CAIRO – Offering a true image of US Muslims, the Council of Islamic Organizations in Greater Chicago (CIOGC) has announced the names of 2013 Muslim achievers in different walks of life, celebrating their valuable contributions to Chicagoan and American community.
“In terms of my success, I really believe that a lot of this is due to the Islamic values that I learnt growing up, being hard work, ethical integrity compassion for other people,” Mahrukh Hussain, who works as US General Counsel, vice president of McDonald’s corporation and top achiever of law, said in a short documentary posted by CIOGC on YouTube.
“Those are the things that led to my success and what I am today,” Hussain added.
Her name was announced as one of top 2013 Muslim achievers, recognized by CIOGC in the areas of art, business, the corporate sector, education, law, medicine, and public health.
These outstanding achievers are only part of a large number of “achievers” in Chicago and across the US, who are enriching American society on a daily basis with their valuable contributions.
Serving over 400,000 Muslims in the greater Chicagoland area, the Muslim advocacy organization wanted to offer a correct image of patriotic American Muslim who strives to serve their community.
“I think without necessarily advertising it, I think when non-Muslims see Muslims in leadership roles they associate those sorts of values with Muslims in general,” Hussain said.
“I think it is important that we all strive to do that.”
Along with Hussain, Anas Osman, Google’s director of sales strategy and operations for Americas, was recognized as top achiever in corporation.
Osman was also included in the “40 under 40” list published by Crain’s Chicago Business.
Away from his work, he has founded an educational non-profit organization.
Dr. M Wasiullah Khan, the founder and chancellor of East-West University in Chicago, was named top achiever in education in recognition of his efforts in education younger generations.
Adding to his credits, he has many published articles and a book, Education & Society, as well as working with many Pakistani Muslim associations.
Enhancing Islam Image
Seeing her work as a means to enhance image of Islam, Sadaf Syed, an Al-Jazeera photojournalist has been leading a campaign against stereotypes against women in Islam.
Travelling across the US to photograph Muslim women in different successful professions, she publishing her research in a photo book titled “iCOVER: A Day in the Life of a Muslim American COVERed Girl.”
She has also worked with the Council of American Islamic Relations (CAIR) #MyJihad campaign to correct misconceptions about the Islamic term.
“Knowing that we all are covered in this world is really important that utilize our strengths to beatify Islam,” Syed said in the video.
“I find myself lucky that Allah has given me the consciousness and ability to use my work to help enhance the image of Islam,” she added.
In recognition of her work, the talented young lady was invited by President Barack Obama to an iftar dinner at the White House during last Ramadan.
Ahmad Adam was recognized as top achiever in Business for his success as an entrepreneur who has offered healthy halal food to American Muslims and non-Muslims.
“For the past 18 years, I have been trying so hard to perfect serving our community,” Adam said.
Founding his Crescent Foods company in 1995, he faced skyrocketing demand for halal food.
“Halal has a divine brand to serve not only the Muslim community but the community at large,” he added.
Achievers included Dr Teepu Siddique, professor and neurologist at Northwestern University and Northwestern memorial hospital, as top achiever in medice.
Dr Siddique was honored due to his efforts in discovering the mutated gene responsible for juvenile inherited ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig disease.
Salim Al Nurridin, the founder and CEO of Health Care Consortium of Illinois, a health and human service agency, was named as top achiever in public health.
The United States is home to a Muslim minority of between six to eight million.
A recent survey found that American Muslims are the most moderate around the world.
It also showed that US Muslims generally express strong commitment to their faith and tend not to see an inherent conflict between being devout and living in a modern society.
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