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ELECTIONS 2021

ADAMS BOARD OF TRUSTEES

 

As per the provisions of ADAMS new articles, the next Annual Election at ADAMS shall be held online via ZOOM & eBallot on Sunday, June 6th, 2021.  

 

ADAMS Annual General Body Meeting shall be held on Sunday, June 6th, 2021 from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM. The Annual General Body Meeting shall include a presentation of ADAMS financial statements and an introduction to the candidates running for election for the board of trustees elections. Quorum for the election will be 10% of the eligible voters for the elections as described at the end of this email.  

                

Important election dates: 

Friday, May 28th , 7-9 pm: ADAMS ACE - ADAMS Board Candidates Night (Virtual Zoom)  - details here

Thursday June 3rd , 2021 6 p.m.: Deadline for absentee registration from the election committee.  

Sunday, June 6th , 11am-2pm: Annual General Body Meeting (Virtual Zoom)   

Sunday, June 6th  , 9am-6pm: Election Registration (Virtual Zoom) 

Sunday, June 6th  7pm – Tuesday, June 8th 7pm: Annual elections (Virtual Zoom & eBallot) 

 

The following four ADAMS Board of Trustees non-officer’s terms are ending, and these four seats are open for election: 

  • Rizwan Jaka 

  • Mir Ali 

  • Shaheen Hossain 

  • Misbah Javaid 

 

The following ADAMS members are running for the ADAMS Board of Trustees Elections: 

  • Usman S Goni 

  • Shoyeb Hassan 

  • Syed Moin Hossain 

  • Misbah Javaid 

  • Wajhiuddin Khawaja 

  • Aneela Rehman 

  • Nasir Sayed 

  •  Farhan Syed 

 

A brief biography for each candidate is attached and can be found Here 

 

The following are general voter eligibility guidelines:
1. He/she must be 18 years of age or older.
2. He/she must have held a minimum of one (1) continuous year of membership since March 31, 2020 to be eligible to vote.

Regular and Lifetime Members that are eligible to vote in elections must be members on record for at least
1. One continuous year period going back from March 31st of the current year with allowance for up to 3 months grace period for membership lapse within the past 12 months for membership renewals and must be current, valid and in good standing on the election day.
2. Primary method will be ZOOM and eBallots (upon verification of eligibility - (will be required to present a US government issues photo ID (e.g., Driver’s license, passport, etc.) or  

3. If you cannot access zoom, eballot, Absentee registration requests or other technical reasons. - Please email election@adamscenter.org or call Sr. Razia Sohail at 571-426-6392. 

4. Absentee registration for eballot voting can be requested, if you cannot attend the General body meeting on June 6th to register for the ADAMS election ballot. Absentee reasons could be special circumstances, e.g., work, illness, out of town, etc. Proof of absentee voting eligibility must be provided to the Election Committee. 

5.  Absentee requests will vote along with regular online voting through eBallot by Tuesday, June 8th 7 p.m. 2021.                                       

6. A photocopy of a US government issued photo ID and the ADAMS membership number must be included with the absentee vote. 

May Allah bless you and your family and allow us all to work together to strengthen ADAMS as a model democratic Islamic organization. Ameen!

Was Salaam,
ADAMS Election Committee 2021
election@adamscenter.org 

Mohamad Hamed 

Sabri Hammad 

Akhter Hossain 

Nadeem Pathan 

Razia Sohail (Chair)

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Usman S Goni

USMAN GONI CO-CHAIR ADAMS SULLY CENTER: My name is Usman Goni. I live in Centreville VA with my loving family – my wife, mother-in-law, a daughter and two sons. I am a Space Systems Engineer with a PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Liverpool, UK. My family is blessed to be part of the ADAMS community for the past 15 years and actively involved as a volunteer with Adams Sully since 2014 As a volunteer, I have worked with the ADAMS Sully Center as a facility management lead as well as providing Ramadan logistical support. In the past three years, I have been the Co-chair of the ADAMS Sully Community. I have worked with the other committee members to provide oversight and support the community programs that included managing the Sully Educational programs (CEP and YEP) as well as other youths and adult education programs. As a Co-chair, I was responsible for Adams Sully Operations that includes facilitating the five daily prayers, Ramadan activities and the 2 EIDs, Sully Education, community outreach programs (Monthly Potluck, Summer School), ACHN (free clinic and facilitating the COVID-19 Vaccination campaign) and BiWeekly Food Drive for the needy. I have worked with the ADAMS leadership in promoting the ADAMS ideals of enriching our Muslim Community with Islamic education, social-network support, and many other social and religious functions. With complete submission to Allah for His guidance, I hereby express my intention to join the ADAMS board if elected to bring my experiences from Branch Operations (Facility and Staff), managing the Sunday School Staff and Education programs to enhance the boards governance on such matters thereby promoting our overall community development to achieve higher goals. Insha’Allah these considerations will appeal to you about my candidature to vote for me as a member of the ADAMS Board of Trustees

