Safdar Khwaja, Chapter President
Safdar has been living in Pittsburgh since 1980. He and his wife, Sr. Rahila are the proud parents of 3 beautiful children. Safdar holds a Master’s degree in Engineering from State University of New York and an MBA from Katz School, University of Pittsburgh. He has held executive positions with Westinghouse Electric and Emerson Process Management in Pittsburgh.
Safdar is a founding member of the MCCGP, having played a leading role in organizing and building the mosque / community center. He has been a volunteer teacher in the Pittsburgh school system, an ongoing representative in outreach and interfaith dialogue, and he actively represents the Muslim community on TV, on radio, and via local newspapers.
Asim Kokan, Treasurer
Asim has been in Pittsburgh for the past 21 years. He is married to Sr. Tayyeba, and they have two sons and three grandchildren. Asim is a retired executive from Eaton Corporation. He has actively been involved in community work. He has served in several committees at the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh (ICP) and the Muslim Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh (MCCGP) in Monroeville. He has also participated in the North Hills-in outreach and anti-racism groups. Asim has served on Boards of Hospitals and other non-profit organizations, such as NHCO, United Way, and Penn State Beaver campus, and more. He is one of CAIR-Pittsburgh Chapter’s founding members
Ishfaq Ahmad, Executive Secretary
Ishfaq Ahmad, a native of Pakistan, has lived in the USA since 1983 and became a naturalized citizen in 1989. He moved to Pittsburgh in 2000. He is married and has one son and two daughters. Ishfaq earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University, and an MBA from Western Michigan University. He has been employed in the Information Technology departments of several fortune 500 companies for the past 18 years. During his tenure, Ishfaq has worked as a developer on the legacy systems and more recently as a business systems consultant in the financial industry.
Over the years, Ishfaq has actively participated at an executive level for various non-profit organizations. To name a few – Ronald McDonald House volunteer in Akron, Ohio, Islamic Society of Akron and Kent General Secretary, ICP Community Relations Committee volunteer, and MCCGP weekend school teacher. Ishfaq served on the Board of Directors at the ICP. He is a founding member of the Muslim Association of Pittsburgh (MAP). Ishfaq actively participated in the establishment of the CAIR-Pittsburgh Chapter. During the past year, Ishfaq helped to organize two “Know Your Rights” workshops to emphasize to the Muslim community the importance of knowing and asserting their civil rights.
Dr. Azmat Qayyum, Member
Azmat has been in Pittsburgh for 15 years. He is married to Ambreen Piracha, and the are the proud parents of three beautiful children. He is a Pulmonary Critical Care and Sleep Specialist by profession. He volunteers his time for the free clinic in Braddock, which was started by a group of concerned physicians and community members in 2011. Azmat has served twice as the MCCGP Executive Council President, and he is currently serving on its subcommittees. He is very involved in community work. He is one of CAIR-Pittsburgh Chapter’s founding members.
Noor Un Nahar, Member
Noor is originally from Bangladesh and has lived in Pittsburgh since 1993. She holds a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master’s in Physics, both from Ohio University. Noor works at the Department of Environmental Protection as an Air Pollution Control Engineer. She also served on the Board of Directors at the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh. Noor joined the Executive Committee of CAIR-Pittsburgh Chapter in January 2014. She has been actively involved in helping to develop CAIR-Pittsburgh.
Ezz-Eldin Moukamal, MD, Memeber
Born in Damascus, Syria in 1971, Ezz-Eldin emigrated to the US in 1995 after earning an MD degree from the University of Aleppo-Faculty of Medicine. He has been a naturalized US citizen since 2006. He has been American Board of Internal Medicine certified since 2001.Ezz-Eldin has been a practicing physician for more than eighteen years. He is married with three children.
Currently, he is serving as the Medical director of Pittsburgh Hospital Associates-Premier Medical Associates, and is also a member of their Board of Directors. Additionally, he is an active member and currently the vice president for the Syrian American Medical Society-Pittsburgh Chapter.