Sheikh Yasir Khan, Founder of Al-Misbaah
• Yasir Khan graduated from Darul Uloom Zakariyya, South Africa in 2014 after completing a 7 year seminary course. It was there that he received Ijazas in various fields of Islamic Sciences. During his studies, he interned at various Islamic Organizations where he learned about different efforts led by Ulama that can be practiced to benefit those living in America. Since 2014 he has served as an Imam at the Islamic Center of Rancho Cordova, Central Valley Crescent in Modesto and California Islamic Center in Lodi, CA.
• Yasir Khan founded Al-Misbaah in 2015 with the hopes that it will be a means of Muslim youth preserving their Iman and working to serve their communities. In addition to building the Iman of the people, one of Al-Misbaah’s goals is to serve as a means of dawah, to invite others to the beautiful religion.
• You can contact Sheikh Yasir Khan by emailing him at imamyasir@Al-Misbaah.org
Jannah Sultan, Resident Scholar
• Sheikha Jannah was born and raised in California, she received a college education and obtained B.S Degrees in Biology and Nutrition. Her focus was in Functional medicine - healing in a holistic manner.
• Sheikha’s Islamic journey began in Jamia Binoria in Pakistan. She has pursued Islamic Studies at the Alimiyiah level for over a decade with numerous teachers, primarily under the mentorship of Sheikh AbdulNasir Jangda. Sheikha eventually graduated from the Qalam Alimiyah program in Dallas, Texas and has since been serving communities at the capacity of an Islamic Studies teacher, youth director, chaplain, resident educator and now a resident scholar.
• You can reach Sheikha by emailing her at J.sultan@Al-Misbaah.org
Helena Madera-Silmi, Resource Director
• Helena is originally from Cleveland, OH. She has been an active Hijama Therapist (according to the Sunnah) with over 23 years experience. She has worked with the Cleveland Municipal School District and Cleveland Clinic Foundation with over 15 years of experience in the Community Outreach Spectrum. Since moving to Sacramento, CA in 2015, she has made her passion for charity work flourish throughout the Sacramento Community.
• Helena also carries out the following:
o Overlooks all inbound and outbound donations.
o Coordinates logistics of ACRC’s distribution.
o Manages team’s weekly agenda
o Grant Writing
o Community Outreach
• You can contact Helena Madera-Silmi by emailing her at Helena@Al-Misbaah.org
Jafar Wahidi, Resource Coordinator
• Jafar served over 10 years as an Afghan interpreter for the US Military stationed in Afghanistan. After moving to Sacramento, CA in 2017. Jafar has been a pillar for the Afghan Community helping resettle his fellow Afghan brothers and sisters.
• Jafar also carries out the following:
o Coordinates distribution drives.
o Conducts home visits of applicants seeking assistance.
o Assists in apartment setup distributions.
o Translates for families.
o Data Entry
o Assisting families with county benefits, DMV, Medical and more resources within the community.
• You can reach Jafar by emailing him at Jafarwahidi@Al-Misbaah.org
Samra Jameel, Resource Assistant
• Samra is an active member of the Lodi, CA Community. Samra was one of the first sisters to start a women's committee at the California Islamic Center (CIC). She plays a major role in the CIC planning of events and different programs.
• At Al-Misbaah, Samra’s responsibilities include:
o Works hand in hand with the Resource Director.
o Loads apartment setups.
o Coordinates volunteers at ACRC dept.
o Sorting of warehouse donations.
o Manages ACRC correspondence.
o Zakat Eligibility of applicants.
o Conducts home visits of applicants seeking assistance.
• You can reach Samra by emailing her at Samra@Al-Misbaah.org
Ashiq Khan, Project Manager
• Ashiq Khan has been a part of the Sacramento community since 1989. He grew up at the apartments close to Muslim Mosque Association and was a part of that community growing up. Ashiq studied at Sacramento State and received degrees in CIS and Psychology. He previously worked at a bank, then he decided to leave because of his moral dilemma. He instead wanted to serve his community by teaming up with Al-Misbaah to carry out its vision with an emphasis on providing a healthy outlet for the youth.
• As the Project Manager Ashiq coordinates all major events throughout the year.
• These projects include:
o Annual distributions such as Pre-Ramadan, Qurbani, Back to School, Turkey Drives. Our larger distributions are responsible for serving up to 2500 families in a single day. With the help of the Sacramento Food Bank, our volunteers and Masjid Annur, for providing a big enough parking lot to conduct our drives, we are able to do four a year.
o Ramadan Collection Drives.
o Seasonal workshops.
• You can reach Ashiq by emailing him at Ashiq@al-misbaah.org
Jamel Lehyan, Maktab Coordinator
• Jamel attended UC Davis and received a B.S. in Civil Engineering, Minor in Sustainability in the Built Environment, & a Minor in Professional Writing.
• Jamel graduated in 2018 and worked in the private sector, the city and the state as an engineer for a few years. He is currently the President of the Executive Committee at the Islamic Center of Davis. He previously served on the Board of Trustees and the Treasurer of the Executive Committee at the Islamic Center of Davis. Jamel was also previously the Program and Event Coordinator at Zidni Islamic Institute.
• During his time at UC Davis, Jamel served various leadership positions at UCD MSA from 2015-2019 including: UCD MSA Dawah & Service Director, Feeding the Homeless Project Lead and the Community Kitchen Project Lead.
• Jamel joined Al-Misbaah in 2020 because he believed it would strengthen his relationship with Allah by serving His creation. Jamel wants to leave a long-term positive impact and believes Al-Misbaah’s goals complement his goals.
• He especially enjoys the works of Dawah and joined to familiarize himself with Iman troubleshooting techniques that are being used in the local community to potentially use and expand on for the greater good of the Ummah. He hopes his story, like others, switching from a private engineering job to community work will help encourage young talented individuals to use their youth and skills to serve the Ummah.
• You can reach Jamel by emailing him at Jamel@al-misbaah.org.
Imran Abedrabbo, Youth director
• Imran Abedrabbo has been a major part of the Sacramento community for the better part of a decade. He served as a youth director at Masjid Annur, before attending UC Berkeley in 2017. After graduating, Imran decided he wanted to continue to serve the community and took up a position at Al-Misbaah in various capacities.
• Imran has established a core group of youth that consistently grow in numbers, to whom he gives an alternative for weekend activities. He serves the group with reminders, prayer congregations and coaching with issues they may have.
• You can reach Imran by emailing him at email@example.com