Syed Moin Hossain:

Moin Hossain is involved with ADAMS community for many years but actively serving ADAMS community since last 11 years in many ADAMS committees and subcommittees like ADAMS Cub Scout and Boy Scouts, ADAMS Sully operation volunteer, ADAMS Sully IT coordinator, ADAMS Sully youth program volunteer, ADAMS Sully Ramadan volunteer, ADAMS article of incorporation focus group, ADAMS emergency food distribution volunteer and ADAMS election committee. Moin served in leadership positions, strategic planner and general member, where ever help is needed. He is an IT professional, manages multinational/multi-location teams for multiple mission critical systems’ engineering and operations. His family had benefitted and are benefitting from different ADAMS program like ADAMS scout and other educational programs and that is the reason he wants to serve anyway he can, to help ADAMS build our next generation of leaders inshaAllah. inshaAllah Moin Hossain will continue to serve this house of Allah and its community with humility, integrity, transparency and excellence regardless he would be elected on a board position or not, as he had always serving the ADAMS community with the conviction that it is our responsibility to make the path for our generations to come, who will hold Allah’s deen tightly and will have a firm and strong footing on this land to practice HIS deen freely inshaAllah.

Misbah Javaid

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Sister Misbah Javaid is a devoted ADAMS member since 2003 and has served on the ADAMS Executive Committee since 2017. Her time on the board has consisted of participation in the Youth, Education, COVID-19 Pandemic, and Youth Center Planning task forces. Sister Misbah has been the Chair and founder of the ADAMS New Muslim Support Group since its creation in 2007 along with Sunday Teacher in the Children’s Education Program from 2003-2016. You may also recognize Sister Misbah as the lead coordinator of the ADAMS Fall and Spring Festivals as well a C0-Chair of annual Family Fun Night aimed at providing the community with an assortment of recreational and community bonding activities amidst global food, youth games, and shopping adventures. A native of Pakistan, she has raised four children in the United Stated alongside serving the public as an educator with Fairfax County Schools since 1998. An avid social media content creator, Sister Misbah shares recipes, DIY projects, children’s arts and crafts, and interior design ideas with her beloved community to motivate and inspire junior and senior generations. Sister Misbah continues to expand her Islamic knowledge with daily Quran lessons, advocates for underprivileged families in her native country, and is involved in raising her four young grandchildren. Sister Misbah’s longtime involvement in diverse ADAMS programs reflects her energy and commitment to its mission, bringing to the table institutional knowledge, creative problem solving, forward thinking, and maximum development and utilization of community talent.

Aneela Rehman

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Asalaamu Alaykum, My name is Aneela Rehman. I was born and raised in Virginia. I joined the ADAMS Center in 2013 as the first female HR/Admin Director. I am dedicated on providing our community the best customer service and a memorable experience when they visit the ADAMS Center. As the Director of HR/Admin, I was responsible for drafting policies and procedures for the staff and the organization. My passion is in providing all Zakat candidates with the utmost respect and sincerity that they deserve. Please do consider me in serving our community once again as a member of the Board.

Wajhiuddin Khawaja

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My Name is Wajhiuddin Khawaja, with the grace of almighty Alhumdulillah, I am blessed with a loving wife, three daughters, and a son. I graduated from Strayer university with a degree in IT and networking. 

 

I’ve been with ADAMS since early 90’s and am thankful and blessed to have the opportunity to serve the ADAMS Community for the past many many years. 

 

Being in an IT industry for several years has allowed me to help with internet and technology infrastructure of ADAMS. I am one of the founders who established ADAMS Computer Training Center, a group created to aid professionals within the IT industry or those wanted to get in to the IT.  

