Executive Director

As RAHMA's Executive Director, Khadijah Abdullah is the driving force behind the organization's crucial programming and ongoing initiatives. Khadijah is passionate about making a difference in the lives of those affected by HIV/AIDS and has dedicated her life to this cause. 

Khadijah holds a Public Health degree from Southern Connecticut State University.

Peer Educators

Maryam Laiyemo is currently an Undergraduate student and Muslim Student Association President at Howard University, where she is majoring in Administration of Justice and minoring in Sociology and Chemistry. Her educational goals are to obtain a doctorate of Medicine, which will aid in her career goal of improving her community by aiding and educating those who are faced with health disparities. As such, Maryam has a passion for social, human rights, and public health issues and chose to join RAHMA because the work done is a matter of great importance to many communities, where there are significant deficiencies in knowledge surrounding many public health issues that Muslims are not immune from. Through being a Peer Educator, Maryam hopes to make a difference in the portrayal of HIV/AIDS in the American Muslim community and other affected communities, reduce stigma, and show that the way to deal with issues in the community is through mercy and compassion.

Zakiyah Wada is an undergraduate student at the University of Maryland, College Park, seeking a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology. Her hopes are to graduate and go on to obtain a Medical Degree and pursue a career in Gynecology. Zakiyah is very passionate about sexual health as well as social justice, human rights, and consciousness-raising. As a great opportunity, she joined RAHMA because it encompasses all these ideas and relates them to the local Muslim community. Though currently training to become a Peer Educator, Zakiyah plans to educate the local Muslim community on HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases in hopes of reducing stigma and transmission rates while simultaneously increasing awareness and acceptance of affected individuals.

Farhana Hossain is currently an undergraduate student and Muslim Student Association treasurer at Howard University where she is majoring in biology with a minor in chemistry. Her educational goals are to obtain a doctorate of medicine so that she can pursue her future goal of becoming a neurosurgeon and opening up her own private practice to aid those that live in low socioeconomic areas. As such, Farhana has chose to join RAHMA because of the lack of healthcare that is present in such communities where many community members opt to remain untreated due to health care costs. Through being a peer educator, Farhana hopes to make a difference in American Muslim communities where HIV/AIDS does not receive the recognition that it deserves and highlights the issues of stigma and ways to deal with the disease through compassion and knowledge. 

Musaabir Laiyemo is currently an Undergraduate student and a Religious Fellowship Representative for the Muslim Student Association at Howard University, where he is majoring in Sports Medicine and minoring in Biology and Chemistry. His educational goals are to obtain a doctorate of Medicine and become an anesthesiologist. Musaabir has a passion for helping people chose to join RAHMA in order to better assist the community. Through being a Peer Educator, Musaabir hopes to change the portrayal of HIV/AIDS in the American Muslim community and to spread more information about Sexually Transmitted Infections so that the stigma can be eliminated.

Shanzah Khan is currently an undergraduate student at Howard University, where she is majoring in Economics and minoring in political science. Her educational goals are to obtain a Juris Doctorate and become a human rights lawyer. Through being a Peer Educator, Shanzah hopes to spread awareness of HIV/AIDS within the American Muslim community.

 

Firdausa Stover is currently a undergraduate freshman at Morgan State University, she intends to pursue a career in multimedia journalism. Firdausa believes that sexual health is an important subject that doesn't get talked about enough in certain households, especially in muslim households. She intends to work through RAHMA to make an impact on the lives of those around her.