Hooman Keshavarzi is a Licensed Psychotherapist in Illinois, completed his Psy.D (to be conferred), holds a Masters of Clinical Psychology and a Bachelors of Science – specialist psychology track/minor in Islamic Studies. He is currently a visiting scholar for Ibn Haldun University (Turkey), Adjunct Professor of Psychology at Argosy University Chicago, American Islamic College, Hartford Seminary, instructor of psychology at Islamic Online University and founding director of Khalil Center – the first Islamically oriented professional community mental wellness center and largest provider of Muslim mental healthcare in the US. He is also a fellow at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding at the Global Health Center, conducting research on topics related to Muslims and Mental Health. Hooman Keshavarzi is an international public speaker and trainer currently serving as a Clinical supervisor of graduate students of clinical psychology at the Village of Hoffman Estates (DHS). He also delivers seminars on specialized topics around multiculturalism and psychology.
Hooman Keshavarzi has also authored several published academic papers in recognized peer-reviewed journals on integrating Islamic spirituality into modern psychological practice.
In addition to his academic training, Hooman Keshavarzi has studied Islamic theology both formally and informally. He is a student of Shaykh Muhammad Zakariya from Toronto, Canada, where he attended his hadith and spiritual discourses for a number of years. After moving to Chicago, he studied informally with Shaykh Azeemuddin Ahmed, later formally enrolling in Darussalam Academy for 4 years. During this time he also did some specialized coursework with Shaykh Amin Kholwadia in Islamic counseling. He then transferred to Darul Qasim where he is continuing his higher Islamic education.
1-855-5KHALIL Ext: 703
Fahad Khan, Psy.D
Clinical Director, Chicagoland Offices
Dr. Fahad Khan is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and a Masters degree in Biomedical Sciences. He is also a Hafiz of the Qur’an (having committed the entire Qur’an to memory) and has studied Islamic studies with various scholars in the Muslim world and the US. He is currently a student at Darul Qasim continuing his Arabic and Islamic studies under the supervision of Sh. Amin Kholwadia. He is a faculty member at Concordia University Chicago and College of DuPage. He has conducted numerous research studies and have published book chapters and articles on Traditional Islamically-Integrated Psychotherapy (TIIP), help-seeking attitudes of Muslim Americans as well as the effects of Acculturation & Religiosity on Psychological Distress. He is a fellow of the International Association of Islamic Psychology and serves as an editor for the Journal of Muslim Mental Health.
1-855-5KHALIL Ext. 704
Kamran Aslam Chaudri, JD
Director of Development
Kamran is a second generation transactional attorney, the son and nephew of U.K. qualified advocates. After spending 5 years in the Projects and Infrastructure group at Mayer Brown and 3 years in the Global Transportation Finance group at Vedder Price advising sponsors, financiers, governments and credit support agencies in international business transactions, he went in-house to assist Khalil Center, a Zakat Foundation Project, expand its work to advance the practice of professional psychology rooted in Islamic principles. Along the way he has advised individuals and businesses in matters of Islamic finance and other contractual arrangements consistent with Islamic law. Previously, he completed a fellowship at a leading Indian microfinance institution and an internship at a top international Pakistani law firm. He speaks fluent Urdu, with intermediate working knowledge of Punjabi, Arabic and Spanish, continues to study books of theology, law and ethics with Islamic scholars and teaches the application of Islamic law and ethics.
1-855-5KHALIL Ext. 716
Sabaahath Latifi, MS LCPC
Licensed Clinical PsychoTherapist
Sabaahath Latifi is a clinical therapist at Khalil Center. She has completed her Masters of Science in Clinical Psychology, with a subspecialty in children and adolescents’ developmental psychology, from Benedictine University. She graduated from Elmhurst College with her Bachelors in Speech-Language Pathology. Prior to that, Sabaahath studied Islamic jurisprudence, history, Quran Tafseer, and Urdu for six years. She has also previously worked with children with special needs and learning disorders.
Through her experience at Khalil Center, Sabaahath has primarily worked with women experiencing anxiety, OCD, marital conflict, and depression. She has also worked with children experiencing anxiety, significant changes in family situations, peer related concerns, body image and self-esteem issues, and stress management. She currently works as a clinician at the center and as a school counselor at MCC Academy. She also facilitates the divorced sisters’ support group and manages the Khalil Center Helpline.
