Sameer Mansour is one of the original founders of 901 Ummah currently serving as its Director. Born and raised in Memphis, he graduated from the University of Memphis in 2010 with a Biomedical Engineering degree. He has been working at Smith & Nephew since then. Sameer also serves as the Commissioner and Founder of the Muslim Basketball League of Memphis. In addition, he is the executive and youth director for the Memphis Islamic Center and advisor for Al-Anhar Institute.
Secretary and Communication Director
A student at Rhodes College, Mariam is pursuing a Political Science and International Studies degree. She is the communications director and secretary of 901 Ummah. In the greater Memphis community, Mariam is involved in other organizations which aim to encourage community engagement such as MOVE Politics. She’s passionate about encouraging the greater Muslim community to vote and become politically active.
Creative Director and
Social Media Manager
Saira Sikandar is a graduate student at the University of Memphis concentrating on visual communication. She interns at AutoZone, Inc. in Downtown Memphis and serves on the board for MIST Nashville as their Marketing Chair. In her free time, Saira manages her own photography and graphic design company, Saira Sikandar Co. and loves finding ways to bring her passion of content creation and philanthropy together.
Check out her work at SairaSikandar.co
MEET THE TEAM
Sports and Social Events Chair
Uzair Ahmed is a junior at University of Memphis majoring in Business Information Technology. Born in Los Angeles, California, he moved to Memphis in 2011. Part timing as an E-commerce consultant, and as a soccer coach, Uzair is also the lead Sports and Events Coordinator. Uzair credits much of his ability to being involved with the community to 901 Ummah. Through sports and other activities Uzair hopes to bring more of the Muslim community together and increase their bonds of camaraderie.
Knowledge and Education Chair
Eman Habib is a current student at the University of Memphis and serves as Level 1 Teacher at the Memphis Islamic Center’s Sunday School. Eman enjoys art and surrounding herself with good company. She hopes to one day become a teacher not just for Sunday School, but also as a career. Her role in 901 Ummah is to bring in knowledgeable speakers for the community to benefit from. 901 Ummah has taught her that work and prayer do not work separately. With role models guiding her through her continuing journey, Eman is excited to see what the future holds with 901 Ummah.
Community Service Co-Chair
Maryam Taysir is a proud mother of one cat, a Business major at Rhodes College, a Human Resources Intern at AutoZone, Inc., and the Co-Chair of 901 Ummah’s Community Service sector. Maryam hopes to help expand 901 Ummah’s impact on the greater Memphis community. She enjoys meeting new people and broadening her horizons. Maryam one day wants to own a farm and raise sheep in Palestine.
Fatema Habib is a Muslim Memphian and a Nursing major at the University of Memphis as well a teacher at the Memphis Islamic Center (MIC) weekend school. Fatema enjoys art, fashion, and sewing and has been an active member of MIC. Her devotion to aiding the community got her recruited by the original 901 Ummah team, and since then, Fatema is serving as a Co-Event Coordinator, Graphic Designer, Co-Coordinator in Knowledge/Religion, Co-Coordinator in Art, and a general volunteer. Fatema’s journey with 901 Ummah has helped her grow as an individual by teaching her the values of responsibility, management, communication skills, and dedication. Her favorite lesson learned is to never over-promise and under-perform. Through 901 Ummah, Fatema believes she has been able to cultivate her talents, strengthen her faith in Islam, and most importantly - that it is okay to fail as long as you recover and learn from your mistake.
Arts Committee Chair
Lyba Naseer is currently a student at Rhodes College. In her free time, Lyba enjoys creating art and over the past several years, has used her passion for art to help others. She has donated many of her original pieces to a variety of fundraising events. Through 901 Ummah, Lyba is able to continue her passion for art in combination with her interest in community service. As a 901 Ummah member, Lyba is a volunteer, part of the Community Service team, an Event Coordinator, a Co-Chair of the Arts team, and the Digital Media Manager. As a member of the Community Service team, Lyba helps plan, organize, and lead community service events. Lyba is in charge of the annual Bluff City Art and Poetry Slam and Ronald McDonald House events. 901 Ummah has not only allowed her to continue exploring her passion for art but has encouraged Lyba to leave her comfort zone and become more of a leader. Alhumdulillah, she believes she is blessed to have been able to join this organization that allows every person to cultivate his or her passions while improving his or her relationship with Allah (SWT).
Knowledge and Education Co-Chair
Danah Taha is a junior at the University of Memphis majoring in Health studies. Her interests are volunteering, writing, and reading. She’s volunteered in Amman with elderly homes, orphanages, homeless families, and refugees coming from Syria, Yemen, and Iraq. Danah is on the Community service team and the Education & knowledge team. Through 901 Ummah, Danah has been able to connect with her 901 community and grow in her faith.
Ibrahim Elayan currently works as a Biomedical Engineer at ZimmerBiomet. Born in Knoxville, TN but raised in Amman Jordan Ibrahim experienced both ends of the cultural spectrum living in the roots of Amman while growing up as an American Muslim. In his free time, Ibrahim's hobbies range from video games and watching anime to Rock Climbing. As Co-Social Chair, Ibrahim aspires to bring diverse adventures to the 901 Ummah community and to give back to the community what was given to him.
Community Service Co-Chair
Adil Abdurahman is a recent graduate from the University of Memphis. Majoring in Biology, Adil
part-times as an ED scribe at St. Francis and as a Laboratory Technician at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, he moved to Memphis in 2008. Adil witnessed the impactful work organizations like 901 Ummah were doing and felt he had to become a part the effort. Combining care, kindness and hard work, Adil aims to support the Greater Memphis area any way he can.
Marketing Committee Member
Born in Amman, Jordan, Asil Mansour is a current senior at Cordova High School and voluntarily teaches at Masjid Asalam’s Al-Bayan School every Saturday. If he is not working on music or recording, he is working on shooting and editing videos and writing. Asil is looking forward to pursuing a career in psychology as he is very passionate about understanding the human mind. After moving to Memphis in 2015, Asil became interested in being a part of a community that involved the city’s youth while keeping Islam the foundation of it all, hence joining 901 Ummah. Because he is now a part of the 901 Ummah team, Asil hopes to widen the community’s focus on media and the arts.
Safi Khan was one of the founding members of 901 Ummah as well as the VP and Religion Programs Manager for 901 Ummah. He also has been working as the Memphis Islamic Center's Youth Director since Fall 2016. He graduated from the University of Memphis with a bachelors degree in Teacher Education and minor in English.
Esra Barut studied Biomedical Engineering at Wichita State University and now works at Smith and Nephew in Memphis. She moved to Memphis in 2016 and is a mentor with 901Ummah. She loves to stay active both mentally and physically to continuously grow and develop. She plays soccer and does kickboxing in her free time and travels to learn about new cultures.