Strategic Plan

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 are the Leadership?

Dr. Mohamed Helmy | Chairman

A physician and university professor. He is a father of four and lives with his wife and family in Fairfax,VA. He has been active in the Muslim Community since 1997. He was the President of the MAS chapter in Philadelphia, PA, then head of the managing council of the first Muslim Youth Center in the USA in Brooklyn, NY before he moved to northern VA in 2003. Dr. Mohamed lead the MAS DC chapter from 2004-2010 where he helped in growing the chapter and worked with the youth, tarbiya and outreach committees. Since 2010 he has dedicated his dawa time to serve Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center as the Chairman of its board, and currently is representing it on the Virginia Council of Muslim Organization’s.

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 | Family Services Director

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.

Tahani Jabarin | Social Services Director

Since early childhood, Sr. Tahani 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. Sr. Tahani 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.

Sr. Tahani 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.

Naeem Mohammad Baig | Outreach Director

Former President of Islamic Circle of North America, ICNA, a grass-roots Muslim American organizations with over 40 chapters. He is Director of Interfaith Alliances. 

Mr. Baig serves as the co-chair of the ‘National Muslim-Christian Initiative’. He also serves as the Muslim Coordinator for the ‘Catholic-Muslim Mid-Atlantic Dialogue’, which takes place every year between Catholic Bishops and Muslim Leadership in America.

Mr. Baig is serving as the National Moderator for ‘Religions for Peace USA’. He is member of the board of ‘Interfaith Workers Justice”.

Saif Rahman | Public and Government Affairs

Saif Rahman serves on Board of Directors of The Family and Youth Institute. He grew up in Northern Virginia and graduated with a Bachelors in International Relations from the University of Maryland, College Park. In addition, he has completed Master’s level work in Arabic and Islamic jurisprudence (Fiqh) while living in Cairo, Egypt.

Saif is a successful entrepreneur and currently serves as the Vice President of IWG and a Partner in JR Real Estate Group.  He has held senior posts in the Iraqi government, including Advisor to the Vice President of Iraq (2009), Chief of Staff to the Speaker of Parliament (2005), Chief of Staff to the Minister of Industry & Minerals (2004) and the Director General of Research Directorate (2005-2007), for which he has won numerous regional awards. 

Saif Abdul-Rahman is married and has four children and is currently living in Falls Church, VA.

Ieasha Prime | Women’s Program Director

Ieasha Prime is a traditonal Islamically trained educator, activist and public speaker.  She studied Arabic and Quran at the Fajr Institute followed by general Islamic studies in Cairo, Egypt.  After two years in Egypt, she moved to Hadramaut, Yemen and enrolled in Dar al Zahra, an Islamic University for Women. There she studied Aqeedah, Quran, Hadith, Arabic, Jurisprudence (Fiqh), Islamic law, Purification of the Heart and other religious related learning.

Muhammed Oda | Youth Director

Muhammed Oda is currently the Youth Director of Dar Al-Hijrah. Oda is a writer, poet, lyricist, and entrepreneur. He is the Co-Founder and former CNO of Muzbnb, community organizer and former Program Director of Center DC. Muhammed has developed curriculum ranging from youth leadership to performance techniques to Islamic Education for various communities and organizations in San Diego and the DMV. In his spare time, Muhammad enjoys hanging out with family friends, hitting up various coffee shops, learning from scholars and students of Deen and discovering new things. He looks forward to learning, growing and building with Dar Al-Hijrah!

Asli Amin | Weekend School’s Principal

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.