United Muslim Foundation (UMF) is a registered non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization and a recognized public charity based in the USA.
UMF was founded on the core value of giving back to the local communities we live in, volunteering and working together with others as one Muslim Ummah by Muslim youth eager to make a difference in the lives of others one small step at a time. Founded in 2004, we have been serving in the USA for years feeding the needy, creating youth projects to help empower and educate our youth and helping dispel misconceptions about Islam.
Our Mission: Establishing Unity Through
… because when we stand united, we can make a bigger difference to change perception!
UMF serves to Promote Unity, Education and Community Service. Our philosophy is to network with other charitable organizations and with Muslims of every sect and culture who seek to contribute to society. UMF extends solidarity to learning centers, groups and individuals who wish to work United to promote greater Islamic awareness while creating and encouraging involvement in Community Service efforts.
UMF directors, officers and volunteers nationwide are talented, intellectual Muslims from various sects and cultures who commit many hours in community service recognized by Seminole County, Bright Futures and UMF's own Scholarship Program. We appreciate your volunteer hours and tax-exempt donations to this worthy cause and invite you to become part of a team that’s making a difference.
Co-Founder & Executive Director
Masuma Virji co-founded United Muslim Foundation in 2003, while completing a degree in Education and Biology at the University of Central Florida. Masuma's passion lies in Promoting Unity among Muslims, Clarifying Misconceptions about Islam, Establishing Projects to help Local Needy and Empowering the Youth. Masuma has served as Executive Committee Member of CAIR FL, Chair of her local School Advisory Committee, Islamic School Principal and Teacher, and as the Director of several Education and Community Service initiatives. Masuma has been invited as a Guest Speaker at a number of Universities and Interfaith events and has appeared and been interviewed on US and UK News channels and Radio stations. Masuma is the recipient of the CAIR Excellence in Community Service Award and the ICNA Helping Hand Community Service Recognition Award.
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Co-Founder & Treasurer
Naushad Virji earned a degree in business administration from the University of Florida and then went on to successfully complete his series 65 NASD examination to become a registered investment advisor. Naushad is the CEO of Virji Investments, Inc., a boutique money management firm specializing in Sharia-compliant investment solutions for the Muslim community (ShariaPortfolio). With an interest in activism and community service, Naushad co-founded the United Muslim Foundation, where he currently serves as Treasurer on the board of directors. Naushad is also on the advisory board of Advance Law, a Washington D.C. based legal consulting firm that works with some of the largest companies in the world to help them retain quality law firms that have been carefully vetted to provide superior value. Naushad has also served on the board of Mercy USA as Treasurer and dedicates himself to several philanthropic efforts.
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Zainab Alidina has been running United Muslim Foundation's Hungerteam, serving needy children and their families in Seminole County since 2009. Professionally employed as a travel agent, Zainab believes in compassion as a necessary tool towards her end goal of helping to end world hunger. She is passionate about taking care of the less fortunate and works closely with the homeless and hungry and with local schools identifying the needs of families at a grass roots level. Zainab liaison's UMF Hungerteam with state and city non-profits, charitable and religious organizations, businesses and restaurants to help get food, clothes, school supplies and basic necessities to the needy.
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Farha Fazel is a Graduate of Cedar Crest College, in Pennsylvania. Farha co-founded UMF's Muslim Teen Portal on TeenCentral.Net in 2012 bringing it to launch in 2013. Being a proponent of diversity and cultural awareness has provided Farha will the skills necessary to orchestrate programs that promote Unity, Education and Community Service. As a Youth Leader with many years of volunteer service, Farha has practical experience empowering youths to understand the importance of engagement and dialogue. Farha has served as a panelist on Youth Engagement at the Chaplain's Conference held at Yale University and been interviewed by the Express Times.
Farha can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
UMF Girl Guides Advisor / Hungerteam Officer
Shakira has been involved with UMF since it's inception. She enjoys working with little children and the elderly and setting up events to nurture children and empower youth. Shakira serves as advisor to the Girl Guides and is also very passionate about taking care of the less fortunate. She reaches out to local donors after identifying the needs of school children and their families and organizes collections, storage, packing and distributing items directly to them.
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UMF Boy Guides Advisor / Photographer
Rizwan Jaffer earned a Bachelor's (with Honors) in Computer Studies/ Accounting & Finance from Oxford Brookes University in Oxford, U.K. Rizwan who works for Liberty Mutual is also a professional photographer at Jaffer Photography, captures the many memorable moments at UMF. He serves as an advisor to UMF Boy Guides and has been instrumental in the establishment of the Guides Program.
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'United Muslim Monthly' (E-News) Editor
Sara Beg is an undergraduate student majoring in Radio/Television at the University of Central Florida. Sara is UMF's Monthly Newspaper Editor and is also the Marketing/PR Coordinator for the Muslim Student Association at UCF for the 2013-2014 academic year. An avid reader and writer from a young age, Sara hopes to use her talents to combat ignorance about Islam while encouraging unity, tolerance and understanding within the American Muslim community.
UMF Digital Media Journalist
Sabira Mawji is a student majoring in Journalism and minoring in International Relations at The University of Central Florida. She writes for The Central Florida Future newspaper along with being a member of The Society of Professional Journalists. Sabira is also the Community Service Coordinator of the Muslim Student Association at UCF. She has been involved with UMF since she was eight years old as a result of her passion for community service and involvement. She envisions herself to be an international correspondent journalist who shares her stories through printed words and pixels. Collaborating community service and her passion for taking pictures, she snaps the memorable moments that occur during UMF events to share with others.
UMF ConsultantSameer is an accomplished eCommerce Executive with over a decade of experience in delivering enterprise multi-channel, omni-channel, and mobility strategy and solutions. He helps clients evolve their business vision through holistic strategies to help them remain relevant and competitive in the global marketplace. His provides expertise in the areas of Enterprise Architecture, Business Process, Integration Architecture, and the myriad of related disciplines that enable integration across the eCommerce ecosystem. Sameer also serves on the Board of Directors for The Ark Institute , a NY based non-profit educational institution, and is the Assistant Director of The Central Board of Education in Orlando - a non-profit organization that is focused providing social services to the local community. Sameer earned his Bachelors of Arts in Computer Science from Boston University.
Public Relations Director
An award winning public speaker, Shabeer Kirmani enjoys delivering speeches on a regular basis at universities, community centers & camps and presents at UMF's monthly Coffee Encounters He has a keen ability to communicate and disseminate information & ideas enthusiastically to his respective audience. Shabeer hopes to inspire others to be their best, through his actions & words. He envisions a truly united community and believes promulgating accurate information is the key to alleviating societal tension, especially with respect to Islam. Shabeer is very active in the Florida community, serving on multiple management committees, as well as teaching & mentoring local youth at institutes throughout the region. He is a graduate of the University of Central Florida, having majored in Economics with minors in Mathematics & Computer Science. He currently works as an Informatics Consultant in the Pharmaceutical & Life Sciences sector.
Jillian Pikora is a graduate of North Carolina State University, where she studied the Middle East, Global Perspectives, and Political Science. After working on several political campaigns in a variety of locales, and volunteering extensively with the Girl Scounts as a lifelong member; Jillian brings her enthusiasm for helping others and organizing events to UMF. As a newcomer to Florida, he has embraced the Muslim community by attending a variety of Masjids and helping others begin Girl Scout Troops for their daughters and volunteering to teach young children Arabic. In her time off, she enjoys writing and has contributed articles to numerous Islamic magazines and websites. She looks forward to advancing many community partnerships for UMF while becoming acquainted with each partner, building new relationships and growing the UMF team of volunteers.
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