Harvard College, established in 1636, is the undergraduate school affiliated with Harvard University. The Harvard Islamic Society (HIS) of Harvard College was established in 1955 as a hub for Islamic life on campus. With the expansion of the Muslim community across Harvard’s schools, other Islamic societies populated the Harvard community. Today, HIS is primarily run by undergraduates, who work in conjunction with the graduates schools and their Islamic societies to establish a diverse and coherent Muslim community. Our 2018 Harvard Islamic Society board is as follows.
Sahar Omer ’20
Sahar Omer is a junior in Pforzheimer House studying Government. As President of the Harvard Islamic Society, Sahar oversees all logistics, functions, and initiatives of the organization. This year, she hopes to focus more on the undergraduate community and create a welcoming space for all Muslims on campus in addition to partnering with other allying groups on campus. In her free time, Sahar enjoys watching college football, especially her hometown—Auburn, AL— university’s team (War Eagle!), reading, and her Friday movie nights.
Rewan Abdelwahab ’20
Rewan is a junior in Currier studying Integrative Biology with a Secondary in African American Studies and a language citation in Spanish. As Vice President, Rewan is responsible for overseeing board member initiatives and assisting with all board-related logistics. Rewan was born in Alexandria, Egypt and currently lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She loves to play tennis and softball, sing, and has an obsession with chips.
Abdelaziz (Zizo) Bahnasy ’21
Director of External Relations
Abdelaziz “Zizo” Nasr Bahnasy is a sophomore in Currier House planning to study Economics or Government with a secondary in Computer Science. As Director of External Affairs, Zizo is trying to build a platform for Muslim voices and advocacy in all political and social arenas, driven especially by the Islamic call for intentional and rational justice. Outside of HIS, Zizo deeply engages the intersections of social policy, capital markets, and modern technology in fun and creative ways, and he is interested in shaping sustainable and scalable systems for social impact. On a totally different note, Zizo always is looking for an opportunity to smile with somebody else, so never back down from cracking a joke while he’s in the room!
Tajrean Rahman ’20
Director of Internal Relations
Tajrean of House Currier is the First of Her Name, Native of New York, and Queen of Puns, who is renowned for being a Disney Enthusiast, Superhero Fanatic, and Chocolate Connoisseur. As her many titles suggest, Tajrean has a love for the more fantastical elements of life, with a bit of flair for the dramatics. When she’s not holed up in Widener finishing a PSET, Tajrean can be found organizing some event or another, exploring the Harvard Art Museums, and of course, chasing after the Quad shuttle.
Sarah Alam ’20
Director of Public Service
Sarah Alam is a junior living in Currier House. As Director of Public Service, she co-directs the Harvard Rindge Muslim Youth Program, oversees the HIS dinner shift at the Y2Y homeless shelter, and plans to coordinate more interfaith programming. She also hopes to implement new public service initiatives through outreach to local organizations, and is open to new ideas! For fun, Sarah loves watching movies, playing board/card games, and enjoying a good cup of chai with friends.
Zainab Kahloon ’20
Director of Development
Zainab is a junior in Pfoho concentrating in Social Studies with a Comparative Literature secondary and an Arabic citation. As Director of Development, Zainab is responsible for managing and executing the strategic plan for the long-term growth of HIS, financially and otherwise. She coordinates with HUMA and the graduate school chapters of the Islamic Society for programming and maintains strong relationships with top Harvard administrators. In her spare time, Zainab loves to bake, exercise, visit coffee shops, and read.
Basil Bacchouche ’20
Director of Islamic Learning
Basil Baccouche is a junior in Cabot studying Human Evolutionary Biology. As Director of Islamic Learning, he is in charge of weekly Qur’an circles as well as general religious programming throughout the semester. Basil loves to play (American) football and basketball, and in his spare time you can catch him reading a good book.
Meherina Khan ’21
Meherina is a sophomore in Cabot House. As secretary, Meherina supervises correspondence and publicity of the Society’s events, manages the logistical details involved in HIS programming, sorts through the HIS email lists, and updates/edits the website. Meherina is a proud Bengali and loves to watch Bollywood, cook, and read. She is involved with activism and service through PBHA and is always down to help out if you ever need anything!
Maira Khan ’21
Maira is a sophomore in Eliot House studying Math and Physics with a secondary in Philosophy. As treasurer, Maira is responsible for managing the finances for our events. She enjoys traveling, music, and reading.