Our Administration

The Islamic Center of Greater Toledo is run by its Council that consists of 13 members who are elected from the membership according to its constitution.

After Council elections, the Executive Committee is elected from among the 13 Council members. The workings of the Council of the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo are transparent and well documented. The Board of Trustees is nominated from the community and provides oversight and historic continuity to the workings of the Islamic Center.

Office Staff

The office staff of the Islamic Center is the core of the institution. They are at the Center five days a week available to the Muslim community and the community-at-large.

Office hours are Monday-Friday, 9 AM – 4 PM.

If you would like to speak with the Imam, please call ahead for an appointment at 419-874-3509 as the Imam is often out of the office on visitations with community members, meetings, or other Center obligations.

Secretary: Aneesa Shaheen

Contact Info:
Office: 419-874-3509
Email: a.shaheen@icgt.org

Our Imam

Imam Ahmad Deeb

Imam Ahmad Deeb has been serving communities from a very young age. He grew up in Orlando, FL to a family of scholars. His father was an Imam and scholar for 35 years while being one of the main authorities in Qur’anic recitation in the world; his mother was an educator. His grandfather, Shaykh Ramadan Deeb, is one of the oldest living scholars in Syria.

While inheriting this beautiful legacy, Deeb also inherited a deep love for study and service. He began under the tutelage of his father and was able to develop a mastery of Qur’anic recitation, receiving an Ijazah in Hafs ‘an ‘Asim. Initially deciding to enter medicine, and after receiving his degree in Psychology at the age of 19, he took a year off to serve as a youth coordinator in Michigan. His interest changed and instead of medicine, he decided to devote his life to Islamic learning and community building.

This took him to South Africa for a full-time study of the Islamic tradition, graduating with a degree in Usul al-Deen. He returned to deepen his study with local scholars in America and to begin serving again. He spent a year helping to develop an intentional community in Allentown, PA and then moved to Ohio as the Director of the Islamic Society of Akron and Kent for two years while completing a Masters in Islamic Studies at Bayan Claremont, CA. He then founded Itqaan Institute, an online learning platform specializing in cultivating a mastery of Qur’anic learning under the supervision and directorship of his father who is the main teacher.

He now happily serves as the Imam and Religious Director at one of the most historic mosques of America, the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo, and continues his study of the Islamic tradition with local teachers in America and abroad through yearly sabbatical excursions. He believes healthy community is the most essential element for the generational continuity of Islam in America, and engages frequently in community development programs and Mosque consulting nationally through his latest project: Remosqued. He also serves as the Outreach Ambassador for Bayan Islamic Graduate School, the first graduate school for Islamic Studies and Chaplaincy in America.

“Faith in the modern world cannot survive in solitude, and we as modern peoples will not survive without Faith”

Ahmad Deeb

Contact Info:
Main Office: 419-874-3509
Direct Line: 419-343-0722
Email: imamdeeb@icgt.org

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Board of Trustees

Abdel-Wahab Soliman, Chairman

Abdel-Wahab Soliman works for Owens Corning in Information Systems. He has a Ph.D. in Bio-Medical Engineering. He was born and raised in Egypt and was a former Colonel in the Egyptian Air Force. He migrated to the United States in 1988, moved to Toledo in 1995, and became an active member of the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo (ICGT).  He served on the ICGT Council for 12 years and chaired several committees, as well as was former president of the Islamic Center. He currently serves on the following Boards: The Board of Trustees of the Islamic Center, the Multicultural Network at Owens Corning, the MutiFaith Council of Northwest Ohio, and the World Affair Council of Northwest Ohio. He currently participates in discussions and lectures about Islam in Schools, Universities, Churches, etc. He is a Tour Guide and Trainer of the Tour Guides at the Islamic Center.

He resides in Perrysburg, OH with his wife Manal El-Sheikh and has three daughters: May, Reem, and Sarah.

