Our Mentors

Omar Ahmad Osman has a B.A. in economics as well as a medical degree. He is currently a resident physician and he is the father of one child. Some of his hobbies include traveling, attending lecture, and spending time with family His background include some tutoring and mentoring in high school and college. He currently mentors middle school boys at IFS for our Iron Faith boys program. He likes being an Iron Faith mentor because through doing so, he is able to help kids navigate the difficulties of this time like others have helped him.
Maryam Salman has an educational background in Early Childhood and Elementary Education and also received her Ijaza in Tajweed. She has many years of experience teaching children, teens and adults on different Islamic topics in small groups as well as larger settings. In her free time, Maryam enjoys being outdoors and reading. She has been leading the Morton Grove BB High School group and loves being a Blessed Bonds mentor to help create a safe space for girls to learn, interact and enjoy!
Rania Alkhani holds a bachelor’s degree in biology. She is the mother of three boys, ages 16, 13, and 10. She taught Arabic, Islamic studies, and Quran in weekend schools for 6 years. Before she got married and came to the U.S., she was teaching Islamic studies to girls between the ages of 10 and 14 for 5 years. She has been with Blessed Bonds for one year teaching girls between the ages of 14 to 21 years old. She has also spent two Ramadans with the organization teaching Quran recitation to girls. She enjoys teaching and through teaching, learning new things. Above all, her favorite things is learning the meanings of Ayat of the Quran she hopes she can convey such meanings to her students. She likes being a Blessed Bonds mentor because it helps her fulfill her role in being a helping hand to those in need of it.
Lina Alharash has a high school degree and two daughters who are also Blessed Bonds mentors, Wafaa and Walaa. She has been teaching at Al-Iman Institute for 5 years and this year will be her 6th year teaching on Saturday and Sunday to pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. One of her hobbies includes reading. This is her first year working with Blessed Bonds.
Wafaa Zabadneh is 17 years old and is planning to study education once she begins college. She has been teaching Quranic Arabic and Qaeda Alnoorania for 4 years. She enjoys watching videos about nature and playing sports. This will be her first year teaching at Blessed Bonds.
Walaa Zabadneh is 14 years old and a freshman in high school. She has been teaching Quranic Arabic and Qaeda Alnoorania for 5 years. She enjoys art and painting. This will be her first year teaching at Blessed Bonds.
Samir Abdo grew up in Northwest Indiana, and went to Indiana University for undergraduate and medical school.  He lived in Michigan for almost eight years where he completed my Residency and Fellowship in Pediatric Anesthesiology.  He moved back to the Chicago area in 2015.   He is the father to his 7 year old son, and two daughters, ages 3 and 5.  He feels Iron Faith is an excellent program for our youth to build bonds of faith with help of loving, caring mentors who the kids can trust and look up to.  In his free time, Samir is an avid runner, reader, and traveler️.  He is truly humbled at having the chance to work with youth boys.
Suhail Malik is currently a sophomore in college majoring in Biology. As an Iron Faith mentor, he tries to help kids learn about their religion while also trying to teach them brotherhood through sports and other various activities. Through Iron Faith, he hopes to make his own faith stronger while trying to propagate the teachings of the deen to the kids.
Heba Mawlaoui is an experienced teacher and has been teaching Islamic Studies and Qur’an at Dar al-Huda for 11 years. She is also studying to be a Math teacher.  She has two children, ages 6 and 8 years.  In her free time, she enjoys playing  basketball and soccer and loves spending time with her family!
Salma Patel has a Diploma in Montessori Training from the Montessori Center International, UK. She has worked as a language specialist with children in grades K-5 from different linguistic and cultural backgrounds at an International Baccalaureate School in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Mrs. Salma takes great pride in teaching and this will be her 7th year teaching for Center for Talent Development’s Weekend Enrichment Program where she teaches accelerated/enrichment Science classes to gifted Elementary students. In addition to teaching for the WEP, Mrs. Salma has volunteered as a 2nd Grade Islamic Studies teacher for the Al Iman Institute Sunday School. She sees her mentoring role for Iron Faith as a way to help students experience the ‘Subhan Allah!” growth mindset moments that come with learning about Allah, thereby increasing our faith collectively to a ‘tough as nails’ level. In her free time, Mrs. Salma enjoys reading, research, creative projects, excellent conversation/ dialog with a good cup of ginger spice chai, and taking long walks with her boys in Lake County’s forest preserves to marvel and glorify the beauty of Allah’s Creation. Mrs. Salma is very much looking forward to meeting, challenging and motivating her Iron Faith students, to hone and honor their Islamic faith in the coming year!
Leen Khatib is a senior in high school. She has been teaching Islamic Studies and Qur’an at Al-Iman Institute for two years. She is a former Blessed Bonds student as well and excited to transition to teaching! She believes Blessed Bonds is a group that allows students to feel comfortable in their own skin. As a mentor, she feels she learns more in every meeting.
Aman Alcharbji is currently the principal of Carriers of Light. She holds a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership, and is certified as a math teacher in the state of Illinois. Aman received her Quran certification (ijazah) in 2004 from Sheikh Abo Alhasan Alkurdi in Syria. She has taught Tajweed & Quran in one-to-one sessions, weekend schools, and in different Quran programs. Aman has more than 14 years of experience in teaching. Aman was the founding teacher at Carriers of light. She strongly believes that learning the Quran at an early age gives barakah and light and helps students succeed in this life and hereafter.

