The work of outreach and gov’t affairs is to provide leadership, to advance the integration of faith, justice and life in our Mosque and in the larger community. One of the ways we seek to actualize this integrating vision and mission is through events such as Solidarity Cup of Teas with our neighbors and Interfaith Partners, Welcoming guests and Interfaith Communities for Dialogue during Ramadan at our Interfaith Iftars, and our annual open house, Taste of Islam; being mentors in Justice for Juniors, working with VOICE leaders on affordable housing and immigration reform; we come together to stand up for social justice with our Interfaith partners on pressing contemporary religious and cultural issues and we consider all the dimensions of our responses, as individuals, as Muslims, as a Nation, and as a human family.
What is the relationship between Islam, citizenship and religious liberty? How are current streams with in our contemporary American political discourse sometimes inform more about Islamophobia than the founding principles of this country? Is Islam compatible with the free exercise of religion? As our outreach team forge ahead on these challenges, we are very privileged to engage other community leaders.
Meet the Staff
Imam Naeem Baig is the Former President of Islamic Circle of North America, ICNA, a grass-roots Muslim American organizations with over 40 chapters across the nation. During his tenure at ICNA, Imam Naeem led several local and regional congregations around the United States and remains as their Director of Interfaith Alliances until today.
Imam Baig also serves as the co-chair of the ‘National Muslim-Christian Initiative’ as well as the Muslim Coordinator for the ‘Catholic-Muslim Mid-Atlantic Dialogue’, which takes place every year between Catholic Bishops and Muslim Leadership in America. Furthermore, he continues to serve as the National Moderator for ‘Religions for Peace USA’ as well as an ongoing active member of the board of ‘Interfaith Workers Justice”.
Fazia Deen, mother of three children, was born and raised in Latin America, Guyana, where she attended Roman Catholic School. Completed high school in Canada. Undergraduate study at Indiana University. Practiced law for 11 years in Indiana after receiving her Juris Doctorate from Thomas Cooley Law School of Western Michigan University. Dealt with divorce, amicable separation, custody cases; Juvenile and CHINS advocacy, represented and appealed challenging Immigration cases. In addition, managed an urgent health care clinic, while she was the Corporate Wellness Director for one of the largest wellness centers in Indiana. Currently, serving the public as the Deputy Outreach Director at Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center in Falls Church, Virginia, always challenging racism, she specializes in interfaith community outreach, civic engagement; and her advocacy for equity, justice and fairness, led to her mentorship and life coaching for women and teens in the surrounding communities.