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Meet the Annual Banquet Speakers and Emcee for our 40th Anniversary Annual Banquet!

Imam Farhan Siddiqi

Imam Farhan was born in Ohio but mostly raised in Connecticut. He specializes in serving the Muslim community through Da’wah and Islamic work. He studied at Umm al Qura University and earned his bachelor’s degrees in the Arabic language and Islamic Studies.

Dr. Altaf Hussain

Dr. Altaf Husain is a native of Cleveland, Ohio. He moved to the DC area in January 1998 from Ohio and chose to live near and attend the Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center. He received his Ph.D. in Social Work from Howard University in Washington, D.C.

Sh. Ahmed Mabrouk

Tuqa Nusairat

A native of the Northern Virginia area, Tuqa Nusairat grew up calling the Dar Al-Hijrah community her second home. Her parents’ dedication to the Dar Al-Hijrah community through countless hours of volunteer work instilled in her a desire to give back to the community that gave her so much. Since 2002, Tuqa has been involved in community work primarily through the Muslim American Society DC chapter and MAS National, where she led youth projects, personal development programs, civic engagement efforts, and children’s activities.

Currently, she is a senior manager of Middle East programs at a global policy think-tank. She studied international affairs and holds an MS from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and a BA from George Mason University. She lives in Springfield, VA with her husband and two young boys.

Zainab Chaudry

Zainab Chaudry is Spokeswoman and Maryland Director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, America’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization. She is the first known Muslim to be appointed to the Maryland State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights – an independent, bipartisan agency established by Congress in 1957 that is charged with advising the President and Congress on civil rights matters. She is a Fellow of the American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute and graduated from the Maryland Public Policy Conflict Resolution Fellows Program at the University Of Maryland Carey School Of Law. ​

Every year, Dar Al-Hijrah hosts a fundraiser to keep the community appraised, fundraise, and enjoy a festive night with our community filled with awards, entertainment, remembrance, and delicious food. This year’s theme is inspired by this verse from the Holy Quran:

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The mosques of Allah should only be maintained by those who believe in Allah and the Last Day, establish prayer, pay alms-tax, and fear none but Allah. It is right to hope that they will be among the ˹truly˺ guided.

-Surah 9 Verse 18


As a leading community center, Dar Al-Hijrah seeks to instill justice and virtue by educating, developing, and empowering its congregants, providing services of faith and care for our community, and engaging society by building bridges and advocating for social justice. We want YOU to embark with us on this journey as we move forward to further distinguish our Muslim identity.