Imam Mohamed Magid
Imam Mohamed Magid is the Executive Imam of All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) Center in Sterling, Virginia. He is the Chairman of International Interfaith Peace Corps (IIPC) and the former President of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). He is also the Chairman of Muflehun, which focuses on prevention of violence and hate. He serves on the advisory board of the Peaceful Families Project and as Co-President of Religions for Peace. He is also the Co-Founder of the Multifaith Neighborhood Network which focuses on building bridges between Muslim, Evangelical Christian, and Jewish communities.
Imam Magid has co-authored two books: Before You Tie the Knot: A Guide for Couples and Reflections on the Qur’an. His areas of interest and focus are religious freedom, violence against women, and preventing violence and hate in our societies. He has written for the Washington Post, Huffington Post, and has been featured in Time Magazine and the Wall Street Journal. Imam Magid has received several awards including the El-Hibri Foundation’s Peace Education Prize in 2017.
Imam Abd Ar-Rafa Ouertani
Imam Abdurafaa Ouertani was raised in Tunisia and is currently an Imam at the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) Center in Sterling, VA. He received his traditional education from scholars at the Zaytuna University and he continued to further his education by studying Fiqh and Aqeedah at the Al Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt. He also currently holds degrees in Islamic Civilization from University of Kairaouan, Philosophy and Logic from the University of Tunis, and has an intensive background in Astronomy and the History of Sciences. As Imam of ADAMS Center, he conducts khutbahs for Jummah, counsels members of the community, and is a strong promoter of interfaith activities. His passion lies with the youth which is evident through the numerous Islamic schools he has established and administered across the U.S. and the Virgin Islands in the past seventeen years. He also promotes causes such as Boy Scouts by volunteering with Boy Scouts of America and coaching youth soccer leagues. He is a passionate environmental activist, children’s rights activist, and he speaks on issues of child abuse and domestic violence.
Imam Syed Omair
Syed M. Omair is a recent addition to the ADAMS Imams’ Office. He brings with him nearly a decade of experience of teaching Classical Arabic, the Islamic Sciences, and spiritual counseling. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He then resided in Amman, Jordan from 2009 to 2017 where he learned the Arabic language and taught for 5 years at the renowned Qasid Arabic Institute. He also taught Arabic for the Fawakih Arabic Institute in Herndon, Virginia from 2017 to 2019. Syed has studied the primary subjects of Islamic thought with various scholars including Islamic law, theology, hadith narration, logic, philosophy, Quranic narration, and the life and description of the Prophet ﷺ. After joining ADAMS, Syed’s primary focus has been on youth counseling and programming in addition to his imam duties. As head of the ADAMS Youth Department, Imam Omair hopes to make ADAMS a pivotal part of the spiritual, social, and professional development of the youth of his community.
Imam Omair is an active counselor, guiding youth through spiritual issues such as faith in God, peer-pressure, drug and crime related issues and more. He has counseled dozens of youth in one-on-one sessions and family settings. He has worked with students of all ages, from middle school up to college, and even participated in events with college Muslim Students Associastions (MSA) in his area. He was invited by students to be a keynote speaker at George Mason University after the Sri Lanka shooting crisis as well as to speak at a participation event for Fairfax County Police and Firefighters. Imam Omair is also active in interfaith work and was panelist for a Fairfax County NAACP event on Hate and Bigotry held at Temple Rodef Shalom in Northern Virginia. He has been a panelist on an ADAMS Interfaith program on Mary, Mother of Jesus with several Christian scholars and pastors, as well as a participant in the 6th Annual Summit of Imams, Rabbis, and Muslim/Jewish Leaders as well as a Sunni-Shia Muslim Conference, both held at ADAMS.
Imam Omair active teaches both online and in-person, with weekly classes offered on Islamic theology, law, spirituality, the biography of the Prophet, and the Arabic language, as well as general sessions on current events and topics. During the COVID-19 disaster, Imam Omair continued his classes through weekly sessions on Facebook Live and Zoom, with his more advanced classes continuing 5 days a week.
Dr. Daoud Nassimi
Dr. Daoud Nassimi teaches Islam at Shenandoah University and NOVA Community College. Also, he has been volunteering to serve the various Muslim communities as an Imam, Khateeb, teacher, marriage celebrant, and family and youth counselor. Dr. Nassimi has a unique and combined educational background in Engineering and Islamic Studies. Initially, he did his BS and Master degrees in electrical engineering, and worked in the field of telecommunications for many years in Chicago. Then, because of his passion to serve Islam and the community, he decided to move his career from engineering to Islamic Studies. He started his academic Islamic studies in 1995 by first studying the Arabic language in Saudi Arabia. Then, he moved to Virginia to join Institute of Arabic and Islamic Sciences. Later, he earned a second Masters degree in Islamic Studies at Cordoba University in 2004 and then he finished his PhD in Islamic Studies from University of Birmingham in England in 2008. His PhD thesis was on a comparative review of English translations of the Qur’an.
Ustadh Shad Imam
Shad Imam is a past Board Member of the All Dulles Area Muslim Society and holds an MBA from the University of Maryland. He organizes educational programs with visiting national and local scholars through the Qurtuba Institute and has dedicated himself to being a student of knowledge since 2000. Professionally, Shad works at Oracle Corporation as a Pre-Sales Technical Engineer. He resides in Sterling, VA with his wife and four children.