When she is not teaching, Aman enjoys taking walks in nature or spending time with family and friends. Her dedication and love for teaching the young Muslim generation cannot be overstated.

Khaled Al-Ahdab is a Doctor of Medicine/Physician. He is a father and husband and in his free time a Pediatric Cardiologist and Electrophysiologist. He is the father of Mahmood. In the past, he was a boys scout American Leader where he worked on building youngsters’ high moral and ethical character within his community. At Iron Faith, he serves as a mentor and father. He enjoys sightseeing, swimming, gardening, hiking, and spending free time with family. He enjoys being an Iron Faith mentor because he likes to help build the right foundation in our youngsters for building a moral, responsible, and self confident character to be a true role model as a Muslim American, and proud to be so. One that is able to be reach out to his family and all Americans and people to spread the message of true Islam. One that aims to be very successful in all aspects, career wise or community wise. I feel blessed to be part of this amazing organization that is so unique and has a great vision that I like to help share with the world.
Sana Ahmad had a Bachelor’s degree in Education and Islamic Studies. She is planning on completing a Master’s degree in Education. Mrs. Sana has memorized the entire Quran. She attended three years of Tajweed classes at Iqra Waraqa Organization in Bridgeview. She taught for 18 years at CPSA and was head of the Arabic Department. She taught at Dar Al-Huda Weekend School for 15 years, was supervisor of Arabic teachers and created curriculum for Arabic classes. Mrs. Sana also taught at IFS for one year as the Sacred Link teacher. Currently, she is working as a private tutor for Arabic and Quran.

In her free time, Mrs. Sana enjoys reading. She enjoys being a Blessed Bonds mentor because she feels it be very rewarding to be able to teach the Holy Quran to others. She hopes the young women she teaches will use the Quran to become better Muslims.

Nadira Yacoub is the mother to 4 grown children. She taught Quran reading and memorization in Blessed Bonds’ Ramadan program this year. She strives to follow the Hadith of our Beloved Prophet (S), “The best among you are those who learn the Quran and teach it.” She enjoys being a Blessed Bonds mentor and aims to help young girls have fun  and be happy while learning and attending the program.
Mrs. Hala has been teaching for 14 years. She has a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature and a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education.  She is also International Montessori certified and has an ELL and Blilingual Certificate. Mrs. Hala has a Tajweed certificate and has been teaching Qur’an and Seerah to varied ages throughout the years. She is very excited to be a part of Blessed Bonds and aims at creating a circle of young proud Muslims who are educated in their religion. Some of Mrs. Hala’s favorite things are the color red, caramel chocolate and reading books.

