Category: 2010 Recipients

Daanish Faruqi-2010 Recipient

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Major: Islamic Studies
Degree: MA
School: Washington University in St. Louis
Sponsor: Muslim Community Association of the Bay Area (MCA)

A child of immigrants from Pakistan, Daanish Faruqi was born and raised in New Jersey.  He graduated from Rutgers University with majors in Political Science, Sociology, Economics, and Criminal Justice, and with a minor in Religions.  Following graduation he spent nearly two years in the Middle East as a human rights researcher for an Egyptian development thinktank, and as an independent op-ed columnist covering human rights issues in the Arab world.  He is currently completing his M.A. in Islamic Studies at Washington University in St. Louis, where he focuses on pre-modern Islamic intellectual history, Islamic political thought, and the history of Sufism.  Insha’Allah he plans to subsequently pursue doctoral work in intellectual history, comparatively situating modern Islamic intellectual history in conversation with Western thought, more specifically that of the European Enlightenment

Daanish’s Message to Supporters: 
Successful immigrant and minority communities in the United States long ago realized the need to establish strong institutions as a necessary first step to gaining prominence in America. Insha’Allah the ISF scholarship program will be a significant step toward building a vibrant Muslim-American institutional presence, and toward cultivating a new generation of Muslim-American leaders. Jazak Allahu khair for this wonderful opportunity.

Daanish is a Ph.D student at Duke University and Studies Transnational Histories of Islamic Political Thought


Abid Hossain-2010 Recipient

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Major: Law
Degree: J.D.
School: New York University School of Law
Sponsor: Safari-Heidari-Bateni Foundation

Abid Hossain is currently a first-year law student at New York University School of Law. He graduated summa cum laude from Binghamton University in 2010 with a B.A. in Economics and in Philosophy, Politics and Law.  During his undergraduate career, he was actively involved in the leadership of his university’s Muslim Student Association (MSA) and served as a Student Assembly representative. During the summers of 2009 and 2010, Abid interned at the New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), striving to defend the rights of the Muslim-American community and to promote an accurate representation of Islam. He hopes to use his law degree to continue to empower and defend Muslim-Americans, be it through pro bono services or working for a civil rights organization such as CAIR. After substantial work in the non-profit sector, he also hopes to one day enter the realm of politics and give a stronger voice to his community.

Abid’s Message to Supporters:
Alhamdulilah, I am delighted and honored to have been selected by the ISF along with such an impressive group of my fellow Muslim students. Thank you. Perhaps now more than ever, America is in need of talented Muslim professionals in various academic fields who can show their fellow citizens what Islam is really about. I applaud the ISF’s dedication to fulfilling that need, and I look forward to seeing this organization flourish in the future, insh’Allah.


Abid M. Hossain serves as an Assistant General Counsel to the New York City Council. In this role, he provides training and legal guidance to New York City Council Members and their staff regarding employment-related matters, among other things.

Prior to joining the New York City Council’s Office of the General Counsel in 2015, Abid served as an Excelsior Service Fellow at the New York State Division of Human Rights, where he worked on employment discrimination cases pertaining to the New York State Human Rights Law.

Adam Sitte-2010 Recipient

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Major: Law
Degree: J.D.
School: University of Chicago
Sponsor: ISF


Adam Sitte is a first year law student at the University of Chicago. He was born in Waukesha, WI in 1986 and attended the University of Wisconsin, Madison where he earned a B.A. in American History and Languages and Cultures of Asia in 2008. Since graduating, he has worked as a writer and analyst for the Gallup Center of Muslim Studies, concentrating on issues of job creation, interfaith relations and international policy. He has also worked for Just Vision, focussing on Israeli and Palestinian nonviolent peace-building. Adam has been a part of the Washington, DC Muslim community and is involved with the Muslim Public Service Network and Green Muslims among other organizations. He hopes to focus his legal studies on issues of constitutionalism.

Adam’s Message to Supporters:
I am incredibly thankful for this grant from ISF helping me to pursue a career in the legal field. It means so much to me to have the support of the Muslim community in this endeavor, and look forward to fulfilling the expectations that come with the donors’ kind generosity.

