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Seyed Ali Ghazvini

Imam Seyed Ali Ghazvini The Spritual Leader of ICCF [email protected]

Education:

  • BA – Political Science, Tehran University, Iran (1990) Certificate (equivalent to Master’s Degree),
  • 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, Central Valley Islamic Council
  • Member, Board to Trustees, The Ahlul Bait University, Karbala , Iraq – a private university established 2003.
  • Former Co-Chair of the Interfaith Alliance of Central California. www.interfaithalliancecc.org
  • Participated in more than 35 national and international conferences about Islam and the Middle East.

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

Hajj Reza Nekumanesh, Executive Director of ICCF  [email protected]

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 the Valley FIC
  • Chair, Clergy Caucus
  • Board Member, Human Rights Coalition of the Central Valley HRC
  • Board Member & Secretary, Central Valley Islamic Council
  • Member, Homeless Summit of the Bishop Steinbock Committee
  • Member, Police Chief’s Advisory Council
  • Member, Shi’a Muslim Council of Southern Ca.  SMC
  • Member, Hate Crimes Task Force
  • 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 has been serving the Muslim community in Fresno for the past 20 years.  He is a strong advocate for social, racial, economic and environmental justice and interfaith understanding and cooperation.