 

Since we build this main center in early 2000’s, I have a been part of IT group which helping and providing IT support to ADAMS Center. For the last 5+ years I’m serving as a Chair of ADAMS IT department. I have been highly involved in IT Management tasks including infrastructure, procurement, inventory, WiFi and Servers setups, printers, user database and all related tasks to ensure center is always up and running and staff is able to perform their duties. 

 

I’m also a member of ADAMS Community Service where we provide help to the poor, needy and financially unsecure families until they stand on their own feet. 

 

I’m also a part of ADAMS Funeral team where we provide volunteer service to families in the event of death in the family. 

 

I’m also a part of ADAMS festival team, ADAMS Ramadan Iftar team to provide iftar and dinner to hundreds of community members every year, a member of ACE group and also serving as an assistant Scoutmaster in ADAMS Boy Scouts.  

 

I pray Almighty continues to keep me in a position to help our Masjid/Center for the betterment of our community. Inshallah with your help, support and valuable vote we can continue to make our community thrive.

Shoyeb Hassan

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I have been a member of the ADAMS community and resident of Herndon, VA since 2003. My wife, Humayra Khatoon, and I have two sons and a daughter. We as family are lifetime members of ADAMS and active volunteers of the community. My education background includes a master’s degree in Accounting, and I have been successfully running an Accounting farm in greater Washington DC area since 1998. I have been active in many voluntary initiatives with ADAMS and DMV. Besides serving as the Co-Chair of ADAMS Sterling Branch Committee, I have been a founding member of ADAMS Civic Engagement (ACE) Committee, Ramadan Committee, ADAMS Badminton Club and other committees. Based on the current situations in our community, greater area and the world, I think this is the best time to be more active with an organization like ADAMS and make impacts in meaningful ways. I, therefore, humbly announce my willingness to engage with the community by volunteering for ADAMS Board of Trustees. I seek your Duaa and pray to Allah (SWT) that He accepts my intentions and helps me with this responsibility in this world and towards the hereafter. My intentions are not just to help the community with activism and organizing, but also to help extend our capabilities of this “village” and make it a better place to raise our children, youth and elders. I seek your sincere Duaa that Allah makes us all successful in this Dunia and Akhirah, Ameen!

Farhan Syed

Farhan Syed is a transplant Virginian, hailing from South Florida. He and his family moved to the ADAMS community in 2005. Since his youth, Farhan has been active member of his local community, whether in South Florida, Chicago, or in Northern Virginia by serving in various leadership roles. His most recent leadership experience is serving as the current ISNA East Zone representative (2016-2018). He previously served as a board member for Al Fatih Academy from 2013-2016. While in South Florida, during the early years of the founding of the Muslim Youth of North America (MYNA), Farhan played an active role by promoting MYNA, serving as a youth leader, and organizing various programs and activities. The same commitment continued when he reached college and helped establish the first regional zone (MSA-SEZ) of MSA National in 1994. He then served on the MSA National executive board when he was elected as the East Zone representative (US) for MSA National (1995-1997). He was active in the revival of MSA National, in the development of leadership training programs, and in organizing the zonal conference for MSA National. When he lived in Chicago, he served on the executive board of Council of American Muslim Professionals (CAMP) - Chicago, co-founded Accenture's Muslim affinity group, the Accenture Muslim Networking Group (MNG), established halal dining services and prayer facilities at Accenture's St. Charles training facility, was a featured speaker on Islam for the Archdiocese of Chicago, Ecumenical Office (2001-2005), conducting Islam 101 workshops to local parishes and Catholic schools. He also served as the 2002 ISNA Convention Steering Committee Vice-Chair, which was attended by over 25,000 participant. While in Northern Virgnia, Farhan had volunteered his time with the ADAMS Cub Scout program, by serving as the committee chair for the PACK 1576 (2012-2014). He has volunteered his time on the ADAMS interfaith, civic engagement, and election committees. Farhan received his BS degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Miami, FL and attended law school at the John Marshall Law School in Chicago.

Nasir Sayed

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As Salamu Alaikum, I am a member and proud ADAMS volunteer for last 20yrs as Election Committee Chair (member +7yrs), Ashburn Committee(+1yr), Ashburn Friday Jummah @Embassy Suites(7yrs); founding Gainesville committee member & Gainesville Jummah(3yrs); Eid volunteer, Ramadan Security and Sterling Ramadan kitchen volunteer(+6yrs). Alhumdulillah ADAMS has successfully made it thus far and I look to team up with the board to fuel the next stage of growth