1-855-5KHALIL Ext 706
Sarah Syed, Psy.D
Dr. Sarah Syed completed her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Purdue University. Her master’s degree is in clinical psychology was obtained from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University and her doctorate in clinical psychology from the Texas School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University in Dallas, Texas. Dr. Syed has a broad range of experience working within the field of psychology including diagnostic and vocational testing, career counseling, domestic violence, addictions, family and couples therapy, depression, anxiety, stress, adjustment, grief/loss, school concerns, lifespan adjustment, and community mental health. Her pre-doctoral experiences include neuropsychology testing, children, family, and couples counseling and inpatient psychiatric care of adults with moderate to severe psychiatric issues.
1-855-5KHALIL Ext 705
Samar Harfi, MA, Psy.D
Dr. Samar holds a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Samar’s clinical training and experience include working with individuals struggling with mood disorders, anxiety, traumatic incidents, identity concerns, relationship problems, and other serious mental health issues. Dr. Samar has worked with individuals from all age groups across gender and a broad range of cultural identities. She has special interest in working with children, adolescents, and young adults. Dr. Samar’s clinical approach is integrative with a focus on multicultural, interpersonal and narrative therapy. As a bilingual clinician with international experience, Dr. Samar has provided clinical services in both Arabic and English.
Dr. Samar is passionate about social justice and multicultural counseling and has been active in national and international mental health projects in the past. She received the President’s Volunteer Service Award for her work with refugees in Chicago in 2012.
1-855-5KHALIL Ext 707
Shireen Musleh, MA LCPC
Shireen Musleh is licensed in the state of Illinois to diagnose and treat mental health related issues as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC), and holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology. She has extensive clinical experience counseling children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families with various types of concerns and issues. She has experience and training on marital conflicts and parenting, fears and anxieties, grief, depression, and addiction.
Mrs. Musleh has a great deal of understanding and training in working with individuals and families suffering from domestic violence. She completed an all-encompassing training program with the Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ICADV). She co-facilitated domestic violence and anger management groups to provide psycho-education and to increase insight into maladaptive coping mechanisms. Partner Abuse Intervention Program (PAIP) groups were provided to court ordered perpetrators, which is a program that provides services for people, both males and females, who control their partner with physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, or economical abuse (money). She also co-facilitated self-esteem groups for women to empower them and provide a safe support system. She provided co-parenting counseling for couples going through divorce, as well as for individuals struggling with the difficulties of parenting. She has basic training in biofeedback/neurofeedback, which is an evidenced-based adjunctive treatment used for psychiatric conditions such as attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, phobic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, bipolar disorder, depression and affective disorders, autism, and addictive disorders.
1-855-5KHALIL ext 714
AbdulAziz Khalid Syed, LSW
Dr. Mohamad Ata, DNP
NPA – Psychiatry
Dr. Mohamad Ata received his doctorate of nursing practice (DNP) from Rush University in 2017 and worked as a psychiatric nurse since 2012. His medical training includes a residency in psychiatry at Carle Foundation Hospital. He became board certified in psychiatry in 2018. He is a member of the Neuroscience Education Institute.
His medical interests include:
- Special populations including deaf, mute, blind, and autism,
- Neurocognitive disorders including dementia
- Also: delirium, depression, and anxiety.
Dr. Ata believes in a holistic approach to treating mental illness including the integration of Islamic principles, psychopharmacological interventions, and psychotherapy for optimal outcomes.
Contact : Mohamadata@khalilcenter.com
1-855-5KHALIL Ext 709
Dr Yusuf Salah, MD
Dr. Yusuf Salah received his Bachelors Degree in Middle Eastern Languages and Civilization from Northwestern University. He then completed medical school at the University of Illinois at Chicago and his residency in Adult Psychiatry at the University of Chicago Medical Center. His interests include youth work and community service.
1-855-5KHALIL Ext 708
Imman Musa, Ph.D.
Dr. Imman Musa earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Saint Louis University. Her research career has focused on the mental health impact of discrimination and Islamophobia on American Muslims. Dr. Musa has presented her research at professional conferences across the country including the annual meetings of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, and the Muslim Mental Health Conference. She is a co-founder and Director of Outcomes and Evaluation at MWPN, a St. Louis-based non-profit organization dedicated to the mentorship and professional development of Muslim women.
