University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Muslim Students Association


Shaykh Abdul Nasir Jangda

Born in Dallas, Abdul Nasir Jangda has a master’s degree in Arabic and Islamic Studies. He is an instructor at Bayyinah Institute, and the founder/director of Qalam Institute. Through his weekly podcasts, annual intensive programs on an array of subjects, and the full-time seminary, Abdul Nasir teaches and personally mentors students, professionals, and families in an environment catered for them. His newest project is QalamNow. Qalam’s effort is to provide practical Islamic knowledge from the scholars you trust at your fingertips. 

Fiyyaz Jaat

Fiyyaz Jaat is from Toronto. He currently serves as the Director of the Youth Programming and Services Department for ISNA (Islamic Society of North America) National. He has been involved with the Muslim Youth of North America (MYNA) as an advisor for over 15 years. He is known for his ability to connect with youth and tackle sensitive and relevant issues facing youth today. He believes in a balanced approach of growing and living in today’s society with a strong Muslim identity.

Jacinda Bullie

Jacinda Bullie lives in Chicago and is one of the founders of Kuumba Lynx, an organization that uses hip hop arts to increase social consciousness, inner peace, creativity and universal freedom. She is a teacher at Kuumba Lynx, and also considered a spoken word artist. 

Ambareen Jafri

Ambareen Fatima Jafri is currently an editor for Islamic scholarly works. Several of her edited works have been published. She has been involved with interfaith activism since 2000. In 2009, she founded the Interfaith Women’s Circle in the Maryland-Virginia area to bring women from the Abrahamic faiths together for discussion and forged friendships. In 2012, she was the first Muslim woman to receive the State of Maryland’s Parent Involvement Matters Award for her work to build understanding between the Muslim and broader school communities. She has delivered keynote addresses and conducted diversity training at several professional institutions, mostly within the education community.

Khadeejah Bari

Khadeejah Bari was born and raised in New York. After graduating from Barnard College with a degree in biological sciences, she began her Islamic education at the Islamic Center of NYU. In 2014, she graduated from the Bayyinah Dream program and went on to complete the Qalam Institute Islamic Studies Seminary program under Shaykh Abdul Nasir Jangda.

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