Board of Directors
Sayyid M. Syeed
Dr. Sayyid M. Syeed is the former National Director of ISNA‘s Office for Interfaith and Community Alliances in Washington, DC. Before heading the Washington office, he served for 12 years as ISNA Secretary General. He served as President of MSA and pioneered its transformation into ISNA. He’s also formerly served as Secretary General of the International Islamic Federation of Student Organizations (IIFSO), General Secretary of the Association of Muslim Social Scientists (AMSS), and Chairman of the Editorial Board of Islamic Horizons magazine. Dr. Syeed was one of the founders of the American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences (AJISS) and served as Editor and then Editor-in-Chief.
ISNA Vice President, United States
Safaa Zarzour is an educator, attorney and a community activist. Professionally, he is the Superintendent of Universal Schools in Illinois and Indiana. He is also the Principal of Zarzour Law LLC. Previously, he has served as Secretary General of ISNA, General Council and Chief Operations Officer of Zakat Foundation of America, and Chief Executive Officer of IQRA International Foundation, and as an adjunct law professor at Loyola Law School. Zarzour is the cofounder of the ISNA Education Forum, Chairman of the Council of Islamic Schools of North America (CISNA), member of the Board of Advisors of the Lake Institute on Faith and Giving, Vice Chair of the Mosque Foundation, elected board member of Oak Lawn Community High School and President of the Syrian Forum USA.
Vice President, Canada
Lubabah Abdullah is an attorney in St. Louis, Missouri concentrating her practice on Immigration law, Family law, and is focusing much of her attention on Estate Planning, helping Muslims fulfill their Islamic obligation to have a will and appoint guardians for their children. Prior to starting her own firm she worked as the Executive Director of the Muslim Alliance of Indiana and as an attorney at the Julian Center helping victims of domestic violence.
Her service to the community includes serving her MSA chapter during her undergraduate years to host the MSA National Central Zone conference at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri. She has served on ISNA’s Legal Affairs Committee for the past 5 years as well as on the board of Al Salam Day School, the Islamic school affiliated with the Islamic Foundation of Greater St. Louis. Sr. Lubabah also served two-terms on the board of MSA National as Vice-President (US) and Treasurer. As Vice-President, she worked very closely with ISNA to ensure the success of the MSA Continental Conference held alongside the ISNA convention. When MSA National underwent restructuring and incorporated the Board of Advisors (BOA), she was elected to serve on the BOA for several years. She currently serves on ISNA’s Board of Directors.
Dr. Asra Ali is a newly elected executive committee board member. She lives in the Chicago suburbs, where she is a practicing dentist and a clinical faculty member/associate professor at Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine. She is a graduate of Northwestern University where she received her undergraduate degree, Purdue University for her master’s degree, and Indiana University School of Dentistry for her graduate degree. Dr. Ali is an active member of her community, serving in many leadership roles — she is a board member at the MECCA center in Burr Ridge, IL, and is involved with many other service, civic, and philanthropic organizations in the Chicago area. On a national level, she is chair of the MSA scholarship review committee, has served as the co-chair of the ISNA national convention steering committee over the last three years, is a member of the ISNA mosque development initiative, and has served on the narrative committee and sustainer’s circle. She is a 2017 cohort of the El Hibri Foundation’s Harvard Kennedy School community organizing/ leadership training program. In 2016 the Muslim Women’s Alliance recognized Dr. Ali with the Inspiring Women Award for her passion for excellence in all she does and her services to the community. In her free time she enjoys traveling, reading, decorating, running, and following Chicago sports.
Dr. Julie Belz (PhD, University of California at Berkeley, 1997) joined the faculty of the English Department in the Indiana University School of Liberal Arts in 2007 where she is an Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics, English, and World Language and Cultures and the Director of the Graduate Certificate Program in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). She was a Community Representative on the board of directors of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) from 2013-2015.
Zeyn Patel is a graduate of the University of Texas. Currently, he serves as the Vice President of Argus Talent, a Houston based staffing company. He is a member of ISNA Founders Committee and ISNA Masjid Development Committee. He is also co-organizer of ISNA Young Professional Banquet at the Annual ISNA Convention and ISNA Entrepreneurial Competition. He is a board member of Risala Foundation in Houston, TX. Zeyn lives in Texas with his wife, Hafsa, and two kids.
Sehrish Siddiqui is a corporate attorney from Memphis, Tennessee. A graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, she has been named to the Mid-South Super Lawyer’s Rising Stars, Lawyers’ of Color National Hotlist and Marquis Who’s Who in the World. In addition to serving as an elected member of ISNA’s Board of Directors and Legal Affairs Committee, Sehrish is an active member of her local Muslim and greater communities, serving on the Boards of non-profits dedicated to civic engagement, political advocacy and service to one of the nation’s poorest zip codes. Sehrish also serves on the Board of the National Association of Muslim Lawyers. Sehrish has been involved with the Muslim Youth of North America and MSA National since grade school. As the youngest of ISNA’s Board of Directors, Sehrish hopes to bring new perspectives and ideas.
In community service since 1970, Dr. Iqbal J. Unus has served as President of Muslim Students Association of the United States and Canada (1975), ISNA Secretary General, Member of ISNA Majlis, Vice President and Trustee of All Dulles Area Muslim Society, President of Association of Muslim Scientists and Engineers, Executive Member of Council of Muslim Organizations of Greater Washington, and member or chair of several local and national committees. He is a trustee of Amana Mutual Funds Trust and director-at-large of United Nations Association of National capital Area. He has received community service awards from CAIR National (2011) and ISNA (2012).