Clinically, Dr. Musa works with adolescents, adults, and couples. She has specialized training working with individuals with anxiety disorders, mood disorders, and substance use disorders. Dr. Musa has previously worked with diverse client populations in a broad range of clinical settings, including partial hospitalization programs, primary care medical centers, college counseling centers, and community mental health clinics. She sees clients with a broad range of presenting issues including anxiety disorders, OCD, PTSD, mood disorders, addictions, adjustment issues, ADHD, acculturation stress, bereavement, and sleep disorders. When working with clients, Dr. Musa utilizes cognitive-behavioral strategies while incorporating a multicultural framework that considers her clients’ unique social identities, values, and belief systems.
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1-855-5KHALIL Ext 732
Manal Samara, MA, NCC, LPC
Manal is a licensed professional counselor. Manal has completed her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Concordia University in Chicago. She also holds a Master degree in Special Education, as well as a Bachelor degree in Education and Sociology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Manal has gathered experience internationally working with youth at risk, victims of domestic violence in the states and overseas; as well as working for many years in teaching and curriculum development in various educational settings.
Manal views family as the most crucial unit in society. As a professional who speaks Arabic and Hebrew, in addition to English, these skills have allowed Manal to develop a passionate interest and gain experience in therapy with families, couples, women and children. She has underwent training in Post Partum Support International- PSI, Specializing in Perinatal Mental Health related issues, such as screening and treating women with post partum mood and anxiety disorder- PMADs, and other related women issues. Manal is also trained in level I and II in relationship therapy with the Gottmann institute, one of leading institutes in developing marriage and couple therapy modules.
Manal has completed her step one EMDR training and is currently working toward certification in treating trauma survivors. She also receives supervision and consultation from EMDRIA certified trainers. Manal has been active in mental health organization, such as the PSI-IL chapter in the multicultural education committee , as well giving parenting workshops through scream free parenting. Manal has previously presented some of her work with families and the issue of conflicted divorce in Illinois counseling association- ICA conference.
1-855-5KHALIL Ext 1
Ustadha Rania Awaad, MD
Clinical Director – Bay Area Offices
Raised in the U.S., Ustadha Rania Awaad began her formal study of the traditional Islamic sciences when her parents permitted her to travel to Damascus, Syria at the age of 14. Her desire to continue studying the Deen resulted in multiple trips back to Damascus, interspersed between her high school, college and medical studies. She was honored to receive Ijaazah (authorization to teach) several branches of the Shari’ah sciences at the hands of many renowned scholars, including many female scholars. She has received Ijaazah to teach Tajwid in both the Hafs and Warsh recitations from the late eminent Syrian scholar, Shaykh Abu Hassan al-Kurdi. In addition to completing several advanced texts of the Shafi’i madhhab, she is licensed to teach texts of Maliki fiqh, Adab and Ihsan. Currently, Ustadha Rania teaches online and local classes for The Rahmah Foundation, Rabata, and is on faculty of Zaytuna College where she teaches courses in Shafi’i fiqh, women’s issues in fiqh, and has helped develop and co-direct the Tajweed and Hifz progam.
Ustadha Rania also a medical doctor with a specialty in Psychiatry. She completed her Psychiatric residency and fellowship training at Stanford University where she is currently on the faculty as a Clinical Instructor in the Stanford Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences department. Her medical interests include addressing mental health care concerns in the Muslim community- particularly that of Muslim women and girls. She has been awarded grants from the NIMH (National Institute of Mental Health) to conduct research on this topic and has presented her findings at several medical conferences. Other on-going endeavors include the compilation of manuscripts addressing female-related mental health and medical issues from a fiqh-oriented perspective. She currently serves as the Director of the Rahmah Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to teaching Muslim women and girls traditional Islamic knowledge. In this capacity she also heads the Murbbiyah Mentoring Program which trains young women how to teach and mentor Muslim girls and teens. Ustadha Rania is both a wife and a mother; she has been counseling and teaching women classes on Tajwid, Shafi’i Fiqh, Ihsan, marriage and raising children since 1999.