Adam is an attorney and works at U.S. Navy.

M. Bilal Kaleem-2010 Recipient

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Degree: MPA
School: Harvard Kennedy School
Sponsor: ISF


M. Bilal Kaleem is the President of the Muslim American Society of Boston (MAS Boston). MAS Boston, the largest Muslim organization in New England, operates the landmark Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center. Bilal received his B.E. & M.E. from MIT. He is a Dubin Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School. He also serves on the board of the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization (GBIO), and the Massachusetts Immigration and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA).  He is married to Najiba Akbar, the Muslim Chaplain at Wellesley College, and they just had their first child in January 2010.

Bilal’s Message to Supporters
Insha’Allah, you are pioneering investors in creating leaders who will make real impact in the American public sphere based on Islamic values. I thank you from the bottom of my heart and May God reward you deeply for any and every good done by the ISF grantees.


2017-Bilal Kaleem lives in Wayland, MA with his wife and 3 children. He is a managing partner at Hoopoe Advisors.

His experience includes being a Vice President at J.P. Morgan in the Chief Investment Office/Treasury. Prior to that he led a non-profit focused on immigrant & Muslim civic engagement, interfaith partnerships, youth mentorship, and spiritual growth.

His interests include macroeconomics & immigration policy; religion & spirituality; sports and youth mentorship.

In the past, he has served as Strategy Team member (akin to the board) of the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization (GBIO), board member of the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy coalition (MIRA), and board advisor to the Harvard Pluralism Project.

Reyad Allie-2010 Recipient

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Major: Government and Asian & Middle Eastern Studies
Degree: B.A.
School: Dartmouth College
Sponsor: ISF

Reyad Allie is a member of the class of 2011 at Dartmouth College.  At Dartmouth he is double majoring in Government and Asian & Middle Eastern Studies.  He is a Undergraduate Advisor, and a Tour Guide at Dartmouth and holds many jobs on campus.  Currently Reyad is a research assistant for two professors at Dartmouth and is co-authoring a paper on female suicide bombers.  He volunteered at his local mosque, and with autistic children, and helps coach debaters at his old High School.  Reyad has been named a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Scholar, and a Rufus Choate Scholar at Dartmouth.  In Fall 2009, Reyad studied at Keble College, Oxford, and in Summer 2010 he interned at the Council on Foreign Relations. He is currently in the process of applying to graduate schools in Ireland and the UK where he intends to pursue a Masters program on Violence, Security and Terrorism.

Reyad’s Message to Supporters:  I am honored to receive this scholarship both for the validation of my aspiration and hard work and for the financial support it provides.  Dartmouth is an expensive place there the generous support of ISF and its donors is greatly appreciated.  I am humbled, and proud to be a recipient and I thank you immensely.

Reyad graduated in 2011 and manages Treat Analysis/Global Security at Uber.

Fahad Sajid-2010 Recipient

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Major: Political Science
Degree: B.A.
School: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Sponsor: ISF


Fahad Muhammad Sajid was born in Karachi, Pakistan and moved to the United States in 2008 at the age of 19. He is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Political Science at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where he is also the President of the Pakistani Students’ Association and the Michigan Squash Association. He enjoys weight-lifting and likes to write about religious tolerance, social issues affecting American Muslims and American foreign policy, especially with regard to the Middle East. His letter to President Obama was published in the foreign policy section of a book compiled by Professor Hanes Walton Jr. of the University of Michigan and others titled “Letters to President Obama”. He recently received the maximum award from the University of Michigan College of LSA Alumni Scholarship for the second year running, in recognition of his academic and extra-curricular achievements. He interned at the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) during the summer of 2010 and hopes to attend law school starting Fall 2011 with a focus on constitutional and civil rights law. He hopes to use his education and experiences to become an advocate for American Muslims.

