Meet the Authors

Omar Jamil

Omar Jamil is currently a medical student at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He was previously a high school science teacher at Golder College Prep, a Teach for America Corps Member and completed a Master’s in Teaching (Secondary Education) from Dominican University. He graduated from Northwestern University in 2012, majoring in Biological Anthropology.  He has studied Arabic at the Qasid Insitute in Jordan, Northwestern University, and through various tutors. He has also studied tajweed with a teacher Amman, Jordan and completed coursework in  Fiqh, Aqeedah and Adab through Seekers Guidance and Al Maghrib Institute.  He was previously a Vice President of the Muslim-cultural Students Association at Northwestern and substitute teacher at MCC Full Time School. Omar Jamil can be reached at or

Safiya Arif

Safiya Arif is currently pursuing a Doctor of Pharmacy degree at Midwestern University. She completed her pre-pharmacy coursework at Loyola University Chicago after graduating from Libertyville High School. At Loyola, she was the Co-Publicity Chair for the Muslim Students Association and a part of the Hunger Week Team for the Community Service and Action office. Safiya has studied Arabic at Loyola and completed the Qur’an Intensive program at Bayyinah Institute. She has previously served as an Islamic Studies teacher for IFN Sunday School and has been a part of the HSYC faculty for the past five years. Safiya Arif can be reached at

Sara Fadlalla

Sara Fadlalla is a senior at Northwestern University majoring in Communications Sciences and Disorders insha’Allah to eventually pursue a career in Dentistry. Sara plans on using dentistry as a way of representing herself and Islam. The Prophet (S) is often reported as smiling the most and saying, “Your smile for your brother is charity,” which has always resonated with Sara. Sara always upholds a pleasant demeanor to show everyone that Islam is a religion worth smiling for, worth loving, and worth following. Insha’Allah with that mentality she plans to grow, teach, and lead a good example for everyone. Sara is also a founding member of the Women of Color Initiative at Northwestern, and an active member of Students for Justice in Palestine. Sara Fadlalla can be reached at

Sarah Ahmed

Sarah Ahmed is currently a graduate student at Northwestern University, where she is pursuing a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology with a specialization in children and adolescence. Before coming to Chicago, she grew up and studied in the beautiful fields of Indiana. She graduated in 2012 from Purdue University, with a major in Behavioral Neuroscience and minor in History. While at Purdue, she was a counselor for two years at ICAN Youth Foundation, a youth group for Muslim girls. This will be her 2nd year as part of the HSYC faculty. Sarah Ahmed can be reached at

Faraz Baig

Faraz Baig was born and raised in Columbia, SC. He studied Bioengineering at Clemson University and finished a BS/MS program in May of 2013. After that, he moved to Illinois where he currently works in the medical device industry. Farah studied at Sunday school programs at Masjid Al-Muslimeen in South Carolina and now, starting in 2014, he hopes to continue on as an elective teacher at HSYC. Faraz Baig can be reached at

AbdulRahman Basith
AbdulRahman Basith graduated from Lake Forest College in 2010, majoring in Physics. He has attended the Islamic Institute of Education in Elgin and completed his Tajweed certification at MEC in Morton Grove. Abdulrahman taught at MEC Sunday School for three years and later moved on to teach Qur’an at the IFN Sunday School for two years. He has also completed three years of study at Darul Hikmah Academy under some of the most prestigious scholars in the Chicagoland area.

Khadija Basith
Khadija Basith graduated from Lake Forest College in 2008, majoring in Education and Mathematics. She is currently an 8th grade math teacher at Northbrook Junior High and is pursuing a Masters degree in Mathematics Education. She completed three yeas of Islamic education through Hajirah Foundation, an all-girls weekend school run by Mufti Nawar Rahman. She is currently pursuing a degree in Islamic Studies through an online program, Darul Uloom Online, whose director is Mufti Yasir Nadeem. Through this program, she is studying Arabic Grammar and Syntax, Arabic Composition, Fiqh, and Qur’an Translation. Some of Khadija’s past involvements include: President of Lake Forest College’s MSA, MEC Sunday School teacher, and an IFN Sunday School teacher.

Osman Jamil
Profile pending.

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