Contact: 1-855-5KHALIL Ext 702
Hira Khanzada, MSW
Community Outreach Co-ordinator & Therapist
Hira Khanzada is a Mental Health Therapist, credentialed as an Associate Clinical Social Worker in the State of California. She completed her Master’s at UC Berkeley and graduate social work training at institutions including the UCSF/SFGH Trauma Recovery Center and Stanford Health Care. Hira has experience supporting those with depression, anxiety, relationship stress, chronic illness, and multiple forms of trauma, across a broad spectrum of faiths, cultures and ethnicities. Hira’s approach in therapy is warm, non-judgmental, and confidential. She views emotions and the heart as reservoirs for deep healing, and seeks to approach all challenges holistically from their root cause, whether emotional, physical, or spiritual. Her theoretical orientation is integrative, incorporating modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Skills Training in Affective and Behavioral Regulation. She provides services in English and Urdu/Hindi. She can speak basic conversational Spanish as well.
Nuzhath Quadri, LMFT
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Nuzhath Quadri is holds a Masters in Counseling Psychology and is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She is currently working in a school and clinic setting. Her primary experience includes working with children, adolescents, women, and families.
Heba el-Haddad, MS, PsyD-Candidate
Mental Health Associate
Heba has received her undergraduate degree from UC Irvine in Psychology of Social Science, later earned a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and is currently pursuing her doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology. She worked at OMID Multicultural Institute for Development, a mental health institute for 3 years, where she completed her practicum hours and gained a variety of experience working with the Muslim population from different ethnicities and backgrounds. Simultaneously, she worked at the Anaheim Family Justice Center through New Star Family Center in Anaheim with law enforcement, counseling victims of domestic violence and abuse. She also served as a case manager for ICNA’s first Transitional home and shelter for Muslim women in Southern California. Heba is an affiliate of the Stanford Muslim Mental Health Lab which focuses on providing resources for clinicians, researchers and community leaders working with the Muslim population. Believing that prevention is superior to intervention, Heba has worked on promoting awareness on a wide spectrum of topics ranging from anxiety to stress management through seminars, workshops, and lectures and believes that psychoeducation has the ability to empower and transform communities, not just individuals. Heba perceives learning to be a never-ending process and is continuously seeking to further her self-development in all aspects.
1-855-5KHALIL Ext 711
Yusuf (Martin) Turner, MA APCC
Associate Professional Clinical Counselor
Yusuf (Martin) Turner holds a Master of Arts in Counseling from Regis University. He is a registered Associate Professional Clinical Counselor intern (APCC) and is working toward his licensure.
Yusuf has experience working with adult male and female clients in community treatment settings and supportive housing. struggling with various addictions, chemical dependency, depression, anxiety, trauma, and severe mental illness.
In the past Yusuf has worked with Muslim Family Services of Colorado, providing individual mental health counseling and psychoeducation to adult males at risk in oppressed communities of color, primarily the African American and Somali communities of Denver, Colorado.
Yusuf’s theoretical orientation is eclectic, heavily influenced by psychodynamic and existential psychology. He utilizes a plethora of therapeutic techniques specific to the needs and issues impacting his client (e.g., psychoanalytic, client-centered, gestalt, cognitive behavioral, narrative, mindfulness, and transtheoretical therapies). Yusuf is an advocate of social justice and volunteers his time with a number of social causes.
Contact: 1-855-5KHALIL ext. 712
Rana Chawla, MA, LMFT
Rana Chawla is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and holds a Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology from the University of Denver. She has worked extensively with adolescents & families, providing individual & family therapy and dealing with a wide variety of issues. Her clinical training ranges from working with seriously mentally ill adolescents living in a locked facility, to providing treatment in the community and in-home services to families. Rana also has experience working as a school counselor in elementary, middle, and high school settings. She utilizes a wide variety of therapeutic techniques based on the needs of the client. She is passionate about providing services to underserved populations, dispelling the stigma of mental illness, and assisting parents to improve their family dynamics. In addition, Rana studied abroad in 2003/04 in Damascus, Syria, where she received a license to teach Tajweed from the late Shaykh Abu Hassan Al Kurdi. Rana is always working to deepen her spiritual knowledge & self-understanding in order to better serve her community.
