Our mission is to be the unifying federation of Islamic organizations of greater Chicagoland, the leading advocate of Muslim community interests and a catalyst for enriching American society.
Irshad Khan, Chair
Irshad Khan has served as President of Islamic Foundation North and has been a CIOGC Board Member since 2016. He has worked on different CIOGC committees including Civic Engagement, Interfaith, Zakat, Annual Dinner, Pillars, Action Network C4 (General Secretary), and served as Chair of Illinois Muslim Action Day (IMAD). In addition, he is a School Board member for District 24 and past Chairman of IHOPE (International Haven of Practical Education) and serves as a Board Member for Advocate Health Hospital Committee. Professionally, He is Vice President of Engineering & Strategy Deployment at a Private Equity company in Evanston, Illinois and is managing a portfolio net worth of over $1 billion. Irshad Khan is married to wife Asma Khan and they have four kids, two boys, and two girls.
His vision for CIOGC is to address the growing needs of the Chicago Muslim community, with a focus to rebrand CIOGC with short- and long-term strategic plans, access current programs, and amplify programs which address the needs of the Muslim community. He wishes to collaborate with partners to build strong relationships and work together as one voice for the betterment of our children’s future, and community at large. CIOGC, as an umbrella organization has HR members which are our the biggest assets. When utilized, these resources and their strengths can build, mobilize, and amplify core values to bring justice, equity, peace, and harmony.
Abraham Antar, Vice Chair
Abraham Antar has been an active volunteer with many Islamic organizations for over 30 years. He is one of the founders of the Islamic Center of Wheaton (ICW), a member of its board, and severed as President in 2016. He is also an active member of the Islamic Center of Naperville (ICN), and a volunteer with a number of Islamic organizations, such as Right Start, ICNA Relief Chicago, MAS, and Medina Community. Br. Antar is a working professional as a business consultant and a senior project manager for some of the major banks and financial institutions in Chicagoland area including Bank of America, Chase, Merrill Lynch Capital, and BMO. He has over 20 years of experience in finance, investment, real estate, and banking systems and application. He is also a business owner and the Managing Broker of Antar Realty LLC since 2015.
Jehad Matariyeh, Secretary
Dr. Jehad Matariyeh joined CIOGC as an HR member in 2018 and was elected as the Secretary of the Board in 2019. He serves as a member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee at the Mosque Foundation of Bridgeview. Dr. Matariyeh has been employed at Universal School since 2007 and currently serves as the Dean of Students. Matariyeh is also an adjunct professor at Moraine Valley Community College and Governors State University. He earned his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership & Administration from Concordia University, holds a Master’s Degree in Political and Justice Studies from Governors State University, a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Illinois in Political Studies, and an Associates of Arts Degree from Moraine Valley Community College. He is married and has four children.
Mohammad Sarwar Nasir, Treasurer
Dr. Mohammad Sarwar Nasir has served as the President of Muslim Community Center, one of Chicagoland’s oldest Muslim centers which now has three locations, Chicago (MCC), Morton Grove (MEC) and Skokie (MCCA). He is currently at the MCC board as Ex-Officio as well as Chair of the MCC Academy Council. He is the new Treasurer of CIOGC and has been on the CIOGC House of representatives for four years.
By profession, Dr. Nasir is a Scientist with a Ph.D. in Chemistry from University at Albany, New York. After his postdoctoral work at the Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Nasir first joined as Research Assistant professor at Evanston Hospital/Northwestern University, and then as Principal Scientist at a Biotech Company (Diachemix Corporation). Dr. Nasir currently works as Senior Public Service Administrator at Illinois Department of Public Health, Division of Laboratories. He is the manager of Chicago Laboratories.
Dr. Nasir has served as Board of Directors at Prairie Crossing Charter School. He is currently on the Advisory Council of ICNA Relief, Chicago. He is also running a high school in Lahore, Pakistan (Al-Baseerat High School). Dr. Nasir is married with his wife, Nasreen Nasir, and has three children (2 boys and a girl).
Dr. Bassam Osman, Ex-Officio
Dr. Bassam Osman, is a is a co-founder of CIOGC. He has served as the Chair of the CIOGC including its By-Laws and Membership Committees. He has intimately worked with several CIOGC member organizations, such as Mosque Foundation, The Mecca Center, and Universal School. His work with CIOGC and its member organizations for over 20 years offers priceless insight and experience in his new role as Chair of CIOGC. In addition to his work with CIOGC, Dr. Osman is also Chair of Allied Assets Advisors, President of Sana Financial and a member of ISNA Shura. He is a former Chairman of the North American Islamic Trust (NAIT) and President of the Dow Jones Islamic Index Fund. Dr. Osman is a neurologist by profession, has taught at the University of Illinois School of Medicine and Cook County Graduate Medical School and is currently Chief of Neurology at Mercy Hospital.
