University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Muslim Students Association

SPEAKERS

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Shaykh Omar Hedroug 

Omar Hedroug was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan and raised in Chicago. He attended The Islamic Foundation School in Villa Park and then graduated from Benedictine University on a Pre-Med track. While in high school and college, Omar had the opportunity to study the Islamic sciences under various local scholars. While in college, Omar was accepted as a scholarship student at the Islamic University of Madinah. He completed an Associates's Degree in the Arabic language and a Bachelors's Degree from the College of Shariah, graduating with the highest honors from the faculty of Islamic Law. While in Madinah, he also attended classes at the Prophet's mosque studying the various Islamic sciences. He currently serves as the educational director at the Islamic Center of Naperville.

Tahera Rahman

Tahera Rahman attended college at Loyola University Chicago, where she graduated with a degree in journalism and international studies. She came to the Austin-area from the Quad Cities, where she reported for communities on the Illinois-Iowa border for WHBF-TV. When she made her on-air debut in 2018, Tahera not only fulfilled her lifelong dream of becoming a TV news reporter, but she also broke a historic barrier, becoming the first full-time TV reporter to wear a hijab, or headscarf, on American news.

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Habeeb Quadri

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Habeeb Quadri is an alumnus from the University of Illinois at Chicago and was president of UIC’s very own MSA. He graduated with an M.S. from Wayne Student University in Educational Leadership, a degree he has centered his very life around. For years, he was the principal of the Muslim Community Center Academy (MCCA), for which he was recognized for with a National Distinguished Principal award from the National Association of Elementary School Principals. He’s an accomplished author as well, namely of “The War Within Our Hearts” - an insightful book regarding the struggles Muslim youth face in the West. Now, he is the superintendent of MCCA, an organization dedicated to providing top-notch secular education complemented by contemporary coursework in Islamic studies designed to help build and refine character amongst its students.

Dawood Ali

Dawood Ali is an alumnus from our very own UIUC, graduating with an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering. Today, he works at Northwestern University as a Senior Computing Services Manager. However, despite his busy life, he has always made time in the summer for the Muslim Youth Camp (MYC). For decades now, Dawood has attended MYC, an organization dedicated to fostering a positive environment for the expression of religion in Muslim youth across the Chicago area. Working his way up from a camper, he has been the primary camp director for MYC for over 10 years now, continuing to help Muslim youth navigate the increasingly confusing world we live within.

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Yazid Suliman

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Entertainment

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