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 5 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 tel:419-874-3509 as the Imam is often out of the office on visitations with community members, meetings, or other Center obligations.

Imam Ahmad Deeb

Contact Info:
Main Office: 419-874-3509
Direct Line: 567-318-0808
Email: imamdeeb@icgt.org

Secretary: Aneesa Shaheen

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

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 oldest living scholars in Syria.

Inheriting this beautiful legacy, Ahmad 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 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 the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo, and continues his study of the Islamic Tradition with local teachers in America, and abroad by yearly excursions in England, Egypt, Morocco, and Turkey. In his free time, he loves reading, spending time with his family, watching movies, and doing mixed martial arts; he also travels frequently for community development programs and serves as the Outreach Ambassador for Bayan Claremont, the first graduate school for Islamic Studies and Chaplaincy in the country. He believes the biggest problem in the modern world is one of connection and loneliness; hence, his greatest passion lies in cultivating love and community through education, service, and mindful devotion.

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

Hussien Y. Shousher, Chairman
Hussien Y. Shousher currently serves as the Chair of the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo’s Board of Trustees and has been a lifelong member of the Toledo community. Hussien was the former CEO of GEM Inc., and GEM Energy. Hussien currently serves on the following boards: Rudolph Libbe Companies, Promedica Executive board, ACCESS, Center for Arab American Philanthropy and Sunshine Community.

Hussien and his wife Randa reside in Toledo, Ohio and have two children: Yasmeen and Marwan and two grandchildren: Selma and Kais.

M. Razi Rafeeq
Dr. M. Razi Rafeeq has been an active member of the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo (ICGT) since he moved to Toledo in 1982. He served on the ICGT Council for 12 years and chaired several committees, including the Religion and Education, Social Services, Finance and Budget, Visiting Scholars, and International Festival committees. He is a past president of the Center and has also served on the board of directors of the Foundation of ICGT. He has been a member of the ICGT Board of Trustees since 2005 and served as chair of the Board for 8 years. He has been a member of the Islamic Food Bank of Toledo (IFBT) committee since its inception in 2008 and currently serves as chair.

Dr. Rafeeq is an allergy/immunology specialist practicing in the Toledo area for over 35 years. In addition to his work in the medical field, Dr. Rafeeq is active in the Toledo community in the areas of children’s literacy and food insecurity.

Dr. Rafeeq resides in Holland, Ohio with his wife Shahida, and has three children, Asma, Mona and Mounir and three grandchildren, Sania, Zayna and Umar.

Abdel-Wahab Soliman

James S. Adray

Naveed Ahmed
Naveed Ahmed is the Vice-President of the Foundation and a long standing member of The Islamic Center of Greater Toledo. He has served on its governing Council for more then 20 years, Chairing many committees including Religion and Education, Maintenance , Youth and Publication. Currently he serves on the ICGT Board of Trustees and also is on the leadership Committee that operates the Islamic Food Bank of Toledo. Mr. Ahmed retired from the Anderson’s in 2016 after 41 years, serving in many leadership positions in Operations and Business Development. He and his wife Rehana are active members of the ICGT. They have two boys, Nadeem and Noor and two grandchildren, Kiran and Noorah.

2019 ICGT Council Members

Nadia Ashraf-Moghal

President
Nadia Ashraf-Moghal has been on the Council of the Islamic Center for the last six years. She began as Chair of Religion and Education for the first two years and then went on to join the executive committee as Secretary. She became President of the Council at the start of her second term and has served in this position for the last three years.

Nadia was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio. She attended the University of Toledo and the University of Toledo College of Medicine where she attained her Doctor of Medicine degree. She went on to complete her residency in emergency medicine at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center and currently practices emergency medicine at St. Luke’s Hospital in Maumee. She is married to Nadeem Moghal, who is an interventional Pain Management specialist in Toledo. They have two children, Raza and Zakaria.

Nadia is the daughter of Mohammed Asad and Ismat Ashraf. She grew up attending the Islamic Center with her family and now is glad she can do the same with her children. She has dedicated the last few years to the success of the Islamic Center and hopes to continue to improve this path with the new 2019 Council. She is honored to be nominated for a third term on the Islamic Center Council.

Ahmad Taouil

Vice President
Ahmad Taouil, age 31, was born and raised in the Toledo area and has been an active member of the Islamic Center all his life. At 25, Ahmad was the youngest member ever to be elected to the ICGT Council. For the first 3 years on Council, Ahmad chaired the International Festival and had the three most successful years on record. For the next 3 years on Council he served as Vice President and was Chair of the International Festival. He is active on multiple committees and has volunteered on countless projects involving the Islamic Food bank.

Ahmad is married to Malak Taouil and has two children, Adam and Leah who currently attend the Al-Nour Weekend School. Malak is expecting their third child and is due at the end of November, inshAllah. Ahmad graduated from the University of Toledo with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology. However, he decided to continue his career in the business field and currently owns and operates three furniture stores as well as multiple properties in the Toledo area.

