Muhsen is a nonprofit umbrella organization serving children and adults with any intellectual, mental, or physical disability. Muhsen’s aim is to establish an inclusive and accessible environment for individuals with disabilities and their families. Muhsen will assume an active role to advocate and educate, conduct training, and implement programs and services across North America to improve the experience within mosques, conventions, related classes and events, as well as to engender a positive and welcoming community for persons with disabilities.
Muhsen will strive to lead in creating a better understanding of Disabilities in our communities and building a better future for these “Special” People of Jannah, In shaa Allah where they are welcomed and all their needs are addressed as they are accepted by all.
Who is Muhsen?
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So a few years ago, I opened a word document on my computer and started brainstorming about how to form an organization that facilitates this beautiful Sunnah. I thought of a name that would reflect it’s Islamic roots while staying true to it’s mission. From that came the name M.U.H.S.E.N which means “One who shows excellence and compassion” and stands for Muslims Understanding & Helping Special Education Needs. A couple of years ago, sister Joohi Tahir and her husband Farhan joined my Hajj group and this dream started to become a reality. Joohi and Farhan have a daughter with Autism and have constantly struggled, as many Muslims do, with the lack of understanding and accommodations for people with special needs in Mosques across the country. But Joohi has for several years not been silent about it. She has joined panels around the country and written articles in an effort to spread awareness. I’m proud to say that she is the Executive Director of M.U.H.S.E.N and has done everything to make this happen. I have watched her put this entire project together and give her full credit.
Sh. Omar Suleiman
Imam Omar Suleiman is the President of the Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research and a professor of Islamic Studies at Southern Methodist University. He’s also the resident scholar of the Valley Ranch Islamic Center and Co-Chair of Faith Forward Dallas at Thanks-Giving Square, a multi-faith alliance for peace and justice.
Originally from New Orleans, LA, he began his journey of traditional Islamic learning in the year 2000 and has spent years studying in the United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Malaysia, etc. Upon becoming certified in various traditional sciences, he completed a Bachelors degree in Islamic law, a Bachelors degree in Accounting, a Masters degree in Islamic finance, a Masters Degree in Political History, and is in the process of completing his PhD from the International Islamic University of Malaysia in Islamic Thought and Civilization.
His career started in his hometown of New Orleans where he served as the Imam of the Jefferson Muslim Association in New Orleans for 6 years and directed the ICNA Relief “Muslims for Humanity” Hurricane Katrina Relief effort. It was in this time that he was noted on a national level as being a strong advocate of community service, interfaith dialogue, and social justice. He co-founded the East Jefferson Interfaith Clergy Association and was awarded for his outstanding civic achievement by the Mayor and City Council of New Orleans in 2010.
He then moved to Dallas and became the Resident Scholar of the Valley Ranch Islamic Center in 2013 and more recently, Co-Chair of Faith Forward Dallas at Thanks Giving Square. In Dallas, he has been a noted leader and voice for peace, and has partaken as a representative of the Muslim Community in many city functions. He has since been a guest at various national functions to share his experiences in community building.
Shaykh Omar most recently founded the Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research which is a think tank that focuses on instilling conviction based on Islamic texts, and producing contribution. He also founded M.U.H.S.E.N (Muslims Understanding and Helping Special Education Needs), a nonprofit umbrella organization serving the community to establish a more inclusive “Special Friendly” environment for our Brothers & Sisters of all Disabilities.
Shaykh Omar has taught Islamic Studies at the university level since 2008 with Mishkah University, Al Maghrib Institute, Bayyinah Institute, and the Islamic Seminary of America. In media, he’s one of the creators of the internationally acclaimed “Inspiration Series” which has reached millions of Muslims and Non Muslims through YouTube and Islamic Television stations worldwide. He’s also known for his series on Quran weekly as well as his contributions to Hadith of the Day.
Sh. Omar Suleiman Founder – TX
Joohi Tahir Executive Director/Co-Founder – IL
Rana Ottallah Secretary/Board Member – LA
Omer Zaman Board Member – IL
Salman Faiz Board Member – IL
Dilshad D. Ali Board Member – VA
Mufti Hussain Kamani Advisor – TX
Tayyab Yunus Advisor – FL