Every Islamic school student has equitable access to high quality education within an Islamic framework.
CISNA advocates for Islamic schools, provides accreditation services, professional development, and resources to ensure institutional effectiveness that leads to student success.
Advisory Council Members
CISNA is honored to introduce the members of CISNA’s Advisory Council. Each member brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in the field of Education, Islamic Studies, Quran & Arabic, Non-Profit Governance and Financial and Organizational Sustainability. The Advisory Council is committed to CISNA’s mission and vision.
Abdalla Idris Ali
Shaikh Abdalla Idris Ali is a founder and senior advisor of the Council of Islamic Schools in North American (CISNA). He is a well-known North American Muslim public speaker, Imam, and community leader. Shaikh Abdalla’s academic background combines both International Relations from the University of Toronto as well his Islamic knowledge in the areas of tafseer, shariah, and counselling. As a community leader, he served as the ISNA President for 5 years and as the ISNA Canada Islamic School principal for over a decade, where he was integral in implementing Islamic and Arab studies syllabi for elementary and junior high students. He is currently a board member on the Board of Trustees for the Islamic Teaching Center and North American Islamic Trust. Shaikh 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
Necva Ozgur is the founder and Executive Director of MERIT and the founding School Head of New Horizon School Pasadena, NHSP. Necva obtained an M.S. degree from the School of Pharmacy at the University of Istanbul and later, an M.A. degree in Human Development from Pacific Oaks College in California, where she wrote her thesis on Strategies to Achieve Excellence in an Islamic School. Necva played a pivotal role in establishing NHSP and led the school to get its accreditation from WASC and CAIS. With the leadership of Necva and a skilled administrative team, NHSP earned the Blue Ribbon recognition from the Department of Education. Necva was also instrumental in launching New Horizon School Irvine and Minaret Academy in an advisory role. After serving NHSP for twelve years, Necva established a resource center called MERIT, Muslim Educators, Resource, Information and Training Center in 2005. She provides Islamic schools with board training, principal coaching, accreditation, school establishment, development, evaluation and consulting. Necva joined a group of dedicated Muslims to establish Bayan Islamic Graduate School in California to educated Muslim American Leaders.
Shahéd Said Khan