About Us

What Is Islamic Leadership Institute of America (ILIA)?

At ILIA we inspire and develop youth to become responsible leaders of the future taking accountability for the needs of their communities; through experiential learning programs, their own self-identified projects, and making meaningful impacts to society. We are here to inspire and develop the next generation of leaders.

For over 11 years, ILIA has been shaping youth into leaders and transforming communities, impacting the lives of over 3,000 people from all across the nation and even a few international students.

ILIA Regional Center

Ellicott City Office

More On ILIA's Mission and Vision

A Maryland-based non-profit 501c(3) educational and research organization founded in 2009/1430, our goal at ILIA is to promote leadership development, education, and research based on Islamic values and principles, through personalized experiential learning leadership programs.

We primarily serve youth ages 9-25, but also provide services for adults 25+. Our services are open to all individuals, regardless of faith. In addition to our educational and research mission, we operate a Youth Crisis Line. It provides youth development and counseling services for ages 13-27 with support for youth suffering from substance abuse, homelessness, domestic challenges, academic suspension, and unemployment.

The goal of our organization is to develop a new breed of leaders, whose actions are driven by mercy for mankind and serving the Muslim and non-Muslim American population through our innovative and unique 6-cornerstone framework comprising of leadership certifications and clubs; leadership-based tutoring; mentoring, coaching, and counseling; community capacity-building projects; and internships.

What’s Unique About ILIA?

  1. Our Premise: That leadership is an innate human capacity that can be developed in everyone

  2. Our Methodology: Personalized learning through experience

  3. Our Offerings: Six educational pillars: Certificates, Mentoring, Internships, Field Studies, Projects, and Tutoring

  4. Our Outcome: Leaders intertwined with their communities transforming challenges into opportunities

Mission Statement

Developing leaders and empowering communities is the purpose we do what we do every day. Since ILIA began, we have enabled hundreds of youth to become more self-aware and empowered. With the boost of confidence, they are making positive impacts on themselves, their families, and communities.

Vision Statement

Over the years ILIA has become a trusted partner to many youth development organizations, such as school systems, community centers, juvenile services departments, government agencies, and parents. Our interns and alumni have moved on to make impacts and lead as agents of change in various aspects of their lives, from the offices of corporations headquarters to the alleys of disadvantaged towns across America.

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Board of Directors

Bahaa Harraz

Bahaa Harraz

President & Chairman

Bari Bako

Bari Bako

Board Member

Sherif Halawa

Sherif Halawa

Board Member

Abdelrahman Farghali

A. Farghali

Board Member

Executive Team

Bahaa Harraz

Bahaa Harraz

President

Ayman Nassar

Ayman Nassar

Academics

Jannah Nassar

Jannah Nassar

Outreach

Mohamad French

Mohamad French

Technology

Moutasem Saifeldin

Moustasem Saifeldin

Back Office

Mohamed Fekry

Mohamed Fekry

Back Office

Esraa Badr

Esraa Badr

Research

Hamza Abdelmotagaly

Hamza Abdelmotagaly

Engagement

Board of Trustees

Essam Tawfik

Essam Tawfik

Chair

Ayman Nassar

Ayman Nassar

Member

Rafia Shah

Rafia Shah

Member

Instructors

Essam Tawfik

Essam Tawfik

Ayman Nassar

Ayman Nassar

Rafia Shah

Rafia Shah

Mahmoud Abdelhady

Mahmoud Abdelhady

Walid Saleh

Walid Saleh

Mahmoud Abuelroos

Mahmoud Abuelroos

Mauri Saalakhan

Mauri Saalakhan

Bahaa Harraz

Bahaa Harraz