Contact: 1-855-5KHALIL ext 717
Saha has received her undergraduate degree from UC Davis in Psychology and a minor in Comparative Religion. Later, she earned her Master’s degree in Social Work from University of Southern California. She worked at John George Psychiatric Hospital for 1 year where she completed her clinical hours and gained a variety of experience working in the ER setting. Simultaneously, Saha has been working at NISA, a Muslim domestic violence organization for over 10 years where she provides counseling and case management for victims of domestic violence and abuse. Saha utilizes a multitude of therapeutic intervention modalities based on the needs of the client including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness, solution-focused therapy, narrative therapy and stress management.
Intern Therapist & Community Outreach
Jabir Tarin is a Bay Area native, a Masters of Arts candidate in Marriage and Family therapy. Prior to his graduate education, Jabir graduated with a Bachelors degree in Psychology from California State University East Bay in 2014. Additionally, Jabir is a student of Islamic theology and serves as a Khatib intermittently. Jabir is interested in spiritually integrated therapy and serving his community. Jabir Tarin currently resides in Hayward, CA.
Contact: 1-855-5KHALIL Ext 701
Contact: 1-855-5KHALIL Ext 735
Melissa Daoud, MA, MFT-A, PCC-A
Melissa Daoud born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa, where she converted to Islam in 2001. She completed her undergraduate and graduate degrees in California, as well as her clinical training. Melissa is dually licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist Associate and Professional Clinical Counselor Associate and completed her Master’s in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University. Her theoretical orientation is integrative, as she believes the best therapy is tailored to each individual. She utilizes interventions from psychodynamic/attachment theory, family systems, cognitive behavioral, and solution-focused psychotherapies. She also holds a Master’s degree in Experimental Psychology from San Jose State University.
Since her traineeship, Melissa’s clinical experience has been in a school-based setting, where she provided therapeutic services for youth and their families. In addition to adolescent psychotherapy, Melissa has a strong interest in working with couples, individuals, families, and converts to Islam.
Contact: 1-855-5KHALIL Ext 728
Sameera Siddiqui & Osaiy Wardak
Tuesday-Friday, Sunday: 10-5pm
Contact: 1-855-5KHALIL Ext 701
Shaykh Suhail Hasan Mulla, MSW
Director – KC LA Area, CA
Shaykh Suhail Hasan Mulla is a native Angeleno, proudly born and raised. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Pan-African Studies from CSUN, his Master’s in Social Welfare from UCLA and another Bachelor’s Degree in Shari’ah (Islamic Law) from the world’s preeminent Islamic seminary – Al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt. Additionally, he completed a two year Islamic Studies program at Al-Asheera Al-Muhammadiya in Cairo, Egypt where he studied privately with numerous Azhari scholars.
Shaykh Suhail has worked as a social worker in school and juvenile justice settings, served as an Imam at the Islamic Society of Orange County and has served as Interim Executive Director and Director of Mental Health at Access California Services.
Shaykh Suhail currently serves as Resident Scholar at the Islamic Society of West Valley and as University Muslim Chaplain at UCLA and CSUN. He resides in Los Angeles with his wife and four children.
Contact: 1-855-5KHALIL Ext 723
Sakeena Mirza, ASW, MSW
Associate Clinical Social Worker– KC LA Area, CA
Sakeena received both her BA in Arabic and Master of Social Welfare (MSW) degrees from UCLA. Sakeena works with children, adolescents, adults, and couples. She has experience as a child trauma therapist, utilizing play therapy, trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, and other clinical methods to support children recover from difficult life experiences. She has training in Reflective Parenting and Parenting with Nonviolence models in working with parents on building positive and connected relationships with their children. Sakeena works with couples utilizing the Gottman method and is a trained Gottman Seven Principles Leader. With adolescents and adults much of her work has been in supporting individuals in working through anxiety, depression, and navigating difficult relationships. Sakeena is currently pursuing additional training in advanced trauma work, integrative medicine, and somatic experiencing. In addition to her work as a therapist, Sakeena serves as Director of Seeds, a nonprofit organization that works to create supportive communities around those impacted by trauma, with a special focus on children in the foster care system
Contact: 1855-5 KHALIL Ext. 718
Fiaz Zubair Syed, LCSW
Therapist – KC LA Area, CA
Fiaz Zubair Syed is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and long-standing community activist. As a clinical social worker, Zubair has worked with children, families and adults to help in addressing social and emotional challenges. He received a B.A. in History from California State University, Northridge in 2005 and a Master’s in Social Welfare from the University of Southern California (USC) in 2007. In his 10+ years of professional experience, Zubair has worked within the healthcare and educational systems to address a wide range of mental health issues with individuals and groups of diverse abilities and backgrounds. He has a broad range of experience working within the field of social work performing bio-psycho-social assessments, crisis counseling, threat assessments, suicide prevention and assessment, grief counseling, group therapy and cognitive behavioral interventions for trauma.
