Our Administrative Team
Jihad serves as the founding president of Bayan Claremont, and was previously the Religious Director of the Islamic Center of Southern California. He is a sought-after national speaker on issues related to Islam, Muslims in America, Muslim reform movements, ethical leadership, and spiritual and identity formation of youth. Having been born to a Muslim-Palestinian father and a Christian-American mother in Phoenix Arizona, Jihad spent his college years traveling the Muslim world and exploring his roots and the Islamic tradition. He spent time in both the Islamic University of Medina, Saudi Arabia, where he studied Arabic and Islamic Studies, and in Iran where he studied Farsi at the University of Tehran and in Qum. He received his B.A. degree in History and Arabic at the University of California, Berkeley, and his Master’s degree at the University of Texas, Austin, in Arabic and Islamic Law and Jurisprudence. For the past fifteen years, Jihad has dedicated himself to improving relations between the Muslim, Jewish, and Christian communities of Southern California.
Vice President of Operations and Academic Affairs
Munir has nearly 30 years of experience as a non-profit executive, and has contributed to the efforts of numerous Muslim American organizations, including the Institute on Religion and Civic Values (formerly known as the Council on Islamic Education), Human Assistance and Development International (HADI), Unity Productions Foundation, and the Muslim Youth Camp of California. Additionally, and the Islamic Shura Council of Southern California (ISCSC). He holds an M.A. in Islamic Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles, and has taught courses on Middle Eastern history, Islam, and world history at several Southern California higher education institutions. He is sought as a public educator, content author and reviewer, consultant, grant-writer and technical advisor for projects addressing Islam’s place in world history, inter-religious and religious literacy issues, and Muslim American community developments.
Director of Educational Outreach
Fouad is Director of Educational Outreach, overseeing the BayanONLINE initiative for community education and research. Fouad also teaches locally in Southern California with The Majlis and is involved in several research initiatives in the area of systematic theology around the world. He is dedicated to creatively reviving the traditional Islamic rationalist disciplines. He attained licenses (‘ijazāt) to teach Creedal theology, Malikī Legal Thought and Rulings, Arabic language, spiritual purification, Ḥadith, and the Qur’anic sciences, and went on to further specialize in logic, kalām, and legal theory (uṣūl).
Assistant Director of Development
Being born and bred in Houston, Texas, Basmah appreciates the dual opportunity to serve Bayan’s mission from outside Southern California or Chicago and also frequently fly across the country to meet supporters of Bayan. From the University of Houston, she earned her Bachelor’s degree followed by her Master’s in Public Administration with a specialization in nonprofit management. She volunteers locally with Islamic schools and a variety of other nonprofits or projects to do with education, mental health, special needs, and more. In her spare time, she enjoys all things children, being in spaces of spiritual growth, reading, and writing.
Director of Administration and Student Services
Cesar obtained his Master’s Degree in Islamic Studies and Leadership from Bayan in 2015. He then studied classical Arabic at Al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt. He is a Mexican convert to Islam, born in California, and currently serves as imam and teacher for LALMA, the Los Angeles Latino Muslim Association and is also co-chair of the Christian-Muslim Consultative Group. Since 2006, he has been actively involved in the Muslim community of Southern California through his work with local mosques and several Muslim organizations, taking part in interreligious activities and text-study groups and leading sessions on Islam at churches and schools to foster understanding between people of different faiths.