Mission: The Islamic Shura Council of Southern California represents the consensus of Southern California Muslims, promotes communication and service among member organizations and society-at-large, advocates on behalf of its members, and advances leadership development.
Vision: Excellence in Leadership and Strength in Unity.
Dr. Soboh currently serves as the religious director of the Islamic Center of Yorba Linda. He served as the chairman of the Islamic shura council of southern California until 2020 and served on the board of the shura council several times since 2008, under the leadership of Dr. Muzammil Siddiqi and Dr. Maher Hathout. He is the co-founder, trustee, and religious adviser at the chino valley Islamic center.
Dr. Soboh has served on the boards of several Islamic organizations including CAIR LA, Minaret Academy Islamic school, and Olive Foundation. He is also a guest speaker and youth adviser at several Islamic Centers nationwide.
Dr. Soboh is active in interfaith work and served on the interfaith committee for peace in the Middle East. He is a graduate of the Islamic scientific college in Amman, Jordan, and the dental school at the University of Jordan. He also holds an executive MBA from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California.
Dr. Fahd Jamil currently serves on the Board of Trustees at the Chino Valley Islamic Center. He is also a serving board member of CAIR-CA PAC, an independent, non-partisan group concerned with domestic issues that affect the American Muslim community. Dr. Jamil has nearly two decades of practical experience in managing operations and developing global supply chain strategies. He recently stepped into the world of academia and teaches cutting-edge business topics to postgraduate students at a local university. Dr. Jamil holds a master’s degree in management and a doctorate in business administration with an emphasis on organizational crisis response strategies from the UK.
Munir Shaikh serves as Vice President of Operations and Academic Affairs at Bayan Islamic Graduate School, headquartered in Southern California. He has nearly 30 years of experience as a non-profit executive, program manager, and public educator. He holds an M.A. in Islamic Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles, and certificates from academic programs in Morocco, Egypt and Spain.
He has taught undergraduate and graduate courses on Middle Eastern history, Islam, and world history, and has contributed to the efforts of numerous Muslim American and interfaith organizations. He participates in national gatherings such as the Council on Foreign Relations workshop on Religion and Foreign Policy and the Chaplaincy Innovation Lab, and has overseen grant projects funded by the John Templeton Foundation, the Henry Luce Foundation, and the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion. He is an advisor for projects addressing Islam’s place in world history, interreligious and religious leadership issues, and Muslim American community developments, and leads academic world heritage tours various countries.
Daud Mohmand is the co-founder and Executive Director of HADI Relief and a board member of Lifting Humanity. Daud has over two decades of operational, technical, and project management experience. His educational journey began with earning a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology and an MBA from California State University, Long Beach.
Daud’s non-profit experience began with ISNA and IslamiCity as its webmaster and later joined Islamic Relief, managing their annual Ramadan Campaign and multimillion-dollar national events. His dedication to humanitarian work continued at Muslim Aid USA, where he served as the Director of Operations and Development and helped take the growing startup charity from 4 million dollars to 15 million annual donations within three years.
Beyond his official roles, he commits to mentoring emerging non-profits, assisting them in formulating development and operational strategies
Shaykh Tarik pursued his higher education at Northern Illinois University where he attained a BA in psychology. After graduating from NIU, Shaykh Tarik went to Jordan in pursuit of Islamic knowledge. While in Jordan, Tarik studied at the World Islamic Science and Education University (also called the Islamic University) where he achieved a BA in Islamic jurisprudence and its foundations as well as an MA in Islamic jurisprudence with a specialty in Islamic commerce and finance. Shaykh Tarik continued his academic career at Bayan Claremont Islamic Graduate School and obtained a Masters degree in Islamic Studies. He now serves as the Imam of the Orange County Islamic Foundation and a full-time Seminary Instructor with the IOK Seminary.
Deana Helmy is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and the Director of Counseling Services at ICNA Relief’s Crescent Counseling Center in Fullerton. She also works for the County of Orange in Mental Health and Recovery Services. Deana holds a Master of Science in Counseling from California State University, Fullerton, and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of California, Irvine’s Paul Merage School of Business.
Deana’s passion is in positive psychology and personal development, and she uses her skills to promote strengths-based, growth mindsets that empower the community to challenge biases and practice humility, resiliency, and connectedness.
After relocating from Boston to Los Angeles in 1996, Dr. Nasser Karam and his family were thankful to discover and join the Islamic Center of Southern California (ICSC) community. It is here that his family grew and learned about the New Horizon School Pasadena (NHSP) and MPAC. The NHSP is where his daughters, Yasmeen and Shereen, both graduated. Dr. Karam’s wife, Hala, joined the New Horizon School Pasadena team, and later continued her engagement with MPAC and the ICSC. Overall, Dr. Karam is thankful for the blessings of our community “family.”
At the ICSC, Dr. Karam has led the ICSC Satellite task force that established the ICSC Satellite Guidelines (currently Pasadena and Santa Monica locations). These guidelines were approved by the ICSC Board in 2022. He has served on the ICSC Membership Committee and has been an active member of the ICSC khateeb program since 2018. He has also served as a member of the Interfaith Study Group planning committee since 2019 and as the ICSC liaison to the Shura Council since 2020.
Dr. Omar Latif lives in Irvine with his wife and son. He previously was on the board of the Islamic Center of Irvine (ICOI). He is inspired by the Shura Council’s work to unite the diverse work in our vibrant community.