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Seyed Ali Ghazvini

Imam Seyed Ali Ghazvini The Spritual Leader of ICCF imam@icfresno.org

Education:

BA – Political Science, Tehran University, Iran (1990) Certificate (equivalent to Master), Islamic Theology, Seminary of Qum, Iran (1994) MBA, University of La Verne, California (2003)

Imam Ghazvini speaks three languages: English, Farsi and Arabic. He is married and has four children and six grand children.

Accomplishments:

Founder and director, The Assadiq Foundation (a Muslim community center) in Southern California (1996-2004).

Founder and President of the Development and Relief Foundation (DRF), a non-profit organization dedicated to help women and children, and offer quality education and health services in Iraq. (since 2004) www.drfcharity.org

Board member of the American Medical Overseas Relief, a non-profit organization dedicated to improve health status in Afghanistan and elsewhere. (since 2008) www.amorelief.org

Official ICCF Representative, Muslim Advisory Council of Central California

Member, Board to Trustees, The Ahlul Bait University, Karbala , Iraq – a private university established 2003.

Participated in more than 35 national and international conferences about Islam and the Middle East.

Former Co-Chair of the Interfaith Alliance of Central California. www.interfaithalliancecc.org

Since May 2004, Imam Ghazvini has served as the imam* at the Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno.  He leads Friday Prayer at the center as well as Tafseer (Interpretation) classes of the Holy Qur’an.  He is a strong advocate of interfaith dialogue and co-operation for the protection of the family, the environment and for peace awareness.

Areas of Research:

Islam and international relations Islam and contemporary politics and ethics Political history of Islam – early stages

Islamic Studies with focus on early history, ethics, Muslims and non-Muslims relation and environment Professional Affiliations

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Hajj Reza Nekumanesh, Director of ICCF  reza@icfresno.org

Education:

M.A. Islamic Leadership, Bayan College of Claremont-Lincoln University (Inaugural Class) (2013)

B.A. Philosophy & Religious Studies, California State University, Fresno (2002)

Affiliations:

Board Member, Faith in Community FIC

Co-Chair, Planning Committee, Human Rights Coalition of the Central Valley HRC

Board Member, Muslim Advisory Council of Central California

Member, Homeless Summit of the Bishop Steinbock Committee

Member (Representing ICCF), Shi’a Muslim Council of Southern Ca.  SMC

Co-Founder, S.A.J.A.D. (Social Action Justice and Da’wah)

Major Areas of Research:

His major areas of research are Shi’a Law and Jurisprudence, Theology, Islamic History, the teachings and evolving ideologies of Hajj Malik Shabazz (Malcolm X), the American-Muslim identity and experience, environmental ethics, religious violence, non-profit management and inter and intra-faith cooperation.

Reza, who is married and has two children, has been living in Fresno and been active in the community for the past 18 years.