In 1989, an educational symposium, organized and hosted by the Islamic Society of North America, gathered Muslim educators, community members, and representatives from many Islamic institutions throughout North America. Discussions resulted in the appointment of a seven member ad hoc committee to serve as the architects of a mechanism for cooperation and communication among full-time Islamic schools throughout the continent. This committee included representatives from various US geographical regions and Canada. By November of 1991, as a result of the committee’s efforts, the first full-time Islamic School general assembly meeting was held in Detroit, Michigan. Approximately 45 full-time Islamic schools were represented, a constitution was ratified,
and CISNA was formed.
- Promote Islamic schools and Islamic education on a global level
- Provide accreditation services
- Provide professional development at a global level
- Foster professional relationships among Islamic schools and other organizations
- Provide consulting services relevant to Islamic education
CISNA Board of Directors
CISNA is governed by a group of highly educated, experienced, and qualified Board of Directors who believe in Islamic school education. Those volunteers who serve were elected by CISNA member schools as outlined in CISNA bylaws. CISNA currently serves over 300 Islamic schools from the US and Canada at its conferences. CISNA includes over 60 members of whom 35 have earned CISNA accreditation.
Mr. Safaa Zarzour, Esq., M.Ed
He is the principal attorney of the law firm Zarzour Law LLC. Previously, he served as principal of one of the largest Islamic schools in the nation for over a decade, was Secretary General of ISNA, General Council and Chief Operations Officer of Zakat Foundation of America, Chief Executive Officer of IQRA International Foundation, and served as an adjunct law professor at Loyola Law School.
Mr. Zarzour has also been volunteering actively within his community. He is the Chairman of the Council of Islamic Schools of North America (CISNA), a member of Majlis Al-Shura of ISNA, a member of the Board of Directors of the Lake Institute on Faith and Giving, Vice Chairman of the Mosque Foundation and President of the Syrian Forum USA. He was also the founder and chairman of CAIR-Chicago for over 10 years. Recently, Mr. Zarzour was elected to the board of Oak Lawn High School District 229 in Illinois In all his personal and volunteer work, Mr. Zarzour, has always focused on supporting various Muslim communities throughout the country by strengthening vital community institutions that include families, mosques, schools, and organizations that are involved in civic and social services. However, cultivating Islamic schools remain his passion because it is schools that produce capable graduates that lead all other institutions.
She is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Edlevate | Educational Consulting, which aims at improving school culture, pedagogy, and achievement through knowledge, growth, and expertise.
Her passion is with Educational Technology, as she attends and partakes in national conferences and summits to improve her own professional learning in current and relevant global digital practices.
Sahar offers professional development workshops in a wide range of educational topics for all stakeholders. She also presents for Seminars and National & International Education Conferences.
She has acquired NY State licenses in School District Leader, School Building Leader, and English Language Arts & English as a Second Language K-12 Teaching Certifications. She holds a double masters of Science in Educational Leadership and Teaching English to Students of Other Languages- and a Bachelors in Political Science with a minor in Labor Studies and Sociology. Her near future plans are to pursue a Doctorate of Education in Digital Learning.
Mr. Habeeb Quadri, M.Ed
Mr. Omar Chatila
Dr. Patricia Zahirah Salahuddin, Ed.D
Shaykh Dr. Abdalla Idris Ali
Shaykh Abdalla is currently the Executive Director of ISNA Canada, where he holds weekly tafseer classes, and contributes monthly to ISNA Lanterns – ISNA Canada’s online publication. He lives with his family in Oakville, Ontario
Ms. Sufia Azmat
Dr. Ghada Al-sadoon
Dr. Al-Sadoon received her B.S in Math from Yarmouk University, M.S. in Technical Communication from Metropolitan State University, and Doctor of Education degree in K-12 Administration (Ed.D) from Bethel University. She also has a Superintendent and Principal license. She has Qur’an Ijaza Certificate from the Islamic University of Minnesota. She has also authored a complete Arabic curriculum (pre-school- 6th grade) – Lughatuna Fakhrunaلغتنا فخرنا.
Dr. Al-Sadoon has been associated with Al-Amal school for over 15 years in various capacities. She worked as a teacher, department coordinator, and vice principal. Recently, she is the school’s principal. She established Arabic Academy in 2006, and she is still managing it for more than 12 years. Dr. Al-Sadoon is a member of CISNA board of directors. She also serves on the Bethel University Education Advisory Board.
Dr. Al-Sadoon enjoys parasailing, swimming, walking, boating, tennis, traveling, web designing and interior designing. According to Strengths Finder Personal Assessment Test, her top five strengths are Achiever, Learner, Futuristic, Relator, and Discipline.