S. Saeed Zafar

As a Finance & Treasurer committee chair, Saeed served for over 13 years and a year as Ways and Means committee chair. During his tenure, he put in place processes, policies, and procedures in the treasury to align with the fiduciary responsibilities of the ICGT. In addition, he took part in a few critical reviews with the external auditors to examine the financial status. As a result, ICGT received satisfactory reports from the auditors for adhering to the GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles). Saeed served as a Software Engineer at GE Aircraft Engine in Cincinnati for a couple of years and finally been with the Marathon Petroleum Company for over 23 years filling various roles and responsibilities. Saeed lives in Maumee, Ohio, with his wife Asiya/Teresa and has three children, Ismail, Anisa, and Yousef.

James S. Adray

2022 ICGT Council

Monier Deeb, President

Monier lives with his wife Sereen in Sylvania, Ohio, and is the son of Ghassan and Aida Deeb. Monier was born and raised in the Toledo area and graduated from the University of Toledo in 2013 with a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Accounting. Shortly after graduation, Monier took on an Accounting role with a local trucking company. After spending several years with the company, he partnered with some of the previous owners to purchase and establish a new transportation brokerage firm and a private security company, both of which he currently operates. Monier chaired the 20th Annual International Festival at ICGT. Monier is also a committee member of the Karoun Annual Reunion organization. His interests include playing sports, watching UFC, and spending time with friends and family.

Michael Saleh, Vice President

Michael, a native Toledoan, has been a committed member of the ICGT community for as long as he can remember. Michael is the son of Ahmad and Elham Saleh, and the eldest brother to his siblings: Hanan, Dalila, and Ollie. In high school, Michael earned his Eagle Scout award for helping renovate the basketball courts for the Islamic Center. From 2006-11, Michael attended the University of Toledo graduating with a B.S. in Biology. He later went on to receive his Master’s in Public Health Epidemiology from the University of Toledo, followed by a Master’s in Public Health Administration in 2014. His interests include playing sports, volunteering, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

Mohamad Orra, Treasurer

Mohamad has served on the Council of the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo since July 2016. He initially chaired the Membership Committee and was Treasurer of the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo from July of 2017 to December 2019. He received a BBA in Accounting and an MBA in Finance from the University of Toledo. He has 10+ years of experience working in finance and banking. Mohamad also holds the position of Trustee and Treasurer of the Foundation of the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo, has assisted in operating the Islamic Food Bank of Toledo, and has volunteered at the ICGT on countless projects. Mohamad is married to Dena Orra and has three children, Mazin, Yasmin, and Zayd who attend the ICGT weekend school. When he isn’t working or volunteering at the Islamic Center, he spends time bike riding with his family, gardening, and trying very hard to find some free time to do a little fishing.

Mir Rian Ali, Secretary

Rian is a lifelong Ohioan having grown up in Cleveland prior to moving to Toledo to attend the University of Toledo where he earned a BA in Creative Writing and an MBA in International Business and Management. Rian is the Chief Information Officer at the Lucas Group and has been working in the Human Capital industry for over 15 years. He is married to Mubeen Ali and has two daughters, Izzah and Jaza. Rian has actively been assisting with the Islamic Food Bank of Toledo and has been also been chairing the Center’s race team for The Susan G. Komen Race For the Cure. When he isn’t working or volunteering at the Islamic Center, he spends time running, biking, reading books, watching movies and listening to music.

M. Naushad Hasan, Council Member

Naushad holds a Master’s of Engineering degree in Industrial and System Engineering from the University of Michigan, as well as a Bachelor’s of Electrical & Computer Engineering degree from Youngstown State University. Naushad works for Buckeye Partners, L.P, an oil and gas distribution Company, as a Project Manager specializing in controls and automation systems.

Naushad enjoys spending time with his two daughters Maham & Sania along with his wife Mehreen Hassan. Naushad’s hobbies include playing cricket, flying radio-controlled airplanes and drones, and volunteering.