Mrs. Maisa completed her dental degree from The University of Melbourne, Australia. She worked within both the private and public sectors for several years. In her spare time, Maisa taught and led various Muslim youth programs. Maisa was involved in teaching Arabic, Quran and Seerah at the local Saturday madrasah in Australia. She took great joy in organizing and being a leader at the annual senior and junior Muslim youth camps. Maisa has recently married and relocated to the United States where she hopes to be part of and serve the local Muslim community. Her hobbies include sight seeing, traveling, hiking and outdoor activities. At Blessed Bonds, she hopes to connect to the youth and help them navigate the pressures of our time by becoming rooted in our tradition and fostering the love of our Beloved Prophet (S) .

Mrs  Farah was born and raised in Chicagoland area. She is a physician by profession and full-time homeschooling mom of two girls – ages 17 and 13. Other than homeschooling, Mrs  Farah’s teaching experience includes Sunday school, dōTERRA Wellness Advocate, and Blessed Bonds Mentor since 2014. She has volunteered as a Ta’leef Collective Board Member and is an active member of local interfaith group. She had also volunteered for various other non-profit organizations. In her free time, Mrs. Farah enjoys  reading good literature, visiting book stores and looking for treasures, traveling , hand-lettering, learning and lately….sitting down with a bowl of homemade chocolate chip mint ice cream. Mrs Farah enjoys being a BIessed Bonds mentor and loves to share her love of Allah, Islam, and the Prophet, peace be upon him, with her students. She enjoy learning alongside her Blessed Bonds girls while they reflect, explore , and make beautiful things that remind them of everything that is most important.
Miss Sara is in 12th grade. She is homeschooled part-time and attends Barrington High School part- time. She completed her memorization of the Quran during her freshman year while attending Carriers of Light.  She is a member of the BHS Lincoln-Douglas debate team, a member of the National Honors Society and serves on the leadership board at the Children of Abraham Coalition. Some of Miss Sara’s favorite things include reading, traveling, and writing while listening to records. Miss Sara served as a Blessed Bonds mentor in 2016 as well as this year’s Ramadan Qur’an program.
This is Ms. Salam’s second year teaching Blessed Bonds. She also taught this year’s Blessed Bonds Ramadan Qur’an program. She has studied Business Administration and is currently taking classes in Early Childhood Education. She is most interested in increasing her knowledge and keeping up with her Quranic studies. In her free time, Ms. Salam enjoys reading and playing tennis.
Mrs. Tasmia grew up in Lahore, Pakistan and moved to the U.S. 13 years ago. She has been teaching children between the ages 6-15 for many years in different roles. She was part of the Big Sister program in Pakistan for an orphanage for 4 years. She homeschooled her own children for 3 years. Mrs. Tasmia has undergraduate degree in Development Economics from Pakistan and recently graduated with a Masters in Public Health with a focus on Health Education and business administration. Her work experience is with low-income area Hispanic children from grades 1-8, teaching them social-emotional education. In her free time, she enjoys woodwork, kayaking and reading.
Miss Husna is currently a sophomore at DePaul University, pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience. She completed memorization of the Quran from the Sacred Link program at IFS. She was a member of Girl Scouts from K-12th grade. Miss Husna has been volunteering at Elmhurst Hospital since July 2015. She is an avid reader and enjoys rock climbing and swimming. She loves the Blessed Bonds environment and how it is an open and safe place for youth to come to share their thoughts and ideas.
Miss Sabah is currently in 12th grade at Hinsdale Central High School. She completed memorization of the Quran from the Sacred Link program at IFS. She has been volunteering at Elmhurst Hospital since July 2015. She likes being a Blessed Bonds mentor because she loves kids and has always looked forward to teaching. In her free time, Miss Sabah enjoys reading.