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is affiliated with the University of Houston. More than 600 students from 53 countries responded to the topic: “The use of military means as a solution to today’s international and national political issues: Diplomacy or war, democracy or military coup?” Gulen Institute, along with Rumi Forum, hosted the winners for in Washington, D.C. from April 4-8 where the students, parents and educators met with Congress members, community leaders, and visited think tanks. Winners received their awards from diplomatic representatives of their respective countries and Congress members representing their districts. Khan, son of Chicagoland community activist Moin ‘Moon’ Khan, received his award from Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.).

Amer Ahmad was appointed Comptroller of the City of Chicago by Mayorelect Rahm Emanuel. Ahmad, a senior vice president and head of the public sector group at KeyCorp, has also served as deputy state treasurer and CFO for Ohio Treasury, where he oversaw more than $11 billion in state investments. He received his MBA from Harvard Business School and his Bachelor’s degree in political science from Columbia. Prior to becoming a public servant, Ahmad was a vice president at William Blair & Company, LLC, an investment banking firm headquartered in Chicago, where he worked in the corporate finance department for seven years. He has also served as an advisor to the president of Estonia and worked at Wasserstein Perella & Co. in both New York and Tokyo.

Dr. Khalid J. Qazi—among the five community leaders recognized by Leadership Buffalo—received a Values Award for his tireless dedication to the Muslim community of Western New York and his commitment to making diverse voices part of the political, business and civic equation in Buffalo and all of Western New York at the 8th annual awards luncheon in Buffalo, N.Y., on May 5. The citation said that Dr. Qazi “has continued to educate the region and create a bridge of understanding about the Muslim culture in his role as president Somali refugees and newcomers from other countries thrive in and out of the classroom. Girreh is a mother of two daughters, both University of Vermont graduates. In addition to volunteering at schools and nonprofits, she helps out with personal requests that come in frequently via telephone. The first female in her family to finish high school and university, Girreh earned a degree in economics from Aligarh Muslim University in India in 1981, and a second degree at Trinity College in 2001.

Maryam Salah of Al-Hamra Academy in Shrewsbury, Mass., won top honors in Level 1 in the statewide “Letters About Literature 2011” competition on May 3. "She read her letter at the State House Awards event. Her letter has been sent on to the national competition." This year, nearly 4,300 students from Massachusetts wrote letters about books that made an impact on them. In addition, Al-Hamra students Mohammad Jaber and Farah Djunaedi were semi-finalists in Level 1, ranking in the top five percent of the competition, said Sadia Khan, the school principal. In Level 2, Osama Mahmoud received honorable mention, and Nigha Ali, Mustafa Hashmi, Samia Khan, Ibraheem Sandakli, Edil Yassin and Saed Salah (last year’s top honors winner) were semi-finalists.

Waris Malik has been appointed chair of Special Olympic Toronto - Community Council. He is founder of the Hot Soup Day at the Islamic Foundation, Islamic Soccer League volunteer and Muslim Annual Awards ceremony organizer. Special Olympics provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with special needs.

South Burlington’s Nimo Girreh, 54, represented Vermont at the Mom Congress on Education, held in Washington, D.C. from April 10 to 13, and keynoted by U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan. Girreh was selected by judges at Parenting magazine, for making a difference in Burlington, particularly through her work to help

Ambassador Akbar Ahmed, chair of Islamic Studies at American University, addressed 150 bishops from around North and South America at the House of Bishops of the Episcopal Church annual retreat

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of the Muslim Public Affairs Council of Western New York.” Leadership Buffalo is the region’s premier network of business, civic and professional leaders. In 2002, Dr. Qazi, the director of the internal medicine training program for the Catholic Health System, was named an “Outstanding Citizen” by “The Buffalo News” for becoming a “strong, reassuring voice of reason” after 9/11. He also serves on the national boards of directors for the Muslim Public Affairs Council in Los Angeles and the Kashmiri-American Council in Washington, D.C.

in Omaha, Neb.— the largest gathering of bishops in the U.S. each year. The day’s topic was: “Who is my neighbor? Islam and Christianity.”

Dawud Walid, the executive director of the Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI), received the Spirit of Detroit Award from the City Council of Detroit and the Michigan Coalition for Human Rights’s MCHR 2011 Activist Organization Award for advocating for the civil rights of all Americans through encouraging dialogue and building coalitions that promote justice and understanding.

Saturna Capital Corporation, a U.S. investment management company, received two “Best Global Equity Fund” awards for the performance of the Amana Income and Amana Growth Funds, at the Sixth Annual 2010 Failaka Islamic Fund Awards in Dubai on April 17. Amana Growth Fund was recognized in the one-year category by achieving the best performance among 30 sharia-compliant equity funds for the one-year period ending Dec. 31, 2010. Amana Income Fund was recognized for its performance among six sharia-compliant funds for the five-year period ending Dec. 31, 2010.