Fahad’s Message to Supporters:
Thank you so much for encouraging students to pursue subjects in the humanities. The American Muslim community needs more political scientists, lawyers, politicians, writers and speakers and the ISF has identified that need. Thank you once again, for your generosity and your support to students such as myself. May Allah shower His blessings upon the ISF and its members and on the generous donors and reward them handsomely in this world and the next. Ameen.

Fahad graduated in 2011. He is currently a PhD student of Political Science.

Kosar Jahani-2010 Recipient

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Major: Southwest Asia and Islamic Civilization; International Political Economy
School: Tufts University
Sponsor:  Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California, (ICCNC)

After three years of working at an economic consulting firm in San Francisco, Kosar Jahani will be returning back to school to pursue a public policy degree. Kosar graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Business Administration and worked on a number of projects focusing on the non-profit sector. After graduation she continued this work as a volunteer with Qubestone Consulting, providing strategic consulting for Muslim American non-profit organizations. She hopes to use these experiences as a foundation for her new field of study, international relations, and to help pave alternative approaches to the U.S.’ foreign policy towards the Middle East.

Kosar’s  Message to Sponsors:
I’m honored to have been selected from a talented and deserving group of applicants. Insha’ Allah we can help each other in filling the professional and institutional gaps American Muslims are facing. I look forward to working with the ISF community.

Kosar graduated in 2012 and works as an Impact Manager at Samaschool in San Francisco.

Omar Shakir-2010 Recipient


Degree: JD
School: Stanford University School of Law
Sponsor:  MateenMobin Foundation


Omar Shakir, currently pursuing his JD at Stanford University’s School of Law, completed his master’s degree in Arab Studies from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, where he held the prestigious Khaled Juffali Scholarship. Born of Iraqi descent and raised in the San Francisco Bay area, Omar graduated from Stanford University in 2007 with honors in international relations. A 2007-2008 Fulbright scholar in Syria, he conducted research on contemporary Syrian economic reform and studied Islamic jurisprudence with the Dalalah Institute. Omar also studied abroad at Oxford University and in Morocco and Cairo and spearheaded humanitarian projects in Syria, Jordan, and the West Bank. At Stanford, he was actively involved in student organizations related to Islam and the Muslim World, serving as president of the Muslim Students Awareness Network in the year it was named Organization of the Year by the Student Union, president of the Coalition for Justice in the Middle East, and founder and president of Students Confronting Apartheid by Israel. He was elected to the Stanford Undergraduate Senate with the most votes in the association’s history and served as the student representative to the Board of Trustees Finance Committee. In recognition for his contributions, Omar received Stanford’s 2006 James W. Lyons Service Award.

2015 Update: Omar graduated in 2013 is a legal fellow at the Center for Constitutional Rights.

2016 Update: Omar works as Israel and Palestine Country Director at Human Rights Watch.

Zuleqa Husain-2010 Recipient

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Major: International Media
Degree: International Media
School: American University
Sponsor: ISF-Aron Kader 


Zuleqa Husain is a graduate student with AU’s new international media program. She developed an interest in journalism when she was working for America’s premier Muslim policy institution, Muslim Public Affairs Council. She has worked previously as a reporter with Voice of America’s Urdu service which broadcasts to Pakistan. Since joining the program, Zuleqa has interned with a number of broadcast outlets in DC, including WAMU (NPR affiliate) and Al-Jazeera English. She hopes to be producer of long-format TV news shows. Her current research is on Al-Jazeera International’s forays into North America and how western audiences are responding to the self-proclaimed ‘voice of the south.’ For her capstone graduate project, she is working on a biographic documentary of a Hyderabadi businessman and philanthropist. Born in Hyderabad, India, brought up in Makkah, Saudi Arabia, and educated in the United States, Zuleqa comfortably navigates three different cultures. She teaches Urdu in her spare time and hosts poetry nights in her house in Alexandria, VA.

Zuleqa’s Message to Supporters
I would like to thank the Islamic Scholarship Fund for their generous contribution to creating a self-aware American Muslim community in the United States. I am honored to be selected as one of the recipients and I hope that I can one day contribute to this fund and all that it stands for.

Zuleqa is an Associate Producer at  Al-Jazeera English.