When he isn’t working or volunteering at the Islamic Center, Ahmad spends his time with his family attending his son’s and daughter’s soccer games and practices. Ahmad is a proud member of the large Tawil family that are devoted and active members of the Center.

Ahmad hopes to continue to bring new initiatives to the Islamic Center and make it an important part of the lives of the generation he grew up with. His main goal this year is to continue to increase the relevance of the ICGT in both the Muslim and Non-Muslim communities in the area.

Mohamad Orra (mohamadorra@icgt.org)

Treasurer
Mohamad Orra has served on theCouncil of the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo since July 2016. He initially chaired the Membership Committee, but has assumed the role of Treasurer of the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo since July of 2017. 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. Prior to his service on Council, Mohamad held 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 two children, Mazin and Yasmin who both 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.

Najwa Badawi

Secretary
Najwa Badawi holds a BA, Magna Cum Laude, from the University of Toledo and has taught ESL for the past 20 years. She has served on Council for the 5 years and is currently the chair of the Public Relations Committee. Najwa is of Palestinian descent, having been born in Lebanon and moved to Toledo when she was 10 years old. Najwa is married to Ahmad and has 2 adult children, Reem and Omar.

Mariam Abdoney

Council Member
Mariam Abdoney 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.

Mariam is looking forward to joining the 2019 Council. She is interested in the social services committee and event planning for the Islamic Center

Sana Ashraf Ali

Council Member
Sana holds a BA in Psychology with Distinction from the University of Michigan as well as a JD Law from the University of Toledo College of Law. She is married to Syed Sohail Ali with 2 children, Syed Sulaiman Ali and Sarah Mariam Ali. Her interests include spending time with family, studying the Quran, Sunnah and Hadith, exercising and volunteering at the mosque.Her future goals are to eventually practice immigration law when she has taken care of all her family obligations, raise well- mannered and kind children with a firm understanding of Islam, and lastly help as many people as possible in any way she is able to.

Sara Dastagir

Council Member
Sara Dastagir was born and raised in Perrysburg, where she grew up attending the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo with her family. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, Middle East and Islamic Studies, and Arabic from Miami University. Currently, she works in the Office of the Mayor for the City of Toledo as the Mayor’s Assistant.

Her interests include writing about the intersection of politics and music, traveling to little-known countries, and collecting random facts that will help her win Jeopardy one day. She’s an avid photographer, who has documented her travels in Kosovo, Istanbul, and Oman. She’s a diehard Lakers fan since the Shaq-Kobe days but believes Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is the greatest Laker.
Sara is honored to join the Council and eager to work with the exciting ICGT leadership team in 2019. She hopes to build upon the Center’s current programs and serve our community in a greater capacity.

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. Naushad moved to the United States in 2001 from Lahore, Pakistan and has been living in Perrysburg since 2012.

Yasmin Pirzada

Council Member
Yasmin Pirzada is an internist who works at Stony Ridge , and is married to Noor Pirzada They have two boys both married . Her passion for being a Council member of ICGT is to reach out other organizations so as to get involved in the social events for worthy, beneficial and healthy causes.

Michael Saleh

Council Member
Michael Saleh, 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. Michael currently works for the Comprehensive Centers for Pain Management in the Toledo area. His interests include playing sports, volunteering, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

David Shelton (davidshelton@icgt.org)

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. David is currently the chair of building and property maintenance and serves on the Islamic School of Greater Toledo Board of Trustees. David and Amy are parents to David and Sofia, both ICGT Sunday School and ISCT alumni and current college students.

Rowaida Smidi-Darwich

Council Member
Rowaida Smidi-Darwich 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. Recently, she has been appointed Chair of the Religion and Education committee. Helping out with the full-time school and Sunday school are just a few of her responsibilities. Last spring, she created a monthly Friday night program called “Stories from the Quran” for children and youth ages 5 and up.

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

S. Saeed Zafer

Council Member

For the past 35 plus years, the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo (ICGT) has been my choice of institution for my spiritual and social needs. I actively volunteered for 11 plus years as a Treasurer of the Center and International Festival and a year as a “Ways and Means” Chair at the ICGT. Additionally, I proposed a conceptual “ICGT Urbanization Project” for the Long-Range Planning committee. I have a passion for learning new ideas/tools and improving business processes.

Professional:

For the past 20 years, I have been employed at Marathon Petroleum Company, ranked 31st in Fortune 500 companies. I manage multiple projects and critical systems that keep the “lights-on” of the company’s businesses – Refineries, Speedway and Marathon brands, logistics (Marine, Terminals), etc. Currently, I am leading to standardize systems of an acquired company, Andeavor.  For 13 years, I operated a retail and wholesale business, before joining GE Aircraft Engine in Cincinnati. I created the first interactive extranet application that provided service engineers real-time health conditions of airline engines of all major airlines.

Education:

MBA with finance, Masters & BS in Management of Information Systems, and Engineering in Electrical and Electronics.

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