Zubair has held the position of Pupil Services & Attendance Counselor, Medical Social Worker, Expulsion Counselor and currently holds the position of Psychiatric Social Worker (PSW) for the Los Angeles Unified School District. As a PSW, Zubair works with high school students who present with mental health needs, including but not limited to anxiety, depression, and trauma.
In his 15+years as an activist, Zubair has held leadership positions within Muslim American Society (MAS) and co-founded the Islamic Society of West Valley (ISWV), a non-profit religious organization in the San Fernando Valley. Fiaz is happily married with three children.
Contact: 1-855-5KHALIL Ext 710
Menahal Begawala, LMHC
Contact: 1-855-5KHALIL Ext 729
Dr. Venus Mahmoodi, PhD
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Venus Mahmoodi, PhD, specializes in reproductive mental health, which includes mental health challenges during pregnancy and pregnancy planning, postpartum, fertility struggles, and perinatal loss. She works with individuals and couples to alleviate distress related to grief and loss as well as a wide range of mental health challenges, including anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress, and emotional dysregulation.
Dr. Mahmoodi has diverse clinical and diagnostic expertise and utilizes a range of effective interventions to alleviate distress. She takes an integrative approach, incorporating psychodynamic relational work with cognitive and dialectical behavioral therapies. At the same time, treatment is individualized to ensure effective symptom management and to meet the needs of the person or couple. She also creates a safe and engaging environment for individuals and couples to build effective coping skills, learn to tolerate difficult emotions, and develop competence by reaching realistic goals.
Dr. Mahmoodi completed her PhD in clinical psychology at Palo Alto University in California. Her clinical training included working with refugees and torture survivors, veterans, and perinatal women. She completed an APA-accredited pre-doctoral internship at Mount Sinai Beth Israel. Through a unique collaboration between Stanford University and Palo Alto University, she completed a program with an emphasis in women’s neuroscience and mental health, which incorporated coursework and research examined the role of endogenous hormones on mental health throughout a woman’s life cycle. Her dissertation topic focused on the perinatal experiences of Muslim women living in the United States.Dr. Mahmoodi completed specialized training through Postpartum Support International on screening and treating PMADs. She completed more advanced specialization in PMADs, grief/loss, and distress related to fertility at Seleni. She is affiliated with the New York Women’s Mental Health Consortium, Postpartum Support International, and the American Psychological Association.
Contact: 1-855-5KHALIL Ext 727
Mawlana Omar Patel
Psychotherapist & Operations Manager
Omar Patel was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. At the tender age of 15, he developed an interest in studying the Arabic language and spent the next 3 years studying Arabic grammar, literature and Islamic Jurisprudence. He then traveled to the United Kingdom to continue his studies, enrolling in the rigorous 7-year Alim program consisting of advanced Qur’anic exegesis, Islamic theology and early Hadith studies. He completed his final year in South Africa where he graduated with a BA in Arabic and Islamic Studies, and achieved numerous authorizations in the study of Hadith.
After returning home to Canada, Imam Omar felt a calling to bridge his knowledge of Islamic Sciences with modern spiritual care and psychotherapy – and so began his Masters in Pastoral Studies at Emmanuel College at the University of Toronto to become a trained chaplain.
In 2016, Imam Omar was selected as the Muslim Chaplain at University of Toronto Scarborough Campus where he caters to the needs of Muslim students by holding counselling sessions and weekly programs on site. He resides in Scarborough, Ontario with his wife and son.
