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Title Muslim American Advisory Council 
Contact Name Sohair Omar 
Contact Email  
Function The Muslim American Advisory Council will advise the Governor on ways to advance the role and civic participation of Muslim Americans in Illinois. Additionally, the council will recommend strategies to better integrate Muslims in Illinois socially, educationally, culturally and economically. The council will facilitate relationship-building in the Muslim community to achieve goals related to International Commerce in Muslim countries/communities, and identify ways to more effectively disseminate information and outreach to Muslim Americans regarding state programs and services.
The council will advise the Governor on appropriate policy developments, official directives, and other issues of significance impacting Illinois’ Muslims. It will bring important faith-based issues based on factual findings to the Governor’s attention and make recommendations to address those issues. It will also strengthen communication between the state and Muslim leadership and the general community.  
Term N/A 
Senate Confirmation No 
Composition Citizens selected by the Governor to advise the Governor on ways to advance the role and civic participation of Muslim Americans.  
Chair N/A 
Authority Press release dated August 31, 2011 

Member Names

Name (Last, First) Ascending Member Since Appointed By Position County Title
Abdullah, Dr. Bambade Shakoor   08/30/2011  Governor    None  Founder and Director, Leadership Development Institute  
Ahmad, Dr. Irfan  08/30/2011  Governor    None  Executive Director, Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology, University of Illinois 
Bhaidani, Murad Moosa  08/30/2011  Governor    None  President, Ismaili Council for the Midwestern United States 
Champsi, Mumtaz  08/30/2011  Governor    None  Founder of Enviro Capital  
El-Amin, Clyde  08/30/2011  Governor    None  Former President, Olive-Harvey College 
El-Amin, Tariq I   08/30/2011  Governor    None  Founder and Executive Director, Bridging The Gap 
Hasnain, S. Jafer  08/30/2011  Governor    None  Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Lifeline Assets 
Irfan, Kareem M.  08/30/2011  Governor  Chair  None  Former President, Council of Religious Leaders of Metropolitan Chicago 
Kaiseruddin, Dr. Mohammed     Governor    None  Chairman of the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago 
Kulenovic, Jeff (Dzafer)  08/30/2011  Governor    None  Senior Vice President, Great Lakes Bank 
Kutay, Sevil   09/24/2013  Governor    None  President, Turkish American Chamber of Commerce & Industry Midwest 
Malhance, Tariq  08/30/2011  Governor    None  Former Chief Financial Officer, Cook County 
Nurridin, Salim Al  08/30/2011  Governor    None  Chief Executive Officer for the Healthcare Consortium of Illinois  
Patel, Eboo  08/30/2011  Governor    None  Executive Director of Inter-Faith Youth Core (IFYC)  
Qadeem, Aisha  09/24/2013  Governor    None  Member, Islamic Society of Greater Springfield 
Rehab, Ahmed   08/30/2011  Governor    None  Executive Director of Council of American Islamic Relations (CAIR)  
Sahloul, Dr. Mohammed Zaher  08/30/2011  Governor    None  Chairman, Syrian American Medical Society 

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