ISCNY is governed by an elected body of nine board directors (Shura), The Shura Board is responsible for managing the Society’s affairs and programs.


  • President

Abdulilah Al-Dubai was born in Tazi, Yemen and grew up in Eritrea, East Africa. Al-Dubai is a former Yemen national team soccer player and received 100% soccer scholarship to attend Le Moyne College.  From LeMoyne he has earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration with a minor in economics, and a Masters in Education from the same institution.  Using his proficiency in five different languages (Arabic, Amharic, Tigrinya, Affar and English) he has worked as a nationality working for the Syracuse City School District since 2010.  In 2009 he co-founded the North Side Learning Center (NSLC) to help educate and empower refugee population in CNY community. Azad has served as a volunteer Assistant Director since NSLC’s inception.  Abdulilah Al-Dubai currently works within the Syracuse City School District as an Arabic Teacher and teaches at Cazenovia College as well.

  • Business Committee

Souleyman Salahou moved to Syracuse from New York City 17 years ago and I have been an active member of the ISCNY. He has always been a voting member and I have participated in most public activities concerning Muslims in Central New York. Souleyman Salahou is also involved in City-wide economic development activities and works with various Refugees groups in Syracuse. Salahou is a small business owner with a Masters in Business Administration and is chair of the Shura Board Business Committee.

  • Treasurer

Marwa I Gomaa; MBA, RICP is a financial Advisor and Treasurer for the Islamic Society of Central New York.  She has a background in financial compliance auditing and taxation. Currently, Gomaa works as a Financial Advisor for Prudential Financial in Syracuse. Gomaa has four children in the Fabius Manlius School District.  She has been in the Syracuse Muslim community since 2011 and believes in Dawah through being a good citizen in her local and religious community. Marwa I Gomaa works to convey this message through membership in the ISCNY Shura in an effort to shed light on the goodness of our faith with the rest of the Central New York community.

  • New Community Center Committee

Dr. Shafey Sayed is a resident of Cicero and has lived in the Central New York area for 22 years. He is married and has four children. Dr. Sayed graduated from New York University School of Dentistry. He has been in private practice since 1995. He has served on the Nas  Learning Center board last 10 years, an organization whose mission is to provide area Muslim children Arabic language and  Islamic educational opportunities. Sayed has been a  Shura member for the last 5 years and also serves on the Masjid committee.

  • Education Secretary

Originally from Bangladesh, Mohammed Azad has resided in Syracuse since 1991. Azad has three children, the eldest having just completed a Master’s in Public Health, second oldest is a Senior at Syracuse University, the youngest is enrolled in an area High School. Mohammed Azad academic credentials include a Bachelors of Science (Honors) and Master of Science in Chemistry. Azad currently serves as the Islamic Society Central New York  Education Secretary. 

  • Community Programs

Elham Abraham, born and raised in Syracuse, New York,  she has been married for 22 years and has three children. Abraham has been serving the community for 11 years. She is the Director of Community Care of Syracuse, a refugee support program. She has been a member of ISCNY for 22 years.