With the soon-to-be opening of Khalil Center in Toronto, Imam Omar will be serving as Manager of Operations and Psychotherapist.
Contact: 1-855-5-KHALIL Ext 713
Pastoral Counselor Level 1, PhD Candidate (Psychology)
Kashmala Qasim completed her undergraduate studies in Psychology from the University of Toronto and completed a Masters in Neuroscience from McMaster University. She has also completed the Taleem ul Qu’ran Diploma course from Al Huda Institute. Kashmala has been a lecturer in the Department of Psychology at the Islamic Online University and has also received Level 1 Pastoral Counselling training from the University of Toronto. Kashmala also initiated and led a Muslim Community Engagement Program at McMaster University, through which she and her team members, conducted several workshops in the community related to mental health and counselling. She is now pursuing a PhD at York University in Social Psychology. Kashmala’s research interests include Socio-cultural challenges faced by the Muslim community in accessing mental health care, coping mechanisms used by Syrian refugees and developing an Islamically integrated model of peer support for Muslim women.
Aalimah Fatima Bhaiyat was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. She completed her Bachelors of Arts in Arabic and Islamic Studies at Jamiyah Islamiyah of Scarborough in Toronto, Canada. She teaches at various institutes within the GTA to students of various age groups, primarily focusing on the youth. Upon graduation from the Islamic Seminary, she saw a great need in the Muslim community for spiritual care and counseling and decided to bridge her traditional scholarship with a position in a modern Canadian context. She is currently pursuing her Master of Pastoral Studies specializing in Psychotherapy and Spirituality. She has served for 3 years as a chaplain at the University of Toronto Scarborough catering to Muslim Females.
Contact: 1-855-5-KHALIL ext 731
Sadiyah Chauhan is a Toronto native and has completed her Islamic Theology Studies in India. She is currently completing her Masters in Spiritual Counselling and Psychotherapy. Sadiyah has been teaching Islamic studies to young girls for the last couple of years and enjoys it very much. Sadiyah is interested in Islamically integrated therapy and serving her community.
Contact: 1-855-5-KHALIL Ext 733
Munsif Mubarak completed his Bachelor of Science (majors in psychology and health studies) from the University of Toronto. Upon graduation, he spent seven years in al-Madinah al-Munawwarah studying the Islamic sciences within Masjid-un-Nabawi and in the homes and circles of various scholars. Munsif completed his associate degree in Arabic Language and a Bachelor of Arts specializing in Classical Arabic Literature/Linguistics) from the Islamic University of Medina. Upon returning to Toronto in 2017, he served as an associate imam at Masjid-ut-Taqwa for one year. Munsif is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Pastoral Studies from the University of Toronto while serving as an instructor at The Zakariyya Academy for Advanced Islamic Studies (Islamic Centre of Oshawa)
Munsif has also memorized the Holy Qur’an. While he was studying in the Islamic University of Medina, he was privileged to edit one of the books of Dr. V. Abdur Raheem, and after that began translating various texts from Arabic to English. While living in the Blessed City, he also taught English to native Arabic speakers and earned his CELTA certification in 2016.
Munsif has been a disciple of Shaykh Zakariyya Patel of Masjid-ut-Taqwa since he was nine years old and continues to attend his weekly lessons in loving and living the way of Messenger of Allah [upon him be peace and salutations].
Contact: 1-855-5-KHALIL Ext 738
Dr. Saleha Gangat
Saleha Gangat was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec and travelled with her family to India for the acquisition of Islamic studies. There she spent eight years completing the Aa’limiyat course where she learnt the Islamic sciences of Tafseer, Hadith, Fiqh, and Hifz and obtained her ijazahs. Thereafter, she has taught for over 15 years around the GTA mainly focusing on the youth while continuing her academic studies and family obligations. She has an Hounours BSc from the University of Toronto in psychology and Neuroscience and a medical degree from McGill University. She has recently completed her Family Medicine training and is currently practicing medicine in Hamilton, ON, and mental health services at Khalil Center, Toronto. She is a mother of four young children and the Co-Founder of Al-Fatihah Learning which is currently offering classes for adult sisters in Tajweed and Qirah. She is also a member of the Canadian Council of Muslim Theologian – Jamiatul-Ulema of Canada.