Structural Engineering. Mr. Goal is the president of Metropolitan Property Management Inc, and has an active Real Estate License. He is active in community service and volunteers his expertise to numerous non-profit projects.
He has always been engaged in community and charitable work. After the tragic events of 9/11, he dedicated himself to serve as ambassador to the greater community with his knowledge of the two cultures; Middle Eastern and American, in order to build bridges of understanding. In response to the community’s needs, he began working with elected officials and local leaders from mosques, churches, synagogues and other houses of worship to help faith groups address their fears and to build trust in our diverse communities. He has established many successful programs which continue to bear the fruit to this today.

Allam Al-Alami | Treasurer

Allam Al-Alami is currently serving as the treasurer of Dar Al-Hijrah. He is a certified professional in the field of Project Management (PMI) with a wide range of experience in management, acquisition planning, financial tracking and project execution. Additionally, he has over 30 years of working experience in the construction industry for both the private and public sector.

Tammam Dandashi | Secretary

Dr. Ahmed Hassan Mohamed  | Member

Dr. Ahmed Hassan is one of the original founders of Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center and established the first Quran School. He is currently the Vice Chairman in the Board of Directors and serves as the Chair of the Education Committee. Dr. Hassan is a professor in mathematics at Howard University. Previously, he taught at Trinity University and DeVry University in D.C.. Dr. Hassan teaches a Tafseer class that is open to the community every other Sunday. Additionally, he has taught Fiqh and Seerah in the Somali language.

Dr. Akram Elzend | Member

Akram Elzend is a Doctor of Physical Therapy who is an entrepreneur who has served  on many both executive and board levels during the past 15 years. He graduated from a physical therapy program in 1994. He has Co-Founded several businesses of which most importantly is a home health agency, that is serving the residents of DC metropolitan area by offering quality care at home.
The following are positions that he has been appointed or elected to:
2001-2006 Muslim American Society- NY Chapter (MAS-NY) Outreach Committee Member
2007-2008 Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center (DAH) Executive committee Member- MAS SERVICE CORP Coordinator @DAH-
2009-2012 Muslim American Society- DC Chapter (MASDC) VP& ED
2009- Present Society For American Egyptian Development (SAED) Co-Founder and VP
2010-2012 Muslim Without Borders (MWB) now known as UMR -BOD Member
2011- Present Egyptian Americans for Democracy and Human Rights (EADHR) CO-Founder and ED
2012- Present  Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center (DAH) BOD Member

Dr. Esam Omeish | Member

Dr Esam Omeish is a member of Dar Alhijrah since its inception. He was a former vice president of Dar Alhijrah. He is a former president of the National Muslim Students Association of the US and Canada (MSA) and a former president of the Muslim American Society (MAS). He is the chief of General and Laparoscopic Surgery at INOVA Alexandria Hospital. Dr Omeish ran for public office as a delegate in a Democratic primary from the 35th district in Virginia for the General Assembly in 2009. He is a graduate of Georgetown University where he completed his undergraduate and medical studies in 1993.

Essam Tellawi | Member

Essam Tellawi, graduated from Damascus Medical College, He currently has a private practice in Clinton, MD and Mt. Vernon, VA. He received diploma for admission in masters from AIU, College of Sharia, and is finishing Masters degree from Mishkat University. He was the President of the Clinton Muslim Community in Clinton, Imam of ICNA Clinton, member of the DAH Board of advisers, Instructor at AIU and Qubaa institute. Has been a community member for over 30 years.

Kambiz Soltani | Member

Mr.Soltani has been a member of Dar Al-Hijrahs Islamic community center since 1995. He has been working with Dar Al-Hijrah and other local masjids in the metropolitan area to unify the community. He works behind the scenes to organize and manage ramadan iftars and Eid celebrations at Dar Al-Hijrah for over 13 years.

He is a delighted father of 3, David, Joseph, and Adam. He had studied under the late Sheikh Muhammad Al- Hanooti for the past 15 years leading up to his death. He works tirelessly with interfaith groups to help spread the word of islam to people, especially youth because he believes they are the future of the islamic community.