Naushad has been involved in the Building and Property Maintenance committee at the Islamic Center and took the lead in the construction of the cricket pitch and soccer field on our grounds. He served as Treasurer for the past two years.

Rowaida Smidi-Darwich, Council Member

Rowaida has served on the Council of the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo since January 2015. She chaired the Ways and Means committee which included tasks such as organizing weekly Sunday coffee hours and helping organize fundraising dinners for the mosque. She has also been the Chair of the Religion and Education committee. Helping out with the full-time school and Sunday school were just a few of her responsibilities.

Prior to serving on the Center’s Council, she was President of the Islamic School of Greater Toledo Board. Her children all attended the Islamic School of Greater Toledo and are currently enrolled in Al-Nour Weekend School. Rowaida is married to Dr. Maamun Darwich and has three children Kareen, Adam and Zayd.

 

Mariam Abdoney, Council Member

Mariam is the third daughter of Hassan and Aziza Abdoney. She was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio. Mariam grew up at both the original Islamic Center on Bancroft St., as well as at the current Islamic Center of Greater Toledo. Mariam has been actively involved in the Center her whole life. She has volunteered in the Sunday School as a teacher and has volunteered in running the Sunday kitchen for many years.

Mariam is a critical care nurse at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center. She also works as a home health nurse for the elderly. She is the mother of two twin sons, Mohammed and Adam, who are actively involved in the youth group.

David Shelton, Council Member

David has served on the ICGT Council since 2017. He is a field technician with T-Mobile and has over 30 years’ experience in the telecommunications industry. He and his wife, Amy are long-time ICGT community members and have served in various volunteer capacities at the center. His wife, Amy, is the Pre-School and Pre-K Director and Teacher at the Islamic School of Greater Toledo.  David is currently the Chair of Building and Property Maintenance committee. David and Amy are parents to David and Sofia, both ICGT Sunday School and ISGT alumni and current college students in engineering at the University of Toledo.

Nada Kaake, Council Member 

Nada is the middle child of Habib and Soubhieh Kaake. She was born and raised in Toledo, and has been heavily involved in the community from a young age, beginning by attending Sunday School at the Islamic Center then eventually becoming a Sunday school teacher for a few years. Nada is very passionate about everything she has her hand in, and that includes giving back to the very community that has raised her, and has become dedicated to volunteering and helping with planned events like the yearly International Festival and in other various volunteer capacities in and outside of the Center. She has been an ICU nurse for five years, three of them at UTMC, the past two years at U of M’s cardiovascular ICU, and is currently pursuing her master’s in nursing. When Nada isn’t busy being an active and important participant in the lives of those around her, she enjoys reading, going to the gym, hanging out with friends, and spending time with her niece and nephew.

Ali Abou-Arab, Council Member 

For over 10 years Ali Abouarab has been a leader and innovator in his regional role with GDI Services. He has successfully led and developed a multi-state operation all while happily married to his beautiful wife Mariam for almost 15 years. Ali and Mariam have 2 sweet daughters, Jenna who is 5 and Emilia who will be celebrating her 4th birthday  in December.

Ali actively grew up in the ICGT community with his parents and 3 older brothers and now happily lives in Perrysburg where the mosque is only a short drive away.

While feeling fulfilled in his career and life at home He always knew that serving his community was the one piece missing. Ali is looking forward to being a council member for ICGT to contribute and help facilitate a better future for his kids and his community.

Saba Zafar, Council Member 

Saba has been a part of the Toledo community for 18 years. Her and her husband, Saleem, are the third generation of ICGT members in their family. Prior to moving to Toledo, Saba attended medical school in Pakistan. She is now raising her two daughters, who regularly attend ICGT’s Sunday School and Pillars Youth program. Saba has participated in programming arranged at the Center for the last few years, including organizing and managing booths at the International Festival and assisting with Sunday kitchen responsibilities. Saba is hopeful that she can contribute more formally to the Center and is confident that she will be a valuable asset to the Council.

Mahjabeen Islam, Council Member

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