• Northwestern University

    Muslim-cultural Students Association


    In the name of God, most Gracious, most Merciful.

    Welcome to the Northwestern Muslim-cultural Student Association’s website! The McSA is first and foremost concerned with fostering the religious well-being of Northwestern’s Muslim community, hosting events both to educate and bring together the community. Every quarter, our programming ranges from small weekly meetings with fun activities (and snacks!) or a lecturer to large quarterly speakers, concerts, comedians, and everything in between.


    In addition, we are focused on bringing connecting Muslims with the larger Northwestern community and vice versa. To this end, we host the annual “Discover Islam Week” every Winter Quarter featuring daily hot chocolate at The Rock, nightly firesides, and prominent keynote speakers.


    Most important of all, the McSA is here to cultivate a strong community that can support every member in their endeavors—whether spiritual, social, academic, or professional. Regardless of whether or not you are Muslim, this community is open and excited to have you!



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    Tahera Ahmad

    Chaplain Tahera Ahmad is a dynamic Muslim “scholar-practioner” who was raised in Morton Grove, IL and graduated from Niles West High School where she played Varsity basketball. Ahmad studied classical Arabic and traditional Islamic Sciences at Al-Diwan and Al-Azhar in Cairo, Egypt and in Department of Islamic Studies and Christian Muslim Relations and Islamic Chaplaincy at Hartford Theological Seminary in Connecticut. During Women’s History Month 2014, Chaplain Ahmad was honored at the White House as a leading Muslim female in the United States and recognized among top ten good Muslim stories of 2013.

    Ahmad serves on the board of ACURA (Association of College and University Religious Affairs) and is the co-president of the ACMC (Association of College Muslim Chaplains). She has supported leadership for premier Muslim organizations including the Islamic Society of North America, Inner-City Muslim Action Network, and the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago, and served as the Department Head of Islamic Studies at the Nation's largest Muslim Schools, the Islamic Foundation, Villa Park IL. Ahmad is a passionate advocate for social justice and works with young adults in the interfaith movement on artistic and athletic projects to help develop a balanced faith identity in a diverse global world.


    Ahmad has received graduate certification in various religious fields including Applied Spirituality in Women's Leadership from the Women's Leadership Institute at Hartford Seminary, Ijaazaat or classical certification in Quranic Recitation, Arabic language and Islamic sciences from Al-Diwan in Cairo, Egypt. During her graduate studies at Hartford seminary, she served as the Muslim Chaplain at Mt. Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts. Currently she serves as the Director of Interfaith Engagement and Associate Chaplain at Northwestern University.

    Reachable at tahmad@northwestern.edu.


    Leading the community one prayer at a time.

    Sarah Khan


    Salaam! My name is Sarah and I am a rising senior. I look forward to serve as President of McSA this year! I am majoring in Neuroscience and minoring in Global Health. I am also involved in GlobeMed and GES on campus. Feel free to reach out to me with any questions/concerns at sarahkhan2018@u.northwestern.edu.

    Ramish Zaidi

    Executive Vice President

    Hello! I’m a rising junior and will be applying my experience and skill set toward inviting keynote speakers to campus. I was formerly Academic Chair on the Slivka executive board, but stay involved on campus by being a tutor. I am a Neuroscience major with a concentration in computation and systems modeling, but I also have chemistry lab experience. I love answering questions about my Northwestern experience because I think my path has been chaotic and unconventional, which makes it insightful as well. Catch me in my inbox: ramishzaidi2019@u.northwestern.edu

    Sabreen Ali

    Administrative Vice President

    Salaam! I’m Sabreen, and I’m super excited to be serving as the Administrative Vice President for McSA! I’m a rising junior from the suburbs of Chicago, majoring in Computer Science with a minor in Art History. On campus I am also involved in Women in Computing and the Northwestern IT Support Center. Feel free to contact me at sabreenali2019@u.northwestern.edu.

    Najma Mohamed

    Director of External Relations

    Salaam! My name is Najma Mohamed and I am a rising sophomore in Weinberg on the pre-med track (iA). I am from the beautiful city of Chicago and in fact I commute from home while in school. I am so excited to serve as Director of External Relations this year, and I can't wait to meet all the freshmen in the fall! If you have any questions/concerns you can reach out to me at najmamohamed2020@u.northwestern.edu and as always go 'Cats!!!

    Ayesha Rahman

    Director of Public Relations

    Assalaamualikum! My name is Ayesha Rahman and I’ll be serving as your Public Relations Director for Northwestern's McSA. I'm a rising junior in McCormick studying Biomedical Engineering from Chicago, born and raised. I love watching movies, listening to good music, anything Chicago, art and NU basketball. I'm also involved in the Society of Women Engineers. If you have any questions, you can contact me at ayesharahman2019@u.northwestern.edu.

    Abdalla Ali


    Assalamu Alikum, my name is Abdalla Ali and I'm honored to be the treasurer for McSA. I'm a rising Junior in Biomedical Engineering with a Pre-Med track. I'm also involved in research and NSBE. I grew up in the humble city of Iowa City, IA. I love running, watching sports, and chicken . I'm looking forward to managing McSA's finances in order bring about great programming for the community. If you have any questions don't be hesitant to email me at abdallaali2019@u.northwestern.edu.

    Saadia Elahi


    Salaam! My name is Saadia Elahi, and I'm the McSA Secretary this year. I'm a rising Weinberg sophomore from Burr Ridge, IL studying Neuroscience and Spanish. I may or may not have a slightly unhealthy obsession with Disney movies, sour candy, and emojis. My primary goal for this upcoming year is to ensure that all Muslim freshman know that they have a home in the McSA, whether or not they choose to be active members. Please feel free to contact me at any time, with any type of question, at saadiaelahi2020@u.northwestern.edu!

    Ahmad Keshk

    ASG Senator

    Salaam! My name is Ahmad Keshk. I am a Chicago native and McSA’s ASG Senator. As a freshman in Weinberg, I plan on studying Political Science. I am humbled to represent the views of McSA in Northwestern’s Associated Student Government, and hope to hear from the diverse perspectives of McSA members. My hobbies include playing IM sports, running, biking, video games, and being a proud Wildcat! Feel free to contact me with any questions at AhmadKeshk2020@u.northwestern.edu!



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