Syed Shahnawaz Khan, Member At Large
Syed Shahnawaz Khan is one of the founders of CIOGC and of the Downtown Islamic Center (DIC). He currently serves as the DIC board member. He has served on the boards of Muslim Community Center (MCC) and The Mecca Center and been a fixture for the Muslim community, devoting more than 30 years to serving Muslims across the Chicagoland area. Over the years, he has been appointed to the Council’s board as Secretary and Board of Directors. Br. Khan acquired a Master’s Degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois. He is a retired Engineer in the Nuclear field.
Dr. Kamal Eldeirawi, Member At Large
Dr. Eldeirawi is an active community member dedicated to improving the lives and well-being of communities he is engaged with. He has served on the Mosque Foundation’s Board of Directors and was the past Chair of the Education Committee. Dr. Eldeirawi has made significant contributions to the educational activities provided by the Mosque Foundation and its weekend Al-Siddiq School ensuring that children and adolescents receive high quality education and training to become active citizens in their communities. Dr. Eldeirawi has been actively involved with the Tarbiyah program of the Muslim American Society (MAS) for the last several years. He acquired his PhD in Public Health, at University of Illinois at Chicago and is an associate professor by profession.
Tariq El-Amin, Member At Large
Imam Tariq I. El-Amin is a representative of the community of Imam Warith Deen Mohammed and is a leader in Chicago’s Muslim community serving as Masjid Al-Taqwa’s Resident Imam. He was elected to CIOGC’s board as a Member At Large in 2019. His faith bedrocks his social justice activism, interfaith coalition building, and championing of human rights. He serves as host and producer of the nation’s only daily Muslim English language Talk-Radio program, Radio Islam– broadcasting on WCEV 1450AM. As part of his dedicated work as a native Chicagoan, Imam El-Amin serves on several Chicago-area boards, including the boards of The Society of United Neighbors and the Abolition Institute.
Beena Farid, Member At Large
Beena Farid has been a resident of Naperville, Illinois since 2001. Before moving to Naperville, she resided in many different suburbs in the Chicagoland area such as Northbrook and Wheeling with her husband Aadil Farid and two children.
Beena is very passionate about social services projects and has taught in various Saturday/Sunday Schools as a volunteer teacher and as team lead. She has served on the Board of Directors for Islamic Center of Naperville (ICN) and has served ICN in different capacities including as lead member of Girls Club management, Women’s committee, Dawah committee. She is the founder of a social service for elderly sisters, called UmmahAtul ICN (Mothers of ICN). She has been a committee chair for Islamic Institute of Naperville and an active member of Dawah and interfaith committees. She has also given numerous presentations on Islam 101 and women in Islam at different colleges and faith institutions.
She has been a lead organizer for ICN fundraising dinners and instrumental in developing their volunteer training program. Beena has also supported various Chicagoland masajid and institutions including CIOGC, GainPeace, ICNA Relief, and SoundVision in their fundraising efforts. Currently, she is working with ICNA Relief as their Chicagoland Outreach Coordinator.
Sahira Sadiq, Member At Large
Sahira Sadiq has had the honor of serving multiple nonprofits in her 35 years of community work. Respected as a credible voice who offers both traditional and innovative solutions, she has earned a seat at the table wherever she has served.
She has served as part of the Board of the Oak Brook School District 53 Leadership Team, Illinois Governor’s Muslim Advisory Council, Islamic Foundation Board of Trustees (2009-2018 – serving last in the capacity of Weekend School Chairwoman), DuPage United Leader, CIOGC HR since 2008, twice on the CIOGC Executive Board, and strives to learn, contribute, and lead in all responsibilities entrusted to her to the best of her ability.
Due to her professional experience, she intuitively sees the threads of opportunity that wind through across departments/organizations and brings them together into a coherent whole, helps others extend their thinking, and drives focus to goals. Her vision for CIOGC through this term is to help re-evaluate the evolving needs of member organizations and form stronger, empowered committees filled with stakeholders who can strive to meet the challenges of the greater Chicagoland Muslim community.
Abdullah Mitchell, Executive Director
Gregory Abdullah Mitchell, a licensed attorney in the State of Illinois, is chairperson for Leadership Development Institute and a board member of Masjid Al-Taqwa of Chicago, Illinois. Having served on the board of, and provided legal assistance to, many Muslim organizations over the past 25 years, Brother Mitchell brings a wealth of knowledge and experience concerning not for profit organizations to CIOGC.