Noor Hasan is the Executive Director at Muslim Women’s Alliance. MWA was founded with a group of dedicated women including herself that wanted to see a change in the perception of Muslim women. She was the Director of Community Relations before she took over as Executive Director in 2013. During her time at MWA Executive Director, she has seen Muslim Women’s Alliance grow in programming, membership and development. We have expanded to all over Chicago and taken some of our programming nationally as well.
Her parents were pioneers in developing the early Chicago Muslim community and she wishes to continue that by empowering and celebrating women through MWA. Besides her MWA work, she volunteers with her local school PTA and masjid.
Sabina Abdul-Qadir is Co-Founder and Director of Community Service at Muslim Women’s Alliance. Sabina is a lawyer by education. As Director of Community Service, Sabina spearheads the ‘Ramadan Rush for Rewards’ campaign which included six events before and during Ramadan. This included a food drive for refugee families, rallying Chicago area children to participate in a talent show to entertain medically fragile kids; helping at a food pantry, serving iftaar to residents at an inner-city mosque, cooking and serving breakfast to 200 homeless individuals at a basilica and organizing a craft corner and book donations for UMMA Center’s refugee iftaar. Sabina Abdul-Qadir also serves as Board Member of Refugee Assistance Programs and is the Program Director for the ICN Girls Club.
Suroor has worked in the professional services industry for over 10 years. She has experience with dealing withlarge multinational companies with expansive global outreach. Her exposure to various cultures and people has allowed her to have a broad mindset and a strong ability to adapt to numerous situations. She joined MWA in 2009 as a volunteer for the Annual Lunch Event. She expanded her role in 2011 to becoming the Sponsor Relations coordinator where she established a process for securing sponsors as well as maintaining relations with sponsors throughout the year. In 2012, she became the Director of Organizational Development where she brings vast experience in how to more effectively manage an organization.
Khadija Husain has enjoyed volunteering with Muslim Women’s Alliance since 2010. In that time Khadija has served as co-chair for the annual Celebration of the Muslim Woman Event, community service project manager for the Feed a Family event during Ramadan Rush for Rewards, and interfaith program manager for the Ten Year Community Commemoration of September 11. She considers her non-profit work a vital part of being a balanced Muslim. Together with her husband Qutub, Khadija is working hard to ensure that their three young children have a strong commitment to their faith and their community. Although her childhood dream of living in a library failed to realize, thanks to the advent e-books, Khadija is pretty happy with the compromise.
Cima Dairanieh has been a volunteer and participant in MWA activities since its inception. She received her B.A. in Chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and has since transitioned into a career in Sales Management & Distribution. She has always enjoyed being an active member of the community, from serving on the MSA shura, to teaching at local Sunday schools (for over a decade!), to chairing committees at IMAN and serving on the board of the Webb Foundation. She is excited to join MWA and looks forward to bringing its vision to life.
Muna Odeh has found that practicing as a Physician Assistant has been the most gratifying journey. She has been given countless opportunities to make a difference in people’s lives locally and globally. Some of Muna’s proudest accomplishments include volunteering at low income/sliding scale clinics, providing aid to refugees seeking asylum, being a high school & college mentor and participating in a medical mission trip to help the Syrian refugees. Muna’s other passions include ice cream, donuts and cupcakes.