Samir Abo-Issa | Executive Director

Samir Abo-Issa is currently the Executive Director of the Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center. Mr. Abo-Issa has been working with Dar Al-Hijrah since March 3rd, 1992. He holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, B.A. in Islamic Studies, and MBA in Human Resources. He has attended classes and received training regarding non-profit organization management, resource development, and fundraising. As the Executive director of Dar Al-Hijrah, He has established a comprehensive infrastructure set on specific policies and clear procedures. Through this infrastructure, Mr. Abo-Issa has successfully managed employees and organized them in a way where the center now has multiple departments and an abundant amount of staff at the service of the community. Alongside that, Mr. Abo-Issa has been successful in obtaining funds through resource development and key networking. Not only has he created, managed, and obtained funding for the infrastructure built for the center, he has also protected it through complex and thorough risk management.

Shaker Elsayed | Imam

Since 1972, I worked as a teacher, a volunteer Imam of the Local Jameyyah ShareyyahMosques, Cairo Egypt, an Imam of the Islamic Center, Wash. D. C., Taught Islamic Studies at the LIR Institute, the American University, Washington D. C., Principal K-12 school, Director of Education at Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), the Founding President of the American Egyptian Council, and the Secretary General of the Muslim American Society.

Imam Johari Abdul-Malik | Outreach Director

Imam Johari Abdul-Malik is the Director of The Outreach and Government Affairs Department at the Dar Al Hijrah Islamic Center and former Muslim Chaplain at Howard University (HU) and was the first Muslim officially installed as a chaplain in higher education at HU and is the Head of the National Association of Muslim Chaplains in Higher Education. The imam also, serves as the chair of government relations for the Muslim Alliance in North America. He is the director of community outreach for the Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center and founding president of the Muslim Society of Washington, Inc. For full bio click here.

Tahani Jabarine | Social Services Chairwoman

Tahani Jabarin was born in Jerusalem. Her family immigrated to the United States in 1992. Since early childhood. Mrs. Jabarin has had a passion for serving others and has consequently dedicated her life to bettering her community by providing any and all aid she could offer. Having been raised in Palestine in an incredibly diverse community. Mrs. Jabarin merged her knowledge of interfaith Palestinian society with American ways of life, immersing herself in both cultures and drawing on her knowledge of these countries’ values for inspiration in her career.

Mrs. Jabarin has been a part of the Dar Al-Hijrah team since 2002. She is currently serving as the director of the Social Services department. With almost 20 years of experience in social work, she has directed special attention in recent years to empowering the women of our community, as she strongly believes in the vital role they play in society. She has been working with other organizations and using her characteristic skill of foresight to launch programs aimed at helping women attain self-sufficiency. In addition to empowering women, she has an ambitious vision of connecting all the interfaith elements of our society so we may build a strong, diverse community. She is happily married with five children who look up to her and the work she does.

Mohammed Kibriya | Youth Director

Mohammed Kibriya is currently the Youth Director of Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center. He has been actively involved with youth work for the past 10 years. He was one of the founders of Youth of Ummah, a youth organization in Detroit. In 2013 he served as a board member of Green Muslim in D.C. Mohammed earned his bachelor degree in criminal justice from Ferris State University in Michigan. He began his career as a Business Analyst before joining Dar Al-Hijrah in 2014.

Asli Amin | Weekend Schools Principal

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Dr. Ahmed Hassan Mohamed  | Education Committee Chair

Dr. Ahmed Hassan is one of the original founders of Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center and established the first Quran School. He is currently the Vice Chairman in the Board of Directors and serves as the Chair of the Education Committee. Dr. Hassan is a professor in mathematics at Howard University. Previously, he taught at Trinity University and DeVry University in D.C.. Dr. Hassan teaches a Tafseer class that is open to the community every other Sunday. Additionally, he has taught Fiqh and Seerah in the Somali language.

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